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.
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 WorldCat adds new international content to knowledge base
De Gruyter has launched a new service called De Gruyter Select. It’s PDA and POD wrapped into one, allowing users to create a custom print book with De Gruyter book chapters, newspaper articles, and database content (anything with a “chunk price” in De Gruyter Online). The press release, below, mentions printing and delivering the book in a few days. The FAQ adds additional information, including this statement, “you will not gain online access to content if you have only selected it for printing.” So, it appears users can purchase content to add to their printed De Gruyter Select book that was not available to them online. Here is more information from the press release:
Berlin, 16 September 2013 – “De Gruyter Select” is a new service that lets customers select and assemble content from various types of publications to create their own custom book, which is then printed and delivered within a few short days. Continue reading Create custom books with De Gruyter Select
ALA’s new eCourse on ebooks starts September 2nd. Well, it’s not exactly new. I taught this four-week course last March and have accepted ALA’s invitation to teach it again this September. On the other hand, it’s not exactly the same class either, since much has changed since I developed the original syllabus in early 2013 — so much, in fact, that the new list of required readings is quite different from the original. While this class still requires no prior knowledge of ebooks and we will again be going over the basics (e.g., formats, reading devices, dominant brands, DRM, purchasing options, etc.), we will also take a closer look at the trends that are currently driving our conversations at conferences and in various online communities. Continue reading ALA’s eCourse on eBooks: Lessons Learned
Brill announced on August 19th that it is extending its open access model to include books. Titles will be made freely accessible on the Brill platform under a creative commons license. Here is more from the press release:
Brill extends Brill Open, its Open Access model, to include books.
As a major publisher in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Biology and International Law, Brill is committed to enhancing access to academic content in any sustainable way. Since its academic book publications are a cornerstone of the program, it is extending Brill Open to include monographs and edited volumes.
Brill Open offers authors the choice to make their research freely accessible online in exchange for a Publication Charge. Brill Open is made available to authors only upon acceptance of their manuscript for publication. This requires a positive outcome of the peer review process and Brill’s editorial decision making. Titles published in Brill Open undergo the same rigorous peer review and uphold the same high-quality publication standards that Brill is known for. Brill Open is a sustainable, high-quality and accessible mode of publication. Continue reading Brill Open now includes eBooks
SciELO, the Scientific Electronic Library Online, has launched a new blog, SciELO in Perspective. The blog, available in 3 languages – Spanish, Portuguese, and English – aims to share information and knowledge oriented to the development of scientific communication. The posts contain interviews, news, and analysis from an editorial team of nine. SciELO has maintained an open access eBook collection since March of 2012.
From the blog:
The aim of SciELO in Perspective blog is to share information and knowledge oriented to the development of scientific communication, in particular, of the SciELO journals, SciELO national collections and the SciELO Program and Network. It also promotes the open access movement to scientific knowledge. The prospect is that the blog become a reference vehicle to the community related to SciELO and to the communication and evaluation of scientific research. Continue reading SciELO launches blog to discuss open access and scholarly communication issues
Ellyssa Kroski, Director of Information Technology at the New York Law Institute and the blogger for OEDb’s iLibrarian, as well as a writer, educator, and international conference speaker, developed this list of 68 essential resources about eBooks in libraries. Ellyssa has organized the list into several broad categories including: general, devices, blogs, purchasing, creating, and more.
68 Essential Resources for eBooks in Libraries
eBooks are a constant topic in library news today. If you’re just getting caught up or striving to keep current, here are 68 resources that will put you in-the-know and help you make an informed decision about implementing eBooks in your library. Continue reading 68 essential resources for eBooks in libraries by Ellyssa Kroski
I came across this wonderful PDF from ALA’s Digital Content Working Group (DCWG) showing the availability of Big Six (soon to be Big Five) ebook titles to libraries. Random House, Harper Collins, Hachette, Macmillan, Penguin, and Simon & Schuster are included. It highlights the amount of content available for purchase, license/use terms, and the vendor platforms where content is available. Robert C. Maier is maintaining the document and his last update was May 15, 2013, so the information is pretty up-to-date. Robert based his chart on one started at Library Journal earlier this year. He welcomes comments via email at robert_maier[at]comcast.net
Thanks, Robert, for maintaining this information.
Robert Miller, Global Director of eBooks for the Internet Archive, sent this email to IA sponsors, partners, and content contributors. It has some really interesting facts, figures, and updates from the IA and Robert was kind enough to let me repost it here on NSR in full. I have highlighted some of those remarkable facts and figures in bold below.
Dear Archive Sponsors, Content Contributors and Partners,
We are at the mid-year point in 2013. I wanted to share with you some “news you can use” about several milestones we will soon be reaching, a few changes in our pricing structure and plans for the remainder of the year. Please feel free to distribute this email to the appropriate people on your teams or the libraries you represent.
First, thank you for your continued support of the Internet Archive. We, together, have collectively built the largest, free, public digital lending library in the world. Yippee to all of us!
As you might remember, our original funding for the Internet Archive digitization program came in the form of a generous grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in 2004. This one-time grant was never meant to be ongoing, but was to allow for the development of a low cost, high quality digitization program to be used by libraries to complement, enhance or replace their own internal efforts. In short, it was to be a backbone infrastructure service and resource to help libraries move quickly and decisively into eBooks, both in terms of access and preservation. Continue reading Internet Archive – 15m downloads per month, 2m ebooks scanned,1,000 partners and other new facts
I received this press release today from Douglas County Libraries about OdiloTID. Interesting to see an international company step up to take on this important role for libraries. Bibliotheca had announced support for this type of service last summer, but I haven’t heard anything from them since. Here is more from the DCL press release:
OdiloTID to empower libraries to manage their Digital Collections following the “DCL Model” and the ReadersFirst Principles.
OdiloTID, the leading eBook system provider for libraries in Spain and Latin America, is partnering with the library and publisher community to facilitate the adoption of the concepts of the“DCL Model” developed by the Douglas County Libraries, CO. We enable libraries to directly negotiate with publishers and reduce their cost of acquisition of digital content by a third. We provide integration with all major Integrated Library Management Systems through the use of Robust APIs to create a user friendly interface for patrons. Continue reading OdiloTID enables libraries to directly negotiate with publishers for ebooks, following DCL Model