- Curious about what is required reading in 28 countries around the world?
- Publishers Weekly just announced their Best Books of 2018 within 13 categories! Great for readers and anyone who buys books as holiday presents!
- Want your vote to help thousands of readers find their next book? Then vote in the opening round of the Goodreads Choice Awards 2018! The winners in 21 categories will be announced on December 4th!
- There are additional options for you other than Google Scholar: try Microsoft Academic (now in Beta), Get the Research (also in Beta), or Semantic Scholar to round out your research.
- The Saturday Evening Post now has a new website and has cover archives going back almost 200 years!
- The Art Institute of Chicago has now made their digital archives public, with over 44,000 images and counting...
- Teddy Roosevelt’s papers are now online and available to the public through the Library of Congress.
- Find an excuse to use NYC Open Data with your students. Get some ideas for your “open data in action” projects by viewing this gallery!
- Have any HS students interested in fashion who want to take their research further? Send them here.
- Want access to a John Green-led reading community where you get exclusive content about the book and author for as little as $10 every six weeks? Then check out Life’s Library Book Club! All of your subscription cost will go directly to Partners in Health.
- ELA teachers: do you want to spread the wealth as well as get the wealth? Then check out a new crowd-sourced program called Book Club Share that allows teachers and librarians to move around classroom sets of books to those who need them and those who want to share them!
- How well can your students tell factual from opinion statements? How about you?
- Want a new Google product that can help you hyper-identify items in photos? How about a shortcut to your Google Drive, even if you don’t have your Chrome browser up?
Here are 13 things I thought were worth sharing:
Here are 17 things I thought were worth sharing:
1. The shortlists for the National Book Award were announced this morning! The awards will be given out live on November 14th, and some of our high school students will be attending a special reading featuring all five shortlisted Young People’s Literature authors the day before!
2. The Public Library of Science has been sharing full-text open access scientific and medical articles since 2001...
3. The First Days Project collects and shares stories of immigrants and refugees from when they first came to the United States. Consider adding your story if you moved here from another country!
4. The OED is turning 90, and we are the ones getting a present! We have been granted a full year of access to the Oxford English Dictionary, for free! Click here to get our login details.
5. You’ve heard of mail being delivered late, but not THIS late! “The Prize Papers” is a recently-discovered and publicized “archive of 160,000 undelivered personal letters from all over the world, seized from ships captured during Britain’s naval wars over three centuries, and are to be digitized in a project offering an intimate glimpse into people’s lives.” Read all about the project here. Talk about primary sources!
6. JSTOR helps you teach your students about the fine points of researching with their “Research Basics” curriculum.
7. Sign up today for the Academy of American Poets’ “Teach this Poem”, the winner of the 2018 Innovations in Reading Prize given by the National Book Foundation.
8. Please note I have updated the following pages on the Library website with more resources: Chemistry, Literature, and Watch, Listen & Learn!
9. Download free e-books and textbooks from Bookboon!
10. Just a few of the websites that the AASL chose as the best of the best this year: All Sides for Schools, Biointeractive, EarSketch, edWeb, The Global Goals, Loom (Chrome extension), NewseumEd, PencilCode, Science Friday, Stanford History Education Group, and Time.Graphics.
11. UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library has just created and shared their new digital archive: The Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement.
12. The European Planetary Science Congress has just released a catalog of over 2,200 planetary maps produced worldwide from between 1600 and 2018.
13. The Library of Congress has expanded its reach! They now house a collection called the National Screening Room that “showcases the riches of the Library’s vast moving image collection, designed to make otherwise unavailable movies, both copyrighted and in the public domain, freely accessible to the viewers worldwide.”
14. Open Sources continue to be our new currency! Search for them here, via a new portal created by the SUNY Geneseo Library.
15. This has nothing to do with books, but has everything to do with what books are made of! Did you know that all of NYC’s trees are mapped, and that you can get all kinds of info about each one of those 678,619 trees?
16. The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) has created Open Bookshelf, “a digital library collection of popular books free to download, formatted for modern devices, and handpicked by a Curation Corps of librarians from across the US.”
17. Humanities & ELA teachers: Last month the Library of Congress launched DBQuest and Case Maker, two new web and mobile apps that join a suite of digital resources introduced back in 2016. These new interactive opportunities for middle and high school students will engage learners in interactive civics, asking them to weigh evidence and build arguments.
Brooklynite. Librarian. Happy Reader!