Monday, December 17, 2012

Noodletools ShowMe boxes

Noodletools has rolled out another great addition to the site.  They now have something they are calling ShowMe Information Literacy Modules.  These link directly to the ShowMe boxes within Noodletools and help to explain source types to kids.  For example, one link showis exactly what a journal article looks like and where to find the citation information. 

I've already started adding this box to my Noodletools LibGuides.  For more information, check out this page from

Here's an example of what the advanced version looks like:

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Series review

I'm so excited--I write reviews for School Library Journal.  Well, last month I had a whole column of reviews published in a supplement to SLJ, called Series Made Simple.  I read about ten sets of books, assigned grade levels and wrote reviews over each.  It was fun and also interesting to see the different approaches from each publisher to books supposedly on the same topics.  I even got a by-line!

Here's a link to my column if you'd like to see it...that sounds so cool to say--my column!  

Occupational Success: Careers

Book review

Cinders & Sapphires (At Somerton, #1)Cinders & Sapphires by Leila Rasheed
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book reminded me of a PBS "Upstairs, Downstairs" kind of story, with the upper class and their household of servants. I worry that the target audience--young adults--might not have the historical background needed to understand some of the nuances of the story. And as with many YA books these days, the book's ending screams, "Sequel coming!!!"

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