School Libraries

Follett Partners with Random House to distribute ebooks to K-12

Press Release:  McHenry, Ill., Aug. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Continuing its ongoing commitment to expand and enhance its PreK-12 digital solutions to support learning, Follett has partnered with Random House, Inc., the world’s largest English language trade publisher, to offer new and popular ebook titles to school libraries.

Follett’s ebook customers are now able to purchase Random House ebooks and lend them to students. The partnership gives librarians the opportunity to enhance their collections with many of the most sought-after titles, such as Rachel Hartman’s “Seraphina” and Christopher Paul Curtis’ “The Watsons Go To Birmingham – 1963″. Continue reading Follett Partners with Random House to distribute ebooks to K-12

Credo celebrates major achievements – CODiE Award, new products, and acquiring OnlineTutorSolutions

Credo is moving full steam ahead in 2013.  The following press release highlights several major achievements from this year including the two new Literati products, CODiE awards, and the acquisition of OnlineTutorSolutions.com.  Read on for the details:

April 2, 2013, Boston, Oxford – Credo, the industry leader for information skills solutions, today announced several significant achievements in the first quarter of 2013.   In addition to launching Literati School and Literati Student Athlete, solutions that combine authoritative scholarly content, innovative technologies and customizable services, the company’s Literati Public was recognized with a prestigious SIIA CODiE Award and Literati Academic was nominated for an SIIA CODiE Award as well.

Continue reading Credo celebrates major achievements – CODiE Award, new products, and acquiring OnlineTutorSolutions

IFLA launches principles, research and advice for eLending in Libraries

Picked this up from the ALA Council listserv:

IFLA is pleased to launch a new set of resources relating to eBooks and libraries. Providing access to eBooks is one of the most pressing issues facing libraries right now. Public libraries, in particular, are dealing with implications of rapidly changing business and access models. IFLA has previously issued a background paper on eLending during 2012, and is now building on this paper to launch a new official policy document ‘IFLA Principles for Library eLending‘ which was endorsed by the Governing Board in February 2013. Continue reading IFLA launches principles, research and advice for eLending in Libraries

eBook updates and must reads from ALAMW Conference

I attended the American Library Association MidWinter Conference in Seattle, Washington January 26 -29th.  While there, I was able to speak with several eBook companies about new features and services.  Below you will find a list of companies (alpha order) and new features complete with links for more information.

I also want to bring your attention to a few must read reports.  First, the ALA Digital Content & Libraries Working Group publication, Ebook Business Models:  A Scorecard for Public Libraries.   Second, The Pew Internet Library Services in the Digital Age report. Finally, the Scholastic Kids and Family Reading Report (4th Edition).  The latter reports provide excellent data to help understand user needs in our digital age. Continue reading eBook updates and must reads from ALAMW Conference

EasyBib launches ResearchReady, a cloud-based learning platform to develop research skills while writing

I’m anxious to take a look at this new product from EasyBib.  Students could really benefit from tools such as this, particularly when it comes to avoiding plagiarism.  From the press release:

New York, January 30, 2013 – Today’s student researchers are inundated with information and many don’t have the critical thinking or research skills they need to access and evaluate sources, define their topic, or avoid plagiarism. EasyBib comes to the rescue with its new ResearchReady product – a cloud-based learning platform that helps writers sort through the madness and do truly quality research. Continue reading EasyBib launches ResearchReady, a cloud-based learning platform to develop research skills while writing

OCLC to index metadata and full text of all Gale databases and archives for greater discovery in WorldCat Local

Received this press release from OCLC today.  The metadata and full text of ALL Gale databases and archives will be fully discoverable in WorldCat Local. This will be a great benefit to mutual subscribers of OCLC and Gale products. More from the press release:

New agreement will provide libraries and users broader access to Gale collections through the OCLC WorldShare Platform

DUBLIN, Ohio, January 23, 2013—OCLC and Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, have agreed to make all Gale databases and archives fully discoverable through WorldCat Local, and to explore broadening discoverability of Gale collections through other applications available through the OCLC WorldShare Platform. Continue reading OCLC to index metadata and full text of all Gale databases and archives for greater discovery in WorldCat Local

OverDrive announces streaming video and audio services for libraries and schools

Those of you attending the ALA Midwinter Meeting may want to stop by for a demo of the OverDrive streaming services.  The One-Step Checkout (TM) sounds great to me.

Washington Convention Center, Seattle—Jan. 22, 2013—Today OverDrive announced that it will enhance its industry-leading library service platform with streaming video and audio technology. The new services will improve ease of use and device compatibility for OverDrive-hosted video, audiobook and music collections at libraries and schools around the world. OverDrive will demonstrate its streaming technology this weekend (Jan. 25- 28) at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting at Seattle’s Washington State Convention Center, Booth 1115. Continue reading OverDrive announces streaming video and audio services for libraries and schools

Unglue.it releases two more free ebooks

Really pleased to see additional books becoming unglued through the Unglue.it crowdfunding program.  Congrats to all involved.

