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Tuesday, June 02, 2015

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Education + Simulation + Critical Thinking = Government Funding
by Woody Evans
The U.S. Department of Education and IES (Institute of Education Sciences) awarded their 2015 Small Business Innovation Research grants to 21 educational startups this spring. FedScoop reported that this year's grants will total more than $9 million and cover initiatives in two phases. Phase I grants run for some 6 months and help startups develop prototypes for educational products; Phase II helps them move on to "fully scale their products over two years to be used in classrooms." Nearly one-fourth of the grantees' products focus on environment simulations through augmented and virtual realities.

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NFAIS Workshop Will Share Tips on Content Platforms
The National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) will host a workshop on June 18, 2015, at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. Platforms That Perform: Taking Your Content to the Next Level is designed to offer strategies for selecting, adopting, and migrating to new platforms for hosting and disseminating their research content.
ProQuest Rolls Out Genealogy Resource
ProQuest added Ancestry.com's Fold3 Library Edition to its line of family history products. It features more than 440 million U.S. military records dating from the Revolutionary War that library patrons can use to learn about veterans through their stories, photos, and personal documents.
LexisNexis Updates Lexis Advance; Adds Tool for Tax Professionals
LexisNexis Legal & Professional introduced new tools and enhancements for Lexis Advance, such as Lexis Advance Practice Pages (centralized resources that provide one-click access to practice area assets and additional tools). Practice Pages launched with Banking and Financial Services, Energy, and state-specific jurisdictional pages, with other topics coming soon.
3M Cloud Library Provides Enhancements for Patrons and Librarians
3M Library Systems added enhancements to its 3M Cloud Library: a redesigned web patron interface for easier browsing and the ability for librarians to reclassify ebooks' age ranges (e.g., move a Young Adult title from the Children's section).
Adam Matthew Rereleases Victorian Archive
Adam Matthew relaunched its Victorian Popular Culture portal, which offers access to rare and unique primary sources related to popular entertainment in the U.S., the U.K., and Europe from 1779 to 1930. The collection is offered on a new platform with revised metadata, increased searching capabilities, interactive chronology, transcribed song recordings, and other updated functionality.

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Public Libraries Embrace Self-Publishing Services
by Brandi Scardilli
For authors who want to self-publish their books, the public library may be the best place to find services that can help. One such place is the Seattle Public Library (SPL), which offers a variety of self-publishing initiatives. David Christensen, virtual and instruction services librarian, has been part of the team managing these initiatives since 2013. Don't try to replicate other libraries' self-publishing programs, which may not be a good fit with yours, he says. "Start small and figure out what works well for you."
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