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 Paratext’s Reference Universe updates interface
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 EBSCO Discovery Service adds Japanese language metadata from NetAdvance
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 BiblioLabs metadata now in EDS, EBSCO to sell Bibliolabs products
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 WorldCat signs agreements with over 25 publishers and aggregators, including 3M and Freading
DUBLIN, Ohio, 19 June 2013—OCLC has launched the new WorldCat Metadata API that will enable member libraries and partners to build and share applications on the OCLC WorldShare Platform for libraries to catalog their collections in WorldCat.
The WorldCat Metadata API supports a variety of cataloging functionality for libraries to catalog their collections in WorldCat. Libraries will be able to create applications with the new API to add new and enrich existing WorldCat bibliographic records, and maintain WorldCat institution holdings and local bibliographic data. Continue reading OCLC launches WorldCat metadata API
Ann Arbor, MI – The HathiTrust Digital Library will partner with the recently launched Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) to expand discovery and use of HathiTrust’s public domain and other openly available content.
DPLA provides an online portal to freely available digital material held by libraries, archives, and museums across the United States. By offering a unified discovery point for these disparate collections, DPLA aims to make readily available to the public the words, images, sounds, and objects of America’s shared cultural heritage. Continue reading HathiTrust partners with DPLA for discovery of public domain and open content
Big news today from EBSCO. They will begin to index the metadata from Gale databases, ebooks, and archival collections. More information, including the full list of Gale resources included in the agreement, is below. Gale announced a similar partnership with OCLC for WorldShare program in January of this year.
IPSWICH, Mass. / BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — May 28, 2013 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and Gale, part of Cengage Learning, have agreed to make Gale databases and archives discoverable through EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS). The agreement allows EBSCO to index Gale metadata and make it discoverable for mutual customers through EBSCO Discovery Service. Continue reading Gale metadata to be indexed in EBSCO Discovery Service
EBSCO and BioOne are in partnership to increase the discovery of over 100,000 scholarly articles from biosence research journals. The EDS will index the metadata of these journals for full discovery in the EDS. Mutual customers may then access the fulltext via the EDS. More from the press release below.
IPSWICH, Mass. — May 7, 2013 — BioOne Online Journals are now searchable via EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS), from EBSCO Publishing. EBSCO Discovery Service users are able to search more than 100,000 scholarly articles from bioscience research journals in the Base Index of EBSCO Discovery Service. The addition of this valuable resource adds to the rapidly growing STM content available to EDS users.
Continue reading BioOne Online Journals now discoverable through EBSCO EDS
OCLC announced yesterday that the WorldCat database reached a record number of 2 billion holdings. I am simply amazed by the growth of this database over the years. WorldCat has been a great resource for discovering content and extending a library’s collection through interlibrary loan service. Here is more from the press release:
On Saturday, May 4, at 2:58 a.m. (MDT), the holding symbol for the University of Alberta Libraries, in Edmonton, was set through an automated process to the WorldCat record for the e-book, Evaluation of the City of Lakes Family Health Team Patient Portal Pilot Project: Final Report, published in 2012 by the Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research. It was the 2 billionth holding set in WorldCat. The e-book catalog record was created by the Canadian Electronic Book Library, an e-book provider in Canada, and was enhanced through OCLC’s automated authority control processing system. Continue reading WorldCat database reaches 2 billion holdings
Good news for ebook discovery.
April 9, 2013 (ANN ARBOR, Mich.) — ProQuest is streamlining research by enabling ebrary® and ProQuest® content to be discovered within a single search experience. Now, researchers can surface e-books side-by-side with relevant reports, videos, journal and newspaper articles and more in one step. The advance in searching comes via linking technology that enables users to navigate seamlessly from search results to the platform that best supports the content they want to explore. Continue reading ebrary and ProQuest content discoverable in single, integrated search