January 21, 2013 — Unglue.it, the crowdfunding website for Creative Commons licensed ebooks, has funded and released two more free ebooks, now available for download.

The most recent “unglued book” is So You Want to Be a Librarian, by Lauren Pressley and published by Library Juice Press. It’s aimed at students and others who want to know whether a career in librarianship might be right for them. “It seems fitting that a book about a rapidly changing profession should make use of a cutting edge funding and distribution mechanisms”, said Eric Hellman, President of Gluejar, Inc., the company behind Unglue.it. “Pressley’s book can now evolve in the public common and serve new generations of librarians.” Continue reading Unglue.it releases two more free ebooks

New study shows kids ebook reading has nearly doubled since 2010

Scholastic recently released a new study on kid’s reading in the digital age.  The study found that kids reading of ebooks has nearly doubled since 2010. Full details are on the Scholastic site or you can download the full report with appendices here.

Below are some highlights of the study from the Scholastic site:

Kids, Families, and eBooks

eContent Quarterly call for contributors

ALA Editions recently announced the 2013 launch of a new online journal: eContent Quarterly, edited by Sue Polanka and Mirela Roncevic. The journal will offer practical, user-driven solutions and ideas for curating, integrating, and managing electronic content in rapidly-changing digital library environments. Each issue will consist of in-depth articles on the many facets of electronic content as well as product reviews and interviews with industry leaders.

Contributors Wanted

eContent Quarterly is now accepting proposals for contributions. Librarians, publishers, and other information science professionals interested in submitting a proposal should send a written request to Sue Polanka, including a description of the topic and information about affiliation and credentials. Continue reading eContent Quarterly call for contributors

NSR Interviews: 2012 in Review

NSR 2012 Interviews

With 2012 coming to a close, I wanted to take another opportunity to introduce you to the wide array of interviews NSR offered this year. The 2012 interviews highlight  innovative new products and services from librarians, publishers, and information professionals, a focus on information literacy and core competencies, and creative business models.  I hope you will take some time to listen.  Suggestions for 2013 interviews are now being accepted.  Please contact Sue Polanka for more information.  You may also be interested in reading Mirela Roncevic’s post, E-Content in Libraries, 2012 in review.

Continue reading NSR Interviews: 2012 in Review

Survey for librarians on personal/professional eBook use from Against the Grain

Against the Grain is conducting a survey of librarians’ personal and professional eBook usage.  The following survey is 24 questions long, and should take approximately 15 minutes to complete.
Feel free to share this link with other librarians who may be interested in participating.

We appreciate your time and thank you for your participation!  Please contact  Leah Hinds if you have any questions or comments.

Sincerely,

Katina Strauch
Editor, Against the Grain

eContent Quarterly: Call for Contributions

Last week ALA Editions announced the 2013 launch of a new online journal: eContent Quarterly, edited by Sue Polanka and Mirela Roncevic. The journal will offer practical, user-driven solutions and ideas for curating, integrating, and managing electronic content in rapidly-changing digital library environments. Each issue will consist of in-depth articles on the many facets of electronic content as well as product reviews and interviews with industry leaders.

“Libraries, publishers, and information providers are constantly experimenting with business models, delivery methods, and usability of digital content.  eContent Quarterly aims to capture these stories, along with their successes and failures, in order to share best practices in the industry, ” said Polanka.

“We will strive to provide timely coverage that helps everyone in the information chain make informed decisions, with less emphasis on descriptions of products and more focus on unique features and comparisons,” added Roncevic. Continue reading eContent Quarterly: Call for Contributions

ALA Editions announces eContent Quarterly, a new online journal co-edited by Sue Polanka and Mirela Roncevic

November 21, 2012 – CHICAGO—ALA Editions announces eContent Quarterly, a new online journal. Launching in Fall 2013, eContent Quarterly will offer practical, user-driven solutions and ideas for curating, developing, integrating and managing content in rapidly-changing digital library environments.

The journal is edited by Sue Polanka and Mirela Roncevic, whose deep knowledge of the e-content landscape and vast library and editorial experience combine to bring clarity and focus to the journal’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-content—including librarians and publishers—each issue will consist of in-depth articles that explore the many facets of electronic content, as well as supplements ranging from product reviews to interviews with key players. Look for subscription information for eContent Quarterly in 2013. Continue reading ALA Editions announces eContent Quarterly, a new online journal co-edited by Sue Polanka and Mirela Roncevic

EBSCO releases new K-8 and High School eBook Collections aligned with Common Core

From an EBSCO Press Release on November 01, 2012

EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) continues its growth of e-book products with two new grade appropriate e-book subscription collections for the school market. eBook K-8 Collectionâ„¢ and eBook High School Collectionâ„¢ are available for schools looking to find full-text e-books specifically catered to their needs. The collections align with Common Core guidelines for Grades K-8 and Grades 9-12 in English Language Arts and Literacy, History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects.

