Back to School!

The beginning of the school year brings new school shoes, fresh school supplies, and an opportunity to review your privacy settings on your devices and social networking accounts. Read this article from Mashable for some good tips, and happy new school year!

Privacy Tips

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Guest Bloggers Coming Soon!

We are running an eReader pilot program with our faculty for the summer. We have distributed Amazon Kindles to teachers who want to try one out for the summer, and we’ve asked them to share their thoughts about reading electronically via our library blog. /JD

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Choose Privacy Week!

Choose Privacy Week
May 1-7 is Choose Privacy Week. Think about the information you share with the world. This is a good reminder to review your Facebook privacy settings.

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Amazon Kindle in the News

Two recent pieces of news from Amazon coincide with our plans to roll out a Kindle pilot lending program.  First, Amazon plans to release an ad-supported version of their popular Kindle e-reader that is priced at $114, that will display advertisements.  The ads will appear on the home page and as screen savers.  Amazon says that it was important that the ads don’t “interfere with the reading experience.”

In other news from Amazon, Kindle will roll out a library lending program.  As part of this program, you’ll be able to make margin notes that won’t show up when the next reader checks out the book.

Students, your dreams of marking up your library books are about to come true.  /JD

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digital marginalia?

An article in the NYT Sunday magazine has me thinking about the way our students write in books.  Girls, you really write in your books.  You Highlight, you underline, you make elaborate notes in the margins until the whole book is covered with your notes.

I never got into this habit.  Maybe because I didn’t buy my own books in high school– they belonged to the school and we had to give them back to be used again next year by the next class.  Even in college when I bought my own books, I always wanted to sell them back at the end of the semester so I didn’t take notes in the margins.  Maybe it is my inner librarian, but I sometimes flinch at the sight of a heavily marked up text.

Sam Anderson in the NYT is looking forward to the day when he can read a book on a digital reader and also read the marginalia of his friends or of other writers or critics.  He sees this as a bridge between the private act of reading and the social act of sharing your notes and thoughts.  I personally see reading as a refuge from the noise of daily life, which may be why even though I love to read, I don’t much like to talk about books in a deep way.  My English teacher friends don’t understand this, but as soon as someone starts analyzing a book that I love, I suddenly need to make a break for it.

I can see the use in social reading though, and I think sharing marginalia would be a very cool thing, just maybe not for me.

What do you think?  Would you like to share margin notes with your friends?

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YA lit in the NYT Again!

The New York Times is OBSESSED with dystopian young adult literature.  From what I see in the library, I’d say you are too.  The Times says these books offer a dark vision of “a world where civilization feels an awful lot like high school and everyone is under pressure to conform.”  Does this ring true to you?  Or is it just a whole lot of fun watching Katniss Everdeen triumph over the forces of evil?

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Our library’s on the phone!

Search ebooks from wherever you are, on iphone, ipod touch, or ipad.

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