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Library Extension (for web browsers)

Library Extension (for web browsers) | technologies | Scoop.it
The #1 Browser Extension that lets you instantly see book and eBook availability from your local library
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Library Extension is an excellent Chrome add-on (Firefox coming soon) to help users check whether their local library has a particular book that they come across on-line. 
The way it works is straight forward...
  - Once users install it on their browser
  - click on the book icon in the top right and set up their libraries.
  - Next time they browse books on sites such as Amazon or Goodreads they will instantly get to see whether those titles are available in their chosen libraries or not.
  - If they are they can borrow or place a hold on them with a single click. 
Library Extension is definitely a time saver. 
Audiobooks, music and movies are supported for select libraries. Library Extension supports almost 4000 libraries in different countries including here in the UK, the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. 
Visit https://www.libraryextension.com/supported-libraries to see the full list of support libraries. 
As for the sites that work with Library Extensions, these include... 
  - Amazon (ca, co, uk, com, .de),
  - Barnes and Noble,
  - Good Reads,
  - Google Books,
  - Chapters/Indigo,
  - BookDepository,
  - AR BookFinder, and
  - LibraryThing. 
Just add the Library Extension to your Chrome Browser register your Library, if it's not already on the list, and give it a try. 
P.S. To increase public use of a Library, the libraries should ensure that they are registered.
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JSTOR - a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources

JSTOR - a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources | technologies | Scoop.it
JSTOR is a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources.
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Another web tool worth looking at, for those on Initial Teacher Training Courses, is JSTOR - it's a growing digital library of academic...
► journals, 
► books, and 
► primary sources. 
Learn how to get connected by visiting http://about.jstor.org/content/choose-your-community
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Watch Free Documentaries Online - Documentary Addict

Watch Free Documentaries Online - Documentary Addict | technologies | Scoop.it
Watch a massive collection of full-length documentaries for free online. Are you a Documentary Addict?
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Documentary addict offers a massive library of educational and entertaining documentaries embedding over 5300 on-line documentaries. 
 Visitors can use the menu on the left hand side to browse through the collections. 
Documentaries are sorted into the following categories: 
► Best Documentaries, 
► 9/11, 
► Art/Music, 
► Comedy, 
► Nature, 
► Media, 
► History, 
► Politics, 
► Religion, 
...and many more.
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calibre - E-book management

calibre - E-book management | technologies | Scoop.it
calibre: The one stop solution for all your e-book needs. Comprehensive e-book software.
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calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books. It has a wide range of features divided into the following main categories:
- Library Management
- E-book conversion
- Syncing to e-book reader devices
- Downloading news from the web and converting it into e-book form
- Comprehensive e-book viewer
- Content server for online access to your book collection

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World Digital Library Home

World Digital Library Home | technologies | Scoop.it
The World Digital Library will make available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from cultures around the world, including manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films,...
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World Digital Library is as its name indicates a library that is hosted in the cloud and that provides significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world. The free content can be accessed in several language formats. The content stretches from 800BC to 2013.
Users can select...
- the country,
- the time period,
- the topic,
- the type of materials they are looking for; print, maps, books, manuscripts, sound recordings...etc, and
- the language of their choice.

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Large computer file extension library with detailed explanation of each file type with links to free or associated software programs downloads.

Large computer file extension library with detailed explanation of each file type with links to free or associated software programs downloads. | technologies | Scoop.it
While we are familiar with the most common extensions like .doc, .html and .mp3, there are thousands more file extensions that we do not know about.

 

File-extensions.org provides detailed, searchable, and useful information about different file extensions so users can learn more about them.

 

Just type in any file extension in the search box
Users will get a detailed explanation about what it does, the default software that works with the extension, and the list of associated software that you can use to open it.

 

For some entries users can also get helpful tips on how to open or convert the file.

