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Comment by Melissa Askew on November 20, 2019 at 8:16am

How does the VLC work?  I would be very interested in creating something like this myself.


Comment by Cindy Hubbs on October 11, 2013 at 10:50am

This year I've added a Virtual Learning Commons site and am encouraging teachers to use it as an online space for collaborative learning.  I want to learn to better format pages to improve the appeal and functionality of the VLC. Hope to learn how to improve by participating online to the precoference or Library 2.013 conference.

Comment by Dr Mayank Trivedi on September 7, 2012 at 3:57am
Dear Sir/Madam,

It is our privilege to inform you that Smt Hansa Mehta Library, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Gujarat, India will be hosting 15th National Convention on Knowledge, Library and Information Networking(NACLIN)-2012 during November 20 to 22, 2012, jointly with DELNET.We
are enclosing herewith  the e-brochure, and the submission guidelines, and registration form  for your reference.

We look forward to your contribution in the conference, and request you to inform your colleagues and research scholars about the conference.
(Dr Mayank Trivedi)
Organizing Secretary,
Comment by Alvin L. Lee on August 29, 2012 at 2:38am

Can anyone suggest resources on how to write a libguide?  I have been asked to assist with writing and am not sure where to begin.

Comment by Jennifer Alevy on December 14, 2011 at 10:08pm

Has anyone done a comparison between Follett, Mackin and B&T for their ebook shelves? I am thinking I need to do that soon and compare them with GVL and OverDrive.  Still not sure which way to go for Fic and NF digital/audio content.

I  will compare price, content, supported devices, single/multiple checkouts, website ease of use, appealing to end-user, compatibility with catalog, hosting fees, grade levels...any other suggestions?


Comment by Christine Sitter on December 14, 2011 at 1:25pm

Here's the link I found it on.  Thanks, Elizabeth.

Comment by Christine Sitter on December 13, 2011 at 1:43pm

Hello...has anyone used Libra?  I'm looking to import an excel spreadsheet (videos used by teachers) to this nice FREE site.  

Comment by Erin Dalbec on November 4, 2011 at 9:00pm
I am in a public high school (9-12, 900 students).  We also have Gale Virtual Reference Library for reference books.  We have 200+ of those ebooks that can be accessed from any computer.  They are both full text/and or PDF versions of the books and we pay $50/hosting fee (we put down $9000 in 3 installments a couple of years ago).  I also have 12 Nooks and we have about 60 Nook books mostly fiction (popular and books that are read in ELA classes.)  I have been considering Follett's shelf because our elementary schools are going that route but I don't like the way they look on the screen, students can copy/paste from them (which we need them to do if they are using Noodletools) and Follett's books are more expensive than B&N.
Comment by Lauren MacDonald Cassatt on November 4, 2011 at 12:31pm
I am in a public high school (9-12, 560 students).  We have Gale Virtual Reference Library for reference ebooks.  There is a hosting fee each year, depending on how many books you have (we have 50 currently -- approx. $50-100 a year).  We are also looking at Follett e-shelf for high-interest fiction and non-fiction.  No hosting fee, a good selection of children's and YA titles, fairly good pricing.  You set up an account for each student (we are going to use our PowerSchool logins) and kids check the books out, download them to a device or computer, and the books are automatically checked back in after a certain period (just like Overdrive, which we have through our consortium).  We are hoping to test-drive it in the next month or two.
Comment by Jennifer Alevy on November 3, 2011 at 11:34pm
Thank you Elizabeth and Danille, I appreciate your input.  The thing that makes me hesitant about OverDrive is that if you decide not to get anymore, you loose all of your digital/audio collection.  It is a long-term investment, I keep going back and forth.  I am also hesitant because they can't show me the range of reference books for MS/HS from publishers like Gale/Facts on File/etc.  I am not sure if it is better to by those direct and pay the hosting fees...any thoughts on that??? Moving from a mostly print to a 50-50 or more digital collection brings up all sorts of issues that I had not anticipated when I  started. Are any of you from a K-12 setting?  I am also still going back and forth between B&N and Amazon, with the new Kindle.  I have been following Buffy Hamilton and her adventures into the B&N vs Kindle world...anyone use Amazon successfully?  I am thinking with Kindle we can buy 60 of them but not sure the best way to manage them. Not sure we need the new Fire...choices and decisions ;-D

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