Farmington Hills, Mich., Nov. 5, 2015 — Putting research technology directly into user workflow, Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, has expanded the integration of Google Apps for Education – Gmail, Classroom, Drive, Docs, and more – into its most-popular product lines. Researchers can seamlessly log into many of their school or library’s Gale resources with their Google Account credentials and easily save, share, and download content (including bookmarks and their personal highlights and notes) using Gmail, Drive, and Docs. In December, the new Google Classroom share button will be integrated with these resources, allowing educators to seamlessly link third party content, including Gale content, to classroom assignments. Continue reading Gale Expands Integration of Google Apps for Education into Popular Product Lines
From the KU website:
The last month has been an especially busy time for KU. Not only are we in the middle of a library pledging round, but we are also very excited to be announcing the formal establishment of a new arm of KU: KU Research. KU Research is being headed up by Lucy Montgomery, Associate Professor at Curtin University and KU’s Deputy Director. The establishment of KU Research is an important step in scaling-up our research activities and ambitions, and formalising links between KU and researchers tackling big questions in scholarly communication and Open Access. Continue reading Knowledge Unlatched establishes KU Research
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 2, 2015 – Follett continues to expand its market-leading Destiny solution to be an open agnostic discovery tool for print and digital content that supports PreK-12 classroom and curriculum needs. Another major step in that direction was announced today when Follett unveiled new product integrations with OverDrive and Mackin Educational Resources.
The announcement coincides with the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference, which starts Thursday (Nov. 5) in Columbus, Ohio. Continue reading Follett announces key product integrations with OverDrive, Mackin
The length of monographs and their level of treatment pose unique challenges in a search environment. Monographs generally describe mature work unlike journal articles, which usually describe early stage work. As a result, it can be hard to achieve a successful search experience for restricted access monographs, according to Anurag Acharya of Google Scholar.
After asking Acharya (co-founder of Google Scholar) why Google Scholar did not index monographs, Frances Pinter of Knowledge Unlatched (KU) says, “I realized that such challenges fall by the wayside with Open Access books.” Continue reading Google Scholar Indexes Open Access Books
Library Journal/School Library Journal conducted the 6th annual survey of public libraries regarding ebooks. The 2015 report is available for download here. The report is made available courtesy of Freading. Registration is required.
From the executive summary: ” If it appears from the current survey (based on 317 U.S. public libraries responding) that much of the enthusiasm for ebooks has cooled, it is only because they have become less of a novelty and more mainstream.”
“Ebook pricing is too high” is the most common complaint from public librarians about ebooks.
Here’s a page snip showing the number of public libraries offering ebooks over the last 6 reports:
From an EBSCO blog post:
Recent Content Additions to EBSCO Discovery Service:
ASM Medical Materials Database
Published by ASM International, ASM Medical Materials Database is the only comprehensive, peer-reviewed database providing a single source for materials data to support medical device design. The database features both materials properties and biological response data for medical device designers. All EDS customers may search ASM Medical Materials Database metadata in EDS, but only subscribers can access the full text on the ASM platform.
ASM Micrograph Database
Published by ASM International, ASM Micrograph Database is an online collection of more than 4,000 micrograph images and associated data. Data includes material designation and composition, processing and service history, metallographic preparation, magnification and more. All EDS customers may search ASM Micrograph Database metadata in EDS, but only subscribers can access the images and full text on the ASM platform. Continue reading New database content added to EBSCO EDS
(Denver, CO) October 19, 2015:
Odilo has been awarded a contract with the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sports, to bring digital content to the entire network of public libraries in Spain. Over 15 million library card holders will benefit and enjoy digital content through eBiblio (powered by OdiloTK, a complete digital asset lending and management end-user platform).
The Ministry promotes and develops digital culture with initiatives like eBiblio, which currently provides free access to eBooks and eAudiobooks from all of the leading Spanish publishers. eBiblio offers end-users access to content in three clicks or less; browse, search, borrow, or download on any computer or mobile device, anytime-anywhere. Continue reading Odilo powers digital library in Spain
IPSWICH, Mass. — October 14, 2015 — E-books from Al Manhal are now available in GOBI, the primary tool for the discovery and acquisition of digital and print monographic content from YBP Library Services (YBP). This allows libraries to acquire e-books from the leading Arabic language e-book provider from the same source they acquire many of their other print books and e-books.
Al Manhal provides scholarly and scientific Arabic language publications from the Arab and Islamic worlds’ most prestigious publishers and research institutes. Al Manhal combines deep publishing and library expertise with best-in-class technology to enable university, government, corporate, school and public library users to efficiently discover and access thousands of e-books. Continue reading YBP adds Al Manhal ebooks
Academic E-Books: Publishers, Librarians, and Users provides readers with a view of the changing and emerging roles of electronic books in higher education. The three main sections contain contributions by experts in the publisher/vendor arena, as well as by librarians who report on both the challenges of offering and managing e-books and on the issues surrounding patron use of e-books. The case study section offers perspectives from seven different sizes and types of libraries whose librarians describe innovative and thought-provoking projects involving e-books. Continue reading Academic E-Books: Publishers, Librarians and Users
Berlin, 12 October 2015- University of Toronto Press and De Gruyter are proud to announce that they have formed a partnership for the worldwide sales of electronic publications. These include selected new releases and a comprehensive backlist of around 2,000 e-books. The transatlantic sales cooperation expands the global reach of University of Toronto Press and strengthens the portfolio of De Gruyter with outstanding, research-intensive content and world-renowned authors. This arrangement makes University of Toronto Press the first Canadian university publisher to partner with the De Gruyter Online platform. Continue reading University of Toronto Press and De Gruyter partner for electronic content distribution