Category Archives: Academic Libraries

SAGE white paper explores discoverability of scholarly content, recommends standards, transparency, metadata, and partnerships

Los Angeles, CA (January 16, 2014)   In a changing academic environment, discoverability of scholarly content demands cooperative efforts across the communications supply chain. A new SAGE white paper, out today, summarizes the current discovery landscape for scholarly communications, advocates for cooperative efforts across the industry, and proposes specific recommendations for discoverability improvement for librarians, publishers, and service providers.

“This white paper draws upon novel insights contributed by international experts about the scholarly ecosystem of publisher content, research tools, and library systems. The experts make predictions about new cross-sector partnerships as researcher workflows evolve,” stated lead author Mary Somerville. “Our recommendations advance the common goal of furthering discovery, access, and usage of scholarly publications and creative work.” Continue reading

Negotiating with vendors, 91% of librarians do not have a documented process

Last week at the Charleston Conference, Matt Dunie, President of Data-Planet, presented with colleagues Carl Grant and Mike Gruenberg in a session entitled, “Secrets in Vendor Negotiations.”  In preparation for this event, Matt sent a short survey (11 questions) to librarians to inquire about their preparations before vendor negotiations.

Highlights of the survey:

  • 239 respondents to the survey, 95% of whom identified as academic librarians.
  • 67% work with 25-50+ vendors
  • 85% of respondents are part of a decision making committee, recommendation team or have some influence on the decision and are NOT the sole decision maker at their organization
  • 91% do NOT have a document negotiation process for the acquisition of products and services Continue reading

Harvard University Press partners with De Gruyter to re-release 2800 titles

2800 Harvard University Press titles will be re-released as e-ditions with De Gruyter beginning in January, 2014.  Libraries can choose e or p versions of the titles.  200 titles are ready and available at this time with the remainder slated for full release by the end of 2013 (updated information).  Here is more from the press release:

Berlin/Cambridge, 5 November 2013 – To celebrate its 100th anniversary, Harvard University Press is working with De Gruyter to make available for sale worldwide virtually all the books published since its founding, HUP and De Gruyter announced today. Continue reading

ProQuest signs O’Reilly Media for ebrary ebooks

2500 titles from O’Reilly Media and other partner publishers are included for the ebrary platform. EBL is not included at this time, but will be in the near future due to the merger of the products.  See more from the press release below:

October 24, 2013 – Palo Alto, CA, USA – Libraries are better equipped to support the academic and professional success of their researchers now that vital technical titles from O’Reilly Media are available on the ebrary platform. Continue reading

Highwire launches Folio, a new ebook product

Highwire announced the launch of Folio, a new eBooks product, this past week during the Frankfurt Book Fair.  Folio is built on the Highwire Open platform.  According to the press release, “Folio is a flexible ebook solution designed for publishers to rapidly bring their books online. Key components of the product include a publisher home page, an informative book landing page and a user friendly ereader view. Folio is currently showcasing the library release of the eDuke Books Scholarly Collection.

More information about Folio is available here:  http://highwire.stanford.edu/products/ebooks.dtl

 

Knowledge Unlatched announces pilot collection, libraries needed!

I am extremely excited to hear the news about the launch of the Knowledge Unlatched pilot collection.  I first heard about the project in 2010 when Frances Pinter, who developed the idea, presented at the Tools of Change conference.  Frances and I discussed the project back in 2010 in one of the NSR interviews and I’ve been following the development of the project since.  It’s really great to see this open access monograph pilot become a reality.  Congratulations Frances and everyone at KU.

Librarians – please support this initiative for open access monographs by signing up today!  Here are the details:

  • The Pilot is the first step in creating a sustainable route to Open Access for a large numbers of scholarly books.
  • If at least 200 libraries from around the world sign up for the collection by 31 January 2014, 28 new Humanities and Social Sciences books will be made free for anyone in the world to read on an Open Access basis.
  • The Knowledge Unlatched Pilot Collection includes 28 new books from 13 recognised scholarly publishers: Amsterdam University Press, Bloomsbury Academic, Brill, Cambridge University Press, De Gruyter, Duke University Press, Edinburgh University Press, Liverpool University Press, Manchester University Press, Purdue University Press, Rutgers University Press, Temple University Press and University of Michigan Press.
  • The collection can be viewed at: http://collections.knowledgeunlatched.org/collection-participate-1/
  • Knowledge Unlatched is inviting libraries to pledge a capped maximum of US$1,680 to ‘unlatch’ the collection. This works out to an average of US$60 for each book.
  • Libraries can pledge their interest at: http://collections.knowledgeunlatched.org/
  • Pledging will remain open until 31 January 2014.

Much more information is available on the Knowledge Unlatched website.

