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
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
Discovery tools are continuing to grow by adding unique resources from publishers. EBSCO is announcing an extended partnership with Oxford University Press to add University Press Scholarship Online and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography to the EDS.
IPSWICH, Mass. — March 5, 2013 — EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) and Oxford University Press (OUP) have extended their partnership enabling two additional authoritative resources from OUP, University Press Scholarship Online and Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, to be searchable within EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS). Oxford University Press is the world’s largest university press offering content in more than 40 languages for audiences from pre-school to secondary level schoolchildren; students to academics; general readers to researchers; individuals to institutions. Continue reading
Received this press release from OCLC today. The metadata and full text of ALL Gale databases and archives will be fully discoverable in WorldCat Local. This will be a great benefit to mutual subscribers of OCLC and Gale products. More from the press release:
New agreement will provide libraries and users broader access to Gale collections through the OCLC WorldShare Platform
DUBLIN, Ohio, January 23, 2013—OCLC and Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, have agreed to make all Gale databases and archives fully discoverable through WorldCat Local, and to explore broadening discoverability of Gale collections through other applications available through the OCLC WorldShare Platform. Continue reading
Metadata is the key to eBook discovery. I’m glad to see these publishers sharing their content with WorldCat.
DUBLIN, Ohio, January 18, 2013—OCLC has signed new agreements with leading publishers around the world to add more e-book metadata to WorldCat, the most comprehensive online database of resources available through libraries worldwide.
This new WorldCat metadata will be integrated into library management workflows using OCLC’s cataloging services and discoverable by users through a variety of library discovery services, including WorldCat Local and WorldCat.org. Continue reading
To honor open access week, I’ll be highlighting a different open access eBook platform each day. The purpose is to create awareness of various open access ebook collections. If you have collections to suggest, please let me know.
The Directory of Open Access Books – The DOAB – is a service of the OAPEN Foundation. As of Monday evening, they provided the metadata for 1217 peer reviewed, academic, open access ebooks from 33 publishers. I featured the OAPEN on Monday in my open access post. The difference between these two services is that the DOAB contains only the metadata. The full-text must be downloaded from various publisher sites (links are provided). The OAPEN on the other hand, provides the metadata and full-text of the titles.
Last week, I posted a press release from Third Iron, a company founded by a librarian, John Seguin. Third Iron released an iPad app called BrowZine. This app allows patrons the ability to browse open access journals and library subscription journals (library subscription required) and keep track of articles on individual devices. As was stated in the Press Release, “BrowZine combines articles from databases to create full journals, organizes them on shelves arranged by subject, and delivers a reading experience optimized for the iPad. With BrowZine, users can easily find journals made available by their library, browse titles of interest, and read individual articles or the complete journal.”
I spoke to John to get more information on how BrowZine works, which you can listen to in our interview. John’s interview, and 50 others, are on the NSR interviews page. Continue reading
This new iPad app looks really interesting. Add it as another way to market/discover existing library journal subscriptions. More from the press release:
ST PAUL, MN – September 25, 201 – Third Iron, LLC, a leading library technology company, announced today the release of BrowZine, a new app for the iPad. BrowZine combines articles from databases to create full journals, organizes them on shelves arranged by subject, and delivers a reading experience optimized for the iPad. With BrowZine, users can easily find journals made available by their library, browse titles of interest, and read individual articles or the complete journal. Continue reading
IPSWICH, Mass. — July 31, 2012 —EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) and Apabi have come to an agreement allowing metadata from Apabi’s e-book collection to be added to the Base Index of EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS). The e-books from Apabi are designed to offer a vast collection in a variety of subject areas to researchers in higher education, public libraries, corporations and government.
Apabi’s extensive and growing collection includes over 700,000 Simplified Chinese e-books, with coverage beginning as early as 1949. Over 120,000 e-books are being added to the collection each year. The majority of Apabi’s e-books, more than 400,000, are published from 2004 to the present. Subject matter within the e-book collection represents an expansive range of subject areas including humanities, literature, science & technology and economics. Continue reading
IPSWICH, Mass. — May 31, 2012 —EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) will make millions of images from the Associated Press (AP) available to library customers. EBSCO has been named the sole library distributor of the AP Images, the commercial photo unit of AP. It is one of the world’s largest collections of historical and contemporary imagery including more than twelve million photographs dating back more than 100 years. Continue reading