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Introducing the Universal School Library, a new Internet Archive collection

Last week, the Internet Archive announced the opening of the Universal School Library (USL), “a growing collection of digitized books within the Internet Archive’s larger holdings, made available through controlled digital lending, and curated by a national advisory group of school librarians, librarian educators and researchers.” Currently in an early phase of its development, USL’s ultimate […]

Open Library gets even more open

Created in 2006 by a team led by Aaron Swartz and Brewster Kahle, Open Library is an Internet Archive project developed to present one web page for every book ever published.  This wiki approach to a catalog encourages new information as well as corrections from the user community. Recent enhancements allow for even more openness. […]

A new kids app on the block: Khan Academy Kids launching learning fun for little learners

Khan Academy Kids launched this week. In collaboration with experts from the Stanford Graduate School of Education and children’s book authors, and in partnership with Super Simple Songs, Bellwether Media and National Geographic Magazine, the new app is designed to inspire a lifetime of learning and discovery with our free, fun educational program for children ages two […]

Introduce myShakespeare to your students!

Fun fact: You may know I was an English major. You may not know that my serious focus was 16th century poetry and drama. My favorite course ever was Shakespeare’s Problem Plays. Not every student I’ve met over the years felt the same draw to Shakespeare. The play is just not every kid’s thing. The […]

New Student Discovery Sets for Tablets from LOC

A couple of years ago, I wrote about the first six Student Discovery Sets published by the Library of Congress. The collection, now at 15 titles, covers so many of the themes studied in our school programs. This week, three new sets launched: Scientific Data: Observing, Recording, and Communicating Information Weather Forecasting The New Deal […]

Wonderful news! The launch of the Open eBooks app for your children in need

Some wonderful news!  First Lady Michelle Obama’s video below announces a significant new initiative designed to address the challenge of providing children living in low income households with equitable access to digital reading materials. Open eBooks, is a free app, offering thousands of popular and award-winning titles, available without checkout or cost.  It targets all […]

Map of Life goes mobile

This app is going to make travel, field trips, birdwatching and walks in the woods, on the beach and in the park way more fun. One of my very favorite examples of crowd-sourced reference sites has been Yale University’s Map of Life . Using a wide variety of data sources,  the biodiversity project endeavors to provide […]

Free from ALA: Library Technology Reports & more!

Get them while they’re free! As it migrates to a new platform, using the Open Journal Systems software, ALA Publishing is currently offering a generous deal on its archive of Library Technology Reports.  While a staple subscription item in many academic libraries, the series is priced beyond the modest budgets of school and smaller public […]

LitWeaver: the very model of a new age lit anthology

Geek confession: I love anthologies.  As a lit major, I delighted in breaking open the Norton volume assigned to each of my courses.    Launched in open beta on February 15 by author Will Weaver, LitWeaver evolves the spirit of the lit anthology, allowing us to easily remix in a very portable way. The free, digital […]

ABDO’s new ebook solution: instant access

Give this a try.  Scan any (or all) of the four QR codes on these two images. What you’ll discover is that the codes lead to ABDO books that become instantly readable on your mobile device.  No password needed.  No wait.  No checkout.  No barrier between reader and book. For librarians, ebooks have long represented […]