Category Archives: Electronic Resources

ProQuest and Google collaborate with full text indexing

ANN ARBOR, Mich., March 24, 2015 – ProQuest will enable the full text of its scholarly journal content to be indexed in Google Scholar, improving research outcomes. Work is underway and the company anticipates that by the third-quarter of 2015, users starting their research in Google Scholar will be able to access scholarly content via ProQuest.

“At ProQuest, we design our solutions for ease of access for our end-users and customers. That often means teaming with other providers of research tools to make our solutions more valuable and compatible,” said Kurt Sanford, ProQuest CEO. “Our relationship with Google is the latest example of actions we’re taking to make it simple for researchers to access content in their libraries no matter where they start their research.” Continue reading ProQuest and Google collaborate with full text indexing

EBSCO launches Orbit™, an online catalog of EBSCO Discovery Service™ apps

IPSWICH, Mass. — March 19, 2015 — EBSCO Orbit, an online catalog of apps that enhance the EBSCO discovery experience for library users, is now available from EBSCO Information Services. The self-service environment allows libraries to browse and request apps, and offers the opportunity to have EBSCO manage these apps.

Orbit includes a collection of nearly 100 apps which will continue to expand. These apps augment the search experience, highlight content, enhance library interaction and integrate with a wide variety of third-party environments.

 For those libraries that prefer to have EBSCO manage their apps, a cloud services package is available for a low annual subscription fee. The cloud services include implementation and consulting, hosting in the EBSCO cloud as well as ongoing support and maintenance for both functionality enhancements and required fixes. With cloud services, all apps are centrally managed as part of EBSCO’s Software as a Service (SaaS) infrastructure so libraries automatically receive software updates to their apps as well as the security, availability, and performance of the platform.

EBSCO supports open source software and choice, and that is reflected in Orbit. All Orbit apps will be available as open source at no charge to libraries that wish to implement and maintain software locally. Libraries that do not choose the cloud services package can request apps from EBSCO, download the code, and implement it independently within their EBSCO discovery environment.

EBSCO Vice President of Global Software Services, Ron Burns says Orbit allows all libraries to take advantage of innovation. “In the last few years, we have developed a large number of apps in partnership with our discovery customers. Making these apps available through Orbit means libraries can now browse a wide variety of apps and extensions to perfectly fit their library’s discovery needs. We recognize that many libraries don’t have the resources or technical ability to implement and maintain apps. For these libraries, EBSCO will host and maintain all apps so our customers can focus resources and efforts elsewhere.”

To learn more about Orbit and to start browsing and requesting apps, visit: http://orbit.ebsco.com/.

About EBSCO Information Services

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 6,000 discovery customers in over 100 countries. EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) provides each institution with a comprehensive, single search box for its entire collection, offering unparalleled relevance ranking quality and extensive customization. EBSCO is also the preeminent provider of online research content for libraries, including hundreds of research databases, historical archives, point-of-care medical reference, and corporate learning tools serving millions of end users at tens of thousands of institutions. EBSCO is the leading provider of electronic journals & books for libraries, with subscription management for more than 360,000 serials, including more than 57,000 e-journals, as well as online access to nearly 700,000 e-books. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: www.ebsco.com. EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., a family owned company since 1944.

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EBSCO offering open APIs for YBP’s GOBI and EBSCO journal services

IPSWICH, Mass. — March 18, 2015 — In line with its open metadata and technology sharing policy, EBSCO has shown a commitment to supporting its customers – no matter which mix of services they choose. On the heels of the recent acquisition of YBP, EBSCO has made the official company decision to develop fully open APIs for both YBP’s GOBI services and its subscription service division’s journal services that can be readily consumed by ILS and other technology services providers. Continue reading EBSCO offering open APIs for YBP’s GOBI and EBSCO journal services

e-Libro to offer free Spanish language information literacy tools

Miami, FL – February 26, 2015 - e-Libro, a central solution for essential Spanish Language ebooks, today announced it will offer free information literacy tools in Spanish and English starting with mini lessons in finding, using and evaluating information and citing sources. Developed by e-Libro’s on-staff librarians with the ACRL’s information literacy guidelines in mind, the materials will be openly available to anyone who registers at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SpanishILguides.

