"A universal digital library is within reach Los Angeles Times Since 2002, at first in secret and later with great fanfare, Google has been working to create a digital collection of all the world's books, a library that it hopes will last forever and...
"There are three promising strategies for removing barriers to a universal digital library: First, it should be considered "fair use" in copyright law for nonprofit libraries to circulate orphan works for their patrons for noncommercial purposes. Second, Congress should pass legislation to limit damages and injunctions for other reuses of orphan works. Third, the Copyright Office should explore a collective licensing program under which all in-copyright but out-of-print works could be made available, as some countries are now trying. Workable solutions exist to fulfill the dream of a universal digital library. Do we really want to tell our grandchildren that we could have achieved this goal but lacked the will to do so? Pamela Samuelson is a professor at the UC Berkeley School of Law and faculty director of the law school's Berkeley Center for Law & Technology."
Smithsonian (blog): Film vs. Digital: Archivists Speak Out
"Skip Elsheimer, a media archeologist with A/V Geeks, believes that access to materials is key. “Access is the first step toward preservation,” he said. “When films are online, people can access them and identify areas for research. You can say, ‘You know what? That title’s important because it was made by a special company, or it’s the first time a musician scored something, or it’s an early appearance by an actor.’”
Digital answers some of these access issues, but also raises other questions. “Videotape is going away,” Elsheimer pointed out. “The crushing blow was the tsunamis in Japan last year that hit the Sony tape manufacturing plants. A lot of people changed over to file-based formats at that point.”
But what format do you use? “When YouTube came out, it was a pretty big deal,” Elsheimer said. “We’re still talking to archives who want a YouTube channel, so that’s what the bar is. And that bar’s not very high. But a lot of people just want to see something, even if they’re seeing it in the worst possible quality.”
Elsheimer believes how we watch movies determines the delivery format. “With High Definition, video has gotten bigger, but people are watching it smaller—on iPhones and iPads,” he said. “What’s changing now is the software for reading video files. Final Cut was a big thing for a while, but we’re shifting to another format. Are QuickTime files going to be valuable anymore? Probably not.”
C. Shoemaker, H. Martin, B. Joseph (2010) How Using Social Media Forced a Library to Work on the Edge in Their Efforts to Move Youth From “Hanging Out” to “Messing Around, Journal of Media Literacy Education 2:2 (2010) 181 – 184
"In 2009, Mimi Ito released Hanging Out, Messing Around and Geeking Out: Living and Learning with New Media, a book composed of 23 related studies. These ethnographic studies interrogated how learning is being experienced by teens via informal uses of digital media. The title refers to the framework around how youth learn through digital media and networked spaces, a kind of learning that is quite often invisible to adults who often confuse it with playing, wasting time or, at worst, as undermining youth’s ethical values and social competencies. This collection of studies, however, finds that these three different modes of participation with digital media, in fact, support the development of a wide range of new media literacies. This is the challenge offered by Ito and the one recently taken up by the New York Public Library. This worked example is not designed to report the successes or failure of this pilot project. Rather, it is intended to explore and take a critical look at the obstacles encountered along the way and discuss how they were negotiated. Finally, it will leverage Ito’s framework to provide context to understand what it means to use digital media for learning and how to apply these lessons learned, both for this organization and others."
Wow! I just got home from distributing my books for World Book Night all over Germantown, MD. With the crappy weather we're having, I really had to think hard about where teens might be hanging out today -- it's cold and rainy. So, I followed my instincts to locations with free wifi, coffee and comfy seats and found plenty of kids to approach. Also, the bus transfer station was prime, with lots of older teens on their way home from the community college. I loved the looks on their faces when I told them the book was free and theirs to keep!
Sherman Alexie's book, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, was perfect, especially with the excellent drawings and humor.
My sister and I are participating this year in honor of our mother, Lucille Py, who loved to read and passed many great books along to us. She passed away on April 29, 1998.
NEW YORK — You won’t need to visit a store or library Monday night to see a book change hands or receive a free copy yourself.
I knew of several barns where I thought the past might lie. — E. B. White
The barn was very large. It was very old. For more than a century before E. B. White and his wife, Katharine, purchased the farm in 1933, the barn had stood on a rise above Allen Cove, Me., near the village of North Brooklin. For White, the barn was the center of their 40 acres, even more so than the big white house that was attached to it by an aromatic woodshed. The building united White’s two great writerly loves — barnyard animals and Maine. During his long career he wrote about everything from the predictability of radio preachers to the emotional fallout from nuclear dread, but he meditated upon farm animals and Maine life with particular affection.
Yesterday, 250 million photos were uploaded to Facebook, 864,000 hours of video were uploaded to YouTube, and 294 billion emails were sent. No wonder content curation is one of the most important jobs of our digital age.
NY Board of Regents Supports School Librarians in All Elementary SchoolsSchool Library JournalOther suggestions include implementing a statewide information fluency curriculum framework, aligned with the New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards,...
Broward County Library FL using QR codes to promote and access OverDrive and Freegal Music
-- spotted by @johnfoleyjr
Written by John Montgallo
"QR codes may help drive traffic to local libraries:
County officials believe that this initiative will be successful and help consumers grow more attached to local libraries. The services will be available at all hours of the day, even when libraries are closed. Those using the OverDrive application will be able to download books and music while at home instead of having to make a trip to local libraries. These consumers will still have the opportunity to find and scan QR codes as a way to gain access to digital content.
Broward County is not alone in its adoption of QR codes. Palm Beach County has also begun offering downloadable e-books via QR codes. The county does not have any intention of joining the Freegal Music Service at this time, however."
Google has launched a new site called Search Education aimed at educators who want to teach online search strategies.
The site includes lesson plans geared at different levels of expertise — beginner, intermediate and advanced– as well as training videos that walk through different strategies for subjects like using Creative Commons and Google maps.
In 1965, 11 years after the Supreme Court outlawed segregated schools, Nancy Larrick wrote an article titled "The All-White World of Children's Books" for the Saturday Review. Much has changed since then.
"Was it only last month that TED announced TED-Ed, an online collection of educational videos? The TED-Ed website went live today, and eager learners and educators can now find an array of study aids and videos (their original home is the TED-Ed YouTube channel). The website will function as a platform for educators to customize videos, adding quizzes and links – what the site calls “flipped” videos. Users can re-format the video lessons to customize them for their own particular needs, as well as use the YouTube videos (or any others) as a basis for creating new lessons."
"Looking to support the contention that libraries drive book discovery and sales, library digital vendor OverDrive compiled data on patron use from its 18,000 library client sites during the month of March.
"The study shows that more than 60% of the five million users visiting OverDrive sites in March browsed public library catalogs generating more than 630 million book cover impressions. The survey also found most patrons used either Windows (49%) computers or iOS mobile (28%) devices, and New York, Seattle and Philadelphia were the top three markets generating page views."
A young woman is jumping up and down in front of the New York Public Library wearing a sandwich sign that says, "Hate Reading? Talk To Me!" She's waving around several copies of "The Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls, eager to get them off her hands.
I just got back from the Maryland Society for Educational Technology conference (Common Ground) in Baltimore. So many inspiring ideas!
Among them all, I saw a demo of Zoo Burst (http://www.zooburst.com/) a site that allows kids to create pop-up books in 3D. With the use of a webcam or phone camera, we can create an augmented reality version version. I can't wait to try this out.
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