[aggregate] All About Google+, Kill the Protect IP Act, & Kids Site Design
Nicole Fonsh with Hack Library School thinks about how Google+ could be utilized in librarianship, and how might modern LIS programs tailor theoretical training to librarians’ technical adaptability. [here]
— by the way, you can find me on Google+ by searching “Michael Schofield.”
Adam Pash with Lifehacker tells us about the web service Move2Picasa, which keeping in line with Nicole above, helps you export all your photos from Facebook to Google+. You know, I groove on Facebook - don’t get me wrong. But to be honest, 99% of the sites I used are Google-affiliated, Picasa being one of them, and this sort of super-integration is just way too damn convenient - right? [here]
David Morrison with Smashing Magazine writes about Designing Great Websites for Kids - and it’s backed-up with all sorts of data. Time and budget permitting, separate Kids and Teen portals can mean more time spent on the library’s site, period, compared to its regular use as a landing page. [here]
Both young kids and teenagers appear to like many of the same design traits that adults like, including clarity and high-quality content. At the same time, kids seem to enjoy a wider range of interactive features and greater novelty. This article explores child- and teen-friendly Web design guidelines and looks at the steps designers should consider before getting involved in work that will be marketed to kids and their parents or caregivers.
A recent report (PDF) from PlayScience proposes that the blend of interactive content and community features found on websites such as Stardoll is particularly effective on websites aimed at girls. The research depicts boys as being more focused on games, while girls switch between many different social and interactive activities.
An ideologically diverse group of 90 law professors has signed a letter opposing the PROTECT IP Act, the Hollywood-backed copyright enforcement/Internet blacklist legislation now working its way through Congress. The letter argues that its domain-blocking provisions amount to Internet censorship that is barred by the First Amendment.
Google to businesses [libraries]: Don’t Create Google+ Profiles Yet. They’re creating something special. [here]