September 18, 2014

Augmented Library

VIRTUAL LANDMARKS Pointing a smartphone at LAPL’s lobby ceiling initiates an interview with Renee Petropoulos, the artist who designed its mural. Aiming at the clay torch statue (top) that sits off the Central Library rotunda triggers local news footage of the Central Library’s 1986 fire, along with interviews and a photo gallery

In early April 2013, digital journalism professor Robert Hernandez, of the University of Southern California (USC) Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Los Angeles, was driving by L.A.’s Central Library downtown while thinking of ideas for his experimental augmented reality (AR) storytelling and journalism course when he had an aha moment: Why not focus a project on augmenting the Central Library?

Shannon Lichty on Collaborations, Flexible Access, New Pricing Models, and Other Changes Driven by the Digital Shift

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On October 1, Library Journal and School Library Journal will host their fifth annual virtual conference, “The Digital Shift: Libraries @ The Center.” OverDrive is a Platinum Sponsor of the conference, and LJ reached out to Shannon Lichty, Director of Partner Services, OverDrive, to participate in this series of interviews addressing libraries’ central role in the transformation of our culture from analog experiences to digital experiences.

Jim Schmidt on Raising the Service Bar, Non-traditional Partnerships, and Other Changes Driven by the Digital Shift

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On October 1, Library Journal and School Library Journal will host their fifth annual virtual conference, “The Digital Shift: Libraries @ The Center.” RBdigital is a Gold Sponsor of the conference, and LJ reached out to Jim Schmidt, RBdigital’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing, to participate in this series of interviews addressing libraries’ central role in the transformation of our culture from analog experiences to digital experiences.

SLJ Reviews LEGO StoryStarter: Using the classic brick, plus software, to foster narrative skills

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Is there a student on Earth who doesn’t love LEGO? StoryStarter, from LEGO Education, taps into that enthusiasm with a language and literacy product that combines an inviting tub of LEGOs with thoughtful lessons and user-friendly writing and comics software.

What You Should Know About Banned Websites Awareness Day, September 24

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The fourth annual Banned Websites Awareness Day makes excessive filtering an intellectual freedom issue in K–12 learning.

Tamir Borensztajn on APIs, Responsive Design, and Other Tools Enabling the Digital Shift

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On October 1, Library Journal and School Library Journal will host their fifth annual virtual conference, “The Digital Shift: Libraries @ The Center.” EBSCO is a Platinum Sponsor of the conference, and LJ reached out to Tamir Borensztajn, Vice President, Discovery Strategy, EBSCO, to participate in this series of interviews addressing libraries’ central role in the transformation of our culture from analog experiences to digital experiences.

Smithsonian, Swiss Village Farm Foundation Partner on Livestock DNA Library

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Cryogenically freezing the DNA of livestock animals might sound like a science fiction twist to Noah’s Ark, yet it’s the mission of a newly forged partnership called The Smithsonian and Swiss Village Farm (SVF) Foundation Biodiversity Project. The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the SVF Foundation announced in late July that they have joined forces to preserve rare and endangered heritage breeds of livestock, animals that our American forefathers raised for agriculture. Over the next several years, the SVF Foundation’s collection of frozen genetic materials will be incorporated into the Smithsonian’s vast genetic library of endangered animal species.

SLJ Reviews the AWE Tablet: A fast device, delivering blended content to individual students

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Chad Sansing assesses AWE’s tablet device, with advice on its potential use in the classroom.

Texas Superintendent Adopts Digitized Early Learning Program

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Using a community-wide digital reading program, Superintendent Ruben Alejandro of Texas’s Weslaco Independent School District has made literacy a priority for not only his school district, but for all kids in the community ages zero to three.

Next Generation Tech Solutions Could Help Readers and Librarians

It wasn’t too long ago that people thought reading books on a computer could never replace the real, ink-and-paper feel of a good old-fashioned book. And while people continue to appreciate books in their traditional form, sales of Amazon’s Kindles topped $4.5 billion last year, according to research by Morgan Stanley. More telling, though, is how normal it seems to read a book on an electronic device. But scientists and developers haven’t stopped there. New technology continues to challenge our notions of what we read, how we read, and who has access to reading.