Reuters – “Colleges and universities across the United States are going beyond simply creating websites and pages on Facebook for students to “friend” or “fan.” They are working with technology companies to build their own social networks and integrate them into campus life to boost admissions and retain students.”
USATODAY – “I-play, which has created computer games based on contemporary literary works by Nora Roberts and James Patterson, has now set its sights on an 85-year-old classic: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic The Great Gatsby. Now available for Windows-based PCs, Classic Adventures: The Great Gatsby is a downloadable casual game that lets you interact with familiar characters, locations and story lines from the legendary American novel. As Nick Carraway, a young idealist back from the Great War, you must unravel secrets buried behind the decadence of the Roaring ’20s.”
The 2009-2010 report was released today.
NYTimes – “As Google awaits approval of a controversial settlement with authors and book publishers, the company’s plan to create an immense digital library and bookstore may face yet another hurdle. On Wednesday, the American Society of Media Photographers and other groups representing visual artists plan to file a class-action lawsuit against Google, asserting that the company’s efforts to digitize millions of books from libraries amount to large-scale infringement of their copyrights.”
THE Journal – “What will the new school library look like? In this first installment of our two-part library tech series, we explore the evolution of the school library–and the school librarian–and look to the opportunities that await once some basic challenges are overcome.”
Seth’s Blog – “What should libraries do to become relevant in the digital age?”
The White House – “Today, Vice President Biden is in Georgia to kick off over $2 billion in Recovery Act grants and loans to bring broadband to communities that currently have little or no access to the technology, all rolled out over the next 75 days. The initial $182 million investment announced today is for eighteen broadband projects benefiting seventeen states, and has already been matched by over $46 million in private capital. We in the National Economic Council are releasing a new report (pdf) called “Recovery Act Investments in Broadband: Leveraging Federal Dollars to Create Jobs and Connect America.” The report explains the Administration’s strategy for using stimulus dollars wisely to get the biggest return on investment, in terms of jobs and exciting new opportunities for Americans.”