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Digital Strategy for Libraries: The Library Website | An Intermittent ...

Digital Strategy for Libraries: The Library Website | An Intermittent ... | School Librarians | Scoop.it
Where does your library website fit within your organization? Is ownership and maintenance the responsibility of one department (or one person), or are responsibilities spread throughout the organization?

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Connected Educators A-Z: D is for Digital Citizenship | Techconnects

Connected Educators A-Z: D is for Digital Citizenship | Techconnects | School Librarians | Scoop.it
When schools and families take the time to share good digital citizenship practice, it is of benefit to us as individuals and to our global family! ... These sites have resources for teaching Digital Citizenship in the classroom ...

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Teaching and Modeling Good Digital Citizenship | Teaching Trends

Teaching and Modeling Good Digital Citizenship | Teaching Trends | School Librarians | Scoop.it
Related posts: Parents: Set Limits and Good Example Three Trends That Define the Future of Teaching and Learning Three Trends That Define the Future of Teaching and Learning Teaching Without Technology?

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Beginner’s Guide to Transliteracy | School Library Advocacy

Beginner’s Guide to Transliteracy | School Library Advocacy | School Librarians | Scoop.it
The Transliteracies Research Project, directed by Alan Liu from the Department of English at the University of California at Santa Barbara, first introduced the term “transliteracies.” The focus of this group is on online reading by establishing...

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Reimagining Learning, Literacy, and Libraries: A Few Moments with Amy Eshleman | DMLcentral

Reimagining Learning, Literacy, and Libraries: A Few Moments with Amy Eshleman | DMLcentral | School Librarians | Scoop.it

As Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Planning and Partnerships at the Chicago Public Library, Amy Eshleman oversees all aspects of the library’s YOUmedia project, an innovative, 5,500-square-foot learning space focused on providing a multimedia, multipurpose center for Chicago teens. The space allows youth to hangout, explore new media, and develop a greater awareness of the library as a resource. YOUmedia’s design concept stems from extensive research conducted by Mimi Ito’s Digital Youth Project, which found that students thrive in an environment where they are encouraged to not only consume media but create it as well. In the next year, a dozen new 21st century learning labs will be constructed in libraries and museums across the country. As the YOUmedia project approaches its third anniversary, we sat down with Amy to ask her about how the space has changed over time and what it means to her personally to reinvent learning resources for today's teens.

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Bringing Maker-Style Garage Tinkering Into the Local Library - Culture - GOOD

Bringing Maker-Style Garage Tinkering Into the Local Library - Culture - GOOD | School Librarians | Scoop.it
Local libraries are no longer just reading rooms. They're becoming noisy, interactive, hands-on laboratories of innovation.
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Ebook Platforms For Libraries

Ebook Platforms For Libraries | School Librarians | Scoop.it
Library Journal and School Library Journal present an ongoing series that takes an indepth look at some of the ebook platforms that are now in the marketplace.
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Kindle vs. Nook vs. iPad: Which e-book reader should you buy?

Kindle vs. Nook vs. iPad: Which e-book reader should you buy? | School Librarians | Scoop.it
With ultra-affordable e-ink readers, midprice color tablets like the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire, and even the more expensive iPads all vying for your e-book dollar, what's the best choice for you? It depends.
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ALA Releases Report on Library E-book Business Models

ALA Releases Report on Library E-book Business Models | School Librarians | Scoop.it
Responding to what it calls “urgent member concerns,” the American Library Association’s Digital Content & Libraries Working Group this week released a brief informational report on the e-book market.
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RebelMouse: Smart Curation for the Classroom - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education

RebelMouse: Smart Curation for the Classroom - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education | School Librarians | Scoop.it

Undoubtedly Twitter is a powerful communication tool. However, using Twitter in the classroom presents challenges. Simply embedding a tweet stream on blogs or webpages is not enough because all tweets from our account are included, not only the ones relevant to students. Embedded tweet streams are also not particularly attractive or informative – especially for the Twitter novices. Though not targeted specifically at academia, RebelMouse presents an interesting solution to this problem, by intelligent curation of social media wrapped in a great design.

