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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! 

Categories: Tech

Bluefire Reader

October 7, 2014 Leave a comment

I’ve long been a fan of Bluefire Reader, using it to read e-galleys of new books coming out on my iPad.  Somehow I missed that Bluefire is now available for the PC as well.  It does require that you have an Adobe ID and password to use it, but after that your reading on Android and iOS devices will sync with what you are reading on the PC. 

Bluefire offers support for EPUB and PDF.  It works with Adobe DRM, allowing you to read anything you have on your Adobe Digital Editions. 

If you use Bluefire on your devices already, using it on your computer is no brainer.  If you don’t, it is definitely the one to try!

Categories: E-Books

This Week’s Tweets, Pins & Tumbls

October 3, 2014 Leave a comment

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

14 Favorite Quotes from Children's Books - Imagination Soup Imagination Soup Fun Learning and Play Activities for Kids

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Author Interview: Carl Hiaasen on His Latest Skink Novel and Why He Won’t Do Vampires http://buff.ly/1suS6Q7 #kidlit

Diversity in Publishing Matters (Whether You Like It Or Not) – BOOK RIOT http://buff.ly/1vqK3Sz #weneeddiversebooks #diversity

Marla Frazee Talks with Roger – The Horn Book http://buff.ly/1nGzQSf #kidlit

Michael Morpurgo: how the sinking of the Lusitania inspired my new book | Children’s books | The Guardian http://buff.ly/1narX7g #kidlit

‘The Pushcart War’ at 50 http://buff.ly/1Bd2QS2 #kidlit

Top 10 health and safety fails in children’s books | Children’s books http://buff.ly/1uMCELS #yalit #kidlit

EBOOKS

The Mess of Ebooks | Library Journal http://buff.ly/1rQ02cV #ebooks #libraries

Mural-sized historic photos of iconic boardwalk amusements and salvaged wooden decking tie Brooklyn PL’s Coney Island Library to its famous beachfront attractions, a mere two blocks away. The texture of the vinyl floor reflects the grain in the ceiling.

LIBRARIES

Library of Things seeks to expand non-book offerings at Sacramento Public Library – http://buff.ly/1oFn7tZ #libraries

Miami-Dade libraries need to end ‘bookish’ attitude, panel says | The Miami Herald http://buff.ly/1wUHXKF #libraries

New $2 million teen learning lab coming to Central Library http://buff.ly/YUWlHb #libraries

Shared Story Provocation: Bookmaking & Kids’ Library : Sturdy for Common Things http://buff.ly/1mUA8nG #libraries

READING

5 Tips For Getting Out of a Long-Term Reading Slump – BOOK RIOT http://buff.ly/1rITlt9 #reading

TEEN READS

Are you ready for some football…books? – The Horn Book http://buff.ly/1ugTa98 #yalit

Book Review: ‘Afterworlds,’ By Scott Westerfeld | : NPR http://buff.ly/1n3szvj #yalit

The Fault in Our Stars Has Been Banned in Schools | Vanity Fair http://buff.ly/1CESYD4 #yalit

Knickers? Snogging? Can we really transport humour across the pond? | Children’s books http://buff.ly/1nGv1IG #yalit

Stacked: Guest Post: Fiona Woods on Female Sexuality in YA Fiction http://buff.ly/1n3rFyX #yalit

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