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Being autistic may amount to a language difference — not an impairment

Being autistic may amount to a language difference — not an impairment

For the neurodivergent, a study on autism and communication is reaffirming some lifelong feelings

https://www.salon.com/2021/06/06/being-autistic-may-amount-to-a-language-difference-not-an-impairment/

 

 

Posted on: June 13, 2021, 6:18 am Category: Uncategorized

“An Illustrated Field Guide to Social Media” From the Knight First Amendment Institute

New Online: “An Illustrated Field Guide to Social Media” From the Knight First Amendment Institute

“From the Knight First Amendment Institute Website:

This field guide looks at social media that works on different “logics” than do Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube. It features communities that have tried consciously to use different models than surveillance capitalism and includes the work of collaborators in other countries and subcultures.

No field guide would be complete without images. Much as a field guide to birds helps us look more closely at the birds we encounter on a walk through our neighborhoods, Fiammetta Ghedini’s remarkable illustrations in this field guide help us look at social media differently.

The Institute published the illustrated guide in connection with “Reimagine the Internet,” a virtual conference about what the internet could and should become over the next decade.

Direct to Field Guide
119 pages; PDF.

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Posted on: June 12, 2021, 6:54 am Category: Uncategorized

Children with Print Disabilities: Dyslexia Resources

Children with Print Disabilities: Dyslexia Resources

“Today, we’d like to share some additional tips and tricks for patrons with dyslexia. Our April 2021 toolkit included resources for Children with Print Disabilities. This month’s post will share some additional tips and tricks to help make engaging with print content easier for patrons.

Download a browser extension.

Accessing content online is relies on the design and layout of the content creators.  Browser extensions allow patrons to customize that content in a way that is more easily viewed.  OpenDyslexic is an open-sourced font created especially for readers with dyslexia.  Each letter includes a heavily weighted bottom. This helps indicate its correct direction, which helps prevent confusion. The unique letter shapes also help readers avoid confusing similar letters.  You can download the packages for free for use on phones, tablets, and internet browsers.  In addition, their website includes additional resources like keyboards and compatible websites.

Use dyslexia-friendly fonts and colors with econtent.

eBook providers like OverDrive (and the associated Libby app), Sora, Hoopla, and Kindle offer features to assist readers. In fact, customizing fonts and colors can make it easier for readers to distinguish individual letters.  First, take a moment to familiarize yourself with the features of whatever provider your library uses. Then, be ready to walk patrons through those features on different devices for a successful experience.

Look for physical books in dyslexia-friendly fonts.

While you likely can’t find every popular title in dyslexia-friendly fonts, there are titles available.  The series Here’s Hank by Henry Winkler is one example.  Royal Fireworks Press and the UK-based Barrington Stoke are two examples of publishers with dedicated dyslexia-friendly titles.  If publisher selections are limited, vendors like AbeBooks, Amazon, and eBay may also provide opportunities to expand your collection.  Or, if print books aren’t an option, consider collections like audiobooks, large print, or graphic novels that may be more accessible.

Offer overlays or reading guides.

Overlays and reading guides can help children read standard print materials.  These tools help provide guidance for reading along the lines, or colored contrast to make it easier to distinguish letters.  You can choose from options like reading strips to help guide individual lines of text, or full page overlays in a variety of styles.  Work with readers in your community to find what options they prefer.  You might include these as resources available in the library, or part of a circulating kit.


Do you have other tips or strategies that may help readers with dyslexia or other print disabilities?  Please reach out to us at lsuctc@gmail.com with your suggestions.  The Library Service to Underserved Children and Their Caregivers committee would like to express their sincere appreciation to librarian Cathrine Trautman of the Northville District Library for providing the above resources and suggestions for librarians.


Jaime Eastman is a Senior Public Services Librarian and Family Place Coordinator at the Harrington Library in Plano, Texas.  She is currently serving as co-chair of the Library Service to Underserved Children and Their Caregivers Committee and loves sharing resources that support librarians in their work.”

Posted on: June 12, 2021, 6:15 am Category: Uncategorized

Dissertation: The Social Capital Fundraising Model by Kathryn Frances Dilworth

The Social Capital Fundraising Model

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Posted on: June 12, 2021, 6:14 am Category: Uncategorized

Free Mini-Conference: “Reinventing Libraries for a Post-COVID World,” a Library 2.0 Event June 17, 2021

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This is a free event, being held live online and also recorded.
REGISTER HERE
to attend live and/or to receive the recording links afterward.
Please also join the Library 2.0 network to be kept updated on this and future events.  Our second Library 2.021 mini-conference: “Reinventing Libraries for a Post-COVID World,” will be held online (and for free) on Thursday, June 17th, 2021, from 12:00 – 3:00 US-Pacific Time. The conference schedule is below!

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, librarians have been faced with all manner of challenges as they have worked to bring their service, resources, and events into the virtual realm. Unsurprisingly, librarians have not only met this challenge but thrived in bringing new dynamic digital content, engaging virtual programming and instructional events, and exciting online such as virtual book clubs, gaming tournaments, and even makerspace activities to their patrons.Please join us as we discuss the ways librarians have adapted and evolved their service offerings for a post COVID world.

