Tips on Connecting with the New Congress – From Stephanie Vance

The ALA Washington Office held a webinar on November 19, 2012 in which Stephanie Vance (The Advocacy Guru and keynote speaker at MLA 2012) gave an update on the recent elections and tips on how to connect (about library issues) with the new Congress (113th).  The video was recorded and is available at the following link, which also includes some additional materials referenced in the video.

Rocori School District in the News!

Rocori School District made the news via Network World this week! Rocori’s Technical Director, Brian Michalski, was interviewed regarding his approach to launching a new virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) to cut down on costs in the school’s 13 computer labs. Now, rather than operating Windows on each desktop, they’re utilizing VDI. To learn more about this approach, view the article: School District Opts for VDI in Computer Labs.

Recommended App: P2K Money

The helpful website, Parents to Kids Money, has a fantastic free app available to teach kids about the responsibility of money and budgeting. The P2K Money app will teach kids how to create a budget, track their expenses, save their money, and spend wisely. It is an interactive, easy to use, app that allows them to input their “income” (allowance, mowing the lawn, babysitting, etc), expenses, and items on their wish list. Overtime, as they learn the value of careful spending, they will see their “available money” increase as well as the funds they’ve put aside for their wishlist item.

The P2K Money app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. The app requires iOS 3.2 or later.

New York Times: 100 Notable Books of 2012

The New York Times just released their list of the 100 Notable Books of 2012. The list summarizes the best of the best in fiction, poetry & non-fiction in 2012.

How many have you read? Which one is next on your reading list?

I know which ones I will be requesting from my local library soon… Enchantments by Kathryn Harrison and Pure by Julianna Baggott.

EduTech Smackdown Open Mic Night

On December 3rd at 7:00 PM Dr. Joyce Valenza will be hosting TL Virtual Cafe’s EdTech Smackdown Open Mic Night. The event is free and open to all.

Valenza will be sharing her trend list and some of her favorite tech discoveries. The event will be moderated by Gwyneth A. Jones, aka The Daring Librarian and Tiffany Whitehead, aka The Mighty Little Librarian.

Moderators encourage moving beyond listening to sharing during this Open Mic Night! If you’re interested in sharing your own exciting discoveries of the year, please grab a slide/slides and add to the crowd-sourced presentation/book in advance. Share your best recommendations for tips, resources, etc. and help build the interactive resource book.

Those interested in attending the event on December 3rd at 7:00 PM can use this Participant Link.

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