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How the iPad Is Changing Education

How the iPad Is Changing Education | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

The market for this type of device may only be in its infancy, but it's already becoming clear how it will revolutionize certain aspects our lives. Education is a huge one, as recent developments have demonstrated.

 

-John Paul Titlow @ ReadWriteWeb

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Where are you in the conversation about social networking and mobile devices at your school?

A full report, “Making Progress: Rethinking State and School District Policies Concerning Mobile Technologies and Social Media,” is available at http://www.cosn.org/MakingProgress. As I read the document, I could see myriad ways librarians could become the go-to person on these important trends in educational computing.

 

-Wendy Stephens

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Dirty Books: Quantifying Patterns of Use in Medieval Manuscripts Using a Densitometer

Dirty Books: Quantifying Patterns of Use in Medieval Manuscripts Using a Densitometer | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

One of the most obvious ways in which a category of manuscripts—missals—carries signs of use is the damage often found in the opening of the canon of the mass. A priest would repeatedly kiss the canon page of his missal, depositing secretions from his lips, nose, and forehead onto the page.

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Letters to a Young Librarian: A Letter to a New Branch Manager, by Tara Kressler

Letters to a Young Librarian: A Letter to a New Branch Manager, by Tara Kressler | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

When I first began Management (I capitalize it because that’s how important I thought myself and the position), I was basically thrown in the fire. I think I turned out ok, but looking back, what I really wished was that someone would have sat me down and gave me a talking-to. I was passionate, eager, and indignant, and while I cherish those qualities in a new manager, there are some things that I wished I’d known.

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The Kindle Index: What City Buys the Most E-Readers? (USA)

The Kindle Index: What City Buys the Most E-Readers? (USA) | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

Judging by sales and resales, Lexington, Kentucky is the most e-literate city in America. Congratulations, nerds!

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Make Room for Homeschoolers

Make Room for Homeschoolers | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

Consider providing science fairs, spelling bees, book clubs, and storytimes to your homeschooling community. Older kids too can enjoy database workshops, book discussions, and a tour of the local art museum.

 

-Abby Johnson @ American Libraries

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Incredibly Unique Bookmobiles around the World

Incredibly Unique Bookmobiles around the World | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

The roving libraries can be educational, too, or just unique art forms with an added bonus: books! We hit the road and friendly skies (in our imaginations, anyway) and searched for remarkable bookmobiles to inspire you, our fellow bookworms.

 

-Alison Nastasi @ Flavorwire

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Quand l'Heure du Conte est Numérique

Quand l'Heure du Conte  est Numérique | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

"Ce dimanche à la bibliothèque, nous avons eu droit à une heure du conte un peu spéciale puisqu’elle était numérique ! Nicolas avait branché l’iPad sur le vidéoprojecteur et on s’est installé dans la salle des albums devant l’écran de projection pour découvrir Royal Trouble, une histoire qui se déroule au moyen-âge..."


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Tor ditches DRM-protection from its e-book library

Tor ditches DRM-protection from its e-book library | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

Science fiction publisher Tor UK is dropping digital rights management from its e-books alongside a similar move by its US partners.


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Study: Effective School Libraries Impact Entire Schools, Not Just Test Scores

Study: Effective School Libraries Impact Entire Schools, Not Just Test Scores | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

An effective school library impacts more than student achievement—it also lifts a school's entire educational climate, says a recent two-phase study by Rutgers University's Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries.

 

-Lauren Barack @ SLJ

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Orlando Library Donation to Build Creative Technology Center

Orlando Library Donation to Build Creative Technology Center | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

A $1 million donation to the Orlando Public Library will be used to create The Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation & Creativity, the library announced April 16. The center will house labs for visual arts, film, digital media, graphic design and audio engineering on the second floor of the library. The books from that space have already been moved to the third and fourth floors.

 

-Meredith Schwartz @ Library Journal

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Comic Books for Grown-Ups: 10 Masterpieces of Graphic Nonfiction

Comic Books for Grown-Ups: 10 Masterpieces of Graphic Nonfiction | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

Seeing the world in six-panel strips, or what Allen Ginsberg has to do with the wonders of zygotes. Who doesn't love comic books?

