September 2, 2014

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 […]

NJ State Library Will Begin Offering High School Diploma Program at Select Public Libraries Throughout State

From the New Jersey State Library: The New Jersey State Library (NJSL), an affiliate of Thomas Edison State College, has announched the launch of its Online High School Completion Program, which will allow NJ residents to earn an accredited high school diploma and credentialed career certificate at their local library. The groundbreaking program is designed […]

A Coalition of Library and Education Groups Files Net Neutrality Comments with FCC

The 42 page document containing comments on net neutrality filed with the Federal Communications Commission today can be accessed here. 11 organizations signed the comments including: American Association of State Colleges and Universities American Council on Education American Library Association Association of American Universities Association of College & Research Libraries Association of Public and Land-grant […]

Amazon Formally Launches Kindle Unlimited E-Book (and Audiobook) Subscription Service

We posted some extended comments focusing on what this and other ebook subscription services might mean for the library community the other day when news of Kindle Unlimited leaked. We’ve included some of them at the bottom of this post and added a few new thoughts. – Today, the Kindle Unlimited service was formally announced. […]

Listen Up! Music Vault Adds 13,000 Live Concert Videos to YouTube

From Rolling Stone: With so many concertgoers posting clips of concerts to YouTube, it’s a lot easier to overcome the fear of missing out. Now the music-obsessive fans behind Music Vault, which is owned by bootleg haven Wolfgang’s Vault, have made it easier for people to see concerts they may have missed over the past […]

Info Technology Forecast: 2014 NMC Horizon Report K-12 Edition Published and Available Online

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The New Media Consortium (NMC) and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) have just published and posted the 2014 NMC Horizon Report K-12 Edition. This is the sixth edition of the report. The full text report is linked below. You’ll also find a video summary of the report from NMC. By the way, we were […]

Beginning Next Month an All-Star Lineup of Instructors Will Teach a “Copyright for Educators & Librarians” MOOC, Registration Now Open

If you’re interested in learning about copyright and library issues from three highly-respected professionals then this MOOC is or you. This is an all-star faculty lineup if there ever was one. The MOOC is titled, “Copyright for Educators & Librarians” and is free. Registration is now open. Kevin Smith, Duke University;  Anne Gilliland, University of North Carolina Chapel […]

Audio and Video: Maya Angelou, Appearances and Interviews

Maya Angelou passed away today. Below, find a very small selection of audio/video of interviews, book discussions, and appearances by Angelou that can be streamed online. From the C-SPAN Video Library Interview with Maya Angelou (Recorded on November 16, 2013) 2010 Medal of Freedom Recipients (February 11, 2010) Book Discussion on Letter to My Daughter (October […]

Ebook Subscription Services: Oyster and Scribd Add 10,000+ Titles From Simon & Schuster

A big five publisher, Simon & Schuster, joins HarperCollins in providing titles to two ebook subscription services. From Gigaom: …Simon & Schuster announced that it’s making its entire ebook backlist — over 10,000 titles — available through both Scribd and Oyster. Carolyn Reidy, Simon & Schuster’s CEO, told me that while the publisher originally had “a […]