"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.
Screen Recording is a very handy tool to have. You can use it to create presentations, help sessions, and more. I've used them to create review sessions for students, as well as presentation videos and even live, remote presentations.
Just a few years ago, the idea of using a mobile phone as a legitimate learning tool in school seemed far-fetched, if not downright blasphemous. Kids were either prohibited from bringing their phones to school, or at the very least told to shut it off during school hours.
You wrote recently about the importance of teaching search skills. What do you make of the whole idea that kids no longer need to learn facts because they can find answers so easily online? Do you think that is true?
When I was growing up, we used to say that you don’t need to know everything, just know how to find it. I firmly believe the same today, but I now appreciate that an integral part of search literacy is knowing enough background information to make informed decisions about what sources to believe. The ability to evaluate sources is one of the linchpin skills students need for navigating research both online and off.
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.
CHICAGO — Librarians are helping to spread the joy and love of reading by taking part in World Book Night on April 23.
Held in the United States, as well as the U.K. and Ireland, the initiative aims at promoting the value of reading, printed books, bookstores and libraries to everyone year round.
World Book Night seeks out reluctant adult readers wherever they are, in towns and cities and in such public settings as nursing homes, food pantries, low income schools and mass transit centers, according to organizers.
Tens of thousands of volunteers will hand out copies of 30 specially chosen and printed World Book Night editions in their communities. The volunteers will visit safe, well-populated public areas or indoor settings.
Using comics and cartoons in teaching proves to be of great help. Students tend to love these materials and there is nothing better than a funny communicative comic to catch your students attention while teaching functions.
"From the same folks who bring us the Boolify Project comes two other useful tools for teaching information literacy skills. The GLEAN Comparison Search engine is a tool that allows users to compare search results for "positive" and "negative" perspectives side-by-side."
"Libraries aren't just the mark of a civilized society -- assembling, curating and disseminating knowledge to all comers! -- they're also a cheapskate's best friend. Anyone who's interested in saving money probably already knows about the free Internet access, daily newspapers, DVD and audiobook borrowing, and book lending (duh). But local libraries go beyond that -- many host community meetings, book readings for kids, author signings, and workshops, as well as providing free or low-cost meeting spaces."