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90% of all new American mothers are millennials, and they buy things differently

To inform the other half of the audience at library story times:

90% of all new American mothers are millennials, and they buy things differently

http://mashable.com/2015/05/14/the-millenial-mom/

Percent of children age 0-17 whose parents are millennials

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“We estimate that Millennials only recently reached critical mass, with a long runway to go,” the report says.

Stephen

Posted on: May 23, 2015, 6:46 am Category: Uncategorized

9 Ways the Most Successful People See Life Differently

9 Ways the Most Successful People See Life Differently
Because success can often be achieved simply by changing your perspective.

http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/9-ways-the-most-successful-people-see-life-differently.html

“Today, start changing your perspective on:

1. Failures
For most of us, failure isn’t the end of the world. Failure is just the end of an idea or a possibility or a dream. When we fail, we can move on to something else, with luck a little wiser and a lot more likely to succeed.

For some, though, failure means going without–or worse, possibly forcing their children to go without.

Failure sucks, but never being able to take a chance on your skills, your experience, and your vision is much, much worse.

Be thankful you have the opportunity to fail on terms you at least partly set. Many people do not.

2. Criticism
People criticize only when they care. While people still care about you or your business, you have the opportunity to do something better, to do something differently, to change their minds–or to just meet in the middle.

Apathy is much, much worse.

3. Unhappiness
When you’re sad, that means you care, and caring is the mother of changing things for the better.

Apathy is much, much worse.

Don’t dwell in unhappiness. Use it as fuel to make your life better.

4. Envy
Think of people you admire. Think of people who have earned your trust and esteem.

Be thankful those people are a part of your life. In fact, don’t just be privately thankful. Tell them how you feel.

That will make them grateful for people like you.

5. Decisions
You might have so many options and potential choices, both business and personal, that you feel stressed and even overwhelmed.

Flip it around: Imagine how it would feel to have few, if any, options. Imagine how it would feel to have few, if any, viable choices.

Be thankful you have options–the more, the better.

6. Struggle
Not unintentional struggle. Intentional struggle: like choosing to work incredibly hard or to push through a mental or physical barrier or to make sacrifices for the good of the people who rely on you.

When you struggle and fight and endure, you not only stretch the limits of what you believe you are capable of, but you also sometimes enter a state of grace that you find only when you strip away what is truly nonessential (which turns out to be most of what you worry about).

Struggling helps you learn who you really are–and who you really want to be.

7. Delays
Remaining patient is rarely fun, but having to wait can be a good thing.

For example, research shows that where vacations are concerned, the biggest boost in happiness comes from planning to get away. And this vacation anticipation boosts happiness for an average of eight weeks.

After the vacation, though, happiness levels quickly drop to baseline levels–usually within days. Soon the people who went on a vacation are no happier than the people who didn’t.

Be thankful you need to wait–especially for something you really want. The anticipation alone is worth it.

Besides, waiting for what you want–not what you need, but what you want–is a luxury only those who are already blessed can afford.

8. Regrets
Think about something you wish you had done better. Or handled differently. Or think about something you wish you had done, but for whatever reason, you didn’t.

Painful? Sure. And motivating.

Use that motivation today. Call a friend you’ve lost touch with. Mend fences with a family member. Be the bigger person and say you’re sorry. Do something you wish you had done.

You’ll be thankful you did.

9. Time
Because you have the time and resources to do something like reading this post, that means you have time: to improve yourself, to consider new ideas, to try to be a better person, to build better relationships with family and friends.

Time is your most important asset and what you should be most thankful for.

Time makes everything else possible. Stop doing things that don’t matter and spend your time making your dreams a reality.”

Stephen

Posted on: May 23, 2015, 6:44 am Category: Uncategorized

6 email mistakes killing your career

6 email mistakes killing your career

http://mashable.com/2015/05/05/career-damaging-email-mistakes/

“Before it’s too late. . .

  1. Being trigger happy with “Forward”: You see an important update in your inbox that you are excited to inform your boss about. It’s tempting to instantly hit forward — you might even feel a sense of accomplishment getting it off your plate and into your boss’s inbox. But think again. Forwarding an email without a note or explanation forces your boss to spend valuable time figuring out the context of the message, and gives no insight into why you thought the message was important for him or her to read.The fix: First, review and edit the subject so that it gets your boss’s attention and provides the right context. Next, write a clear and concise summary. Reference the email (or email chain) below, calling out the key takeaways. Need approval? Clearly outline the request and the positive impact you hope to achieve. Remember that bosses are always interested in outcomes. Bonus points: When possible, make an informed recommendation regarding next steps. Your boss will likely appreciate your insight.
  2. Getting lazy with grammar:

    It’s been decades since anyone expected you to diagram a sentence, but there’s still an expectation in the workplace to send well-written, grammatically correct emails.

