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Phil Bradley:Internet search, Librarians, search engines, web search

Internet search, search engines, search techniques, Web 2.0 information and resources are all things that I try and cover, with the emphasis being on librarians and librarianship. Regular visitors will see that the site is currently undergoing a make over, so there'll be a little disruption for a while until I get all of my pages ported across to the new version. Hopefully however it won't cause too much of a problem for you. New Articles I always try and add new content on a regular basis. Newly written or updated articles can be found below:

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25 more alternatives Google continues to eat itself, by feeding more and more of its products into the ever hungry maw of Google+ The latest is their start or home page, iGoogle. For those of you who are not sure what a home or start page is, the page that pops up when you start your browser is your home/start page. It's an often overlooked resource, because it can pull in RSS feeds, link to news feeds, keep you informed about your email and a whole lot else. My personal favourite, and the one that I teach on courses is Netvibes. Expect More: Demanding Better Libraries For Today’s Complex World About the Book | Why Free? | Download | Participate | Other Formats | Videos | Reviews | Tell Us How You Use It Libraries have existed for millennia, but today many question their necessity. Brain Teaser Worksheets - Printable Brain Teasers These printable brain teasers will help build vocabulary, creative thinking and logic skills. They're great for kids who need an extra brain-charged challenge. Click on the the core icon below specified worksheets to see connections to the Common Core Standards Initiative.

Which search engine when? Which search engine when? Sometimes you’re not always going to be sure as to which search engine is best for the job. In this section I’ve tried to put together a collection of search engines which do specific things - find images, social media search and so on. Social media tools The issue of backups is always an important one, but something we so often ignore, right up until the moment has passed and it's too late. I have backed up important material onto discs in the past (both CD and DVD), and I have also got data backed up onto several external hard drives. You should also make sure that one of your backups is off site - the distance that I once saw was something like 'double the wing span of a crashed aircraft on your house' which is rather dramatic, but not a figure that you'll forget. Obviously the best place to backup to these days is into the Cloud, and after having a look around I've chosen to go with SquirrelSave which claims to be the UK's #1 service. It's a commercial offering, costing around £60 a year, but it's all automated and works entirely in the background, which is exactly what I wanted. I also have an unlimited amount of space, which is just as well, given that I'm backing up rather a lot.

Finders Readers » Non-Fiction The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer Recommended for: Grades 2-5 When William was 14, he had a great interest in mechanical things. 13 Point Checklist 2009 Last August, I put out a draft/revision in progress version of this document. I appreciate the feedback I received. Here is the final? product. Monster Corner Bookmarks (and Owls!) With Father’s Day coming up, we thought these fun monster bookmarks would go down well.. the best thing is – you can make any design you want.. it doesn’t have to be a Monster Corner Bookmark, but you could make an Alien, an Owl a penguin and bear… and lots lots more.. the the imagination be your limits! We are actually going to make this simple Origami Bookmark in Pip Squeak’s reception class (4-5yrs olds) in a couple of weeks time. It will be interesting to see how they rise to the challenge of basic paper folding techniques. I know they will ADORE the decorating aspect.

The Beginner's Guide to Vine Vine's meteoric rise through the social media world comes as little surprise to anyone who's browsed through the looping six-second video clips that define the app. When Twitter acquired Vine in October 2012 — before the app had even launched — the social network explained the move as part of their search for the next big thing. Living up to expectations, the video sharing app saw 403% growth between Q1 and Q3 of 2013.

Chronicles of a Library Crony On the trip home, I re-lived some of the #AASL13 conference highlights, but am relieved to be back in the north Georgia mountains! I always love the pace of AASL, the exhibit hall frenzy, the tours and dinners, the author Meet-and-Greets, the book signings, the smorgasbord of sessions, meeting great new friends, but so much activity is packed into such a short time. It is impossible to do it all, even though AASL provides eCOLLAB to help us all catch up on what we missed.

Classroom Timers - Fun Timers We've decided to put our new fun timers, and timers for classrooms into a nice sub-section. These are great timers for children, or maybe meetings, or anything really. They just add some extra fun to the usual countdown timers :-)

Love your activities as a proactive librarian, Phil. Good luck with your campaign...I will follow you with interest. by the_libearians Jul 9

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