Friday, March 25, 2011

Another Weekly Reader Wrap-Up

It's Friday! In a few days (four, but I'm not counting) many academic library folks will be headed to Philadelphia, PA for the ACRL National Conference; I'm excited to have the opportunity to attend and present. I am also slightly crazed; the time is close and my part of the session not quite where I would like it to be. Presenting about technology resources, with technology, to an audience that is well versed in said technology can be daunting and exhilarating. I've been increasingly immersed in the presentation this week, hence the number of technology topics presented in the wrap-up.

Valuing Change
"The past couple of weeks have reminded me how hard it is for teachers to consider change when they don’t have a context for it and, most importantly, when they don’t value it." -- Will Richardson, Weblogg-ed, 3/21/11

Making What's Old, New
"Almost a year ago, we introduced a new version of the document editor. The new version launched with character-by-character collaboration, higher import fidelity and new features like a ruler and support for positioned images. Since then, we’ve been continually adding more features like collaborative highlighting, better revision history, mobile editing, and discussions." -- Jeff Harris, Docs Blog, 3/24/11

Are People "Borrowing" Your Content (and How Do You Know When They Do)?
"The downside of social media is the expectation that everything on the Internet is free. Some people regularly pass other people’s thoughts and ideas off as their own. Copyright infringement is a serious offense. There are laws to protect people who use words to create art when those words are on a printed piece of paper. The digital age has left those laws behind. The concept that everything is free on the Internet has created a new breed of thievery AKA 'copy & paste.'" -- Debra Ellis, Social Media Today, 3/24/11

Famous Speech Friday: Lady Bird Johnson's 1964 Whistle Stop Tour
"Lady Bird Johnson died just a few months before The Eloquent Woman blog launched, and it was during her funeral services that I realized few today recall her shy start as a public speaker." -- Denise Graveline, The Eloquent Woman Blog, 3/25/11

No Video Camera? No Problem! Create Original Videos with Your Own Photos, Clips,or Just and Idea
"More than 35 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, and with the motto of "Broadcast Yourself", it's hard to believe that anyone is left out of the YouTube experience. But the truth is, sites like YouTube do largely leave out people who don't have a video camera. That's changing with the beta launch of, where anyone can use video creation sites Xtranormal, Stupeflix and GoAnimate to make personal videos or animations and post them directly to YouTube." -- Stanley Wang and Shenaz Zack, YouTube Blog, 3/24/11

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