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Without walls


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Without walls

  1. 1. Joyce Valenza, Teacher Librarian Springfield Township High School, SLJ Blogger Todd Brekhus, President of Capstone Digital, deter- mine digital product vision and strategy Erin Sullivan, Product Manager, Cengage Learning; responsible for Gale Virtual Reference Library eBook platform Marc Aronson, author, editor, publisher, speaker, historian, and SLJ blogger School Library Without Walls
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  4. 4. When should we jump in and how? .
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  6. 6. Todd Brekhus President, Capstone Digital The School Library Without Walls: New Content, New Collections
  7. 7. Todd Brekhus and Capstone Digital • Todd – Educator and Tech Director – One of the creators: MarcoPolo Web Portal – Education Software Executive • Capstone – Non-Fiction • Capstone Press • Heinemann-Raintree • Compass Point Books • Picture Window Books – Fiction • Stone Arch Books • Picture Window Books – Digital • Capstone Digital
  8. 8. School Librarian Research • We launched Capstone Digital in 2010 after nine months of research • We interviewed hundreds of school librarians and district administrators • We launched two primary products: PebbleGo and Capstone Interactive Library to address school library and entire school – Key needs: easy access, recorded audio, database for young learners
  9. 9. eBooks-- We can do better for kids and schools • We also learned: – Elementary kids need more than an eBook; they expect more: • Audio MUST be human recorded voice –actors • Include support tools like highlighting, search (esp. visual), and curriculum standards – Librarians want open, unlimited access to digital books; no check in/check out – Easy-to-use and Internet- based, not bound to a device, but flexibility for devices
  10. 10. Other Points • Quality content matters – great books can become great digital books and databases: kids could rate and decide • Personalization of content is critical but this is somewhat opposed to the traditional open patron access models (knowing the user) • Data about the Digital Reader– not just quiz scores! • Further innovation is required in – 21st Century Skill areas like: • social networking for collaboration • use of improved database-like functions for critical thinking • improved curricular connections for student self-learning
  11. 11. Digital Content and the Librarians Role • Digital content available everywhere – not bound to the physical space of the library - will change the role of the librarian • Librarians can focus on using new digital tools to: – Engage students to read more – Build confident readers that take ownership in their reading growth – Appeal to student interests and choice – Encourage the love of reading – Increase reading stamina
  12. 12. Capstone Digital Examples • Digital product implementations in over 4,000 schools nationwide. Some examples: – Charleston County, SC • Used by 72 schools • Collection turnover increased by 30x – Average circulation in 1 year for print books = 10 – Average digital book circulation in same period = 337 – Hillsborough County, FL • In 85 schools, 70,000 books read in first month • Summer Reading Camp, 42 schools, 160,000 books read during Summer School
  13. 13. Thank you Todd Brekhus President, Capstone Digital
  14. 14. Gale Virtual Reference Library Erin Sullivan 1-800-877-4253 ext. 8671 Thank you!
  15. 15. Marc Aronson is an author, editor, publisher, speaker, and historian who believes that young people, especially pre-teens and teenagers, are smart, passionate, and capable of engaging with interesting ideas in interesting ways.