Friday, March 23, 2012

QR Code Scavenger Hunt at the UHS Library!

Welcome to the 1st annual Uxbridge High School Library Scavenger Hunt!  Stop by the UHS Library to pick up your entry forms.  You will be responsible for scanning a series of QR codes and answering the questions that follow.  As part of your answers, you MUST include the name of the sources you used to find your answers.

Not sure what a QR code is or how to scan one?  Stop by the circulation desk and Mrs. Fournier will show you!

Students that have the highest number of correct answers will be entered into a raffle for some fun prizes.  Completed entries are due Thursday, April 12th.

Good Luck!

Friday, March 9, 2012

How Congress could fix copyright, now

Public Knowledge recently launched the Internet Blueprint, an ambitious project to develop bills that will help make the Internet a better place for everyone. The site consists of six new bills Congress could pass today, as well as a way for the public to submit and vote on their own ideas.

After studying copyright and fair use in class this trimester, our Information Literacy Skills/Research Methods students should find this project of particular interest!

The six new bills proposed aim to shorten copyright terms, stop abuses of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA), crack DRM, stop copyright bullying, and make "fair use" fairer.

Netflix for Your Books

Are you a fan of Netflix for watching movies?  Consider Audiobooks.com for listening to books on your smartphone or tablet.  It's like Netflix for books!  Same concept - just one monthly fee gives you unlimited access to audio books.  Listen in the car, or on the way to school, or while you are on the treadmill...the web app lets you switch devices seamlessly from the cloud.

Intrigued, but not ready to commit?  Try the free trial first to check it out.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

If you're someone that likes books and movies, check out the 14-minute 2-D short The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.  A film allegory that celebrates the curative power of story in general—and reading in particular—won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short. 

"The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, a wordless film whose most inspiring scenes take place in a fanciful library full of living books, was produced by start-up Moonbot Studios in Shreveport, Louisiana, and depicts how the title character heals emotionally, over time, from the cataclysmic devastation of his personal world by Hurricane Katrina through the transformative properties of the written word."