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Bibliografía de la Literatura Española now available on ProQuest

ANN ARBOR, Mich., (February 25, 2015) — ProQuest is improving research outcomes for scholars of Spanish literature by amping the power of the classic Bibliografía de la Literatura Española (BLE). The resource is now available on the ProQuest® platform, enabling users to apply content tools and cross-search with their library’s larger ProQuest collection, including PRISMA, for a smoother, faster workflow. Continue reading Bibliografía de la Literatura Española now available on ProQuest

ProQuest releases rare, historical works from Bibliothèque nationale de France

ANN ARBOR, Mich., February 12, 2015 – Researchers can now explore early European history and culture as it happened with ProQuest’s release of the first 2 million pages in its massive digitization project with Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) in Paris. When complete, the project will give researchers cover to cover access to more than 28,000 rare European books printed from 1400 to 1700 – 10 million pages – in crisp, fully searchable images. Approximately 5,800 titles are now available in Collections 4 and 6 of ProQuest’s Early European Books, enabling researchers around the world to benefit from the Library’s centuries of acquisition, curation and preservation.

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Follett invests in Vocabulary.com

Partnership to expand online adaptive learning approach to driving vocabulary proficiency and literacy development

CHICAGO, Feb.4, 2015 – Follett Corporation today announces a strategic investment in Vocabulary.com, a leading learning platform in the K-12 and consumer space. The investment reflects Follett’s support and development of new technology with the potential to enhance the delivery of education and improve student outcomes.

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Gale announces several new collections for Artemis: Primary Sources platform

Farmington Hills, Mich., Feb. 3, 2015 — Continuing to connect researchers to treasured historical content, Gale, part of Cengage Learning, today announced several Gale Digital Collections for academic and special libraries around the world, including the next three installments of Associated Press Collections Online as well as Brazilian and Portuguese History and Culture: The Oliveira Lima Library. These new collections are available on the Gale Artemis: Primary Sources platform, giving researchers the ability to cross-search with other digital archives and access to graphing and search visualization tools that will help them explore the content in new ways. Gale has also completed the migration of several historical newspaper and periodical collections onto the Gale Artemis: Primary Sources platform, which now boasts more than 125 million pages of content.

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Study released on impact of digital courseware on student learning

A new report from SRI Education evaluates Gates Foundation’s investments in digital courseware over the last five years.  Executive Summary available.  Abstract below.  Report offers lessons learned, gaps in knowledge base data, and nine recommendations for future courseware investments.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Postsecondary Success initiative seeks to understand what is required for technology applications to produce positive student impacts at scale. SRI analyzed the features of 137 different courses from 12 major postsecondary courseware-related projects and performed a quantitative meta-analysis of student outcomes to estimate the impact of digital courseware on student learning. Follow-up analyses examined the design features, conditions, and practices associated with differences in student outcomes. A conceptual framework relating evaluation approaches to stages of learning technology investment is provided.

ProQuest launches new UKI edition of Academic Complete

CAMBRIDGE, UK, January 5, 2015 – ProQuest® ebooks company ebrary® has created a brand new version of their award winning Academic Complete™ subscription collection designed specifically for UK and Irish students, faculty and researchers with over 4,000 unique, region specific titles.

Recognizing the importance of providing key content to this region, this new edition of Academic Complete delivers more than 115,000 titles, and is the first locally-tailored content edition which goes beyond territorial rights adjustments. Providing simultaneous, multi-user access the UKI edition contains over 4,000 specially selected titles which are only available to this region and consist of the most relevant publishers and topics. This local version will only be available in the UK and Ireland with the same overall number of titles as the standard Academic Complete. Continue reading ProQuest launches new UKI edition of Academic Complete