July 28, 2014

Saving Kids from Sneaky Online Marketing

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It’s oh so easy to overlook what’s happening online—and if librarians, educators, and parents don’t notice it, why on Earth should kids?

Reading Rainbow Partners With National Geographic Kids, Expands App

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RRKidz has announced that its flagship brand Reading Rainbow is partnering with publisher National Geographic Kids to expand its interactive reading subscription app, available exclusively on the iPad. The company is also expanding its library with a new branded island featuring dozens of books as well as videos hosted and narrated by RRKidz co-founder LeVar Burton.

School Library Thrives After Ditching Print Collection

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Minneapolis’ Benilde-St. Margaret’s school library remains a vital educational space where students still research, investigate and—above all—learn, even after high school principal Sue Skinner donated or re-purposed nearly all the books in its print collection in 2011.

ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy and LITA Award Library Technology Projects

On January 23, during the 2012 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Dallas, the ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) and the Library & Information Technology Association (LITA) announced three public library systems and one high-school library as the winners of its annual contest for projects using “cutting-edge technologies in library services.”

CES 2012: The Shapes of Things To Come

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Square was in at the 2012 International CES, but a triangle—between content, devices, and connectivity—told the real story.

Penguin’s Ebook Decision Has Chilling Effect on School Libraries

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Penguin’s suspension of Kindle access to its titles for libraries reaffirmed one librarian’s decision to go the public domain route, rather than spend money on titles only to have the rights potentially taken away.

SLJ Reviews the Toshiba Thrive

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It’s estimated that about 80 percent of tablet computers sold to date have been iPads. But have you noticed how many non-Apple tablets are suddenly out there competing for a piece of the action? Take the Toshiba Thrive, for example. It’s a 10-inch (10.1″ diagonal measure) tablet with a 1280 x 800 WXGA widescreen, multitouch […]

LJ/SLJ Ebook Summit: More School Libraries Offer Ebooks; Increased Demand, Rise in Circulation

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Despite severe budget constraints, the number of school libraries offering ebooks is on the rise-and a majority of media specialists plan to add digital books to their collections over the next two years, says a new study by School Library Journal and Library Journal.

Notes From the 2011 Ebook Summit

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Sharon Moreland, Technology Consultant for the Northeast Kansas Library System, attended and took some impressive notes during today’s virtual summit, Ebooks: The New Normal, including these highlights from Library Journals’ VP, Group Publisher Ian Singer’s presentation of data from our hot-off-the presses 2011 Ebook Penetration & Use Reports.

LJ/SLJ Ebook Summit Panelists Remind Librarians of an Old Creed: Free to All

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The keynote panel at a virtual ebook summit held Wednesday by Library Journal and School Library Journal brought together panelists from three very different sectors of the library world who, nonetheless, found common ground, particularly on the need to ensure equitable access to digital materials.