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A good read on boy’d It’s Complicated

Technology, Addiction, and the Myth of Digital Natives in danah boyd’s It’s Complicated

Chapter 3 on ‘addiction’ and Chapter 7 on ‘literacy’ both pushed back against reductive cultural narratives that 1) kids are addicted to technology, and 2) youth are digital natives. In challenging these popular notions, boyd broadens the current debates around technology to consider cultural, historical, and social dynamics that shape youths’ online activity.

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State of America’s Libraries Report 2014

 

State of America's Libraries Report 2014, American Libraries Magazine digital supplement

Libraries continue to transform to meet society’s changing needs, and more than 90 percent of the respondents in an independent national survey said that libraries are important to the community.  But school libraries continue to feel the combined pressures of recession-driven financial tightening and federal neglect, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics, and school libraries in some districts and some states still face elimination or de-professionalization of their programs. These and other library trends of the past year are detailed in the American Library Association’s 2014 State of America’s Libraries report, released today during National Library Week, April 13– 19

Zmags version of the report at American Libraries Magazine

2014 State of America’s Libraries Report (PDF 9.4MB)

Executive Summary

Introduction

Libraries and Community Engagement

Public Libraries

Ebooks and Copyright Issues

School Libraries

Academic Libraries

Social Networking

Library Construction and Renovation

Outreach and Diversity

Washington Scene

Intellectual Freedom

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We don’t know yet what types of early experiences give us the biggest effect on brain capacity or IQ, but we know that early reading does have an impact.
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We may not speak with the butter-toned exchanges of the characters on “Downton Abbey,” but in substance our speech is in many ways more civilized.
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the new and improved neighborhood lemonade stand

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