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Your Life Torn Open, essay 1: Sharing is a trap This article was taken from the March 2011 issue of Wired magazine. Be the first to read Wired's articles in print before they're posted online, and get your hands on loads of additional content by subscribing online. The author of The Cult Of The Amateurargues that if we lose our privacy we sacrifice a fundamental part of our humanity. Every so often, when I'm in Amsterdam, I visit the Rijksmuseum to remind myself about the history of privacy. I go there to gaze at a picture called The Woman in Blue Reading a Letter, which was painted by Jan Vermeer in 1663. It is of an unidentified Dutch woman avidly reading a letter. Today, as social media continues radically to transform how we communicate and interact, I can't help thinking with a heavy heart about The Woman in Blue. On this future network, we will all know what everyone is doing all the time. Every so often, when I'm in London, I visit University College to remind myself about the future of privacy.

jacobsen If you have ever actually read through a software end user license agreement, you know that they are often full of restrictions on how you can use the software. Typically, the agreement states that the license to use the software is contingent upon compliance with all of those restrictions. If you violate any of those provisions, you are breaching the agreement. But are you also committing copyright infringement? In its recent opinion in MDY Industries v.

U.S. Department of State Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) This site is designed to assist you in making a request for records controlled by the U.S. Department of State. If you would like to request records from another agency, you may wish to view a list of Other Federal Agencies’ FOIA Web Sites . Information Access Guide – if you would like to request Department of State Records, please follow the instructions in our comprehensive guide. Requesting Department of State Records – basic instructions for filing a FOIA request. Electronic FOIA Request – make a FOIA request online. FOIA/Privacy Act Reference Material – laws, regulations, policies, and administrative guidelines relating to information access programs. Electronic Reading Room – records available to the public including final opinions and administrative rulings, administrative staff manuals, and policy guidelines. Publications – reports, statements, and releases on foreign affairs issues, including reports to Congress.

Copyright Tools Copyright tools can help libraries and others to be more comfortable with their work to interpret the limitations and exceptions to the exclusive rights granted to the copyright holder under U.S. Copyright law. By exercising these valuable exceptions, we strengthen copyright’s primary purpose "to promote the progress of science and useful arts." Over the past several years, ALA has developed tools to educate libraries, librarians, and others about copyright. These tools – the Public Domain Slider, the Section 108 Spinner, the Fair Use Evaluator, and the Exceptions for Instructors eTool – are all available online for anyone to use. Public Domain Slider The Public Domain Slider is a tool to help determine the copyright status of a work that is first published in the U.S. Section 108 Spinner This simple tool can help you determine whether or not a particular reproduction is covered by this exemption. Exceptions for Instructors eTool Tool Modification

Welcome to School Library Expert Support - Todaro ALA Initiative SCHOOL LIBRARIES WORKSPACE "Libraries Transform: The Expert in the Library" - LibGuides at Austin Community College Skip to main content Todaro ALA Initiative SCHOOL LIBRARIES WORKSPACE "Libraries Transform: The Expert in the Library": Welcome to School Library Expert Support AASL Infographic Strong School Libraries Build Strong Students (AASL Infographic) "I am the Expert in the Library" Meme Videos (presently on YouTube or Google Drive) School Library Advocacy Videos Students need Libraries in HISD School Libraries Transform Learning (AASL Infographic) School Librarians Transform Learning (AASL Infographic) Infographic: Librarians Embrace Tech Instruction (SLJ Infographic) From “School Librarians Want More Tech—and Bandwidth | SLJ 2015 Tech Survey.” Chart Design and Illustration by Jean Tuttle Next: Todaro Committee Membership / Charge >>

Is Testing the Only Way a Student Can Achieve Success Under ESSA? - Politics K-12 Welcome to the very first installment of "Answering Your ESSA Questions." We are asking readers to send us their questions about the Every Student Succeeds Act, which will be rolled out in states, districts, and schools this year. We'll do our best to answer as many of your questions as possible. Our first question is on a pretty key part of the law: A school-based administrator asked, "Is testing the only way a student can achieve success" under ESSA? The short answer is: No. The longer answer: The Every Student Succeeds Act kept in place the testing regimen from the law it replaced, the No Child Left Behind Act. But ESSA allowed—well actually, told—states they had to pick some other factor that got at school quality and student success. And there were some unique measures. Academics will still be more important than these other factors. But the bottom line is that test scores won't be the whole story any longer. Got an ESSA question for us? Don't miss another Politics K-12 post.

Getting Personal with Books How do we encourage teens to come back to reading for fun? For my high school library, getting personal with books has made all the difference. Part of the answer lies in knowing your specific patrons and collection and matching students to books that might draw them in. Another part of the answer lies in choosing programs and promotions that might engage your teen readers. Research from Common Sense Media shows that as students grow through adolescence they spend less time reading for fun. If you ask a teacher in any grade level or content area what one of the largest barriers they face is, they will invariably tell you it is time. Personal book shopping is a school-wide library program where I hand-pick 4 books for each participating student based on their answers to a few short questions. I then stack the books together, tie them with string, and attach a tag that has the student’s name on it. Work Cited Common Sense Media. 12 May 2014. Author: Elizabeth Pelayo Like this: