Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Help Wanted
Do you or other library staff want to help shape the shared enki collection?
Smashwords, an aggregator of ebooks by indie-authors, has been a huge proponent of working directly with public libraries to make independently published materials are available to library users.
Califa has been provided a very large list of titles available for possible purchase for the enki platform and has put aside a good amount of money to spend on these materials.
In order to help shape this collection, we are seeking staff with the following skills from participating libraries: 
• Strong understanding of reading trends and interests 
• Collection development experience 
• Fluency with Excel spreadsheets 
• An interest in selecting materials for which no professional review information exists
If you are interested and you can devote about eight to twelve hours to this project over the next six weeks, please contact Elliot Warren at ewarren@ccclib.org or (925) 927-3220. He will then work with you to find a collection area that meets your expertise, interests and schedule.

New Content
We have added over 1400 new titles in the past week. Marc records will be up soon for loading into your ILS. 
New Harbinger Publications
New Harbinger Publications is an East Bay based publisher of high quality self-help and psychology books. They specialize in books that cover the topics of anxiety, anger, self-esteem, depression and other common mental health issues.  Due to New Harbinger's history of publishing authoritative works on popular topics, and its presence here in the SF Bay Area, Califa and Contra Costa County Library staff identified this publisher as a potential key partner at the very beginning of the enki project, and we are happy to now be able to offer titles from this publisher via enki.

Here are some examples of New Harbinger Publications titles now available for check-out in enki:

Buddha's Brain draws on the latest research to show how to stimulate your brain for more fulfilling relationships, a deeper spiritual life, and a greater sense of inner confidence and worth. Using guided meditations and mindfulness exercises, you'll learn how to activate the brain states of calm, joy, and compassion instead of worry, sorrow, and anger. Most importantly, you will foster positive psychological growth that will literally change the way you live in your day-to-day life.

This book offers meditations, mindfulness practices, self-inquiry exercises, and yoga poses that soothe anxious feelings and develop mental clarity. Before long, you'll free yourself from the anxiety and fears that hold you back and learn to live with a more open heart and resilient mind. Just as yoga helps you feel more at home in your body, the mental and physical practices in Yoga for Anxiety help you increase your sense of contentment in life.

Written by a supervising psychologist who specializes in child behavioral issues, Parenting Your Child with ADHD presents a groundbreaking program for parents seeking to reduce their child's inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity and strengthen his or her capacity for self-reliance and cooperation.

Abdo Publishing
Abdo Publishing is a leader in the field of educational, nonfiction juvenile publications, and Library users now have access to over 1,100 Abdo ebook titles through enki. This is a significant opportunity to provide both homework-help support and fun reading for library patrons throughout California. Like most other publishers of juvenile nonfiction materials, Abdo has invested a huge amount of energy into helping to satisfy common core curriculum while also providing fun, interesting reading for kids.

For the enki collection, Librarians from Southern California and the San Francisco Bay Area selected titles they believe best match children's informational and recreational reading needs. Coverage is broad and includes such topics as astronomy, animals, values, states, countries, continents, and a whole lot more. It also includes a significant collection of phonics readers, graphic novels and Spanish language materials. Here are some good examples of Abdo titles that were recently added to enki:

The science projects in Super Simple Things to Do with Bubbles: Fun and Easy Science for Kids are easy and fun! Young readers can find the common household elements around the house and then complete the projects at home. No laboratory required! Each simple activity includes how-to photos, easy instructions, and short explanations. Readers will be thinking like scientists in no time! Besides adhering to science standards, this title also includes beginning math principles.

Dive into the underwater world of the great white shark! This book's large, up-close photographs will impress readers as they learn about the great white's size, appearance, and special features, such as its powerful jaws and sharp teeth. A labeled diagram gives readers a full-body view of this huge predator. The great white's diet, life cycle, and habitat are also introduced, and a colorful map shows where great whites live. Readers will also learn about the great white's special senses such as its lateral line, and how this fearsome fish uses them to outlast humans and other threats. A facts page, bolded glossary terms, and an index supplement the easy-to-read chapter text.

Find out what goes on every day inside of the human body! This title offers children an exciting voyage through the brain. Detailed illustrations, color photos, and simple text combine to make a fun and easy introduction to how the brain works. This book also includes simple activities and crafts like Reaction Action, Thinking Cap and how to make a Brain with how-to photos to further engage young learners.

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