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October 23, 2014

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The True Cost of Free Internet Services | Next Big Thing

The True Cost of Free Internet Services | Next Big Thing

We must be willing to pay for Internet products that enhance learning.

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Adobe’s Lax Security Raises Concerns About Student Privacy

Adobe’s Lax Security Raises Concerns About Student Privacy

Privacy around what students read, along with other personal data, may be at risk due to software giant Adobe’s transmission of the data without encryption. Student rights are protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which protects the confidentiality of student records.

Westport Maker Space Expands with Robots, SolidWorks Courses, and Volunteer Training

Westport Maker Space Expands with Robots, SolidWorks Courses, and Volunteer Training

The Westport Library’s ongoing efforts to support its Maker Space, including Maker in Residence programs and the recent acquisition of two programmable robots, have helped establish a virtuous cycle in which residents have begun working on their own projects and helping one another independently.

Aspen Institute Releases Report on ‘Re-Envisioning Public Libraries’

The new report “Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries” explores how public libraries can respond to community needs in the digital age, with 15 “action steps.”

Ryann Uden and Shaun Kelly on “Active Learning in the Library” | TDS14

Ryann Uden and Shaun Kelly on “Active Learning in the Library” | TDS14

In “Active Learning in the Library,” presented as part of LJ and SLJ’s virtual event The Digital Shift: Libraries @ the Center, held October 1, Ryann Uden and Shaun Kelly provided advice and suggestions for creating learning environments in libraries, based on Barrington Area Library’s successful model in Chicago.

‘100,000 Los Angeles Elementary Students Still Without Libraries’

About 40 percent of LAUSD elementary schools still lack the staff to open libraries, leaving about 100,000 students without a way to borrow books on campus, reports KPCC Radio.

Librarians, IT Experts Respond to Adobe Spying Accusations

Librarians, IT Experts Respond to Adobe Spying Accusations

Adobe this week confirmed reports that it has been logging data on the reading activity of people who use the free Adobe Digital Editions service, and that the company has been transmitting those logs to its servers as unencrypted text files, raising privacy and security concerns.

SLJ Reviews zSpace, a 3-D Platform for the Classroom

SLJ Reviews zSpace, a 3-D Platform for the Classroom

Educator Jason Sellers reviews zSpace, which enables users to view and manipulate objects in a unique, immersive experience.

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Queens Library Develops Innovative New Tablet Platform Using Superstorm Sandy Donation | TDS14

Queens Library Develops Innovative New Tablet Platform Using Superstorm Sandy Donation | TDS14

When superstorm Sandy hit the east coast in October 2012, the Queens Library (QL) in New York was among many northeastern library systems affected. QL persevered, continuing to offer crucial services in storm-ravaged communities while rebuilding damaged branches. The system also managed to turn a generous corporate donation into an innovative new platform for tablet computers, enabling a tech lending program that has since continued to grow.

Nicole Mirra and Antero Garcia on Connected Learning, Civic Engagement | TDS14

Nicole Mirra and Antero Garcia on Connected Learning, Civic Engagement | TDS14

Civic engagement and a sense of shared purpose are key to connected learning, educators Mirra and Garcia emphasized in a tag-team presentation during the Digital Shift virtual event “Libraries @ the Center.”

Appvisory for Educational Children’s Apps | TDS14

Appvisory for Educational Children’s Apps | TDS14

The “Appvisory: Curating and Providing Access to Educational Apps in the Children’s Library” exhibit at this virtual conference (#TDS14) provided an abundance of tips and ways to start and improve your library’s app-literacy programming.

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

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

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.

Shannon Miller: Integrating Technology into Curriculum through Banding Together

Shannon Miller: Integrating Technology into Curriculum through Banding Together

Shannon Miller, a 2014 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and former K−12 librarian of the Van Meter (IA) Community School District, turned a Rainbow Loom craze amongst her students into a learning opportunity called Banding Together.

JukePop Opens Kickstarter to Get Indie Ebooks into Libraries

JukePop Opens Kickstarter to Get Indie Ebooks into Libraries

JukePop—a Palo Alto, CA-based start-up that crowdsources independently published books—has launched a Kickstarter, hoping to raise $15,000 to expand its library service to 60 more branches in states including California, Utah, and Arizona.

Educator Spotlight: Renee Hobbs, Director of URI’s Media Education Lab

Educator Spotlight: Renee Hobbs, Director of URI’s Media Education Lab

Supporting digital literacy, lobbying for fair use, taking on media propaganda. It’s all in a day’s work for Renee Hobbs, director of the Media Education Lab at the University of Rhode Island.

Study Ties College Success to Students’ Exposure to a High School Librarian

Study Ties College Success to Students’ Exposure to a High School Librarian

Training high school students in digital research and partnering them with a school librarian can instill a high level of confidence during college, according to preliminary observations of a study underway by EBSCO.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Graphic Novels a ‘Gateway to Adult Literacy,’ Claims Study

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Graphic novels and video games have become integral to library collections, and both media can have a large impact on circulation, according to a University of South Florida study. Moreover, readership stats “bolster the concept of graphic novels as a gateway to adult literacy.”

Encyclopaedia Britannica Sees Digital Growth, Aims to Draw New Users

“Britannica.com is on track for 12 million visitors in September, up from 4.7 million during the same month in 2012,” executives told the Chicago Tribune.

Public Library Of Cincinnati And Hamilton County Begins Offering Career Online High School Diploma Program

The Public Library Of Cincinnati And Hamilton County announced September 17 that they’re offering library users the opportunity to earn accredited high school diplomas and career certificates via Career Online High School.

Chattanooga Library Board Responds to Audit’s Allegations

Chattanooga Library Board Responds to Audit’s Allegations

Last week the board of the Chattanooga Public Library (TN) responded to a city audit released in late August, which criticized Library Director and LJ librarian of the year Corinne Hill and top staffers for receiving excess travel reimbursements (since repaid), and stated that two employees have been reported to the state for suspected fraud for taking paid speaking and consultant jobs on library time.