CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 12, 2014 â€“ Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, today announced an expansion of its widely-adopted Axis 360 digital media services into Canadian libraries, in partnership with well-known library service provider Whitehots Inc. Continue reading Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 expands to Canadian libraries through partnership with Whitehots
Scholastic today announced the launch of StoriaÂ® School Edition, a subscription-based ebook solution for Pre-K through Grade 6, for group and individual classroom reading, and Core Clicksâ„¢, a web-based instructional program for Kindergarten through Grade 5 that supports content area reading in social studies and science. Continue reading Scholastic launches ebook subscription service in schools
Navigating Rosen Publishingâ€™s 2014 catalogÂ of digital content may at first seem a bit overwhelming: it impresses both as a vibrant presentation of the companyâ€™s wide array of digital offerings but it also reminds us of just how â€œdigitalâ€ Kâ€“12 publishing has become. Or at the very least, it makes those of us still tempted to think of Rosen as merely a â€œpublisherâ€ realize it has now transformed into a multifaceted media company.
Perhaps more than any other independent publisher of Kâ€“12 resources on the market today, Rosen has become synonymous with high-quality, always in-demand, constantly evolving interactive content. It has also become synonymous with digital learning solutions, produced to be fully aligned with state, national, STEM, and Common Core standards. Indeed, taking a closer look at Rosenâ€™s offerings today, itâ€™s clear that despite the versatility of its content, Rosen has become a passionate advocate of STEM learning. And theyâ€™ve been releasing products to prove it, too.
Spring 2014 issue of eContent Quarterly, now available to subscribers on ALA Techsourceâ€™sÂ web siteÂ for download,Â features a review of Rosen Publishingâ€™s Core Concepts: Period Table, a resource in Rosenâ€™s Core Concepts suite, which launched in 2013 and was followed with the early 2014 release of Core Concepts: Biology. While eContent Quarterly features an exclusive review of the product, taken for a test drive by two school librarians in two different institutions, the interview belowÂ with Roger Rosen, president of Rosen Publishing, is available exclusively on No Shelf Required. We caught up with Roger and asked him to shed some light on the companyâ€™s journey from a print publisher to a leading digital media company for the K-12 library market. Continue reading Interview with Roger Rosen: On embracing technology selectively and holistically
CLEVELANDâ€”March 28, 2014â€”OverDrive announced today that more than 17,000 Penguin Group (USA) eBooks are now available for school digital libraries in the United States. Educators now have access to Penguin Groupâ€™s full catalog of bestselling and classic titles, previously offered only to public libraries. Continue reading 17,000 Penguin ebooks available to U.S. school libraries via OverDrive
MCHENRY, Ill., March 25, 2014 â€“ Follettâ€™s PreK-12 businesses will become one legal entity named Follett School Solutions, Inc., effective April 1.Â The new entity is part of Follettâ€™s strategy to deliver increased value to customers by integrating and leveraging the content and technology capabilities of its previously separate businesses: Follett Educational Services, Follett Library Resources and Follett Software Company. Continue reading Follett’s PreK-12 Businesses Unite as Follett School Solutions, Inc.
I took the new Britannica research site for a very quick spin.Â It’s a clean, colorful interface with intuitive icons, links, and features – very easy to navigate.Â The landing page features three search boxes, each specialized for a different age group (curious if we can choose one as a default depending on our library level). Content is also divided into three reading levels to correspond.Â Images, videos, recommended web sites, read-aloud, translation, and citation tools are built in.Â The press release below has more information.Â Nice job, Michael and everyone else at EB.
CHICAGO, March 11, 2014â€”Britannica Digital Learning today announced Britannica Library, the next generation of its comprehensive reference and research service for library users of all ages.The newly designed site is Britannicaâ€™s richest library product to date and includes new and continuously revised articles from encyclopedias, journals and periodicals, related multimedia, primary sources, links to useful Web sites and ebooks. Continue reading Britannica unveils new reference and research site for libraries – all ages, all devices
This new service looks really exciting. A very practical way to use circulation data to determine the selection of forthcoming titles for specific library locations.Â I think we will see much more evidence-based selection in the future.Â
CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 19, 2014 â€“ Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, announced today a new service backed by collectionHQâ€™s data: ESP â€“ Evidence-based Selection Planning.Â Continue reading Baker & Taylor announce new evidence-based selection planning
RIVER GROVE, Ill., March 6, 2014 â€“ Follett Corporation today announced an investment in ShowEvidence, Inc., a Santa Clara, California-based education software company that provides innovative solutions for assessing student and teacher performance. The investment is the first from the Follett Knowledge Fund, a $50 million venture fund focused on disruptive technologies in the education/technology space.
