Category Archives: Interfaces/Platforms

ebrary announces public library program

ebrary announced a new pilot program for it’s new public library collection.  The collection contains 20,000 titles ranging from fiction to life skills, and careers to arts and crafts.  Simultaneous, multi-user access is available for this collection in addition to ebrary’s DASH (Do-it-yourself publishing platform). Local public high schools get free access with the public library subscription. The ebrary school library program (announced earlier this year) is a subset of the public library collection.

Reference: The Missing Link in Discovery – Q/A from Webinar

Last week LJ and Credo Reference sponsored the webinar, Reference: The Missing Link in Discovery.  I had the pleasure of presenting at the webinar with Joe Janes from the University of Washington.  The archive of the webinar is available on the LJ site.

Several questions were asked by participants which Joe and I could not answer live.  Those questions, and answers, are below.  We welcome your comments and further discussion on the future of reference. Continue reading Reference: The Missing Link in Discovery – Q/A from Webinar

CalState University launching digital textbook pilot

From an Ingram press release:

The Digital Marketplace, an initiative of the California State University Office of the Chancellor, announced plans today to launch a digital textbook pilot this fall using the Ingram VitalSource digital content delivery platform.

Starting in the fall 2010 semester, the pilot is planned to begin at San Diego State University and will be implemented through the university bookstore. Students will receive their content through the Aztec Bookstore portal, and will access their e-textbook titles through the industry-leading VitalSource Bookshelf® software.

The Digital Marketplace is an innovative one-stop-shopping platform for the discovery, selection, authoring and acquisition of digital course materials.  Priorities include improving faculty and student choice, improving accessibility of materials, and significantly reducing the cost of course materials.  For more information, visit

Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street eBooks?

Elmo, Abby, and Grover are into eBooks! Partnering with Impelsys and the iPublishCentral platform, more than 100 Sesame Street eBooks are available with unlimited access for an annual subscription of $40 per year.

Some features of the educational and playful titles include:  read along features, audio books, interactivity, full-color animation, auto-play options, and text highlighting.  More information can be found at

Gale’s AccessMyLibrary School Edition iPhone app

Gale announced today the availability of the AccessMyLibrary (AML) School Edition app for the iPhone.  The new K-12 version allows students to find their local school library – (grade schools, middle schools and high schools) and access the vast array of Gale resources the school library has purchased on their behalf.  Students can use the application to locate their school and then will be required to authenticate for the school year, using a password provided by the school.
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Accessibility Release for Ingram’s VitalSource Bookshelf

Last years law suit against 4 Universities piloting the Kindle reader as a eTextbook solution has done a lot to guarantee the accessibility of textbooks to all students.

Ingram Content Group, working with the American Foundation for the Blind consulting group (AFB Consulting), announced a new disability release for their eTextbook platform – VitalSource.  The release, which makes the application more usable for disabled students, contains extensive internal feature and function enhancements, as well as support for third-party screen-reader applications. These new features include the new DTD (Document Type Definition) v3.4 and VitalSource’s “MathSpeak” program which adds rich English-language articulation to MathML tags.  With this release, VitalSource is the only eTextbook platform on the market to offer full accessibility in downloads, online, and mobile access points for content.  Windows, Macintosh®, and online updates are expected in June, and iPhone®, iPod Touch®, and iPad™ releases in August. Continue reading Accessibility Release for Ingram’s VitalSource Bookshelf

Publishers beef up on eBook offerings

Today’s LJ Academic Newswire reported on Database Marketplace 2010.  They listed several new interfaces and features from eBook publishers.  For the full story, visit the LJ Academic Newswire. Continue reading Publishers beef up on eBook offerings

OUP -an interview with Colleen Scollans about Bibliographies Online

Last week I was in NYC visiting with the great crew at Oxford University Press.  I got the complete, unedited tour of their new product, Oxford Bibliographies Online.  While there, I had a chance to speak with Colleen Scollans, VP of Sales and Marketing for OUP, about OBO and the user research involved in the formation of the product, and the continuation of the product.  Colleen’s interview is on the NSR interviews page with many other interesting interviews.  Have a listen.  I’ll blog soon about my thoughts on OBO.

WorldCat Local adds more EBSCO Databases

Caught this info on a tweet from @mlharper:

As the silos crumble…

OCLC has added 18 EBSCO databases to the WorldCat Local metasearch central index, which allows quick, easy access to the content. Libraries that subscribe to both WorldCat Local and EBSCOhost services can now offer easy online access to a wide range of authoritative electronic content for their users. EBSCO’s content, which includes some of the most popular databases in libraries, will be more visible to authenticated library patrons through WorldCat Local, the OCLC service that provides single-search access to libraries’ print, electronic and digital resources. Continue reading WorldCat Local adds more EBSCO Databases

Rosen’s Teen Health & Wellness – Translation and Social Bookmarking

Rosen’s Teen Health & Wellness database recently upgraded the interface to include two exciting new features – translation and social bookmarking.

The translation widget offers content in 50 languages, instantly.

Articles can also be shared on Facebook and other social networking sites.  Family and friends will be able to read the full text of the Rosen content with no authentication required.

New features will appear this Fall including – new content, video, mobile apps, health calculators, expanded photos, and customized local hotlines.