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21st Century Library 2014 in Review

21st Century Library Blog

Thank you to all of our readers and followers! It has been a fantastic year.  We are looking forward to next year and all the coming innovations in Libraries! As I told someone the other day, “Libraries are a fascinating place to work! There is always something new, something happening, new ideas, new challenges, and the constant sense of fulfillment you receive from serving others.  Not to mention….the endless source of amusement from those crazy moments that you just can’t make up!!”

So here is wishing you all a Happy New Year! See you next year!!

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 54,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 20 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Snapchat’s New Year’s Eve “Our Story” Will Be Its Biggest Yet


Snapchat is preparing to launch its biggest “Our Story” feature yet this New Year’s Eve, documenting worldwide celebrations using curated user photos and videos from cities like New York, Dubai, St. Petersburg, Russia and more. The company says it expects to process hundreds of hours of footage to create this New Year’s Eve collaboration, which will be in the live section of the app for just 24 hours before disappearing.

Users will give Snapchat permission to use their content before it appears in the New Year’s Eve “Our Story,” says The New York Times, which was first to report the forthcoming addition to the app that’s been steadily growing in popularity with teens and young adults.

Snapchat doesn’t reveal its internal metrics, but reports have stated that the social app has more than 100 million monthly users – far higher than previous estimates from third-party firms like comScore, which earlier pegged the app as…

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Common Sense Media and Digital Literacy

Common Sense Media,, rates, educates, and advocates for kids, families, and schools. One of the features of Common Sense Media is the digital literacy program.  The program includes curriculum content, lesson plans and activities for educators.  Educators must register in order to access the curriculum materials.  Registration is free and the curriculum is definitely worth using.  You can view the information here.

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Creative Commons

From time to time, educators and students will see Creative Commons on a website or image. What exactly is Creative Commons and how is it used in education?

Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that helps people “share their knowledge and creativity with the world. “Creative Commons develops, supports, and stewards legal and technical infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and innovation.”

On the about us page, Creative Commons provides free, easy-to-use copyright licenses. However, this is alongside copyright and not an alternative to copyright.

For more information on Creative Commons, visit their website:

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Libraries need to decide their future before someone else does…!

21st Century Library Blog

I was forwarded a very interesting article the other day.

“Clash in the Stacks”

by Carl Straumshein on Inside Higher Ed.

Several library directors at liberal arts institutions have lost their jobs as they clash with faculty and administrators over how much — and how fast — the academic library should change.

None of the dismissals, resignations or retirements are identical. Some have resulted from arguments over funding; others from debates about decision-making processes or ongoing personal strife. One common trend, however, is that several of the library directors who have left their jobs in recent years have done so after long-term disputes with other groups on campus about how the academic library should change to better serve students and faculty.

This is nothing new or revolutionary on its own. We have seen administrators and constituents disagree on vision, direction, or organizational mission and have a parting of the ways…

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Meet the 2015 class of TED Fellows and Senior Fellows

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We are thrilled to announce the new class of Fellows for TED2015. These 21 game-changing thinkers represent 15 countries—including, for the first time in our program, Vietnam, Romania and Tunisia. They work across disciplines, at the forefront of their fields. They include a South African physicist using lasers to target HIV and cancer; a German/Moroccan paleontologist who discovered the first semi-aquatic dinosaur, the spinosaurus; a Vietnamese entrepreneur who is helping rice farmers use biowaste to earn a living growing mushrooms; and many more.

Below, meet the new group of Fellows who will join us at TED2015, March 16-20 in Vancouver.

Trevor_Aaronson Trevor Aaronson (USA)
An investigative journalist who reports on the FBI’s misuse of informants in counterterrorism operations, Trevor asks the question: Is the United States catching terrorists or creating them?
Benedetta_Berti_headshot Benedetta Berti (Israel + Italy)
A Middle East policy analyst, Benedetta researches political violence, focusing on issues of human…

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TeachPitch Helps Educators Around The World Share Learning Resources


Creating lesson plans, learning about teaching methods, and finding new educational material are all part of a normal workday for teachers, but it can be difficult because most educators have extremely tight schedules. wants to help by bringing teachers around the world closer together so they can find and share the best resources on the web.

The site, which launched officially in October, now has around 2,000 teachers from 55 countries on its platform, most from the U.S. and Asia. TeachPitch hopes to build traction in South American countries—including Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina, and Peru—by partnering with local educational organizations like Fundación Fidal and launching a Spanish version of the site.

The startup was founded by Aldo de Pape, who spent two years teaching high school-level economics, English, and Dutch in the Netherlands. He says the site was created to cut the amount of time educators need to spend looking…

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