Cora J. Belden Library Launches New Digital Resources

Cora J. Belden Library in Partnership with RBdigital from Recorded Books Launches Zinio and Universal Class

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Zinio and Universal Class help support the library’s mission of providing resources and services for our entire community.

Rocky Hill, CT (PRWEB) February 19, 2014

Cora J. Belden Library (Rocky Hill, CT), in partnership with RBdigital from Recorded Books (Prince Frederick, MD), is pleased to announce the availability of two new electronic resources: Zinio for Libraries and Universal Class.

Awarded Best New Database of 2012 by Library Journal, Zinio is the world’s largest newsstand, offering multi-user access to popular publications. Through the library’s website, patrons of Cora J. Belden Library have unlimited multi-user access to complete digital magazines, which can easily be viewed on most Internet-enabled devices inside or outside of the library. Zinio’s unique technology digitally recreates a magazine page for page, including full color pictures, intuitive navigation, key word article search and interactive elements such as audio and video. “Kiplinger’s Personal Finance,” “Newsweek,” “National Geographic Interactive” and “Prevention” are just a few of the popular titles that are available.

Universal Class offers patrons a unique online education experience with a growing catalog of over 500 courses. Over 300,000 students around the world have benefited from Universal Class’ unique instructional technologies. With real instructors guiding the learning, engaging video-based lessons, a collaborative learning environment, graded lesson tests, and certificates of achievement and Continuing Education Units, students enjoy a measurable learning experience that helps them master and document their educational goals and achievements.

Universal Class offers courses in Exercise and Fitness, Entrepreneurship, Arts and Music, Home and Garden Care, Cooking, Computers and Technology, Health and Medicine, Homeschooling, Job Assistance, Law and Legal, Parenting and Family, Pet and Animal Care…plus 100’s more.

“Zinio and Universal Class help support the library’s mission of providing resources and services for our entire community,” said Mary Hogan, Cora J. Belden Library Director. “The library of today is not only in a building and on the printed page, but it is also online and mobile and available in a variety of digital formats.”

Please see a library staff member at Cora J. Belden Library for more information on how to access these services, or go to http://www.rockyhilllibrary.info.

About Recorded Books

Recorded Books is the largest independent publisher of unabridged audiobooks and provider of digital content to the library, school, and retail markets. The company owns an exclusive catalog of over 13,500 audiobook titles narrated by professional, award-winning actors. Recorded Books provides digital audiobooks and eBooks to libraries through its proprietary OneClickdigital platform, as well as electronic resources, including digital magazines and films, through its proprietary RBdigital Gateway platform. The Company was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Prince Frederick, MD. For more information, visit http://www.recordedbooks.com.

About Zinio

Zinio is the world’s largest newsstand and bookstore. With its many digital products and services, Zinio creates better ways for people to discover published content, get more of it and do more with it. Now, readers can purchase content once to be read on any screen. Zinio provides the ability to shop for, search inside, read, share and save digital content in 23 local newsstands in any country in the world. Through the ZINIO UNITY™ reading platform, readers can move seamlessly within each publication page between text, interactive graphics, animated illustrations, videos and much more. Offering hundreds of thousands of the best digital titles, Zinio’s e-stores and applications are revolutionizing reading. Founded in 2001 and privately held, Zinio is headquartered in San Francisco and has offices in New York, London, Paris, Barcelona and Taipei. For more information, visit http://www.zinio.com.

About Universal Class

Universal Class, Inc. [also known as UniversalClass™ or UniversalClass.com™] provides online continuing education courses to schools, libraries, companies, educators, and individuals throughout the world. It aims to advance intellectual exchange in teaching, research, and service with its technology and belief that lifelong learning should be affording to all people of all cultures. With a growing course catalog of over 500 online classes, Universal Class is committed to providing only the most affordable and highest quality continuing education. Over 300,000 students around the world have benefited from Universal Class’ unique instructional technologies. With streaming video, website avatars, insightful instructional content, helpful tutors, and a social networking experience, Universal Class offers an engaging and measurable learning experience that helps students master and document their educational goals.