Thinkfinity @ your library collection of resources debuts; trainers on hand at Midwinter Meeting in Denver

Contact: Megan McFarlane
Campaign Coordinator
312-280-2148
mmcfarlane@ala.org

NEWS
For Immediate Release
January 13, 2009

CHICAGO - ALA has debuted a new collection of resources specifically for school library media specialists on Verizon’s Thinkfinity.org.

This collection is a starting place for school library media specialists to explore Thinkfinity.org content.   Using the Campaign for America’s Libraries@ your library® brand, the collection features rotating librarian-specific content from ALA and library initiatives. 

Coretta Scott King award-winning titles are currently featured on the site, and other award-winning children and young adult titles will be featured after the announcement of this year's Youth Media Awards in late January. The page also highlights materials collected from Thinkfinity.org content partners and includes discipline-specific, standards-based educational resources on current subject areas. 

At the Midwinter Meeting in Denver, Thinkfinity.org trainers will be on hand at the Campaign for America’s Libraries Exhibit Space to demonstrate how librarians can use Thinkfinity.org. Demonstrations will be held from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24 and Sunday, Jan. 25.

Thinkfinity.org is the Verizon Foundation’s comprehensive program and online portal to 55,000 standards-based, grade-specific, K-12 lesson plans and other educational resources provided in partnership with many of the nation’s leading educational and literacy organizations.  Content for Thinkfinity.org is provided through a partnership between the Verizon Foundation and 11 of the nation’s leading organizations in the fields of education and literacy: the American Association for the Advancement of Science, International Reading Association, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, National Center for Family Literacy, National Council on Economic Education, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Council of Teachers of English, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, National Geographic Society, ProLiteracy and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Verizon is a Partner in The Campaign for America’s Libraries ( www.ala.org/@yourlibrary), ALA’s public awareness campaign, promotes the value of libraries and librarians. Thousands of libraries of all types – across the country and around the globe - use the Campaign’s @ your library® brand. The Campaign is made possible in part by ALA’s Library Champions.