August is bursting with industry news: YALSA is looking for submissions for its 2014 Maker Contest; the NAACP and American Urban Radio Networks have joined forces in a reading literacy campaign “NAACP Reads”; Minnesota’s Saint Paul Public Library expands its laptop training and giveaway program.
SLJ brings you a round up of industry news, including free events, tech upgrades, grants, competitions, and prizes.
On June 24, McGraw-Hill announced its partnership with Follett to offer ebook content to K-12 schools.
Michelle Luhtala had been crowd-sourcing her latest edWeb,net webinar for a few weeks and we were all feeding her tips and faves. Her resulting edWeb app-share on Wednesday kinda blew my mind. It was so much more than a list of tools. It demonstrated how educators are creatively using tools for real learning and serious [...]
Nearly 17,000 children’s books published by Penguin USA will be available in the ebook format for schools and libraries through a partnership with Follett. The Penguin collection is available through Titlewave and includes popular titles such as The Westing Game by Ellen Rasking, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor, and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
The Library of Congress is accepting applications for its Literacy Awards. Todd Litzsinger is Follet’s new chairman of the board. Rowling casts doubt on Ron-Hermione pairing. Alexie novel challenged again. Rowell to write graphic novels.
Follett has announced that many of its online services—including Titlewave, Destiny, and Follett Shelf—will be unavailable from Thursday, November 28, though Saturday, November 30, as the company moves its data center to another location in Illinois.
Passionate school library advocacy takes many forms, though all too often these efforts don’t reach the district and state level. This can change once stakeholders start working together to improve student outcomes. That’s the goal of Project Connect, a national initiative bringing thought leaders to the same table to support the needs of 21st century schools.
I’ve come to the conclusion that there are probably a thousand different ways to do library great. Sure there are handbooks on how to put together a traditional library program–how to create a budget, weed a collection, host an author event, collaborate with teachers. But no textbook shows you what it looks like when the [...]
Follett’s new back-to-school release of its FollettShelf hosted digital bookshelf—which includes a new HTML5 reading environment for econtent called Follett Enlight—is now available for schools to download this week via apps for GooglePlay and iOS, even though it does not yet appear in searches of Apple’s iTunes store, the company assures School Library Journal.
Mary Lee Schneider becomes president and chief executive officer of Follett Corporation. Schneider’s appointment has important implications for the elementary and high schools that rely on Follett for their print and digital learning materials.