    It’s been decades since anyone expected you to diagram a sentence, but there’s still an expectation in the workplace to send well-written, grammatically correct emails. You won’t convey your intelligence and polished writing skills by sending emails full of run-on sentences, multiple exclamation marks, errant semicolons or (worst of all) emoji.The fix: Convey your message via smart language, not unnecessary symbols or poorly written sentences. If you’re excited about something, provide a succinct explanation why instead of using 12 exclamation points and a smiley face. Use short, meaningful sentences that get to the point. With email, always remember: Shorter is better.

  3. Spewing jargon: Writing perfectly composed emails shouldn’t involve “boiling the ocean,” but you will need to take this process from “soup to nuts…” Groaning yet? Even if you aren’t, your boss will be. If you’re cluttering your email with jargon that provides no real insight into the issue at hand, you’re not helping your boss do his or her job. Rather, he or she is going to roll his or her eyes every time your name pops up in the inbox. Not good.The fix: Rid your email of overused jargon. Instead of including phrases like “noodle on it” or “circle the wagons,” think about what you actually want to say. Do you need time to think about a recommendation because you want to do research or speak to another team? Say so and go do it.
  4. Srsly, don’t even: Your boss is not your BFF, and you should not be writing emails that include informal or trendy acronyms. This includes obnoxious abbreviations and, unless it’s in a social media context, hashtags.The fix: Think about how to sound approachable but informed. It’s fine to be conversational with your boss, but be sure to keep the topic and your views professional. Make your emails relevant, and help your boss relate by tying your recommendations and insights back to real-world events and anecdotes, not by making pop-culture references or using slang for the heck of it.
  5. “Replying All” all day long: Every office has one –- a person who refuses to stop using “Reply All.” Most teams use an email alias/group to communicate important updates and ask questions. These are great tools, but only when used wisely and only if relevant toevery person in the alias/group. “Replying all” in the wrong context will unnecessarily clutter your boss’s already overflowing inbox –- something he or she is sure to be annoyed by.The fix: If senior team members are included in an email group, then use it only when necessary. If you are going back and forth with team members, take the alias off the note. Once you’ve come to a point where you need senior input, then re-add the alias or engage your boss directly.
  6. Filing and sorting: Did you know that one in six Americans say sorting through emails actually decreases their productivity? Although it is sometimes a task you feel you have to tackle to be productive, sorting your inbox may cause you to lose focus and, in turn, lose time. What’s more, keeping emails perfectly filed becomes increasingly difficult as you climb the corporate ladder, so kick this habit now.The fix: Focus on smart prioritization of tasks that you need to accomplish, and make goals with concrete deadlines. When relevant, share these with your team. Your time is far better spent crafting a to-do list based on the projects/moving pieces for the day than by letting inbox clean-up drain your attention and productivity.”

Stephen

Posted on: May 22, 2015, 6:18 am Category: Uncategorized

How Social Media is Affecting Our Mental Health

How Social Media is Affecting Our Mental Health

https://guncarryinglibrarian.wordpress.com/2015/05/06/social-media-and-your-mental-health/

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Stephen

Posted on: May 22, 2015, 6:06 am Category: Uncategorized

Library Facebook Images Dropbox is moving.

This is a great resource for anyone posting to their public library’s social media accounts and websites.  Sign up to get access to the esteemed Ben Bizzle’s project to collect and share.

Library Facebook Images Dropbox is moving.

Sign up at LibraryMarket.com

When Ben Bizzle created the “Library Facebook Images Dropbox” to share highly engaging social media images with the library community, he never imagined it would grow to a collection of over 1,000 images, with more than 800 librarian members. Shared Dropbox folders were never designed to be a platform for that level of collaboration. Therefore, the collection has been moved to a far more suitable web based platform, hosted and supported by Library Market. Sign up today and make sure to bookmark the page for quick and easy access.

The old Dropbox folder will no longer be available beginning June 1, 2015.

Posted on: May 21, 2015, 10:09 am Category: Uncategorized

Results of South Carolina School Library Impact Study Now Available

Results of South Carolina School Library Impact Study Now Available

Via Gary Price at LJ InfoDocket

http://www.infodocket.com/2015/05/14/results-of-south-carolina-school-library-impact-study-now-available/

From the South Carolina Association of School Librarians Web Site:

The South Carolina School Library Impact Study has been completed. During the SCASL conference in March 2015 a concurrent session was held to inform members of the study results.

The findings are available in two reports.

