Laura Ascione writes: “Social media’s popularity means educators have a number of avenues to develop their professional learning networks and learn from one another. Blogging gives educators a platform to share best practices, pose questions to their peers, and explore new ideas about teaching and learning. Here we’ve gathered nine blogs that focus on technology integration, instructional technology, school leadership, and pedagogy.”
eSchool News, Mar. 2
Eric Hellman writes: “Ever hear of Grapeshot, Eloqua, Moat, HubSpot, Krux, or Sizmek? Probably not. Maybe you’ve heard of Doubleclick, AppNexus, Adsense, or Addthis? If you read scientific journal articles on publisher websites, these companies that you’ve never heard of will track and log your reading habits and try to figure out how to get you to click on ads, not just at the publisher’s websites but also at websites like Breitbart and the Huffington Post.”
Go to Hellman, Mar. 22
On March 23, the leaders of the House Judiciary Committee introduced legislation titled the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017. The bill would make the position of the Register of Copyrights subject to presidential appointment and Senate confirmation. Under current law (17 USC 701), the Librarian of Congress selects the Register. The Library Copyright Alliance released a statement in response, calling the bill “mystifying.”
ACRL Insider, Mar. 24
The ACRL Conference in Baltimore came to a close on March 25 with another full morning of programs and a closing session with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. The conference broke records for both attendance and fundraising, according to Conference Chair Jim Neal and ACRL President Irene Herold. ACRL’s 2019 conference will be held April 10–13 in Cleveland. The call for proposals opens this fall.
AL: The Scoop, Mar. 27
Written by Robin Rice and John Southall, two data librarians with more than 30 years’ combined experience, The Data Librarian’s Handbook, published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, unpicks the everyday role of the data librarian. It offers practical guidance on how to collect, curate, and crunch data for economic, social, and scientific purposes. The book shows how to develop an effective institutional research data management policy and infrastructure.
ALA Neal-Schuman, Mar. 27
Conor Dougherty writes: “The federal government is poised to roll back regulations limiting access to consumers’ online data. States have other ideas. As on climate change, immigration, and a host of other issues, some state legislatures may prove to be a counterweight to Washington by enacting new regulations to increase consumers’ privacy rights. Illinois legislators are considering a ‘right to know’ bill that would let consumers find out what information about them is collected by Google and Facebook.”
New York Times, Mar. 26
K. Thor Jensen writes: “The big boys—Chrome, Firefox, and IE/Edge—aren’t the only browsers out there. If you dig deep, you’ll find a whole world of unusual web-surfing tools that are designed to fill different needs. From intense privacy to media streaming, torrent tracking to text-only displays, there’s a browser for just about everything.”
PC Magazine, Mar. 25
Elizabeth Watts Pope writes: “The American Antiquarian Society has only a small manuscript collection of George Washington Papers, and two of the most interesting items were actually not written by George Washington. They are forgeries, created by the most famous forger of Washington’s handwriting, Robert Spring. Even without being able to closely examine the paper and ink, there are ways to tell that these two purported Washington documents are fake once you know where to look.”
Past Is Present, Feb. 22, 2011
Fantasy lovers—are you tired of waiting two, three, four, sometimes half a decade for one story to end? Fantasy newbies—does the idea of reading fantasy intrigue you, but when you look at how many books are in most fantasy series, you despair? It’s time to sit back, relax, and enjoy one (or all) of these fantasy standalones—no sequels, no waiting, just one epic story. Here you will find a handy list of 25 fantasy standalones.
Epic Reads, Mar. 13
On March 29, more than 250 representatives from Ohio’s public libraries will travel to Columbus for the Ohio Library Council’s Legislative Day. Library directors, fiscal officers, trustees, and supporters will meet with members of the Ohio General Assembly to share how their libraries are transforming local communities with essential services such as workforce development and early literacy programs.
Ohio Library Council, Mar. 27
A university in western Japan will open a library on April 6 that has an unusually large proportion of manga in its collection. The two-story Biblio Theater library at Kindai University in Osaka Prefecture is expected to have around 70,000 books, with about 22,000 volumes of manga. The university hopes to draw the attention of manga lovers to more academic works that will be displayed alongside the comic books.
Japan Times, Mar. 23
At the third day of the ACRL Conference in Baltimore, the national political climate again featured prominently, with attendees filling a town hall meeting on strategies for working with members of Congress. The town hall, hosted by ACRL President Irene Herold, was arranged after the announcement of President Trump’s budget blueprint proposal. Other big topics for the day included technology, the ACRL Framework, and social justice issues.
AL: The Scoop, Mar. 25