A new project out of the University of Colorado is harnessing 3-D printing technology to make picture books accessible to visually impaired children.
Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) has begun delivering bins of selected books to 16 elementary schools in the Columbus City Schools district. The new service is part of a larger CML effort to improve early literacy and third grade reading.
The Online High School Completion Program will allow New Jersey residents to earn an accredited high school diploma and credentialed career certificate at six local libraries.
Concern over net neutrality rules prompted a joint filing by a coalition that includes ALA and EDUCAUSE, with suggestions to ensure the preservation of “an open Internet for libraries, higher education and the communities we serve.”
Upon the announcement of Amazon’s ebook subscription program Kindle Unlimited, Gary Price, INFOdocket editor, writes “Are libraries ready to compete with these services?”
The collection features 2,000 hours of exclusive video of artists ranging from Bruce Springsteen and The Who to Metallica and The Roots.
The 2014 Horizon Report identifies “Rethinking the Role of Teachers” and the “Shift to Deeper Learning Approaches” as major trends. Competition from new education models and student data privacy are among the challenges related to ed tech adoption in K-12 schools.
Registration is now open for the four-week Coursera MOOC, which runs from July 21 to August 18, 2014.
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 […]
Simon & Schuster is making its entire ebook backlist—over 10,000 titles—available through Scribd and Oyster, reports Gigaom.
More than five million Texas public school students in over 9,000 schools will have online access to 15 Gale databases and a collection of ebooks from Gale Virtual Reference Library beginning June 15.
Chicago-Based Inventables to Donate 3D Carving Machines to Libraries and Public Maker Spaces in All 50 States
From the Chicago Tribune: Chicago-based Inventables says it plans to give away 3D carving machines to libraries and other public maker spaces in all 50 states. CEO Zach Kaplan says the inspiration comes from the success of the Chicago Public Library’s Maker Lab, winner of the Social Innovator Award at the 2013 Chicago Innovation Awards. His […]
On May 7, the director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Global Libraries Program, Deborah Jacobs, posted a blog on the Gates Foundation website announcing the conclusion of the foundation’s work in the Global Libraries Program over the next 3 – 5 years. To date, the program has reached more than 13,000 public libraries in nearly 20 countries, many developing and transitioning.
On May 7, San Diego City Council members praised the mayor for his proposed budget for libraries that earmarks approximately $3M for acquisitions, but concern was expressed over $500K of the funds being redirected to pay for a pilot afterschool tutoring program.
Torstar Corp., owner of the Toronto Star and other newspapers, is selling the Harlequin book publishing company for $455 million [$414/USD] to global media company News Corp, reports the CBC.
Following a lawsuit filed last year against Google by students and other Gmail users in California claiming Google’s data-mining of student email violated wiretaps laws, Google has announced it has ceased data mining students’ Gmail.
The Getty Research Institute, which launched its Open Content Program last August with 4,600 hi-res images, just added 77,000 more from two frequently used collections.
Intended to serve as a central clearinghouse of student information, inBloom will shutter, CEO Iwan Streichenberger announced April 21. Earlier this month, inBloom suffered a setback when New York state pulled out of its partnership with the nonprofit founded in 2011 with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
While the print format is still king among bookworms, those readers who favor the ebook format are more likely to read over 20 books a year (30%) than either those who read more/only in hard copy (18%), according to the poll of 2,234 adults conducted in March 2014.