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92% of college students prefer print books to e-books, study finds

92% of college students prefer print books to e-books, study finds

““If you imagine millennials are just young people entranced by their cellphones or tablet computers, you might want to think again. According to a new study, 92% of college students would rather do their reading the old-fashioned way, with pages and not pixels.The finding comes from American University linguistics professor Naomi S. Baron, author of the book “Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World.” Baron led a team that asked 300 college students in the United States, Slovakia, Japan and Germany how they preferred to read.” (via LA Times)”

Stephen

Posted on: February 12, 2016, 6:45 am Category: Uncategorized

THE PAYMENTS ECOSYSTEM: Everything you need to know about the next era of payment processing

Paying library fines might get a lot more complicated . . . Is it worth it?

THE PAYMENTS ECOSYSTEM: Everything you need to know about the next era of payment processing

http://www.businessinsider.com/the-payments-ecosystem-everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-next-era-of-payment-processing-2016-2

BII Payments Processing Ecosystem 2016

Stephen

Posted on: February 12, 2016, 6:44 am Category: Uncategorized

An International Database of Learning Assessments

Education: An International Database of Learning Assessments

“From the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS).

From an Introductory Blog Post

What is the UIS Learning Assessments Database and where can you find it?

The database is a free online resource available at this link, which provides standardised information on public examinations and national learning assessments conducted around the world.2016-01-18_09-37-55

Users can access the Database to search for or browse information on examinations and assessments according to different criteria, such as the subjects assessed or the source of funding. Once users have identified particular examinations or assessments of interest, they can access further details about each one through the associated UIS Catalogue of Learning Assessments, also a free open access resource at this link.

Read the Complete Introductory Blog Post

Direct to Database of Learning Assessments

Direct to UIS Catalogue of Learning Assessments

Stephen

Posted on: February 12, 2016, 6:22 am Category: Uncategorized

25 Simple Ways How To Get Twitter Followers

25 Simple Ways How To Get Twitter Followers

25 Simple Ways How To Get Twitter Followers

Stephen

Posted on: February 11, 2016, 6:25 am Category: Uncategorized

U.S. Smartphone Users Spend as Much Time on Entertainment as Texting

Market Research: U.S. Smartphone Users Spend as Much Time on Entertainment as Texting

“From GfK MRI:

According to new GfK MRI research, today’s smartphone user is just as likely to be seeking mindless entertainment – playing a game or streaming a video – as connecting with friends and family through texting or other modes.

When asked which smartphone activities are most important to them first thing in the morning, users mention texting most often, but also place entertainment apps – like streaming music services – above Twitter and other well-known platforms.

The findings come from a just-published GfK MRI study, Mobile Now, conducted from September to November 2015 among over 5,900 US smartphone owners. The study shows that 22% of time spent on smartphones is devoted to entertainment – games, music, web surfing, and watching streamed content; that is the same proportion devoted to texting. Phone calls account for another 22% of time; social media, 10%, and emails, 10%.

In addition to time spent with different smartphone functions, the Mobile Now report also covers

  • today’s five types (segments) of mobile users – from social media ”addicts” to game enthusiasts (see page 2 for more information)
  • top smartphone uses and activities across mobile segments, as well as different generations and ethnicities
  • popularity and potential of wearables – including reasons for wanting and intent to purchase
  • trends in mobile purchase behavior by platform and mode

When GfK MRI asked consumers which smartphone apps or functions they turn to first thing in the morning, texting was cited most often, by 67% of respondents. Email came in second, mentioned by 63%, followed by Facebook (48%) and the weather (44%). Hispanics were even more likely to mentioned texting (73%), with email a relatively distant also-ran (at 64%)

Games overall came in 7th first thing in the morning, mentioned by 19% of respondents. And streaming music service Pandora (12%) placed above Pinterest, Twitter, and other well-known social media apps..

Over two-thirds (68%) of consumers – and more than four-fifths (83%) of Millennials – reported that they text more than they talk on their smartphones. And texting is the phone feature that respondents said they would miss most if it was not available.

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The study also reveals that roughly four in ten (39%) of smartphone owners are either ardent Mobile Embracers (24%), who integrate their smartphones into every aspect of their lives, or Entertainment Seekers (15%) – young singles who are drawn to mobile gaming and watching streaming video.

The other key segments that GfK MRI identified are:

  • Casual Gamers – 18% of the smartphone population, likely to be white women who have kids
  • Casual Gamers – 18% of the smartphone population, likely to be white women who have kids
  • Info Seekers – 18%, frequently white, educated, married men interested in news and/or sports
  • Mobile Fundamentals – 25%, awkward users who need help just downloading a new app”

Stephen

Posted on: February 11, 2016, 6:15 am Category: Uncategorized

PLA: Policies for Library Inclusion of Self-Published Works

PLA:

Policies for Library Inclusion of Self-Published Works

Policies for Library Inclusion of Self-Published Works

 

Stephen

Posted on: February 10, 2016, 6:45 am Category: Uncategorized

Chicago Public Library: The Library as a Gateway to 21st Century Skills

Chicago Public Library: The Library as a Gateway to 21st Century Skills

http://www.digitalpromise.org/blog/entry/chicago-public-library-the-library-as-a-gateway-to-21st-century-skills

Interesting article on CPL’s activities and growth of 21st Century services.

Also, learn more about Digital Promise’s Adult Learning Beacon Project that will shine a light on a select group of communities working to raise adult skills through the use of digital learning tools.

http://www.digitalpromise.org/initiatives/adult-learning#beacon-communities

Stephen

Posted on: February 10, 2016, 6:03 am Category: Uncategorized