 

-Kirstin Butler @ Brain Pickings

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Here's Another Fast-Growing Social Network: Goodreads

Here's Another Fast-Growing Social Network: Goodreads | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

Goodreads is a social reading site that's easily pushing 20 million unique visitors per month. It's not talked about in the same way as the über-addictive social networking darling du jour, Pinterest, where users come, pin and leave. There are other, far more intriguing reasons why Goodreads is quietly building and growing a smart, devoted host of members.

 

-Alicia Eler @ ReadWriteWeb

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Google M&A Chief: Pinterest Is 'Extraordinary,' Could Solve One Of Our Biggest Problems

Google M&A Chief: Pinterest Is 'Extraordinary,' Could Solve One Of Our Biggest Problems | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

Discovery of video is the hardest problem Google faces right now. Pinterest is a way to discover things efficiently. You can find videos you would like to watch or jewelry you would like to buy more easily on the site. You can already pin a YouTube video and load it directly from the site. It shows up on "pinboards" — boards of links and videos associated with a specific topic, like fitness.

 

-Matt Lynley @ Business Insider

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Growing gardening programs @ your library

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Over the last few years, cities and towns across the country have been seeing a rise in residents participating in backyard herb, vegetable and community gardens.Helping cultivate this trend, libraries are offering a variety of tools and resources to both first-time gardeners and advanced horticulturists.

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Spanish Railway Launches “Library Train”

Spanish Railway Launches “Library Train” | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

In the first phase of the program, the railroad has added signs with QR codes to trains running in Baix Llobregat. Passengers can scan the codes and they’ll be directed to a RH website where they’ll be able to read from one of the 40 titles. The railway isn’t passing up the chance to promote books printed in Catalan, the language native to that region of Spain. At least some of the titles will available in that language, as well as Spanish.

 

-Nate Hoffelder @ The Digital Reader

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May is Mystery Month at Booklist

May is Mystery Month at Booklist | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

Every year, the jewel in Booklist Mystery Month’s crown is the Mystery Showcase issue—an annual highlight for Booklist readers since 1997. But there is now an additional array of related content accessible in a variety of formats to sign up and look out for.

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15 Vintage Photos of Librarians

15 Vintage Photos of Librarians | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

Here are some old photos of librarians showing both the diversity of their duties and the diversity of the workers themselves. All images courtesy of the Library of Congress, unless otherwise mentioned.

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Services More Meaningful Than Ebooks | The User Experience

"Fortunately, there are examples of libraries creating new and valuable services that may just serve as a template for fresh, more community- responsive services than the current “free bookstore” long-term gamble we’re making."

 

Aaron Schmidt expands on his comments about ebooks distracting libraries on TWIL #67 (http://vimeo.com/40007644?goback=%2Egmp_3933248%2Egde_3933248_member_106457679/)


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Author Of Controversial Children's Book Speaks Out

Author Of Controversial Children's Book Speaks Out | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

A children's book that will be released next week is stirring up controversy among parents. It's called "Vegan is Love," and according to the publisher, is a young readers' introduction "to veganism as a lifestyle of compassion and action." The details, however, including images of animals behind bars in crowded cages and graphic passages about animal testing are being called unsuitable for children –- the book is intended for kids as young as 6-years-old.

 

-Jessica Samakow @ The Huffington Post

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Best of Apps & Enhanced Books: April 2012

Best of Apps & Enhanced Books: April 2012 | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

Each month in our print issue of SLJ we’ll be publishing reviews of some of our favorite apps and enhanced books. The reviews, which were originally featured in our blog Touch and Go, aren’t without criticism, but we feel these products represent some of the best titles in a new field.

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Dr. Seuss’s ‘Yertle the Turtle’ deemed too political for B.C. classroom

Dr. Seuss’s ‘Yertle the Turtle’ deemed too political for B.C. classroom | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

A Prince Rupert elementary teacher has been told a quote from Dr. Seuss’s Yertle the Turtle is a political statement that should not be displayed or worn on clothing in her classroom.

 

-Wendy Stueck @ The Globe and Mail

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The most expensive copyright insurance policy in Canadian history

The most expensive copyright insurance policy in Canadian history | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

Last week, the Association of Universities and Colleges Canada signed up for one of the most expensive copyright insurance policies in Canadian history. The policy comes in the form of a controversial model copyright licensing agreement with Access Copyright, a copyright collective that licenses copying and distribution of copyrighted works such as books, journals, and other texts. Should AUCC members sign the agreement they will pay $26 per full time student per year for the right to copy works from the Access Copyright repertoire.

 

-Michael Geist @ thestar.com

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