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June 22, 2016

Fill Up Your Digital Toolbox: Resources
Written By Deborah B. Ford

This month I published an article in Principal magazine, "Fill Up Your Digital Toolbox." Based on the idea that flipped learning requires digital tools to be used at home, the article begins with one key element: Evaluate your library program. From having enough staff and money to evaluating databases and whether teaching time is provided for their instruction, I think you'll find the article to be a good talking tool for a conversation with your shareholders. The key to a good flipped learning program is not the tools themselves. It's the outcome of using them. We shouldn't use apps just to be using apps. Just like in the movies, what is our motivation?

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June 14, 2016

PPP- Books We Love National Webcast
Written By Deborah B. Ford

On today's webcast Leslie Bermel and I talked about 20 of the JLG selections that are we just love. These were books we haven't talked about in past webcasts, with many of the titles shipping out this summer. From a YA author-turned picture book author to what some are calling his best book yet, your readers will love these hot-off-the-press titles!

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June 06, 2016

If You Give a Girl a Book…She’ll Buy Doughnuts
Written By Deborah B. Ford

I've always known that I'm completely drawn into the world of books. I get lost among the pages and worry over the outcomes. I have conversations with complete strangers about stories I've read, as if they are true examples of how that person might benefit from a fictional experience. (You've read how dangerous it is for me to sit near a device where I was tempted to buy a chatelaine.) And yes, I've called in sick so I could stay home to finish a book--which is ridiculous, since that's my real job! Suffice it to say today I could not resist temptation today.

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June 01, 2016

And the Winners Are…Boston Globe Horn Book 2016
Written By Deborah B. Ford

And you thought you'd have to wait for 7 months to pass before you heard a book win A Big Prize! Remember: The 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards will be announced on Thursday-- via video for the first time! --by Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton and Linda Pizzuti Henry, managing director of the Boston Globe. Check back at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 2.

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June 01, 2016

Tech Tuesday: Creating a JLG Wish List
Written By Deborah B. Ford

I'm working on a new Books for Boys and Anyone Else Who Likes a Great Book workshop, when it occurred to me: What if I had a wish list at JLG? Then I could easily add titles as I read them. Then, JLG (meaning Jeanette) could create a new list under our Themed Lists page and make it easier for you to shop for them after attending a workshop. Then I thought: I should make a video about how to create a wish list. Maybe some members don't know how. What about you? Are you using the Wish List feature? It's so easy to create and use a wish list.

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May 23, 2016

Beyond the Books: Four Reasons to Login to Your JLG Account
Written By Deborah B. Ford

Being a Junior Library Guild member has its privileges. Sure, people can see our selections if they go to our website, but there are hidden secrets, resources, and data that only members can see. (And you don't have to have a special jacket or handshake to access these hidden gems.) All you need is one simple action. Log in. Doing it will open the door to four reasons why you want to stay logged into your account.

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May 09, 2016

PPP: 30 Minutes with Kwame Alexander Webcast
Written By Deborah B. Ford

We want to thank Kwame Alexander and his publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for participating in our webcast today. How much fun was that? If you missed the show, sign up to watch it and find out: The inspiration behind Surf's Up; Which book is the most autobiographical; Kwame's newest poetry project; The status of a sequel/prequel to The Crossover; The effect of the Newbery on his life; How do you say his name?

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May 05, 2016

Tech Thursday: 101+ (Mostly Free) Online Resources
Written By Deborah B. Ford

As I was polishing my presentations for NHSLMA (New Hampshire School Library Media Association) annual conference in Concord, NH this week, I found a theme: they are all technology. I'm doing the ever-popular Using Social Media to Market Your Library, Using Technology in Your Library, and Online Resources. I made a few changes to the social media session and then began to work on the other two. Enter heart-stopping moment. You know the website I wrote you've been using forever? 101 Best Web Resources? The company that hosted it pulled the plug in March. I knew it was coming. I had a year to regroup. Now the time had come to make a new plan. What to do?

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May 04, 2016

JLG Book Trailer Contest Winners!
Written By Deborah B. Ford

Thank you to everyone who submitted a book trailer for our contest. There were so many great entries. We were impressed with the creativity of the entries and the time and energy put into the finished videos. Librarians across the country have voted, and we have winners. Congratulations! Keep reading to see who won and watch their videos.

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May 03, 2016

Tech Tuesday: Book Infographic
Written By Deborah B. Ford

While pinning things you should know from my email, I was reminded that May is National Pet Month. Wouldn't it be fun to have an infographic about 9 Books about Pets for Celebrating Pet month? You see those graphics all the time on Pinterest. What are people using? Can I do it in Word? Would a table be better so the holes are filled? I asked my graphic designer, but she's a Mac girl, and wasn't sure Word would let me do it. Determined to find an answer, I opened a new Word doc. Here's what I learned.

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