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Gale offers content for data mining and textual analysis

Farmington Hills, Mich., November 17, 2014 — Recognizing the benefit of data analysis for the digital humanities field, Gale, part of Cengage Learning, will make available content from its Gale Digital Collections to academic researchers for data mining and textual analysis purposes. Data mining and textual analysis – the process by which text or datasets are crawled by software that recognizes entities, relationships and action – helps researchers draw new conclusions among disparate data and is emerging as an important area of scholarly research. Continue reading

APA ebooks available for individual purchase on ebrary

November 13, 2014 – Mountain View, CA – Libraries around the world can now acquire the essential Psychology and Behavioral and Social Sciences titles researchers need under flexible models that meet their budget requirements.

The American Psychological Association (APA), the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States and the world’s largest association of psychologists, has joined forces with ProQuest ebook business ebrary to make more than 250 titles published since 2009 available electronically Continue reading

Wiley and Safari’s PubFactory announce partnership

November 3, 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Inc., and Safari today announced a strategic partnership that will deliver the next generation in digital reference platforms for students, faculty and librarians.

Wiley Reference Library will combine Safari’s award-winning PubFactory platform with Wiley’s prestigious online reference portfolio. Wiley Reference Library will enhance the visibility and usability of Wiley’s acclaimed reference materials and will include entry portals for key subjects allowing users to search within a subject, within an individual reference work, or across Wiley’s entire reference portfolio. www.wileyreferencelibrary.com will be available in the first half of 2015. Continue reading

EBSCO introduces Flipster, a new way to access digital magazines

(Updated 11/3/2014 with new information in italics below) Note on this new product:  Flipster is a subscription-based product for libraries. Usage models are dependent per title and per publisher. Publishers can set the following limits per title: 50, 100, 500 or Unlimited simultaneous users. The majority of Flipster titles are offered at the unlimited level.

IPSWICH, Mass. — October 30, 2014 — Continuing its tradition of working with libraries to help patrons find the content they want as quickly and conveniently as possible, EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is introducing Flipster, which allows library patrons to browse the latest issues of high quality digital versions of popular magazines, courtesy of their library. Continue reading

ALA and ARL oppose eBook accessibility waiver petition

ALA and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) renewed their opposition to a petition filed by the Coalition of E-book Manufacturers seeking a waiver from complying with disability legislation and regulation (specifically Sections 716 and 717 of the Communications Act as Enacted by the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010). Amazon, Kobo, and Sony are the members of the coalition, and they argue that they do not have to make their e-readers’ Advanced Communications Services (ACS) accessible to people with print disabilities.

The full press release from ALA.

FCC filing from ALA and ARL

New study shows increase in reading on mobile phones

Publishing Technology released a report earlier this month about trends in mobile phone ebook reading.  An infographic, slides of a presentation, and full report are all available using the link above.

The survey, consisting of 3,000 consumers from the US and UK, concluded that:

  • 43% have read an e-book, or part of an e-book, on their handsets
  • 66% of mobile phone book readers currently read more on their phones than they did last year

Publishing Technology explored the subject of mobile phone book reading by surveying consumers in the US and UK to better understand their habits and preferences.  They unveiled the results and key trends from the study over the course of the 2014 Frankfurt Book Fair.  The Publishing Technology blog, Content Forward, also includes study results for mobile devices and a variety of other topics.

OdiloConsortia to power the eBook pilot project for the State Library of New South Wales in Australia

Odilo is delighted to announce that OdiloConsortia, the Odilo eBook Platform for eBook purchasing, management and lending, will power the State Library of New South Wales eBook Management Platform Pilot project.

The State Library of New South Wales, Australia is embarking on a 12 month trial of the DCL eBook model using Odilotid’s OdiloConsortiasolution. Through this project, the State Library will be partnering with two public library services and intends to explore the full gamut of content options from local authors, independent and mid-lists publishers in Australia. The pilot will explore the options of consortia shared collections alongside localized collections and the viability of extending the platform to a statewide solution. Odilo’s content and strategic publisher relations managers will be working closely with the pilot libraries to assist them secure contracts with publishers. Continue reading

Free webinar: How to Keep K-8 Libraries Relevant for Teachers, Students, Nov. 4th

Register for this free webinar co-sponsored by Rourke Educational Media and School Library Journal.

VERO BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 20, 2014) –An expert panel of educators will analyze how using technology, understanding informational text, and improving literacy are keys to keeping K-8 school libraries relevant for teachers and students as part of a webcast set for Tuesday, Nov. 4.

“Keeping K-8 Libraries Relevant” – co-sponsored by Rourke Educational Media and School Library Journal– is scheduled from 3 to 4 p.m. EDT. The webcast panelists will examine how to:

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Paratext completes integration of Data-Planet Datasheets

October 15, 2014 Aldie, VA- Paratext­­­TM announces that an extensive collection of Data-PlanetTM DataSheets is now indexed, linked, and integrated into Public Documents MasterfileTM. Researchers can now query over 150,000 metadata records representing authoritative publicly and privately sourced datasets.

Libraries who subscribe to both services will link directly from the search results in Public Documents Masterfileto Data-Planet’s DataSheets, which provide a cleanly formatted visual representation of the data, links to the underlying data, and contextual descriptions of the data source, indicator, and dataset from which the indicator derive. Public Documents Masterfile users not subscribed to Data-Planet will link directly to the DataSheet statistical abstract and citation. Continue reading