October 23, 2014

Anil Dash Keynote Rallies Librarians to Demand a Web for the People | TDS14

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In an intellectually provocative keynote speech focusing on the privatization of the Internet, Dash called upon librarians to raise their voices and demand a more transparent, public Web.

California Kids Get Social Media ‘Eraser’—But It Might not Work

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California minors now have the legal right to erase their social media posts, a positive step toward giving them greater control over their online identities—or is it? Online content, after all, is not so easily erasable, according to Gary Price, editor of Library Journal’s INFOdocket.

Librarians Use Social Networking Professionally More than Teachers and Principals, According to Report

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A recent report conducted by MMS Education reveals that librarians use social networking more than other educators.

INFOdocket: Top Resources for K–12

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From a linguistic search technique to Wikipedia’s questionable coverage of Hurricane Sandy, the latest online resources selected by Gary Price, industry analyst librarian and editor of LJ’s INFOdocket (@INFOdocket).

Top Tech Trends for Teens

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Educational consultant Linda W. Braun cites the hottest applications and how to use them to engage teens.

New Apps Bring OPAC Functionality to Library Facebook Pages

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Recently released apps from ChiliFresh and SirsiDynix allow library OPACs and Facebook to play nice together. Both apps integrate OPAC functionality into library Facebook pages, enabling patrons to search the catalog, place holds, log into their accounts, and pay fines — all from within Facebook.

Top SLJ Comments of the Week

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From School Library Journal’s Battle of the Kids’ Books and The Hunger Games to the latest on ebooks—they giveth Harry Potter and they taketh away—a lot went on this week.

Q&A: SirsiDynix CEO Bill Davison on Social Networking, Self-service, Mashups, and Ebooks in Libraries

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At LJ’s Virtual Tech Summit, “Power to the Patron: From Systems to Services,” held on December 8, librarians and tech experts took on an array of topics facing libraries, including social networking, self-service, mashups using application programming interfaces (APIs), and the future of integrated library systems (ILSs). Library automation company SirsiDynix was a platinum sponsor of the summit, and LJ asked its CEO, Bill Davison, to weigh in on the issues.

Study Raises Doubts About Effectiveness of Facebook as Outreach Tool for Academic Libraries

An analysis of the Facebook pages of 20 U.S. academic libraries shows that the pages are not very effective in marketing the library to students and faculty.

Facebook Settles Privacy Complaint With FTC

Facebook’s founder admits “we’ve made a bunch of mistakes,” as the social networking service agrees to settle an eight-count privacy complaint brought by the Federal Trade Commission.