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    September 12th, 2019LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    Findings Reveal Students Develop Stronger Reading Skills and Grow in Self-Efficacy Using Large Print Books

    FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – September 12, 2019 – Think large print books are just for older adults? Think again. New research released today by Thorndike Press from Gale, a Cengage company, shows that students in grades 3-12 who read large print books developed stronger reading skills, felt more comfortable reading and adopted new, positive reading mindsets. View/download the study whitepaper, here: http://bit.ly/2lIS1Mk.

    According to the latest results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) testing, almost two-thirds of 4th and 8th grade students in U.S. schools are reading at a basic or below basic level[i].

    The study was conducted by Project Tomorrow®, an education nonprofit, on behalf of Thorndike Press to investigate the impact of students reading large print-formatted books on their reading engagement and achievement levels. Nearly 1,700 students in grades 3-12 and 56 teachers and librarians across 15 U.S. elementary, middle and high schools participated in the study.

    “Findings from this study reveal improved self-efficacy around reading, changed reading habits and new outcomes from the experience of reading large print,” said Dr. Julie Evans, CEO at Project Tomorrow who led the research project. “It’s important to note that reading large print books not only improved students’ reading skills, it also improved their attitude toward reading. This is significant as students transition from learning to read, to reading to learn.”

    Key findings from the study include:

    Reading large print books improved students’ reading mindsets.

    • 69% of striving readers said they enjoyed reading the large print text more than any other class books during the school year.

    • 56% of students said they enjoyed reading more when they could read the large print version of a book.

    Large print books renewed students’ confidence around reading and improved their reading habits.

    • 61% of elementary school students said they remembered characters and plots better when reading large print books.
    • 48% of high school students said they read more outside of school after experiencing large print books.

    Large print books reduced students’ anxiety and stress when reading for schoolwork.

    • Middle school students reported a 43% reduction in feelings of anxiety about reading when using the large print format.

    • 67% of teachers noted that large print text reduced stress and anxiety in students reading below grade level and at grade level.

    Teachers attribute the use of large print text to helping students develop stronger reading skills.

    • 3 in 4 of teachers said students reading below grade level demonstrated increased reading comprehension and retention.

    • 4 in 5 teachers said large print would benefit their students who have trouble tracking when reading or lack self-confidence in their reading abilities.

    Lexile levels and comprehension scores increased among students who read large print text, even when reading large print books above their reading level.

    • Students at a Texas urban middle school with access to large print text increased their Lexile reading levels by 2–3 times the average expected growth for middle school students.

    Teachers want to continue using large print with their students and recommend large print titles to parents and colleagues.

    • 95% of teachers said they're likely to use large print in the upcoming school year with their students.

    • 75% of teachers said that large print books are now an integral part of their classroom collections.

    “The effect of large print books on my students surprised me,” said Bernice Homel, study participant and Reading Specialist at O’Neill Middle School in Downers Grove, Illinois. “Improvements were especially noticeable among striving and reluctant readers. Seeing those students’ feelings change about reading is something I think every teacher dreams about. It’s a major win.”

    “Results of this study further prove the value and impact of large print in literacy development of elementary, middle and high school students,” said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager at Gale. “Simply including large print books as a resource in school literacy programs and classrooms and at public libraries is an easy solution to a nationwide literacy problem. “It’s encouraging that student, librarian and teacher participants are advocating for access to large print books.”

    For more information on Thorndike Press or the study, visit our Striving Reader webpage: http://bit.ly/2lIS1Mk.

    About Thorndike Press
    As the leading large print publisher, Thorndike Press from Gale, a Cengage company, helps readers of all ages enjoy books. Publishing unabridged reprints in large print format for middle grade and young adult readers started in 1999 and our catalogue of more than 400 titles grows monthly with high-interest fiction and nonfiction books, including contemporary classics, award-winners and bestsellers. Our commitment to producing high quality, 100% guaranteed large print books supports young readers as they develop the skills necessary to become successful, confident, lifelong readers.

    Follow Thorndike Press on:
    • Twitter - @ThorndikePress
    • Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ThorndikePress/

    About Cengage and Gale
    Cengage is the education and technology company built for learners. The company serves the higher education, K-12, professional, library and workforce training markets worldwide. Gale, a Cengage company, provides libraries with original and curated content, as well as the modern research tools and technology that are crucial in connecting libraries to learning, and learners to libraries. For more than 60 years, Gale has partnered with libraries around the world to empower the discovery of knowledge and insights – where, when and how people need it. Gale has 500 employees globally with its main operations in Farmington Hills, Michigan. For more information, please visit www.gale.com.

