Thanks to Jean Parks, Librarian in the Appleton Area School District, for this link to library standards and the newly adopted Common Core Standards.
I think the Common Core Standards are a good idea, and I like the information literacy components that are included. How they will be implemented remains to be seen, but it is bound to be interesting.
A big shout out to Pam from my class who posted a great article today that I've forwarded to all my colleagues. Again, good ideas and lots to think / talk about. The article talks about restructuring libraries for today's users, and makes a lot of good points. Changed but Still Critical: Brick and Mortar Libraries in the Digital Age. I downloaded his free book because I liked the title. Machines are the Easy Part , People are the Hard Part I have only read a little bit of it, though it is a lot of very short mini essays. I especially enjoyed hearing him say "don't advocate for libraries", something I learned on the Connecticut Library Association Executive Board in 1988 -- libraries are buildings, which don't do anything -- advocacy should focus on librarians, library staff, and library programs -- and maybe collections, but they don't DO anything, either, nor would they exist without staff.
I am going to admit that I'm getting more comfortable with reading things on my tiny phone screen. . . but I don't want to give up print books just yet. And there's no way to annotate PDFs that I could find.
On a completely different topic, but one which has generated a lot of interest among those living on the shores of Lake Michigan -- here's the story on the alewife die off. Alewives