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Elizabeth Merritt

A Texas superintendent ordered school librarians to remove LGBTQ books. Now the federal... - 1 views

  • The U.S. Education Department’s civil rights enforcement arm has launched an investigation into a North Texas school district whose superintendent was secretly recorded ordering librarians to remove LGBTQ-themed library books.
  • accused the district of violating a federal law that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender. The ACLU complaint was based largely on an investigation published in March by NBC News, ProPublica and the Tribune that revealed that Granbury’s superintendent, Jeremy Glenn, instructed librarians to remove books dealing with sexual orientation and people who are transgender.
  • An Education Department spokesperson confirmed the investigation and said it was related to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits schools from discriminating on the basis of sex, gender and sexual orientation.
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  • After a volunteer review committee voted to return all but a few of the titles, two disgruntled members of the committee filed a police report in May accusing district employees of providing “pornography” to children, triggering a monthslong criminal investigation by Hood County Constable Chad Jordan, which remained open as of August.
  • The ACLU of Texas made similar legal arguments in another civil rights complaint filed last month against the Keller Independent School District in North Texas in response to a policy banning any books that mention “gender fluidity.” The Education Department has yet to decide whether to open an investigation in Keller,
  • the nonprofit PEN America, which has tracked thousands of school book bans since last year,
  • If the Education Department finds Carroll students’ rights have been violated, experts said, the federal agency could require the district to implement the same types of diversity and inclusion training programs that conservative activists have fought to block in Southlake.
Ariane Karakalos

California's changing face, through centuries of books | California Watch - 0 views

  • "The browser is designed to enable you to examine the frequency of words (banana) or phrases ('United States of America') in books over time,"
  • 5.2 million books – about 4 percent of all published books.
    Google's Ngram Viewer
Ruth Cuadra

Project aims to let libraries share e-books - 0 views

    Did you know that prices libraries have to pay for e-books are about eight times higher than what the public has to pay? Libraries are being locked out of serving the e-book-using public.
Ruth Cuadra

Millennials read more books than their elders, Pew study finds - 0 views

    Among younger Americans who did read at least one book, the median or typical number read in the past year was 10, but they seems to value libraries less than older adults.
Ruth Cuadra

Right at Home: Personal Libraries Are Retreats - 0 views

    With the advent of tablets, cellphones and e-readers, could the book-lined home library go the way of the formal dining room? According to this article, books are a gold mine for designers as well as retailers.
Johanna Fassbender

Through app, physical books become more like e-books | Springwise - 0 views

    Is this something that could be helpful when doing research in museum archives?

Will Your Children Inherit Your E-Books? : NPR - 0 views

  • Among all the gifts of the electronic age, one of the most paradoxical might be to illuminate something we are beginning to trade away: the particular history, visible and invisible, that can be passed down through the vessel of an old book, inscribed by the hands and the minds of readers who are gone.
Ruth Cuadra

What type of book should you read? - 0 views

    A job for the future:  London's School of Life offers the help of "bibliotherapists" who can help you decide what kinds of books you should be reading.  Maybe a "museuotherapist" can help visitors decide what parts of the museum they should spent their time on.
Ruth Cuadra

Ripples from the Zambezi: Passion, Entrepreneurship and the Rebirth of Local ... - Siro... - 0 views

    a cautionary tale for futurists " 1860 a group of  futurologists was asked to predict how New York City would look in 100 years.  They all agreed that by 1960, New York City would not exist because to move the population of that city would have required six million horses, and the manure of six million horses would have created such a problem that the city would have had to have been abandonded!"
Ruth Cuadra - Did you know the BOOK? English subtitles - YouTube - 0 views

    A tongue-in-cheek presentation of the traditional print-on-paper book as the most convenient device for reading.  Maybe we shouldn't be so quick to embrace all things digital.  What does the future hold for museums and printed publications?
Paul Spitzzeri

Clive Thompson's 'Smarter Than You Think' a digital love letter - - 0 views

    Book review of a rosier view of digital technology and how it improves our lives.
    "rather than learning how to remember"...we're learning how to find the answers that are already out there. This is going on my to-read list. Goodreads, anyone?
Ruth Cuadra

Coloring Isn't Just For Kids. It Can Actually Help Adults Combat Stress. - 0 views

    Read the comments too. Coloring is a big stress reliever for adults. How about coloring books in third spaces?
Ruth Cuadra

Fourth Wall Studios does the 'Dirty Work' of innovation - - 0 views

    "transmedia" productions are being designed to engage viewers by crossing the boundaries between screen, phone, and tablets and turn viewers into players. "if they are successful, it will open a new channel for media that can stand alongside movies, television, musci and books." 
Gina Hall

Is the Educational Revolution About Videos: Ted-Ed and Khan Academy? « User G... - 0 views

  • Tinkering and experimenting; engaging in the arts; going out into the community; tapping into students’ talents, interests and passions are not part learning process.
  • it does not honor learning-by-doing
  • I think that the flipped classroom is an interesting idea if you want to do learning that is largely based on presentation.
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  •   I am interested more in moving beyond the flipped classroom to learning by doing at the center than a kind of the intermediate step that still centers on largely on tacit assimilation
  • Thomas Edison’s thoughts about how film would change education. It is possible to teach every branch of human knowledge with the motion picture. Our school system will be completely changed inside of ten years. (
  • TED is about ideas worth sharing.  I am curious if the kids, after being directed through the Ted-Ed lessons, will develop and spread their own ideas with their peers.
Megan Conn

The New "Google Glasses" Ad: Some Version of Hell | Book Think | Big Think - 1 views

    no doubt there has been good measure of skepticism and backlash; idea of walking around 'distracted' - or possibility of always recording-- lends to some dystopian images of the future... I'd say the TV was a similar technology that led to distraction/couch potato culture. (But we've moved on) This is more mobile - and in the world. I think it's exciting -- and needs some healthy skepticism. For CAMLF-- I look at these glasses- in more specific applications--where context is more controlled. Imagine the 'layering' of experiences. Providing visual learning element to the objects inside our walls Museum environments seem perfect--- even more so than (what I think is a poor vision) walking around public streets. In private situations for Google Goggles seems more ideal.. Maybe?
Ruth Cuadra

"SmartStuff" E-book Introduces "Internet of Things" Revolution to Public - Business Rev... - 0 views

    the second major phase of the Internet, in which the number of human users will be dwarfed by the number of cell phones, remote sensors and devices connected by the Internet. a projected 50 billion devices will be Internet-enabled by 2020
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