    Follow Gale on:
    • Twitter - @galecengage
    • Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GaleCengage/

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    [i] National Assessment of Educational Progress. The Nation’s Report Card 2017 (July 2019).

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    September 10th, 2019LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    Duluth, Ga., September 10, 2019: Equinox is pleased to announce the successful migration of John Brown University Library to Koha, the first open source Integrated Library System to be used worldwide.

    Their migration involved 118,761 bibliographic records and 1,855 patrons at the university. Equinox provided implementation and data services in addition to Koha support, hosting, and auxiliary services. Training for Koha was also provided as part of the migration by Equinox.

    “I think of [the migration] like a DIY project,” said Jake Posey, ILL Services Librarian and Koha Migration Project Lead at John Brown University. “While we could have done the project it would have taken longer than expected, cost us more than we thought, and not been as good as we liked. Having the Equinox team with the right knowledge and right tools made the transition go smoothly with great results. If we had done it ourselves we definitely would have missed crucial data, struggled with fine tuning OPAC customization, and been stuck trying to fix some tricky technical issues. The Equinox migration team made it look easy.”

    Founded in 1999, Koha is the first free and open source library automation package. Equinox's team includes long-standing Koha developers.

    "The John Brown staff were a pleasure to work with but for me the best part of the migration is after it's over,” said Rogan Hamby, Data and Project Analyst at Equinox. “Hearing from the library staff about what they're now able to do with their new ILS for the students at the school - that is always the best part of a project. I love seeing the libraries excited, empowered, and having fun."

    To learn more about Koha and the expert services Equinox has to offer please visit https://www.equinoxinitiative.org/.

    About Equinox Open Library Initiative
    Equinox Open Library Initiative Inc. is a nonprofit company engaging in literary, charitable, and educational endeavors serving cultural and knowledge institutions. As the successor to Equinox Software, Inc., the Initiative carries forward a decade of service and experience with Evergreen and other open source library software. At Equinox OLI we help you empower your library with open source technologies.

    About Koha
    Created in 1999 by Katipo Communications for the Horowhenua Library Trust in New Zealand, Koha is the first open source Integrated Library System to be used worldwide. The software is a full-featured ILS with a dual-database design (search engine and RDBMS) built to be compliant with library standards. Koha’s OPAC, staff, and self-checkout interfaces are all web applications. Distributed under the General Public License (GPL), libraries are free to use and install Koha themselves or to purchase support and development services. For more information on Koha, please visit http://koha-community.org.

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    September 2nd, 2019LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    Leiden / Boston / Paderborn / Singapore / Beijing – 2 September 2019

    Brill, the international scholarly publisher, is pleased to announce the release of 11 books in Open Access in its most recent collaboration with library crowdsourcing platform Knowledge Unlatched.

    With topics including interdisciplinary research on trust, a comparative study of women and gender, and a comprehensive overview of the historical relationship between money, society, and the economy, Brill is proud to make available relevant contributions from the Humanities and Social Sciences to urgent social discussions.

    To guarantee the widest possible dissemination, all e-books are available via OAPEN, JSTOR, DOAB, and Brill’s dedicated Knowledge Unlatched e-book collection: https://brill.com/view/package/9789004338180.

    With over 400 titles, Brill has grown to one of the largest Open Access book publishers in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Knowledge Unlatched is one of the OA options offered to authors and editors as part of Brill’s funding support program. Other author services include publication in high quality book series, full peer review, typesetting and production, marketing and promotion, as well as print publication.

    For more information about this media alert please contact Ms. Stephanie Paalvast, Program Manager Open Access at Brill (paalvast@brill.com).

    About Brill
    Founded in 1683 in Leiden, the Netherlands, Brill is a leading international academic publisher in Middle East and Islamic Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, History, Biblical and Religious Studies, Languages & Linguistics, Literature & Cultural Studies, Philosophy, Biology, Education, Social Sciences and International Law. With offices in Leiden (NL), Boston (US), Paderborn (GER), Singapore (SG) and Beijing (CN), Brill today publishes over 300 journals and close to 1,400 new books and reference works each year, available in print and online. Brill also markets a large number of primary source research collections and databases. The company’s key customers are academic and research institutions, libraries, and scholars. Brill is a publicly traded company and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam NV. For further information, please visit Brill.com.

