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April 24, 2014

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inBloom, Controversial Venture for Collecting Student Data, Is Shutting Down

Data Privacy: inBloom, the Non-Profit Data Repository for Student Data Shutting Down

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.

“Americans Who Read More Electronically Read More,” reports Harris Poll

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.

Philadelphia’s Free Library Gives 98,000 Library Cards to Students Without One

In a tough budget year for Philly schools, the Free Library of Philadelphia and the city school district have merged their databases and determined that roughly 98,000 of the district’s 136,000 students don’t have library cards. On April 15, the library and district began distributing personalized library cards to every student without one, reports Newsworks.

Google Reveals Email Scanning Practices in New Terms of Service

Google updated its terms of service on Monday, informing users that their incoming and outgoing emails are automatically analyzed by software to create targeted ads, reports Reuters.

Queens Public Library Board Votes Not to Suspend the Library’s Director, Thomas Galante

” Following a five-hour meeting, much of it behind closed doors, the library’s board voted 9-9 not to force director Thomas Galante to take a leave of absence,” according to the New York Daily News.

ALA Responds to Rep. Paul Ryan’s Proposed Elimination of IMLS

Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) has urged cutting federal support for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). In Ryan’s own state of Wisconsin, more than 65 percent of libraries report that they are the only free access point to Internet in their communities, stated American Library Asssociation president Barbara Stripling in her response to Ryan’s proposed budget, released April 1.

Findaway World Launches AudioEngine Audiobook Distribution Platform

Findaway World Launches AudioEngine Audiobook Distribution Platform

We mentioned Ohio-based Findaway World about one month ago on infoDOCKET when 3M announced that 40,000 audiobooks were now available to Cloud Library partners. Findaway World powers the 3M Cloud Library audiobook service. Now, Findaway World is announcing that their AudioEngine audiobook distribution platform (what 3M, MackinVia Follett, and Baker & Taylor already utilize) is […]

Cengage Learning Exits Chapter 11, Completes Restructuring

Cengage Learning announced today that it has emerged from Chapter 11, having completed its financial restructuring.

New York Public Library Will Recommend Books Based on Patrons’ Searches

New York Public Library Adds Book Recommendations Powered by Bookish/Zola Books & BiblioCommons

The New York Public Library has partnered with New York startup Zola Books to offer a book recommendation tool in its online catalog to help library users discover new titles based on their reading preferences.

Google Admits to Data-Mining Student Email

In a sworn statement filed in federal court, Google has admitted to scanning student emails to serve students targeted advertisements. Although Google does not display ads in Apps for Education, Google “does scan [student] email” to “compile keywords for advertising” on Google sites, according to an EPIC blog post.

CNN Sells Zite to Flipboard, Will Shutter Service in ‘Six Months or So’

CNN acquired news reader Zite in 2011 for a little less than $20 million and today sold the service to Flipboard for a rumored $60 million.

President Obama Requests $226,448,000 For Museum and Library Services

Libraries and Museums: President Releases FY 2015 Budget Request, Includes $226,448,000 For IMLS

President Obama’s 2015 budget request to Congress includes $226,448,000 for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Libraries and Museums: President Releases FY 2015 Budget Request, Includes $226,448,000 For IMLS

UPDATE Emily Sheketoff, Executive Director of the American Library Association’s Washington Office, comments on the budget request in the District Dispatch post, “Federal library funding cut in proposed budget”. President Obama released his FY2015 budget request today (via FDsys). A mobile version of the document is also available at: http://m.gpo.gov/budget/ Here’s some background about the $226,448,000 portion […]

OverDrive Acquires Teachers Notebook

OverDrive Acquires TeachersNotebook.com, a Marketplace for K-12 Teacher Created Resources

OverDrive has acquired New Jersey-based TeachersNotebook.com, a company/platform that supplies teacher-created K-12 educational materials. Teachers can open their own “shop” to sell the materials they develop.

Macmillan Expands its Ebook Catalog to K-12 Schools Via OverDrive

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OverDrive announced today that Macmillan’s entire eBook catalog is now available for schools in the United States and Canada.

Google Capital Invests $40 Million in K-12 Ed Tech Company

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The education technology company Renaissance Learning has received a $40 million investment from the Google fund in exchange for a minority stake, reports Gary Price. Renaissance Learning harnesses cloud computing to help teachers develop their lesson plans for students, including for reading and math.

Follett Launches Collection of 17,000 Penguin Ebooks for Libraries and Schools

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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.

COPPA: FTC Approves kidSAFE Safe Harbor Program

From the Federal Trade Commission: Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved the kidSAFE Seal Program as a safe harbor program under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and the agency’s COPPA Rule. The Commission’s COPPA Rule requires operators of online sites and services directed at children under the age of 13 to provide […]

Oyster Ebook Subscription Service Adds Disney Titles & Launches Collection of Kids eBooks

Oyster, one of a growing number of consumer ebook subscription services (aka “Netflix-like) that currently offers subscribers access to well over 100,000 ebook titles (and growing) for $9.95/month. There are no limits on what users can access. There is also never a wait time to access an ebook. In other words, all books are available to all […]

Digital Public Library of America and Brooklyn Public Library Launch Tumblr Blogs

Digital Public Library of America and Brooklyn Public Library Launch Tumblr Blogs

The latest to join Tumblr nation: DPLA (Digital Public Library of America) and the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL), which will feature items from its collection on its new Tumblr blog.