Delicious Bookmarks

I used to use Delicious pretty frequently, and then I guess I kind of forgot about it.  When I logged in my last saved bookmark was from April 4, 2011.  I did find it pretty useful when I was using it.  The ability to access my bookmarks from any computer at work or at home is very convenient.  This is my list of bookmarks: http://www.delicious.com/torirusso.

Activity #1:

I followed the link to the bookmarks tagged with “library” and then filtered it with the tag “teen.”  There were some interesting links there, including this one, which I saved to my bookmarks: http://librarybooklists.org/fiction/ya/yageneral.htm.  It’s a list of booklists, which could be useful for readers advisory at the desk.

Activity #2:

I wanted to follow the “Libraries using Delicious” Stack but wasn’t able to access it.

Activity #3:

I created a Stack called Readers Advisory with some of the links I had saved previously, including the link from Activity #1: http://www.delicious.com/stacks/view/RQ9ukX.

Activity #4:

I can’t access the group stack currently.

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Pinterest revises its TOS

As a follow up to the post below regarding Pinterest and copyright issues, I received this email from Pinterest just today:

Updated Terms of Service

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been working on an update to our Terms. When we first launched Pinterest, we used a standard set of Terms. We think that the updated Terms of ServiceAcceptable Use Policy, andPrivacy Policy are easier to understand and better reflect the direction our company is headed in the future. We’d encourage you to read these changes in their entirety, but we thought there were a few changes worth noting.

  • Our original Terms stated that by posting content to Pinterest you grant Pinterest the right for to sell your content. Selling content was never our intention and we removed this from our updated Terms.
  • We updated our Acceptable Use Policy and we will not allow pins that explicitly encourage self-harm or self-abuse.
  • We released simpler tools for anyone to report alleged copyright or trademark infringements.
  • Finally, we added language that will pave the way for new features such as a Pinterest API and Private Pinboards.

We think these changes are important and we encourage you to review the new documents here. These terms will go into effect for all users on April 6, 2012.

Like everything at Pinterest, these updates are a work in progress that we will continue to improve upon. We’re working hard to make Pinterest the best place for you to find inspiration from people who share your interest. We’ve gotten a lot of help from our community as we’ve crafted these Terms.

Thanks!

Ben & the Pinterest Team

Looks like they are trying to be responsive to people’s concerns.

Pinterest

I’ve been using Pinterest for almost a year now.  I go through spurts of using Pinterest and then neglecting my boards for a while.  I use it primarily for house/decorating/craft/DIY type ideas and for library/work related ideas.  This is the link to my page with the boards I currently have: http://pinterest.com/torisaurus/.

I follow a number of people on Pinterest, split between the two themes I use it for.  Three library related people I follow are Leila Roy of Bookshelves of Doom: http://pinterest.com/bkshelvesofdoom/, Andrea Graham of The 4YA Blog: http://pinterest.com/4ya/, and Sarah Amazing, another teen librarian: http://pinterest.com/aboutsaffron/.

I also am part of a collaborative board with many other librarians around the country with ideas for this summer’s summer reading theme: http://pinterest.com/pippi/2012-dream-big-read-collaborative-boards/.

A few weeks ago, an interesting discussion about Pinterest and copyright violation came up on a teen services listserv that I subscribe to.  This blog post from a photographer who is also a lawyer lays out some of the potential problems with Pinterest and copyright violation: http://ddkportraits.com/2012/02/why-i-tearfully-deleted-my-pinterest-inspiration-boards/.  I have personally seen many pins that do not link back to an original source, and I do find it concerning that Pinterest saves full size versions of photos on their server indefinitely.  Also concerning is that the terms of service put all of the onus on the user to have the rights to pin an image, while allowing Pinterest to sell that image later on if they so choose.  The blogger mentioned above got a personal response from the founder of Pinterest, which you can read here: http://ddkportraits.com/2012/02/my-date-with-ben-silbermann-following-up-and-drying-my-tears/.  This article from last week also has some updates about Pinterest’s response: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/pinterest-addresses-copyright-concerns/2012/03/15/gIQAijAFES_story.html.

Finding podcasts

I tried the podcast directories mentioned in the podcasting post, and didn’t come across anything too appealing to me.  I don’t have iTunes on my work computer, so I didn’t search there.  In the end I found three podcasts to check out:

Podcast thoughts

I personally have never gotten into podcasts.  I’m not sure what exactly it is that doesn’t appeal to me, but potentially it is just the time I would have to set aside to listen to them.  I’ve never gotten very excited about audio books or talk radio, and I think podcasts fall into the same category for me.

That said, I can definitely see the potential for library related podcasts.  I can envision a teen program where the teens could create their own podcasts using technology at the library.  I’m not sure if the teens in my community would listen to podcasts if I tried to promote my programs at the library that way.  I haven’t had too much luck reaching them through online venues, like the library website or the teen facebook page.

Libraries and (YA) Blogs

I read many blogs related to YA librarianship, for a variety of reasons. I use them to get reviews of new books, to get programming ideas, to keep current with pop culture that’s relevant to my job, to stay informed about what my professional organization (YALSA) is up to, and for entertainment. I find blogs very useful for all these purposes. I rarely visit the actual sites though – I do all of my blog reading through Google Reader. For some of my favorites, check out the links in the right side menu.

I’ve attempted to maintain a couple of personal blogs in the past, including one on WordPress, but never manage to keep updating them. Hopefully I will be better here where there are assigned topics to work on!

Hello world!

Hello everyone!

My name is Tori and I am a Youth Services Librarian.  Of five Youth Services Librarians at BPL, I am the one who concentrates on serving our teen population.  I share Children’s Information Desk duties with the rest of my department.  I specialize in ordering the YA books, doing the teen programming, and doing outreach to teens in the schools and community.  I love doing teen programming and reading YA lit!  I love dystopian literature in general, so I’m pretty happy about the current trend of dystopian YA lit.  Some of my recent favorites are Divergent by Veronica Roth, Blood Red Road by Moira Young, Wither by Lauren DeStefano, and Birthmarked by Caragh O’Brien.

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