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OCLC annual report now available

“This year’s report [OCLC Annual Report:] highlights breakthroughs made by sharing knowledge, connecting users, delivering value and transforming spaces. Connect with colleagues around the world through videos, photos and stories that highlight their accomplishments.”– From statement by OCLC.

Introducing the new Twitter Safety Center

The Safety Center is a resource for anyone to learn about online safety, on Twitter and beyond. This resource is a result of our work with online safety experts who continuously help us to promote good digital citizenship. We’re excited to make this knowledge easily accessible to you via this new site. The Safety Center is organized around Twitter’s tools and policies to address your safety, with sections created especially for teens, parents and educators.”–From the website.

Free Online Learning

Submitted by Earnest at Gaston Park:

From the website: “For the past decade, the program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more, offers 125 tutorials, including more than 1,100 lessons, videos, and interactives, completely free. We believe there’s freedom in the ability to learn what you want, when you want, regardless of income or circumstances. We offer 125 tutorials on the subjects you need to continue your education—or get it started. Everything at is completely free. There’s no catch and no gotchas.”

Techweb’s Tech Encyclopedia

Very extensive encyclopedia of computer and technical terms.  Some good diagrams and pictures included with some entries.


You can learn the basics of HTML, JavaScript, Ruby, and more, here by using the free, interactive web-based lessons on this site.

printfriendly : Save Money and the Environment

This website allows you to delete unnecessary frames, text, ads, images, etc. from webpages. It also creates a PDF version. It could be helpful for difficult to print webpages or just parsing down a page to just the necessary portions. Thanks to Alex Peyton at Cordova for the information on this site.



Common Sense Media

Includes a database by the non-profit organization Common Sense Media of reviews on all types of media (movies, books, games, websites, apps, music, and TV) that parents and their children can use to find trustworthy information about all of these kinds of media.

Internet Archive Blog – Wayback Machine Updated

“Today we updated the Wayback Machine with much more data and some code improvements.  Now we cover from late 1996 to December 9, 2012 so you can surf the web as it was up until a month ago.  Also, we have gone from having 150,000,000,000 URLs to having 240,000,000,000 URLs, a total of about 5 petabytes of data.”–From the website.  240 billion websites!

Social Networking Popular Across the Globe : Survey Report

“Social networking has spread around the world with remarkable speed. In countries such as Britain, the United States, Russia, the Czech Republic and Spain, about half of all adults now use Facebook and similar websites. These sites are also popular in many lower-income nations, where, once people have access to the internet, they tend to use it for social networking.”–From the website.  Website contains other information and statistics about social networking in countries around the world.


Foursquare launching local search engine for everyone, not just for registered users

Foursquare is opening up its desktop home page to all users, not just logged-in members. Visitors can now get Foursquare’s recommendations on local places and search for nearby bars, restaurants and businesses …”–From this article.

Electronic Literature Organization

“The Electronic Literature Organization was founded in 1999 to foster and promote the reading, writing, teaching, and understanding of literature as it develops and persists in a changing digital environment. A 501c(3) non-profit organization, the ELO includes writers, artists, teachers, scholars, and developers.”–From the website.

ClickZ : Marketing News & Expert Advice

“ClickZ is the largest resource of interactive marketing news, information, commentary, advice, opinion, research, and reference in the world, online or off-. From search to social, technology to trends, our coverage is expert, exclusive, and in-depth.”–From the website.

Internet Traffic Report

“The Internet Traffic Report monitors the flow of data around the world.  It then displays a value between zero and 100.  Higher values indicate faster and more reliable connections.”–From the website.

Privacy Resources and Sites on the Internet

This provides an extensive list of links to online privacy resources and sites.

Reuters Institute Digital News Report

“Reuters Institute Digital Report 2012 reveals new insights about digital news consumption across Europe and the United States.   Based on a representative survey of online news consumers across five countries – UK, US, Germany, France and Denmark – the report is the start of an ambitious project to track changing digital news behaviour over the next decade.”–From the website.