July 5, 2015

ALA Releases National Policy Agenda for Libraries

ALA’s Policy Agenda for Libraries was released today as the 2015 ALA Annual Conference gets underway in San Francisco. The full text document is available here. A four page executive summary is also available. A foreword to the agenda written by Deborah Jacobs from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was also published. Policy goals […]

Educational Publishing: Rosen Publishing Buys Jackdaw Publications

From a Rosen Publishing Statement: Rosen Publishing, one of the leading publishers of print and digital materials for the school library, classroom, and public library markets, today announced it had signed a deal to acquire the assets of Jackdaw Publications, a DBA of Golden Owl Publishing, Inc., located in Amawalk, NY. Jackdaw Publications is the […]

Canada: “Tintin Book Back On Winnipeg Library Shelves, but in Adult Section”

From The Canadian Press: The Winnipeg Public Library has put the children’s book, “Tintin in America,” back on its shelves but has moved it into the adult graphic novel section because of its stereotypical depictions of indigenous people. [Clip] The library had originally pulled the book off its shelves completely but after a review it […]

eBooks in Schools: Follett and HarperCollins Partner to Offer 18,000 Ebook Titles For PreK-12 Students

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From Follett: Follett today announced it has launched a collection of nearly 18,000 ebook titles for PreK-12 students through a strategic partnership with HarperCollins Publishers. [Clip] Among the beloved HarperCollins classics that will be available are, “The Chronicles of Narnia” by C.S. Lewis and “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. In addition, students and educators […]

President Obama Announces New Digital Content Program (Ebooks) & ConnectED Library Challenge

UPDATE: The White House has posted a “fact sheet” about the two programs/initiatives announced today 1. Access to eBooks 2. “ConnectED Library Challenge” We will update this post with more info as it becomes available. From an Email by Roberto J. Rodríguez: Deputy Assistant to the President for Education (via DPLA): Through greater access to America’s […]

Child and Consumer Advocates Urge FTC to Investigate Google for Excessive and Deceptive Advertising Directed at Children

From the Center for Digital Democracy: A coalition of prominent children’s and consumer advocacy group filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today requesting an investigation of Google, charging the company with unfair and deceptive practices in connection with its new YouTube Kids app [that launched  on February 22, 2015] . The complaint […]

Oral History: StoryCorps Formally Launches New Global Platform, iOS and Android Apps Available

From a Library of Congress Blog Post by Nicole Saylor: [On Wednesday] we celebrate[d] the official release of StoryCorps.me, a global platform where anyone in the world can record and upload an oral history interview. This effort is a wish come true for StoryCorps founder Dave Isay, the 2015 recipient of the TED Prize. The prize comes with $1 million […]

Free, Full Text Now Available: 2nd Ed. of “The World Through Picture Books Catalogue”

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The new, second edition of the The World Through Picture Books Catalogue was posted online today by the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA). and was edited by edited by Annie Everall OBE and Viviana Quiñones. The complete book runs 222 pages (PDF). Printed copies should also be available for sale sometime next month. The book […]

UMass Amherst Opens First Large-Scale MakerBot Innovation Center at a University Library

From UMass Amherst: Libraries throughout the U.S. are implementing new technologies to adapt to the changing habits of the digital age by adding additional services such as wireless Internet (97.5 percent), e-readers (25.4 percent) and tablets (16.5 percent). But technology is also driving a different trend that is redefining the very role that libraries play. […]

This Thursday: U.S. House of Rep. Hearing “How Emerging Technology Affects Student Privacy” Will Be Streamed Live

UPDATE A live stream of the hearing will be available on YouTube. Access the stream here. — For those of you interested in privacy and technology here’s an event that you might want to know about. A congressional hearing titled, “How Emerging Technology Affects Student Privacy” is scheduled to take place before the Subcommittee on […]