This event is being organized in partnership with Ellyssa Kroski, the Director of Information Technology and Marketing at the New York Law Institute as well as an award-winning editor and author of 60 books. Everyone is invited to participate in our Library 2.0 conference events, which are designed to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing among information professionals worldwide. Each three-hour event consists of a keynote panel, 10-15 crowd-sourced thirty-minute presentations, and a closing 30-minute keynote. A mini-conference FAQ (frequently asked questions) page is here.

Participants are encouraged to use #library2020 and #librariespostcovid on their social media posts about the event.


CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
THURSDAY, JUNE 17th – 12:00 – 3:00 PM US PACIFIC TIME
(Click the link on any session title to see the description and/or to correspond with the presenters. The actual Zoom session links will be emailed to registered attendees the day before the event.)

12:00 PM (NOON) US-PACIFIC TIME
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  • OPENING KEYNOTE PANEL (one hour, see the speaker bios below!)
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2:00 PM US-PACIFIC TIME
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2:30 PM US-PACIFIC TIME
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  • CLOSING KEYNOTE by Chris Jacobs (30 minutes)

KEYNOTE PANELISTS:

8592507271Ellyssa Kroski (@ellyssa)
Director of Information Technology and Marketing at the New York Law Institute

Ellyssa Kroski is the Director of Information Technology and Marketing at the New York Law Institute as well as an award-winning editor and author of 60 books including Law Librarianship in the Age of AI for which she won the AALL’s 2020 Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award. She is a librarian, an adjunct faculty member at Drexel and San Jose State Universities, and an international conference speaker. She received the 2017 Library Hi Tech Award from the ALA/LITA for her long-term contributions in the area of Library and Information Science technology and its application. She can be found at: http://www.amazon.com/author/ellyssa and http://ellyssakroski.com.

 

  8647617678?profile=RESIZE_400xChris Jacobs (@BPLTeenCentral )
Teen Technology Coordinator – Teen Central | Boston Public Library – Central Library at Copley Square

Chris Jacobs has been the Teen Technology Coordinator for the Central location of the Boston Public Library since October 2019. A lifelong student and educator at heart, his career trajectory prior to BPL includes a six-year stint as a tech-forward high school English teacher, where his interest in media literacy—piqued by coursework conducted at the Harvard Graduate School of Education—flowered into a rigorous curriculum that pushed teens to explore the intersections among technology, society, and identity. An enthusiastic proponent of games and gamification as critical academic and interpersonal tools, Chris currently heads BPL’s Teen Gaming cohort, which uses social media avenues such as Twitch and YouTube to continue building engaging, empathetic, teen-centric online communities throughout the pandemic.

8647618455?profile=RESIZE_400xJunior Tidal (@JuniorTidal)
Multimedia and Web Services Librarian, Associate Professor for the Ursula C. Schwerin Library at the New York City College of Technology, City University of New York

Junior Tidal is the Multimedia and Web Services Librarian, Associate Professor for the Ursula C. Schwerin Library at the New York City College of Technology, City University of New York. He co-hosts the City Tech Stories podcast with Prof. Nora Almeida. Other than podcasts, his research interests include mobile web development, usability, and library privacy issues. Originally from Whitesburg, Kentucky, he has earned a MLS and a Master’s in Information Science from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

 

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Adult Programming Librarian at Parker Williams Library

Tanner Adams is the Adult Programming Librarian at Parker Williams Library in Houston, Texas. This library is part of Harris County Public Library, and he has worked in Fort Bend County as well. At Parker Williams, he is responsible for the library’s ESL and Citizenship programs, as well as running a weekly game of Dungeons & Dragons for the public.

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Starkville Public Library Children’s Librarian

Loraine is the Children’s Librarian at the Starkville Public Library in Starkville, MS. She graduated from Mississippi State University and proudly rings her cowbell when attending football, basketball, and baseball games. She’s the Phi Mu Alumnae President for East Mississippi, chaired the Starkville Junior Auxiliary’s Reading Railroad this year that promotes early literacy, just read to over 2,500 children in her full Cat in the Hat mascot costume for Read Across America Week throughout Oktibbeha County. And when she’s not out filming virtual storytimes in a pasture or by a lake, she’s busy having socially distanced storytimes in the park next to our library. In her free time, she loves to play with her French Bulldog puppy Scout and take photographs at their local wildlife refuge.

This is a free event, being held live online and also recorded.
REGISTER HERE
to attend live and/or to receive the recording links afterward.
Please also join this Library 2.0 network to be kept updated on this and future events.

The School of Information at San José State University is the founding conference sponsor. Please register as a member of the Library 2.0 network to be kept informed of future events. Recordings from previous years are available under the Archives tab at Library 2.0 and at the Library 2.0 YouTube channel.

 

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Posted on: June 11, 2021, 2:03 pm Category: Uncategorized

Best internet speed test 2021: Test your connection

Best internet speed test 2021: Test your connection

Broadband should be a utility that just works. But sometimes it doesn’t and broadband speed tests can help you debug a network problem for big data jobs or figure out why Netflix is not working.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/best-internet-speed-test/

 

 

 

 

Posted on: June 11, 2021, 6:56 am Category: Uncategorized

How to Deal With a Narcissist at Work

How to Deal With a Narcissist at Work

Posted on: June 11, 2021, 6:53 am Category: Uncategorized