Don’t Fear the Semicolon!

Am I the only one who doesn’t completely detest semicolons? They seem like tricky business, looking like a hodge-podge of a colon and a comma and all that, but it’s really not that difficult to use them.

Check out this three-minute video to learn:

  • What semicolons do
  • How to identify if a sentence requires a semicolon
  • The proper use of semicolons

(You will also appreciate this video if you like Internet-famous cats.)

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Books, Search Engines, and Databases – Help Your Students Find Sources!

With all of the information out there, it can be difficult for students to locate different types of sources! In this three minute video, your students will understand:

  •  What a library catalog is
  • The organization of fiction and nonfiction materials
  • The difference between search engines and databases
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Ten Academic Librarians You Need to Follow

Twitter is an invaluable resource for librarians to connect, learn, and grow from one another. That said, I think we can all agree there are some accounts that have less-than-stimulating information to share.

If you’re looking to add some fresh content to your Twitter stream that’s relevant to academic librarianship (with a helping of other curious articles), we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite tweeting academic librarians that you should follow.

Jake Berg

Jake Berg @jacobsberg

Director of Library Services
Trinity Washington University

(He also has a blog called BeerBrarian. Just sayin’.)

Nicole Pagowsky

Nicole Pagowsky @pumpedlibrarian

Research & Instruction Librarian
University of Arizona


Alan Carbery

Alan Carbery @acarbery

Assistant Director, Champlain College Library
Champlain College


Annie Pho

Annie Pho @catladylib

Reference & Instruction Librarian


J.P. Porcaro

J.P. Porcaro @makeithappenday

Head of Acquisitions
New Jersey City University


Who else is on the list? Find out . . . after the jump!

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The Technology was Hot and So Were the Attendees: ISTE 2014 Recap

Now that I’ve had time to fully recover from my wonderful experience at ISTE 2014 (I know it’s been a while since the conference, but the 16,000 record attendees were slightly overwhelming!) I wanted to write a quick recap of some of the awesome things I saw and conversations I had!

At the poster session I spoke with Rodrigo Alfaro,  from Academia Británica Cuscatleca in El Salvador. His 8th graders were using MIT’s Scratch program to create educational games for the schools 1st graders. They used EasyBib to cite their sources to avoid plagiarism and got a great lesson about copyright for the images and audio they wanted to use in their projects.

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