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9 years ago
You may recognize EBSCOhost from their ubiquitous suite of databases, but now they're also peddling e-books (formerly of NetLibrary) and audiobooks with new patron driven acquisitions functions. Pros: The EBSCO structure looks familiar and users who have patronized the databases will be able to navigate the e-books quite easily. Th...
The exclusion of cursive from the English curriculum outlined in the Common Core Standards has been making news and raising ire of late. School Library Journal mourns it as a skill loss, but celebrates the end ...
BookLamp is a book recommendation engine that relies on a Pandora-esque genome project. It seems like a great idea, but the company has had a rough start. The concept was born in 2003 and the creator, Aaron Stanton, was the force behind Can Google Hear Me Now? a quest to attract the attention of Google via randomly showing up at G-headquarters. Since then, the project has attracted more bodies and funding (not Google, notably) and has been keeping the faith in a s...
The road to the Google Books settlement has been long, complicated, and challenging. You may remember back in March when Judge Denny Chin shot down Google's bid to begin selling access to scanned out-of-print and orphan works in their database. Yesterday Judge Chin, frustrated with the slow pace of progress on the case, gave Google a deadline of September 15t...
Boopsie for Libraries is a series of mobile applications to aid in the discovery and access of library materials. It basically performs all of the major job responsibilities I held as a public library page, albeit with far less charm and panache. Famous for supporting the ALA conferenc...
The Time Magazine article, “Is a Bookless Library Still a Library?” heralds the demise of the printed word in academic libraries. The library in question, The Learning Terrace at Drexel University, is situated in a residence hall and features a collaboration and study friendly design, lots of computers and a librarian. The Library Learning Terrace was built to augment Drexel's three book-full libraries and is part of an overall mission to emb...
Tikatok, a book and e-book production app aimed at children, will now be available as a mobile app exclusively via the Barnes & Noble store. Storytelling apps are nothing new, but Tikatok has a digi-to-print feature that particularly piques my interest. The physical book is much more expensive, $18.99 to the e-book's $2.99, but it se...
9 years ago
Vook, publisher of enhanced e-books, has released 25 of their nonfiction “textVook” titles for free on the Kindle store. Vook combines video and text with access to social media resources for ease of learning and sharing. The free titles offered have a video narrator and offer a short visual crash course in a variety of subjects. See the full list of free titles
Crowd review is the new peer review. PressForward, drummed up by the people of Zotero and Omeka and through the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, aims to break the mold of academic publishing with a democratic approach to scholarly publication. Description: PressForward is a model for a journal that will fold in the academic discourse of the informal web and use the online scholarly community to replace the peer re...
The Library of Congress and the Internet Archive have been working together to bring web archiving to the K-12 set. For the past three years, students in 14 schools across the country have been learning about primary sources and creating their own internet “time capsules” for the students and researchers of the future. Using digital archiving service Archive-It, students select, identify, and curate collections o...