News Archive

2013

  • February 7, 2013 (Technology)
    ICDL search tools available in Korean
    College Park, MD
    Thanks to help from our volunteer translator Kay Hong, the ICDL search tools are now available in Korean. View Korean interface.

2011

  • December 8, 2011 (Collection)
    159 new Indian books in 8 languages
    College Park, MD
    159 new books from Pratham Books in Bangalore, India were added to ICDL. The book languages include English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu.
  • June 1, 2011
    Educational value of E-Books
    College Park, MD
    A recent article in School Library Journal looks at the educational value of E-Books. ICDL is featured, and some interesting uses and studies of E-Books in schools are described.

2010

  • December 27, 2010 (Press)
    StoryKit in New York Times
    College Park, MD
    The New York Times included StoryKit in their list of "top picks." StoryKit is our family-friendly iPhone app which children can use to create stories on their phone (or iPod Touch) with text, pictures and other story elements. Download it for free and give it a try.
  • September 15, 2010 (Project)
    Letters to the First Lady
    New York, NY
    The ICDL Foundation and Tikatok, LLC, a subsidiary of Barnes and Noble, reached agreement to jointly market and promote a new children’s book, "Letters to the First Lady.” As part of the agreement, the Foundation will receive $1.00 per book sold. The book can be ordered at www.tikatok.com/letters.
  • August 19, 2010 (Technology)
    ICDL search tools now available in Polish
    College Park, MD
    Thanks to help from our partners at the National Library of Poland, the ICDL search tools are now available in Polish. View Polish interface.
  • August 17, 2010 (Press)
    Regardless of Format, Reading Hooks Us
    Fredericksburg, VA
    Read how one reference librarian in Virginia went online to the International Children's Digital Library to help a local man find books in Farsi that he could read to his children. This librarian shared, "Our [local] library could never afford to purchase the more than 4,000 children's books available free in languages from Afrikaans to Yiddish.” Read more.
  • July 15, 2010 (Project)
    ICDL wins ALA's President's 2010 Award for International Library Innovation
    Washington, DC

    The International Children's Digital Library won the American Library Association President's 2010 Award for International Library Innovation. The ICDL was also named one of 25 Best Websites for Teaching and Learning by the American Association of School Librarians.
  • July 7, 2010 (On the Road)
    Presentation at Principals' Academy
    College Park, MD
    Anne Rose will be giving a presentation on ICDL at the Principals' Academy, hosted by the University of Maryland's College of Education, on July 26-27. The focus of the academy is on internationalization efforts in the schools.
  • May 4, 2010 (Press)
    "Redesigning the Web for Touch Screens" in Technology Review
  • April 17, 2010 (Project)
    ICDL books used in Elementary Battle of the Books
    Chicago, IL
    The Chicago Public Schools continues to include one digital book from ICDL in each category of their annual Elementary Battle of the Books.
  • April 1, 2010 (Press)
    "What's in my school bag?" in FutureGov, April 2010
    Singapore
  • March 31, 2010 (Press Releases)
    International Children's Digital Library and University of Maryland launch children's library iPad application
    College Park, MD
    The University of Maryland and the International Children's Digital Library (ICDL) Foundation have unveiled a new children's reading and library application, ICDL for iPad.
  • March 18, 2010
    Ben Bederson and Allison Druin receive the SIGCHI Social Impact Award
    Atlanta, GA
    ICDL Directors Ben Bederson and Allison Druin received the prestigious SIGCHI Social Impact Award for 2010, an award that honors individuals who promote the application of human-computer interaction research for pressing social needs. This year the award was given for their joint work in a number of important areas including the development of the International Children’s Digital Library. Congratulations to Ben and Allison! Read more here.
  • March 12, 2010 (Technology)
    ICDL for iPad
    College Park, MD
    We are always hard at work developing versions of the ICDL for new devices. Lately, we have been developing for the “light tablet” style computer such as Apple’s “iPad” and HP's upcoming slates. On about April 3rd, we will release a version for the new iPad. It will include the full, beautiful collection of ICDL books. You will finally be able to read ICDL books to your child sitting in your lap – or easily hold up the “books” at digital story time. These screenshots show what it looks like – very exciting!
  • January 25, 2010 (Collection)
    19 new books added from Nicaragua
    Jinotepe, Nicaragua
    Libros para Niños, our first partner in Nicaragua, recently contributed 19 Spanish books to our collection. Libros is a private organization dedicated to growing in children a love of books and reading. These wonderful new titles can be read here. You can also find out more about Libros from their facebook entry.
  • January 25, 2010 (Collection)
    Slovenian students help translate book metadata
    Postojna, Slovenia
    A class from Miroslav Vilhar Primary School in Slovenia, who call themselves the "Postojna Dudes", recently contributed to the ICDL by translating some of the invaluable metadata that makes the ICDL easy to use. Check out how you can help ICDL.
  • January 8, 2010 (On the Road)
    Keynote at UNESCO Asia-Pacific Programme of Educational Innovation for Development
    Hangzhou, China
    Ben Bederson, ICDL Director of Technology gave the Raja Roy Singh Keynote Lecture at the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Programme of Educational Innovation for Development. Ben's talk focused on how innovations such as ICDL and StoryKit can be used to support creativity, community, and collaboration in schools.
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2009

