April 15, 2014

Hot Topic at Midwinter: Library Maker Spaces, Ideas for Cheap, Hands-On Fun

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From ebooks to digital literacy, there was plenty to debate at the Midwinter meeting of the American Library Association. But the unconference on January 25 revealed clear consensus on one topic: maker spaces. They’re red hot.

Reddit Steps Up for Kids’ Books

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Social news site reddit isn’t often associated with children’s literature. But the birthplace of memes, where practically anything goes, is asking “redditors” to help fund teacher’s book-related projects through a joint program with DonorsChoose.

DPLA, Syracuse, Library Blogs Take Part in SOPA/PIPA Protest

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Thousands of websites, from major sites like the social news website Reddit, the Internet Archive’s main site, and the English-language version of Wikipedia, to small personal WordPress blogs, have “gone dark” today as part of a coordinated protest against the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), currently in committee in the House, and the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act (PIPA), scheduled for a Senate vote on January 24. Among the sites taking part are those of Digital Public Library of America and the Syracuse University iSchool, as well as several popular blogs in the library world.

Librarians Turn Wikipedia Blackout into Teachable Moment

Wikipedia is turning off its lights beginning 8 am tomorrow to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA), a move that’s inspired school librarians to turn the blackout into a teaching opportunity.