March 26, 2017

Critics Sound off on “Clean Reader” App | Storify

UPDATE: As of March 27, all books have been removed from the Clean Reader catalog, states its Facebook page. A survey of some responses to “Clean Reader.” The application, for IOS and Android, removes profanity, references to anatomical features, and language deemed offensive from titles available in an online bookstore.

Wanted: Presentations for LJ/SLJ October 1 Virtual Event “The Digital Shift”

If you have a compelling story to share about innovation in libraries—from new takes on curation and content creation, to great examples of collaboration and programs that enhance learning—we’d like to hear from you. But hurry, proposals are due by May 2.

Steal This Infographic: Librarians as Tech Leaders

Librarians are leading the way in technology use, according to School Library Journal’s annual technology survey. SLJ’s got the proof, and we encourage you to share it.

Joyce Valenza’s Picks from the Top 25 Websites for Teaching and Learning

Teacher librarian Joyce Valenza reflects on the 2013 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning, the highly anticipated list chosen annually by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL).

Digital Public Library of America | screencast tour

A closer look at the recently launched DPLA, its features and “how it works, both good and bad.” Linda W. Braun, a library consultant and educator, offers this screencast on the highly anticipated project.

How Do You Use Technology? School Library Journal Wants to Know

SLJ’s research effort will enable school librarians nationwide to evaluate their level of service and advocate for increased resources. But you only have until tomorrow, March 29, to respond.

Skype Announces Free Group Video Calling for Teachers | SXSWEdu

Skype, commonly used by librarians and other K–12 educators to provide real-time engagement for their students, just got better. As of today, existing members of Skype in the classroom or new registrants can use Skype’s Group Video Calling free of charge.

Librarian Cites ‘Concerning’ Trends in Digital Collection Development

Librarians are uniquely positioned to handle the acquisition and management of digital content. But Michelle Luhtala, department chair of the New Canaan (CT) High School Library, sees some troubling trends, reflecting misconceptions about econtent among librarians and administrators alike.

John Green Tackles Copyright Via YouTube

Copyright law is complex enough, but throw in an instance of international remixing by nerdfighters, and you have a real mess. But in the hands of author John Green, it’s also the basis for a pretty cool video.

Quiet: Speaking Out on Introversion | Links of the week

An interesting convergence on the web has more than a few people talking about quiet contemplation.