  • December 8, 2009 (Press)
    Sugar Labs announcement
    Paris, France
    The ICDL was a featured partner in the recent announcement out of Paris by Sugar Labs, the volunteer-driven nonprofit provider of the Sugar Learning Platform. They announced Sugar on a Stick, the next version of the operating system for One Laptop Per Child, now serving over one million children around the world.
  • October 27, 2009 (On the Road)
    Presentation at Breakthrough Learning in a Digital Age
    Mountain View, CA
    ICDL Directors Druin and Bederson presented StoryKit at the Google/Sesame Workshop, Breakthrough Learning in a Digital Age as part of a panel (video) on the future of creative tools for learning.
  • September 14, 2009 (Technology)
    StoryKit iPhone application released
    College Park, MD
    Create your own electronic storybook on an iPhone. ICDL Researchers at the University of Maryland have just released a new iPhone app that lets you write and share multimedia stories with text, images, sound and drawings. The app, called "StoryKit," even includes some books from the ICDL. Download for free - search for "StoryKit" in the Apple AppStore. Every time you use it, you will be helping us better understand the use and impact of the ICDL.
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  • April 21, 2009 (On the Road)
    Presentation at Dominican University
    River Forest, IL
    The International Children`s Digital Library -- Not Just for Children Anymore" by Director Ann Weeks
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  • April 20, 2009 (On the Road)
    Presentation at University of Illinois
    Champain, IL
    "From Ulann Baatar to iPhone: A Digital Library for the World's Children" by Director Ben Bederson
  • April 5, 2009 (On the Road)
    ICDL Director Allison Druin's latest book, Mobile Technology for Children*, will be published this week by Morgan Kauffman Publishers
    Allison will lead a panel of researchers from universities and industry in a discussion entitled "Mobile Technologies for the World's Children" in Boston during the ACM Conference on Computer-Human Interaction (CHI), Tuesday, April 7th. The book includes a chapter co-written by ICDL Directors Bederson and Weeks about the ICDL for iPhone application.

    * "Allison Druin has brought together experts from the key perspectives on children and mobile technologies, and through these experts the reader has a chance to glimpse our future as these children are creating it." - Arnie Lund, User Experience Director, Microsoft
  • February 1, 2009 (On the Road)
    Presentation at Tufts University
    Medford, MA
    "From iPhone to Ulaan Baatar: A Digital Library for the World's Children" by Director Ben Bederson
  • January 29, 2009 (On the Road)
    New Mexico State University will conduct an online Webinar introducing the ICDL
    On Thursday, January 29, 2009, the New Mexico State University will conduct an online Webinar introducing the ICDL as part of its "eLearning with Emerging Technologies: RETA Webinar Series 2008-2009." This introduction is meant for K-12 teachers and academicians. You can gather more information by going to: webinars.nmsu.edu/detail.cfm?id=32.
    Presenter: Larry Jeffryes.

