Chris Hoffman writes: “Windows contains a variety of system utilities that are useful, but well-hidden. Some are buried deep in the Start menu, while others you can access only if you know the right command to run. You can launch most of these tools easily if you know their names—just search your start menu for the name of the tool, and you’re good to go. Regardless of how you launch them, these tools can help you do everything from diagnose crashes to examine system performance to improve security.”
How-To Geek, July 24
Cory Doctorow writes: “People flying home from San Diego Comic-Con on July 23 got a rude surprise when they spotted signs at the United check-in warning them not to put comics in their checked bags—and most assumed it was the TSA’s doing, a reasonable assumption. United blamed the TSA, but now the TSA denies any involvement.” A TSA spokesperson said there is “no restriction on anything related to putting comics or any type of books” in baggage, and TSA never put out any guidance to that effect.
Boing Boing, July 24
PLA is teaming with its legacy partners to celebrate the launch of a research report on the role of information access in development of sustainable societies around the world. Development and Access to Information (DA2I) is a joint project between the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions and the Technology and Social Change Group that demonstrates how access to information and libraries contribute to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
PLA, July 24
Louise Lareau writes: “If I could go back in time, I would never have watched Jaws. I cannot say that I was a big fan of sharks to begin with, but watching that movie changed my view of the ocean forever. It’s sad really, because sharks are fascinating. People are more likely to be killed by a disease-carrying mosquito, lightning, a toilet, a bee sting, a vending machine, a tornado, or the flu than they are a shark. The library has dozens of children’s books about sharks. Here is a short list to get you started.”
New York Public Library Blogs, July 24
Kareem Shaheen writes: “Syria is the greatest humanitarian tragedy of our time. Around half a million people have been killed in the civil war that began as a peaceful uprising against the dictatorship of Bashar al-Assad, and half the country’s population has been displaced. It spurred a massive and ongoing refugee crisis. It’s an awfully complicated war, but to begin to grasp its threads, I’ve put together a list of books that can help you make sense of it.”
Book Riot, July 24
Twice a year, the Freedom to Read Foundation trustees and liaisons meet to discuss emerging intellectual freedom topics in our libraries, schools, and government offices. Often these topics overlap with issues of privacy, censorship, and the First Amendment. Join FTRF Developing Issues Committee members Carolyn Caywood and Ray James in a free August 4 webinar that will provide an overview of newsworthy intellectual freedom topics.
Freedom to Read Foundation
Kelsey Johnson-Kaiser writes: “Many of us working with kids and teens spend our reading time catching up on the books we’re excited to recommend to our readers. We encourage patrons to continue reading and learning all through the summer so they can start the school year ready to grow. What if we did the same for ourselves? What if we carved out a little time over the summer to educate ourselves on improving management skills? Here are some titles to start your reading journey.”
ALSC Blog, July 21