Friday, May 30, 2014

Nicole Hennig, from her newsletter Mobile Apps News, May 29, 2014, says:
If you haven’t had a chance to read
this new book yet, I recommend it.

It’s Complicated: the Social Lives of Networked Teens by danah boyd.

It’s an interesting read, especially if you care about the ability of teenagers to become thoughtful, engaged citizens of cyberspace.

To make it easier to spread the word, she has posted a free PDF version of the book, which you can download here:
http://www.danah.org/books/ItsComplicated.pdf

All the buying options are listed on this page:
http://www.danah.org/itscomplicated/

Chapters in the book, published by Yale University, include:
identity
why do teens seem strange online?
privacy
why do youth share so publicly?
addiction
what makes teens obsessed with social media?
danger
are sexual predators lurking everywhere?
bullying
is social media amplifying meanness and cruelty?
inequality
can social media resolve social divisions?
literacy
are today’s youth digital natives?
...and
searching for a public of their own


Nicole's new book is Best Apps for Academics - the ebook she co-authored with Pam Nicholas of MIT. She also says, "Please share this newsletter with your friends who might be interested. They can sign up here:
http://nicolehennig.com/mobile-apps-news/

Follow @nic221 I tweet about libraries, mobile web, apps, ebooks, and emerging technologies."

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Celebrate L. Frank Baum's Birthday May 15


The Map of Kansas Literature, put together by Washburn University in Topeka summarizes the authors and locations in Kansas of their work. Baum visited Kansas once, briefly... Baum's page links to his thoughts of Kansas as described in "The Wizard of Oz," his bio and bibliography, and some unique Oz locales. Odd that it looks like a rather softened, rounded-edge Kansas:


Happy Birthday, Frank.


Friday, May 02, 2014

Brittish Report Quantifies Art, Library and Sport Value to Living

Department for Culture, Media & Sport
Quantifying and Valuing the Wellbeing Impacts of Culture and Sport

From Chapter 2:
Summary of findings
Key Findings

Arts engagement
Arts engagement was found to be associated with higher wellbeing. This is valued at £1,084 per person per year, or £90 per person per month.

Library engagement
A significant association was also found between frequent library use and reported wellbeing. Using libraries frequently was valued at £1,359 per person per year for library users, or £113 per person per month.

Sport participation
Sport participation was also found to be associated with higher wellbeing. This increase is valued at £1,127 per person per year, or £94 per person per month.

These three were the only statistically significant 'wellbeing impacts' discovered in the research.

(My thanks to Worldcat email linking to article, April 29, 2014))