March 28, 2015

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UMass Amherst Opens First Large-Scale MakerBot Innovation Center at a University Library

Housed at the Digital Media Lab of the Du Bois Library at UMass Amherst, the new Center is equipped with over 30 MakerBot Replicators, bringing 3-D printing technology to faculty, researchers and students to enhance research, design, and entrepreneurial projects.

Free, Full Text Now Available: 2nd Ed. of “The World Through Picture Books Catalogue”

Free, Full Text Now Available: 2nd Ed. of “The World Through Picture Books Catalogue”

The new edition of The World Through Picture Books Catalogue has been posted online by the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) and is available under a Creative Commons Attribution license.

Congressional Hearing “How Emerging Technology Affects Student Privacy” Will Be Streamed Live Feb 12

“How Emerging Technology Affects Student Privacy” is scheduled to take place before the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee on Thursday, February 12, 2015, beginning at 11:15 a.m. EST/8:15 a.m. PST.

Three E.B. White Classics to Be Released as Ebooks for the First Time

HarperCollins announced Wednesday that “Charlotte’s Web,” “Stuart Little” and “The Trumpet of the Swan” can be purchased as e-books starting March 17.

Amazon Enters Textbook Publishing With Launch of KDP EDU and Kindle Textbook Creator

Amazon’s new KDP EDU will enable educators and authors to create, publish, and promote etextbooks for students to access on devices, including the iPad and Fire tablets, iPhones, and Android smartphones and tablets. A public beta of Kindle Textbook Creator enables users to turn PDFs of their textbooks and course materials into Kindle books.

Smithsonian Brings Historic Specimens to Life in Free “Skin and Bones” App


Created by the National Museum of Natural History, the new app employs advanced technology to render historic skeletons via 3-D augmented reality.

St. Louis County Library’s New “Born to Read” Will Give Free Books to Newborns and Parents

A new program launching this month will distribute books to new parents in kits, which include a calendar of literacy activities and instructions for acquiring a library card.

MGM Streaming Video Titles Available For Library Lending in U.S. and Canada via OverDrive

OverDrive has announced a new addition to its digital video catalog: streaming video titles from MGM are now available for library lending.

40 Dr. Seuss Titles Now Available For Public and School Libraries via OverDrive

The Dr. Seuss titles, including The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, The Lorax, are now available in EPUB3 fixed-layout format.

FCC Approves Another $1.5B for E-Rate Funding

The Federal Communications Commission voted December 11 to bump up funding for WiFi in schools and libraries by another $1.5 billion, increasing the budget to $3.9 billion a year.

No Library Card? No Problem, if You’re a Student in Tacoma, WA

Starting January 2015, the approximately 15,000 middle and high school students enrolled in Tacoma schools will be able to use their student identification cards to check out library materials.

FCC Chairman to Propose 62% Funding Increase to Wire Schools, Libraries with Broadband

FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler is expected to propose raising the annual fund for school Internet access from $1.5 billion to $3.9 billion, reports the New York Times. Part of the overhaul of E-Rate, the expected upgrades to service will come to libraries, too.

UNESCO, Nature Education, and Roche Launch World Library of Science

The newly launched World Library of Science is a resource library stocked with more than 300 articles, 25 ebooks, and over 70 videos from the publishers of scientific journal Nature. In his Infodocket post, editor Gary Price notes that a cosponsor of the project, Roche, is a private global healthcare company.

HarperCollins Releases Enhanced Ebook Version of To Kill a Mockingbird


The enhanced ebook, released November 4 by HarperCollins, features a 1964 radio interview with author Harper Lee, who rarely speaks to the media. The regular ebook edition of To Kill a Mockingbird came out in July 2014.

Aspen Institute Releases Report on ‘Re-Envisioning Public Libraries’

The new report “Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries” explores how public libraries can respond to community needs in the digital age, with 15 “action steps.”

‘100,000 Los Angeles Elementary Students Still Without Libraries’

About 40 percent of LAUSD elementary schools still lack the staff to open libraries, leaving about 100,000 students without a way to borrow books on campus, reports KPCC Radio.

Graphic Novels a ‘Gateway to Adult Literacy,’ Claims Study


Graphic novels and video games have become integral to library collections, and both media can have a large impact on circulation, according to a University of South Florida study. Moreover, readership stats “bolster the concept of graphic novels as a gateway to adult literacy.”

Encyclopaedia Britannica Sees Digital Growth, Aims to Draw New Users

“ is on track for 12 million visitors in September, up from 4.7 million during the same month in 2012,” executives told the Chicago Tribune.

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

The Public Library Of Cincinnati And Hamilton County announced September 17 that they’re offering library users the opportunity to earn accredited high school diplomas and career certificates via Career Online High School.

‘Tactile Picture Books’ Creates 3-D Print Titles for Blind Children


A new project out of the University of Colorado is harnessing 3-D printing technology to make picture books accessible to visually impaired children.