Ingram Content Group expands international reach and offers new features to VitalSource Bookshelf

Ingram has had a number of announcements in the last couple of weeks about new international initiatives as well as new features and enhancements to the VitalSource Bookshelf platform.  Check the Ingram site for the full press releases.  Here are some of the highlights:

  • Ingram Content Group  expanded its distribution reach to Russia and the former Soviet Union with the launch of its third Global Connect alliance with EE Media, the largest media publishing and distribution group in the country.
  • Vital Source E-Textbook Platform Expands To The Philippines Through Work with C&E Publishing
  • Vital Source Technologies, Inc. announced the international expansion of its VitalSource Bookshelf® platform with a new digital store in the U.K. The store offers tens of thousands of e-textbooks from leaders in academic publishing
  • VitalSource Bookshelf® e-textbook platform now includes software client support in 25 languages, new and improved functionality and performance enhancements, the addition of international resellers, and worldwide support for integration with institutional systems like Blackboard Learn™, Moodle, and others.   Continue reading

WorldCat adds new international content to knowledge base

DUBLIN, Ohio, October 10, 2013—OCLC has finalized agreements with international content providers to add more electronic collections to the WorldCat database, the most comprehensive online catalog of resources available through libraries worldwide.

Incorporating these databases into WorldCat and the WorldCat knowledge base will improve access to these collections and simplify administration for libraries that use OCLC WorldShare Metadata services. These agreements will also reduce the cost and time spent managing updates to these online collections for libraries that have registered with the knowledge base, and will provide immediate access for libraries that subscribe or want to purchase these collections. The value for libraries is that multiple applications will be able to access the metadata to simplify workflows for managing electronic materials.

The following new publisher agreements have been signed since June 2013. These collections will be added to WorldCat over the next few months. Continue reading

eContent Quarterly launches

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No Shelf Required is extremely pleased to announce the launch of eContent Quarterly, a new journal from American Library Association’s TechSource, edited by Sue Polanka and Mirela Roncevic. The free issue of the journal was released at this year’s ALA conference in Chicago. Issue 1 is now available in PDF, ePub, and Mobi formats on ALA TechSource’s web site. Regularly priced at $150, a one-year subscriptionis now $99 with the coupon code SECQ13.

eContent Quarterly will offer practical, user-driven solutions and ideas for curating, developing, integrating, and managing content in rapidly-changing digital library environments.  Polanka and Roncevic, whose deep knowledge of the e-content landscape and vast library and editorial experience combine to bring clarity and focus to the journal’s purpose: helping information professionals keep pace with e-book and journal platforms, databases, multi-media products, digital solutions and discovery services.

Written by and for information professionals in the business of producing, selling and buying e-content—including librarians and publishers—each issue will consist of in-depth articles that explore the many facets of electronic content.

Below is the listing of Issue 1′s four main articles, in the order in which they appear in the journal. Below those is the full Editors’ Note from the same issue, in which editors Polanka and Roncevic summarize the overarching theme of the first issue: the importance of partnerships. “Whatever aspect of e-content we may be discussing—building e-book collections in academic libraries; navigating formats; using and creating metadata, or evaluating children’s apps—we are bound to reach similar conclusions about the pressing need to cooperate rather than to quarrel. The reality is: librarians and those that cater to them have a lot more in common than they may realize.”

Issue 1, Fall 2013 Contents:

  • Supplying and Collecting Books: An Uneasy Metamorphosis by Michael Zeoli
    Drawing on his vast experience as a content developer, Zeoli gives an insider’s view on the complex nature of publisher-aggregator-library
    relationships, calling for less isolationism and more partnerships among all parties.
  • E-book Formats: An Overview for Librarians by John Burns
    Dixie State University’s gadget-loving librarian explains the pros and cons of e-book formats as they relate to libraries.
  • The Importance of Metadata for E-content by Renée Register
    The founder of DataCurate.com provides an introductory text on what metadata is; how it is used by publishers, aggregators, and libraries; and the challenges the e-book industry faces as it moves forward with two systems of metadata, ONIX and MARC.
  • Evaluating Children’s Apps by Carisa KIuver and Cen Campbell
    The founders of Digital Storytime and Little eLit, respectively, tell the stories of how they created the two sites to help guide librarians and parents through the complex universe of children’s apps.

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EBL & ebrary integration: a status update interview with Kathy Masnik

Last January, ProQuest announced plans to acquire EBL and merge the service with ebrary.  Kari Paulson and Kevin Sayer spoke with me right after the announcement about the acquisition and plans for integrating the two platforms.  In May of 2013, the process was complete.  Since that time, staff at ProQuest have been very busy with the integration of the platforms.  Kathy Masnik, Vice President of product management for ebooks at ProQuest, is leading the charge for integration.  It’s a monumental task, but Kathy took a break from her Gantt chart to tell me about the process in an interview.  We discussed how Kathy and her team are approaching the integration, how librarians, publishers, and end users and involved, and some of the short term changes happening with the EBL interface.

Listen to Kathy’s interview here.

50+ other interviews with librarians, publishers, and information industry professionals are also available on the NSR interviews page.