Sound and Light, or Belltones and Visual Literacy: Author Johanna Riddle Describes a Number of Projects That Can Serve as Examples to Help You with an Essential 21st Century Teaching Task

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AS you read this, we are in the final preparations for our Internet@Schools East conference later this month in Washington, D.C. We're jazzed! Highlights include Joyce Valenza, who will open the conference Thursday, March 23, with a talk entitled Virtual School Libraries and 21st-Century Service, and Alice Yucht, whose session Using RSS for Really Savvy "Resourcery," or How Bloglines Made Me Look Brilliant will kick off the Friday, March 24 tracks. The 2-day event, concurrent and co-located with Information Today, Inc.'s Computers in Libraries conference, comprises four half-day tracks: The Virtual School Library Imperative; Issues, Ideas & Resources for the Profession; School Libraries on the Cutting Edge; and Digital Imagery, Visual Literacy, & College-Level Research Skills. Needless to say, we'd like to see you and your colleagues there! Check out the program online at http://www.infotoday. com/I@SE2006/ ... or inside this issue of MMIS.

And as for this issue itself, it features the debut column of Mary Ann Bell, whom I noted last time in this space as the replacement for retiring Learning Unleashed! columnist Trevor Shaw. Mary Ann has chosen to call her column Belltones, and it will indeed be a place where she can "sound off" on library, Internet, and educational technology subjects and issues that concern her as well as all practitioners in K-12 libraries. …