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An Interview with Robert Darnton on the Digital Public Library of America 

A podcast I listen to, Digital Campus, recently talked about another meeting of a group working on the idea of the Digital Public Library of America. It sounds like some version of this is going to be moving into development possibly in 2011. Potential game changer? Pipe Dream? What do you think? Here is some more information: 

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Considering Angry Birds

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angrybirds.jpgI will confess an addiction (at times) with the game Angry Birds which is why I was interested to read Why Angry Birds is so successful and popular: a cognitive teardown of the user experience. Here are a few things I found interesting:

"The total number of hours consumed by Angry Birds players world-wide is roughly 200 million minutes a DAY, which translates into 1.2 billion hours a year. To compare, all person-hours spent creating and updating Wikipedia totals about 100 million hours over the entire life span of Wikipedia (Neiman Journalism Lab)."

"This seems an obvious point, but few realize that a simple interaction model need not be, and rarely is, procedurally simple. Simplification means once users have a relatively brief period of experience with the software, their mental model of how the interface behaves is well formed and fully embedded."

This led me to think about students mental models about libraries and what sort of "thing" we could create to try to help student's make sense of libraries/how information is organized/how scholarly information is developed/organized. More to consider...
When: Wednesday, March 23 in Wilson S30A, 3:30-4:30 

 Reading: Moving away from practical we head towards the theoretical with: Sturges, Paul, and Almuth Gastinger. "Information Literacy as a Human Right." Libri 60.3 (2010): 195-202. 

 I enjoyed some of the definitions for Information Literacy highlighted in the article beyond the ALA definition from 1989--"To be information literate, a person must be able to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information."

Like this... 

"A set of competencies that an informed citizen of an information society ought to possess to participate intelligently and actively." 

 and this...

 "Information Literacy is a basic condition for: learning for life; the creation of new knowledge; acquisition of skills; personal, vocational, corporate and organisational empowerment; social inclusion; participative citizenship; and innovation and enterprise." 

 I like this conclusion from the article: "what we in definitions such as this, is the writers striving to work out a strong rationale for an instructional activity that commons sense tells them is obviously worthwhile." 

 Question: How does how we frame IL effect what we focus on and how others see the importance/value of IL?

I heart Michael Wesch

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"This new media environment can be enormously disruptive to our current teaching methods and philosophies. As we increasingly move toward an environment of instant and infinite information, it becomes less important for students to know, memorize, or recall information, and more important for them to be able to find, sort, analyze, share, discuss, critique, and create information. They need to move from being simply knowledgeable to being knowledge-able." from here

Library of the Early Mind

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Reposting this item from MetroBriefs (vol 2., no. 5):

Join in a grownup conversation about children's books. Two special screenings of Library of the Early Mind a documentary about children's literaturewith director Edward J. Delaney followed by panel discussion with local children's book experts.


About the movie


Library of the Early Mind is an exploration of the art and impact of children's literature on our kids, our culture, and ourselves. From the first stories we hear told to us to those childhood heroes that stay with us a lifetime, the impact on our culture runs deeper than what we might expect. "No one suspects the children's writer," says author and illustrator Mo Willems, a former 'Sesame Street' writer. The film features nearly 40 prominent authors and illustrators talking about their work, its genesis and its impact. The number of books in print by the authors in Library of the Early Mind exceeds 240 million.


Showtimes and Panel Info

Sunday, March 27, 2:00-4:30 pm

Minneapolis Central Library in Pohlad Hall, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 55401

Panel Participants: David LaRochelle, Julie Reimer, John Coy, and Catherine Thimmesh


Monday, March 28, 6:00-8:00 pm

Galaxie Library, 14955 Galaxie Ave, Apple Valley, 55124

Panel Participants: John Coy, Catherine Thimmesh, and Marsha Wilson Chall


Open to the public; no registration required.

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Opportunities for both on and off site are available: 

With 13 regional contests, they need of more than 700 judges!  The website and paper categories, with their mail-in participation, is growing leaps and bounds calling for dozens of "at home" evaluators.  And the State Contest on SUNDAY, May 1 will require another 200 committed volunteers.  For more information about the judging process or our events, please visit our website at http://www.mnhs.org/school/historyday/events/judgeinfo.htm.   
Since I walk passed this I thought I would share it....one way SciEng promotes the workshops.

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