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Beyond the bookshelf

"It was the emphasis on learning that drew us to the project," said Moehle.

According to Fox, the school library system will look to purchase more eBooks next year.

Tunison said library media specialists at Scotia-Glenville look forward to expanding the collection.

"Nonfiction eBooks provide another venue for stressing the importance of reading in a variety of disciplines. Many students actively select nonfiction as their genre of choice. The inclusion of images in the eBooks also supports the information translated to readers in a graphic format," said Tunison.

In addition to the eBooks, the library media specialists are working with staff members to support students in navigating the information landscape of print and digital resources, evaluating information, using information effectively, and creating new products, including writing in the new media genres.

"We are also looking forward to the possibility of a future building project, involving the middle school and high school libraries, which will allow us to move forward with learning in a 21st century environment," said Tunison.

Other area schools using eBooks include those in Schenectady, Niskayuna, Mohonasen, Voorheesville, Cohoes and Guilderland. ""

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