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
OverDrive announced today the availability of the media stations to all libraries. The picture here was taken at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago earlier this year. OverDrive has been piloting the media stations at several libraries and now the service is available to all libraries. See the press release below for more info.
Cleveland, Ohio, November 12— OverDrive announced today that its “inside the library” eBook, audiobook, music and video sampling and checkout terminal, OverDrive Media Station, is now broadly available. Launched as a pilot program earlier this year with 50 public library systems in five countries, the in-library eBook kiosks enable readers to browse eBooks, audiobooks and other media on a touchscreen monitor in libraries or any location where libraries want to introduce readers to their eBook catalog. Continue reading
From an OverDrive press release:
When teachers, students and parents visit their school’s OverDrive-powered digital library website, they will find a fully-updated user interface providing a more informative, user-friendly experience. New features include enhanced metadata, robust search tools, filters and improved title detail pages and menus to make finding a title easier. Users are now able to search for titles based on standardized reading level information such as Lexile, ATOS and Accelerated Reader scores. This new metadata will assist teachers in identifying the most appropriate content for their students. Continue reading
Earlier this week, ProQuest announced a partnership with OCLC to automate ebook collection management. Today, they expand that announcement to include Summon and 360. The project is currently in beta testing. More from the press release below:
ANN ARBOR, MI — November 7, 2013 — ProQuest is streamlining librarian workflows by automating holdings updates for its ebooks businesses, ebrary and EBL – Ebook Library in the knowledgebase supporting the Summon® service as well as its 360 discovery and management services. The process, which is currently in beta testing, eliminates the need for librarians to manually load records and set holdings. Data that supports Demand-Driven Acquisition models will be automatically updated, making it simple for libraries to improve “just in time” collection development strategies. Continue reading
With this new service, libraries can request that ebrary and EBL provide OCLC with holdings data for purchased collections and DDA repositories. See the complete press release below.
DUBLIN, Ohio and Ann Arbor, Mich., November 4, 2013—A new collaboration between OCLC and ProQuest automates the process to keep e-book holdings from ebrary and EBL – Ebook Library up to date in WorldCat and library catalogs and offers current links to library users for easy access to those titles. The initiative builds on OCLC’s work with ProQuest’s e-book businesses to support Demand-driven Acquisition (DDA) workflow and e-book access. Continue reading
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
Yesterday, Paratext’s Reference Universe launched several new enhancements to the interface. The enhancements were completed based on suggestions from library clients. For those not familiar with Reference Universe, here is a brief description, taken from the website: Reference Universe includes data not contained in any other service, and is designed to illuminate your library’s carefully-crafted collection at the deepest possible level. It contains dense metadata to over 45,000 electronic and print encyclopedias, unlocking previously overlooked content, expanding the boundaries and opening up new pathways of research.
- Fewer Clicks. Selecting a Title from your results sets will now immediately show all relevant article titles and index entries on a single page; emphasizing the unique metadata found only through Reference Universe.
- Clearer Results. Distinguish between electronic and print titles with one simple click.
- Cleaner View. Enhanced graphics now provide both a cleaner “look” and smoother navigation. Continue reading
Earlier this month, EBSCO added new Japanese language content to the EBSCO Discovery Service. See the press release below for more details.
IPSWICH, Mass. — August 6, 2013 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and NetAdvance today have announced an agreement allowing metadata from NetAdvance’s JapanKnowledge collection to be added to EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) — providing unparalleled access to world-renowned content in all subject areas, for researchers at every level.
The content from JapanKnowledge includes an extensive collection of Japanese-language content geared for educational institutions, researchers and businesses. The metadata offers Japanese language dictionaries (Japanese, English-Japanese, Japanese-English and English-English), two dictionaries of current words, a dictionary of scientific terms as well as a biographical dictionary. The content also includes a 30-volume encyclopedia, the Kodansha Encyclopedia of Japan (the largest encyclopedia in English about Japan), a news database that covers Asia and the European Union, full-text books, a database of video recordings from 1908-2005 and a database of dissertations from the humanities departments of six universities in Japan. Continue reading
Some interesting news from EBSCO and BiblioLabs. If you would like to learn more about BiblioLabs, check out the interview I conducted with Mitch Davis, Founder of BiblioLabs. Here is the EBSCO press release:
IPSWICH, Mass. — July 24, 2013 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) announces an agreement with BiblioLabs that will give more people access to high quality, historical content and enable libraries, museums and other institutions to make digital content from their internal repositories available to others. Metadata from BiblioLab’s historical content will be searchable via EBSCO Discovery Service™ and EBSCO will sell BiblioLab products, including BiblioBoard Library and BiblioBoard Creator. Continue reading
WorldCat continues to grow in it’s discovery of content from around the world. This recent press release lists the publisher and aggregator agreements added since January of 2013. It’s a pretty impressive list. I’m particularly thrilled to see 3M and Freading on the list for the creation and delivery of WorldCat records.
DUBLIN, Ohio, June 27, 2013—OCLC has signed new agreements with leading publishers around the world to add more books, e-books, journals, audiovisual materials and databases to WorldCat, the most comprehensive online database of resources available through libraries worldwide. Continue reading