Learning Toys and STEM Toys We Love | The Wirecutter #STEM #learning #education #play #gadgets #devices #recommendations #children #kids


We don’t think there’s a right or wrong way for kids to play. For this kid-oriented gift guide, we focused on learning toys—open-ended games, kits, toys and crafts that promote lifelong skills like critical thinking, problem solving, logic, and even coding. To choose from the hundreds of toys available, we spent more than 30 hours trying 35 recommendations from experts, educators, and parents… READ MORE: Learning Toys and STEM Toys We Love | The Wirecutter

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3 Resources for Introverts Participating in Conferences | #introverts #conferences #resources #socialnetworking #tips #MLIS #LIS


The Introvert’s Guide to Conferences | Rachelle Gardner
Okay, so you notice there’s no shortage of advice out there about how to make the most of a conference. But what about those of us who are introverts? It can be even more difficult for us to navigate these social situations. Oh, how we envy our extrovert friends! Are there any special tips for people like us?

Conference Proposals 101: What, When, and How to Submit Yours | Infonista
As you grow your LIS career, one of the most effective ways to build your professional reputation and visibility is to present at conferences. You’ll have a chance to share your expertise with colleagues interesting in learning more about your topic, and create credibility for your professional knowledge. If you’ve never gone through the proposal process, however, it can be a bit daunting at first. Rest assured, it’s actually a pretty simple process.

How Introverts Can Make the Most of Conferences | HBR
For introverts, attending a conference can feel exhausting. But if you avoid conferences — or just avoid talking to anyone while attending them — it can hurt your career and your business. The good news is that you don’t have to go against the grain of your own personality to get value from conferences and other networking events. For some practical advice on the best ways to handle conferences as an introvert, we turned to Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talkingand co-founder of Quiet Revolution.

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The 69 Rules of #Punctuation | Electric Literature #infographics #writing #grammar


This handy infographic from Curtis Newbold reduces the rules of proper punctuation to a series of color-coded blurbs. Even the most hard-boiled grammar delinquent is sure to get the message. INFOGRAPHIC: The 69 Rules of Punctuation | Electric Literature

2 Useful #Writing #Guides from HBR | #email #business


A Quick Guide to Avoiding Common Writing Errors | Harvard Business Review
You’re looking at an e-mail you just wrote, and you’re not sure whether you have the right word: Do you want affect or effect? Further or farther? Gray or grey? Getting it wrong can make you look bad — people do judge you by the way you write — but you also don’t have all day to look up words. It helps to have an easy reference for the basics, bookmark some resources, and learn how to choose your battles.

The Essential Guide to Crafting a Work Email | Harvard Business Review
You, like me, probably rattle off emails quickly, all day (and sometimes all night) long. And that means the people receiving your emails are doing exactly the same thing. Whether this is good or bad for us, generally speaking, is an open question. But until we all get better at dealing with email overflow, how do you make sure the ones you send get noticed – and for reasons other than an unfortunate Freudian typo?

Using #SocialMedia Without Jeopardizing Your Career | HBR #careers #communications #business


[E]ven those who have mastered the art of brevity in traditional business communication may have a tough time mastering online communication. Whether it’s email, chat, or a social network, word count isn’t just a matter of style—it’s often a technical requirement. Add to that the expectation that your online voice should sound conversational, engaging, or even funny, and communicating online may be the biggest (and certainly most frequently encountered) writing challenge that we face in business today. Here are some guidelines that can help make those messages productive and satisfying—rather than a liability. READ MORE: Using Social Media Without Jeopardizing Your Career | HBR.

Poster Sessions – A Beginner’s Guide [Originally Posted December 2013] | Hack Library School


Though June, July and August might seem like ages away, many conferences use January as their deadline for submissions from students.  So today is as good a time as any to talk about a type of submission that can seem foreign to a lot of library students- the poster session. Let’s dive in! READ MORE: Poster Sessions – A Beginner’s Guide | Hack Library School

DPLA Community Reps Produce Hackathon Planning Guide, Now Available | DPLA


We’re excited to announce the release of a new Community Reps-produced resource, GLAM Hack-in-a-box, a short guide to organizing and convening a hackathon using cultural heritage data from GLAM organizations Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums including DPLA. We hope this guide will serve as a useful resource for those either unfamiliar with or inexperienced in pulling together a hackathon.

via Digital Public Library of America » Blog Archive » DPLA Community Reps Produce Hackathon Planning Guide, Now Available.

A Guide to Little-Known Image Collections with Millions of Free, Hi-Res Images | OEDB.org


I’m often asked where to go to find high-quality and hi-resolution still images for reuse so I’ve put together this guide.  There have been several new image collections that have opened up to the public just within the past year that not many people are aware of yet, but they offer access to thousands, or in some cases millions of outstanding photographs that can be downloaded for free.  Here’s a quick guide to finding those collections.

READ MORE: A Guide to Little-Known Image Collections with Millions of Free, Hi-Res Images | OEDB.org.

The Future of MOOCs | Ellyssa Kroski | OEDB.org


Great MOOCs resource which includes links for:

  • History of MOOCs
  • Major MOOC Providers
  • MOOC Aggregators
  • MOOCs and Libraries
  • The Future of MOOCs

Read: The Future of MOOCs | Ellyssa Kroski | OEDB.org

A Survival Guide for the Newly Unemployed | LifeHacker


Six step survival guide to unemployment. (Note: Some of the resources mentioned are U.S. specific. There are likely comparable services available in your country.)  

A Survival Guide for the Newly Unemployed | LifeHacker