August 1, 2014

Not Your Mama’s Library Program: Lanyards give way to coding and power tools in summer tech camps nationwide

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Computer coding programs and robotics are just some of the tools intrepid young patrons will be using this summer as school and public librarians nationwide gear up for technology camps.

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.

Make the STEM connection | The Next Big Thing

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Put the “science” back in library science and help support STEM learning

Teen Tech Week 2014: Computer Tear Downs, Skyping, and Raspberry Pis

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Maker spaces, robot construction, and computer tear-downs will figure prominently in librarians’ Teen Tech Week lineups this year, taking place from March 9 through 15.

Build Better Robots with LEGO Mindstorms Education EV3 | SLJ Review

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“The EV3 is one of those toys that transcends consumerism and becomes a pathway into new kinds of hands-on production and learning for kids and adults alike,” writes Chad Sansing in our review of LEGO’s latest version of the popular Mindstorms robotics platform.

Nashville’s Limitless Libraries Hopes to Merge School and Public Library ILS

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Limitless Libraries, an ongoing partnership between Nashville Public Library (NPL) and Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS), is planning a move to a shared ILS system, and has requested funding for the transition from the office of Nashville’s mayor.

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.

Kansas Boy Gets New Hand, Created at a Library Makerspace

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Nine-year-old Matthew is the owner of a brightly-colored prosthetic Robohand that was created in the MakerSpace of the Johnson County Library in Overland Park, KS.

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.”

Sonoma Library to Host Minecraft Camp

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Rebecca Forth doesn’t want kids to simply play Minecraft, she wants them to design their own worlds in the virtual building game. They can do just that and learn the necessary coding skills in a program set to launch at the Healdsburg branch of the Sonoma County (CA) Library in March 2014.