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New code of practice for Academic and Research Libraries

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The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) recently released its own Code of Best Practice in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries.  Supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the code: enhances the ability of librarians to rely on fair use by documenting the considered views of the library community about best [...]

Quixey and other app finding tools

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I am adding another search engine to my search toolkit. Quixey has been around since 2009, but it’s new to me.  The search was designed to solve a problem – millions of apps were being created, but there was no simple way to find them. App discovery was limited to categories, top ten lists, directories [...]

Hooray, we’re mobile! Our new app.

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A couple of weeks ago, I shared my intense desire to become an app.  To ensure that our library was a portable and accessible as my learners’ favorite game.  Here’s a peek at our first attempt. So, we used a trial version of LibGuides Mobile Site Builder as our platform.  (I also played around with [...]

“Every survivor has a story to tell.” Introducing IWitness & its 1000 stories

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Imagine that you could have 1,000 survivors in your classroom . . . The University of Southern California Shoah Foundation recently launched the BETA version of a truly important gift–a searchable, interactive archive of more than 1000 video testimonies of Holocaust survivors and other witnesses. It is simply one of the most elegant and thoughtfully [...]

Wikipedia to go dark tomorrow in opposition to SOPA/PIPA

You may want to warn the kids about this. You may want to chat with them about it too.  (Read Digital Shift, ALA’s PIPA, SOPA and the OPEN Act Quick Reference Guide, and my previous post for background.) The official release from the Wikimedia Foundation: English Wikipedia to go dark January 18 in opposition to [...]

Infographics: our new guide

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At ISTE last summer I was inspired by three fabulous presentations about using infographics as a student strategy for telling a story and taking a stand through visualizing data. Last June, I was thinking: that we could/should begin to ask learners to interact with and make sense of data, not merely by studying and consuming [...]

#highschoolchat: Help Erin raise the student voice!

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It’s tough to make a hashtag sticky.  Especially if you are a high school junior. So I hope you will share this with your own students who want to share their voices. A while back I introduced you to Erin (@talkabouths).  She’s one of those students who is passionate about raising her own voice.  She [...]

The King Center Archive Goes Live! (on Monday)

The King Center in Atlanta recently announced that this year’s commemoration of Dr. King’s birthday will also mark the launch of a new site, the King Center Archive. The project goes live on Monday and will make available thousands of never-before-seen images connected to Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement. According to the King [...]

Yesterday

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Sometimes you’ve got to sit on a day for a bit before you realize how interesting it was. Yesterday was one of those days. Ordinary. But lying in bed, desperately trying to come up with one special thing to blog about, I realized that maybe it was the day as a whole–a slice of school [...]

Transparency is the new fierce

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Transparency, as used in science, engineering, business, the humanities and in a social context more generally, implies openness, communication, and accountability. Transparency is operating in such a way that it is easy for others to see what actions are performed. . . All organizations have a transparency culture, that part of the culture that relates [...]