All posts by Mirela Roncevic

Rourke Educational Media to unveil a new book series this fall

Rourke Educational Media announced this week it is unveiling a ten-title series of books for students in grades 3-6 this fall. The books will focus “symbols of freedom” (e.g., Statue of Liberty, The White House, etc.) and will be available in hardcover, paperback, and ebook formats. Original press release below. Continue reading Rourke Educational Media to unveil a new book series this fall

SirsiDynix and Total Boox announce partnership

This just in from SirsiDynix. The vendor has announced it has reached an agreement with Total BooX to make its entire catalog available to libraries via SirsiDynix’ eResource Central (eRC). This means that users in participating libraries will be able to discover and access Total BooX’ titles through their library’s catalog with a single click.

Full press release below. Continue reading SirsiDynix and Total Boox announce partnership

ALA Panel Alert: Leading with Ebooks — New Strategies for Librarians and Publishers

Join a panel of librarians, publishers, and thought leaders in a dynamic exchange of ideas for advancing ebook services in libraries.

Sunday, June 29th, Las Vegas Convention Center, Room N252, 3:30 p.m.

Sponsored by Total BooX, an ebook service based on the premise that public libraries need not settle for less than instant, simultaneous access to ebooks or pay for the content not read by their patrons, this panel seeks to challenge existing patterns in ebook management and engage industry leaders to identify the trends moving publishing and librarianship into new territories.

Topics explored include: thinking like digital natives (even if we are not); tracking reading (after the checkout); rethinking marketing (as everyone’s task); valuing content (while embracing technology); and acting now (and walking the talk).

The panel is moderated by Mirela Roncevic, co-editor of ALA’s journal eContent Quarterly and contributing writer to No Shelf Required.

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Gale and Wiley partner, Dummies® titles now available via GVRL

Another day, another partnership in Libraryland. This one will result in the addition of Wiley’s well-known Dummies® series to Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL). It also serves to remind us that “reference” continues to blend with “nonfiction” in digital environments. Those days when the word “reference” was synonymous with A-Z, encyclopedias, and dictionaries are behind us. It is safe to predict that the trend of blending “other formats” with traditional reference will continue not just for Gale but for other vendors as well and that GVRL will include many different types of books in the near future.

Press release below. Continue reading Gale and Wiley partner, Dummies® titles now available via GVRL

Total BooX Announces Service Expansion in the United States

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Allegany County (MD), Brazoria County (TX), and The Ferguson Library, Stamford (CT) Join Westchester Library System (NY) To Offer Total BooX Service

May 28, 2014 (New York, Tel Aviv)—Total BooX is pleased to announce the expansion of its service in U.S. libraries, which officially launched in late 2013 with Westchester Library System in New York. Three more libraries will now provide the revolutionary ebook service to their patrons, including Allegany County Library System (ACLS), MD, Brazoria County Library System (BCLS), TX, and The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT.

“Ours is the only platform that allows libraries to pay for the value received, while giving patrons instant and perpetual access. This is a major shift,” said Total BooX Founder Yoav Lorch when the service debuted at ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia in January 2014. Since then, the Israeli company has expanded its operations in the United States to include representatives on the East and West coasts. Continue reading Total BooX Announces Service Expansion in the United States

News-O-Matic, a new educational news app for students

Press4Kids (P4K), a publisher of daily news applications for young readers, released an interesting new educational app for school students last month, News-O-Matic. Geared toward students in elementary and middle schools (ages 7-11), the app is described as the students’ “first daily newspaper” (with five new stories added each day) and it has a lot going for it. Among other things, it allows students to rate articles, ask questions, and submit drawings that relate to the news stories.

See full press release below. For more on the company behind the app and the app itself, visit
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Total BooX Launches Free Reading for All

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Libraries are used to receiving a lot of love from vendors and publishers during National Library Week, which this year kicks off on April 13th. Many vendors have already made announcements about opening up their content, including ProQuest and Oxford University Press. Total Boox is joining them today with its own initiative.

This is a first, folks: In honor of National Library Week, the ebook vendor will open up its entire collection of ebooks (20,000 and counting) on April 13th and make it accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world. Although one does not have to be a library patron to take advantage of the free reading, Total Boox is encouraging public librarians in particular to use this opportunity to educate their patrons about ebooks, especially in the communities where libraries cannot afford ebook lending services.

The Free Reading Week site is set up and becomes active April 13th. Users need to sign up for the service on this page using their email and password. They will then be prompted to download the Total Boox free Reader app for one of the three tablets supported: Android, iOS, or Kindle Fire. Books may then be downloaded by visiting

Full press release below.

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Interview with Roger Rosen: On embracing technology selectively and holistically

Navigating Rosen Publishing’s 2014 catalog of digital content may at first seem a bit overwhelming: it impresses both as a vibrant presentation of the company’s wide array of digital offerings but it also reminds us of just how “digital” K–12 publishing has become. Or at the very least, it makes those of us still tempted to think of Rosen as merely a “publisher” realize it has now transformed into a multifaceted media company.

Perhaps more than any other independent publisher of K–12 resources on the market today, Rosen has become synonymous with high-quality, always in-demand, constantly evolving interactive content. It has also become synonymous with digital learning solutions, produced to be fully aligned with state, national, STEM, and Common Core standards. Indeed, taking a closer look at Rosen’s offerings today, it’s clear that despite the versatility of its content, Rosen has become a passionate advocate of STEM learning. And they’ve been releasing products to prove it, too.

Spring 2014 issue of eContent Quarterly, now available to subscribers on ALA Techsource’s  web site for download, features a review of Rosen Publishing’s Core Concepts: Period Table, a resource in Rosen’s Core Concepts suite, which launched in 2013 and was followed with the early 2014 release of Core Concepts: Biology. While eContent Quarterly features an exclusive review of the product, taken for a test drive by two school librarians in two different institutions, the interview below with Roger Rosen, president of Rosen Publishing, is available exclusively on No Shelf Required. We caught up with Roger and asked him to shed some light on the company’s journey from a print publisher to a leading digital media company for the K-12 library market. Continue reading Interview with Roger Rosen: On embracing technology selectively and holistically

What to expect when buying e-resources for high schools

Lura Sanborn, reference and instruction school librarian at St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH, recently wrote a piece on ebooks and digital collections for the School Library Monthly. It provides a useful overview of the state of ebook acquisitions in high school libraries and the features of the most dominant e-resources on the market. We have received permission to reprint this article on No Shelf Required.

Lura has been active in the digital arena and has published her perspectives on the future of libraries in various sources, including ALA’s new journal eContent Quarterly. In her article “Bookless Library? I Raise You the Building,” featured in the Winter 2014 issue of eContent Quarterly, she convincingly argued that fully embracing a buildingless library is the logical next step for all academic institutions. Here she echoes similar “we have crossed the digital Rubicon” sentiments, focusing on the actual products and explains what high school libraries can expect to gain from and pay for each. The products covered range from platforms used for research to those used for lending purposes. The full article is reprinted below. Continue reading What to expect when buying e-resources for high schools

eBook Religion Collection Now Available from EBSCO

Another eBook collection has just been released by EBSCO. Press release below

IPSWICH, Mass. — EBSCO Information Services has released a new e-book collection designed to meet the content needs of students and scholars in their study of religion. eBook Religion Collection is subscription package of e-books featuring more than 4,100 titles from over 150 trusted publishers. Continue reading eBook Religion Collection Now Available from EBSCO