Today is Banned Website Awareness Day. The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has designated this day as an opportunity to raise awareness of the negative impact of overly restrictive Internet filtering on student learning. The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), enacted by Congress in 2000, is often cited as the reason for restrictive filtering in schools, but the AASL argues that much of this filtering goes beyond the CIPA requirements.
For an interesting take on the effects of restrictive filtering, read A Tale of Two Students from American Libraries.
What is your take on the issue? Does restrictive Internet filtering protect students or hamper them? At what age, if any, should Internet filtering be used or discontinued?
Banned Books Week, September 24 through October 6, is the perfect opportunity to exercise your freedom to read. Celebrate by reading a banned book! All three locations of the Davenport Public Library have BBW displays full of banned books ready to be checked out!
I promise you won’t regret it if you take a moment to watch the below video which includes quotes from some of the most beloved banned books. I can’t promise that you won’t get misty-eyed, though.
As you may have heard, Wikipedia’s English language website is down until midnight tonight. The online encyclopedia is staging a 24-hour blackout in protest of anti-piracy legislation under consideration in Congress. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) are designed to restrict sales of pirated American products overseas. Supporters of the legislation say it is needed to protect intellectual property rights. Critics say that this legislation is a threat to free-speech rights. Other sites participating in the blackout are Reddit (a user-generated news site) and the blog, Boing Boing.
If lack of access to these sites has you in a bind, remember that the Davneport Public Library, as always, is an excellent source of information. You can stop in to any of our three locations, call us at 563-326-7832, or even text DPLKNOWS to 66746 and one of our highly-trained librarians will assit you.
Did you receive an e-reader, tablet, or computer this holiday season or decide to buy one for yourself? Are you considering purchasing one in 2012? Then look no further to hear about one of the fastest-growing trends in America, e-books, and how to download them for free!
Let’s start with the basics. What exactly is an e-book (electronic book)? According to the Wall Street Journal, “an electronic book (also e-book, ebook, digital book) is a text- and image-based publication in digital form produced on, published by, and readable on computers or other digital devices.” If you are thinking about buying an e-reader or tablet, make sure to do your research! There are many different types and brands on the market, and some can do much more than display e-books. So before you spend the money, know what you want. The Davenport library has resources to help!
Once you have your e-book reading device, decide where to go to download books. Like the variety of reading devices, e-books can be downloaded from a multitude of outlets. The popularity of e-readers and other portable electronic reading devices has caused the popularity of e-books to soar, making them readily available almost anywhere online. According to a news story done by WKRG-TV news reporter Lauren Styler, “as we reported earlier in June, Amazon.com is now selling more e-books than paper books.” She also reported at a later date, “researcher Mark Mahaney predicts that eBooks will surpass printed book sales altogether within three years.” This popularity has also caused the price of e-books to increase. Some e-books now cost almost as much as the same printed copy, making e-books an expensive commodity if you’re not careful.
However, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to download e-books. As a matter of fact, you don’t have to spend any money at all. Just like you can check out books at your local library for free, you can also check-out e-books online from your library for free. Libraries across the country, including local Quad-City libraries, offer downloadable e-books for checkout. How do you check out an e-book online? First, know what type of device you have. Second, download and install the free software, which can be accessed through our website at www.davenportlibrary.com, click on downloadable e-books, WILBOR, and then the quick start guide. It will walk you through the step-by-step process which is as easy as 1-2-3! You can also scan the QR code in our ad or from our website, where our reference librarian will walk you through the process.
For more information, please contact the Davenport Public Library’s reference department at 563-326-7832.