Celebrate National Author's Day (by Sharon Schweitzer from the HuffPost)
November 1 is home to a quiet and important holiday: National Author’s Day. In 1949, the United States Department of Commerce officially recognized the holiday 20 years after Nellie Verne Burt McPherson of the Illinois Women’s Club began pushing for National Author’s Day. The holiday provides a designated time to honor authors. We can do so by writing (or tweeting) a thank-you note to our favorite authors, purchasing new and old books alike, or working on our own writing projects. Enthusiasts encourage use of the hashtag #NationalAuthorsDay.
Both fiction and nonfiction books have the potential to enrich our personal and professional lives on many levels. Here are five priceless gifts we can thank authors for on this holiday:
The list of gifts authors provide us goes on—this is far from a comprehensive account of the various ways books enrich our lives. Professionals, students, and retirees alike can celebrate #NationalAuthorsDay on November 1 by tweeting a “thank you” at their favorite author.
Sharon Schweitzer, J.D., is a cross-cultural trainer, modern manners expert, and the founder of Access to Culture. In addition to her accreditation in intercultural management from the HOFSTEDE centre, she serves as a Chinese Ceremonial Dining Etiquette Specialist in the documentary series Confucius was a Foodie, on Nat Geo People. She is the resident etiquette expert on two popular lifestyle shows: ABC Tampa Bay’s Morning Blend and CBS Austin’s We Are Austin. She is regularly quoted by BBC Capital, Investor’s Business Daily, Fortune, and the National Business Journals. Her Amazon #1 Best Selling book in International Business, Access to Asia: Your Multicultural Business Guide, now in its third printing, was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2015. She’s a winner of the British Airways International Trade Award at the 2016 Greater Austin Business Awards.
I'm reprising a post of Cindy's from Sept 2009; a timely post as we work our way into the next cold and flu season. Plus my keyboard needs a good cleaning. Heidi O.
Did you know that a study from the University of Arizona found more germs per inch on a keyboard or a mouse than on a toilet seat? And not just a few more but many times more. Yuck!
Unfortunately most keyboards just don’t react well to a bath. Nor do they really react well to bleaching. And washing your hands after each and every time you touch your keyboard or mouse just isn’t practical. So what can you do? One recommendation is to wipe down your keyboard and mouse with commercial anti-bacterial computer spray or wipes. Instead of a commercial cleaner, you could even use something as simple as isopropyl alcohol or a 50/50 mixture of white vinegar and water. (That’s a major part of what’s in a lot of the commercial cleaners anyway and it’s cheaper.)
Tips for wiping down your keyboard or mouse:
So how often should you wipe down your keyboard and mouse? I looked online and opinions on that differ. Most recommendations were for around once a week, though some recommended daily if there was a nasty illness going around the office. Just make sure you're not doing this so often you wipe the letters off of your keyboard.
*Personally, I inherited a canister of Lysol Disinfecting Wipes when I started at NFLS and use them regularly on my keyboard, mouse, and telephone. They are quick, easy, and not too wet. -John K
Careers with Code is a free e-magazine highlighting up-and-coming opportunities where computer science overlaps with the Arts, Sports, Engineering, and other industries through 35 career pathway profiles. Check out the free e-magazine and educator resources.
How do librarians use Careers with Code?
Gina Bravo, Program Development and Coordination Librarian, San Diego Public Library
Q. What are the sorts of STEM programs running at your library and why did you decide to implement their programs?
In 2017, we launched an annual “Spring into STEAM” program for kids ages 9-12, in which each of our 36 locations participate. This program was implemented to address geographical inequity in our city, and provide a unified distribution model for hands-on educational resources to our network of communities. We’re very proud of the success we achieved early-on; through a partnership with the International Barcode of Life, our Citizen Science component of Spring into STEAM gained world-wide acclaim as the largest DNA Sequencing citizen science project in the world. The rationale for providing these programs is based on the need to develop interest in STEM careers, and connect our resource of talented local youth with our Innovation economy.
Q. What is the role of libraries in connecting communities with STEM?
I see our role as building confidence. STEM is at its core about experimentation. Children understand how to imagine and create through play, but the seriousness of scientific concepts has been a barrier to some. Our goal is to provide encounters with new concepts and technology in a laboratory like space within the library. Since we’re known by kids and families as a safe place to learn and grow, it’s a natural fit for our communities to explore and discover new ideas and potentially be inspired to follow a concept introduced at one of our workshops all the way into a career.
Q. What do you think of Careers with Code magazines?
Content is high quality, thank you for sharing the awesome things going on around the world!
[Last] week Google added a new feature to their search results. When you look up a book title on Google, the results will now show a listing of libraries that have the ebook version available to borrow.
