This Week’s Tweets, Pins & Tumbls

October 31, 2014 Leave a comment

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week that I think are cool:

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

14 Children’s Books with Multiracial Families http://buff.ly/1tM49c3 #kidlit

The best children’s books on Iran | The Guardian http://buff.ly/101XX2b #kidlit

Q & A with Chris Van Allsburg http://buff.ly/1nBpMcT #kidlit

We Need Diverse Books | Indiegogo http://buff.ly/1rzLrxv #weneeddiversebooks

What We Can All Learn From ‘Percy Jackson’ — and Reading Kid Lit As a Whole | Bustle http://buff.ly/1tM3bMF #kidlit

TEEN READS

10 Favorite LGBT Characters in MG and YA Literature | Stories With Ms. Jenna http://buff.ly/1wvB2Iz #lgbt #yalit

Q & A with Robin LaFevers http://buff.ly/1tLXK0i #yalit

Top 10 songs in teen novels: the ultimate young adult playlist | The Guardian http://buff.ly/1zJ5DqN #yalit

YA Yeah Yeah: Top 20 MG Books of Last 10 Years http://buff.ly/1wCMa6m #kidlit

Young Adult Fiction Doesn’t Need to Be a ‘Gateway’ to the Classics – The Atlantic http://buff.ly/1wFCpFz #yalit

This Week’s Tweets, Pins & Tumbls

October 24, 2014 Leave a comment

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week that I think are cool:

BLOGGING & BOOK REVIEWS

‘Am I being catfished?’ An author confronts her number one online critic | The Guardian http://buff.ly/1r7WfUc #blogging #authors

Author Stalks Anonymous Blogger Who Gave Her a 1-Star Review http://buff.ly/1tI9dPf #blogging #authors

Battle of the trolls: Kathleen Hale reveals the war raging between authors and readers http://buff.ly/1tOa2WM #blogging #reviews

TLT: Teen Librarian’s Toolbox: Yes we do, in fact, need negative book reviews http://buff.ly/1t97osq #yalit #blogging #bookreviews

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

10 best kid-friendly Halloween books, courtesy New Orleans Public Library’s Beyonka Wilson http://buff.ly/1sTGlzR #kidlit

10 Grimms’ Girls Who Are Decidedly NOT Damsels In Distress| M.A. Larson | http://buff.ly/ZJmdWG #kidlit #fairytales #folktales

The Percy Jackson Problem – The New Yorker http://buff.ly/1DEoWzY #kidlit

Top 10 imaginary friends in fiction | Guardian Children’s books http://buff.ly/1FIWSNX #kidlit

EBOOKS

The Switchboard: Amazon’s giving Simon & Schuster more control over e-book prices – The Washington Post http://buff.ly/1nAyIz3 #ebooks

LIBRARIES

The K.C. and S.F. public libraries are fighting on Twitter, and it’s delightful http://buff.ly/1zmdlqr #libraries

Omaha Mayor’s Office Proposes Letting Police Check Out Library Patron Information | LJ INFOdocket http://buff.ly/1DwnC1X #libraries

Skokie Public Library sets sights on engaging community more | Skokie Review http://buff.ly/1xdrO2H #libraries

TEEN READS

Darren Shan: A damned good storyteller | Irish Examiner http://buff.ly/1ypJysR #yalit

Feiwel and Friends to Publish Cecelia Ahern YA Novels http://buff.ly/1xdpXee #yalit

Thirteen Scary YA Books: Diverse Edition « the open book http://buff.ly/ZI5OCg #diversity #yalit #weneeddiversebooks

This Week’s Tweets, Pins & Tumbls

October 17, 2014 Leave a comment

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week that I think are cool:

Alex Sanchez

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

7 books that will get young boys reading http://huff.to/1w5m7na

BBC News – Dumfries plans for Scottish children’s literature centre submitted http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-29602032 … #kidlit

Diverse voices: the 50 best culturally diverse books | Children’s books http://buff.ly/1EP0xcp #kidlit #weneediversebooks

How Canadian Jon Klassen became one of the most sought-after children’s book illustrators in the world – http://buff.ly/1C7lifa #kidlit

