Chris Downey: Design with the blind in mind | TED.com


What would a city designed for the blind be like? Chris Downey is an architect who went suddenly blind in 2008; he contrasts life in his beloved San Francisco before and after — and shows how the thoughtful designs that enhance his life now might actually make everyone’s life better, sighted or not.

via Chris Downey: Design with the blind in mind | Video on TED.com.

What is the best YA novel of all time? Round one | PopWatch | EW.com


Check out EW’s bracket game to vote on the best young adult novel of all time.

We’re pitting 64 young adult books against each other in a March-Madness style game to determine which you think is the best of all time. Check out the full bracket and vote!

Vote: What is the best YA novel of all time? Round one | PopWatch | EW.com.

Also see: EW asks: What’s the best YA novel of all time?

EW YA Bracket

 

An All-in-One Guide to the Maker Culture and 3D Printing | Ellyssa Kroski | OEDB.org


The maker culture is a thriving movement amongst all types of people who want to create and design their own objects, crafts, or computer code.  This DIY community is using state-of-the-art technology such as 3D printers to design and craft their own 3D objects.  This introductory guide will give you an overview of today’s maker movement, resources for getting started, 3D printer reviews, links to actual project designs and instructions, maker publications, events, and directories, videos about 3D printing and maker culture, and an article list of resources about libraries and makerspaces.

Resources categorized into the following sections:

  • What is the Maker Movement?
  • Getting Started Guides
  • 3D Printers
  • 3D Projects
  • Maker Events
  • Makerspaces Directories
  • Maker Videos
  • Libraries and Makerspaces Resource List

Read: An All-in-One Guide to the Maker Culture and 3D Printing | Ellyssa Kroski | OEDB.org.

Why Is the NYPL Hosting Convicted Rapist Mike Tyson? | Flavorwire


Opinion. Read: Why Is the NYPL Hosting Convicted Rapist Mike Tyson? | Flavorwire.

I appreciate the LIVE Director at the NYPL explained his stance for choosing MT as a guest when requested. He could have ignored the request or made a general statement.

Library 2.013 Conference Today, Tomorrow (October 18 & 19)


Library 2.013 Conference - Library 2.0

The world’s largest online virtual conference, Library 2.013, runs today and tomorrow (October 18 & 19, 2013). Head on over to access over 100 presentations. 

“The conference is online, in multiple time zones over the course of two days, and free to attend!”

To access the schedule scroll down to the time zones on the Sessions and Schedule page, click on the yellow highlighted link to access the schedule according to your viewing time zone. Or see the list of Recordings, which will become available as conference sessions conclude.

Jaron Lanier Discusses Big Data, Privacy at NYPL LIVE Event | The Digital Shift


The original developers of network technology wanted to democratize access to information, but while networks have succeeded in improving access, the ways in which governments and corporations are now gathering and using personal data has been an unfortunate consequence, argued author and computer science pioneer Jaron Lanier during a LIVE from the New York Public Library (NYPL) event on October 10. In a wide-ranging interview with NYPL’s Director of Public Programs Paul Holdengräber, Lanier also discussed the role that libraries play as people find it increasingly difficult to keep information about themselves private.

Read the full story: Jaron Lanier Discusses Big Data, Privacy at NYPL LIVE Event | The Digital Shift.

Gates, Zuck, Dorsey chip in to teach 10M students coding | CNET News


While computer programming and coding are becoming more common K-12 class options, these subject matters are still a mystery to many students. A nonprofit called Code.org is trying to change that by enlisting a star-studded entourage of techies to help with its new “Hour of Code” campaign.

The goal of Hour of Code is to introduce computer programming to 10 million K-12 students in the US during Computer Science Education Week. The event happens December 9 to 15[, 2013].

Joining the cause are several individuals, such as long-time philanthropist Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman. Companies are also supporting the initiative, including Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Apple, Yahoo, and others.

via Gates, Zuck, Dorsey chip in to teach 10M students coding | Internet & Media | CNET News

Also See: Gates, Zuckerberg Back Code.org’s Mission To Bring Computer Science To Every School | FastCompany

Librarian Tattoo Calendar Challenges Stereotypes (PHOTOS) | Emily Grace Mehrer | HuffPost Books


The Rhode Island Library Association (RILA) is challenging people to check their preconceived library notions at the door. RILA’s fall fundraising plans include the launch of the first ever Tattooed Librarians of the Ocean State 2014 calendar, which features twelve librarians and library workers representing the many working professionals who are proud of their career, their ink, and the stories they tell.

Tattooed Librarians

Read: Librarian Tattoo Calendar Challenges Stereotypes (PHOTOS) | Emily Grace Mehrer | HuffPost Books.

Wiki editing session at Brown University recognizes women in science | Brown University


For generations, including this one, women in science have remained underrepresented and underrecognized. On Oct. 15, 2013, from 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m, people who want to change that can gather at a Wikipedia “edit-a-thon” to increase the representation of women in science and technology. The event marks Ada Lovelace Day, named for the 19th-century female scientist who pioneered computational programming.

Read: Wiki editing session at Brown University recognizes women in science | Brown University News and Events

Ada Lovelace Day Edit-a-Thon

Canada Reads 2014 seeks inspirational novels | Quill & Quire


Canada Reads, the CBC’s “battle of the books,” is underway again. The annual radio showdown seeks to elevate one book that all Canadians should read.

This year, advocates will debate not only the best book, but also “the one novel that could change Canada.”

Read the story for the full details: Canada Reads 2014 seeks inspirational novels | Quill & Quire