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iLibrarian » QR Code Roundup: 10 Resources for Librarians and Educators

iLibrarian » QR Code Roundup: 10 Resources for Librarians and Educators | technologies | Scoop.it
By now you’ve probably heard about QR, or quick-response 2-D barcodes. These nifty little images make scanning in website URLs and contact information a snap are already being adopted by innovative librarians and educators around the world. They’re incredibly easy to create and offer a quick and interactive way to promote library events and services as well as engage students and patrons. If you’re still getting up to speed, these 10 resources should get you started:
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SelfCAD - 3D Designing | Sculpting | Printing 

SelfCAD - 3D Designing | Sculpting | Printing  | technologies | Scoop.it
SelfCad is an online 3D Modeling Software that is easy to use and learn even for beginners. All in one Cad Program includes Slicer, Sculpting and Modeling tools
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SelfCad announces free licenses for all learners and Education Practitioners for 3 years! 
SelfCAD is an on-line 3D printing software application which allows users to design and print in 3D. 
Practitionhers who have been searching for 3D software without purchasing expensive licenses for their Learning Provider, can now turn to SelfCAD to supply their learners with...
  - advanced 3D models,
  - sculpting,
  - drawing,
  - a built in slicer, and
  - a 25,000 3D object library. 
SelfCad's Video Tutorials are also worth a closer look at https://www.selfcad.com/tutorials
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SelfCAD Offers Free Licenses for Students and Teachers for 3 Years
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Credo Reference: articles from more than 4,000 reference books

Credo Reference: articles from more than 4,000 reference books | technologies | Scoop.it
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Credo Reference could be a good tool for learners to use at the start of a research project. 
The reference articles can provide learners with a quick overview of a topic that they can reference as they dive deeper into their research. 
The list of related topics provided with each Credo Reference article could help some learners choose a sub-topic or focus area for their research on a broad topic. 
Credo Reference provides learners with reference articles from more than 4,000 reference books. 
There are a few features of Credo Reference that practitioners will appreciates. 
■ First, all articles returned in a search provide students with an option to hear the text read aloud. 
■ Second, every article is accompanied by a list of related terms and links to those related articles. 
■ Finally, every article has a pre-formatted citation listed at the bottom. Learners can copy and paste that citation to use in their work's cited pages. 

NOTE: Libraries that subscribe to the Credo service can unlock additional tools for learners
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Open Library :creating a webpage for every book written

Open Library :creating a webpage for every book written | technologies | Scoop.it
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OpenLibrary’s main goal is to create a webpage for every book ever written. 
 That in itself makes this a hugely valuable resource, but what really makes it stand out is its eBook library. 
 At the time of posting this, it offers more than 1,000,000 free eBooks that can be “borrowed” in either PDF, ePub, or online form.
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edshelf

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Reviews & recommendations of tools for education
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Practitioners can create an App Library, for example: Apps for a specific curriculum area, using edshelf.
edshelf allows users to curate libraries of relevant apps, and store them by whatever measure they choose.

By...
- Content Area (e.g. math, literature, social studies)
- App Function (publishing, collaborating, designing)
- Platform (iOS, Android, etc.)
- Other Niche
Users are able to share apps, explore content, and comment on other collections.

This helps them fill out their own lists while helping others discover that apps they might be missing.

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20 Twitter Chats Every Librarian Should Know About | Edudemic

20 Twitter Chats Every Librarian Should Know About | Edudemic | technologies | Scoop.it

Twitter is an excellent tool for librarian learning, offering lots of great opportunities for discussion.

 

Many Twitter chats exist for the literary and library world.

 

Here are 20 for librarians to check out.

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21 Useful Cloud Computing Resources for Librarians

21 Useful Cloud Computing Resources for Librarians | technologies | Scoop.it

Cloud applications, platforms, and services are being embraced by libraries and librarians around the world. If you’re just getting started or want to learn more about this increasingly popular trend in computing, here is a collection of 21 articles, blog posts, and conference presentations to get you started:

 

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Careersbox careers film and video on the web. Real people doing real jobs in the world of work

Careersbox careers film and video on the web. Real people doing real jobs in the world of work | technologies | Scoop.it
Careersbox the national online careers film and video library. Real people real jobs to help young people students teachers career professionals influencers
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