April 24, 2015

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”


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 […]

Coming Next Month: Three E.B. White Classics Will Be Released as Ebooks For the First Time

From the AP: Three E.B. White classics read by millions of parents to their children will soon be available on the digital screen. HarperCollins announced Wednesday that “Charlotte’s Web,” “Stuart Little” and “The Trumpet of the Swan” can be purchased as e-books starting March 17. White’s granddaughter Martha White told The Associated Press that family […]

Amazon Moves Into Textbook Publishing With Launch of KDP EDU and Kindle Textbook Creator

Last week Amazon.com signed Woody Allen to create a tv program for Prime, earlier this week the company announced a move into theatrical films, and today it’s textbooks. From Amazon.com: Amazon.com today announced KDP EDU, a new segment of Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) designed to help educators and authors easily prepare, publish, and promote eTextbooks […]

New Apps: Smithsonian Brings Historic Specimens to Life in Free “Skin and Bones” Mobile App

A new app (it’s free) from the Smithsonian Institution. From the Smithsonian: The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History released a new mobile app “Skin and Bones”. The free app is available for download in the App Store and reinvents how visitors to the museum can experience select specimens on view in its historic “Bone […]

Missouri: St. Louis County Library’s New “Born to Read” Will Give Free Books to Newborns and Parents

An inspiring new program in STL. Kudos to the SLCL team!!! We look forward to learning more about this program as 2015 gets underway. From St. Louis Public Radio: A new program aimed at promoting early childhood literacy is giving free books to newborns, starting in January. Through its “Born to Read” program, St. Louis […]

OverDrive: Streaming Video From MGM Now Available For Library Lending in U.S. and Canadian Public and School Markets

From OverDrive: OverDrive announced today a new addition to its digital video catalog: streaming video titles from MGM are now available for library lending. Supplementing a digital video catalog of more than 13,000 quality, in-demand streaming videos, popular and award-winning movies from MGM are now available to library partners in the OverDrive network in the […]