The listing shows up in the “quick facts” box either above or next to the search results, depending on whether you’re on a PC or a mobile. The feature is available on both PCs and mobile devices in the US.
I did some experimenting and it appears the information is coming from OverDrive. Clicking on the link for “Wisconsin Public Library Consortium: South Central Library System – Madiso” brought me directly to the OverDrive page for the book and prompted for a sign in. The local library name at the end of the link will change depending on where you are or if you enter a new location in the “Edit location” window.
One thing I did note is that if you’re searching for a book that also has a movie adaptation, the “quick facts” may default to the movie information, not the book. Searching for "The Hobbit" originally returned information about the films but adding "book" after the title got me the listing above.
Registration is currently open for the 2017 Congressional App Challenge. The Congressional App Challenge is held in Congressional districts nation-wide to encourage student participation in STEM fields. The first place winners from each Congressional district will be invited to attend the House of Code event in Washington D.C. to view their app in an exhibit at the U.S. Capitol.
Students entering the competition must create and exhibit a software application for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice. Students may participate individually, or in teams of up to four members. Along with the App, students must submit a video of their app and what they learned through the competition process on the CongressionalAppChallenge.us website by 11:00am (CTS) on November 1, 2017.
While registration is open until November 1, students are encouraged to sign up and register as soon as possible so that our office may provide them with additional information and deadline reminders. For more information about the challenge rules and registration, please visit www.CongressionalAppChallenge.us. If you or your students have any questions about the competition, please feel free to contact me at Emma.Buttke@mail.house.gov or 920-301-4500.
Constituent Services Representative
Congressman Mike Gallagher (WI-08)
Office: (920) 301-4500 | Fax: (920) 301-3492
Computer Science Learning: Closing the Gap: Rural and Small-Town School Districts
This special brief from our Google-Gallup study dives into the opportunities and challenges for rural and small-town communities. Based on nationally representative surveys from 2015-16, we found:
Students from rural/small-town schools are just as likely as other students to see CS as important for their future careers, including 86% who believe they may have a job needing computer science.
Rural/small-town parents and principals also highly value CS, with 83% of parents and 64% of principals saying that offering CS is just as or more important than required courses.
Rural/small-town students are less likely to have access to CS classes and clubs at school compared to suburban students, and their parents are less likely to know of CS opportunities outside of school.
Rural/small-town principals are less likely to prioritize CS, compared to large-city or suburban principals.
Read the report at https://services.google.com/fh/files/misc/computer-science-learning-closing-the-gap-rural-small-town-brief.pdf
Starting next Monday, August 28th, Wisconsin's Digital Library will link to Libby instead of the existing OverDrive app. It will look similar to this site: https://kcls.overdrive.com/. There will be a banner graphic and the app links at the bottom will point to Libby.
We have aggregated all the resources we have collected and created on this page to help you support Libby users: https://www.wplc.info/libbyintro.
Andrea Coffin, WiLS
What is a Summit?
A Google for Education Summit is an open 1-2 day event primarily focused on Google Apps for Education, but can also cover additional Google products like Google Earth, YouTube for Schools, Google Search, etc. These are events organized by members of the Google Apps for Education community for members of the community.
Want to plan a Summit featuring Google for Education? Here's how to get started:
Click here for more information and a list of the 2017 events.
Laura Solomon, the Library Services Manager for the Ohio Public Library Information Network, is the morning speaker for this year's Tech Days. The workshop will be held on September 12 from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the Fitchburg Public Library and registration is now open. Choose from six different breakout sessions for the afternoon including STEM Programming with No Budget, #Hashtag: Promoting Your Library through Social Media, and our own Craig Ellefson and Tamara Ramski talking about the Digitization Kits.
If you're not attending the Wisconsin Library Association Conference, check out this opportunity. On October 18, Library Journal and School Library Journal are hosting their 8th annual FREE TechKnowledge (formerly the Digital Shift) Virtual Conference. This year's theme is Creating Equity Through Technology. Among this year's presenters are Jim Neal, the President of the American Library Association.
If you are attending the Wisconsin Library Association Conference* (and I really hope you do!), we are pleased to have some great technology programs for you including a keynote from Linda Liukas, a Finnish computer programmer and children's author, and Jessamyn West, library technologist, will be the WLTF luncheon speaker on Thursday. Registration will be open soon!
Also in October, the iSchool at UW Madison has a new course called 25 Free Tools for Librarians* that sounds awesome. Among the tools that will be covered are Wunderlist, Todo, Notability, Dragon, Convertible, Instapaper, and Kahoot. If I weren't otherwise occupied in October, I'd be signing up for this one!
* SCLS Member public libraries may use CE Grant funds to attend.
John's collection of tech tips, trends, and training for NFLS librarians
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