November 24, 2014

Credo Integrates Text-to-Speech Accessibility Features Into Literati

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Credo Reference is integrating text-to-speech technology from ReadSpeaker into its Literati full-text reference line of offerings. The text-to-speech functionality is already available for Literati Public and will soon be added to Literati Academic, Literati School, and Literati Student Athlete. The latter two products were launched earlier this year. The move comes as several library organizations are embarking on more focused efforts to address the need for accessibility with digital content.

An Alternative Search Tool for Your Tablet

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A new app for the iPad and Android devices uses a highly visual format to provide a different search experience for the tablet user. More than just a pretty interface, Izik—which debuted last month as the top reference app in iTunes—is based on Blekko, the search engine that boasts higher quality results based on human curation.

Quick links: Resources on the Titanic

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On the centennial of the sinking of the Titanic, reviews and resources from Library Journal and School Library Journal.

The End of Nonfiction: Common Core standards force us to rethink categorization

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Reference is dead, and traditional notions of fiction and nonfiction may be obsolete, too. The Common Core Standards has Christopher Harris reconsidering how library resources are presented to students.