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12 entries from September 2015

Net neutrality, the biggest face-off on corporate speech since Citizens United ? | The Washington Post

So now they say it is a First Amendment right to deny your content access.

What new form of disinformation will the Extreme Right engage in next?

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Why is this still a thing ? ~ Yes, We Still Need Banned Book Week | The Digital Reader


Mr. Hoffelder makes a good argument here.
My thoughts...we can never, ever let our guard down‎. 

It only takes one election, one judicial decision to go from the freedom to read to not only banned but burned books.

Graphic: 'The Digital Reader'

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Teens/ Technology & Friendships | Pew Research Center


Not surprising data.
A little chilling for those of us who made friends on the playground and in class but true nonetheless and we have to deal with this in the library world and our daily lives 

How do we relate to our next generation ?

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A One-of-a-Kind Museum Was Just Lost in California’s Wildfires|Smithsonian


Does Global Weirding affect recorded knowledge?

Yes.

This report is so sad on so many levels that it's difficult to read...
•Drought  
•Wildfire
•Lost History 
•Burned Library / Archives 

‎I think it's important to pay homage to a technology that opened up our lives and shrunk our world - 'just one phone call away' at a time. 

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How to Attract a Variety of Teens?


This is a clear little article that addresses some sensitive points about navigating your Teen Group dynamic. No challenge is insurmountable you only need some innovative action. 

Here are some excerpts. The full piece is worth a read.

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Crossroads Moment for Libraries|Pew Research Center


The latest findings from the researchers at the Pew Center may please you (or not) and make you think a little more creatively about how to reorganise or plan for your new ‎library.

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“Travel by Book”. Free Bus Rides to People Reading a Book,Cluj-Napoca, Romania

[As reported in The Good Life, magazine.good.is, by Rafi Schwartz]

"From June 4-7 (2015), following the Cluj-Napoca's "tenure as the 2015 European Youth Capital  " anyone reading on the city’s buses, trams or trolley, was allowed to ride, entirely free of charge.

TheScreencap BooksBus IdeaGuy "brainchild of Victor Miron, a local literacy advocate, (this) initiative (was) designed to both promote literacy, and encourage residents to take advantage of municipal public transportation." Here's the link to his Facebook page.

It worked! Screencap BooksBus

"Bolstered by his success, Victor hopes to establish this as a regular event in Cluj, with two more proposed “Travel by Book” dates in mind, each corresponding to local book fairs. He is also in talks to expand the initiative to the Romanian cities of Alba Iulia and Focșani, and to Chișinău, across the Moldovian border."

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“I believe that it’s better to promote reading by rewarding those who read, instead of criticising the ones who don’t,” said Miron on arts website Bored Panda this week.

"Other initiatives to celebrate the event and promote reading in the city included using the city’s buses and trams to display inspiring quotes from classic and contemporary authors, giving out bookmarks to the general public and a weekly book club which ran throughout June in the Cluj-Napoca’s botanical garden."(Independent.co.uk)

Bookface FacebookThe city's mayor posted Miron's idea to his Facebook and it swiftly morphed into its own page Bookface.

The New York Times reports, "Oh, Those Clever Librarians and Their #Bookface

that "Bookface is a phenomenon that is sweeping the ever creative Library world with inventive posts and photos posted to I Bookface Burlingamenstagram in 'Bookface Style' using the caption #BookfaceFriday."  These photos are so creative, well crafted and fun!

View the whole post here.

 

 

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Support Libraries and Teen Literacy~YALSA


Credits :Photo screen shots: video this article.

TEN WAYS TO SUPPORT YOUR LIBRARY and enrich the lives of our young citizens...

1. Get a library card. Sign up your children for library cards.
2. Write to your local paper about your library and how it helps your family; use an example linked to this article.
3. ‎Donate to YALSA.
4. ‎Distribute free teen reading resources found in this article.
5. ‎Share the info found in this article with your local politicians.
6. Compare‎ your library's Teen Programs with National Standards using info in this article and share with your library and elected officials.
7. Be part of the movement to support your future : Volunteer‎ at Your Library
8. Host a fund raiser: ideas in article. 
9. Become part of your Library Support Group.
10. This May, go with your community and library supporters to Library Legislative Day. Libraries organize busses to take you to Washington to visit Federal Legislators offices to speak to their staff, to show how important libraries are in this country.

Be seen. Be heard.


There are links to documents, sites and details about all these topics in the following article. Click on a couple and see‎ which one inspires you or your children and teens to Take Action for Your Library !

Be sure to take a moment to view the touching and well produced video at the end.

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7 Tips for Better Public Library Websites~NJSL Direct, 'Marketing Portal for New Jersey Libraries'


•1. KEEP IT SIMPLE
•2. BE READY FOR MOBILE USERS
•3. EMPHASIZE CALLS TO ACTION
•4. KEEP LIBRARY USERS UP TO DATE
•5. OCCUPY THE PAGE REAL ESTATE FIRST UP ON SCREEN
‎•6. USE VIDEOS EFFECTIVELY
•7. CONNECT WITH USERS THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA


Photo credit: ‎NJSL

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Privacy Concerns Raised Over Kids’ Apps & Websites ~ from TechCrunch


No one is listening.
What disastrous incident will it take for all of us to be seriously vigilant about our privacy... and more importantly, that of the children?

Photo: screen capture demo article. 

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