Richard W. Walker writes: “As a new year commences, many educators wonder what’s on the minds of technology leaders and what they see ahead for edtech in 2018. While new classroom technologies and digital learning platforms will continue to proliferate, the education sector may also start to notice shifts within institutions on tech-related cultural issues. John O’Brien, president and CEO of Educause, thinks that 2018 may mark the beginning of real digital transformation in education.”
EdScoop, Dec. 28
Eric Peterson writes: “The Mile High City has emerged as a hot spot for chef-driven, farm-to-table restaurants. Numerous standout eateries have hung a shingle and earned one rave review after another. As author of the Frommer’s EasyGuide to Colorado, I was lucky enough to take my taste buds on a tour of Denver’s rising restaurants and enjoy every cuisine, from vegan to wild game. It’s a remarkably dynamic community that continues to grow and evolve, and I’m happy to be your guide to its flavors.”
American Libraries feature, Jan./Feb.
Running from January 15 to February 3, the #1Lib1Ref campaign is supported by Wikipedia Library and a number of Wikimedia affiliates around the world. It also works closely with a number of local library networks to promote the campaign. Your goal today is to add one reference to Wikipedia. Any citation to a reliable source is a benefit to Wikipedia readers worldwide. When you add the reference to the article, make sure to include the hashtag #1Lib1Ref in the edit summary so that participation can be tracked.
Wikipedia Library, Dec. 4
The Library of Congress has acquired the archive of Pulitzer Prize–winning humorist, commentator, and playwright Art Buchwald, best known for his long career as a political satirist, poking fun at the famous and powerful for the Washington Post and in a column syndicated in 500 newspapers worldwide. The archive of approximately 100,000 items includes his columns, plays, screenplays, books, unpublished pieces, correspondence, and business records from his extensive career as a writer and public speaker.
Library of Congress, Jan. 3
Becca Munson writes: “Twitter is a great social media tool to advocate for your library. Tweets can be shared by other educators in your building or district who use Twitter, and parents can easily subscribe to view library activities. A great tweet can be shared globally to better spread the message about great libraries. It can be one of the many ways we advocate for our role impacting student learning. A tweet that contains an image will be viewed and retweeted more often.”
Knowledge Quest blog, Jan. 3
Michael Kan writes: “A recent study has found that Facebook was the biggest gateway for fake news in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. The social media site was by far the top disseminator of fake news articles, putting it ahead of email, Google, and Twitter, according to three political scientists. Their findings are based on actual web traffic data pulled from 2,525 Americans. Based on their sample set, they estimate 22% of the fake news visits they identified was funneled to Americans via Facebook.”
PC Magazine, Jan. 2
Pablo Boczkowski writes: “There is a quiet revolution in the making. It’s about how people make sense of the news. Barely perceptible amidst the loudness of commentary about bots, trolls, fake news, echo chambers, filter bubbles, confirmation bias, artificial intelligence, and so on is the realization that readers, listeners, viewers, and users are becoming ever more skeptical about the information they encounter in the news and social media. And that’s a good thing.”
Nieman Journalism Lab, Dec.
Paul Collins writes: “If you wanted to hear the future in late May 1968, you might have gone to the midtown Hilton in Manhattan, where a thousand ‘leaders and future leaders,’ ranging from economist John Kenneth Galbraith to peace activist Arthur Waskow, were invited to a conference by the Foreign Policy Association. For its 50th anniversary, the FPA scheduled a three-day gathering of experts, asking them to gaze 50 years ahead. An accompanying book shared the conference’s far-off title: Toward the Year 2018.”
The New Yorker, Jan. 1
Antonio Regalado writes: “MIT Technology Review spends most of the year identifying and writing about the most important emerging technologies. One day each year, we highlight the worst of the lot. This year, social media threatened the planet, homemade CRISPR injections went viral, and a security robot drowned itself. Meet the technologies that we wish we hadn’t.”
MIT Technology Review, Jan. 1
Ben Richmond writes: “Happy Public Domain Day (January 1)! In New Zealand and Canada, published works by artists who died in 1967—Rene Magritte, Dorothy Parker, John Coltrane, and many others—have entered the public domain; Kiwis and Canadians can now freely distribute, perform, and remix a wealth of painting, writing, and music. In Europe, work published by artists who died in 1947 are now public domain. In the US, well, we get nothing for the 20th year in a row, with one more to go. Here’s why.”
Motherboard, Jan. 1
A gaggle of students entered the Hommocks Middle School library in Larchmont, New York, and immediately gravitated toward a large screen that greets visitors. The monitor displays in real time the number of books middle-schoolers have read, what the most-read titles are, the number of books read by each grade, and what genres are most popular. Hommocks began having students fill out online forms about books they read during the school year, then added the feedback to get students more involved in the data.
Lower Hudson Valley Journal-News, Jan. 2
Katie Baxter writes: “As a library director committed to providing staff with leadership development tools, I am excited by the ways YALSA’s newly released Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff takes us beyond the boundaries of a teen room. When getting to know a new building, it’s easy to get caught up in the realities of settling into rooms with labels and specific purposes. YALSA’s competencies provide a context for establishing a library’s teen-service style in a teen-focused manner.”
YALSA Blog, Jan. 3