Interview: Oliver Jeffers, Author Of ‘Once Upon An Alphabet’ : NPR http://buff.ly/1scGcaq #kidlit

Molly Idle Talks with Roger – The Horn Book http://buff.ly/1sMqIf5 #kidlit

Nursery rhymes from all over the world – a gallery to share with children | The Guardian http://buff.ly/Zqq7Ue #kidlit

On Creativity and Culture: Yuyi Morales – First Book Blog – http://buff.ly/1w4HkgY #kidlit

Sita Brahmachari: the importance of diverse names in children’s books | Children’s books http://buff.ly/1CrGhcP #kidlit

Where are all the disabled characters in children’s books? | Children’s books http://buff.ly/1CrFyZ8 #kidlit

EBOOKS

Is E-Reading to Your Toddler Story Time, or Simply Screen Time? http://buff.ly/1w1xSef #ebooks

It’s Official: Kobo is Getting Out of Tablets – The Digital Reader http://buff.ly/1yikjvk #ebooks

LIBRARIES

Collections Are for Collisions | American Libraries Magazine http://buff.ly/1z7qTGe #libraries

Public Libraries Add Social Workers and Social Programs http://buff.ly/1s9I57C #libraries

PRIVACY

Edward Snowden’s Privacy Tips: “Get Rid Of Dropbox,” Avoid Facebook And Google | TechCrunch http://buff.ly/1s9FZoj #privacy

TEEN READS

The Maze Runner’s James Dashner: Movies are my first love. And that’s how I write | Guardian http://buff.ly/1C1fy6K #yalit

MORTAL INSTRUMENTS, The TV Series – EarlyWord: http://buff.ly/1z7qYtJ #yalit

SpiderOak

October 13, 2014 Leave a comment

SpiderOak

SpiderOak is an alternative to the very popular Dropbox service.  Both earlier this summer and then this week, Edward Snowden listed Dropbox as a service of particular concern when it comes to the privacy and encryption of the documents and files stored on the service.  While Dropbox does encrypt files as they travel between your computer and their servers and also encrypt files stored on their servers, they do not do what SpiderOak does and encrypt the data while it is on your computer as well.

I’m a firm believer in figuring out how to protect privacy online.  So I am going to start experimenting with more of these services that secure privacy.  While I am not particularly worried about what I do online being problematic legally, I think it makes sense to start using tools that protect my rights because my use of them speaks to the importance of the issue.

Categories: Privacy, Tech

This Week’s Tweets, Pins & Tumbls

October 10, 2014 Leave a comment

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week that I think are cool:

Picture Books for Little Inventors and Engineers

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

10 Perfect Read Alouds for 5th Grade http://www.pragmaticmom.com/2014/10/10-perfect-read-alouds-5th-grade/ … via @PragmaticMom

And…. GO! 2014 Cybils Nominations are OPEN | Cybils Awards http://buff.ly/1rTrEhd #kidlit #yalit

A Book That Cuts To The Core Of Human Experience – The Giver | Off The Shelf | http://buff.ly/ZoQjPg #kidlit

The cost of Calvin: How much damage did one six-year-old cause? | News http://buff.ly/1oUgfcd #comics

Drew Daywalt & Oliver Jeffers to Create a Sequel For ‘The Day The Crayons Quit’ – GalleyCat http://buff.ly/1n0fgLR #kidlit

Eerie places – The Horn Book http://buff.ly/1s5kQNP #kidlit

Fall Fun: Great Books About Autumn | School Library Journal http://buff.ly/ZfWIMs #kidlit

J.K. Rowling Hints at Harry Potter’s Possible Return in ‘Fantastical Beasts’ http://buff.ly/1oOdTeV #kidlit

John Dougherty’s top 10 fictional badgers | Children’s books http://buff.ly/1ycO0Oo #kidlit

Jon Klassen fills a bookshop window full of dirt – video | Guardian http://buff.ly/1oMSLFS #kidlit

The Paddington Trail Will Open in London – GalleyCat http://buff.ly/1rSpm1F #kidlit

