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The State of American Libraries

In April 2007, the American Library Association (ALA) released a report called The State of America’s Libraries (pdf).

Topics included:

  • funding,
  • e-books,
  • public, academic, and school libraries, and
  • others issues like the Patriot Act.
[VIA: The Scout Report -- Volume 13, Number 20]

Posted by Brian Gray on July 13, 2007 02:30 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)



Center for Applied Special Technology

Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) is a nonprofit organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals, especially those with disabilities, through the research and development of innovative, technology-based educational resources and strategies.

From the homepage, users can find links to highlights in Research & Development, resources for Professional Development, news on Policy & Practice, and summaries of Publications for purchase. Under the Publications heading, users can find "selected articles by CAST", such as Spotlight on early literacy instruction: Twenty online articles.

(VIA: The Scout Report, March 17, 2006, Volume 12, Number 11)

Posted by Brian Gray on September 8, 2006 07:00 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)



College Yearbooks and the Digital Age

The Cleveland Plain Dealer on Cleveland.com (June 10, 2006) had an article that highlighted the struggles that college yearbooks are having in the digital age and how they are fighting to survive.

[UPDATE]
The original article no longer exists.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer did publish an additional article on this subject on March 1, 2007.
MEMORIES GO MODERN
Mirroring high-tech generation, school yearbooks make digital leap
Bill Lubinger
Plain Dealer Reporter

Posted by Brian Gray on June 21, 2006 08:27 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)



They Are Blogging At Blackboard

Educate Innovate is the Blackboard blog about the convergence of education and technology.

They aim to use this forum to generate discussion about the topics, news, and latest trends impacting e-Learning and campus service offerings; and hope to provide insight about how technology can enable educational innovations for both.

They invite people to visit frequently to hear from their blogging team, guest bloggers, Q&A interviews with education industry thought leaders, movers and shakers, the people who work at Blackboard, and just plain interesting, cool people.

(Via: The Kept-Up Academic Librarian, February 23, 2006)

Posted by Brian Gray on May 15, 2006 12:29 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)



Practice Tests Available Online

You can now practice taking such tests as GRE, GMAT, LSAT and many others online through a new service that is free to Ohio residents.

We learned in an announcement from OhioLINK Headquarters that "Starting July 1, the LearningExpress Library will be available to all Ohio residents through the state's public libraries, K-12 schools, colleges and community colleges, and adult education centers. LearningExpress Library provides online, interactive practice tests, career building tools, and writing aides.

The two year pilot project is funded by The State Library of Ohio and OPLIN with an additional Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant to Libraries Connect Ohio, a collaborative project of the State Library of Ohio, OPLIN, OhioLINK, INFOhio and other library organizations. LearningExpress Library will join the core research databases Libraries Connect Ohio provides Ohioans.
LearningExpress Library offers students and adults unlimited, 24/7 access to targeted skill-building interactive courses in math, reading, and writing, as well as hundreds of online interactive practice tests that prepare them for several types of exams including grade school achievement tests, the SAT, GED, U.S. Citizenship, and civil service positions. Complete answer explanations accompany each response so that patrons understand why a particular answer is correct or incorrect.

All practice tests include instant diagnostic score reports that help patrons to target those skill areas that need the most attention. To help students master the SAT and recently added essay, instant score reports provide immediate feedback on how well they performed in each of five writing skill areas. LearningExpress Library can be accessed from any web-enabled computer in the library, computer lab, office, or home.

Posted by Catherine Wells on August 9, 2005 10:05 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)



Pocket Guide to Higher Education now available

Free from EDUCAUSE - a valuable free resource on higher education statistics.

The Pocket Guide to U.S. Higher Education 2005

"The EDUCAUSE Pocket Guide to U.S. Higher Education 2005 provides a series of markers that outline the shape and complexity of higher education. This guide identifies relevant resources and organizations, providing timely and useful information about the college and university market--institutions, students, faculty, college stores, meetings, publications, technology issues, organizational behavior, and more. The guide is compiled annually in partnership with The Campus Computing Project." 69 pages; PDF.

Posted by Catherine Wells on March 29, 2005 01:54 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)