Common Core is all the rage in K-12 publishing catering to middle and high school students these days. When Common Core first began to make waves a couple of years ago, reference publishers in particular were quick to recognize the value of their content—especially in digital form—for educators implementing the newly proposed standards into their curriculums. This is why we are starting to see more releases (and re-releases) of products strongly aligned with (and supporting) Common Core coming from major aggregators as well as publishers like Facts On File.
Oxford University Press announced yesterday the re-launch of Oxford Handbooks Online (OHO), now featuring coverage that has grown to 14 disciplines (translating to about 300 handbooks and 10,000 articles in total)—a significant expansion of the original platform first launched in the not-so-distant 2009 with just four subject modules, which included Business & Management, Philosophy, Political Science, and Religion. The new platform—designed (and referred to by OUP) as a publishing “program”— enables articles to publish immediately after passing peer review, which, according to OUP’s press release, will deliver new scholarship to those who need it faster and more efficiently.
I am in the midst of developing a library technology report for ALA TechSource (a unit of the publishing department of the American Library Association), due out in the Spring of 2013. The focus: ebook platforms in libraries. As I am amassing information about various products from publishers and aggregators on the specifics of each platform, I’ve decided to open it up to a broader audience in the early stages of the writing process and obtain feedback from all who may benefit.
Publishers and aggregators: Please take a moment to read the proposed contents of the report (below) and let me know where your products fit and why. I plan to cover a variety of resources.
Librarians: What are your main frustrations when selecting ebook platforms? Please take a moment to consider if the details I plan to include about each product will help you make informed purchasing decisions.
I’ll be accepting suggestions through the end of November. Thanks for speaking your mind. It matters.
EBSCO Publishing has just announced the release of Library & Information Science Source (LISS), one of several new “super” databases that merge EBSCO’s existing LIS content with H.W. Wilson’s.
Developed “by librarians for librarians” and designed to “help researchers find the latest information in a rapidly evolving field,” LISS covers librarianship from every angle imaginable and offers full text for over 430 journals and 30 monographs. It also includes thesauri with nearly 11,000 terms and indexing for hundreds of journals, books, research reports, proceedings, and even library school theses. According to a press release from EBSCO, this is the first time the entire Wilson indexing collection of LIS literature is available within a single database. Continue reading
SAGE, independent publisher of journals, textbooks, reference books, and electronic collections for library, education, and professional markets, announced the purchase of primary sources publisher Adam Matthew at the Frankfurt Book Fair last week. This is SAGE’s second acquisition in 14 months, following the purchase of UK-based independent publisher Learning Matters, in August 2011.
Adam Matthew (AM) is known in the library world for its primary source collections in the humanities and social sciences—best known in the United States for the “American West” collection, which features sources from the Everett D. Graff Collection of Western Americana at the Newberry Library in Chicago. Other AM collections span a range of subjects, comprising everything from medieval travel writing and Victorian popular culture to Chinese society and Jewish life in America. Continue reading
Credo Reference‘s ongoing effort to improve information literacy (and “research effectiveness”) just got a new boost. After conducting a case study with Columbia University’s undergrads, the company is reporting back some encouraging feedback about the value of its Literati platform. The results of the study have been made public and their message is clear: using Literati in the classroom made a notable difference in the students’ research experience. According to Credo, 87 percent of the students who participated said that Literati improved the quality of their work and 90 percent said they would likely use it again for future assignments.
Soon after launching Literati – an extension of the original Credo Reference platform, marketed as “a library’s connection to information literacy” – Credo partnered with Columbia University (and the “embedded” librarians of its Undergraduate Writing Program) to monitor students’ experience using the product. The goal was to utilize Literati as the core instructional tool and give students full access to its Technology (including Credo’s well-known Topic Pages and the Mind Map), Content (derived from hundreds of reference ebooks and subject encyclopedias from a growing list of publishers), and various customized Services, including multi-media instruction and tutorials. Continue reading