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Notable Dates for your Noggin: October 2014

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Calendar BannerIntroducing our new monthly update – Notable Dates for your Noggin!  Each month we’ll bring you a compiled list of fun national holidays, birthdays of authors, and publication dates of favorite books.  You can use these for your own personal use or for some library inspiration!

October is Book Month!

Other things to celebrate in October. . .


Did we miss anything?  Let us know if we did!

Written by Theresa

October 1, 2014 at 12:50 pm

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Connected Educator Month

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Connected Educator MonthGet ready for the month of October. Along with pumpkins and falling leaves, its also Connected Educator Month (CEM). CEM was originally developed by the U.S. Department of Education and its partners as part of the Connected Educators initiative. CEM offers highly distributed, diverse, and engaging activities to educators at all levels. Based on its success in 2012 and 2013, the initiative is poised to reach even more educators in 2014, through expanded partnerships and enhanced programming.

On the CEM 2014 website, they have a multitude of tools including a CEM starter kit, an online edConnectr to connect educators with similar colleagues and online communities, blogs, book clubs, and a calendar of events. The calendar of events seems most helpful with webinars, events, collaborative projects, and many more!

Get involved and get connected!

Written by John

October 1, 2014 at 10:23 am

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Has OverDrive Gone Too Far?

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Wait, where am I again?Once again, OverDrive is changing the rules, and the ReadersFirst Coalition of libraries are protesting! According to OverDrive, the improvements to the OverDrive app are in direct response to what libraries have been asking for, an easier user experience. While the good news is that the app would no longer require users to register for an Adobe ID (to navigate the DRM), new users would have to register with OverDrive for an account. Let me repeat….the twist  going forward for new OverDrive app users, including library patrons, will be a registration step with OverDrive. This shifts the eBook relationship that has been between the library and the patron, over to OverDrive! The devil is in the details, so read the full blog post for more important information.

What do you think…..who owns the customer relationship, libraries, or the vendors they pay for content?

Image credit: http://tinyurl.com/mm5huga, licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0




Written by Patricia Post

October 1, 2014 at 7:14 am

Celebrate Teen Read Week!

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It’s coming up fast: Teen Read Week!  It’s year number seven of the national celebration, and teen bloggers have been added to the mix!

Teen Read Week was created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) in 1998 to encourage teenagers to be regular readers and library patrons.  2014’s Teen Read Week is scheduled for October 12th through the 18th, and the theme for this year is ‘Turn Dreams Into Reality’!  Libraries are encouraged to use this theme “to spotlight all the great resources and activities they provide to inspire teens to succeed in school and beyond” (Teen Read Week main site).

YALSA is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), but you don’t need to be a member of either organization to take advantage of the program or its services.  You can find official products, such as posters and bookmarks, to use to promote Teen Read Week at your library!

Additionally, be sure to let your teens know they can vote for YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten!  Voting is now open and continues through Teen Read Week.  YALSA says, “The Teen’s Top Ten is a ‘teen choice’ list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year.  Readers ages twelve to eighteen will vote online,” and winners will be announced on Monday, October 20th.

As another way to celebrate Teen Read Week, YALSA announced 31 winners of its Teen Read Week Blogging Contest last month.  The bloggers, listed here, “will blog about various young adult literature topics throughout the month of October on YALSA’s young adult literature focused blog, The Hub, in celebration of Teen Read Week.”

Written by Theresa

September 30, 2014 at 2:37 pm

Explore Minnesota with the Minnesota Writers Map

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MN Writers MapThe Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, the organization that runs the annual Minnesota Book Awards, has an interactive map of Minnesota writers!  The map highlights writers from all over the state, and there is also a separate map for just the Twin Cities.  Laura Ingalls Wilder, F Scott Fitzgerald, Jon Hassler, Louise Erdrich, and Charles Schultz are just some of the great Minnesotans on the map.  Is your favorite MN writer on it?  Click on the author’s icon to see a brief biography of the writer, where you’ll find links to more information.  Perhaps some of April’s Minnesota Book Awards winners are on the map. . .

Written by Theresa

September 30, 2014 at 10:31 am

Creative Commons: Citation in an Online World

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by-nc-saHow do you cite content you’re using from the web? Can you even use it in your work or on your website? If you need to modify it, can you? In today’s muddled online world, Creative Commons (CC) wants to be the answer to all your digital copyright questions.

So what is Creative Commons? In their own words, “Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.” Their copyright licenses are easy to use and complement existing copyright to “provide a simple, standardized way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work.”

Sites like flickrWikipedia, and many others are using Creative Commons to let users know what they can and cannot use and how they can use it.

Here are some more excellent places to learn more about Creative Commons:

This year CMLE is using Creative Common’s attribution standards with most images we use in our posts. If you need to know more about the individual licenses you can go to Creative Commons’ About The Licenses page.

Written by John

September 30, 2014 at 8:33 am

Reading Lunch: Guess the Book by the Meal

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Lunch & ReadingNeed an extra lunch break?  We’ve got you covered.  Check out this quiz from Buzzfeed, Can You Guess Which Books Inspired These Fictitious Food Scenes?  The quiz features photographs of meals described in classic novels.  The photographs come from the book Fictitious Dishes by Dinah Fried.  Now we’ve taken food to the literary level – who knows what’s next?

Image credit: http://tinyurl.com/mvzzp26, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Written by Theresa

September 29, 2014 at 2:25 pm


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