November 24, 2014

NY Times: FCC Chairman Expected to Propose 62% Increase in Funding Used to Wire Schools, Libraries with Broadband

UPDATE 4 New: Fact Sheet: FCC Chairman Wheeler’s Plan To Reboot The E-Rate Program To Meet The Needs Of 21st Century Digital Learning (5 page, PDF; via FCC.gov) UPDATE 3 ISTE Applauds FCC Chairman’s E-Rate Proposal UPDATE 2 Statement From FCC on Proposed Reboot Plan UPDATE ALA President Comments on the News From The NY […]

UNESCO, Nature Education, and Roche Partner to Launch World Library of Science (WLoS)

From Today’s Launch Announcement: Launched on the occasion of World Science Day for Peace and Development 2014, the WLoS (World Library of Science) is a science resource library stocked with over 300 top-quality articles, 25 eBooks, and over 70 videos from the publishers of Nature, the most cited scientific journal in the world. Users can […]

HarperCollins Releases Enhanced Ebook Version of “To Kill a Mockingbird”

The enhanced ebook was released today by HarperCollins. From the AP: [The enhanced ebook] features a 1964 radio interview with Lee, who rarely speaks to the media. The regular e-book for “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Lee’s only novel, came out in July. HarperCollins spokeswoman Tina Andreadis says the new “Mockingbird” edition had received 6,500 pre-orders, […]

The Aspen Institute Releases New Report: “Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries”

From a News Release: “Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries” explores how public libraries can respond as the digital age increases the demand for high-speed information access, changes in our education systems, innovative job training models and additional community services to help people and communities compete in the new economy. The report is part […]

California: 100,000 Los Angeles Elementary Students Still Without Libraries

From KPCC Radio: About 40 percent of Los Angeles Unified elementary schools still lack the staff to open libraries, leaving about 100,000 students without a way to borrow books on campus, according to figures recently released by the district. During budget hearings last spring, Superintendent John Deasy promised to spend $6 million to bring back […]

Encyclopaedia Britannica Sees Digital Growth, Aims to Draw New Users

A recent Chicago Tribune article that has been syndicated to a number of newspapers. From the Article: Chicago-based Encyclopaedia Britannica, which shelved its venerable print edition in favor of a digital-only version more than two years ago, is looking to reclaim its legacy as the household reference of choice. [Clip] Some 50,000 households pay $70 […]

New Research Article: “A Survey of Graphic Novel Collection and Use in American Public Libraries”

The following article was published online in the past week. It appears in the new issue of Evidence Based Library and Information Practice. Title A Survey of Graphic Novel Collection and Use in American Public Libraries Author Edward Francis Schneider University of South Florida Source Evidence Based Library and Information Practice Abstract Objective – The […]

Ohio: Public Library Of Cincinnati And Hamilton County Begins Offering Career Online High School Diploma Program

The Public Library Of Cincinnati And Hamilton County announced today that they’re now offering library users the opportunity to earn accredited high school diplomas and career certificates via Career Online High School. The Career Online High School program is marketed to libraries by Gale. Here’s the library’s web page with FAQs about the program including […]

Cool! 3D-Printed Books Make Pictures Real for Blind Children

From New Scientist: A new project is printing Braille picture books for visually impaired children. Each page turns the pictures from the original book into raised 3D shapes alongside traditional Braille text. “The advantage of 3D-printing is really about making one-of-a-kind objects,’ says Tom Yeh, who heads up the Tactile Picture Books Project at the […]

Ohio: Columbus Metropolitan Library Expanding Book Delivery Program to Public Schools

From the Columbus Metropolitan Library: Tomorrow, Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) will begin delivering bins of carefully selected books to 16 elementary schools in the Columbus City Schools (CCS) district. This new service is part of a larger CML effort to impact early literacy and third grade reading. CML piloted the book delivery program with Groveport-Madison’s […]