2008

  • November 19, 2008 (Press Releases)
    International Children's Digital Library Launches Apple iPhone Application
    College Park, MD
    ICDL provides anywhere access to world's largest online children's book collection from Apple's iPhone.
  • November 17, 2008 (Press Releases)
    International Children's Digital Library Partners to Significantly Expand European Titles in the World's Largest Online Children's Book Collection
    ICDL announced a partnership with The Taliaferro Family Fund to launch an ambitious goodwill project aimed at increasing the number of European children's titles in the prestigious ICDL collection.
  • November 13, 2008 (Press Releases, Collection)
    International Children's Digital Library Signs Historic Agreement with Google
    ICDL announced that it has signed an agreement with Google to augment its vast collection of public domain children's literature with public domain titles digitized using Google's state-of-the-art scanning technology.
  • October 16, 2008 (On the Road)
    Presentation at Maryland Association of School Librarians 2008 Annual Conference
    Director Weeks and University of Maryland doctoral candidate Sheri A. Massey presented the ICDL at the Maryland Association of School Librarians 2008 Annual Conference. The presentation was designed to introduce the ICDL's newest features, ClearText and PopoutText, and to share ways the ICDL could be used in libraries or classrooms. The conference drew over 300 school library media specialists and administrators who are shaping the libraries of the future in PreK-12 education.
  • October 3, 2008 (Press)
    "Global Foundation Offers Children's Digital Library" in Gulf-Times.com
    Doha, Qatar
  • September 18, 2008 (Press)
    "Kids Help Design International Children's Digital Library: Top holdings in English, Persian and Mongolian" in America.gov
  • September 1, 2008 (On the Road)
    Presentation at Carnegie Mellon University
    Pittsburgh, PA
    "Black Ears to Blonde Cats: Paths for Designing Change" by Director Ben Bederon and Director Allison Druin
  • July 1, 2008 (Press Releases, Project)
    World Bank Approves Funding for Integration of the International Children's Digital Library Content in Rural Mongolian Schools
    The World Bank approved additional funding for the Integration of the ICDL in Rural Mongolian Schools. These funds will be provided to the ICDL and the One Laptop Per Child Foundation (OLPC) to enable an optimized partnership between the two organizations as they implement programs in Mongolia aimed at providing technology throughout the country's educational infrastructure. This is a continuation of the READ initiative.
  • June 23, 2008 (Collection)
    The ICDL has a new ICDL Activities Page
    The ICDL Activities page is aimed at providing the ICDL community with a variety of ways to use the library - as a child, parent, teacher, librarian or just as a children's literature enthusiast. We hope to gather these activities from ICDL users around the world. Please be sure to send us any activity you use to make the ICDL relevant to your world!
  • June 18, 2008 (On the Road, Story of the Week)
    ICDL at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center Inaugural Symposium
  • June 17, 2008 (Press Releases)
    International Children's Digital Library unveils breakthrough enhancements
  • May 1, 2008 (On the Road)
    Presentation at the Manchester Public Library
    Manchester by the Sea, MA
    "No Road, Drive: The ICDL Travels to Mongolia" by Director Ben Bederson
  • April 23, 2008 (Technology)
    Improving the readability of books in ICDL
    Important and exciting enhancements were made to the ICDL. Thanks to a series of technical innovations developed at the University of Maryland, our books are now much easier to read. We can now display translations of books so you can read books in their original language, and in your language! The translation process is not fast, so it will take some time for all books to be translated. If you cannot wait, we encourage you to help by volunteering to translate and review books.
  • April 5, 2008 (On the Road)
    Teaching a course at the International CHI Conference
    Florence, Italy
    Director Druin is teaching a course at the International CHI Conference in Florence, Italy. In her course, Dr. Druin will focus on methodologies she and her students have used to bring children actively into the design of new technologies for children; methodologies used extensively in the design of the ICDL.
  • April 1, 2008 (On the Road)
    Presentation at the 23rd annual Computers in Libraries
    Arlington, VA
    Director Weeks and University of Maryland doctoral candidate Sheri Massey presented a session entitled "The ICDL - Using Technology to Expand Access to Children's Books" at the 23rd annual Computers in Libraries - the most comprehensive North American conference of library and information delivery technology. They will introduce activities to "jump start" participants' use of the ICDL in their libraries or classrooms.
  • March 5, 2008 (Press Releases, Collection)
    International Children's Digital Library to expand its online Jewish children's books collection with four new partnerships for children the world over
  • March 1, 2008 (On the Road)
    Presentation at Read Across America
    College Park, MD
    "The International Children's Digital Library: A Library for the World's Children" by Director Druin
  • February 25, 2008 (Press)
    "Partnerships with Children's Digital Library Benefit Kids" in School Library Journal
  • February 25, 2008 (Press Releases, Collection)
    International Children's Digital Library partners with the Alice M. Jordan Collection at Boston Public Library
  • February 21, 2008 (Press)
    "Literary treasures, kid-friendly format" in The Boston Globe
    Boston, MA
  • February 21, 2008 (Press Releases)
    International Children's Digital Library partners with the National Science Foundation to co-sponsor the Children's Mobile Workshop

