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FREE Webinar – “Library Advocacy: Everyday Marketing Tools and Techniques” with Dr. Sue Alman

Webinar – “Library Advocacy: Everyday Marketing Tools and Techniques” with Dr. Sue Alman

 

Posted on: February 19, 2019, 11:50 am Category: Uncategorized

19 Ideas to Make 2019 Your Best Writing Year Ever

19 Ideas to Make 2019 Your Best Writing Year Ever

https://medium.com/publishous/19-ideas-to-make-2019-your-best-writing-year-ever-f6bae68877cd

“new year, new 2019 writing goals

Write
Read
Improve
Talk
Expand

Write More, Write Better

1. Write a manifesto

2. Set a monthly word count and track your output

What gets measured, gets done.

3. Finish that project — create a timeline

4. Build or update your website

Read Something Interesting

5. Read a craft book

6. Read one book in a less favoured genre

7. Sign up for free books

8. Choose new authors on Medium and elsewhere

Improve Your Skills

9. Take a course

10. Retreat from the world

Award yourself some time to write.

11. Join a Twitter pitch event

12. Make an ebook for download

Talk and Connect

13. Leave a meaningful review or comment

14. Join a group — genre or other

15. Attend a Conference

16. Attend an author event

17. Expand Your Horizons

18. Enter competitions

19. Milestone rewards

20. Publish a book”

Posted on: February 19, 2019, 10:47 am Category: Uncategorized

2018 really was more of a dumpster fire for online hate and harassment, ADL study finds

2018 really was more of a dumpster fire for online hate and harassment, ADL study finds

2018 really was more of a dumpster fire for online hate and harassment, ADL study finds

 

“Around 19 percent of people said they experienced severe harassment on Twitter (only 19 percent? That seems low), while 17 percent reported harassment on YouTube, 16 percent on Instagram and 13 percent on WhatsApp .

Chart courtesy of the Anti-Defamation League

In all, the blue-ribbon standards for odiousness went to Twitch, Reddit, Facebook and Discord, when the ADL confined their surveys to daily active users. nearly half of all daily users on Twitch have experienced harassment, the report indicated. Around 38 percent of Reddit users, 37 percent of daily Facebook users and 36 percent of daily Discord users reported being harassed.”

Stephen

 

 

Posted on: February 19, 2019, 6:50 am Category: Uncategorized

The School Librarian: Your Ultimate Digital Resource

Just published:

http://doug-johnson.squarespace.com/blue-skunk-blog/2019/2/7/the-school-librarian-your-ultimate-digital-resource.html

Johnson, Doug. The School Librarian: Your Ultimate Digital ResourceEducational Leadership, February 2019

“Abstract: School librarians have expertise in using education technology—but many teachers don’t realize how much a school librarian can help them understand and use tech tools for student learning. The author describes six supporting roles librarians can play in this regard: curating resources for individualized instruction, sharing expertise in locating/evaluating resources, helping students produce digital content, advising on issues of copyright and avoiding plagiarism, teaching digital citizenship, and managing school makerspaces.”

Published by ASCD.

Stephen

Posted on: February 19, 2019, 6:38 am Category: Uncategorized

Library Systems Embracing Their New Roles As Social Service Hubs

Library Systems Embracing Their New Roles As Social Service Hubs

https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/library-systems-embracing-their-new-roles-as-social-service-hubs

“We didn’t have good ways to get people into treatment,” Hardy says. “We’re working systematically on making changes to that process and to provide treatment on demand.”

“These two disciplines, librarians and social work, come together so beautifully — we can look at these issues from two different angles,” she says. “We’re getting out there, talking to these decision-makers, and advocating.”

Stephen

 

Posted on: February 18, 2019, 6:47 am Category: Uncategorized

SECRETS OF ACCESSIBLE ONLINE CONTENT YOU NEED TO KNOW

SECRETS OF ACCESSIBLE ONLINE CONTENT YOU NEED TO KNOW

https://www.coolcatteacher.com/secrets-of-accessible-online-content-you-need-to-know/

181% PERCENTAGE INCREASE IN WEBSITE ADA LAWSUITS BETWEEN 2017 AND 2018 20% POTENTIAL PERCENTAGE OF POPULATION EXCLUDED WHEN YOUR WEBSITE IS NOT ACCESSIBLE

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Posted on: February 18, 2019, 6:43 am Category: Uncategorized

Teens and Tweens: Large Print Makes a Difference!

Teens and Tweens: Large Print Makes a Difference!

https://www.alsc.ala.org/blog/2019/02/teens-tweens-large-print/

Vision Thing

Smartphones, tablets, laptops, and netbooks have all revolutionized the world for every age group.  For tweens and teens, the effects of hours of utilizing these devices has made a real impact on their vision.  The impact on literacy levels has also been noted.  Dr. Ralph Chu remarks on one condition called dry eye disease (DED), saying that, “you see (DED) commonly in people who are in their 50’s & 60’s, but now with children who are using their smartphones a lot, we’re seeing this more and more.”So, let’s read up on how large print can make all the difference in this vision thing!

Large Print and Learning

Believe it or not, larger print has some wonderful advantages, not just for staving off myopia.  Struggling readers can benefit significantly from larger print materials.  Tween and teen reluctant readers may want to read, but may be finding it difficult.  For tween/teen library users with cognitive challenges or learning disabilities large print makes a difference. Larger print can also help readers facing ADD, ADHD, and dyslexia.

Size Matters

According to Thorndike Press:

The combination of a larger font and fewer words on a page helps with:

  • Decoding—Fewer words means readers can fully decode and process each page
  • Fluency—Because the additional white space between lines slows the eye and increases the care they take with the text, young readers show improved fluency – Editor: this is also sometimes called “tracking”
  • Comprehension—Once decoding errors are eliminated and fluency improves, young readers can focus on the meaning of the text. Full comprehension leads to reading satisfaction

There’s real science behind all of this, folks:

“Large print books are the missing component for accelerating literacy comprehension and reading fluency for all students, whether they are struggling, proficient, or in between,” — Literacy and Neuroscience Researcher, Elizabeth Lowe

Don’t Just Take My Word For It

So, I got some practical responses from the field for you, so I can definitely say, don’t just take my word for it:

hear what students shared about large print

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This same system made stronger bonds between public libraries and school media centers by promoting large print for teens and tweens:

large print builds stronger partnerships between public schools and public libraries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special thanks to Beth Napier, MLS for bringing large print for tweens and teens to my attention and all of its wonderful possibilities!”

Posted on: February 18, 2019, 6:29 am Category: Uncategorized