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Fair Use in Libraries: The Infographic

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Fair use is the broad, flexible doctrine that will allow libraries to meet mission in the digital age. A new embeddable infographic, developed by the Association of Research Libraries  and American University’s College of Law and School of Communication, with funding from the Mellon Foundation, illustrates how librarians navigate in a sea of copyrighted material, [...]

Sandy and media literacy

. . . one of the things that’s now becoming clear is the major role that social media played during and after the storm. Sites like Twitter and Facebook were, for some, incredibly useful tools. They were ways to keep up with friends and relatives and neighbors in a stressful time, but they were also [...]

YouTube introduces face blurring technology

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The revolution is being televised.  All of them. A new Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism shared in its Journalism.org, described data that reveal that a complex, symbiotic relationship has developed between citizens and news organizations on YouTube, a relationship that comes close to the continuous journalistic “dialogue” many observers predicted would become [...]

Big NoodleTools news

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One of our favorite productivity and teaching tools gets even better at the end of the month. This week I got a sneak peek at the newly evolved NoodleTools.  The update represents a significant redesign of the citation interface. I’ve relied on NoodleTools for years.  I’ve appreciated all the previous updates that helped students take [...]

New info-infographics from EasyBib & Turnitin

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Over the past couple of weeks, two companies released informative information literacy infographics. 1. EasyBib shared You are What You Write which revealed: Students don’t always outline, they like citation management tools, and they tend to procrastinate when writing research projects. Plagiarism is on the rise, according to an iParadigms/Turnitin study. Of the ten most [...]

A must-download/share: Our Space

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With great power comes great responsibility. So advises Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben. In a blog post Henry Jenkins re-imagines Peter/Spiderman as a case study representing a whole generation of youth who, like Peter, are deploying new media technologies and the processes associated with them to develop a clearer understanding of themselves and their place in [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

“Blacklisting” the Web?

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I’ve shared two videos and included an infographic in this post.  If SOPA or Protect IP should pass Congress, the government could instantly and without question remove this blog from the Internet, and by doing so, remove the entire School Library Journal site as well. Two pieces of proposed legislation could change the game completely [...]

Protecting your reputation online: 4 things you need to know

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A few days back, Mashable shared this infographic on e-reputation management. The very same advice digital marketing firm KBSD offers adults can be applied to high school students. College admissions officers, internship supervisors, and first employers are likely looking at our students’ personal profiles and social networking images and content to discover both their positive [...]