April 15, 2014

Book App Alliance Aids Discovery of Kids’ Interactive Books

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The Book App Alliance aims to help locate quality book apps amid the tides of Disney, Dora, and Dr. Seuss products. Alliance founders also want to foster best practices.

Flipping the Library: Tips from Three Pros | The Digital Shift 2013

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Three experts shared tech tips and tools during “Flipped School Libraries,” a rapid-fire, dynamic session during The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries (#TDS13) webcast.

Test Driving Oyster, a “Netflix for Ebooks”


How good is Oyster, the new ebook subscription service? Linda W. Braun puts the application through its paces in a screencast series showing how to get started with Oyster, how to search titles, and what it all means for libraries.

Sharing Public Domain Ebooks with the Book Elf

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The Book Elf is a new tool for getting PD digital content into the hands of readers. Discovery of titles could be improved, but it does have some potential.

SAPL To Debut Digital Commons, Test “Public Proof” OverDrive Kiosk

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The San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) this month will unveil Connect at Central, a new 12,800 square-foot digital commons in the system’s main library. In addition, as a beta tester for OverDrive, SAPL will be experimenting with an installation of the company’s new OverDrive Media Station (OMS) interface on a ruggedized kiosk that could be deployed in public areas outside of a library.

‘Here Be Fiction’ Launches: New site features ebook fiction available to schools on library-friendly terms

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Discovery of ebooks in K-12, particularly worthwhile fiction, has been tough going. A new site, Here Be Fiction, will attempt to remedy that, enabling users to identify quality ebooks accessible to schools on library-friendly licensing terms. Featuring ebook previews and reviews, HereBeFiction.org will enable librarians and others to discover fiction from a wide variety of publishers made available for both individual and multi-user access.

3M SelfCheck, NoveList Partner on Reader Recommendation | ALA Annual 2013

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For libraries that use both services, items checked out using the new Quick Connect interface for 3M SelfCheck will trigger a NoveList search, enabling SelfCheck screens to display reading recommendations limited to items that are owned by the patron’s library.

Common Sense Media Unveils Graphite, New Review Site for Apps, Digital Content


June 24 marked the debut of Graphite, a free, online guide to digital learning products compiled by and for educators. Created by Common Sense Media, a national nonprofit, the new resource reviews and rates digital products, including apps, games, websites and digital curricula for K-12.

Uncommonly Open: The New Digital Commons Network

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As the new portal to content produced and stored using bepress’s widely used Digital Commons publishing and institutional repository platform, the Digital Commons Network helps users search hundreds of thousands of open access articles and other content.