This is a two part post because some times you discover too many good things in one day and you just have to share it all at once.
First: From the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Public Libraries are Reinventing Access to Higher Education.
Public libraries have always been big on giving everyone equal access to educational materials (it’s one of our main reasons for being), and now the Brooklyn Public Library & and Bard College are taking things one large step forward. Bard & Brooklyn are working on providing accredited college courses to disadvantaged peoples through services offered at the public library and managed by the college. This (in my opinion) is an astounding first step to giving everyone equal access to higher education.
Imagine if every public library in the country offered free college credit classes, or testing (via services like CLEP) to the general public. This would make another route for anyone to earn a college degree, aside from traditional colleges and their associated ever growing costs, thus improving their chances of finding a great job. I can’t count the number of times I’ve helped people try to continue their education because they are stuck in a job with no advancement options all because they don’t have a college degree which would allow for promotion. Even when these individuals have more than enough years experience doing everything the job they are applying for requires…no degree…no job is all they hear. It finally looks like some forward thinking folks at Brooklyn Public Library& Bard College found the right door to open for these people, and I can only hope it catches on everywhere.
Second: Google Chrome Browser has a Library Extension…who knew, and why am I only finding out now!
Turns out some fine bookrioters knew and shared their discovery with their online readers. Here’s what the Library Extension does in Chrome: Say your looking for a book on amazon, but your running a bit short on cash, the library extension rescues you by showing you if your local library has a copy running around for checkout. The extension works with more than just amazon too.
“Currently Supported Sites:
* Amazon (amazon.com, amazon.co.uk, amazon.ca, amazon.de)
* AR BookFinder (arbookfind.com)
* Barnes and Noble (barnesandnoble.com)
* BookDepository (bookdepository.com)
* Chapters/Indigo (chapters.indigo.ca)
* Good Reads (goodreads.com)
* Google Books (books.google.com, books.google.co.uk)
* LibraryThing (librarything.com)” (quote from extension download info)
So anywhere you might go looking to find your next read is now linked to your local public library (or libraries if you use more than one). A nice handy feature for avid readers and library users. You can even set the extension to search for books, e-books, or both…which is handy for those of us who care more about stories than format.
Now go find your next great read and enjoy.