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Information Forensics: Five Case Studies on How to Verify Crowdsourced Information from Social Media | Truthiness in Digital Media

"False information can cost lives. But no information can also cost lives, especially in a crisis zone. Indeed, information is perishable so the potential value of information must be weighed against the urgency of the situation. Correct information that arrives too late is useless. Crowdsourced information can provide rapid situational awareness, especially when added to a live crisis map. But information in the social media space may not be reliable or immediately verifiable. This may explain why humanitarian (and news) organizations are often reluctant to leverage crowdsourced crisis maps. Many believe that verifying crowdsourced information is either too challenging or impossible.The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate that concrete strategies do exist for the verification of geo-referenced crowdsourced social media information.The study first provides a brief introduction to crisis mapping and argues that crowdsourcing is simply non-probability sampling.Next, five case studies comprising various efforts to verify social media are analyzed to demonstrate how different verification strategies work."

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Twitter use | Pew Internet & American Life Project

Twitter use | Pew Internet & American Life Project | School Librarians | Scoop.it
African-Americans — Black internet users continue to use Twitter at high rates. More than one quarter of online African-Americans (28%) use Twitter, with 13% doing so on a typical day.
Young adults — One quarter (26%) of internet users ages 18-29 use Twitter, nearly double the rate for those ages 30-49. Among the youngest internet users (those ages 18-24), fully 31% are Twitter users.
Urban and suburban residents — Residents of urban and suburban areas are significantly more likely to use Twitter than their rural counterparts.

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More than Words Can Say: Infographics

Good learning experiences ask students to investigate and make sense of the world. While there are many ways to do this, K–12 curriculum has traditionally skewed toward reading and writing to interpret and express students’ sensemaking. But there is another way. Infographics represent data and ideas visually, in pictures, engaging more parts o the brain to look at a problem from more than one angle.


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Crowdsourcing Fifty (or so) ways to leave your paper:

Crowdsourcing Fifty (or so) ways to leave your paper: | School Librarians | Scoop.it
Every couple of years I attach a list of alternate project ideas to my September faculty newsletter.  As I began to update those ideas this time around, it occurred to me that it would be a much better list if we built it together.

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TECHY TEACHER – WHAT THE TECH? » Digital Citzenship

August 27, 2012. Digital Citzenship is the appropriate, responsible behaviour with regard to technology use.

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Are Librarians Still Important? | Scholastic.com

Are Librarians Still Important? | Scholastic.com | School Librarians | Scoop.it
In a word, yes. In fact, they may be an administrator's most underutilized resource. Learn how schools are freeing them up to help students, faculty, and principals find the information they need.

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Arts programming and partnerships at Hennepin County Libraries | Library as Incubator Project

Arts programming and partnerships at Hennepin County Libraries | Library as Incubator Project | School Librarians | Scoop.it

We’re pleased to introduce a series of posts featuring Hennepin County Library (HCL) in Minnesota. We’ll be checking out some of the programming and collections that make this 41-library system a huge part of the Twin Cities arts scene. Today, we’re taking a broad look at some of the Library’s arts programming and partnerships.

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The Labs @ Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh | Developing Policies & Ordering Equipment | Library as Incubator Project

The Labs @ Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh | Developing Policies & Ordering Equipment | Library as Incubator Project | School Librarians | Scoop.it

The official launch of the The Labs is two months away, and the team is laying the groundwork for what the project will become. Building a functional infrastructure for a project like this requires developing a set of uniform policies and procedures for each Lab site, as well as researching, ordering and cataloging the necessary equipment. While these processes don’t offer the immediate thrills of watching teens develop their filmmaking or music production skills, they are necessary steps to ensure The Labs are a success.

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The selection process for equipment and software is based on several factors. Ideas were gleaned from pre-existing digital learning lab models, such as Chicago Public Library’s YouMedia and the Digital Media Lab at Skokie Public Library. The Labs coordinators also consulted with Drew Davidson of Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s programming partners Hip Hop On L.O.C.K and Pittsburgh Filmmakers and the CLP – Main Teen Advisory Council. The overall mission of The Labs also has influence over equipment and software purchases; items are assessed for how accessible and easy they will be to use.

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Cafe Poets at Melbourne City Library | Library as Incubator Project

Cafe Poets at Melbourne City Library | Library as Incubator Project | School Librarians | Scoop.it

One-off performances and workshops by poets, musicians, and other entertainers are hugely popular in libraries and serve as valuable additions to a library’s program roster. But long-term partnerships or residencies mean that an artist works closely with a library to facilitate a suite of programs, integrating inspiring performances with hands-on learning opportunities. Artists-in-residence may be visual artists, writers, or performers.

