May 22, 2015

3-D Printers: Understanding Copyright, Fair Use, and More

3-D Printers: Understanding Copyright, Fair Use, and More

An ALA information policy analyst outlines the legal issues relevant to 3-D printing in public and school libraries—and explains why librarians should lead the way in creating acceptable use policies for this technology.

Hack Your Notebook: Circuitry mixes with paper in a creative project for 21st century learners

Hack Your Notebook: Circuitry mixes with paper in a creative project for 21st century learners

What if we could reappropriate traditional paper pads to teach technology and foster creativity? It might look something like “Hack Your Notebook,” a project that adds illumination—literally—to what you write or draw with a craft called paper circuitry.

Louisville Libraries Help Train Local Talent For Tech Jobs

Louisville Libraries Help Train Local Talent For Tech Jobs

Kentucky’s Louisville Free Public Library (LFPL) is teaming with government agencies, nonprofits, and businesses in its community to teach people to develop websites and program software—and once those skills are honed, getting them placed in tech jobs around the region. With Code Louisville, local employers detail the programming knowledge that applicants will need to fill specific job openings, and sometimes provide mentors to assist in training programs. Using an LFPL card, trainees can access Treehouse online training programs at no cost.

Fun National Poetry Month Apps and Resources for Teens | Tech Tidbits

Fun National Poetry Month Apps and Resources for Teens | Tech Tidbits

Colorado teacher librarian Phil Goerner shares a curated list of fun (and educational) apps and resources for teens celebrating National Poetry Month.

MinecraftEdu Takes Hold in Schools

MinecraftEdu Takes Hold in Schools

With myriad adaptations for use in the classroom, MinecraftEdu brings Common Core–enhanced gaming to students.

Our Public Library Minecraft Community

Our Public Library Minecraft Community

A library system’s countywide Minecraft program is a core service, an afterschool sanctuary, and a peer support group.

One-to-One: Let’s Have One Librarian for Every 1:1 School | Pivot Points

One-to-One: Let’s Have One Librarian for Every 1:1 School | Pivot Points

Despite seasons of budget cutbacks, education leaders are spending again. One-to-one devices are a favorite. How might teacher librarians support the strategic work involved?

“Clean Reader” App Strips Ebooks of Profanity

“Clean Reader” App Strips Ebooks of Profanity

The filter, represented by a small electronic broom, blocks offensive words and can be set to “clean,” “cleaner,” or “squeaky clean.”

SLJ Reviews Duolingo for Schools | Test Drive

SLJ Reviews Duolingo for Schools | Test Drive

Duolingo has released Duolingo for Schools for grades 6 and up, based on its popular free site for foreign language learners. Melissa Techman covers the teacher dashboard and the application’s potential use in the classroom.

Kobo Parent Acquires OverDrive

Leading library ebook distributor OverDrive was sold to Rakuten on March 19 for $410 million cash, more than 16 times OverDrive’s annual earnings of $25 million. The purchase from private equity firm Insight Venture Partners, OverDrive’s majority owner since 2010, is scheduled to close in April. OverDrive will become a subsidiary of Rakuten USA, the U.S. arm of Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten. CEO Steve Potash will continue to lead OverDrive, and its headquarters will remain in Cleveland, OH.