Gandalf reading a book. "A Wizard is never late, nor is he early. He returns his books precisely when he's meant to"

Making Posters - Productive Procrastination

Some of the most commented-upon posters on my library walls are these classics from the wonderful PaperZip website (click the images for links to high quality downloads): I've also got a few nice comments about this Spock poster I made myself: A student said to me the other week, "You just need a Star Wars […]

Quick and Easy Design

Last week - at short notice - I was told that I needed to put together some reading lists to hand out to parents and students when they came in to school on Student Review Day (SRD) to encourage them to visit the school library. I added this job to my never-ending, ever-expanding list of […]

Thing 23: Making It Work Together

Here it is - the final Thing! I made it! A lot of ground has been covered in these 23 Things, so an obvious question is, "How do I stay on top of all these tools, platforms, streams and other gubbins?". An answer would be to have a look at Rudaí23's final Thing! They suggest […]

Thing 21: Infographics

Infographics are a fun and striking way to present information and have caught on in a big way. I have been a fan of David McCandless' work for a while now - if you haven't already, you should check out his books Information Is Beautiful and Knowledge Is Beautiful. Are infographics better than a traditional Excel/PowerPoint […]

Things 19 and 20: The Legals and Presentations

I am in danger of losing my momentum with Rudaí23 Things, so in an effort to get back in the swing of writing - and to get caught up so I can finish the course in time - I am going to look briefly at two Things in this post: Thing 19 - The Legal […]

Thing 16: Collaboration Tools

I work in a "Google School" - we use Gmail rather than Outlook; Google Docs, Sheets and Slides rather than MS Office; Chrome to browse the internet; we have Chromebooks for students; and we collaborate using Google Drive. My line manager meeting notes go on the Drive, all staff notices and minutes and procedures and […]

Key web trends layed out like the Tokyo Subway map.

Thing 8: Curation Tools

The internet is full of Great Stuff (GS). It is, however, even fuller of Stuff of Questionable Value (SQV). How, then, do we sort through All The Stuff (ATS) to separate the eWheat from the iChaff? That's where we information professionals come in to our own! Libraries and librarians have long been about finding the […]