The San Bernardino Public Library is among every local library in California that is able to provide access to multiple K-12 educational resources for students, teachers and parents starting now – the beginning of the 2020–2021 school year – including several new databases from ProQuest via its website www.sbpl.org .
“It’s a simple idea: Help more California school kids succeed by being able to find more reliable information more easily where they’ll be going to school this fall – online,” said Greg Lucas, California State Librarian.
“We’re pleased to offer these resources and more to students, such as Overdrive eBooks and eAudiobooks and Brainfuse Live Homework that offers assistance to learners of all ages including in Spanish with subject experts almost every day of the year from 1 to 10 p.m.,” said SBPL Director Ed Erjavek, adding that a complete list of resources is available at www.sbpl.org .
Increasing opportunities for learning online prepares California students for a 21st Century information and innovation-driven economy. These resources offered by the state include educational tutorials and guides to assist teachers and students, as well as millions of pieces of information from hundreds of newspapers, periodicals and scientific journals. Many of the resources and search tools can address cultural sensitivity and diversity. Others support early childhood learning.
“Yet another reason every Californian should have a library card,” said Lucas.
People who don’t already have a San Bernardino Public Library card can sign up at www.sbpl.org or directly at http://catalog.sbpl.org:8086/onlineBorrowerRegistration.html
The availability of these online resources for all public school and libraries comes from an annual investment of $3 million through the California State Library that began in August 2018. Since then, the websites have seen 123 million clicks, views and downloads. There has been as much as a 590 percent increase in usage of some resources since March, when schools closed.
The educational platforms available to students, educators and families through the K-12 Online Content Project are:
· TeachingBooks - Main Platform
· BookConnections from TeachingBooks
· Britannica Schools - Pre-K, Elementary, Middle and High School Interfaces ·
· Britannica Escolar - Written in Native Spanish for K-8
· ProQuest CultureGrams - Concise cultural information on countries around the world. (Grades 3-12)
· ProQuest SIRS Issues Researcher · Curriculum-aligned database of content organized by complex issues, ideally for middle and high school students and educators. (Grades 6+)
· ProQuest SIRS Discoverer · Selected content for novice researchers, especially elementary and middle school students and educators. (Grades 3-9)
· ProQuest eLibrary · General reference aggregation of periodical and digital media content with editorial guidance for novice researchers. (Grades 6+)
· ProQuest School and Educators Complete - eBook subscription database (over 12,000 titles) to support multiple subject areas (English Language Arts, Science, Math, Social Studies, Health, Physical Education, Information Literacy and Technology). (Grades 9+, possibly some content for Middle School, also includes professional development content for faculty)
Information is available from library staff Monday – Thursday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
About the State Library: Founded in 1850, the California State Library has an extensive collection of documents from and about the state’s rich history, ranging from books, maps, miners’ diaries, newspapers, and periodicals to photographs, paintings and posters. The State Library also holds federal and state publications, is home to the Bernard E. Witkin State Law Library and the Braille and Talking Book Library, and serves as the lead state agency for library-related services throughout California. State Library Website