National digital library endowment proposal makes Education Week

By David Rothman
May 13, 2015 // 3 Comments

LibraryCity’s proposal for a national digital library endowment has now made the leading publication in the field of K-12 education—not just philanthropy (Chronicle of Philanthropy) and libraries (Library Journal). Education Week has published a 1,300-word essay with a home-page link. Also [...]

Weekend Links: Time enough for reading? Inside the Kobo Glo HD

By Joanna Cabot
April 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

What’s So Great About Young Writers? (NYT) I have an interest in the nurturing of “late blooming” writers. I have long grumbled about the conflation of the words “young” and “emerging,” and particularly about the many prizes set aside for writers in their early careers below [...]

Morning Links: Juvenile book sales drop. Reading on the bus dangerous?

By Joanna Cabot
April 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

Juvenile Book Sales Plummet (PW) Industry members expected that sales in the two segments would cool this year and sales, which started to slow this spring, plunged in the week ended April 19, 2015, compared to the similar week in 2014. Unit sales in the juvenile nonfiction category fell 39% in the [...]

Morning Links: LA wants refund for school iPads. Tech and the home

By Joanna Cabot
April 17, 2015 // 1 Comment

Silicon Valley Needs To Be More Willing To Talk Openly About Failures (Techdirt) This is Silicon Valley’s stupid secret that really should be discussed more openly. Lots of startups fail. It happens all the time. *** LA School District Wants Refunds for Education iPads (Boing Boing) They paid [...]

Morning Links: Sharing economy getting big. Showrooming like shoplifting?

By Joanna Cabot
April 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Sharing Economy Is Getting ‘Very Big, Very Fast,’ Says PwC Study (Re/Code) Renting and borrowing will replace ownership in many industries, according to a dizzying array of new statistics from a PriceWaterhouseCoopers report. *** The Enduring Mystery of the Academic Book Market (The [...]

Morning Links: Laptops for students? Adults love coloring books too!

By Joanna Cabot
April 6, 2015 // 3 Comments

Are Laptop Requirements a Forgone Conclusion or a Burden on Students? (Media Shift) One 2014 survey found 90 percent of students own laptops and 86 percent own smartphones, while less than half of those surveyed own tablets. *** The Internet Doesn’t Make You Smarter; You Only Think it Does (Ars [...]

Toronto Catholic School Board Cuts Every Teacher-Librarian

By Joanna Cabot
March 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

It’s budget time here, and every municipality in my area is trying to balance the books. One of the more controversial cost-cutting tactics to come to light this week is the Toronto Catholic school board’s decision to eliminate teacher-librarians in ALL of its elementary schools. As the [...]

Education alliance urges Congress to support dedicated school library funding

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 23, 2015 // 1 Comment

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced its support for “a coalition of more than 20 education businesses, associations and media groups―including Scholastic Inc., ESCO Information Services and the Association of American Publishers” which has just sent a letter to the [...]

Teaching Good Media Habits for Children

By Joanna Cabot
March 13, 2015 // 3 Comments

I featured this story in the Morning Links yesterday, and have been thinking about it all morning. Amanda Enayati writes about ‘unplugging’ as a trend thing, that people are finally noticing the ‘stress’ that their devices cause them. It seems to me that addressing that [...]

Two cheers for World Book Day?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 5, 2015 // 4 Comments

I shouldn’t be remotely snarky about the UK World Book Day, perhaps. After all, any initiative that promotes books and reading in a country whose literacy and reading levels besmirch its cultural and economic status is welcome. “Thanks to National Book Tokens and lots of lovely book [...]

Warwick Report exposes systematic divides in UK culture

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

Unsurprisingly from the country that gave the world the concept of philistinism, the 2015 Report by the Warwick Commission on the Future of Cultural Value, Enriching Britain: Culture, Creativity and Growth – otherwise known as the Warwick Report – has found that “the government [...]

Review: Steampunk LEGO by Guy Himber

By Joanna Cabot
February 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

I got a package in the mail this week—a gorgeous hardcover book from No Starch Press! When I wrote earlier about this publisher, I mentioned that one of the things which intrigued me about them was their print-plus-eBook bundles. They graciously agreed to let me try one out, and while I was [...]

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