May 22, 2015

Charged! From Atoms to Electricity | Touch and Go

Today’s app reviews cover introductions to foundational science topics studied at one point during every student’s career.

Latinitas and DIY Girls: Paving the Way for Latina Makers

Two nonprofit organizations, Latinitas and DIY Girls, are working with Latina teens and tweens to promote tech- and media-focused skills.

U. Minnesota Press, CUNY Grad Center Develop Hybrid Publishing Platform

The University of Minnesota Press and the GC Digital Scholarship Lab at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) in April were awarded a $732,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to launch Manifold Scholarship, a new platform that will enable the publication of iterative, networked, electronic versions of scholarly monographs alongside the print edition of the book.

Digital Content: hoopla Launches Ebooks and Shares List of All Content Providers

hoopla has announced that they’ve just added (as expected) ebooks and comics to their content library. Ebooks and hoopla resources are available via some public libraries. hoopla first announced that ebooks would be available almost one year ago. The plan at that time was to launch ebook content by the end of 2014. You can […]

LACUNY Conference Plans Privacy Protections

On May 8 the Library Association of the City University of New York (LACUNY) Institute held its annual one-day conference, “Privacy and Surveillance: Library Advocacy for the 21st Century,” at New York City’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice in honor of Choose Privacy Week 2015, May 1–7, sponsored by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (ALA OIF).

Hilda Bewildered | Touch and Go

Few authors and developers create fictional stories for the iPad with the tween and teen audience in mind. Lynley Stace of Slap Happy Larry, is an exception. Their latest app, Hilda Bewildered, will delight their fans.

3-D Printers: Understanding Copyright, Fair Use, and More

3-D Printers: Understanding Copyright, Fair Use, and More

An ALA information policy analyst outlines the legal issues relevant to 3-D printing in public and school libraries—and explains why librarians should lead the way in creating acceptable use policies for this technology.

New Technology to Borrow: North Carolina State University Libraries Begins Lending Apple Watches

Apple Watches are now available for members of the NC State community to borrow from NCSU Libraries and their Technology Lending service. Other items include cameras, tripods, cables, e-readers, makerspace materials, and gaming consoles. From NCSU Library News: When asked about the Libraries’ interest in lending Apple Watches, David Woodbury (Associate Head of User Experience) simply explained that […]

Coding Skills Empower Us All |The Maker Issue

Coding Skills Empower Us All |The Maker Issue

We’re not coding in schools so that every kid can get a tech job; we’re doing so to give all kids the chance to understand and interact with the technologies in their lives.

Ready to Learn Coding? Here are resources. Plus: Teaching with Scratch| The Maker Issue

Ready to Learn Coding?  Here are resources. Plus: Teaching with Scratch| The Maker Issue

Resources for learning to code online and face to face, from Khan Academy to Black Girls Code; and suggested lesson plans using Scratch.