April 15, 2014

What’s Not to ‘Like’? Rethinking Restrictive Social Media Policies

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Most schools have highly regulated Internet policies that don’t address the productive use of social media by students. It’s time to revisit these rules.

Discovery Education Summit: We Don’t Just Needs Tablets, We Need A Digital Game Plan

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Educators at Discovery Education’s learning summit last month in Maryland talk of how digitization requires strategy and training—not just putting a device into student’s hands.

EBSCO Rolls Out New Research Starters Feature for EDS

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EBSCO has rolled out Research Starters, a new feature for EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) that presents student researchers with short, citable summaries on frequently searched topics. Drawn from sources such as Salem Press, Encyclopedia Britannica, and American National Biography, more than 62,000 of these 500- to 1,500-word summaries are accessible, offering students an authoritative overview of their chosen subject, as well as links to other research starter summaries, or peer reviewed research where they can delve deeper into a topic.

OCLC Introduces WorldCat Discovery Services

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OCLC on January 22 announced WorldCat Discovery Services (WDS), a suite of cloud-based applications that combines FirstSearch and WorldCat Local. Beginning in March, the suite will offer FirstSearch subscribers access to a central index that represents nearly 2,000 e-content collections containing articles, ebooks, and other content from providers including EBSCO, Gale, and ProQuest. In total, WDS will enable the discovery of 1.3 billion electronic, digital, and physical resources in libraries around the world, using a single search.

Librarypedia: The Future of Libraries and Wikipedia

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The Wikipedia Library is an open research hub started in 2010 when Credo Reference donated 500 free research accounts to Wikipedia’s most active editors. Partnerships with HighBeam, Questia, JSTOR, and the Cochrane Library followed. Now, the Wikipedia Library is developing into a portal to connect editors with libraries, open access resources, paywalled databases, digital reference tools, and research experts. Two of the project’s leaders discuss the potential for collaboration between libraries and Wikipedia, as well as the new Visiting Scholars pilot program.

A Wellcome Trove of Images

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The highly regarded Wellcome Library in the United Kingdom has released a new web site with over 100,000 digital images for viewing, and in some cases, downloading. The images include “manuscripts, paintings, etchings, early photography and advertisements,” as well as contemporary images. Unlike most web sites that provide access to digital or digitized images, the […]

Follow the Conference Hashtag: My 10 Favorite Tech Tools for Educators

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Sarah Ludwig, dean of digital and library services at the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, CT, keeps up with tech tools by osmosis—and by following conference session hashtags on Twitter and watching resources stream by. Here are her 10 current favorites.