Guide to Help Librarians Curate Open Source Resources
The nonprofit Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME) has created and shared an open-source guide for school librarians engaged in curating open educational resources. Drawing lessons from school districts and libraries, ISKME developed the free guidebook to help school librarians and district officials develop a coherent roadmap for OER curation and implementation. School Librarians as OER Curators: A Framework to Guide Practice is the result of a two-year research study supported by the Institute of Museum and Libraries Services and in partnership with Florida State University iSchool, library education experts, and 50 school librarians across five states (California, Florida, Michigan, New Hampshire, and Washington). Building on the research results, ISKME also contributed a chapter, entitled “Librarians as Leaders of Open Educational Practice,”to the Association of College and Research Libraries book Applying Library Values to Emerging Technology, which is available as an open-access edition. In addition, ISKME, in partnership with the Internet Archive, has announced a prototype of the Universal School Library (USL) to offer equitable access to high-quality reading for young learners. The USL is being designed as a collection of 15,000 digitized books to be made available through Controlled Digital Lending to schools across the United States, particularly in traditionally underserved areas.
KidCitizen introduces a new way for K–5 students to engage with US history. In KidCitizen’s interactive episodes, children explore civics and government concepts by investigating primary source photographs from the Library of Congress and connect what they find with their daily lives.
The BlackPast provides a global audience with reliable and accurate information on the history of African Americans and of people of African ancestry around the world. The compilation and concentration of these diverse resources allow BlackPast to serve as the “Google” of African American history.