Each Friday, NSR releases a compilation of news stories related to ebooks, epublishing, elibraries, and digital literacy from around the world. The goal is to help information professionals (of all walks of life) keep up with what is happening in the world of ebooks and econtent beyond the confines of their companies, institutions, countries, and continents.
This is by no means an all-inclusive list of the most important news that occurred this (or any other) week. But it is a curated list, and a way for NSR to not lose sight of the big picture. What shapes the decision-making process involves one or all of the following:
focus on diversity and giving equal voice to established news sources as well as to blogs run by independent thinkers
promotion of efforts that support literacy (in all incarnations)
attention to ebook and literacy initiatives in emerging markets
strong interest in ideas propelling the industry forward rather than promotions of certain brands
strong interest in professionals challenging the status quo and leading the way
Todd Lawton and Jeff LeBlanc, cofounders of Out of Print, an apparel and gift company that offers T-shirts and totes featuring vintage book covers, have expanded into app development. Launched in April, Litsy is an iOS app that aims to displace Instagram and Twitter as the go-to platform for short-form mobile social media conversations about books.
There is really no need to recite numerous reports that have come out recently correlating audiobooks with reading success of children and young adults. There is also no need to convince librarians and publishers that listening is learning and that listening is synonymous with literacy. Those who have been on the frontlines know the benefits of audiobooks and listening to the spoken word. Continue reading News Roundup [June 24, 2016]→
The deadline for institutions interested in hosting (or co-hosting) in 2017 is fast approaching (June 7th), so universities, colleges, public libraries, museums, historical societies, and others, are encouraged to apply here.
Major publishers contribute thousands of titles to benefit students in need
February 24, 2016 – Open eBooks, a new initiative and e-reader app that will make thousands of popular, top-selling eBooks available to children in need for free, is launching today. First Lady Michelle Obama is releasing a video today raising awareness of the new opportunity for children. The initiative is designed to address the challenge of providing digital reading materials to children living in low-income households, and offers unprecedented access to quality digital content, including a catalog of eBooks valued at more than $250 million.
President Obama announced a nongovernmental eBooks effort in support of the ConnectED Initiative at the April 30 Kids Town Hall held by the White House at the Anacostia Branch of the District of Columbia Public Library. ConnectED is multi-pronged effort designed to provide all youth with access to high-quality digital learning tools. Since it launched, over 20 million more students have been connected to high-speed broadband in their schools and libraries and millions more are taking advantage of its free private sector resources. Open eBooks complements the new digital infrastructure to provide an opportunity for kids in need to have a world-class eLibrary in their homes. Continue reading Open eBooks Opens World of Digital Reading to Children for Free→
The Digital Public Library of America is thrilled to announce that an anonymous donor has committed to provide substantial support towards DPLAâ€™s mission in the form of a $250,000 grant to strengthen DPLAâ€™s technical capabilities. This grant will allow DPLA to expand its technology team to handle additional content ingestion and to implement important new features based around its platform and website.
The American Library Associationâ€™s (ALA)Â annual conferenceÂ is right around the corner, so we here at the DPLA have pulled together a nifty little schedule of talks, panels, and presentations that feature members of our staff, Board, Committees, and Hubs. Sessions involving DPLA staff are markedÂ [S], while sessions involving Board, Committee, or Hub members are marked withÂ [A], for â€˜affiliateâ€™.
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is pleased to announce that it has received $96,000 from theÂ Whiting FoundationÂ to begin creating resources for users in K-12 and higher education. The grant will allow DPLA to develop and share primary source sets built on the foundation of national educational standards and under the guidance of a diverse group of education experts. DPLA will also refine tools for creating user-generated content so that students and teachers can curate their own resources as part of the learning process. Continue reading DPLA receives $96,000 grant from the Whiting Foundation to expand its impact in education→
The Digital Public Library of AmericaÂ launchedÂ on April 18, 2013, less than two years ago.Â And what a couple of years it has been. From a staff of threeÂ people, a starting slate of two million items, and 500 contributing institutions, we are nowÂ an organization of 12, with over eight million items from 1,300 contributing institutions. We have materials from all 50 statesâ€”and from around the worldâ€”in a remarkable 400 languages. Within our collection are millions ofÂ books and photographs, maps of all shapes and sizes, material culture and works of art, the products of science and medicine, and rare documents, postcards, and media. Continue reading DPLA releases strategic plan→
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