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NewsBreaks
Kindle Library Lending Announcement Raises Questions
by Theresa Cramer
Something has long been missing from the electronic shelves at libraries. While users could check out ebooks for a number of e-readers, including Barnes & Noble's Nook, Kindle editions have been conspicuously absent. Until Amazon announced a partnership with OverDrive on April 20, users of one of the most popular ereaders on the market have been left out in the ebook lending cold. Kindle Library Lending, which will launch later this year, will allow Kindle customers to borrow Kindle books from more than 11,000 libraries in the U.S.

Weekly News Digests
Innovative Announces Sierra Services Platform Development
At the recent Innovative Users Group Annual Conference, Neil Block, president of Innovative Interfaces, publicly announced a new strategic ILS direction for the company and the development of the Sierra Services Platform. Providing complete ILS functionality with the power and scale of modern software architecture and built on a foundation of "open services," Sierra will provide all the benefits of proven, stable business logic and integrated resource management on which thousands of libraries rely. At the same time, Sierra is designed with flexibility built in to meet the changing needs of libraries and their users.
Primary Sources From Accessible Archives Coming to EBSCO Discovery Service
EBSCO Publishing's recent agreement with content partner Accessible Archives, Inc. will enable primary source content from the 18th and 19th century to be discoverable within EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS). Metadata from Accessible Archives will be added to the EDS Base Index.
Gale Launches Gale World Scholar: Latin America and the Caribbean
Gale, part of Cengage Learning, announced Gale World Scholar: Latin America and the Caribbean, the first in a new family of Gale World Scholar regional studies-based electronic resources. A new product category for libraries, Gale World Scholar marks the first time any publisher is combining historical and contemporary reference and archival materials with current events in a contextual manner. Gale pre-announced the series at ALA midwinter.

NewsLink Spotlight
Book Recommendation Services
by Paula J. Hane
My family and friends have long been valued sources of recommendations for that next good read. We eagerly trade paperbacks, and we don't get bent out of shape if our preferences don't always match someone's recommendations. Amazon's recommendations have proven helpful to me over the years (Customers who bought this also …), and sometimes it highlights items I might not have thought of checking. But with the increased interest in ebooks and the phenomenal sales of e-readers, it's worth knowing about some other very helpful sources for book recommendations. There's a growing number of them popping up, and I was quite surprised to find so many when I started digging. Each has its own special strengths, so you might want to check out several.

Webpage Archiving Tools for Librarians video clip

Webpage Archiving Tools for Librarians (4:00)

INFOdocket co-founder Gary Price discusses the WayBack Machine and the features, limitations, and usability of a range of webpage archiving tools of interest to librarians in this clip from Computers in Libraries & Internet Librarian 2020.

Bookshelf
Online Teaching in K-12 Online Teaching in K-12: Models, Methods, and Best Practices for Teachers and Administrators
Edited by Sarah Bryans-Bongey and Kevin J. Graziano;
Foreword by Norman Vaughan

Online Teaching in K–12 is the essential hands-on reference and textbook for education professionals seeking success in the planning, design, and teaching of K–12 online courses and programs.

2016 | 352pp hardbound | ISBN 978-1-57387-527-1 |
Regular Price $65.00 | 
Web Order Price: $58.50

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