August 21, 2014

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.

NYPL Launches National Poetry Contest on Twitter

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As part the library’s efforts to raise awareness about poetry leading up to National Poetry Month in April, NYPL is encouraging aspiring poets to “follow @NYPL on Twitter, and submit three poetic Tweets in English as public posts on your Twitter stream between March 1 and 10, 2013.”

The “Cheap and Cheerful” Librarian, Melissa Techman, Shares Tips on Pinterest

Melissa Techman rescued some discarded monitors to repurpose for library signage.

Melissa Techman has great ideas. So School Library Journal asked the K-5 librarian at Broadus Wood Elementary School in Albemarle County, VA, to guest curate a board of “cheap and cheerful” ideas on Pinterest.

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.

Mr. Schu’s Road Trip: Via Tweet, Video Blog, and Pinterest

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“I love the idea of showing my students I’m a reader out in the wild,” says John Schumacher. The school library director at Brook Forest School in Oak Brook, IL, uses various means to document his annual road trip to the delight of his students, not to mention the greater social sphere.

25 Twitter Accounts that will Make You Smarter and More Links of the Week

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Sally Ride Science, the organization the famed astronaut founded to help support kids’ interest in science, math, and technology, is among the Twitter accounts said to make you smarter, the first of our links of note.

Early Newbery Winners Pose a Challenge to Nerdbery Participants

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“The early books are really, really rough,” says school librarian John Schumacher, who helped launch the online Nerdbery Challenge. “They’re completely dreadful. They’re really long. They’re just not very good.”

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.

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.

All the News that’s Fit to Tap and Swipe: Comparing news apps Flipboard, Pulse, Zite, and Google Currents

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SLJ reviews the top news apps—including Google Currents—along with tips for using these tools with students.