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Ed-Tech Book Deserves to Be Widely Read

I could not be more excited or honored than to have worked with editors Les Lloyd and Gabriel Barreneche on Educational Technology for the Global Village, coming soon from ITI. Thanks to a number of outstanding contributors who shared their knowledge and experience, this relatively slim 200-page book succeeds brilliantly in informing and inspiring us in regard to how technology can and is being used to uplift resource-deficient schools and communities all over the world.


“ET/GV” includes a number of practical, insightful articles on various gizmos (like iPads) that can make a difference, but for me what makes it crazy good–and important reading for a wide swath of engaged adults–are the real stories (can we please not call them case studies?) of teachers who are inspiring their students to help less-advantaged children in ways that will have a huge and lasting impact not just on the recipients but on those doing the giving. The service-learners.

(I hadn’t a clue about service-learning until Les and Gabriel explained it to me. And I have to wonder: where were these programs when I was in school? Service-learning is a no-brainer–everyone wins!)

The incredible learning programs you will read about in ET/GV, in other words, not only benefit disadvantaged schools and communities around the world, but instill in our students a lifelong passion for volunteerism. Yes, the projects all hinge on “technology,” but it’s the intersection between the technology and the humanity of the youthful protagonists in these stories that makes Educational Technology for the Global Village a book you’ll want to read, pass along, and talk about. To read it is to want to become a more active global citizen, and I’m willing to bet you’ll end up sharing its message with the educators and young people in your life. 

So there’s a ToC, Introduction, and sample chapter available on the book’s webpage. Whatever you do don’t miss the part about how students from Rollins College in Florida went to San Miguel de Allende to teach Mexican schoolchildren basic computer skills. That’s what I’m talking about. And, then, if you feel so inspired, order the book while it’s still available at the 40% preorder discount. (The offer ends on April 28 when the book makes its debut.)

Congrats to Les Lloyd and Gabriel Barreneche and their marvelous contributors. Educational Technology for the Global Village is a winner!




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This is nitty-gritty stuff — and it’s really cool!

buying-selling-info-cover-smallWe just put out a news release on Mike Gruenberg’s new ITI book, Buying and Selling InformationIt’s the first time I can recall our ever working with an author on the vendor side of the information equation. And it’ll be the last. (Just kidding, Mike — I really do want to hear about your novel.) … but seriously, while the book does get into some nitty-gritty issues it isn’t a recitation of dry facts or a Big Database Company whitewash job  – far from it. It’s a very personal, interesting, and I might even say profound discussion of how relationships are successfully developed, nurtured, and built to last.

And, uniquely, the relationships in question are those between info pro and sales rep — you know, those on the opposite side of the table when a library database is being discussed, then (hopefully) bought and sold. Mike has done a superb job in his coverage of the topic, and he even includes an awesome little musical tidbit to open each chapter. (It seems Mike is almost as nuts about music as I am. I knew there was something I liked about that guy!)

Please join me in congratulating this legendary sales rep who has now joined the ranks of published authors, and if you think of anyone who might appreciate Buying and Selling Information, let ‘em know we have plenty of copies to sell at a discount, and free shipping, to boot. (It’s also available as an ebook.)

If anyone is interested, I’ll post two early cover mock-ups. They are whimsical and I really loved them, but was browbeaten by parties who shall remain nameless into approving the more “authoritative” design you see here. (Let me know if you want to see these because at least one person’s got to care…)

Onward and Upward!

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Archiving Gets Personal

Yesterday, our ambitious little book publishing division here at ITI launched a terrific new title that’s all about “personal digital archiving.”

I’d never heard the phrase until my friend and colleague Donald T. Hawkins approached me a couple of years ago with the idea of putting together a book on the topic. (“Is this old wine in new bottles?” I wondered.) Well, Don made a very persuasive case, we signed him to a book contract, and–working indefatigably and enthusiastically to enlist and guide a knowledgeable cast of contributors–he proceeded to produce one of the best books we’ll publish in this or any other year.

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A Networking Book That’s “Unputdownable”?

Today’s the day! Gnik Rowten–that’s “networking” spelled backward–is the Man of the Hour as Ron Sukenick’s and Ken Williams’ awesome new CyberAge Book takes flight.

21 Days to Success Through Networking: The Gnik Rowten Story is a highly entertaining, must-read business parable for new and aspiring networkers as well as for experienced networkers looking for fresh ideas and inspiration.

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A not-to-be missed career guide for librarians

Career Q&A: A Librarian's Real-Life, Practical Guide to Managing a Successful Career

Congratulations to Susanne Markgren and Tiffany Eatman Allen on the publication of Career Q&A!  I’m excited and honored that these library career pros entrusted their terrific book to our publishing program.  (Special thanks to Rachel Singer Gordon for her key role in making it happen.)

The ebook is coming very soon–I promise!


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