Leading Children’s Book Publishers Adopt Artifacts on Titles

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Unbound Concepts’ Artifact AccessTM platform helps educators and other buyers browse and discover new content

"We're really proud to be working with forward-thinking publishers that create quality content and are committed to providing what teachers, schools, and libraries need." - Katie Palencsar, CEO

Unbound Concepts is pleased to announce nine new publisher partners are adopting Artifacts on their titles.

Unbound Concepts is now collaborating with Lerner Publishing Group, Cherry Lake Publishing, Sleeping Bear Press, ABDO Publishing, Albert Whitman & Co., Kids Can Press, Flowerpot Press, Red Rocket Readers, and Saddleback Educational Publishing.

Unbound Concepts is now partnering with more than 20 publishers.

“We’re really proud to be working with forward-thinking publishers that create quality content and are committed to providing what teachers, schools and libraries need,” said Katie Palencsar, Unbound Concepts founder and CEO. “We’ve heard time and time again, from individual teachers and librarians to administrative buyers specific requests such as, ‘I need 10 titles to teach this skill’ and ‘How can you ensure that this collection of titles matches our curriculum?’ With our partners’ commitment to Artifacts, we are thrilled to be working together to showcase their content and meet these market demands.”

Unbound Concepts’ Artifact AccessTM is an authoritative and trusted platform and API that helps teachers, librarians and curriculum buyers discover the content that best serves their students and patrons.

Traditional metadata includes subject, author, publisher and other basic information. Artifact AccessTM offers a superior way for publishers and their customers to search, browse, discover, catalog and describe their text using an extensive artifact taxonomy created by Unbound Concepts’ experienced team of educators. Publishers’ content is tagged with Artifacts that identify topics, themes, educational characteristics, literary elements and teaching standards. Publishers can use these Artifacts to highlight important elements of their K-12 content, helping buyers meet their increasing requirements in the school and library markets.

Amandeep Kochar, Baker & Taylor’s Executive Vice President, K-12 Education and Software Products & Services, said he is seeing rapidly growing demand from schools for evidence-based curation that more effectively matches titles to buyers’ needs.

“As trade titles become more widely used in not only supplemental but direct instruction to engage better with kids, Artifacts are at the forefront of the transition providing solutions that help educators, librarians, and students access titles, separate from traditional textbooks, to help students achieve learning goals,” Kochar said. Baker & Taylor has adopted Artifacts into their buying platforms for libraries and schools.

Unbound Concepts plans to announce additional partners at the National Council of Teachers of English convention being held November 17-19 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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About Unbound Concepts:

Unbound Concepts is a technology company founded by educators to improve the way teachers, librarians and curriculum buyers search, browse, catalogue and discover the content that best serves their students and patrons. Its flagship platform, Artifact AccessTM, tags publishers’ content using an extensive Artifact taxonomy created by its experienced team. These Artifacts identify topics, themes, educational characteristics, literary elements and teaching standards, going far beyond traditional metadata. Artifacts inform and support the discovery of books, and serve as pre-reading tools and post-reading strategies for readers. For more information, visit http://www.unboundconcepts.com.

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