ebrary announced a new pilot program for it’s new public library collection. The collection contains 20,000 titles ranging from fiction to life skills, and careers to arts and crafts. Simultaneous, multi-user access is available for this collection in addition to ebrary’s DASH (Do-it-yourself publishing platform). Local public high schools get free access with the public library subscription. The ebrary school library program (announced earlier this year) is a subset of the public library collection.
Elmo, Abby, and Grover are into eBooks! Partnering with Impelsys and the iPublishCentral platform, more than 100 Sesame Street eBooks are available with unlimited access for an annual subscription of $40 per year.
Some features of the educational and playful titles include: read along features, audio books, interactivity, full-color animation, auto-play options, and text highlighting. More information can be found at www.ebooks.sesamestreet.org
Gale announced today the availability of the AccessMyLibrary (AML) School Edition app for the iPhone. The new K-12 version allows students to find their local school library – (grade schools, middle schools and high schools) and access the vast array of Gale resources the school library has purchased on their behalf. Students can use the application to locate their school and then will be required to authenticate for the school year, using a password provided by the school.
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Red Chair Press and Ripple Readers have joined efforts to bring a series of 12 humorous children’s books together with the ability to record your own voice. FUNNY BONE READERS is, according to the press release, “the first safe and free eBook reader for kids.” Families have the opportunity to purchase the stories as digital eBooks that can be recorded by a parent, grandparent, or even by the child. The book themes focus on being a good friend, sharing, never giving up, and obeying rules. Books are designed for children ages 4 – 8.
More information can be found at www.ripplereader.com or www.redchairpress.com.
Today, Joe Janes from Univ. of Washington, Mike Sweet from Credo, and myself had a great conversation on reference content, student research habits, and how reference content can be more discoverable during the LJ webinar “Reference: The Missing Link in Discovery.”
Joe highlighted research results from OCLC Perceptions study and 2 studies at the University of Washington – Project Information Literacy and use of Wikipedia for course-related research which focused on the changing research behaviors of students. He also addressed the teaching of reference sources to librarians, comparing his learning of sources years ago to today’s focus on content over containers. He speculated on various reference sources that have gone away, transitioned, and what still persists. Continue reading Reference: The Missing Link in Discovery – webinar summary
Rosen’s Teen Health & Wellness database recently upgraded the interface to include two exciting new features – translation and social bookmarking.
The translation widget offers content in 50 languages, instantly.
Articles can also be shared on Facebook and other social networking sites. Family and friends will be able to read the full text of the Rosen content with no authentication required.
New features will appear this Fall including – new content, video, mobile apps, health calculators, expanded photos, and customized local hotlines.
Some interesting articles and blog posts these past couple weeks on e-books. The New Yorker article on the iPad, the Kindle and the future of e-books is particularly good.
Faculty Survey Warns of Potential Irrelevance for Academic Libraries, Suggests New Roles – 4/8/2010 – Library Journal
21st Century Explorer, a new product from Britannica, is a resource for high school students with low reading levels or specific learning problems. It is designed to provide resources (dictionaries, atlases, time lines, encyclopedias), news, videos, and more to assist with student assignments. 21st-Century Explorer is also ideal for reluctant readers, English Language Learners (ELL), English as a Second Language (ESL) students and adult-literacy students. Continue reading New Britannica site helps reading-challenged students
Wow, great news for those of us with Apple devices. OverDrive announced today the availability of their free app – OverDrive Media Console for iPhone – in the iTunes store. Users can now download audiobooks (from their local library or a retail site) via wireless network directly to their Apple device. I am very excited about this since I was unsuccessful at downloading library audiobooks from OverDrive for my recent vacation, something to do with using a MAC instead of a PC. The For more information and to download the app, visit – http://bit.ly/OverDriveiPhone or see the press release. Android users, hold on to your hats, your app can’t be that far behind.
Great news for eBook exposure! In an effort to maximize the visibility and value of libraries’ full collections, OCLC is adding records to WorldCat that represent digitized books from the Google Books Library Project and the HathiTrust Digital Library to provide greater access to and increased visibility of these rich digitized collections.
OCLC is working with libraries, Google and the HathiTrust to derive new MARC records that represent these digital collections based on the rich collection of print records contributed to WorldCat by the OCLC membership over the last 40 years. Searchers will begin seeing these records in WorldCat immediately. OCLC will continue to add records for these collections to WorldCat on an ongoing basis.
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