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April 16, 2015

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FTC Urged to Investigate Google for Deceptive Advertising Via YouTube Kids App

A coalition of prominent children’s and consumer advocacy groups have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requesting an investigation of Google, charging the company with unfair and deceptive practices in connection with its new YouTube Kids app.

StoryCorps Launches Global Platform, iOS and Android Apps Available

With the recent release of StoryCorps.me, anyone in the world can record and upload an oral history interview.

UMass Amherst Opens First Large-Scale MakerBot Innovation Center at a University Library

Housed at the Digital Media Lab of the Du Bois Library at UMass Amherst, the new Center is equipped with over 30 MakerBot Replicators, bringing 3-D printing technology to faculty, researchers and students to enhance research, design, and entrepreneurial projects.

Free, Full Text Now Available: 2nd Ed. of “The World Through Picture Books Catalogue”

Free, Full Text Now Available: 2nd Ed. of “The World Through Picture Books Catalogue”

The new edition of The World Through Picture Books Catalogue has been posted online by the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) and is available under a Creative Commons Attribution license.

Kobo Parent Acquires OverDrive

Kobo Parent Acquires OverDrive

Leading library ebook distributor OverDrive was sold to Rakuten on March 19 for $410 million cash, more than 16 times OverDrive’s annual earnings of $25 million. The purchase from private equity firm Insight Venture Partners, OverDrive’s majority owner since 2010, is scheduled to close in April. OverDrive will become a subsidiary of Rakuten USA, the U.S. arm of Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten. CEO Steve Potash will continue to lead OverDrive, and its headquarters will remain in Cleveland, OH.

In the Most Recent Issue of SLJ

When I’m reviewing books for professional publications, I stay quiet about them on social media. I’m always really excited once a review comes out to be able to talk about the book, finally! Here’s one of my most recent reviews, which originally appeared in the March 2015 issue of School Library Journal.   Rockin’ the Boat: 50 […]

Meet Amy Randazzo, Ferguson’s New Crowdfunded Librarian

Meet Amy Randazzo, Ferguson’s New Crowdfunded Librarian

What do you do with an unexpected $350,000? Scott Bonner, director of the Ferguson Municipal Public Library (FMPL), MO, had two items on his wish list: new carpeting and a children’s librarian. The carpeting is still forthcoming, but FMPL has just hired Amy Randazzo to serve as its long-awaited children’s services librarian starting March 9.

Congressional Hearing “How Emerging Technology Affects Student Privacy” Will Be Streamed Live Feb 12

“How Emerging Technology Affects Student Privacy” is scheduled to take place before the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee on Thursday, February 12, 2015, beginning at 11:15 a.m. EST/8:15 a.m. PST.

Three E.B. White Classics to Be Released as Ebooks for the First Time

HarperCollins announced Wednesday that “Charlotte’s Web,” “Stuart Little” and “The Trumpet of the Swan” can be purchased as e-books starting March 17.

Amazon Enters Textbook Publishing With Launch of KDP EDU and Kindle Textbook Creator

Amazon’s new KDP EDU will enable educators and authors to create, publish, and promote etextbooks for students to access on devices, including the iPad and Fire tablets, iPhones, and Android smartphones and tablets. A public beta of Kindle Textbook Creator enables users to turn PDFs of their textbooks and course materials into Kindle books.

In the most recent issue of SLJ

In the most recent issue of SLJ

When I’m reviewing books for professional publications, I stay quiet about them on social media. I’m always really excited once a review comes out to be able to talk about the book, finally! Here’s one of my most recent reviews, which originally appeared in the January 2015 issue of School Library Journal. Gr 9 Up—Fig is six […]

Smithsonian Brings Historic Specimens to Life in Free “Skin and Bones” App

Smithsonian-SkinbonesApp

Created by the National Museum of Natural History, the new app employs advanced technology to render historic skeletons via 3-D augmented reality.

In the most recent issue of SLJ

When I’m reviewing books for professional publications, I stay quiet about them on social media. I’m always really excited once a review comes out to be able to talk about the book, finally! Here’s one of my most recent reviews, which originally appeared in the December 2014 issue of School Library Journal. (So technically this isn’t in […]

St. Louis County Library’s New “Born to Read” Will Give Free Books to Newborns and Parents

A new program launching this month will distribute books to new parents in kits, which include a calendar of literacy activities and instructions for acquiring a library card.

MGM Streaming Video Titles Available For Library Lending in U.S. and Canada via OverDrive

OverDrive has announced a new addition to its digital video catalog: streaming video titles from MGM are now available for library lending.

EasyBib Compares Two Years of Information Literacy Data

EasyBib Compares Two Years of Information Literacy Data

Students’ confidence radically mismatches librarians’ assessment of their skills, two reports from EasyBib conclude, particularly in website evaluation, paraphrasing, and direct quotation.

40 Dr. Seuss Titles Now Available For Public and School Libraries via OverDrive

The Dr. Seuss titles, including The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, The Lorax, are now available in EPUB3 fixed-layout format.

FCC Approves Another $1.5B for E-Rate Funding

The Federal Communications Commission voted December 11 to bump up funding for WiFi in schools and libraries by another $1.5 billion, increasing the budget to $3.9 billion a year.

No Library Card? No Problem, if You’re a Student in Tacoma, WA

Starting January 2015, the approximately 15,000 middle and high school students enrolled in Tacoma schools will be able to use their student identification cards to check out library materials.

Ferguson Library Provides Calm Refuge for a Torn Community

Ferguson Library Provides Calm Refuge for a Torn Community

On November 24 a grand jury in Ferguson, MO, delivered its verdict on the August 9 shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, by a Ferguson police officer. The St. Louis County grand jury chose not to bring criminal charges against the officer, Darren Wilson; the decision, which was announced just after 8 p.m. CST, set off a night of protests and civil unrest, the most violent including arson, shattered windows, injuries, and, as of press time, a possible murder.