April 27-29 Hyatt Regency Crystal City
Arlington, VA
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Monday, April 27, 2015

D104: The Ebook Effect: Three Community Experiences

3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Elizabeth Philippi, Manager of Library Media Services, Houston ISD
Monica Babaian, Librarian - Lovett Elementary, Houston ISD
Robert Cagna, Library Director, Charleston Division, West Virginia University

How do library patrons, students, and readers experience a classic or rare book online? How has the digital commons affected this experience? Do commentary and marketing make a difference? Can a book be experienced digitally via immersive projects such as poetry, video, and exhibitions? And do online new editions and translations change our interpretation? Cagna examines these questions using the online versions of a classic, showing how technology has fundamentally changed the ways we can experience a book. Two Houston librarians, one at the district level and the other at the campus level, share their experiences during the pilot and implementation phases of myON from Capstone Publishing, discuss how an ebook platform provides students with a new reading experience by custom- izing suggested books based on student reading abilities and interests, and describes how teachers, librarians, and administrators can track student data, including time spent reading and comprehension skills.

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