Benetech has been working to bring the proven Bookshare model to people in need all around the world since 2008. Bookshare, a Benetech Global Literacy initiative, currently serves members with qualifying print disabilities in nearly 50 countries and has been granted permission from publishers to provide over 165,000 titles (out of its current total collection of over 280,000 accessible titles) in most of these countries. In Canada, Bookshare now offers more than 180,000 accessible ebooks.
According to both 2006 and 2009 studies published by Raymond Mar, a psychologist at York University in Canada, and Keith Oatley, a professor of cognitive psychology at the University of Toronto, those who read fiction are capable of the most empathy and “theory of mind,” which is the ability to hold opinions, beliefs and interests apart from their own.
J.K. Rowling gave us a brief epilogue about Harry Potter's adult life at the end of The Deathly Hallows, but now, for the first time since that final book, Rowling has written a story that features Harry not as a teen wizarding student, but a 34-year-old Auror.
The apps recognized as Best Apps for Teaching & Learning are of exceptional value to inquiry-based teaching and learning as embodied in the AASL's Standards for the 21st-Century Learner. The apps foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration and are user friendly to encourage a community of learners to explore and discover.
The Artist’s Library compiles dozens (and dozens) of exercises to jumpstart creativity. In most cases, all you need is a notebook and some imagination to spark your project. Here are five of my favorites:
In embracing and carving out room for the basic philosophy of the maker movement—in which people come together to explore, create, or do something, often aided by technology—librarians have added “makerspace” to the industry lexicon in recent years. But why is maker culture important for libraries?
A new future is coming to education. Online shopping, searching and social networks came first—education is next. OCLC's newest user perceptions study, At a Tipping Point: Education, Learning and Libraries, explores how empowered consumers, fueled by economic incentives, are using online learning platforms and MOOCs to set new expectations for education—and for libraries. The report explores the behaviors, perceptions and motivations of online learners: how they are evaluating the cost/value trade-offs of higher education, how they are using and succeeding with online education—and their use and perceptions of the library.
Called “Zip Books for Rural Libraries,” the initiative replaces ILL with a “buy v. borrow” procurement model. If a patron in good standing of any of the 30 participating libraries wants a book the library hasn’t got, the library buys it from Amazon, as long as it costs less than $35 pretax. (More expensive requests will be evaluated on a case by case basis.)
The book is shipped directly to the patron, without a finite lending period. When they’re done, patrons simply return the book to their local branch, where the librarian evaluates the item as to whether it will be added to the collection or sold at the library book sale, etc.
I have a theory that too many library trustees are underutilized in their board work. In far too many libraries, fear of meddling and of losing control have meant that directors don’t take advantage of the expertise and talent on their Board of Trustees. Where that is true, library leaders are squandering critical capacity and losing a potent edge in the key task of connecting to the community.
Walk into your local library today, and you'll probably find a bustling community space as likely to have a digital gaming station as it is to house ceiling-high stacks of books. "We want to get away from the old stereotypes of shushing in the library. We want it to be a vibrant and interactive place," Kathryn Goodhue, CEO of the Brantford Public Library said. "It's exciting time in libraries."
Copian, formerly known as the National Adult Literacy Database, has lost funding from Canada's federal government. It's just one of several literacy organizations that can no longer afford to deliver their services to Canadians. In light of this, Jian reflects on Parliament's latest austerity measure and its troubling implications.
The National Literacy Trust (NLT) has released fresh research showing children's enjoyment of reading has grown over the past eight years, at the same time as literary "BookBenches" appear all over London.
June’s “Audiobook Month” is just ending, and what better way to extend it than to participate in SYNC’s free audiobook program for teens? Now in its fourth year, this program offers young adults the opportunity to download two free audiobook every week from May 15 to August 13.
The NYPL’s “Check Out the Internet” project will lend WiFi hotspots for up to one year at a time and plans to distribute the service through various educational initiatives already running across its neighborhood library branches—for example, Out of School Time programs, technology training classes, and courses in English for speakers of other languages.
What does your neighborhood really need from you? Tips to help libraries get to know the communities that they serve, with a resource list of potential partners, literacy and early childhood organizations, and sources of demographic data. (USA)
In between dispensing advice on breast-feeding and immunizations, doctors will tell parents to read aloud to their infants from birth, under a new policy that the American Academy of Pediatrics will announce on Tuesday.
Libraries that have recently undergone building projects feature design elements that enrich their style and speak to their patrons’ preferences. Choices including flexible shelving, lighting that doubles as artwork, and many distinctive seating options.