â€œShowEvidence has created a cloud-based platform that gives schools the ability to embed digital learning materials within curriculum and assessment programs, and to score student work against state standards,â€ said Mary Lee Schneider, President and CEO of Follett Corporation. â€œShowEvidence has the potential to expand the effectiveness and scope of testing in education in ways that will drive greater levels of student achievement. Follett is delighted to partner with this innovative company.â€ Continue reading Follett invests in ShowEvidence, partnership focused on advancing solutions for educational assessment
CLEVELANDâ€”March 3, 2014â€”OverDrive announced today that it has acquired TeachersNotebook.com, a leading online marketplace for teacher-created curriculum materials for K-12 education. TeachersNotebook.com enables teachers to not only browse free and low-cost instructional resources, but also to create their own â€œshopâ€ where others may purchase their original materials. The website operates with a â€œteachers helping teachersâ€ mentality of engaging and educating students of all ages and optimizing the classroom experience.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. â€“ February 19, 2014 â€“ Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, announced today that it has integrated its Axis 360 digital media library platform with Blackboard Learnâ„¢, Blackboard Inc.â€™s flagship Learning Management System, giving K-12 students and instructors quick access to digital library materials.
The integration gives students and educators an easy way to discover and borrow digital library ebooks and audiobooks from Axis 360 from within Blackboard Learn. Continue reading Baker & Taylor integrates digital media library with Blackboard Learn platform
MCHENRY, Ill., Feb. 13, 2014 â€“Follett today announced it has launched a collection of nearly 17,000 ebook titles for PreK-12 students from Penguin Group (USA). Â Penguin is the fifth major book publisher to partner with Follett in the past six months, joining Random House, Hachette, Simon & Schuster and Macmillan.
The Penguin collection is available now through Titlewave, Follettâ€™s collection development, search and ordering tool that provides access to more than 270,000 ebook titles to PreK-12 schools nationwide. Continue reading Follett announces ebook partnership with Penguin Group
Sebastopol, CAâ€”O’Reilly Media, in partnership with Safari Books Online, has committed to making over $100 million in educational content and tools available, for free, to 15,000 schools in America. The donation, announced by President Obama today, supports the ConnectED initiative to enrich K-12 education and provide students with the technological skills they need to be prepared in a globalized, digital economy. Continue reading O’Reilly Media & Safari Books Online Donate Over $100 Million in Technology Education Resources to US K-12 Schools
Take a look at this new publication from the ReadersFirst Coalition.Â If you aren’t familiar with ReadersFirst, here is a bit more about them:
Libraries have a responsibility to fight for the public and ensure that users have the same open, easy and free access to e-books that they have come to rely on with physical books. They face two major challenges. The first is that, unlike print books, publishers are not required to sell e-books to libraries — and many do not. This is a complex and evolving issue. The second, addressed here, is that the products currently offered by e-content distributors, the middlemen from whom libraries buy e-books, create a fragmented, disjointed and cumbersome user experience.Â more on the website.
January 14, 2014 â€“ NEW YORK– TheÂ ReadersFirstÂ coalition, representing more than 292 library systems and nearly 200 million library users, unveiled today a new guide to help library systems
make informed decisions as e-book providers to the public and to advocate for libraries having a greater role in shaping e-lending in our public institutions. TheÂ ReadersFirst Guide to Library EBook
ReadersFirst Guide to Library EBook VendorsÂ ranks seven Library e-book vendors and outlinesÂ best practices for the distribution of eBooks. Continue reading ReadersFirst Guide to Library E-book Vendors, a new publication from the ReadersFirst Coalition
CHARLOTTE, N.C., December 9, 2013 â€“ Baker & Taylor, the worldâ€™s largest distributor of digital and physical books and entertainment products, announced today that through a pilot program it will now be able to make available more than 450 popular ebook titles from Simon & Schuster imprints to classrooms and school libraries using the Axis 360 digital media circulation platform.
The pilot allows Baker & Taylorâ€™s K-12 customers to purchase access to many popular, classic and award-winning Simon & Schuster ebooks for school-aged readers. Simon & Schuster titles are now available from Baker & Taylor via Title Source 360, the companyâ€™s new, comprehensive collection development and ordering tool for library and educational customers. Continue reading Baker &Taylor’s Axis 360 announces pilot project with Simon & Schuster for school libraries
NEW YORK and CLEVELAND, Dec. 5, 2013 â€“Â McGraw-Hill Professional, a leading global provider of print and electronic content and services for the business, education, technical and medical communities, and OverDrive, the world’s largest eBook, audiobook, music and video lending service for schools and libraries, announced today that McGraw-Hill Professional’s eBook catalog is now available for K-12 school libraries and public libraries worldwide. This catalog is one of the premier eBook collections for business, consumer, education, technical, and medical titles available on the market today. To celebrate this new offering, 2012 and 2013 McGraw-Hill eBook releases (more than 700 titles) will be offered at special bundled rates and packages for K-12 school and public library partners through the end of this year in OverDrive Marketplace. Â Continue reading McGraw-Hill professional ebooks now available on OverDrive
From an OverDrive press release:
When teachers, students and parents visit their schoolâ€™s OverDrive-powered digital library website, they will find a fully-updated user interface providing a more informative, user-friendly experience. New features include enhanced metadata, robust search tools, filters and improved title detail pages and menus to make finding a title easier. Users are now able to search for titles based on standardized reading level information such as Lexile, ATOS and Accelerated Reader scores. This new metadata will assist teachers in identifying the most appropriate content for their students. Continue reading OverDrive digital library website for schools updated with new interface
Nice to see new preK-6 content added to the GVRL interface, especially EB titles.
