Awards/Recognition

Congrats Topeka & Shawnee PL for Library of the Year Award (and extensive econtent collection)

13394142_10156931554445654_1260705143126542099_n[1]Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library (TSCPL) in Kansas has been named the 2016 Library of the Year by Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, and Library Journal. The press release (below) and other news stories about the award point to the library’s exemplary engagement with its community. The library is to receive $10,000 at an ALA reception in Orlando, FL,  on June 26th.

Glancing at the library homepage makes it clear that TSCPL engages in all sorts of activities, including filling prescriptions for patrons.

Relevant to NSR readers and advocates for digital literacy: the library offers ebooks and digital content, too, including a large collection of audiobooks.  According to its web site, TSCPL provides access to thousands of ebooks and audiobooks through OverDrive, Hoopla Digital, BookFlix, and TumbleBooks for Kids.  Its econtent offerings also include videos, music, and magazines.

The library’s top 10 research databases include:

  • Auto Repair Reference Center
  • Consumer Reports
  • Academic Search Premier
  • American Obituaries
  • Business Search Premier
  • Health Source
  • Mango for Libraries
  • Masterfile Premier
  • Novelist
  • Ancestry Library Edition

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Congrats Alaska’s Ben Eielson High School for winning the Follett Challenge

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Staff reacting to hearing the news of their win

Dreamroll, please! The winner of this year’s Follett Challenge is Ben Eielson Junior/Senior High School, located on Alaska’s Eielson Air Force Base. The school, named after famous aviator, Carl Ben Eielson, earns a $60,000 prize in Follett products and services, plus a celebration May 6 at their school. For those unfamiliar with the Follett Challenge: it’s a yearly contest in which Follett seeks to sponsor the most innovative K-12 programs teaching 21st-century skills to students. Entrants are asked to complete an online application and submit a video describing their program. Congrats, Ben Eielson High, for winning. Good work, Follett, for going the extra mile. Full press release below. Continue reading Congrats Alaska’s Ben Eielson High School for winning the Follett Challenge