Non-U.S. Children’s Literature Reviews

We got this great question last week from a children’s literature class with a focus on diversity. The question was, “Where can I read some reviews of children’s literature that are not based in the United States?” Of course we have lots of choices in the U.S., e.g., our very own Children’s Book Committee but we were scratching our heads about outside the United Stataes. So, we looked online, consulted colleagues, and posted to an electronic bulletin board and this is what we came up with:

Most national organizations review local authors and illustrators and try to promote their work.

Because the U.S. is such a publishing power house many titles familiar to American audiences are reviewed.

Although some of the larger international sites write in the local language and in English we were not privy to see what smaller organizations were doing unless their medium of dissemination was English.

If you are a speaker of a language other than English and you know of a site that is not to be missed let us know. To get some idea of what non-U.S. organizations are doing, below is a small list to get you going:

Canada

United Kingdom

Australia

New Zealand

South Africa

Japan

Italy

We hope to have an update of this post real soon – so stay tuned!

 

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Printing a Book-list Revisited

For a lot of patrons being able to make and print a book-list is pretty important. We’ve been waiting for this feature to return for sometime, and now thanks to a recent upgrade it’s back!

The following are step-by-step instructions. Although you don’t have to be logged it helps. Being logged in means you can add a book to an online list (public or private), and also place a hold. In the screenshots below I am logged in.

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  1. The keyword search topic is “single parent families.”
  2. The collection being searched is Adult collection (A)
  3. The results have been sorted by Publication/Copyright Date: Newest to Oldest, and 20 out of 30 items have been displayed
  4. Check and uncheck to select all or none of the results, or select items individually
  5. To print a list you need to click Add to cart. If you are not logged in Add to list and Place hold are not available.

making-list-page2After selecting Add to cart, the blue cart icon shows that it now contains 20 items. The pop-up below is activated by clicking the blue cart icon.
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  1. The default is brief display but it’s more useful to click + More Details.
  2. This allows you to see how many copies are available
  3. And more importantly the call number.

At the top of the pop-up are options to Print (yay!), Email to a friend, and Download as a HTML. Below is an excerpt of how your printed book list might look.

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Log in Username & Password Update

It’s time to renew your books and if you are like us you’ll want to do this online. But wait – what’s my barcode? Where is my barcode? Oh, no! I left my ID at work. What to do – hmmm.

Login Credentials

Have no fear. Ask the circulation desk people to swap out your 14 digit barcode (the default username) for a friendlier username. We suggest something real easy like your first initial and your last name, for example for Joe Student jstudent (one word, lower case), leave the password as changeme (one word, lower case) yes by all means change the password to something you won’t forget.

So next time Joe Student wants to renew books he would go to http://bank.waldo.kohalibrary.com/app/

  1. hit Log in
  2. type jstudent in the Username box
  3. type changeme in the Password box
  4. hit Sign In now you are ready to manage your account.

If you are a parent and your child is a heavy library user, see us and we will set your child up with a similar easy-to-remember sign-in.

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Creating an ebrary or eBook Account

Creating an ebrary or eBook account seems difficult but in truth it’s very easy. You can find a link to this page from the Library’s homepage under Research Tools. Outside the College you will be asked for your 14 digit barcode.
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Click on Sign In and create a new account.
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OK, next step, complete the form. Ebrary is not fussy about user names, emails, or passwords but to make life easier; use your real name, your Bank Street email address, and make an easy password to remember.

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You have now created an ebrary – eBook account, bravo!
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Now, you are all set to read and make the most of what eBooks have to offer. In a nutshell, making an account:

  • Provides a better reading experience
  • Lets you place eBooks in folders and on bookshelves
  • Allows you to annotate
  • And print 60 (sometime more) pages.

There are also options to download entire books onto the device of your choice for 14 days (you’ll need Adobe Digital Editions – it’s free). Still having problems signing up – see Peter or Maureen at the reference desk or search Jackie’s eBook Research Guide.

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Nimbus Screenshots

Nimbus is a very useful screen capture tool. It sits quietly in your menu bar waiting to help you with the following tasks:

  • Capture the whole browser window
  • Create your own drawing or model from scratch
  • Paste different patterns and text boxes to your screenshot
  • Resize and crop your screenshot
  • Add arrows and stickers to your screenshot
  • Save screenshots in any of the following formats: JPG, PNG, BMP;
  • Save screenshots to Google Drive.Capture the whole Web page or a required section of it

Nimbus comes in two flavors – Firefox as an extension and Chrome as an app in the chrome web store.

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Martin Luther King, Jr., Day 2015

This year we’ve added our instagram hashtag #bankstreetlibrary to the poster below. Let us know how you are celebrating MLK Jr., Day (a.k.a. Day of Service) this year. Note, we are using our new unsmooshed Bank Street logo.
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2 Sided Printing, Staple & Hole Punch! (on a PC)

Here’s a quick overview on how to print two-sided, staple & hole punch using a PC. For information on how to do this on a MAC see 2 Sided Printing, Staple & Hole Punch! (on a MAC). And, if your browser of choice is Chrome see Two-Sided Printing with Google Chrome.Printing-Stapling-Punching

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