An excellent example of a poet-in-residence program is found in the Cafe Poet project in Australia. Established by Australian Poetry in 2009, the Cafe Poet program “aims to promote poetry while strengthening community relationships.” So far about fifty poets have been placed in cafes, bookshops, and, in the City of Melbourne’s case, the City Library.

The exchange is beneficial for everyone: poets are given space to write (and complimentary tea/coffee), as well as the chance to engage with their community; the host gets to be part of the poetry community, plan events in conjunction with the poet, and (hopefully) increase foot traffic.

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Jonathan Reich's curator insight, November 25, 2015 7:10 PM

Who says Poetry is dead!

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OverDrive – School Download Library Access Agreement

You may not download Digital Content to any school media center or library Device or any other school-issued Device that allows for access by multiple users. Digital Content may be used on school-issued Devices that are issued to students under a one-to-one device program where each Device is assigned for the exclusive use by a single student.

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Make-your-own-ebooks platform: Aerbook Maker

Make-your-own-ebooks platform: Aerbook Maker | School Librarians | Scoop.it

I’ve spent the past few months reporting on platforms that help school librarians make ebooks available to their patrons. But what about librarians and other educators who want to go beyond a read-only experience and enable their students to easily create, share—and even market—their very own slick, tablet-ready graphical ebooks and mobile apps? Enter Aerbook Maker.

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Curators Key Requirement: Critical Thinking

Robin Good: Critical thinking is a key strategic skill needed by any serious professional curator. 

 

"Critical thinking provides the keys for our own intellectual independence..." and it helps to move away from "rashy conclusions, mystification and reluctance to question received wisdom, authority and tradition" while learning how to adopt "intellectual discipline" and a way to express clearly ideas while taking personal responsibility for them.

 

Key takeaways from this video:

 

Critical thinking refers to a diverse range of intellectual skills and activities concerned with "evaluating information" as well as our own thought in a disciplined way.
  Critical thinking is not just thinking a lot. To be an effective critical thinker you need to seek out and be guided by "knowledge" and "evidence" that fits with reality even if it refutes what the general consensus may want to believe.
  Critical thinkers cultivate an attitude of curiosity and they are willing to do the work required to keep themselves informed about a subject.
  Critical thinkers do not take claims at face value but utilize scepticism and doubt to suspend judgement and objectively evaluate with facts the claims being made.
  Critical thinkers should evaluate information on the basis of reasoning and not by relying on emotions as claims the factuality of a claim cannot be solely based on the level of emotion that accompanies them or the fact that they may be believed by certain groups.

 

Highly recommended for all curators. 9/10

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OLPL5p0fMg 

 


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Beth Kanter's comment, February 21, 2012 11:56 PM
Thank you for sharing this video and the importance of critical thinking. It is so easy to get into the mindless consumption trap and making ourselves slow down, read, think, question, and seek is so important. It is all about the resisting the urge to click, but to hit the pause button and make yourself think
Mayra Aixa Villar's comment, February 22, 2012 10:14 AM
Grazie come sempre, Robin! You always share valuable information and this video is a great source to reflect on the importance of critical thinking to refine thought processes when curating content. Content curation certainly requires and develops "better thinking".
Gregory Thackston's curator insight, March 17, 2013 4:54 PM

Critical thinking is a key component in addressing autonomous adversity and the need to collaborate in decision making.

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8 must-reads detail how to verify information in real-time, from social media, users | Poynter.

"Over the past couple of years, I’ve been trying to collect every good piece of writing and advice about verifying social media content and other types of information that flow across networks.

This form of verification involves some new tools and techniques, and requires a basic understanding of the way networks operate and how people use them. It also requires many of the so-called old school values and techniques that have been around for a while: being skeptical, asking questions, tracking down high quality sources, exercising restraint, collaborating and communicating with team members."

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Infographics and charts - interactive data visualization | Infogr.am

Infographics and charts - interactive data visualization | Infogr.am | School Librarians | Scoop.it
Infogr.am is a super-simple tool for data visualization - creation of interactive infographics and charts...

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