Amazon has updated Kindle Freetime for the Kindle Fire tablet, adding “Educational Goals,” enabling parents to set targets for their kids, for example, a goal to read 30 minutes every day. Thousands of educational books, apps, games, and videos have been added to the optional subscription Kindle FreeTime Unlimited.
Amazon Adds Educational Features to FreeTime on Kindle Fire, CC-Aligned Content for FreeTime Unlimited
Baker & Taylor, Axis 360 Begin Simon & Schuster Ebook Pilot, 450 Titles Available in Schools, Classrooms
Work will begin soon on the initial phase of a makeover of the Boston Public Library’s Copley branch. The project is focused on expanding the branch’s children’s library to 4,400 square feet, adding a section catering to early childhood (with toy and story areas), and creating dedicated space for tweens and teens.
INFOdocket editor Gary Price shares ProQuest’s announcement of the formal release of its Research Companion tool and offers his thoughts on digital/information literacy, what he calls a “major issue” for the library community. Collaboration across all types of libraries and vendors, he notes, could produce great results and give the public a wonderful opportunity to see library professionals in action.
Alec Baldwin has donated $1 million to the East Hampton Library for the new children’s addition on behalf of his family. The gift will be used to underwrite the completion of the Baldwin Family Lecture Room. The space will be used for children’s programs, film screenings, poetry readings, historical lectures, and author and book events.
UPDATE November 15 Large Collection Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda: Health-Related Information Resources (via NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center) UPDATE November 14 Super Typhoon Haiyan Crowdsource Mapping Project Info (via Digital Globe) UPDATE November 13 Collection of Maps from MapAction Field Team in the Philippines UPDATE November 12 FirstLook Satellite Imagery of Damage to Tacloban City, Philippines (via […]
Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 platform has been selected to partner with the Illinois State Library and its Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) program to provide ebook circulation services for the new eRead Illinois project. The project gives Illinois library users, including K–12 libraries, access to an immense collection of titles.
Oyster, the “all you can read,” on-demand ebook app, is now available for iPhone and iPad. In addition, an invite to participate is no longer required. The service, which formally launched in early September, is one that the library community should become familiar with, advises librarian and INFOdocket editor Gary Price.
Tanya Lee Stone’s novel about three teen girls’ involvement with a “sexy” senior boy, A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl, will remain in North Carolina’s Currituck County High School library, following a 4-1 vote by the local board of education. The vote, in response to a parental challenge to the book for its sexual content, came after recommendations from both a high school review committee and a district review committee to keep the book.
UPDATE October 18: Here’s the full text of Gaiman’s Speech (via Reading Agency) The Guardian has published an edited version of the lecture the Neil Gaiman gave in London last night. It was the second annual Reading Agency (a charitable organization) lecture and focused on children, reading, literacy, and libraries. We think it’s something many of [...]
Across Texas, the number of certified school librarians has dropped 10 percent since 2009, in part because of limited budgets and the growth of digital books. The decline has been particularly sharp in Houston, where roughly 60 percent of schools do not have certified librarians this year, according to district data.
In the face of the government shutdown that has seen EBSCO offer free access to its version of the ERIC database, Oxford University Press announced that it will offer complimentary access to three reference databases of its own. For the next two weeks, Oxford Reference, American National Biography Online, and Social Explorer will be free to access and explore online.
Political writer Ben Joravsky editorializes in a recent Chicago Reader column on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plans for schools in the face of budget cuts that have gutted school libraries. “It’s not quite clear what Mayor Emanuel has against libraries,” Joravsky says, advising the mayor to “stop holding press conferences in school libraries that have no librarians because of your massive budget cuts.”
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced grants for 42 library projects totaling $14,670,66. Recipients in 27 states and the District of Columbia received funding, including the American Library Association, which will research the efficacy of early literacy programs; Westport (CT) Library, which hopes to create a new model for maker spaces; and the Chicago Board of Education, which plans to improve school librarians’ use of mobile technologies.