Joey Eschrich writes: “To celebrate the official 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein on January 1, 2018, the Arizona State University’s Center for Science and Imagination has launched Frankenstein200, a free, interactive, multiplatform experience for kids. Developed in partnership with transmedia studio No Mimes Media, Frankenstein200 is a digital narrative paired with hands-on activities happening in January and February at museums and science centers across the US.”
Boing Boing, Jan. 16
2017 was a busy year for DigitalLearn, PLA’s website designed to help consumers increase their digital literacy skills. DigitalLearn offers a collection of tutorials on a wide range of subjects through video-based learning modules with narration at a 4th-grade reading level, the majority of which are available in both English and Spanish. The number of English-language courses completed on the main DigitaLearn site increased by 17% from 2016, and visitor sessions were up by 19%.
PLA, Jan. 19
The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom will showcase an expanded and updated toolkit at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver to ensure libraries have an essential policy to protect against censorship. Titled Selection and Reconsideration Policy Toolkit for Public, School, and Academic Libraries, this comprehensive resource is designed for libraries of all types and sizes and offers practical guidance and resources on responsibility for selection, selecting controversial materials, and reconsideration requests.
Office for Intellectual Freedom, Jan. 19
Dale Coleman writes: “Sounder, Old Yeller, Old Dan, and Little Ann: Children’s literature is littered with corpses of dogs who died too young and made us cry harder than we wanted to. Many literary dogs earn themselves a statue in such libraries as Idaho Falls Public Library or Mason (Tex.) Public Library. In fact, libraries have such a bad reputation when it comes to children’s books about dogs, I’ve heard of parents who warn their children to walk the other way if they ever see a children’s librarian approaching with a book about a dog.”
Lawrence (Kans.) Journal-World, Jan. 18
Dartmouth College Digital Humanities Librarian Laura Braunstein published her first crossword puzzle for the New York Times in December. To construct the puzzle, Braunstein worked with Erik Agard, another crossword constructor and former teenage crossword-solving prodigy. The pair sent their finished puzzle to the newspaper in July 2017, and it was published on December 10. The puzzle’s theme was “Full-Body Cast” and focused on body parts that are hidden in the names of movie stars.
The Dartmouth, Jan. 19
Jennifer Allen writes: “If you’re not enjoying the wealth of podcasts out there, you’re really missing out. Many people get hung up on how to even get started. Fortunately, a good podcast app makes it easy to not only find new content but collect your favorite content and listen to it efficiently. Apple’s Podcasts does a decent job for iPhone owners, and Google Play Music the same for Android users. Here’s a look at some of our favorite apps to supercharge your podcast experience.”
Review Geek, Jan. 18
Hayden Dingman writes: “There was a time when ‘free-to-play’ was a dirty term in the games industry. But occasionally we get something miraculous. We get a free-to-play game that doesn’t try to con players out of money or make the design intentionally boring in order to make those purchasable unlocks more exciting. Here, you’ll find a list of PC games so good the developers could have charged money (or, in some cases, did charge money) before going free-to-play.”
PC World, Jan. 19