mauilibrarian2's Nominations for the 2012 Edublog Awards #eddies12

My nominations for the 2012 EduBlogs Awards are all about being inspired and helped throughout this year.

I highly recommend and nominate:

Best group blog -  Hawaii Book Blog (soon to be Hawaii Reads). Yes, I know it's a local blog, but Misty-Lynn and Alex give me hope for the future. Every state should have young people like these to carry on and spread the love of books and reading.

Best class blog -  Mrs. Yollis' Classroom Blog. Linda Yollis' seamless use of blogs to have her 2nd and 3rd grade students reach out globally is so inspiring.

Best ed tech / resource sharing blog - Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. Med Kharbach does an excellent job of curating edtech tools. I consult this blog every day!

Best teacher blogTeaching Like It's 2999. I met Jennie Magiera at #GTANY and she is an educator on fire! She is forward-thinking and so enthusiastic -- a mover and shaker, IMO.

Best library / librarian blog -  A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet. Every time Julie Greller (cybrarian77) comes out with a list of resources, I'm all eyes and ears. She has a real knack for finding the crème de la crème.

Best administrator blog: A Principal's Reflections. Eric Sheninger's opinions are always thought-provoking. Creativity and Why It Matters is today's gem.

Best individual tweeter @AuntyTech. Donna Baumbach leverages the power of her tweets by using and rebelmouse. She's a frequent contributor to #TLChat. Her tweets are so useful!

Best twitter hashtag #TLChat. This is my bread-and-butter go-to hashtag for educational resources that rock. I access it via

Best free web tool - Google Apps for Education. This ubiquitous, dynamic set of tools provides a solid online workplace for students to organize, create, collaborate, and publish. Empowering.

Best educational use of audio / video / visual / podcast  - TeacherCast. The brainchild of Jeffrey Bradbury, this network produces volumes of quality content. The variety of educational experts on the show is astonishing.

Best open PD / unconference / webinar seriesGoogle EducationOnAirThis is a very well put together program by The Giant. The offerings are practical and Google+ Hangouts is such a fun way to participate. The topper is the Past Recordings archive, assuring us that we won't miss a thing. More, please!

Best educational use of a social network  iPad Education Dreams. This Facebook group makes everyone an administrator (you can request to be invited). Created by Josh Reppun, this burgeoning group is a stellar example of how people who are passionate about an educational topic come together and generously provide support for one another. 

Best mobile app -  TripIt. This handy little free app was recommended to my by a colleague this summer at #ISTE12 and I have been using it ever since. Takes the worry out of travel plans.

Lifetime achievement - Jerry Blumengarten, the one and only cybraryman. My hero, 'nuff said.

What about you? Who or what inspired you this year?

Nominations are open until November 26, and here's a quick link to the form.


Four Ways to Keep Track of Who Uses eReaders

Interested in who uses eReaders? Here are four ways to keep track:

1.  Read reports and surveys of research organizations.

Check out these reports from Pew Research

Here's a Harris Poll of 2,056 adults: No Surprise, eReader Use Continues to Grow.

If you're really serious about knowing about the status of the ereader industry, you can fork over $4500.00 (!) for International Data Corporation's Worldwide and U. S. eReader 2012-2016 Forecast which covers statistics for Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo Inc., Pandigital Inc., and Sony.

If you want to pay less ($635.00) check out the eBooks and eReaders: 2012 report by Research and Markets.
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2. Look for infographics on the subject.

Here are a couple of infographics for your review, courtesy of The Digital Reader:

(It would be interesting to know more about the demographics of this survey conducted by

This infographic uses data from Pew, and Gizmodo.

Pinterest is the mother lode of infographics, of course. Here's my favorite board:

(53 pins as of this writing)

As with all infographics, be sure to read the fine print at the bottom to determine the authoritativeness of the data source(s).

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3. Monitor up-to-the-minute developments and trends via blogs and Twitter.

I recommend adding these sites/blogs to your reader (I use Google Reader);

Pew Internet Libraries
Publishers Weekly's digital content and ebooks section
The Digital Reader
Digital Book World
Publishing Trends
The digital publishing section of
Publishing Perspectives

If you're a Twitter user, I've created a short Digital Publishing list. I invite you to subscribe.

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4. If you're interested in how ereading affects libraries, follow these three great resources.

No Shelf Required
eBooks, eReaders, and Libraries on, curated by Buffy J. Hamilton
The Digital Shift (Library Journal, School Library Journal)

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And there you have it, four ways to keep up with what's happening with ereaders! This is by no means a comprehensive list. Please comment below if you have suggestions.

To my dear author friend who asked me to do some investigative work on ereaders, I hope this helps! The state of the digital publishing industry is a subject in which I'm keenly interested. I learned a lot writing this article!

Happy reading!


(Cross-posted in my SEABURY READS blog)

We're Having a Mock Presidential Election at our School!

Democracy in action! So exciting!

Mrs. Middleton's U. S. History classes are in charge of conducting a school-wide mock presidential election on Tuesday.

Click on the cartoon below to get to our Elections LibGuide.  You can learn all about the presidential candidates, the issues, and how the electoral college works.

Voting will take place during both lunches, and students will have a choice between a written or electronic ballot (courtesy of Google forms). There will be 3 separate groups: upper school students, middle school students, and faculty.

And to the adults: be sure to vote on Tuesday, if you haven't already!


P. S. Thanks to students Dylan West-Vonn Sonn and Taka Tsutsui for creating the very cool electronic ballots!