2007

  • November 14, 2007 (On the Road)
    Keynote given at International Symposium on Computers in Education (SIIE)
    Porto, Portugual
    ICDL Director Allison Druin delivered the Keynote Address at the 9th edition of the International Symposium on Computers in Education (SIIE) held in Porto, Portugal. SIIE is an international forum for the presentation and debate of the latest advances in the field of Information and Communication Technologies applied to Education.
  • November 10, 2007 (Project, On the Road)
    No road, drive: The ICDL goes to the Mongolian countryside
    Mongolia
    ICDL Director Ben Bederson traveled to Mongolia with Sheri Massey, a Maryland graduate student conducting ICDL research, where they worked on a World Bank-funded project to upgrade the Mongolian ICDL, installing local versions in rural schools without internet, and providing teacher training for its use.
  • October 30, 2007 (Collection)
    Increasing Mongolian books in ICDL
    In anticipation of the One Laptop Per Child launch in Mongolia this month, we have significantly increased the number of Mongolian children's books in the Library. This work has long been supported by the World Bank and the Mongolian Ministry of Education. Don't miss Director Bederson's most recent Mongolian Trip Report, "No Road, Drive", in which he enumerates the adventures and explorations of his latest efforts to set up the ICDL in rural schools.
  • July 18, 2007 (On the Road, Project)
    Celebrating ICDL's fifth anniversary!
    Durban, South Africa
    The fifth anniversary of the ICDL will be celebrated at the World Library and Information Congress, sponsored by the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) in Durban, South Africa in August 2007. ICDL Advisory Board member, Pam Berger, and ICDL Director, Ann Weeks, will join with members of the Standing Committee on Libraries for Children and Young Adults, to highlight the development of the project and demonstrate how the ICDL is being used in schools and libraries around the world.
  • July 18, 2007 (On the Road)
    Presentation at the U.S. State Department's Annual Conference for Information Resource Officers
    Washington, DC, US
    Director Weeks presented at the U.S. State Department's Annual Conference for Information Resource Officers, a group that acts as advisors and consultants for US Embassy and Consulate libraries worldwide.
  • April 18, 2007 (Project)
    ICDL at The Library of Congress
    Washington, DC
    Directors Bederson, Druin and Weeks visited the Library of Congress (LC) recently for discussions about the ongoing relationship between the two organizations. Topics included LC's World Digital Library, an ICDL presence inside the LC, and the creation of a special collection of children's books.
  • April 14, 2007 (On the Road)
    Presentation at Libraries and New Information Formats in Digital Spaces
    Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Director Weeks attended the "Libraries and New Information Formats in Digital Spaces" hosted by the Iberoamerican Congress of Librarians, where she presented a lecture, "Linking the World through an International Collection of Children's Books." Director Weeks also attended the 2007 Buenos Aires Book Fair.
  • February 5, 2007 (On the Road)
    ICDL travels to Egypt
    Cairo, Egypt
    Director Weeks travels back to Cairo this month to present and demonstrate the ICDL at the 39th Cairo International Book Fair.
  • February 5, 2007 (Project)
    White Ravens database updated
    Work has been completed between the Foundation and the International Youth Library, the largest children's book collection in the world, to update the ICDL's White Ravens catalog of award-winning books. Eighteen of those books are freely available in the ICDL.
  • February 5, 2007 (On the Road)
    ICDL travels to Israel
    Tel Aviv, Israel
    Director Druin travels this month to Tel Aviv to deliver a speech, "Understanding Children as Users of New Technologies", to the Usability Professionals Association of Israel.
  • February 5, 2007 (Project)
    ICDL at the World Bank
    Washington, DC
    Foundation Directors Druin and Browne were invited to the World Bank, which introduced the ICDL to Mongolia's READ project, to hear and meet Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Global Libraries' Director Martha Choe.

