General links of interest:
- Doug Johnson talks about the impact of blogging on your career, especially for educators.
- He also has a post about talking to his local Kiwanis club about ebooks, and reflecting that if they get ebooks, then schools really need to be looking at more options.
- Iris Jastram talks about the Age of Big Access, and the problems it creates for teaching information literacy skills.
- And at her own blog, she also talks about the rise of ebooks and the implications for libraries.
- News from the Frankfurt Book Fair suggests that ebooks are really taking off rapidly at the moment: Brian Murray, CEO of HarperCollins noted that once you adjust for materials that aren’t going to be epublished (children’s books, for example) close to 20% of their trade was now in ebooks of some form. That’s a huge jump from a year ago.
- Bruce Schneier has an interesting discussion of different kinds of information in social networking data (and some of the security and other implications therein.)
- A User’s guide to finding and evaluating medical information on the web (from the Medical Library Association).
The ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom sponsored a machinima contest in Second Life (for those not aware, a machinima is a video or film shot using digital footage from inside a game or virtual setting.) They’ve posted the winner and two runners up.
A great resource on making a website more accessible can be found at Dive Into Accessibility.
A discussion on cyberbullying included a link to what one of the poster’s wives did when she discovered bullying in her classroom. (I can think of situations where it might not have worked so well, but in this case, it was a great solution.)
And of seasonal interest, Kerri Miller, the host of the Minnesota Public Radio show Midmorning, just did a great hour called “Vampires and Zombies and Werewolves, Oh My!” talking about the recent (and not so recent) rash of books featuring them. The link takes you to the page for this show, where you can listen or download, but you might also want to to check out the list of titles that came up during the discussion (currently the second bold heading down.)