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Crowdsourcing for the Holidays - and Beyond

Looking for a gift to give your fellow citizens? Participate in history through the National Archives' image tagging program. If tagging is not your fancy, then consider transcribing, editing, or recording weather via NARA's Citizen Archivist Dashboard project.

Tagging for the National Archives
http://www.archives.gov/citizen-archivist/tag/

Citizen Archivist Dashboard
http://www.archives.gov/citizen-archivist/
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Excellent article by Lauren Hazard Owen on how your ereading habits are under surveillance:

http://paidcontent.org/2012/06/29/big-e-reader-is-watching-you/
Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other e-reader companies are collecting data about your e-book reading habits, but they're keeping their most interesting findings close to the vest.
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The more ebook choices there are for libraries, the richer the experience for patrons:

http://paidcontent.org/2012/06/27/california-libraries-close-to-ebooks-deal-with-self-pub-site-smashwords/
Califa, California's largest library network, is about to strike an ebook deal with self-publishing site Smashwords. The partnership would bring about 10,000 self-published ebooks into California's li...
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A novel approach to rehabilitation (via Shelf Awareness):

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jun/26/prisoners-books-reduce-sentence
Some of Brazil's most notorious criminals offered 48 days off jail terms each year if they read 12 books
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For your summer reading enjoyment, the ALA's Reading List Council has put together this list of recommended titles across eight genres:

http://reviews.libraryjournal.com/2012/05/books/genre-fiction/summertime-and-the-reading-is-easy/
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Of interest to libraries and non-profits, as we reach out to engage our users:

http://gigaom.com/2012/06/29/has-twitter-done-with-mobile-ads-what-google-and-facebook-cant/
Although both Google and Facebook have so far had little success with mobile advertising, Twitter says that its mobile ads are seeing huge levels of engagement. Is there something about the real-time ...
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You don't have to be a librarian to sign up for this free Google Search MOOC (Massive Online Open Course):

http://www.google.com/insidesearch/landing/powersearching.html

For additional information about this free course, web on over to:

http://www.google.com/insidesearch/landing/powersearching.html
Course Details. Power Searching with Google is a free online, community-based course showcasing search techniques and how to use them to solve real, everyday problems. It features: Six 50-minute class...
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If I can work out the time, I will try to take advantage of this.  Thanks for posting.

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Join "My Antonia"  and the Word for Word Book Club in Bryant Park Tomorrow
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - from 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm – Bryant Park Reading Room

The New York Public Library's outdoor Bryant Park Reading Room will be the site of a lunchtime book discussion of Willa Cather's 1918 novel, "My Antonia."  Produced in partnership with Oxford University Press, the Word for Word Book Club discussion will be led by Bradford Morrow, author and professor of literature, Bard College. 

While the supply lasts, you're invited to sign up in the Bryant Park Reading Room for a free copy of "My Antonia," compliments of Oxford University Press.

Round out the afternoon with a visit to the New York Public Library's newest exhibit, Lunch Hour, NYC.

The Rain Venue is:
*The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen
20 West 44th Street (between 5th & 6th Avenues)

For more information on the Bryant Park Reading Room, web on over to:

The Bryant Park Reading Room
http://bryantpark.org/things-to-do/reading_room.html

*Lunch Hour, NYC*– at the New York Public Library
http://exhibitions.nypl.org/lunchhour/exhibits/show/lunchhour
Reading Room. The original Reading Room began in August of 1935 as a public response to the Depression Era job losses in New York. Many people did not have anywhere to go during the day, and no prospe...
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