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Saint Paul Public Library to Launch Mobile Computer Lab with Grant from Knight Foundation

These days when we talk “mobile” and libraries we usually have smartphones or other devices in mind. However, that’s not the case this tine. Today, we’re actually talking about something on four wheels. Congrats to the everyone in St.Paul on receiving the grant.

From the Announcement:

The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library and the Saint Paul Public Library will expand computer training to underserved neighborhoods with a mobile computer lab, thanks to a $300,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The project features two components. First, the library will launch a mobile service delivery van, complete with 10 laptop computers loaded with teaching and testing software. The Mobile Workplace will regularly visit at least nine community partner locations where library staff will offer job search assistance and computer training. The second component is the participation of multilingual cultural liaisons who will ensure that services are offered in high-priority languages, including Spanish, Hmong and Somali, with outreach to specific cultural communities.

“Libraries are the greatest providers of free Internet – offering residents access to the critical skills and information they need to find jobs in the 21st century workforce” said Polly Talen, program director for Knight Foundation. “Through this initiative, we hope to augment the library’s role as a vital community center while helping to create informed and well-prepared communities.”

Source: Knight Foundation (via @ KIMatYEDITEPE)

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e-Books (Digital Comics): Wallace & Gromit for iPhone Receives Half a Million Downloads (and Still Counting) in Six Weeks

News of an e-book bestseller.

From the Article:

A free inaugural Wallace & Gromit digital comic for the iPhone has been downloaded 500,000 times in barely a month and a half…

Titan Publishing’s inaugural episode of the Wallace & Gromit comic for the iPhone and iPod touch has been downloaded more than half a million times, the company said Tuesday. The digital comic landed on the App Store November 7 and quickly became the #1 free book download, only to be topped recently by Amazon’s Kindle app.

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Titan Publishing is offering Wallace & Gromit: The W Files edition free of charge for a limited time in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the first ever screening of Wallace & Gromit, so grab yourself a copy (iTunes link) while the deal is still valid.

More issues of the Wallace and Gromit series are online and for sale at $.99.

Source: Geek.com

See Also: “And it’s not only us Brits who can’t get enough of Aardman’s iconic duo – it’s currently the number one free book download in America and Canada and number 2 in Australia!” The digital comics are now rolling out for the PSP. (via IGN)

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Pretty Cool Idea.

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