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Gale sets the stage for the launch of Artemis

 According to the press release just received from Gale (see below), the company plans to bring together more than 130 million pages of its digital humanities content onto one platform. Artemis, the name of the product, will be released in a series of phases over the next few years and will become the world’s largest curated primary source and literary collection.–MR Continue reading

Nominations for the 2013 TEAMS Award are now open

Media specialists and educators in K-12 institutions in the United States and Canada, this announcement is for you:

 

Calling All Team Players – Gale and Library Media Connection

Seek Nominations for the 2013 TEAMS Award

Farmington Hills, Mich.,  April 1, 2013 – Gale, part of Cengage Learning, and Library Media Connection magazine are calling all media specialists and educators at K-12 public and private schools in the U.S. and Canada to share their collaboration success stories and submit for the 2013 TEAMS Award – Teachers and Media Specialists Influencing Student Achievement. The TEAMS Award recognizes teacher–media specialist teams in elementary, middle and high school settings for their critical collaboration to promote learning and achievement. Examples of efforts that have been recognized include: a collaborative school-wide project involving the art, music, physical education and computer teachers; a program to improve student research skills using authenticated, credible websites; and an integrating digital curriculum with Google Docs. The three winning teams will each receive a cash award, Gale products, a one-year subscription to Library Media Connection and the Educator’s Professional Bookshelf from Linworth Publishing/Libraries Unlimited. In addition, the winners will be featured in an article in Library Media Connection. Awards will be presented at a special reception held in conjunction with this year’s American Association of School Librarians annual conference.

What:     Gale/Library Media Connection 2013 TEAMS Award honoring teachers and media specialists influencing student achievement through collaboration. The nomination may be submitted by a library media specialist, teacher, principal, student or parent for work done in the 2011-12 or 2012-13 school year. There is no entry fee; however each nomination packet must include six copies of each:

  • Completed submission form with appropriate attachments
  • One-page letter of recommendation from school’s principal or assistant principal on school letterhead
  • Signed release form (available at www.galeschools.com/TEAMS) for each person involved
  • Photograph of the collaborating media specialist/teaching team

Who:      All public and private K-12 schools in the U.S. and Canada. Find complete submission information including entry forms and past winners online at www.galeschools.com/TEAMS

When:    All entries must be post-marked by July 1, 2013. Winners will be announced in November 2013 at the American Association of School Librarians annual conference in Hartford, CT.

Why:      Collaboration among teachers and media specialists is critical to promote learning, increase student achievement and help students develop 21st century skills. Gale and Library Media Connection want to honor teacher–librarian teams for their hard work and dedication.

Details:  Please contact Kristina Massari at kristina.massari@cengage.com for more information or with questions about the award.

 

About Cengage Learning and Gale

Cengage Learning is a leading educational content, software and services company for the academic, professional and library markets worldwide. Gale, part of Cengage Learning, serves the world’s information and education needs through its vast and dynamic content pools, which are used by students and consumers in their libraries, schools and on the Internet. It is best known for the accuracy, breadth and convenience of its data, addressing all types of information needs – from homework help to health questions to business profiles – in a variety of formats. For more information, visit www.cengage.com or www.gale.cengage.com.

About Library Media Connection and Linworth/Libraries Unlimited

Library Media Connection (LMC) delivers the insight, answers and encouragement school librarians need to transform their libraries into thriving hubs for 21st century learning and teaching. From practical inspiration from today’s most innovative practitioners to unbiased, insightful peer reviews that support smart collection development, LMC covers technology, tackles the tough issues of budgeting, staffing, and more. More than a publication, LMC is a community of librarians and leaders. LMC is a publication of Linworth/Libraries Unlimited from the collections of ABC-CLIO. Learn more at www.librarymediaconnection.com.

ALA eCourse on eBooks starts on March 4

ALA’s eCourse on Ebooks is set to begin on March 4th.  I’ve designed this course to help librarians and other information professionals get caught up with ebooks, both on the consumer end and in libraries. You do not need to have prior knowledge of ebooks (or experience using or purchasing them) to join us. You also do not need to own a reading device. Together we’ll revisit the very beginnings of ebooks and explore issues ranging from file formats to delivery mechanisms and lending policies as well as the changing roles of publishers, distributors, aggregators, online retail giants, and reading communities.  The world of ebooks is vast and complex. This course will help you navigate it with more clarity and confidence.

Below is the updated syllabus. More information on the process is available on ALA’s web site. I look forward to sharing my knowledge of ebooks and learning from all who register. See you on March 4th.–M.R. Continue reading

The new Oxford Handbooks Online: Research platform and publishing program

Oxford University Press announced yesterday the re-launch of Oxford Handbooks Online (OHO), now featuring coverage that has grown to 14 disciplines (translating to about 300 handbooks and 10,000 articles in total)—a significant expansion of the original platform first launched in the not-so-distant 2009 with just four subject modules, which included Business & Management, Philosophy, Political Science, and Religion. The new platform—designed (and referred to by OUP) as a publishing “program”— enables articles to publish immediately after passing peer review, which, according to OUP’s press release, will deliver new scholarship to those who need it faster and more efficiently.

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New Jersey Ebook Summit Summary

Pictured from left to right:  Eli Neiberger, Patricia Tumulty, Mary Minow, Norma Blake, Robert Miller, Sue Polanka, Cheryl O’Connor, Joseph Sanchez, Peggy Cadigan.

Today the NJ State Library, LinbraryLinkNJ- The NJ Library Cooperative, NJ Library Association and the NJLA Reference Section sponsored an E-book Summit in Eatontown, New Jersey.  The line-up of speakers included:

  • Eli Neiburger, Ann Arbor District Library
  • Sue Polanka, Wright State University Library & No Shelf Required
  • Robert Miller, Director of Books, Internet Archive
  • Mary Minow, Attorney, Consultant, and Former Librarian
  • Joseph Sanchez, University of Colorado – Denver Continue reading

Esquire’s October print cover will be electronic

From Marketing VOX July 28, 2008

Digital Meets Print on Esquire’s Cover

The 75th anniversary October issue of Esquire will feature an electronic cover with flashing words and images. The cover, created with electronic paper display (EPD) technology, will scroll “The 21st Century Begins Now” when it hits newsstands in September, reports MediaBuyerPlanner.

To offset the cost of its digital-meets-print edition, Esquire sold the inside cover ad to Ford, which will also use the EPD technology, according to Folio. Nothing was revealed on how Ford would incorporate the technology into its creative, though the company did say that it will feature its Ford Flex in the double-page spread.

To create the cover, Esquire worked with E Ink, the electronic paper display technologies firm that developed the technology for Amazon’s Kindle and the Sony reader. Hearst, which owns a stake in E Ink, says this is the first time an electronic cover has been done. “The 21st century begins this fall. The entire issue is devoted to exploring the ideas, people and issues that will be the foundation of the 21st century,” editor-in-chief David Granger stated.

Development of the EPD cover began two years ago. Hearst wouldn’t divulge the final price tag for creating a scrolling cover, but Granger said the company hopes to find a way to bring costs to do it again. He believes EPD technology could revolutionize the way magazines are read.

Free Digital Texts (Audio, live music, and moving images too) – Internet Archive

From the Internet Archive site:  The Internet Archive is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public. Text Archives are:  Free to read, download, print, and enjoy. Some have restrictions on bulk re-use and commercial use, please see the collection or the sponsor of a book.  By providing near-unrestricted access to these texts, we hope to encourage widespread use of texts in new contexts by people who might not have used them before. Nearly 1/2 a million texts are available for a free download, including titles from Project Gutenberg.