Thursday, March 28, 2013

Amazon scoops up Goodreads social network | Internet & Media - CNET News


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Amazon scoops up Goodreads social network | Internet & Media - CNET News: Amazon scoops up Goodreads social network

The giant Web retailer pays an undisclosed amount to acquire the book-reading social network.

by Jay Greene
March 28, 2013 1:41 PM PDT


Amazon agreed today to buy book-recommendation site Goodreads for an undisclosed amount.

The San Francisco-based company should provide Amazon with another way to get readers to buy books from it, both digitally and from its warehouses. Amazon said it also plans to use Goodreads to help authors find readers who might not otherwise know about them. Read more....
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Urban Librarian Brigade Bringing Books To The Sidewalks: Gothamist

Urban Librarian Brigade Bringing Books To The Sidewalks: Gothamist: Urban Librarian Brigade Bringing Books To The Sidewalks

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Two literary-minded Brooklynites have teamed up to bring the printed page to the street. Lauren Comito and Christian Zabriskie have started a movement called Urban Librarians Unite, a library advocacy
organization that will train and dispatch a Volunteer Library Brigade across the city. Before hitting their beats, each volunteer will receive training in reference services, public service, and storytime... but not dancing:
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

CAREEREALISM About Webinars Policy Advertise Contact Don't miss Meet Anna…Overwhelmed With Worry About Her Job Search 5 Things You Should Be Doing If You’re Unemployed 7 Tools To Organize Your Job Search In 2013 2013 Resume Writing Trends Top 3 Interview Questions You Should Ask Home > Networking > 10 Tips For People Who Hate Networking 10 Tips For People Who Hate Networking CAREEREALISM About Webinars Policy Advertise Contact Don't miss 2013 Resume Writing Trends Top 3 Interview Questions You Should Ask Meet Anna…Overwhelmed With Worry About Her Job Search 5 Things You Should Be Doing If You’re Unemployed 7 Tools To Organize Your Job Search In 2013 Home > Networking > 10 Tips For People Who Hate Networking 10 Tips For People Who Hate Networking By Devora Zack

Hate Networking TipsThis article is part of an exclusive month-long program on CAREEREALISM to help readers break free of The Golden Handcuff Effect. Click HERE to learn more about the Professional Emancipation Project, a.k.a. The P.E.P. Talk.

Do you associate networking with shameless self-promotion and ‘more = more’? Does that make your stomach turn? Me too!

Networking has a bad reputation as a forum for superficial small talk. Yet real networking is about establishing mutually beneficial, lasting connections, one person at a time. And with my modern approach to networking, even you can shine and thrive at a board meeting, convention, or free-floating cocktail party.

The reason so many of us hate networking – and profess to stink at it – is because we’ve been futilely following the wrong rules. Rules that only work for a paltry 15% of the population and require us to be phony – a sure fire way to short circuit. Read more...

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Iraqi librarian saved 30,000 books during 2003 invasion - Alarabiya.net English | Front Page

Last Update: Sunday, 17 March 2013 KSA 21:05 - GMT 18:05
Iraqi librarian saved 30,000 books during 2003 invasion
A Basra librarian remembers how she moved 30,000 books out of the city’s central library to a neighboring restaurant and later to her home, before the looting and burning of the library in the first days of the U.S.-invasion of Iraq exactly a decade ago. (Reuters)
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Ten years ago this week, British forces entered Iraq’s second city, Basra, as part of the U.S.-led invasion of the country.

No one remembers that decisive event more so than librarian Alia Baqer. Read more...
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Friday, March 15, 2013

Creative Commons Announces “School of Open” with Courses to Focus on Digital Openness | Open Culture

Creative Commons Announces “School of Open” with Courses to Focus on Digital Openness | Open Culture: ust in time to celebrate Open Education Week, here comes a new initiative, the School of Open, a learning environment focused on increasing our understanding of “openness” and the benefits it brings to creativity and education in the digital age.

Developed by the collaborative education platform Peer to Peer University (P2PU) with organizational support from Creative Commons, the School of Open aims to spread understanding of the power of this brave new world through free online classes. Read more...