    About Knowledge Unlatched
    Knowledge Unlatched brings academic libraries and publishers together to create a sustainable route for Open Access books and journals in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The initiative has so far unlatched more than 1450 book titles and 19 journals. Brill has been participating in the award-winning scheme since it first launched in 2014.

    View this media alert online: https://brill.com/newsitem/141/brill-publishes-highimpact-titles-in-open...

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    August 26th, 2019LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    Duluth, Ga., August 26, 2019: Equinox is honored to begin accepting applications for the Equinox Open Source Grant. Successful applicants will receive hosting and support for Koha, the first open source Integrated Library System to be used worldwide.

    The first cycle of the grant opens August 26, 2019. The deadline for applications is November 1, 2019. Applicants will be notified of the status of their application by December 20, 2019.

    The program is designed to provide access to a modern, online library catalog to non-profit or governmental organizations that possess a library but do not have the financial and technological resources to contract for commercial services.

    “As a staff we have been looking forward to kick-starting the grant all summer,” said Mike Rylander, Executive Director and founder of Equinox. “Many of us are librarians and we understand the significance of this opportunity. It is our vision that every community, regardless of size or funding, should benefit from a thriving and accessible library.”

    Successful applicant libraries will gain Koha hosting in addition to training and access to Equinox’s video library. The program also encompasses consulting time for software configuration. Renewal of the grant is open to successful applicants as long as they meet the requirements specified by the grant.

    Full application details are available at: http://bit.ly/EquinoxOSGrant. Follow Equinox Open Library Initiative on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for the latest updates.

    About Equinox Open Library Initiative
    Equinox Open Library Initiative Inc. is a 501(c)3 company engaging in literary, charitable, and educational endeavors serving cultural and knowledge institutions. As the successor to Equinox Software, Inc., the Initiative carries forward a decade of service and experience with Evergreen and other open source library software. At Equinox OLI we help you empower your library with open source technologies. To learn more, please visit https://www.equinoxinitiative.org/.

    About Koha
    Created in 1999 by Katipo Communications for the Horowhenua Library Trust in New Zealand, Koha is the first open source Integrated Library System to be used worldwide. The software is a full-featured ILS with a dual-database design (search engine and RDBMS) built to be compliant with library standards. Koha’s OPAC, staff, and self-checkout interfaces are all web applications. Distributed under the General Public License (GPL), libraries are free to use and install Koha themselves or to purchase support and development services. For more information on Koha, please visit https://koha-community.org.

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    August 22nd, 2019LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    Duluth, Ga., August 21, 2019: Equinox is pleased to announce the successful migration of Carleton University’s Audio Visual Collection to Koha, the first open source Integrated Library System to be used worldwide.

    Their migration involved 14,633 bibliographic records and 134 patrons at the college. Equinox provided implementation and data services in addition to Koha support, hosting, and auxiliary services.

    “Working with Equinox has been a breeze,” said George Duimovich, Associate University Librarian in Collections & Technology at Carleton University. “We had a challenging legacy system to update, and chose Equinox to support us – professional and expert at every step.”

    Founded in 1999 Koha is the first free and open source library automation package. Equinox's team includes long-standing Koha developers.

    "It was great to see a familiar face again, even if virtually,” said Jason Etheridge, senior developer at Equinox of working with George Duimovich. “I love when open source follows people around and I'm glad that Carleton had such a smooth Koha implementation."

    To learn more about Koha and the expert services Equinox has to offer please visit: https://www.equinoxinitiative.org/ .

    About Equinox Open Library Initiative
    Equinox Open Library Initiative Inc. is a nonprofit company engaging in literary, charitable, and educational endeavors serving cultural and knowledge institutions. As the successor to Equinox Software, Inc., the Initiative carries forward a decade of service and experience with Evergreen and other open source library software. At Equinox OLI we help you empower your library with open source technologies.

    About Koha
    Created in 1999 by Katipo Communications for the Horowhenua Library Trust in New Zealand, Koha is the first open source Integrated Library System to be used worldwide. The software is a full-featured ILS with a dual-database design (search engine and RDBMS) built to be compliant with library standards. Koha’s OPAC, staff, and self-checkout interfaces are all web applications. Distributed under the General Public License (GPL), libraries are free to use and install Koha themselves or to purchase support and development services. For more information on Koha, please visit http://koha-community.org.

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