‘Reading Rainbow’ Host Debuts New Children’s Book and Announces the Show’s Online Return – ABC News http://buff.ly/1BXIyMH #kidlit

Three Million First Printing for Riordan’s Finale http://buff.ly/1vAH6xL #kidlit

Travis Jonker’s Five to Follow on Twitter | School Library Journal http://buff.ly/1yJRpp7 #kidlit #twitter

Wimpy Kid Series to Hit 150M in Print http://buff.ly/1qpdq2l #kidlit

EBOOKS

Adobe Digital Editions 3 Probably Safe From Adobe’s Spying, Experts Say – The Digital Reader http://buff.ly/1sagx3R #privacy #ebooks

Adobe software may be snooping through your hard drive right now | Apps and Software http://buff.ly/1oNMIRp #privacy #ebooks

Pattern Recognition » Blog Archive » Adobe Digital Editions and infoleaks http://buff.ly/1si4ane #ebooks #libraries

Print Books Outsold Ebooks In First Half Of 2014 http://buff.ly/1BWBsIu #ebooks

Not Your Mother's Library -  Columbus, OH

LIBRARIES

Librarians React to Pew Study on Willingness to Disagree on Social Media http://buff.ly/1rSpLkH #libraries #socialmedia

Milwaukee Public Library Introduces Book Vending Kiosk | Wisconsin Public Radio http://buff.ly/1s294TO #libraries

Photos: Southwest Madison’s Meadowridge Library opens in new space : Ct http://buff.ly/1yHZRVP #libraries

PRIVACY

Protecting Privacy In The Digital Age: Mikko Hyppönen Answers Your Questions : NPR http://buff.ly/1yHALpV #privacy

READING

How Videogames Like Minecraft Actually Help Kids Learn to Read | WIRED http://buff.ly/1oUeXOg #reading #gaming #literacy #minecraft

Will Self and the Plight of the Pearl-Clutching "Serious" Reader – BOOK RIOT http://buff.ly/1xhgS4K #reading

Will Self: ‘The fate of our literary culture is sealed’ | Books | The Guardian http://buff.ly/1yHelFp #reading

TEEN READS

3 On A YA Theme: If You Love Watching Supernatural – BOOK RIOT http://buff.ly/1skpvLM #yalit

Candlewick to Publish New Kate DiCamillo Novel in Spring 2016 http://buff.ly/1rXOnHo #kidlit

Four Questions for Garth Nix http://buff.ly/1EvRey5 #yalit

Julia Donaldson: ‘Don’t push books on teens, they’ll come back later’ – The Independent http://buff.ly/1s4gFSh #yalit

Marcus Sedgwick: where I write | Children’s books http://buff.ly/1s954RX #yalit

Meg Wolitzer On Writing And Reading Young Adult Novels http://buff.ly/1n9J3lj #yalit

.@SaraFarizan talks about her new book, a light-hearted YA lesbian romantic comedy http://tmblr.co/ZX8F1t1SkkvrX

Science Fiction & Fantasy 2014: How Multicultural Is Your Multiverse? http://buff.ly/1vHJeno #diversity #yalit

Why adults are buzzing about YA literature | PBS NewsHour http://buff.ly/1s10fd5 #yalit

YA supernatural baddies – The Horn Book http://buff.ly/1BJrxWr #yalit

A Different Kind of Reference

October 9, 2014 Leave a comment

If you are a library director, you will eventually be contacted about former employees and asked about their time working for you.  How should you answer?  Well an article in Inc. offers insight from several attorneys about what is best to do.

It’s worth reading the entire article, but the gist is that you are best off not stating negative things in reference checks.  Even glowingly positive references can be problematic, but it’s the negative ones that can be a liability for you and your library.  So be careful what you say!

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Background Burner

October 8, 2014 Leave a comment

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Background Burner is a free tool that lets you quickly remove the background from any image.  Just choose a file and the service processes your image.  It then offers you different options for the removed background.  Pick the best one and download it. 

This is perfect for websites where you want a cleaned up version.  It’s also handy for those of us who don’t have Photoshop skills! 

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