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December 7, 2009 — In addition to this week's NewsBreak(s), the editors have compiled the Weekly News Digest, featuring stories from the week just past that you should know about. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today.

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Online Language Service Now Available to Public Libraries

Recorded Books, LLC (www.recordedbooks.com), an independent producer of audiobooks and a Haights Cross Communications company (www.haightscross.com), in partnership with Transparent Language, Inc. (www.transparent.com), has announced a new online language learning service for public libraries. Byki Online-Library Edition is (http://byki.com) a language-learning system designed specifically for use by patrons of public libraries.

Byki [Before You Know It] Online-Library Edition offers language learning for more than 80 languages, including English for foreign language speakers. It allows library patrons to access the Byki Online system remotely, providing users with unprecedented learning options. Byki's desktop software features listening, reading, speaking, and writing exercises, as well as speech analysis to improve pronunciation skills. Individual progress tracking and assessment tests help identify areas for improvement and move users in the right direction.

In addition to comprehensive language learning tools, Byki's world language community services offer a range of options that users can access anytime. One-click access to Facebook, Twitter, and Byki Blogs allow patrons to read articles written by experts from around the world and learn more about the language itself and the culture that surrounds it. Libraries can easily control remote access through their own administrative site, which offers comprehensive reporting and online technical support options.

Source: Haights Cross Communications



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