Farmington Hills, Mich., October 23, 2013 â€” Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, schools and businesses, today announced the addition of nearly 200 new childrenâ€™s reference titles from revered publisher, Encyclopaedia Britannica, to its Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) ebook platform. GVRL delivers reference content and series non-fiction from more than 100 publishers to all types of libraries. The addition of these new titles brings the total eBooks available on the platform to more than 8,000, with over 500 from Encyclopaedia Britannica. Continue reading GVRL adds 200 new children’s reference titles from Encyclopaedia Britannica
No Shelf Required is extremely pleased to announce the launch of eContent Quarterly, a new journal from American Library Association’s TechSource, edited by Sue Polanka and Mirela Roncevic. The free issueÂ of the journal was released at this year’s ALA conference in Chicago. Issue 1 is now available in PDF, ePub, and Mobi formatsÂ on ALA TechSource’s web site. Regularly priced at $150, a one-year subscriptionis now $99 with the coupon code SECQ13.
eContent Quarterly will offer practical, user-driven solutions and ideas for curating, developing, integrating, and managing content in rapidly-changing digital library environments.Â Polanka and Roncevic, whose deep knowledge of the e-content landscape and vast library and editorial experience combine to bring clarity and focus to the journalâ€™s purpose: helping information professionals keep pace with e-book and journal platforms, databases, multi-media products, digital solutions and discovery services.
Written by and for information professionals in the business of producing, selling and buying e-contentâ€”including librarians and publishersâ€”each issue will consist of in-depth articles that explore the many facets of electronic content.
Below is the listing of Issue 1’s four main articles, in the order in which they appear in the journal. Below those isÂ the fullÂ Editors’ Note from the sameÂ issue, in which editorsÂ Polanka and Roncevic summarize the overarching theme of the first issue: the importance of partnerships. “Whatever aspect of e-content we may be discussingâ€”building e-book collections in academic libraries; navigating formats; using and creating metadata, or evaluating children’s appsâ€”we are bound to reach similar conclusions about the pressing need to cooperate rather than to quarrel. The reality is: librarians and those that cater to them have a lot more in common than they may realize.”
Issue 1, Fall 2013 Contents:
- Supplying and Collecting Books: An Uneasy Metamorphosis by Michael Zeoli
Drawing on his vast experience as a content developer, Zeoli gives an insiderâ€™s view on the complex nature of publisher-aggregator-library
relationships, calling for less isolationism and more partnerships among all parties.
- E-book Formats: An Overview for Librarians by John Burns
Dixie State Universityâ€™s gadget-loving librarian explains the pros and cons of e-book formats as they relate to libraries.
- The Importance of Metadata for E-content by RenÃ©e Register
The founder of DataCurate.com provides an introductory text on what metadata is; how it is used by publishers, aggregators, and libraries; and the challenges the e-book industry faces as it moves forward with two systems of metadata, ONIX and MARC.
- Evaluating Childrenâ€™s Apps by Carisa KIuver and Cen Campbell
The founders of Digital Storytime and Little eLit, respectively, tell the stories of how they created the two sites to help guide librarians and parents through the complex universe of childrenâ€™s apps.
School Library Journal has published two recent articles about the eBook market in schools.Â The first is the “School Ebook Market Directory.”Â This piece features a snapshot of 19 eBook vendors for school libraries.Â Some of these include ABC-CLIO, Capstone, Rosen, OverDrive, Gale, StarWalk Kids, and Tumblebooks.Â Â The second article is “E. It’s Complicated.Â How Two Schools are Riding the Transition to Ebooks.”Â Â SLJ talked to academic experts and visited librarians, teachers, and students at two high-performing Illinois high schools: New Trier Township High School in Winnetka and Northfield, and Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire.Â The article is in a Q/A format and discusses topics such as why go digital, will ebooks help kids learn more, who owns and pays for devices, what are the hurdles to adoption, and many more.Â Both are worth a read.
Ellyssa Kroski, Director of Information Technology at the New York Law Institute and the blogger for OEDbâ€™s iLibrarian, as well as a writer, educator, and international conference speaker, developed this list of 68 essential resources about eBooks in libraries.Â Ellyssa has organized the list into several broad categories including:Â general, devices, blogs, purchasing, creating, and more.
68 Essential Resources for eBooks in Libraries
eBooks are a constant topic in library news today.Â If youâ€™re just getting caught up or striving to keep current, here are 68 resources that will put you in-the-know and help you make an informed decision about implementing eBooks in your library. Continue reading 68 essential resources for eBooks in libraries by Ellyssa Kroski