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Educators as Copyright Violators

In Musing, Web 2.0 on October 4, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Clicking on a tweet link lead me to this post including a cool graphic about 21st century learner’s skills. I liked the graphic and soon found myself wondering who created it. The above post links to another blog which contains the graphic. There is a logo in the corner of the picture, but it is too blurry to read due to the quality of the image. I got a bit bent out of shape and decided that I would post about what chronic violators of copyright educators are.

three panel comic

So, I turned to Google image search to try to track down the origin of this image. Three pages of results did not provide a better quality picture or earlier version.

three panel comic

Apparently, the graphic had been made with http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/ by the owner of the blog referenced by Edudemic. So, I spent all this time fussing around about this for nothing, although a credit statement or citation on the original blog would have been helpful. I should learn from this and make sure I credit or cite my own images.

I made the two images in this post using http://www.makebeliefscomix.com October 3, 2013.

The Stupidity of Government Shutdown

In Librarianship, Musing on October 3, 2013 at 5:00 pm

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I encountered this today while attempting to use the Library of Congress. I use the Library of Congress catalog and authorities database fairly regularly. I never need to go into the library to access books or interact with the staff. All I need is access to the existing databases. Now, I get that the government shut down results in the closing of the library doors and the leave with out pay for the staff, but I fail to understand why the computer database has to be blocked. Did they really shut down the servers to save electricity? Doubtful. They probably just routed all traffic to the above message to say “neener neener” to anyone wanting to use it.

Meanwhile, Congress get your act together and stop causing everyone grief.