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Matchbook, matchbook make my format decisions easier


Among my personal modern struggles are the tough decisions about which formats to buy which books in.  This is both a personal and professional struggle. Sometimes I want a print book.  When I travel, I want my book on my Kindle.  When I drive and cook or clean, I want professional audio. When I buy […]

Michelle’s take on old conversations to bag for a new year


While many of my other friends and colleagues were thinking about what they plan to think about over the coming year, my friend, Michelle Luhtala, shared her thoughts on conversations and worries that we ought to be able to put away in 2014 in favor of fresh thinking. She graciously allowed me to share this […]

“It’s about time, Dr. V!”: On maximizing database use with the one-login MackinVia app

One login screen for home use

Frankly, our password sheet has always been a royal pain. I’ve long been in search of an authentication solution–a relatively barrier-free strategy for out-of-school database access. For Mackin customers, MackinVia creates a single hub for e-books and database content–a one-user ID and password to your database collection (and your MackinVia ebooks) accessible from any internet-connected […]

The new community-sourced Classroom 2.0 Book

Screenshot of the Scribd document

To celebrate its 5th anniversary the Classroom 2.0 Community (with the help of additional educational networks), recently released the community-sourced  Classroom 2.0 The Book. Inspired by and led by community founder, Steve Hargadon, with Richard Byrne (Free Technology for Teachers) and Chris Dawson (ZDNet Education), the project’s official deadline for submissions was today, April 21st. In […]

On maximizing database use: Part 1, the one-page approach


A few questions continue to keep me up at night. Among them:  How can I get my students and teachers to discover and use our e-resources to the max?  What does face-out shelving look like in an e-collection? We are fortunate, I know it, to have a wonderful collection of subscription databases and e-books. We […]

From Karen: Nonfiction eBook Collections: The Pros and Cons


My friend Hornberger and I are having a conversation about nonfiction ebooks. In a recent post I chatted about my students’ eager acceptance of the EBSCO e-Book Academic Collection. Karen, the librarian at Palisades High School, as well as our PSLA Tech Committee co-chair and blogger, decided to test drive the database herself.  She also […]

My personal ebook journey and the EBSCO eBook Academic Collection


We’ve all been talking about e-books for a long time.  And I am still unsure of a solution.  I know e-content needs vary.  But what our STHS students ask for most is nonfiction and reference-type content to support their research. So, in terms of e-content . . . I personally get less of . . […] crowdfunding ebooks


unglue (v. t.) 2. To make a digital book free to read and use, worldwide. unglue (v. t.) 4. For an author or publisher, to accept a fixed amount of money from the public for its unlimited use of an ebook. The crowdfunding of books is a new type of cause and it may allow […]

DOAB launches with open access monographs


The Directory of Open Access Books just launched in beta.  I am library to my pretty large list of free ebook portals.  I will also consider adding some of the relevant academic titles to our online catalog. Created by the  OAPEN Foundation, an international initiative based at the National Library in The Hague, in cooperation […]

New from Pew: The Rise of e-Reading

Earlier this week, the Pew Internet & American Life Project released its new study, The Rise of e-Reading. Here are some of the key findings from the Summary of the report by researchers by Lee Rainie, Kathryn Zickuhr, Kristen Purcell, Mary Madden and Joanna Brenner, who surveyed of 2,986 Americans ages 16 and older between […]