Wednesday, May 18, 2011

How Viral PDFs Of A Naughty Bedtime Book Exploded The Old Publishing Model | Fast Company

Bootlegging and piracy as (viral) advertising in the book publishing world? The curious case of the new children's book for adults. Or, the new humor book for parents. Or whatever it is. Warning, the enclosed article contains adult language.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

More library spending ups test scores -

No big surprises in studies that find that better school funding results in better student test scores. The big news is what Debra E. Kachel, a professor at Mansfield University, found for schools and students from difficult socioeconomic conditions:
"In fact, quality school library programs may play an even greater role for students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds."

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Anyway, The Paradoxical Commandments - Do It Anyway - Kent M. Keith, Silent Revolution

Our union president, John Ellsworth, pointed us in the direction of these Paradoxical Commandments, they're worthy of sharing.

The Paradoxical Commandments by Dr. Kent M. Keith

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.

Amazon To Bring Ebook Lending to Local Libraries

Finally, Amazon joins the discussion for eBooks and libraries.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

The Libraries Didn't Burn - - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More

The Libraries Didn't Burn

by Elaine Equi

despite books kindled in electronic flames.

The locket of bookish love
still opens and shuts.

But its words have migrated
to a luminous elsewhere.

Neither completely oral nor written —
a somewhere in between.

Then will oak, willow,
birch, and olive poets return
to their digital tribes —

trees wander back to the forest?

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

I want to be a LIBRARIAN (updated!) : Awful Library Books

 With the way that our legislators and governors are (mis) treating libraries, who would want to be a librarian anymore?

Common Core State Standards Initiative | Home

Interesting news from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: K-10 mathematics and K-12 English lessons, aligned with state standards.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the foundation associated with Pearson, announced a partnership to create online reading and math courses aligned with the new common core standards that 40 states have adopted in recent months. The 24 new courses will use video, interactive software, games, social media and other digital materials to present math lessons for kindergarten through 10th grade and English lessons for kindergarten through 12th grade, Pearson and Gates officials said.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Found Sign: Why the Internet is No Substitute for a Library - Boing Boing

The comments below this posting are sometimes ridiculous, but those folks are more computer-savvy than likely active library users.