This fall, Nebraska teachers and students will be able to access a slew of digital resources in one place, thanks to the state's new Virtual Library system released Wednesday, Aug. 8.
The Virtual Library holds more than 20,000 multimedia resources from the Library of Congress, National Archives, PBS NewsHour, NOVA, American Experience, Electric Company and SciGirls, according to a press release from Gov. Dave Heineman's office. The library comes at no charge for teachers and students and will be updated constantly. The platform is powered by PBS LearningMedia, a digital content platform.
This library is a small piece of a bigger statewide initiative called the Nebraska Virtual Partnership that the governor announced nearly a year ago.
The Nebraska Virtual Partnership ratchets up the state's online education offerings with a combined effort from the state Department of Education, the Educational Service Unit Coordinating Council, the University of Nebraska and Nebraska Educational Telecommunications. Together, these education groups will establish the Nebraska Virtual School and now have established the Nebraska Virtual Library systems.
This year, other states have been working on digital resource collections, though many of them are specifically aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Michigan and South Dakota are working together, for example, to match digital resources to standards and house them in different instances of an open-source portal that the Michigan Education Department created five years ago.