July 31, 2014

Sarah Bayliss

About Sarah Bayliss

Sarah Bayliss (sbayliss@mediasourceinc.com) is associate editor, news and features, at School Library Journal.

ALA Report Confirms Negative Impact of Filtering on Student Learning

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“Fencing out Knowledge: Impacts of the Children’s Internet Protection Act 10 Years Later” concludes that institutions using filtering software in order to receive certain federal funds routinely block more content than required, depriving students of access to information and collaborative tools.

If Net Neutrality Disappears, How Will Services to Kids be Impacted?

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Without net neutrality, also known as the open Internet, kids’ access to online resources could be negatively impacted, with commercial sites and services eclipsing other content online, AASL president Gail Dickinson and others say.

CIPA at 10: Internet Filtering Excessive, Study Finds | ALA Midwinter Meeting

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A decade after the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) went into effect, its implementation in schools and public libraries is problematic and the scale of Internet filtering is excessive, panelist said during the ALA Midwinter session “Revisiting The Children’s Internet Protection Act: 10 Years Later.”

Creature Feature: Fanciful Characters Drove this Transmedia Story

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In an ambitious foray into transmedia, Razorbill has teamed with the special effects company Framestore to produce The Creature Department (2013). The making of the new novel by Robert Paul Weston, starring a cast of fantastical characters, was a unique collaboration—with Framestore playing an active role in the book’s creation.

Curriculet—Formerly Gobstopper—Partners with HarperCollins on Enriched Ebooks for Schools

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Curriculet (formerly Gobstopper), a digital reading platform designed for teachers and stocked with interactive educational and social media features, has teamed up with HarperCollins to offer a flexible book buying program for schools.

OverDrive Rolls Out “Netflix-like” Streaming Video Pilot for Libraries and Schools

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With OverDrive’s “Netflix-like” streaming video service to libraries and schools, borrowers can watch videos on any tablet, computer, or device with an Internet connection. Streaming content can be sent to any device via email, QR code, or text message.

OverDrive Offers School Libraries New Options for Searching, Catalog Access, and Refined Metadata

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OverDrive is rolling out upgrades to its digital service for school libraries, with a choice of thematic visual screen settings, more deft searching tools, a new book recommendation system, and social media options, among other features.

Mozilla Promotes ‘Web Competency’ with New Standards

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The Mozilla Foundation’s new Web Literacy Standard is intended to serve as a roadmap for competent Web use and comprising “the skills and competencies people need to read, write, and participate effectively on the Web,” according to Mozilla’s site.

Flipping the Library: Tips from Three Pros | The Digital Shift 2013

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Three experts shared tech tips and tools during “Flipped School Libraries,” a rapid-fire, dynamic session during The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries (#TDS13) webcast.

With Tighter COPPA Regulations, Librarians See Hurdles to Kids’ Internet Use

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New rules take effect this month intended to protect kids’ privacy online, and some librarians are worried. Some say that the more stringent regulations may impede mobile app use in elementary schools—and also prevent kids from recreationally sharing favorite hobby sites with each other.