August 25, 2016

Making Libraries Visible on the Web | The Digital Shift

In Library: An Unquiet History, historian and curatorial fellow for Harvard’s metaLAB Matthew Battles describes Melvil Dewey’s impatience with inefficiency in library work in the 1870s. “To Dewey, local interests and special needs were less important than the efficient movement of books into the hands of readers,” he writes. That crisp statement of purpose should be an inspiration to the current discussions around making library collections and programs visible and available on the web.

The Educational Potential of Augmented Reality

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Consider this your cheat sheet to augmented reality. There’s so much more than Pokémon Go.

Bookshare Extends Ebook Access to TX Students with Print Disabilities

A statewide program, Accessible Books for Texas enables students with print disabilities to access Bookshare, a free, cloud-based ebook library of more than 440,000 titles.

Seven Surprising Benefits of Maker Spaces

Noted experts Carrie and Alton Barron explain one of the single most important ways a librarian can point patrons to optimal intellectual and emotional experiences.

Primary Sources Go Mobile; African American History Site Debuts | Tech Bites

This month’s Tech Bites news roundup features a variety of the latest digital resources for students.

Mark up and Organize the Web with Scrible | SLJ Review

Our intrepid tech reviewer Wendy Stephens sizes up the tool for organizing and annotating web research, as well as the potential benefit of purchasing the new premium version.

Web Stories and Social Graphics Made Easy with Adobe Spark | SLJ Review

Looking to help students craft digital stories? Or spice up library promotional materials? Adobe’s free Spark suite can serve a variety of creation needs, from explainer videos and student narratives to social memes.

Test-Driving Google Arts & Culture | SLJ Review

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Google Arts & Culture offers virtual tours and a wealth of multimedia content related to art and museum and historic locations around the world. Carli Spina reviews the learning potential.

Screen Gems: High-Quality Picture Ebooks and Apps for Tots

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Advice on making smart app and ebook choices for the under-five set.

Topics and Resources for the 2016 Summer Olympics | Tech Tidbits

The 2016 Summer Olympics will soon be all anyone’s talking about. Teacher librarian Phil Goerner shares some tools and resources that librarians should have at the ready.