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Peer Review

Open Library



Overall Numeric Rating:

4 stars
Content Quality: 4.5 stars
Effectiveness: 3.5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Mar 04, 2013 by Teacher Education
Overview: Open Library is an internet-based editable library of eBooks. The eBooks may be borrowed (usually one user at a time). The eBooks are available in a variety of formats (read online, text, PDF, ePub) and many also include accessible versions including DAISY. Users can browse by author, subject, list, etc. There are also links to borrow hard copy versions. Over 1,000,000 free titles available. The cost to registered and non-registered users is zero.
Type of Material: Classic literature books.
Recommended Uses: In classrooms, individuals, lecture or book/reading clubs.
Technical Requirements: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Java, and Flash plug-ins.
Identify Major Learning Goals: Open Library is an open, editable library catalog, it's goals is to build towards a web page for every book ever published.
Target Student Population: All levels: elementary, middle, and high school as well as higher education and professional development.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Be familiar with how to search for books by authors and subjects.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: It’s easy to access literature in order to create lessons that incorporate Common Core and/or literacy aspects. Teachers could utilize access to works to supplement school’s/own/student’s personal collections to expand reading choices to integrate literature into any subject.
Concerns: Concerns that information in the library’s catalog can be edited by non-registered users, therefore, information can be inaccurate.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 3.5 stars
Strengths: Allows for student interaction with instructional material; material can be set up to allow for student to work at own pace (within the 2 week lending period for each); It is set up in logical organization for ease of navigation through the material. Search box available to enter specific content/genre desired.
Concerns: This site is not designed primarily for certain level of reading skills or a learning community.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: It’s easy to access online, text-based, PDF, or multiple ereader versions for use in all contents. These can be used during introduction of new concept or reviewing/application of material already presented.
Concerns: None.

Other Issues and Comments: Great resource to help with integration of literacy (Common Core) into all subjects and all grades. Also great source for text in languages other than English for those needing resources for ESL, ELL, and practice during the learning of other languages.