2006

  • December 30, 2006 (Press Releases)
    New OLPC Laptop is the focus of attention as ICDL's kids team
  • December 8, 2006 (On the Road, Collection)
    Meetings to increase Arabic books in ICDL
    Cairo, Egypt
    ICDL Director of Collection Development, Ann Weeks, just returned from Egypt where Madame Farida El Wakil Reedy, Secretary General of the Integrated Care Society, sponsored meetings focused on increasing the number of books in Arabic in the ICDL. While in Egypt, Dr. Weeks also met with the Directors of the Children's Library and the Young People's Library at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina about expanding cooperative projects between the Library and the ICDL.
  • December 7, 2006 (On the Road)
    White House Tree Lighting Ceremony
    Washington, DC
    ICDL Junior Librarians Dana and Steven joined US President George Bush and First Lady Laura Bush in the President's Box for the White House Tree Lighting Ceremony Thursday December 7, 2006. ICDL Directors Ben Bederson and Allison Druin accompanied Dana and Steven.
  • December 6, 2006 (Collection)
    The Polish Internet Library to contribute books to ICDL
    Warsaw, Poland
    The Polish Internet Library, one of the world largest and most ambitious digital repositories, has made available its first set of Polish children's work to the ICDL.
  • December 1, 2006 (On the Road)
    Presentation for the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Potomac Chapter
    Bethesda, MD
    "A Library for the World's Children" by Directory Ben Bederson
  • August 22, 2006 (Collection)
    Visit the Baldwin Collection of Historical Children's Literature, ICDL's first Special Collection
  • June 19, 2006 (On the Road, Project)
    No Hotel, Tent: The ICDL Goes to Mongolia
    Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia
  • March 28, 2006 (Collection)
    Five new books added from Hungary and Peru
  • March 22, 2006 (Technology)
    Introducing our new URL: www.childrenslibrary.org
  • February 27, 2006 (Collection)
    Nine new books added from Iran and Mongolia
  • February 15, 2006 (Technology)
    Introducing a new and improved Standard Book Reader
  • February 9, 2006 (Collection)
    Ten new books added from Iran written in Persian / Farsi
  • January 24, 2006 (Collection)
    Seventeen new books added from Iran written in Persian / Farsi
  • January 18, 2006 (Technology)
    Introducing new Advanced Search functionality

2005

  • December 16, 2005 (Technology)
    Introducing the ICDL Book of the Day at Google
  • December 7, 2005 (Collection)
    Nine new books added from Mongolia and the American Indian Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe
  • November 29, 2005 (Collection)
    33 new books added from New Zealand and Germany
  • November 28, 2005 (Technology)
    Introducing multilingual metadata for dozens of books
  • November 18, 2005 (Press)
    "The 'millennials' usher in a new era" in CNET News.com
  • October 26, 2005 (Technology)
    Introducing our redesigned Web site, a customizable bookshelf, and a new interface language
  • October 26, 2005 (Press Releases)
    The International Children's Digital Library launches redesigned web site
  • October 25, 2005 (Collection)
    Nine new books added from Portugal, Peru, France, and Iran
  • September 15, 2005 (Project)
    Read the latest usage statistics with the revised Fast Facts sheet
  • September 9, 2005 (Collection)
    Nine new books added from Croatia, Peru, Germany, and Iran
  • September 1, 2005 (Press)
    "Screen time=reading time" in Chicago Parent
  • August 19, 2005 (Collection)
    31 new books added, representing Spanish, Croatian, Persian/Farsi, German, and French languages
  • August 5, 2005 (Project)
    CLIS awarded prestigious IMLS grant
  • August 1, 2005 (Press)
    "Kid-Friendly" in Fed Tech
  • July 29, 2005 (Collection)
    53 new books added from Malaysia, Iran, Kenya, and more!
  • June 22, 2005 (Collection)
    20 new books added from Malaysia, Peru, and more!
  • June 1, 2005 (Collection)
    95 new books added from Iran, Peru, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, and more, including several award-winners!
  • May 26, 2005 (Press Releases)
    ICDL: Continuing to grow worldwide
  • May 25, 2005 (Technology)
    The ICDL searching and reading tools now available in nine languages
  • April 1, 2005 (Press)
    "Explore the world by turning pages" in Chicago Parent
  • March 17, 2005 (Collection)
    19 new books in Spanish, German, and Quechua added to the collection
  • February 28, 2005 (Press)
    "New chapter in online books" in The Washington Times
  • February 17, 2005 (Collection)
    13 new books in Quechua, Hebrew, and Filipino added to the collection
  • February 1, 2005 (Press)
    "Showing Google the Way" in School Library Journal
  • February 1, 2005 (Press)
    "Technology's Inner Child" in MIT Technology Review

