December 21, 2014

OverDrive Announces Browser-Based Audiobooks Coming to Platform in Early 2015

From the OverDrive Library Blog: …we’re happy to announce that browser-based audiobooks will be joining your collection in 2015 – instant access, maximum ease of use. See audiobook, play audiobook – and that’s all it takes! All of your MP3 audiobooks will also be automatically available as browser-based audiobooks: Download using the app or listen […]

Non-Profit Group Plans to Open Omaha’s First Digital Library, Omaha Public Library Will Be a Partner

From the Omaha World-Herald: Omaha philanthropists will transform a vacant former bookstore into the city’s first digital library, the nonprofit group Heritage Services announced today. The library will be aimed at offering the entire community access to the latest digital information and technology, education in using it and equipment in spaces designed to foster creativity. […]

SELF-e Comes to Cuyahoga | Self-Publishing and Libraries

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SELF-e is the partnership between Library Journal and Charleston, SC’s BiblioLabs. A BiblioLabs product, Biblioboard, is a platform that seeks to bring (among other things) self-published works into the library ecosystem. I spoke recently with Hallie Rich, Cuyahoga County Public Library’s communications and external relations director, about the library’s pilot project with the platform.

Librarians React to Simon & Schuster Dropping “Buy It Now” Requirement

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Simon & Schuster (S. & S.) last week announced that it will no longer require libraries to offer a “buy it now” option with the publisher’s ebook titles. In June 2014, following the conclusion of an extensive one-year pilot program, S. & S. became the last of the big five publishers to enable libraries to license its ebook titles. However, in a move that elicited criticism from many librarians, the publisher required participating libraries to make S. & S. titles available for patrons to purchase through the library’s website via OverDrive’s Library BIN (Buy It Now) option, 3M’s Buy and Donate option, Baker & Taylor’s MyLibraryBookstore customized ecommerce sites, or links to S. & S.’s website.

Tennessee School District’s Tech Policy Blocks Students’ Constitutional Rights, ACLU Says

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A Tennessee parent and the ACLU claim that a school district’s tech policy, which students must sign to participate in activities on campus computers, violates free speech and compromises student privacy.

Project ReimaginED: Online Coffee Klatch for Educators

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Educators encourage their students to head online for digital resources that enhance their classroom learning. Now it’s time for them to do the same.

Ebooks Take Hold in Schools—Slowly

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The adoption and use of ebooks in U.S. school libraries has grown steadily over the past four years, slowed mainly by limited access to ereading devices and cost, says a new ebooks report by School Library Journal, sponsored by Follett.

When the Astonishing Becomes Commonplace

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Recently I’ve been thinking about the recent past and the not-too-distant future. Mostly in terms of what we have been able to achieve in imaging our world. For example, do you remember what the world was like before you could see a map and a photograph of any spot on the planet? It wasn’t all […]

Skype, Now an Everyday Tool in Schools

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Ask teachers and librarians about their experiences with Skype today, and you’ll hear a long list of projects, from the traditional Skype author visit to virtual writing workshops, interviews with scientists in the field, Mystery Skype connections, and more.