Head for the Edge columns
from Library Media Connection, Technology Connection, The Book Report, and Library Talk magazines - Linworth Publishing

Most of these columns, updated and edited, can be found in my book School Libraries Head for the Edge. Buy it and I might be able to afford a nicer nursing home one day. Thank you.

The online version of these columns will appear the school year following their publication in print.

Special note from Linworth Publishing: If you say you “saw it on my website, you will receive a $5 discount on any of my books.


It’s Personal” August/September 2014
Libraries in the Age of Information Plenty” October 2014
The Librarian as Technology Integration Specialist” November/December 2014
When Missions Diverge” January/February 2015 
Giving Up” March/April 2015
Challenge of Change Agency” May/June 2015


10 Ways to Promote Online Resouces, August/September 2013
Everything I Know About Engagement I Learned in Kindergarten, October 2013
The Online Librarian, November/December 2013
School Libraries - a Student Right, January/February 2014
Collaboration at a Higher Level, March/April 2014
Easy Changes for a More Student-Friendly Facility, May/June 2014


Bring Your Own Device to the Library, August/September 2012
10 Ways to Encourage Creativity in Your Library, October 2012
21 Dangerous Statements Librarians Make, November 2012
The Entrepreneurial Librarian, January/February 2013
The Neglected Side of Intellectual Freedom, March/April 2013
The Swiss Army Knife Approach, May/June 2013 


Speaking Where Others Are Listening, August/September 2011
Who Doesn’t Get It?, October/November 2011
The Last of the Book-Only Librarians, December 2011
Freedom to Learn (due process and filtering), January/February 2012
Rules of Advocacy, March/April 2012
Transparency and Trust, May/June 2012


School Libraries as a Third Place, August/September 2010
The E-book Non-Plan, October 2010
What Does a Good Library Tell You About a School, November/December 2010
These Horses Are Out of the Barn - Ride’m, January/February 2011
Signs of a Welcoming Library, March/April 2011
GoogleApps and Librarians, May/June 2011


800 Words, August/September 2009
Leadership or Management?, October/November 2009
Format Bigotry, November/December 2009
21st Century Libraries and 20th Century Schools, January/February 2010
Don’t Confuse Social Networking with Educational Networking, March/April 2010
Gone Missing, May/June 2010


Continuing Education, August/September 2008
From Cop to Counselor on Copyright, October 2008
The Other Shoe Redux, November 2008
Building Capacity for Empathy, January/February 2009
Constructive Criticism, March/April 2009
Starting Off on the Right Foot, May/June 2009

Don’t Defend That Book, August/September 2007
MUVE It, October 2007
A Father-Son Chat (copyright for creators), November 2007
BLB or PLC?, January 2008
My Next Library Catalog Needs…, January 2008
How to Destroy Any School Library Program, March 2008
Perceptions, April/May 2008

The Importance of Bricks, August/September 2006
The Decline of Reading, October 2006
The Power of Parents, November 2006
Evaluating Collectively-Created Information, January 2007
A Trick Question, January 2007
Nickel and Dimed, March 2007
What Gets Tested Gets Taught, April/May 2007

Technology Dinosaurs, September 2005
The Need for Community, October 2005
Names Can Never Hurt Me, November/December 2005
Caution with Collaboration, January 2006
HPLUKS, February 2006
Letter from the Flat World Library Corporation, March 2006
Librarians 2.0, April/May 2006

The Other Side of Plagiarism, September 2004
Owning Our Curriculum, October 2004
Whose Voices Are Most Powerful? November/December 2004
Common Sense Economy, January 2005
A Short Guide to Computer Security, February, 2005
Librarianship as a Subversive Profession, March 2005
A Secret Weapon - Niceness, May 2005

Weed! August/September 2003
So Tell Us a Little About Yourself (Data privacy) October 2003
Foiling the Language Police November/December 2003
Exposing Shameful Little Secrets (NCLB) January 2004
A Valentine (Supporting paraprofessionals) February 2004
Difficult Times, Difficult People March 2004
Schools Are More than the Sum of their Scores
April/May 2004

Did You Hear the One About…? (personal use of technology in school), September/October 2002
Old Folks and Technology, November/December 2002
The ‘M’ Word (Mandates), January 2003
Freedom and Filters, February 2003
No Principal Left Behind, March 2003
Top Ten Things Baby Teachers Should Know About School Libraries, April 2003

Faith Based Computing, September 2001
What Happened to the Good Old Days of Education?, November 2001
Everyday Problem-Solving, January 2002
Once Upon a Time (the power of telling stories), March 2002
Join Us (the importance of professional associations), May 2002

Creating High Temptation Environments, September 2000
Intelligence Deficit Syndrome, November 2000
‘Tis a Joy to Be Simple, January 2001
Getting the Job You Deserve, March 2001
Whose Goals Are They Anyway?, May 2001

Creating Fat Kids Who Don’t Like to Read, September 1999
Important Research, November 1999
There Isn’t a Train I Wouldn’t Take, January 2000
Techno-Parenting, March 2000
The Future of Books Revisited - May 2000

Teaching Ethical Behaviors, September 1998
A Stone Soup Mentality, November 1998
Getting What You Ask For, January 1999
Slideshow Safety, March 1999
The 21st Century Teacher, May 1999

Examining the Enchantment of Technology, September 1997
Advisory Advice, October 1997
Prognostication, November 1997
Mischief and Mayhem, December 1997
Citizenship and Technology, January 1998
Customizing Education, February 1998
The School of Hard Knocks, March 1998
A Work in Progress, April 1998
Librarians are from Venus; Technologists are from Mars, May 1998

E-Musings, September 1996
Giving and Taking, October 1996
How We Spend Our Days, November 1996
WIIFM?, December 1996
Computer Diversity, January 1997
Putting Computer Skills in Their Place, February 1997
The Changing Face of School Research, March 1977
Intranet? Very Intra-resting!, April 1997
A Cautionary Column, May 1997

Getting Wise About Technology, September 1995
Are You Doing the Wrong Things Better With Technology? October 1995
Six Ways to Beat the Study Hall Syndrome in Your Media Center, November 1995
Emerging Technologies, Emerging Concerns, December 1995
Copy, Cut, Plagiarize, January 1996
The DJ Factor: Why Technical Support is Critical, February 1996
New Resources, New Selection Skills, March 1996
Learned Helplessness, May 1996
Who Needs Print? June 1996
How Important is Certification, (submitted and rejected)

Making Change Work for You, February 1995
The Sound of the Other Shoe Dropping, March 1995
The Future of Books, April 1995
Embracing Ambiguity, May 1995
Praise for Media Specialists Who.., June 1995