Weekly Feature

2011-12-21 / Education

Williamsville students to have use of e-readers

When students in the Williamsville Central School District return from winter recess in January, they will have access to a new, expanded school library service where they can download audiobooks, music and videos.

Powered by OverDrive, a digital content distributor, this new service will allow students to browse the library’s collection, check out media, and download it to their computer or mobile device including iPad, iPod, iPhone, Sony Reader, Nook, Kindle and the Android or BlackBerry platform.

According to Karen Greco, the district’s instructional specialist for libraries, students are very interested in downloadable media and have expressed interest at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

“As 21st century school librarians, we recognize the need to give our tech-savvy students the books they need in the formats they want,” she said. “The new digital library expands our content collection and is accessible 24/7 to best meet the needs of our students.”

To coincide with the new digital library service, the district is launching a student Nook lending program, which will allow students who do not have access to an e-reader, to borrow a Nook from their school library with their parents’ permission.

Currently, each of Williamsville’s 13 school libraries has two Nooks available for the lending program. Greco said the district plans to build its inventory of e-readers over time, budget permitting, to help ensure that more students can access the almost limitless resources of the digital library.

Students must have valid student identification and a login account to access the new system. Greco said students must adhere to the district’s acceptable use policy when downloading materials.

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