E-books, Procurement and Students with Disabilities

Technology has transformed the American classroom, significantly altering methods of curriculum development and design, instruction, and assessment. Students engage with curriculum, their teachers and each other, much differently than they may have done as little as 20 years ago.

As the use of digital content continues to rise, it behooves teachers and procurement officers to be mindful of the needs of students with disabilities and the expectations and obligations inherent in complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Much of the digital content available is delivered via e-books. Unfortunately, not all e-books are accessible to students unable to read standard print.

Brad Turner, Vice President Global Literacy at Benetech, recently posted seven accessibility questions for procurement teams to ask publishers to help ensuring that the e-books they purchase are accessible. To read Turner’s post, visit, Ebook Procurement Must Serve All Students

E-learning in libraries : best practices

I recently read E-learning in libraries : best practices, edited by Charles Harmon and  Michael Messina.

I found the title quite readable. The nine case-study accounts that constitute this collection provide demonstrate that E-Learning presents a huge opportunity for innovation and creativity for all types of libraries and the librarians who work in them. Some projects were developed to take advantage of the wealth of information and resources available.  Others were designed as online reference desks while others were  created out of the necessity of reaching more students with limited staff.

One of the nine essays features Nebraska’s own “NCompass Live” which is an example designing to reach out to library professionals. Nebraska is a  large state, with much of its population concentrated in its eastern corridor, therefore providing continuing education to the state’s librarians is challenging. The weekly webcast, NCompass Live is an innovative solution reaching Nebraskans and others across the country.

As someone who often participates in the weekly webcasts, I was fascinated by the  behind-the-scenes look at what is involved in putting these weekly programs together.  The Nebraska Library Commission staff who run the program make everything look effortless but a lot of careful work and evaluation go into the program.

These nine case studies, written by by those involved in the project, offer real-world expertise. The authors are candid, and  include examples, steps, success and stumbling blocks, thereby offering real-world expertise in a down-to-earth manner for anyone seeking to learn more. Most chapters include endnotes, several include diagrams and screenshots.  A worthwhile read indeed.

E-Learning in Libraries: Best Practices

  • Series: Best Practices in Library Services
  • Paperback: 134 pages
  • Publisher: Scarecrow Press (February 11, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810887509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810887503
  • Also available on Kindle

 

Google Search Tips for Finding Books

One of my favorite blogs is E-Book Friendly.  While the layout and organization of posts is sometimes frustrating because posts are often interspersed  with suggestions and  links to other E-Book Friendly posts one might want to read, I find this blog fascinating and well worth my time to read.

A recent post offered 8 useful tips for using Google to locate books. Since Google is the most-used search engine on the World Wide Web, handling more than three billion searches each day, Google can be a powerful took for locating books.

The post, 8 Google Tips for Book Lovers, discusses eight  types of book-related (below) information searchers  can locate about books and authors using Google and particular search strategies.

  1. Find rich info about authors and books
  2. Find downloadable ebook files
  3. Find books to read online
  4. Browse books in specific sites
  5. Browse iBooks Store on the web
  6. Find free public domain images
  7. Read about the books on Google Books
  8. Compare book prices

The tips are simple and effective. The post is a worthwhile read.

24 Books Readable in an Hour

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This infographic comes by way of the “E-Book Friendly” blog.

I’m  muddled by the infographic.  Maybe its the notion that one is paying attention to the amount of time one reads or has time to read, instead of thinking of reading for pleasure or perhaps information. Still, the concept is thought-provoking; reading is positively promoted; and the titles identified  are intriguing ones worth checking out.

It made me think of the discussion in my public services class in library school wherein we discussed the debate of  “Do we provide the things we know patrons will read. . .?  In short “Glad the patrons are reading” vs “Shouldn’t we be encouraging . . .?”

That old debate seems silly but at one time this was a real concern for some.

Read on!

24 books to read in under an hour (infographic) | Ebook Friendly

Via Ebook Friendly