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Can a passion for reading be taught? Last week's article in the Chronicle of Higher Education explores the advent of text-based schooling and questions the idea that inspired teaching can create lifelong readers. Alan Jacobs, author of
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The theme of this year's ACRL/NY symposium is "The Global Librarian: Information without Borders" and they have called for poster proposals which examine the new and expanding borders of libraries and librarianship. Examples from the announcement include: mobile devices, services and other innovative technologies used in teaching, reference, and professional communication role of social networking in teaching , communication, and professional development courseware design, online...
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E-LIS, an open access digital archive for library and information science, is holding a contest to design its new logo! Submissions should use the same color palette as the current logo and are "free to employ shapes, drawings and typography to convey the meaning of the E-LIS as a collaborative, international effort in the fie...
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A Kickstarter for books, Unbound lets authors appeal directly to readers to fund their book advance. The site creates a clear channel between authors and readers, offering book credits and access to an online writing community at the lower levels and launch party invites, private author luncheons, swag, and signings at the higher levels. Pros: The pitches are well-produced and a wonder of marketing in the book industry. This is a great example eschewing the stodgy publishing world and really thinking outs...
School Library Journal recently reported an Amazon crackdown on school libraries violating its relatively new 1-book:1-device end user agreement. As of February of this year, institutions using Amazon Kindles would have to register each device to separate em...
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Herrera, G. (2011). Google Scholar Users and User Behaviors: An Exploratory Study. College & Research Libraries, 72(4), 316-330. This study examines five years of usage statistics from the University of Mississippi system focusing on Google Scholar an...
Pubget is an external federated searching tool for publications in science and medicine. It aims to make searching and accessing scholarly articles quick, easy, and pretty. Pros: It generally accomplishes those goals. The user interface is friendly and intuitive and the one-click pdf viewing is very slick. Users can bypass Article Linker and the tedium of negotiating a potentially unfa...
The New York City Public Schools contain a robust and varied art collection grown from decades of development with the sensibilities of students in mind. Attention has classically been paid to the aesthetics of public schools beginning with the early Superintendents of School Buildings, James W. Naughton and C. B. J. Snyder.
Film buff? History fiend? Check the new EU-supported film portal which unites 400,000 digitized films, images, and texts from archives all across Europe. Highlights include French magic lantern slides, awesome German documentaries from the 60's, Marlene Dietrich, and Austrian film censorship cards from 1933.
When lifelong readers look back on the experiences that inspired them, they often cite an adult who encouraged them to read for pleasure and suggested challenging and exciting books. Be that adult! Readers' Advisory for Kids and Teens is an mSchool course which should give a brief overview of the landscape of fun and worthy lit for the young folks. It's heavy on the re...