Reports

Phase 1: How Libraries Transform Schools by Contributing to Student Success: Evidence Linking South Carolina School Libraries and PASS & HSAP Results (79 pages; PDF)

http://www.scasl.net/assets/phase%20i.pdf

Usable responses from 787 schools to the South Carolina School Library Survey provided data on:
Numbers of librarians and library assistants
Library expenditures, both total and per student
Hours per week librarians spend teaching information literacy (combining reported data on collaborative planning, collaborative teaching, and independent teaching)
Circulation of library resources, both total and per student
Size of library print and e-book collections
Numbers of computers available to students in libraries as well as elsewhere in schools
Average number of group visits to libraries per week

Phase 2: How Libraries Transform Schools by Contributing to Stdent Success: Evidence Linking South Carolina School Libraries and PASS & HSAP Results, Phase II (52 pages: PDF)

https://scasl.memberclicks.net/assets/phase%202.pdf

The second phase of the South Carolina study, which is the focus of this second report, is an analysis of data collected in surveys of South Carolina school administrators, teachers, and librarians and test results from the state’s Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) for elementary and middle school students. While high school educators are included in the overall survey analysis, their sample size was insufficient to examine the relationships between their survey responses and test results from the state’s High School Assessment Program (HSAP) for high school students. Where possible, the accuracy of responding educators’ assessments of library teaching of standards was checked against actual state test results by standard.

Notably, this is the first state in which such a study has been conducted where this type of validity check has been possible, owing to the ready availability of standard-level test results.

SCASL also released this infographic.

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Stephen

Posted on: May 21, 2015, 6:39 am Category: Uncategorized

K-12 Report: Assessment Readiness, Money, & Privacy Top Priorities for School Technology Leaders New Findings Revealed at CoSN’s Annual Conference in Atlanta

K-12 Report: Assessment Readiness, Money, & Privacy Top Priorities for School Technology Leaders
New Findings Revealed at CoSN’s Annual Conference in Atlanta
Washington, DC
Monday, March 16, 2015

http://cosn.org/about/news/k-12-report-assessment-readiness-money-privacy-top-priorities-school-technology-leaders

“Washington, DC (March 16, 2015) – According to CoSN’s (the Consortium for School Networking’s) 3rd annual K-12 IT Leadership Survey, school system technology leaders expressed greatest concern for assessment readiness, funding, and the privacy and security of student data.

The new findings, released today at the association’s 2015 Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA, provide K-12 leadership and stakeholders with a clearer sense of education technology challenges and priorities.

“Strong IT leadership is integral to the success of schools and districts,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN. “The decisions IT leaders make affect schools and the students they serve far into the future. CoSN conducts this survey to gain a better understanding of the state of the chief technology officer (CTO) and gain deeper insight into who they are. The trends, challenges, and priorities that emerge from the survey results inform CoSN’s activities and help us to better address the changing needs of our membership.”

Key findings of the report include:

  • For the second straight year, assessment readiness is the number one priority for IT leaders, yet less than 30 percent report they are fully prepared for online assessments.
  • Despite 30 percent reporting budget increases, 54 percent still indicate that they do not have enough money to “meet overall expectations of the school board / district leaders.”
  • K-12 IT leaders are increasingly worried about the privacy and security of student data; fifty-seven percent said the issue is more important than it was last year. In 2014, CoSN launched a    Protecting Privacy in Connected Learning initiative to help district technology leaders overcome this growing challenge.
  • Respondents expect their instructional materials to be at least 50 percent digital within the next three years.
  • K-12 IT leaders are not as well compensated as their counterparts in the private sector. Private sector chief technology officers (CTOs) in the bottom 10 percent of the private earnings range still earn more than the average K-12 IT Leader.
  • Female K-12 IT leaders earn less than their male counterparts. Among leaders in the lowest salary range, 65 percent are women.
  • K-12 IT leadership lacks diversity – 88 percent of leaders are white. While that percentage somewhat aligns with the general population of whites in the United States (78 percent), it does not reflect the make-up of the K-12 student body, which is projected this year to have a majority non-white population.
  • Leaders have extensive education technology experience. A remarkable 89 percent have been in education technology for more than six years, 42 percent for more than 10 years, and 31 percent for more than 20.
  • Leaders are very busy. Seventy-four percent are in charge of both instructional and administrative technology.
  • Fifty-eight percent of CTOs / chief information officers / district technology directors report to their superintendents — a best practice identified by CoSN.

The K-12 IT Leadership Survey was conducted in partnership with MDR and sponsored by SchoolDude.

For more about the survey, including previous year results, please visit: cosn.org/itsurvey2015, #CoSN15.

About CoSN 
CoSN is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. The mission of CoSN is to empower educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments. Visit cosn.org or call 866-267-08747 to find out more about CoSN’s focus areas, annual conference and events, advocacy and policy, membership, and the CETL certification exam.

– See more at: http://cosn.org/about/news/k-12-report-assessment-readiness-money-privacy-top-priorities-school-technology-leaders#sthash.fBgfIk2X.dpuf

Stephen

Posted on: May 21, 2015, 6:04 am Category: Uncategorized