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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Why I Stopped Pirating and Started Paying for Media



Let's be honest for second: most of us have illegally downloaded something in our lives. Maybe it was a song, some software, a game, or a movie. For a period I pirated everything I could. As technology pushed forward, it became less necessary, and now I don't even bother. Here's why. Read more...
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Event - Webinar: Librarianship as an "Avocational Vocation" - Advice for new professionals METRO [Free]

Speaker Char Booth

Riser, devoted oceanite, and advocate of radical neutrality, Char Booth explores the integration of education, research, technology, and design in libraries. Char is the Instruction Services Manager and E-Learning Librarian at the Claremont Colleges, and is on the faculty of the ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Institute. An ALA Emerging Leader and Library Journal Mover and Shaker, Char blogs at info-mational and tweets at @charbooth. Her publications include Reflective Teaching, Effective Learning: Instructional Literacy for Library Educators (ALA Editions, 2011) and Informing Innovation: Tracking Student Interest in Emerging Library Technologies (ACRL, 2009). Char received a BA in History from Reed College in 2001; an MSIS from the UT Austin School of Information in 2005, and a Master of Computer Education and Technology from Ohio University in 2008.

In this second installment of the METRO / ACRL/NY New Professionals Series, Char Booth, Instruction Services Manager and E-Learning Librarian at the Claremont Colleges, converses with Jason Kucsma, Executive Director of the Metropolitan New York Library Council.

This webinar will focus on building a solid reputation through writing, publishing, and public presentations. Char has published and presented on many topics, including library instruction, the future of access, and using technology to facilitate a positive library experience. Please join us to hear from Char on these subjects and more.

Who should attend:

Librarians new to the field, LIS students, and anyone interested in learning more about the future of librarianship. Read more and register...
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We Want You to Quit Your Internship… Now!

We Want You to Quit Your Internship… Now!

You heard me correctly. I want you to quit. Write up a resignation letter… Pack your cubicle into a box… Say “Adios, jefe!” to the boss.

Quit. Right. Now.

Yes, we realize this is a controversial statement for YouTern to make… so let’s be clear:
I am not recommending you just bail when your internship gets hard… or it’s “boring”, or you’d rather be at the beach with friends. You signed onto your internship in good faith. And it’s not entirely up to your boss to give you a great internship. You have to put in some work to get what you want – and expect – out of the experience.

I’m speaking specifically to interns who are in bad internships; the internships where your boss doesn’t “get it”… where she really does have you making coffee and copies (believe us, those laughable internships still exist). I’m talking to the interns who, despite real effort, honestly can’t find anyone to take the time to mentor them. I’m telling you to stand up for yourselfget mad as hell – and be free from an internship where you’re viewed as “just an intern”.

At YouTern, we firmly believe that in any internship, whether ideal or perhaps not as advertised, your first and best option should be to “build your own internship.” But there will be times when, even though you’ve exhausted all your options, the internship is just a bad fit. In that case it may be best to cut your losses and leave – if you do it the right way.
And there’s always a right way…Read more...
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Five Great Online Tools for Mining Public Records


 
 
This post first appeared on the Project On Government Oversight blog.
The homepage of the Recovery.gov website. The website was created under the Recovery Act to help Americans track government spending of Recovery funds, including contracts, grants and loans.
The homepage of the Recovery.gov website. The website was created under the Recovery Act to help Americans track government spending of Recovery funds, including contracts, grants and loans.

Thanks to our open records laws, you can find a treasure trove of information on the Web — everything from details about publically traded companies to where stimulus funds are going. You can even submit Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests online. Take some time this week to educate yourself about the information and data available from government websites. Below are five great online tools that you can use to help hold government accountable. Read more...
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Friday, March 8, 2013

What Does the Consumer Data Industry Know About You? - Rebecca J. Rosen - The Atlantic

What Does the Consumer Data Industry Know About You? - Rebecca J. Rosen - The Atlantic

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Enjoy a bodice-ripping page-turner from time to time? You're on a purchasable list. (Reuters)

ProPublica's Lois Beckett has done yeowoman's work and just published an informative report on the huge variety of personal information the consumer data industry now tracks.
Here is a breakdown of her findings:

1. The Basics
  • Demographic data such as name, address, age, race, occupation, education
  • "Life-event triggers." Are you getting married? Soon to have a baby? Beckett reports that one company, Experian, updates its list of expectant and new parents "weekly."
  • Salary and wages: "A subsidiary of credit reporting company Equifax even collects detailed salary and paystub information for roughly 38 percent of employed Americans, as NBC news reported," Beckett writes. But, she adds, "that if a mortgage company or other lender wants to access information about your salary, they must obtain your permission to do so." Read more...
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Monday, March 4, 2013