The first week of school is always a jumble of things that needed to be done yesterday, problems that nobody was expecting, and students being unable to do something/get to somewhere/understand what is going on. This week was no expection in library land. But even with all the password resets, printing problems, "I can't find this book", the book fair extravaganza, and the elementary being without a library, I still found one awesome thing. Follett's ebooks.
Now I know what you're thinking, "She's talked about these before and they haven't worked that well and there haven't been many out there". That may still be the short-term case at the middle and high school as far as selection goes (which I'm hoping to change within the month), but for the elementary the selection has greatly increased. Also the usability of the ebooks has gone up as well.
The elementary now boasts over 550 ebooks through our Follett Shelf. Several publishers have recently worked out deals with Follett for ebooks and I just had to make sure we had these for our students. The middle school and high school are still hovering just over 100 ebooks, but that will change soon.
Usability across multiple devices was always my concern with ebooks before Follett Shelf. Kindle books only work on Kindles or with the Kindle app. Nooks are the same. The public library service Overdrive is just not cost effective for SCC. But Follett Shelf has finally worked out it's issues and (at least from my testing) is usable via the browser on any computer, Kindle, Apple device, or Android Device. Yippie! As long as you have a stable internet connection the text-flow reader works great.
Follett Shelf Help
If you're nerdy and want the tech specs for Follett Shelf they can be found here.
Follett Shelf Help - here is just a "what icons do" page. Here are some video tutorials.
Elementary students and staff have access to a guest login. Students and staff in 5-12 can use the guest login or their individual Destiny login to access the Follett shelf. If you have questions about loging in, please stop by the library or email me directly.
One week down, many more to come! DFTBA