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Baker & Taylor and collectionHQ extend evidence-based selection planning

– New offering follows success of pilot program

CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 25, 2015 – Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, announced that its Evidence-based Selection Planning (ESP) service, which is supported by collectionHQ’s data analytics platform, will be made available for all U.S. public libraries following a successful pilot program.

ESP brings the art of Baker & Taylor’s collection development expertise together with the science of collectionHQ’s data analytics, to create a decision support system integrated with Title Source 360, to equip libraries with the information to select the right titles and quantities, for the right locations. Continue reading Baker & Taylor and collectionHQ extend evidence-based selection planning

Digital Public Library of America makes push to serve all 50 states by 2017 with $3.4 million from the Sloan and Knight foundations

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is on the way to connecting online collections from coast to coast by 2017 – an effort boosted by a new $3.4 million investment from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and John S. and James L. Knight Foundations. These two new awards, coupled with significant earlier support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Endowment for the Humanities, will allow DPLA to open new Service Hubs that provide a way for all cultural heritage organizations across the country to connect through one national collection. Continue reading Digital Public Library of America makes push to serve all 50 states by 2017 with $3.4 million from the Sloan and Knight foundations

Baker & Taylor Announces Launch of All-In-One Axis 360 Mobile App

CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 26, 2015 – Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, announces the release of its all-in-one Axis 360 mobile app, available for download this summer. The Axis 360 app provides Apple, Android and select Kindle mobile users the ability to discover, download and read ebooks or listen to digital audiobooks, within a single application.

“We set out to create a next-generation experience that truly delivers simplicity, providing users with the functionality they need to discover and enjoy digital content instantaneously, no matter where they are, in three steps or less,” said Amandeep Kochar, EVP Software Products & Services of Baker & Taylor. “To create the optimal, seamless app we aspired for, the process could not be rushed. Baker & Taylor is excited and proud of the end result — an all-encompassing design that’s intuitive, efficient and accessible to deliver the ultimate reading experience.” Continue reading Baker & Taylor Announces Launch of All-In-One Axis 360 Mobile App

Ex Libris and EBSCO collaborate for streamlined acquisition of journals and ebooks

Ipswich, Mass., and Jerusalem, Israel — June 25, 2015. Ex Libris® Group, a global leader in library automation services, and EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO), a worldwide leader in library technology, content and services, are pleased to announce an agreement to streamline libraries’ acquisition processes and optimize the experience of library patrons who are using Ex Libris solutions to access full-text content hosted on the EBSCOhost® platform. The two companies have committed to expanding their collaboration to other areas as well.

According to the agreement, all print and electronic book and journal orders placed via an EBSCO online collection-development or ordering system will be automatically updated in the Ex Libris Alma® library management service through EBSCO’s use of the Alma Real Time Acquisition application programming interface (API). This first phase of the integration will streamline and further automate the acquisition process for libraries. In addition, EBSCO is making its proprietary linking technology available to Ex Libris to improve the accuracy of links from Ex Libris solutions to full text articles hosted on the EBSCOhost platform. Continue reading Ex Libris and EBSCO collaborate for streamlined acquisition of journals and ebooks

Free Ebook Foundation to promote access and preservation of knowledge, literature, and culture

For immediate release. Also at http://ebookfoundation.org/

June 26, 2015. San Francisco, CA. Two projects that have been building towards a sustainable ecosystem for free ebooks have joined together in a new non-profit corporation. The Free Ebook Foundation envisions a world where ebooks will be funded, distributed and maintained for the benefit of all, by coordinating the efforts and resources of many.Unglue.it and GITenberg, the two projects to be supported by the Free Ebook Foundation, have shared the goals of making free ebooks more available while focusing on different problems.

