New ABC-CLIO/Greenwood eBook Interface

Got a chance to beta test the new ABC-CLIO/Greenwood interface this week – Digital Collections.  It’s a nice looking interface, easy to navigate with pleasant layout, colors, fonts, etc.  Basic/advanced/browse searching of over 6,200 titles.  They have some cool features too – cite this source ( I still need to check the citations against versions of MLA – 7th and APA – 6th), bookmarks, notes, user profile, RSS feeds, institutional branding, and an admin module.  I really like the self serve MARC record download.  Did a quick glance at the MARC records which look pretty good – didn’t see the blatant errors that some publishers are dolling out with their “free” MARC records.  Printing and emailing available, but number of pages or total content to be printed was not consistent for each title.  Although, I don’t think any eBook interface has gotten this one right yet 😉 ABC-CLIO still has several features in the works for integration in a later release which include:  collection and order management tools, statistics tracking, printing upgrades, image searching, and jumping to specific pages.  I asked for a “back to search results” option and a “permalink” for the persistent url.  They have persistent url’s in place for titles and some chapters/articles, but you currently have to copy/paste the url from the address bar.  Another cool feature is the easy click to increase/decrease font size.  Those of you who are Greenwood Digital Collection customers should see the automatic switchover to the new interface on September 17th.    See the press release below for more info.

Greenwood Digital Collection is now theABC-CLIO eBook Collection!Dear ,ABC-CLIO is pleased to announce the launch of our newest eBook platform, the ABC-CLIO eBook Collection. This all-new collection brings together a wealth of full-text content from ABC-CLIO, Greenwood Press, Praeger, and Libraries Unlimited under a single, easy-to-use, cross-searchable interface.On September 17th, 2009 your current Greenwood Digital Collection (GDC) eBook platform will be automatically redirected to the new ABC-CLIO eBook Collection platform and URL, providing you access to all of the new features at no extra cost. Existing MARC records and links within the OPAC will also be automatically redirected and will require no manual updates by library staff.With over 6,200 titles, the ABC-CLIO eBook Collection offers expanded subject areas and exciting new features, making it even easier for you to develop a high-usage online collection—accessible to your patrons anytime, anywhere.Benefits:

  • Collection and order management tools, RSS feeds, and institutional branding: Instantly see what you have and what you want, view the newest titles appropriate for your library, and assure your patrons that they are in the right place—your perpetually-open library
  • Bookmarks & notes: Enables deeper interaction with the texts and helps researchers return to their findings quickly and accurately
  • User profile: Saves searches, notes, and bookmarked entries for quick recall
  • Expanded subject areas: Find more information through a simple search, minimizing your time spent on directing them to resources
  • Improved ordering process: Collection and order management tools ensure delivery of valuable content quickly and efficiently
  • Even more:
  • free, downloadable MARC records allow students and patrons to take full advantage of the rich content in the ABC-CLIO eBook Collection. MARC records can be accessed through the Administrator Resources portion of the site. Forgot your Admin Username and Password? Please contact Customer Service at the information below.

New ABC-CLIO eBook Collection URL: EZ Proxy and Innovative Interface (III) usersOn or before September 17th, it may be necessary for you to update your current proxy configuration. Please provide this information to your Technical Support person:

  • EZ Proxy—Keep your current configuration and please add the new URL (, the Domain (, and the Host ( in your configuration file
  • Innovative Interface—Keep your current configuration (* and please add *

If you have any access questions, please call Technical Services at (800) 368-6868, M–F, 7:00am–4:30pm PST or email and we will be happy to assist you.For general and order inquiries, please contact Customer Service by email, or by phone at (800) 368-6868 ext. 179 or 150.Sincerely,The team at ABC-CLIO130 Cremona DriveSanta Barbara, CA 931171.800.368.6868 | 1.800.368.6868About ABC-CLIOABC-CLIO combines more than 50 years of experience as the premier education and library publisher with a deep commitment to using digital and other emerging technologies to publish the highest quality materials. ABC-CLIO works with more than 5,000 scholars and educators to develop its collection of award-winning print and online history, reference, and resource publications. ABC-CLIO publishes under four well-respected imprints.ABC-CLIO serves the history profession, history teachers, and students and scholars of history with a complete line of award-winning databases, books, and eBooks, along with social studies reference and curriculum resources for middle and high school libraries and classrooms, as well as the higher education market. Greenwood Press publishes high-quality, authoritative reference books on general interest topics including popular culture, multicultural studies, and the American immigrant experience across the secondary and higher education curriculum. Praeger is widely regarded for scholarly and professional books in the social sciences and humanities, with an emphasis in modern history, military studies, psychology, business, current events and social issues, international affairs, politics, visual and performing arts, and literature. Libraries Unlimited/Linworth publishes professional materials for librarians, media specialists, and teachers.The company’s headquarters is in Santa Barbara, California, with branch offices in Denver, Colorado. For more information, visit the ABC-CLIO website at: Statement Your privacy is important to us. If you no longer wish to receive news of our products, you may manage your subscription preferences by clicking the link below: