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What is this?

This Tumblog was created by Kathleen Brainerd as part of the LIBR 220 course “Sci-Tech Resources and Information Services” at San Jose State University. It is designed to appeal to high school students and lead them towards authoritative science and technology websites. Ideally, it would be updated weekly or more often with websites that would be of use or interest to high school students studying the sciences or with an interest in technology. All of the sites featured in this blog were chosen because they are interactive, interesting or somehow work outside the box of standard resources (paper journals, dry text). I have done my best to gather together websites that are regularly and recently updated so that the information is fresh and new. The sites themselves run the gamut from primarily text to a wide array of multimedia. The emphasis is on accessibility from a Web 2.0 perspective. These are sites that high school students can access from their computers. They are sites with RSS feeds, Twitter streams and Facebook pages. They make science and technology accessible, whether in the physical or intellectual sense.

What is Tumblr?

Tumblr is a relatively new blogging platform that has been gaining popularity and fast. Although it does support standard text posts, primarily it focuses on the visual, as well as audio and video posts. By creating a Tumblr blog account (sometimes known as a “tumblog”), the user can chose to create his/her own content or “follow” other blogs. New entries appear on what is called a dashboard. They can be “liked” by clicking the heart symbol in the upper right hand corner, which is similar to bookmarking. They can be “reblogged” as well, which means the entry will appear on the user’s blog with a note as to where the user found the original entry. Additionally, in reblogging, the user can add his or her own commentary to the original post. Tumblr also employs a completely customizable tagging system. The lack of standardization means that a lot can be lost in the ether, but creative tag usage can lead to new discoveries.

Why Tumblr?

Tumblr is gaining a lot of popularity, especially among young people. Its emphasis on images, video and audio rather than simply text intrigues a generation who have been raised on digital movies, television, and music. The textual blogging features encourages a sense of community. In my personal experience, I’ve noticed that it is still new enough that it slips under the radar of a lot of filtering technology employed by schools and libraries. I have seen high school students checking Tumblr during their lunch breaks, even when the computers are meant to be used only for academic pursuits. I know it’s being used, therefore I want to use it for this assignment, too.