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What is information literacy?

A short video produced by the University of Sheffield Library explaining what information literacy is, and how it can help you. (MT: @EleniZazani Nicely done video on "What is information literacy?
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Judy Blume To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award From American Academy Of Arts And Letters

Judy Blume To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award From American Academy Of Arts And Letters | Library world, new trends, technologies | Scoop.it

Today in good news, children's author Judy Blume will receive a lifetime achievement award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The Tales of a Fourth-Grade Nothing author is one of 19 writers who will be honored at the Academy of Arts and L

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8 Exemplary Libraries Selected as Winners of 2017 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards

8 Exemplary Libraries Selected as Winners of 2017 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards | Library world, new trends, technologies | Scoop.it

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Library Association (ALA) have selected eight projects as recipients of the 201


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A (Semi) Comprehensive Guide to LGBTQ+ Romance

A (Semi) Comprehensive Guide to LGBTQ+ Romance | Library world, new trends, technologies | Scoop.it
Want to read more LGBTQ+ romance? Start here!

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BJ Neary's curator insight, April 6, 7:14 PM
Read down to get to the YA titles!
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New Brunswick's reading: Neil Gaiman tops best seller's list

New Brunswick's reading: Neil Gaiman tops best seller's list | Library world, new trends, technologies | Scoop.it
New Brunswick's reading: Neil Gaiman tops best seller's list

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Makey Makey: Build An Interactive Zine w/ @scratch 

Makey Makey: Build An Interactive Zine w/ @scratch  | Library world, new trends, technologies | Scoop.it

Makey Makey: Ever played Mario on Play-Doh or Piano on Bananas? Alligator clip the Internet to your world and start inventing the future. Makey Makey: An Invention Kit for Everyone


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5 Easy Ways to Build Early Literacy Skills

5 Easy Ways to Build Early Literacy Skills | Library world, new trends, technologies | Scoop.it
Reading is one of the most important skills our kids will learn, so it’s super important for parents to help build their children’s early literacy skills from the start.
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Classroom Connections: Graphic Novels with Science and Math Themes, by Ian Chipman | Booklist Online

Classroom Connections: Graphic Novels with Science and Math Themes, by Ian  Chipman | Booklist Online | Library world, new trends, technologies | Scoop.it
Booklist Online Book Review: Classroom Connections: Graphic Novels with Science and Math Themes.Chipman, Ian (author).FEATURE.June 2010 (Book Links).Books For Youth - Fiction - Graphic Novels

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Award-winning Ojibway author Richard Wagamese dies at age 61

Award-winning Ojibway author Richard Wagamese dies at age 61 | Library world, new trends, technologies | Scoop.it
Wagamese’s novel “Indian Horse” was a finalist in CBC’s Canada Reads in 2013. The story, about a boy abused in the residential school system who finds his release in a love of hockey, is being adapted for a movie

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5 Reasons Why Your Kids Should Meet One of Their Favorite Authors | Brightly

5 Reasons Why Your Kids Should Meet One of Their Favorite Authors | Brightly | Library world, new trends, technologies | Scoop.it

Can it be a lot of work to find author events? Yes. Is the experience of attending worth all that effort? YES. YES, YES, YES. Here's why.


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March book madness

March book madness | Library world, new trends, technologies | Scoop.it
 Welcome!  2017 First Round Voting is live! First Round voting closes at 7:00 pm EDT on March 7, 2017. Click the links below for more specific information about each level of the contest
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Developing Automatic-Alt Text for Facebook Screen Reader Users

The release of the Automatic Alt-Text service allows people who are blind (or might otherwise use screen readers) to better understand what exists in photos in their News Feeds. User research helped develop the tool through interviews, usability testing, and surveys.


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What the news media can learn from librarians

What the news media can learn from librarians | Library world, new trends, technologies | Scoop.it

We can all agree it’s been a rough season for the news media. Hostile political crowds, accusations of slander, and struggles with what Guardian editor Katharine Viner has called the “waning power of evidence” and “diminishing status of truth.” Today more than ever, the news media’s role as a mediator and gatekeeper of civic discourse […]



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Howard County Library Hosts Safe Space Workshop

Ellicott City, MD - The Safe Space workshop is an hands-on approach to creating safe space for all; focusing specifically on the LGBTQIA community

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“Mom, can you help me build a videogame?” | Ayanna Murray | Scratch Foundation Blog | Medium.com

“Mom, can you help me build a videogame?” | Ayanna Murray | Scratch Foundation Blog | Medium.com | Library world, new trends, technologies | Scoop.it

“Mom, I think I’m going to build a video game. I’ve already started on the storyline,” my daughter said as she handed me what seemed to be a 20-page report.

I looked over the carefully-crafted story and drawings of kids traveling through a fictional world trying to save the planet from being destroyed.

“Wow! This looks really good.”

“I’ve already started sketching out the characters and their personality descriptions.”

“You’ve put a lot of time into this. But don’t you think you should probably learn how to make a video game first?”

“I know…can you help me?”

In the past, whenever my kids expressed interest in doing something I’ve been able to come through. You wanna play basketball? No problem — I’ve got that covered. Art, sure, I can make that happen! Science experiments, you came to the right person. Theatre, I’ll write the script!

But, when my 12-year old daughter Jayda asked me to help her build a video game, I had no idea where to start. Well, that’s not completely true. Whenever I’m stuck, I do what millions of parents do when their kids come home from school and ask them to help with a strange math problem or homework that is way beyond their expertise. I went straight to YouTube!


