the future of libraries in the digital age
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Started by Robyn Case. Last reply by Nicole Collins Oct 15, 2013.
Started by Lanto Rak. Last reply by Diane Greiner Oct 31, 2012.
Started by Farid Bazmi Dec 1, 2011.
Unfortunately, yes - you are paying $4000 annually so unless they change their pricing structure you're locked in to spending your $2000 collection credit on the ebooks or eaudiobooks every year. This platform is the School Download Library.
The Audiobook Classroom platform gives you unlimited access to 1001 titles. It's a little over half the cost ($2500). I don't know what books are in that collection, but it might be a good solution if you're looking for digital audiobooks. Here's the link if you want to check it out: http://overdrive.com/Solutions/Schools/K12/ABC/
(I feel like a commercial, but really, I just did so much research last spring that I thought I'd share.) :)
Elizabeth - you're right is is very expensive, though it is actually $2000 for the hosting etc. while the other $2000 is earmarked to purchase the ebooks and eaudiobooks. (They call it a "collection credit.") Considering they host a custom-branded website, train the staff, and a list of other things that I don't fully understand but sound quite tech-y, it's not terrible. :)
Other services might be cheaper but the ones I've seen are either device specific or can only be used on a computer. We have a lot of students who have their own (or access to their parents') electronic readers so we need something that was compatible with the Nook, Kindle, and iPad. If anyone has come across something comprable, I'd love to look into it.
Overdrive had an audiobook platform for schools as well - I don't know if you looked into that since you love audiobooks. It provides unlimited access to all the titles so multiple students could be listening to the same thing at the same time. I thought that was pretty cool. :) I believe it is Audiobook Classroom.
Hi from Kathmandu, Nepal! I am a K-12 Librarian at the Lincoln School. I started a Facebook group, the International/American Librarians Network, please join:
Hello from Greece,
Glad to join! I have just started to build our graphic novel collection. I have some concerns about the violent content and I would appreciate some advice on how we respond to questions and comments of the school-library committee or parents about that. Also does anyone of you have any good ideas for games or other ways to promote the collection?
“See” you at the conference!!
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