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.
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.
Continue reading OCLC adding Google Books and HathiTrust records to WorldCat
Last week, ebrary announced the availability of Software as a Service (SaaS) for government documents. According to the press release, “With ebrary’s SaaS, agencies, institutes, and centers can transform any PDF documents into searchable, highly interactive databases that can be integrated into master sites, providing a seamless way for end-users to find the important information they need online.” Continue reading ebrary offers SaaS for government documents
In honor of National Library Week, Gale is providing free access to 5 databases. They include:
- Archives Unbound – A vast new electronic resource that combines the best of legacy microfilms from Gale and Primary Source Media along with new, never-before-published collections of historical and scholarly documents sourced from institutions worldwide.
- Career Transitions – A new electronic resource offering a comprehensive guide to career change.
- Global Issues in Context – An electronic resource that offers global news and perspectives on issues and events of international importance.
- GREENR (Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources) – A new electronic resource offering authoritative reference content on the environment, energy, economic development and natural resources.
- Grzimek’s Animal Life – An interactive, media-rich online resource, with information on more than 4,000 species.
Continue reading NLW – Free access to Gale Resources