2004

  • December 15, 2004 (Collection)
    73 new books in Persian/Farsi and Yiddish added to the collection
  • December 2, 2004 (Project)
    ICDL throws a birthday party in New Zealand to celebrate its second anniversary
  • November 8, 2004 (Collection)
    37 new books in Serbian, Hebrew, Persian/Farsi, and Spanish added to the collection
  • October 18, 2004 (Technology)
    Introducing two new search interfaces: "Simple" and "Advanced
  • July 6, 2004 (Press)
    "Yours for the Taking" in School Library Journal
  • June 11, 2004 (Collection)
    112 new books added representing 10 languages, including Japanese, Portuguese, Serbian, Yiddish, and more
  • May 24, 2004 (Project)
    New video released: "What children have taught us"
  • April 9, 2004 (Project)
    White Ravens database published
  • February 6, 2004 (Technology)
    New version of ICDL Basic released

2003

  • December 22, 2003 (Collection)
    52 new books in Persian/Farsi, Russian, Vietnamese and more added to the collection
  • December 2, 2003 (Technology)
    New version of ICDL Basic supports multiple languages
  • December 1, 2003 (Project)
    Latest usage statistics released
  • November 20, 2003 (Project)
    Celebrating our 1st Anniversary!
  • October 1, 2003 (Project)
    How are people using ICDL?
  • September 22, 2003 (Press)
    "Children as Design Partners" at Australian Broadcasting Network
  • July 15, 2003 (Technology)
    Further enhancements to ICDL Basic
  • May 31, 2003 (Press Releases)
    New service launches to support summer reading programs
  • May 28, 2003 (Technology)
    Introducing a more widely accessible version of ICDL: "ICDL Basic"
  • April 3, 2003 (Collection)
    Four new books added from the Library of Congress
  • March 18, 2003 (Collection)
    Seven new books added from the Library of Congress

2002

  • December 18, 2002 (Collection)
    Five new books added from the Library of Congress
  • December 5, 2002 (Press)
    "Online Library Project Plans a Digital and Cultural Trove for Children" in The New York Times
  • November 27, 2002 (Press)
    "Digital library to unite kids through global e-literature" in USA Today
  • November 21, 2002 (Press)
    "Website brings free children's library online" in The Guardian
  • November 21, 2002 (Press)
    "Online Library for Children Aims for 10,000 Titles and Child-Friendly Design, With Professors' Help" in The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • November 21, 2002 (Press)
    "A Library For Young Browsers" in The Washington Post
  • November 20, 2002 (Project, Technology, Collection)
    Introducing the International Children's Digital Library (aka "ICDL")
  • November 19, 2002 (Press)
    "Tales of Oz, Wonderland Go Online" in Wired News
  • November 18, 2002 (Press)
    "Library for Kids Goes Online" at National Public Radio
  • November 18, 2002 (Press Releases)
    Online library will open new worlds for children everywhere
  • October 1, 2002 (Press)
    "U of MD Creates International Digital Library" in School Library Journal

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