Mother of Mercy High School in Cincinnati, Ohio recently announced that every student in Mercy’s Class of 2016 (entering this fall) will be issued their very own iPad as part of the school’s techKNOWLEDGEy program. I am particularly excited to report this news as I am a graduate of Mother of Mercy High School.
The school has done a great deal of research and preparation for the iPad launch. Teachers were issued iPads at the start of this school year, they have run pilot programs with teachers and students, and made use of an iPad cart (30 devices for classroom use). According to their website:
In preparation for our iPad-enhanced techknowledgey program, Mercy has already taken several key steps in preparing for a solid launch in the fall of 2012: Continue reading
Big news from OverDrive and Booki.sh, an Australian ebook company, was announced yesterday in a joint press release. The cloud based platform for distribution, selling, and reading brings OverDrive content a little closer to the end user. 3M also offers cloud based distribution for ebooks. More from the press release:
OverDrive, Inc., the leading global distributor of ebooks and audiobooks, announced today it has acquired Australian ebook company Booki.sh. Booki.sh is the developer of a cloud-based platform for distributing, selling and reading popular ebooks from anywhere and on any device with a modern web browser. Booki.sh founders and principals Joseph Pearson, Virginia Murdoch and Peter Haasz will join OverDrive from their existing offices in Melbourne to expand the global distributor’s publishing, library and school initiatives. Continue reading
From a February 21 ebrary press release:
ebrary®, a ProQuest business and leading provider of e-books and research technology, today announced that the social media data of its 2011 Global Student E-book Survey is now publicly available at http://site.ebrary.com/lib/surveys along with the full report.
Among other key findings, the addendum revealed the following:
- While 41% of students are currently using social media for research or study, 59% are not. Reasons for not using social media include that existing sites are not a reliable source of information.
- When asked if they would use social media to share research with peers, 58% of students indicated “likely” to “very likely,” while 43% stated “unlikely.”
- 35% students indicated they would “likely” to “very likely” pose a question to a librarian using social media, compared to 45% who would “likely” to “very likely” use social media to pose a question to faculty.
- When asked if they would use social media to connect with students with similar academic interests, 69% stated “likely” to “very likely,” while 31% stated “unlikely.”
From a SAGE press release:
Los Angeles, CA (February 2, 2012) SAGE’s entire online journal collection is now available in a mobile-optimized format with the help of HighWire Press’ Mobile Web Interface.
Visitors to one of the more than 640 SAGE journal sites using their iPhones, Androids or other smartphones are automatically redirected to the mobile version. Subscribers can now view content in a format designed specifically for the small screen size and functionality of their mobile device. Continue reading
An ebrary press release on a new app for offline reading of content – for iOS device. January 20, 2012 – Palo Alto, CA, USA – The demand for e-book accessibility, especially on mobile devices, is growing significantly. In ebrary’s 2011 Global Student E-book Survey, announced today and available at http://site.ebrary.com/lib/surveys, 60 percent of respondents indicated that downloading e-books onto mobile devices is “very important” – a 16 percent increase over results from a similar survey that ebrary sponsored in 2008. In ebrary’s recent Download Survey, librarians marked the iPad® as more important to providing offline access than desktops and laptops. Continue reading
Below is a summary of various news articles and related Apple sites discussing the Apple announcement today about digital textbooks.
General news articles:
The January 1, 2012 issue of Booklist features Sue Polanka’s Off The Shelf column on reference apps. Titled, “Reference- I’ve got an App for That,” the article highlights iOS and Android apps from 7 reference publishers. Here is an excerpt and list of reference publishers included:
Excerpt: “These days, it seems there’s an app for everything. So it should come as no surprise that several reference publishers are producing apps for Apple- and Android-based tablets and phones. Why should reference publishers develop apps? “Our focus is on helping libraries reach new users where they reside. We believe that one of the most effective ways to do this is through apps,” says Nader Qaimari, senior vice president of marketing for Cengage Learning. Mike Robinson, e-book sales and marketing manager at Oxford University Press, agrees, stating, “Apps represent a means by which people all over the world are using devices to help them. We provide authoritative content to meet people’s reference needs, and it’s important to us to do so in the most useful ways possible.” Gale/Cengage, OUP, and a host of other reference publishers have a variety of apps available.”
Publishers featured include:
- Encyclopaedia Britannica
- Gale/Cengage Learning
- Oxford University Press
- World Book
49,000 eBooks from Springer are now a little more accessible for those with iOS devices. The new app, available for free in the iTunes App Store, provides access to springerlink.com. According to the press release, the new mobile app works on the iPhone and iPod Touch. Nathan Brothers, Springer’s Product Manager for Mobile Application and Platform Development said the app can be used on the iPad in “x2″ compatibility mode. When asked about a forthcoming Android app, Brothers replied, “In general, Springer will continue to deliver high-quality electronic products and information services – designed to meet the specific needs of researchers and information professionals.” Continue reading