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SPLAT well represented at Internet Librarian 2016

It was a great Internet Librarian Conference for SPLAT representation this year! A total of four current and former SPLAT members were in attendance and gave presentations. Current members Deana Brown and Crystal Miller shared their experiences with SPLAT’s Summer Adventures on a panel, “Engagement Strategies: Different problems, similar solutions”. They shared how these face-to-face interactions

Can’t wait to see you at ILA!

Are you heading to the ILA Annual Conference in Idaho Falls? We’d love to see you at one of the many presentations by current SPLAT leaders! THURSDAY 10-11am BoiseCodes: A Citywide Coding Initiative William Nation & Kate Radford, Boise Public Library In March, 2016 the City of Boise launched an initiative called Boise Codes to

SWILA (still) on my mind

I had the great pleasure of getting to attend, and co-facilitate a session at, the Southwest Idaho Library Association’s unconference in April at the Collister branch of the Boise Public Library. This was my first unconference, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. My morning started off with a crafty vibe as everyone decorated their

A what-y what-y?

I’m excited to share Makey Makeys with you today! Makey Makeys can be used to turn anything conductive into a button for your computer. You can use them with bananas, carrots, water, tinfoil, the list goes on! I’ve used them to teach people about basic circuits, and to get them thinking about how they might

How to teach science

Seth Godin has a great blog post today on how to teach science. His 4 main points were: 1) Start with the method 2) Science makes sense, it’s not magic 3) Then the vocabulary 4) Metaphors are how we understand As I read through, I realized this is also a great list to use when

Am I a librarian?

There have been many changes at my library recently, and they’ve gotten me thinking about what it means to be a librarian. I’m sure many of you have seen the memes about various professions. Here’s one about librarian’s. There are other versions of this, but this one rings true to me. I spend my days helping