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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Excellent iPad Apps to Create eBooks

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Excellent iPad Apps to Create eBooks | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Technology is helping students learn better and is demicratizing the way the access the knowledge. Teachers are no longer the sage on the stage , their role is only coaching and coordination.

Another amazing aspect of this technology is the wide possibilities it open for us in education. Now using iPad for instance , teachers can create ebooks for their students or even help them create ebooks for themselves. I have actually compiled a list of such apps below. I hope you can try them with your students and take your teaching a step further. 

1. Book Creator for iPad

2. eBook Magic

3. Demibooks® Composer

4. Story Patch

5. Creative Book Builder"


Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge, Jenny Smith, Pippa Davies @PippaDavies
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“Come Write In” library programs for NaNoWriMo | Library as Incubator Project

“Come Write In” library programs for NaNoWriMo | Library as Incubator Project | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The “Come Write In” initiative is a sub-program of NaNoWriMo that encourages writers, or Wrimos, to use libraries as writing studios during NaNoWriMo. The initiative is part active programming, part marketing campaign – meaning that libraries can get involved to whatever degree they are comfortable with and however works best for their programming schedule"

 

> Great initiative for libraries of the future!


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Google Scholar Metrics: A New Resource for Authors and librarians

Google Scholar Metrics: A New Resource for Authors and librarians | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Google Scholar quietly launched a new service, Google Scholar Metrics, earlier this month. Google Scholar Metrics allows users to browse a ranked list of publications in a variety of disciplines, sorted according to their h-indices."

 

"Google Scholar envisions that authors will use the service to “consider where to publish their latest article,” and also discover resources outside of their primary field of study. (As interdisciplinary research continues to grow, the latter functionality will likely become increasingly valuable.) Resources are also categorized by language, and journals may also be searched for using non-English terms (e.g. “salud”)—albeit on a limited basis.

Since the service launched, I’ve been thinking a lot about what Google Scholar Metrics can do for librarians. The first—and most obvious—possibility is that subject librarians can use it in a way similar to authors, in order to become familiar with new resources outside of their primary area of focus. They also might use it to supplement their calculation of the potential value of new journals (and not to mention that of traditional resources), before making purchasing decisions.

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A Newbie's Guide to Publishing: E-books in Libraries: They Still Don't Get It

A Newbie's Guide to Publishing: E-books in Libraries: They Still Don't Get It | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

> From the perspectives of authors:

 

Joe Konrath:

 

"The problem is organization. We need someone to act as a liaison between publishers and libraries to run something like this on a big scale. And I believe that person should be paid. How big a job this will be, and how much of a cut they deserve, can be discussed in the comments section. But indie authors need to come together to offer libraries their books, and dealing with 9000 different library systems would be a full time job.

As for my personal view on how publishers deal with libraries, I think Librarian X heaped an appropriate amount of scorn upon them. Greed is hurting libraries, and authors. The Big 6 seem to think they still have control over the industry, and readers, including librarians, will pay whatever high price they charge.

The Big 6 are wrong. More and more libraries are going to stop buying your expensive, expiring ebooks. And that will accelerate the end of the bestseller I predicted years ago.

Libraries want ebooks. As authors, we may soon be in a position to give them our books at fair prices."

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Sacramento library's book machine earns national honor - Sacramento Bee

Sacramento library's book machine earns national honor - Sacramento Bee | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Carlos Alcalá:

"Sacramento library's book machine earns national honor - Sacramento Bee

The Sacramento Public Library's innovative use of an Espresso Book Machine has been honored as one of the nation's top 10 library innovations for 2012."

"The Library's I Street Press, which was used to enable 600 writers to publish books on demand, was recognized last week by the Urban Libraries Council at the American Libraries Association conference in Anaheim.

The project has drawn authors of means from the Bay Area and at least one homeless poet from Loaves and Fishes, by virtue of its ability to print out professional-looking bound paperback books in about 15 minutes from digital files.

The library began using the machine in 2011, thanks to a State Library grant to purchase the $150,000 machine, the first of its model in California."

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/06/27/4594311/sacramento-librarys-book-machine.html#storylink=cpy

 

 

 

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