IASL Annual Conference, 2009


Annual Conference of the International Association of School Librarianship(IASL), 2009 concluded in September First week in Padua, Italy. IASL is the premier International Professional organization in School Librarianship. It has been conducting training programmes, workshops,seminars and conferences every year dealing with the different aspects of school librarianship. The Association has an elected governing body and members from around the world.

The 2009 conference theme was,School Libraries in the Picture: Preparing Pupils and Students for the Future. UNESCO also participated at the conference.

Read the news on the conference on UNESCO Portal

The proceedings and abstracts of the papers are available at the Conference website and the IASL website.

Scoopler: The real time search engine (2.0)



Scoopler can be called as a Search Engine 2.0. Search for any topic, you will get results from live feeds of the web 2.0 environments.

The about page says:

Scoopler is a real-time search engine. We aggregate and organize content being shared on the internet as it happens, like eye-witness reports of breaking news, photos and videos from big events, and links to the hottest memes of the day. We do this by constantly indexing live updates from services including Twitter, Flickr, Digg, Delicious and more. When you search for a topic on Scoopler, we give you the most relevant results, updated in real-time.

Try it.

Time’s List of Best Blogs 2009

Here is the list of Top Blogs  of 2009 as selected by the Time magazine
  1. Talking Points Memo
  2. The Huffington Post
  3. Lifehacker
  4. Metafilter
  5. The Daily Dish by Andrew Sullivan
  6. Freakonomics
  7. BoingBoing
  8. Got2BeGreen
  9. Zen Habits
  10. The Conscience of a Liberal: Paul Krugman
  11. Crooks and Liars
  12. Generación Y
  13. Mashable
  14. Slashfood
  15. Official Google Blog
  16. synthesis
  17. bleat
  18. /Film
  19. Seth Godin’s Blog
  20. Deadspin: Sports News without Access, Favor, or Discretion
  21. Dooce
  22. Confessions of a Pioneer Woman
  23. Said the Gramophone
  24. Detention Slip
  25. Bad Astronomy
Most Overrated Blogs
  1. TechCrunch
  2. Gawker
  3. Jim Cramer’s Blog
  4. PerezHilton.com
  5. Daily Kos: State of the Nation

Courtesy: www.time.com

Everyone’s Reading 11-18 Reading List


School Library Association (SLA), UK released Everyone’s Reading 11-18 reading list in their Riveting Reads plus series.

This is a very useful and interesting Reading list which mainly caters English books.

Anyway we can use it for selecting some books for our libraries.

“Eileen Armstrong has compiled this extensive list which was commissioned by the Department for Children, Schools and Families, and includes an introduction by Alec Williams. The booklist contains around 260 titles young people from 11 to 18 will enjoy, arranged by catchy themes such as "Boggle" and "Indulge". The list contains material for boys and for girls, for reluctant and struggling readers, for students learning English as an additional language, and some titles to interest older students. The introduction includes lots of ideas and practical suggestions for schools to help instil a reading culture, and to encourage reading amongst those less enthusiastic and less able students. Written by Alec Williams, it provides 18 pages of comprehensive advice on how to use the booklist, general ideas about promoting reading for pleasure, how to reach specific target groups, and evaluating what you have done.

There will be a book-gifting scheme associated with Everyone’s Reading 11-18, which will launch in the autumn – state secondary schools in England will be entitled to 15 books from the list. Meanwhile you can download copies of the list at http://www.everyonesreading.org.uk