Quality Resource: International Children’s Digital Library

Are you looking for a new source for online children’s literature that includes books from many languages? The International Children’s Digital Library (ICDL) is a nonprofit dedicated to supporting the world’s children in becoming effective members of the global community by making the best in children’s literature available online free of charge. Read their mission statement to learn more about why they do what they do and check out their “Using the Library” page to learn how to find just what you’re looking for! Clicking “Read Books” will bring you right into their simple search feature and using the links below will bring you to a few of my favorites, great for projecting for an entire classroom or library 🙂 When Sophie Gets Angry, Really, Really Angry I SPY: A book of picture riddles Harlem  Remember, use your best judgement to assess the authenticity of the titles included, time period the book was published, and the audience they are intended for. Happy reading! Your librarian, Katelyn Martens-Rodriguez

Quality Resource: Center for the Study of Public Domain

Are you interested in learning more about public domain? Check out Duke University’s Center for the Study of Public Domain. What is public domain anyway? “The public domain is the realm of material—ideas, images, sounds, discoveries, facts, texts—that is unprotected by intellectual property rights and free for all to use or build upon. Our economy, culture and technology depend on a delicate balance between that which is, and is not, protected by exclusive intellectual property rights. Both the incentives provided by intellectual property and the freedom provided by the public domain are crucial to the balance. But most contemporary attention has gone to the realm of the protected. The Center for the Study of the Public Domain at Duke Law School is the first university center in the world devoted to the other side of the picture.  Founded in September of 2002, as part of the school’s wider intellectual property program, its mission is to promote research and scholarship on the contributions of the public domain to speech, culture, science and innovation, to promote debate about the balance needed in our intellectual property system and to translate academic research into public policy solutions. The Center’s Faculty Co-Directors are James Boyle, David […]

Resource Curation and Learning Guides

Are you, your colleagues, or friends looking to learn about a particular subject? Are you trying to find the best resources for your students for them to do a research assignment? Sometimes curated lists and learning guides are the best way to go. An open search on your favorite engine (most likely Google) doesn’t always lead to the best items. Why not have you or your students work from a list of links, videos, and additional resources that has been preselected by a librarian? I’m able to make a timeline of events (as shown in the second link below) or simply curate resources for you. If your school or community has a great librarian, awesome! If not, I’m here to help. Not sure what kinds of things I’m referring to? Check out a few examples. One aimed at students and one aimed at adults. Scientists Learning Guide Adult Learning Guide: Gun Violence Simply email me (katelyn at circulatingknowledge dot com) about your topic of interest and we’ll work out an affordable option to make it happen! Your librarian, Katelyn Martens-Rodriguez

Quality Resource: Planned Parenthood for Educators

Most people are familiar with the name Planned Parenthood; however, did you know they provide digital tools and lesson plans for educators? The videos use a variety of couples, alongside a narrator, to role play different scenarios (don’t worry, there is nothing explicit about these short clips). I find their video section to be especially helpful in assisting with a dialogue on: Safe Sex STD Testing Telling someone you have an STD Consent Follow the links below to learn about various lesson plans, videos, and even apps to be used with students. What is sex education?  Digital Tools  – There are even a list of apps split into middle school and high school usage. Happy learning! Your librarian, Katelyn Martens-Rodriguez

Book Recommendation: Scales on Censorship

Scales on Censorship: Real Life Lessons from School Library Journal written by Pat R. Scales, edited by Rebecca T. Miller and Barbara A. Genco, is a must-read for any librarian or educator interested in or dealing with issues of censorship. Though much of this information is available online through Scales’ column with SLJ, it’s handy to read it in one package. The chapters organize Q&A collected from Pat Scales’ decades of experience into topical bundles of usefulness. Whether you’re looking for advice, useful online resources, or simply want to learn more, check out Scales on Censorship at your local library! The Scales on Censorship column is still going strong at SLJ, check it out at: Scales on Censorship Column Your librarian, Katelyn Martens-Rodriguez

Quality Resource: Kevin Henkes Website

I’ve been a fan of Kevin Henkes’ books for quite some time yet somehow had no idea there were such great resources to accompany them. From memory games to coloring to recipes and even teaching guides (Common Core aligned Author Study as well), there’s sure to be something you’re interested in. Check them out at: Keven Henkes for Teachers and Librarians Happy reading! Your librarian, Katelyn Martens-Rodriguez