Links of Interest : February 19, 2013

It’s been a while since my last one of these. Sorry!

Libraries and education

I think the Internet does nifty things, but so do people in classrooms, and I think a lot of the “how do we make this work” still needs – well, a lot of work. Honestly, about half the MOOC conversations I’ve seen show a marked lack of understanding about the Internet and how it works (both people and tech), which is sort of a problem.

Living in the future is awesome :

Privacy and related issues:

  • Nancy Sims, copyright librarian, explains why she turned down a job that required a background check (and why you might want to care.)
  • ProfHacker had the best roundup of commentary on the new Facebook Graph search that I’ve seen yet. (Check out the various links in the article.)
  • Creative Commons and later use – a question of image permissions from Bobbi Newman.
  • Meredith Farkas takes on the right to develop one’s own digital footprint.

Stop, no, reconsider that:

  • Can we give up on the comparisons between coding and things that are not *that* dissimilar? The Hedgehog Librarian takes on a “You wouldn’t knit your own sweater” comparison. (Some of us do. Signed, person who is pretty sure if I ever manage to learn coding beyond HTML and CSS, it’ll be because I figured out complicated knitting.)

Generally intriguing reading: (most of these came out of Longform.org )

  • A Russian family cut off from the world for 40 years (via the Smithsonian)
  • Trade in Mongolian dinosaur bones (NYT)
  • A chart showing the many affairs of Zeus (and various other classical mythology figures)
  • Why are we suddenly getting hit by so many space rocks? Good question.
  • The emerging criminal element: Lead.
  • Delicious
  • Facebook
  • Digg
  • Reddit
  • StumbleUpon
  • Twitter

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Hi, I’m Jen

Librarian, infovore, and general geek, likely to write comments about books, link collections, and other thoughts related to how we find, use, and take joy in information.

I'm the Information Technology Librarian at the University of Maine at Farmington, the small liberal arts college model campus in the University of Maine system.

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