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Campbell Union School District Latest to Give their Students an Edge
SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – February 13, 2018 – Students from the Campbell Union School District now have access to a wealth of online resources at home, school or anywhere with an internet connection thanks to an innovative partnership with the Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD). Through this program, students receive a card-free Library eAccount, with a student-focused portal that allows them to access all of our system’s online resources. SCCLD launched its Student Library eAccount Program this fall with Saratoga Union School District. To date, almost 9,000 students have received digital access, with 8,000 more from Milpitas Unified School District joining in March.
“We’re very excited about this program. Children are the future and we want to build curiosity to discover new passions, skills and knowledge. The Student Library eAccount allows us to provide free and equal access to resources, services and learning tools to help our students be successful,” stated Nancy Howe, County Librarian.
This new approach allows Campbell Union School District students grades K-8 (often referred to collectively as the “iGen”) to enjoy all of SCCLD’s online resources and its many productivity tools, which can help them ace their studies. One popular program they can now utilize is BrainFuse, offering free, real-time online tutoring in a variety of subjects. In addition to the many research and reference materials available through the library, there are also over 100,000 eBooks available to read, 22,000 Audiobooks, countless songs to listen to and thousands of streaming videos to watch. Since all content is online, there are no fines, late fees, due dates to remember, or trips to the library involved.
“This is a wonderful addition to our student resources,” said Edna Laskin, Director of Curriculum and Instruction. “It supports literacy, research, and technology skills at every grade level.”
Traditionally, just 15-20% of elementary and middle school students have a public library account. Whether due to issues with transportation to the library, limitations on time, or some other reason, the large majority of students have been missing out on the many resources available at SCCLD’s eight libraries. These range from research tools, language, science, math, English and other class subject tutorials, articles and materials. A full list can be found on our kids’ portal: www.sccl.org/Kids/eLibrary
SCCLD plans to continue rolling out its Student Library eAccount Program to additional school districts across the County. The goal is to provide as many students as possible with an account so that they can access the best of what SCCLD has to offer. Students also may visit any of our eight community and branch libraries to add a full use card to their account so they may borrow physical items.
Nancy Howe/Diane Roche/Erik Sanjurjo
Santa Clara County Library District
(408) 293-2326 ext. 3001/3080/3014
About the Santa Clara County Library District
The Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) promotes knowledge, ideas, and cultural enrichment. Its collection includes more than 1.9 million books, videos, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, eBooks and extensive online resources accessible from home or work. In 2014, SCCLD celebrated one hundred years of service to local residents. For the last several years, SCCLD has been consistently recognized as one of America’s Star Libraries by Library Journal. In 2016, SCCLD was ranked among the top ten large libraries in the United States in the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service. In 2014 and 2015, SCCLD won Innovator Awards from the Urban Libraries Council.
The Santa Clara County Library District includes two bookmobiles, an online library, seven community libraries and one branch library serving Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Saratoga and the unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County. In 2017, the Santa Clara County Library District had more than 328,000 library cardholders and welcomed 3.2 million visitors, who borrowed over 9 million items.