I’m celebrating my 11th year of blogging here at Sites & Soundbytes. While the pace of posting has slowed a bit in the last couple of years, I still love sharing new online services and library leadership ideas here with you.
Thank you for reading whether you have been here for years along with me or are a brand new reader. Thank you for coming up at conferences and mentioning my blog too. It all means so much to me.
Two weeks worth this time!
1st Welsh publisher dedicated to children’s books to help tackle literacy and tell great stories – Wales Online http://buff.ly/1730o64
BBC News – Authors back ‘malnutrition hits literacy’ study http://buff.ly/153zOq0
Book News: Kipling Admitted Plagiarizing ‘Promiscuously’ : The Two-Way : NPR http://buff.ly/12OL1IQ
BBC News – Paperless public libraries switch to digital http://buff.ly/10LSMMZ
Librarians: Your Most Valuable MOOC Supporters – http://buff.ly/10G19tx
Miniature Libraries http://buff.ly/10M3MxQ
10 Benefits of Reading: Why You Should Read Every Day – Lifehack http://buff.ly/12s0sX4
25 Signs You’re Addicted To Books http://buff.ly/118CoKF - I won’t tell you how many I exhibit…
Facebook crafts new policies to better combat hate speech – Computerworld http://buff.ly/112D4Nz
Online video will be more popular than Facebook and Twitter by 2017 — Tech News and Analysis http://buff.ly/1ayC7BZ
Teens are tired of Facebook ‘drama,’ find refuge on Twitter and elsewhere, says Pew | The Verge http://buff.ly/10LSGoK
Yahoo revamps Flickr and offers a terabyte of free storage – Computerworld http://buff.ly/12SumEm
TLT: Teen Librarian’s Toolbox: Relational Reading Revolution: How you can change the landscape of reading http://buff.ly/1atOkYK
I’m having a little celebration over on Waking Brain Cells because I’ve reached my 5000th post there.
Here on Sites, I am at the 3100 mark, so with both blogs combined, that a lot of posts! Head over to see some Wayback Machine views of how my KidsLit blog used to look.
8 Ways to Be a Truly Memorable Boss | http://buff.ly/16y0gvh
BEA For All: A Librarian’s Guide to BookExpo America 2013 http://buff.ly/146IgVa
Sites & Soundbytes turns 10 years old today! It started as a way to feature new links I found for my collection of links that I curated for years. That list began as a box of cards that had information about gopher and veronica sites. Yes, I’m that old. Thanks.
This blog has moved with me through three jobs. I left the collection of links behind at the first one, but kept the blog.
Thank you for everyone who reads my posts whether you see them on the blog, Facebook, Twitter or Google+. It’s been a pleasure to do this work for so many years and I hope you continue to find it valuable into the future. Because I can’t stop now!
Photo from Caro’s Lines: http://www.flickr.com/photos/caroslines/3199807082/
AFAR is a social travel guide that the users build. On first entering the site, you will be struck by the wide range of photographs, and will probably find something to click on immediately. Click in and you will find a series of photographs that seem to capture the real feel of a place. There is food, architecture, clubs, and places to visit, all photographed and described by a person who has traveled there.
Join the site and you can add your own experiences. The photos are called Highlights and allow you to add a description and information to the photo. You can gather them together into Wanderlists that can be about a place, an interest or a combination of things.
I love that you can explore the site without being a member. That alone makes it feel welcoming and open. Right now the Wanderlists featured on the front page can take you through India, Johannesburg, Prague and Mexico City. It’s a tempting site that will get your wanderlust going.
The Art of Breaking Hearts – Books that will make your heart ache « The Ship’s (B)log http://buff.ly/V2WVjg
The Call That Changes Everything – or Not – PW speaks with previous Newbery & Caldecott winners about that famous call http://buff.ly/X8f0XT
Hold On To Your Tighty Whities, Captain Underpants Is Back! : NPR http://buff.ly/10xs3de
Michael Ian Black re-teams with artist Debbie Ohi for children’s book ‘Naked!’ — The Family Room http://buff.ly/XhMmDY
Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas: The ABC’s of Learning to Read Through Play – A thru M http://buff.ly/WK72mY
My top five: books to grab in an emergency! | Children’s books http://buff.ly/Xe3j25
How bookshops could be happy ever after: ebooks could provide new revenue stream – The Independent http://buff.ly/UZbww1
7 Free Technologies Your Library Should be Using http://buff.ly/11qYaKX
Bexar set to turn the page on idea of books in libraries – San Antonio Express-News http://buff.ly/VYKikV
Libraries crisis set to get ‘much worse’ this year in the UK – http://buff.ly/W4DAu2
10 Ways Publishers Can Succeed and Survive | Publishing Perspectives http://buff.ly/W470sb - note the message to work with libraries!
The Nightmare That Keeps Microsoft Awake… Android On The Desktop – Forbes http://buff.ly/11rhCHa
Here They Are — The Best Comic Books of 2013! | Underwire http://buff.ly/10zdqpS
A Literary Tour of Historical Y.A. – Entertainment-The Atlantic Wire http://buff.ly/VU3a4j
Top Ten Books featuring Autism Spectrum Disorders by Carrie Cox « Nerdy Book Club http://buff.ly/UZbvbs
And if you want MORE School themed books (not just pic books):http://www.playingbythebook.net/2012/08/13/im-looking-for-a-book-about-starting-school/ …
BIG news for Suzanne Collins fans! – it’s an autobiographical picture book next for her! http://buff.ly/Yu4wYs
The rise of the ‘Wimpy Kid’ empire – Fortune Management http://buff.ly/V8KrjT
Here’s Why Digital Rights Management Is Stupid And Anti-Consumer – The Consumerist http://buff.ly/YnTROJ
Tell your senators: ‘Don’t let ECPA threaten my electronic privacy!’ http://buff.ly/V4EFzT
Apple’s iPad Book Ban Violates The Hippie Spirit Of Steve Jobs: Author http://buff.ly/V5RMAL
OUPblog » The e-reader over your shoulder http://buff.ly/V0ggLI
Facebook makes it official — an external advertising network is coming soon — Tech News and Analysis http://buff.ly/YanPpi
How To Use Google+ As Your Social Media Dashboard To Cross-Post To Facebook, Twitter & More http://buff.ly/V0sSCL
Is It Time for Content Marketers to Abandon Facebook? | Copyblogger http://buff.ly/V5Z9It
MediaPost Publications Some Sites Reserve Right To Share Personal Data – http://buff.ly/V5RPwt
The Social Media Economy Explained – By The Onion [Video]http://buff.ly/UTwDtz
Time Spent on Social Media: http://pinterest.com/pin/193021534001108847/
Librarian Nancy Pearl’s Picks For The Omnivorous Reader : NPR http://buff.ly/Ymr8Ka - happy to see Code Name Verity included!
What technology users want: ease of use, mobility, reliability, and fair price.
Never purchase pricey HDMI cables – advice from the MacGyver guys.
Rather than a scanning station, try a VuPoint magic wand for $65.
Build your own phone network with some old phones, a 9 volt battery, and a telephone coupler.
Freeconferencecalling.com with up to 1000 people at a time. Free with Google Voice – something I have to start using
LibreOffice is an viable open source alternative to Microsoft Office, according to the MacGyver guys.
Join.me is a free option instead of GotoMeeting.
Use Pixlr for photo editing. It’s web based but offers lots of advanced options