K-8 Collection contains nearly 4,800 titles and eBook High School Collection includes nearly 5,100 titles with new titles added to each collection quarterly. Each collection includes content that spans all academic subjects and incorporates selections of classic literary works, important historical documents and general reference material appropriate for their grade levels. Continue reading EBSCO releases new K-8 and High School eBook Collections aligned with Common Core

The LJ/SLJ Digital Shift event is this Wednesday, are you registered?

I hope you will join me in attending this virtual conference on Wednesday.  There is a great line-up of speakers, panelists, and other events.  More info below from LJ/SLJ

WHAT: The Digital Shift: Libraries, eBooks and Beyond, the  3rd annual online summit by Library Journal/School Library Journal,  will explore how libraries are navigating the transition from print to digital and integrating “e” into collections, catalogs and classrooms.

This full-day  program, including tracks designed specifically for public, academic and school libraries, will feature keynote authors discussing the nature of the evolving ‘book’ in the digital future and programs that take a closer look at the value of libraries in the eBook space and how libraries can assure their users’ access to eBooks.  Information will also be shared on product use, practical implementation and how technology is affecting the reading experience. Continue reading The LJ/SLJ Digital Shift event is this Wednesday, are you registered?

Oxford English Dictionary releases “OED Appeals” to crowdsource the origin of words

I really like this initiative from Oxford. It sounds so easy-peasy.

3rd October 2012–Today the Oxford English Dictionary announces the launch of OED Appeals, a major online initiative set to involve the public in tracing the history of English words. Using a dedicated community space on the OED website, editors are soliciting help in unearthing new information about the history and usage of English, including the earliest examples of particular words. The website will enable the public to post evidence in direct response to OED editors online, fostering a collective effort to record the English language and find the true roots of our vocabulary.

Appeals will be posted to the website on a frequent basis. Some of the entries the OED team is initially asking the public’s help with include: Continue reading Oxford English Dictionary releases “OED Appeals” to crowdsource the origin of words

Upcoming event in Kentucky – From a Book to e-Books: The Many Ways to Access Children’s Literature

The 2012 Ohio Kentucky Indiana Children’s Literature conference, From a Book to e-Books: The Many Ways to Access Children’s Literature, will be held from 8:00 to 4:00 on Saturday, November 3, at Thomas More College, Crestview Hills, Kentucky.   Keynote speakers are Gary Schmidt, National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature in 2011 and winner of both Newbery and Printz Honor awards; and Loren Long, children’s book writer and illustrator whose work has reached the Number 1 position on the New York Times best-selling list.  A pre-conference public event will be held Friday evening at the Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch of the Campbell County Public Library. Continue reading Upcoming event in Kentucky – From a Book to e-Books: The Many Ways to Access Children’s Literature

OverDrive adds over 40,000 new titles this month

From an OverDrive Press Release:

Cleveland – September 13 – This month, millions of students and library patrons are returning to school and work, powering a new surge in eBook reading. To help libraries and schools meet this demand, OverDrive—the leading distributor of eBooks and other digital media to 19,000 libraries and schools worldwide—has set live more than 40,000 newly available eBook and audiobook titles in the past month. New publisher partnerships have helped OverDrive add thousands of popular and niche titles to its industry-leading catalog, which currently holds more than 800,000 in-copyright titles.

To add titles to OverDrive-powered library and school collections, selectors can visit www.contentreserve.com, where they’ll find pre-selected lists and other useful collection development tools. Many of these titles are available for less than $10, with many others under $20. Continue reading OverDrive adds over 40,000 new titles this month

ebrary launches K-12 Math Pack to align with common core standards

From an ebrary press release:

To help K-12 libraries acquire e-books more strategically, ebrary®, a ProQuest business, has added hundreds of relevant e-books across acquisition models, which provide libraries with the best value when combined. Diversifying acquisition models is a key component of ebrary’s three-step approach: Transition, Diversify, and Streamline™.

ebrary’s renamed the Schools and Educators Complete™ subscription database, which has been updated with thousands of new e-books from renowned publishers such as ALA Editions, ASCD, Classroom Complete, and National Science Teacher Association. The highly affordable database now includes a growing selection of more than 8,500 titles with unlimited, multi-user access and a wealth of information in professional development and training resources.  Moreover, almost 4,500 titles in the database have relevance to state, national or provincial curriculum standards – with coverage of all common core subjects – including English Language Arts, Science, Mathematics, Social Studies, Health and Physical Education, and Information Literacy/Technology.  Continue reading ebrary launches K-12 Math Pack to align with common core standards