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Do You Trust the Information on Wikipedia?

Survey Nation is curious about Wikipedia. This convenient online encyclopedia just might be the best example of a functioning collective conscious on the Int...

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Tablet History: 14 Devices That Laid the Groundwork for the iPad

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For many people, Apple's iPad is a magical device that appeared out of thin air. The iPad, however, is the culmination of decades of advancements in a variety of technologies.
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The 20 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World - Flavorwire

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Flavorwire: Cultural news and critique from Flavorpill...
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Future of reading? 'Active fiction' lets readers make the call

Future of reading? 'Active fiction' lets readers make the call | The Browse | Scoop.it
What if Romeo and Juliet lived happily ever after, or Van Helsing decided Dracula wasn't worth the trouble? In a high-tech twist on Choose Your Own Adventure, "active fiction" imbues readers with precisely that kind of power.
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Beyond books: what it takes to be a 21st century librarian

Beyond books: what it takes to be a 21st century librarian | The Browse | Scoop.it

Emma Cragg and Katie Birkwood:

 

"From connecting with people to keeping up with the latest technologies, there is a whole lot more to the job than stamping due dates..."

 

"Books are only one aspect of what libraries and librarians are about. Librarianship is a people profession; a librarian's job is to connect people with the information they are seeking, whatever format that may take.

At their heart, all library jobs have a central purpose: to help people access and use information, for education, for work, or for pleasure. In all library roles customer service and communication skills are important. If anyone ever thought they'd become a librarian because they liked books or reading, they would be sorely disappointed if they did not also like people too. Libraries of all kinds are keen to demonstrate their value to as wide an audience as possible, and to open up access to culturally significant resources that they hold."


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Ten rules for writing fiction

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Get an accountant, abstain from sex and similes, cut, rewrite, then cut and rewrite again – if all else fails, pray.
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Steal Like an Artist: Austin Kleon on Combinatorial Creativity

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"You are a mashup of what you let into your life." 

 

The genealogy of ideas, why everything is a remix, or what T.S. Eliot can teach us about creativity.

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Superintendent of Schools: Book Club - Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, MD

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What an excellent way to reach out to families of students in our county! 

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Barnes & Noble, Taking On Amazon in the Fight of Its Life

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Barnes & Noble, the giant that put so many independent booksellers out of business, now finds itself locked in the fight of its life, with Amazon.com lurking in the background.
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7 Ways to Follow 'The Hunger Games' Movie on Social Media

7 Ways to Follow 'The Hunger Games' Movie on Social Media | The Browse | Scoop.it
The release of the first 'Hunger Games' film is less than two months away, but there are many ways to gear up for its debut via social media sites.
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Leap Year

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This page explains why leap years are used in modern calendars and the history behind.
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Art Spiegelman exhibition in Angouleme, France - Boing Boing

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A hero's welcome for Art Spiegelman. 

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We Were Wanderers on a Prehistoric Earth: A Short Film Inspired by Joseph Conrad

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'We were wanderers on a prehistoric earth,' says the narrator Marlow in Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, 'on an earth that wore the aspect of an unknown planet.
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A Crash Course in World History

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YA Lit rock star John Green is publishing this "playful and highly visual" series of videos on a variety of topics. What a talented guy! (Still, he needs to slow it down a bit, especially for ELL kids.) 

Give John Green 40 weeks, and Green will give you a playful and highly visual crash course in world history, taking you from the beginning of human civilization 15,000 years ago through to our modern age.

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In Some Cash-Strapped Schools, Kids Bring Their Own Tech Devices | MindShift

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A growing movement, Bring Your Own Device allows kids to bring their own laptop, tablet, and leave them on during school. 

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Libraries, Meet Boing Boing | American Libraries Magazine

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What could be better for promoting libraries than partnering with Boing Boing? Way to go, ALA! 

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The Hunger Games

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Set in the future, American adolescents who are forced to participate in televised battles to the death.
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Richard Brautigan’s Story, ‘One Afternoon in 1939,’ Read From a Wooden Spool

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Today is the birthday of Richard Brautigan, whose funny and imaginative books were a touchstone for the 1960s counterculture and have remained an inspiration to free spirits ever since. He would have been 77.
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School Library Petition Exceeds 25,000 Signatures

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The Greatest Books of All Time, As Voted by 125 Famous Authors

The Greatest Books of All Time, As Voted by 125 Famous Authors | The Browse | Scoop.it
Why Tolstoy is 11.6% better than Shakespeare.

"Reading is the nourishment that lets you do interesting work," Jennifer Egan once said.
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The Adventures of Library Girl: Stepping Up Our Game: School Libraries and Self Assessment

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Publishing News: Ereader ownership doubles, again - O'Reilly Radar

Publishing News: Ereader ownership doubles, again - O'Reilly Radar | The Browse | Scoop.it
One survey said ereader and tablet ownership doubled during the holidays; a second showed that Amazon may not be losing money on its Kindle Fire sales.
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About James: We Can Get Our Kids Reading | The Official James Patterson Website

About James: We Can Get Our Kids Reading | The Official James Patterson Website | The Browse | Scoop.it

James Patterson weighs in  -- as parents, we have to do better! As librarians, our knowledge and skills in reader's advisory can help. 

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Beyond books: what it takes to be a 21st century librarian

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The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore: An Oscar-Nominated Film for Book Lovers

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The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore offers a modern tribute to an old world.
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