Monthly Archives: April 2012

Lessons in Ethnography

Check out my latest Hack Library School post:

Lessons in Ethnography

I discuss a recent class project and the value in using ethnography as a lens for needs assessment and community discovery. Happy reading.

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A New Favorite: Breaking Stalin’s Nose

I’m sitting in a coffee shop. I just finished ‘Breaking Stalin’s Nose’ by Eugene Yelchin. It’s a rare day when I can start and finish a book–but I couldn’t put this one down.

Yelchin gives us a glimpse into Soviet Russia through the eyes of a child. In a flash a young Soviet boy loses everything…but it takes a day for this reality to sink in. Join Sasha on the eve of his communist Pioneer induction. Watch as he moves from total faith in his party and leader…to alienation. Don’t worry–the story is also peppered with humor and hope. The illustrations are works of art worthy of their own book. It’s in my top five favorite children’s books. A must read.

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What’s New? iPads, that’s what.

If you couldn’t tell from the gap in blog posts–things have been busy–but the good kind of busy. In libraryland, I’ve been spending a good deal of time developing an iPad program. This program entails two iPad 2s that are loaded with kids apps geared at early literacy skills. They are also loaded with eBooks from Media on Demand. Adult patrons can check out the iPads in my library’s children’s room for on-site use with their children. Eventually I’d like to present this project at a conference or workshop and/or write a paper on developing the program. Until then, I encourage you to check out the latest blog posts I’ve written for my library about the program:

Check Out An iPad!

and

App Spotlight

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