Library eBooks are on the horizon.

Mrs Gibson and other local school librarians, met with Browns Books for Students and Overdrive yesterday, to watch demonstrations of their e-book platforms for school libraries. As more students are bringing their kindles, ipads, touches and smart phones into the library to read and share books, we need to prepare to offer digital as well as print versions of their favourite books, via our library catalogue on Eclipse.

Further details from Overdrive’s website.

Overdrive,  is the American platform used by many US public libraries and a few in the UK. We saw how it  integrates with Eclipse allowing readers to download in one click. With e and audio books available, there is even an App so that you don’t  have to be in school to download!  A small number of Independant schools have just bought into this so we have the opportunity of watching to see how they get on, before taking our first steps.

We learnt much more from BBfS, as they showed a live demonstration of their VLebook format. Their platform will stock non-fiction as well as fiction when it goes live later in June, and probably text books very soon. These will be available to read online, or download onto a variety of readers (but not-as-yet kindles) The visuals were very clear, with plenty of options for bookmarking, making notes, referencing, copying (within copyright laws). Fonts were easily enlarged and an English dictionary will be a right-click away. BBfS is developing the ability for teachers to be able to preload notes to pages or chapters and post links on the school VLE for their students to study in school or at home.

Early days, but fascinating opportunities! (Free trials will be available in the near future.) In the meantime, if you would like further information, please come in to speak with Mrs Gibson.

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