News & Announcements 4/24/14

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Ithaka S+R Publishes New Issue Brief on Technology-Enhanced Education in Public Universities; National Library of Ireland Releases New Collection of 10,500 Digitized Historic Images; World Book Night U.S.: Bigger, Better Than Ever; Shakespeare’s Dictionary? Skepticism Abounds; Sierra hits a new milestone with 500 systems worldwide; and SWAN selects SirsiDynix Symphony and SirsiDynix Enterprise

ithaka-sr-logo - www.arl.org Ithaka S+R Publishes New Issue Brief on Technology-Enhanced Education in Public Universities

InfoDOCKET provides this link to Technology To The Rescue: Can Technology-Enhanced Education Help Public Flagship Universities Meet Their Challenges? (9 pages; PDF). which is “a new Issue Brief written by Ithaka S+R Managing Director, Deanna Marcum.

The brief offers a look at a portion of the research Ithaka just completed for the Lumina Foundation focusing on “how budget declines and changes in students’ consumption of courses and credits have motivated these universities to explore technology-enhanced education as a possible response, along with the challenges this approach presents.”

The Lumina Foundation will release the full report.

InfoDOCKET also notes that “the National Library of Ireland (NLI) is continuing the push towards greater digitisation of its enormous collection with the launch of a new catalogue of 10,500 historic images.

This new release means brings the online archive’s image total to 63,000 items that tell the story of Ireland and are now freely available worldwide through the National Library catalogue…”

Shelf Awareness reports that “the third annual World Book Night U.S., held yesterday, was the biggest ever: more than 29,000 givers distributed some 580,000 copies of 39 titles to new or light readers. Each giver handed out 20 copies of one of the books, a range of adult and YA titles that included some of the most popular titles of the past few decades and included, for the first time, a graphic novel as well as a Spanish-language edition, several large-print editions, a collection of poems, Shakespeare’s complete sonnets–a title for just about any interest…”

According to the Chronicle of Higher Education “two rare-book dealers in New York City went public with the claim that they had come into possession of the Bard’s own annotated dictionary. If true, the news would cause jubilation among Shakespeareans around the globe. But scholars’ initial reactions have been more cautious than celebratory…

According to Library Technology Guides “Innovative announced today that over 500 library systems have now installed or purchased the Sierra Library Services Platform…”

Library Technology Guides also reports that “Illinois-based System Wide Automated Network announced that it has signed a 5-year agreement with SirsiDynix, selecting the Symphony integrated library system, the Enterprise discovery tool, and the eResource Central digital content management tool as the best fits for its 77 member libraries. SWAN’s Enterprise implementation will also feature SirsiDynix’s new, robust integration with EBSCO’s EDS platform for the SWAN member libraries…”

 

 

 

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