- Archival Literacy: Active Learning and Teaching with Primary Sources
- Bringing More to the Table(t): Ideas and Insights for Using Tablets in Instruction
- Reaching Modern Students Through Amazing Screencasts
- The Secret's in the Sauce: The RIBS Recipe for Building a Healthy, Well-Balanced Instruction Program
- Blending, Mixing, and Processing: Strategies used to Engage Students in the Classroom
- Creating Insanely Great Instruction Sessions: What Librarians can Learn from Steve Jobs
- 500 Students, 55 Raters, and 5 Rubrics Later: What We Learned from an Authentic, Collaborative, and National Assessment Project
- From Prix Fixe to a la Carte: Using Lesson Study to Collaborate with Faculty in Customizing Information Literacy Instruction
katep: May 2012 Archives
This new project has been getting a lot of buzz in the late couple of days:
New: Unglue.it. "The site uses a crowd-sourced funding (or "crowdfunding") model to raise enough money to pay book authors to open up their books as ebooks for free. As described on the site:
Unglue.it is a a place for individuals and institutions to join together to give their favorite ebooks to the world. We work with rights holders to decide on fair compensation for releasing a free, legal edition of their already-published books, under Creative Commons licensing. Then everyone pledges toward that sum. When the threshold is reached (and not before), we collect the pledged funds and we pay the rights holders. They issue an unglued digital edition; you're free to read and share it, with everyone, on the device of your choice, worldwide.
This follows the model of sites like Kickstarter.com, where individuals pledge various amounts to support projects. Like KickStarter, Unglue.it offers various rewards pegged at specific pledge amounts as compensation to contributors. Also like KickStarter, each book "campaign" on Unglue.it has an end date."
I remember the speaker at the Library Tech Conference saying that Kickstarter has raised more money for projects than the National Endowment for the Arts or similar funding type agencies so it seems like a likely model.
So...should libraries channel funding from collecting a book to supporting its change to open ebook?
- David Weinberger: "Why Networked Knowledge Makes Us Smarter than Before" (April 20, 2012)..."Given the human temptation to hang out with ideas that are familiar and unchallenging, Iibrarians have a special role to play as guides to sources that also disturb us, challenge our hidden assumptions that celebrate difference and disagreement."
- "It's Complicated" -- PIL Video: http://youtu.be/XqMEonllU1g
The keynote and slides are just about all posted....http://mnlibraryassociation.org/event12_0427/