This Engadget article has some good basic info about the various tablets that are out right now.
During the month of October, TechSoup led a Cloud Computing Worldwide campaign. They learned how organizations all over the world are using cloud computing through blog posts, webinars, and tweet chats. You can view everything that was shared on one handy webpage including these topics:
Week One: Introduction to Cloud Computing
Week Two: How Cloud Computing Changes Organizations
Week Three: Security in the Cloud
Week Four: The Future of Cloud Computing
Events, tidbits, and resources rounded up for you by Kim Lehman, our Youth Services Specialist Extraordinaire:
From Story Times to Blogger
Teens will be blogging, tweeting, photographing, and videotaping everything that happens at the Austin Teen Book Festival, and about the fest. One member of the teen press corps used to come to my storytimes many years ago. I recently ran into her and discovered that literature is her life. How exciting is that! You can follow Willa blog at http://willasramblings.com/
Enter to win a free banned book on Willa blog. Deadline October 1.
Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) would like your help in identifying exceptionally talented Texas youth (8th-11th grade students) for our Young Masters grant program. Many of you work directly with youth and/or teachers of students of this age bracket. Please make them aware of this program. Students of all artistic disciplines apply for this competitive grant program. The most talented young artists will receive the title of Young Master and will be given grants of up to $2,500 per year for two years to further their advanced studies in their chosen arts disciplines.
Deadline November 15, 2011
September PBS show – Understanding The Mysterious Teenage Brain talk of the nation
Research suggests, that compared to adults, teens value rewards more than consequences. http://www.npr.org/2011/09/20/140637115/understanding-the-mysterious-teenage-brain
National Geographic Cover Article
After his son was pulled over for driving 113 mph, science writer David Dobbs set out to understand what researchers know about the teenage brain. The resulting story, “Beautiful Brains,” is the cover story in the October 2011 issue of National Geographic magazine.
Teen Programs on You Tube
Last week, Laurie was watching Channel 8 (the continuous news channel in Austin) and Belton’s own Kim Kroll was being interviewed. Nice job, Kim! Great photos of the library and all the computer users! If any of you are going to be on television or radio, please let us know. We love watching you tell good stories about libraries to the media.
From Westbank Community Library District’s August Newsflash Newsletter:
Debating about an e-reader, trying to find e-books that don’t cost an arm and a leg, or wonder which apps work with your system? Try our e-book page.
Free web extras complement ALA Editions print books. Check out such extras as Webliographies, selected book content, sample templates, sample policies, and companion websites. Titles include Technology Made Simple, Teen Spaces, Preschool Favorites, Fundamentals of Library Supervision, and many more.
Have you guys seen this TED talk? Ad-man Rory Sutherland discusses how modest solutions can often have a greater impact than the big expensive ideas and strategies. He emphasizes incentives for behavior change instead of trying to twist people’s arms. He also says that because people in power often have big budgets, they then deploy big budget solutions because they need to spend the money. So he wants to see a group of people with a lot of power but not that much money (oh, does that sound like some of our library budgets recently?). Very funny guy, take a look if you’ve got 12 minutes…
Doing research on wikipedia can raise a lot of questions about validity of information. To address these and other concerns, the wiki folks have recently posted this FAQ for libraries and librarians. The FAQ answers a range of questions, from ‘what is wikipedia?’ to ‘how can I be a wikipedia editor.’
Republished from the April 2010 Newsletter:
Creating a desktop shortcut to your Apollo Catalog
You can use Firefox to create a shortcut on your computer’s desktop to any page you’ve visited, including your Apollo Catalog:
- Resize the Firefox window so you can see both your computer’s desktop and the Firefox window on the same screen.
- Click on the site icon next to the Location bar, i.e. where the web address (URL) is shown.
- While still holding the mouse button down, move the pointer to the desktop, then release the mouse button. The shortcut will be created.
New CTLS workforce website!