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Understanding school libraries | School libraries | Services to Schools | National Library of New Zealand

Understanding school libraries | School libraries | Services to Schools | National Library of New Zealand | Library world, new trends, technologies | Scoop.it
Find out what makes an effective school library, and why it matters. Discover the latest thinking and research about the role of the library in teaching and learning.

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The New Face of STEAM | Nettrice Gaskins | Edutopia.org

The New Face of STEAM | Nettrice Gaskins | Edutopia.org | Library world, new trends, technologies | Scoop.it

According to the National Science Foundation (PDF) and the National Academies, women and certain ethnic groups -- blacks, Hispanics, and American Indians -- are considered underrepresented in STEM. We are combating this phenomenon by integrating STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) into all the classes at Boston Arts Academy (BAA), and by including culturally responsive instruction in our STEAM lab. BAA is Boston's only public high school for the visual and performing arts, where students come from every neighborhood to explore their passion while also receiving a full college preparatory education. As the director of the STEAM lab, I oversee an environment that is part makerspace, part artists' studio, and part fabrication laboratory. The STEAM Lab and Boston Arts Academy is also where:

--Students and teachers collaboratively explore 3D modeling, design, electronics, digital media, and fabrication.
--Artscience curriculum focuses on human microbiome led by TERC researchers and supported by the National Science Foundation.
--Students from underrepresented minority groups (UMGs) connect with creative techniques and computational tools that are usually in the exclusive domain of professional designers, artists, and engineers.

An Inclusive Future

As an African American woman who completed doctoral-level graduate work in computer-generated art/design and digital media, my stewardship and presence in the lab models a pathway into STEM for minority groups. I also model an ethos inspired by my scholarship in Afrofuturism, a creative practice that takes black thought and re-imagines themes in STEAM, science and speculative fiction, and fantasy. Characterized by inventiveness, adaptability, imagination, (re)appropriation, and persistence, Afrofuturism is a framework that supports those agentive dispositions that enable my minority students to succeed in the worlds of art and science.

Based on these experiences, I offer the following three recommendations for helping students from underrepresented minority groups successfully navigate STEAM curricula:


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Lesson in the Library on How to Spot Fake News

Lesson in the Library on How to Spot Fake News | Library world, new trends, technologies | Scoop.it
Blog about the life of librarian & students at Patrick F. Taylor Academy in Avondale, LA.
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A Quixotic Mission: Indonesia's Library on Horseback

A Quixotic Mission: Indonesia's Library on Horseback | Library world, new trends, technologies | Scoop.it
An Indonesian man who takes books to children in a remote village — on horseback — has become “the Don Quixote of literacy.”
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Great Books for Resistant Readers in Middle School and High School

Great Books for Resistant Readers in Middle School and High School | Library world, new trends, technologies | Scoop.it

I have been on the hunt as of late for books that I can hand to one of my hardest student groups; my resistant readers.  Not just reluctant readers, not just readers that may have forgotten how much they like reading, no, the students that really do not want to read and would rather fake…


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Great reluctant reader titles from Pernille Ripp
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When the news intrudes: Helping kids make sense of the media

When the news intrudes: Helping kids make sense of the media | Library world, new trends, technologies | Scoop.it
Parents need to expect that our kids will see news they weren't prepared to see. So we need to know how to react when the time comes.

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The Best in Making and Tech at Toy Fair 2017

The Best in Making and Tech at Toy Fair 2017 | Library world, new trends, technologies | Scoop.it

Our fearless reviewer—who just happens to be SLJ's 2015 Librarian of the Year and a maker queen—canvassed the entire Javits Convention Center in Manhattan to find the most exciting innovations coming out this year.


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Baby Talk, Physical Play, and More | Parenting Reviews

Baby Talk, Physical Play, and More | Parenting Reviews | Library world, new trends, technologies | Scoop.it

Seeking new materials to bolster parenting collections? Look no further.


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Check It Out! These Libraries Lend Out More Than Books!! - Pee-wee's blog

Check It Out! These Libraries Lend Out More Than Books!! - Pee-wee's blog | Library world, new trends, technologies | Scoop.it
We can all agree that libraries are awesome but some are more awesome than others because they lend out more than books! At the Public Library in Albuquerque, New Mexico, they lend out CAKE PANS!! image via flannelpancakes, (Other libraries let …
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One Judge’s Order For Hate Crime Committers: Read More Books

One Judge’s Order For Hate Crime Committers: Read More Books | Library world, new trends, technologies | Scoop.it
A judge's "unusual sentence" included assigning books like “The Handmaid’s Tale."

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8 February 2017

And not just these books. From the article...

They will also have to do a research paper on swastikas and attend a Holocaust Museum with their parents. 

The assigned films include “Twelve Years a Slave” and “Lincoln”; the books include The Handmaid’s Tale, The Bluest Eye, To Kill a Mockingbird and Native Son. 

Newer classics including Adam Johnson’s The Orphan Master’s Son and Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad, the latter of which won last year’s National Book Award, were featured on the list, too."

We all hope that that classics reach them. But, I'm happy to hear that visiting a Holocaust museum, watching relatively contemporary films and modern novels were included.

We must make every effort to battle the virus of "alternative fact."

Ironically FICTION may be a weapon in that battle.

What's the difference?
Alternative facts aren't facts
Fiction amplifies truth.

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