September 2006

Have you heard the news? Beginning next year the old 10-digist format for ISBN will change to 13 digits. For an overview of the change in ISBN, follow the following link.


The American Library Association (ALA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) are pleased to announce the newest We the PeopleBookshelf. This year’s theme is “The Pursuit of Happiness.” Part of the NEH’s We the People initiative, this annual collection development grant project will award sets of 15 classic books for young readers to 2,000 libraries across the country. Selected libraries will also receive 4 of the Bookshelf titles in Spanish, a bonus CD (Happy Land: Musical Tributes to Laura Ingalls Wilder performed by various artists), posters, bookmarks and programming resources. Libraries interested in receiving the collection are required to develop and host a program to introduce the collection and its theme to students and/or patrons. The list of “Pursuit of Happiness” titles has just been posted at Guidelines and applications will be available online at or via from September 19, 2006 through January 31, 2007. All applications are due by January 31. To start planning your application today, visit for a list of programming ideas

For questions contact, ALA Public Programs Office 800/545-2433, ext. 5045 or
Source: ALA Public Programs Office

Jane Jenkins discovered a startling problem when she became the librarian at Jonathan Valley Elementary School in Haywood County four years ago. In the science section, a book on space exploration ended with the 1969 moon landing. A book on U.S. presidents ended with the Eisenhower administration. A science book called “The Universe” was printed in 1962. A title on religion had a copyright date of 1920.

And that’s not to mention the 1960s-era “Hardy Boys” books in the non-fiction section with the same cover artwork that primed the imagination of fifth-graders 30 years ago. “It was horrible,” she said. So to combat a problem faced by schools nationwide, Jenkins used a master’s course at Appalachian State University to produce a survey of the school’s titles. She presented the survey to the Waynesville Kiwanis Club with the hopes of getting a $5,000 grant to buy a few new books. Instead, the group gave her $20,000 and volunteered to come out Tuesday to help shelve the new titles.

“I think this grant was used as seed money, as a challenge to other schools to focus on improving their libraries.” said Theresa Morgan, president-elect of the Kiwanis.

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BrainPOP> has announced the launch of BrainPOP Jr., a learning program specifically geared for children between 5 and 8 years old. Topics in BrainPOP Jr. are chosen to correlate with national standards and testing mandates but are written in fun and understandable language for children.

The newly created movies on BrainPOP Jr. range in topic from the food pyramid and allergies to animal hibernation and telling time. The audio-assisted, kid-friendly navigation allows young children to move through various sections, including science, health, reading, writing, social studies, and math. Each animated movie is also supplemented with quizzes that are read aloud, as well as games and other features to assist teachers and parents.

Developed to be used by families at home and as part of lesson plans at school, BrainPOP Jr. allows users to customize the pacing of the movies and to give children the chance to answer questions independently or make predictions before proceeding, according to the announcement.

For a limited time, BrainPOP Jr.> is offering a free subscription to view and experience its content, which includes five-minute movies and a notebook feature corresponding to the content. The Web-based product will be updated continuously.

Source: Multimedia & Internet @ Schools Xtra, accessed August 12, 2006

World Book, Inc. has announced the introduction of World Book Kids, with what it calls an entirely new approach to online reference tools that reinforces children’s learning through hands-on activities and helps teachers in their efforts to successfully teach to national standards.

The site starts with content from World Book’s Student Discovery Encyclopedia and adds activities that apply to the thousands of articles to provide students with an active learning environment.

World Book Kids was created for students in primary grades as well as special-needs learners. It presents a learning environment that uses simple navigation, easy-to-read content, bright colors, and highly graphical presentations, including thousands of colorful illustrations and diagrams supporting the articles. Activities throughout World Book Kids are presented in three categories:

• “Think It!” – for students who respond to facts, figures and more traditional learning environments
• “Make It!” – for students who learn new concepts by creating things and seeing how they work
• “Be It!” – for students who learn from role-playing and physically connecting with a concept.

Each World Book Kids activity also is formatted with a “Teach It!” hands-on lesson plan that incorporates a variety of core curriculum subjects and provides direct correlation to national standards. It also offers resources for educators, including printable activity worksheets for use in the classroom and at home.

World Book Kids’ articles include questions that, when answered correctly, reward the student with a congratulatory animation and bring them to a related topic on the site. Ultimately after exploring a few different topics, this “Play It!” feature circles students back to the original topic, allowing them to explore a variety of content while seeing the relationship between different topics.

World Book Kids is available as an added component of the World Book Online Reference Center ( available to schools and libraries throughout the U.S. and Canada. Institutions interested in subscribing should contact their World Book representative at 800-975-3250 (U.S.) or 800-837-5365 (Canada).
Source: Multimedia * Internet @ Schools Xtra, accessed August 12, 2006