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
SIPX, Inc., a company providing web based service for digital copyright management and delivery, announced today several new library and publishing partners. SIPX (pronounced SIP-ex) developed from a research project at Stanford university just nine months ago. It appears they are off to a great start. The press release about the new partners is below. If you’d like a more first hand, personal account of SIPX, then I encourage you to listen to the interview I had with Franny Lee, a SIPX Co-Founder and VP of University Relations and Product Development. Franny and I discussed the services, business model, and benefits of SIPX for libraries, MOOCs, and publishers.
Franny Lee’s interview and 50+ more are available on the NSR interviews page. Continue reading
Credo has just announced the release of five new and seven updated Subject and Publisher collections to help libraries enhance their Literati or Credo Online Reference Service subscriptions. Brand new collections include: CQ Press Collection; CRC Press Collection, Economics Collection, Philosophy Collection, and Leadership Collection. Below is the press release from this morning that breaks it all down. Continue reading
SAGE has just announced a partnership with Coursera, a leading massive open online course (MOOC) provider, to make its educational resources available to more than three million Coursera students. Starting today, this partnership grants Coursera instructors the option to supplement their video lectures with SAGE’s wide-range of titles at no cost to students. The partnership is enabled by Chegg, a learning platform selected by Coursera as its exclusive DRM/eReader provider.
The list of Coursera partners is growing and includes a number of university presses (among them University of California, Stanford, and Rutgers). SAGE is one of several new publishers to enter into an agreement with the learning platform (others are expected to be announced today). NSR reached out to SAGE to get more information on what this partnership means for the publisher and the wider education community, including libraries (full press release is available below the Q&A).
Months in the making, ALA’ Library Technology Report (Volume 49, Issue 3) on ebook platforms for libraries is finally out.
Note from author Mirela Roncevic: “Librarians, I hope you find the comparative tables useful and the vast landscape of ebooks a bit less daunting after having read this report. Library vendors, I hope you benefit from the insight into how your products compare to others and how you can continue to improve their functionalities and business models.
Thank you to all the publishers, aggregators, and distributors who participated in the survey and supplied requested information. A heartfelt thank you to the team at ALA TechSource for supporting the project. Looking forward to future collaborations.” Continue reading
According to the press release just received from Gale (see below), the company plans to bring together more than 130 million pages of its digital humanities content onto one platform. Artemis, the name of the product, will be released in a series of phases over the next few years and will become the world’s largest curated primary source and literary collection.–MR Continue reading
Credo is moving full steam ahead in 2013. The following press release highlights several major achievements from this year including the two new Literati products, CODiE awards, and the acquisition of OnlineTutorSolutions.com. Read on for the details:
April 2, 2013, Boston, Oxford – Credo, the industry leader for information skills solutions, today announced several significant achievements in the first quarter of 2013. In addition to launching Literati School and Literati Student Athlete, solutions that combine authoritative scholarly content, innovative technologies and customizable services, the company’s Literati Public was recognized with a prestigious SIIA CODiE Award and Literati Academic was nominated for an SIIA CODiE Award as well.
Last week, Gale announced another expansion of its partnership with National Geographic with the launch of National Geographic: People, Animals, and the World, the third resource in its multi-media National Geographic Virtual Library package (selected by Mirela Roncevic as one of the most impactful digital resources for libraries in 2012). This new component of the Library joins National Geographic Magazine Archive, 1888-1994 and National Geographic Magazine Archive, 1995-Current, which were released in 2012. Additional NGVL products are expected in 2013.
People, Animals, and the World includes full-text books on travel, science & technology, history, environment, animals, photography, and peoples and cultures; 325 videos; over 655 full-color maps; 600 downloadable images; and the National Geographic Traveler magazine from 2010–present, all integrated within Gale’s research platform and designed for use by students, teachers, faculty and “anyone with a curiosity for the natural world.” We contacted Gale representatives for more information on how libraries can purchase the content. Here’s the scoop. Continue reading
This just in from EBSCO’s Newsroom: An announcement of the newly formed partnership between EBSCO and Ingram to make eBooks on EBSCOhost available to academic libraries via Ingram’s OASIS Platform this Spring.
IPSWICH, Mass. — January 15, 2013 —EBSCO Publishing and Ingram today announced an agreement aimed at benefitting mutual customers of Ingram’s OASIS® (Online Acquisitions and Selection Information System) and eBooks on EBSCOhost®. The agreement will allow libraries to order eBooks on EBSCOhost through OASIS.
EBSCO is the first outside e-book provider to be incorporated into OASIS. “As libraries develop programs to meet the changing needs of their patrons, Ingram is uniquely positioned to help content reach its destination, regardless of whether that destination is the printed page or a digital device,” said Dan Sheehan, Vice President and General Manager, Ingram Content Group library services. “Through our work with EBSCO, OASIS users will have access to an expanded selection of digital content, and, the added flexibility to acquire materials that they and their patrons require from one comprehensive source.” Continue reading
2012 was a busy year for e-content: new alliances were formed among both publishers and vendors, more mergers took place, controversies surrounding ebook lending in public libraries persisted, open access initiatives showed no signs of slowing down, and the pressing need to digitize scholarly publishing gave rise to several monograph e-platforms. With each passing week, those of us keeping up with e-content were reminded that emerging technological advances continued to push the boundaries of what we thought was possible only a year before.
Our industry was challenged to rethink its own expectations about digital library environments but also dare to aim higher. We asked the same questions as in the years past: Who remained ahead of the curve? Who took the most risk? Who spoke directly to the needs of users? And who brought us products that would stand the test of time years from now?
During the slow month of December, “best lists” are released all over Library land. They give us a chance to take a break from “keeping up” and simply reflect. So let’s pause from chasing press releases and reflect on some of the most impactful digital resources released in 2012. Continue reading