Unglue.it launched in 2012 with a focus on sustainable funding models for freely-licensed ebooks. For the last two years, it has worked to improve the access and distribution of these books by building a database of over 1200 Creative Commons licensed ebooks. Unglue.it has been incubated by Gluejar, Inc., a privately held company founded by Eric Hellman Continue reading Free Ebook Foundation to promote access and preservation of knowledge, literature, and culture

DPLA a 2015 Best App for Teaching & Learning

The Digital Public Library of America is extraordinarily grateful to be recognized as one of 2015’s Best Apps for Teaching & Learning by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Chosen for its embodiment of AASL’s learning standards and support of the school librarian’s role in implementing career and college readiness standards, this is DPLA’s second “Best of” award from the prestigious education-oriented division of the American Library Association. DPLA was recognized as a Best Website for Teaching & Learning in 2013. Continue reading DPLA a 2015 Best App for Teaching & Learning

ProQuest launches new University Press Ebook Subscription

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 24, 2015Through its robust partnerships with university presses, ProQuest has launched an inventive new option that helps libraries quickly build comprehensive e-book collections in one of the most valued content areas in academic libraries. ProQuest’s new University Press Ebook Subscription offers the most authoritative university press content from one convenient source. The new collection is an example of ProQuest’s commitment to enable libraries’ to build diverse, digital collections that stay ahead of the needs and expectations of students, faculty and scholars.  

“At ProQuest we are committed to creative product development that combines our strengths in ways that benefit libraries and their users,” said Kevin Sayar, ProQuest senior vice president, Books. “In this case, we’re leveraging the breadth and quality of our partnerships along with our renowned subscription model to enable any academic library to get the best university press content in a budget-friendly way.” Continue reading ProQuest launches new University Press Ebook Subscription

ProQuest Ebook Central Enters Beta, Debuting New Features That Enhance User Productivity

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 24, 2015 – ProQuest continues to innovate the ebook research and management experience with the launch of the beta program for its eagerly anticipated new ebook platform. ProQuest Ebook Central integrates key elements from both ebrary and EBL – Ebook Library, along with all-new functionality, eliminating the complexities surrounding ebooks and delivering a superior experience for end-users and librarians.

“Going live with our beta program for ProQuest Ebook Central means that we’re on the doorstep of offering librarians and researchers the complete solution they’re seeking,” said Kevin Sayar, vice president and general manager, ProQuest Books. “We’re taking a collaboration-focused approach to our launch, working closely with those who will be using the platform to ensure it fits seamlessly into their workflow. The response is very encouraging.” Continue reading ProQuest Ebook Central Enters Beta, Debuting New Features That Enhance User Productivity

ProQuest expands History Vault, three new modules

ANN ARBOR, Mich., June 23, 2015 – ProQuest aims to improve outcomes of research on 20th century events and the people who made them happen by expanding its visionary ProQuest® History Vault collection of digitized primary sources. Three new modules provide online access to hard-to-find original documents chronicling the Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century (Federal Government Records supplement); the New Deal and World War II (President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Office Files and Records of Federal Agencies); and critical intelligence efforts during wartime from the Office of Strategic Services (OSS-State Department Intelligence and Research Reports, 1941-1961). History Vault is part of ProQuest’s expansive digitization program that enables students and scholars to explore history as it happened and from diverse, often personal vantage points.

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Gale Expands Relationship with Google and Discovery Services

Farmington Hills, Mich., June 22, 2015 — Evolving to meet researchers where they begin their searching, Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, is supporting discovery by working with Google to index millions of documents in Google Scholar, and expanding the amount of content indexed by major library discovery services. In addition, Gale is promoting transparency in discovery through compliance with industry information standards to improve results for researchers and libraries.

“Information access is undergoing a revolution, and Gale is evolving, too. Indexing our content in Google Scholar where students and instructors want to do research is placing library resources directly into user workflow,” said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager for Gale. “Greater discoverability is vital and we’re making material available through multiple channels – integrating content in the classroom through MindTap, enhancing our products for mobile access across all types of devices, and working closely with discovery service providers to optimize our content for library users.” Continue reading Gale Expands Relationship with Google and Discovery Services