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ExperiencePoint is a company providing simulations for leadership development and business education. The four simulations offer different business goals and structures and it is up to students or employee participants, often working in collaborative groups, to brainstorm and implement sustainable change and solutions to problems. Pros: The simulations seem unique and applicable to a variety of situations. They center around a township seeking policy changes for sustainability, two tech companies with different business goals and a hosp...
Hot off the vendor floor at the ALA conference is the 3M Cloud Library, a giant leap for patron driven and instant acquisitions. It's a subscription service which includes a slew of e-readers for checkout, lending to personal e-readers, and Discovery Terminals for the full in-library browsing experience. The platform is based out of the German e-book startup
A digital publishing house specializing in creative journalism and memoir, The Atavist thinks outside the covers by providing a robust media overlay to their stories. The stories also evolve as new facts and details come to light via their content management system, Periodic Technology. It's an e-book for the post-book world. Pros: I found it quite elegant and innovative in its ideas...
I blogged a bit on Tuesday about public librarians filling the gap when school librarians are eliminated, Engaged Readers is an update of the original gap-filling device. It's set up as a social network for public library summer reading programs which have been churning it out for years (apparently since the 1890's) to combat summer reading loss in kids and teens. It ends up looking a like Goodr...
Yesterday's New York Times Room for Debate featured six essays on the changing role and possible elimination of school librarians. There were several important educational connections especially in one “anti-librarian” piece, the segment written by tech exec and policymaker Ze'ev Wurman. He argues that promoting access to library collections should not be a priority even in the poore...
I had heard about Open Library during the HarperCollins scandal and filed it in my “wait and see” mental folder because it seemed like a combo platter of a lot of other libsocial sites I'd already seen (Project Gutenberg, OCLC, LibraryThing etc.) What I didn't realize upon first inspection was its interesting angle on digital...