Category Archives: Interfaces/Platforms

NLW – Free access to Gale Resources

In honor of National Library Week, Gale is providing free access to 5 databases.  They include:

  • Archives Unbound – A vast new electronic resource that combines the best of legacy microfilms from Gale and Primary Source Media along with new, never-before-published collections of historical and scholarly documents sourced from institutions worldwide.
  • Career Transitions – A new electronic resource offering a comprehensive guide to career change.
  • Global Issues in Context – An electronic resource that offers global news and perspectives on issues and events of international importance.
  • GREENR (Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources) – A new electronic resource offering authoritative reference content on the environment, energy, economic development and natural resources.
  • Grzimek’s Animal Life – An interactive, media-rich online resource, with information on more than 4,000 species.

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Gale offers Account Management Tool

Gale announced a new account management tool for libraries this week called “My Account.”

Using “My Account,” libraries are able to easily –
•    Manage account contact, billing and shipping information
•    Order print and eBook titles from the Gale catalog
•    Renew subscriptions of electronic resources
•    View detailed pricing, including any freight
•    Build, save, print and email a “Wish List” to aid ongoing collection development
•    View and print invoices and order history
•    Track the status of print, eBook and electronic orders

The launch of My Account is coupled with a contest for $500 product credits.  More information on the contest can be found online.

For more information, please contact Linda Busse at linda.busse@cengage.com.

Credo Launches Topic Pages

I wrote a piece on Credo’s Topic Pages a couple of weeks ago, but here is the official press release announcing the launch of the Topic Page Beta.

Credo Launches Topic Page Beta
The Librarian’s Answer to Wikipedia

Boston and Oxford, (April 8, 2010) – The data is undeniable, a significant majority of today’s researchers turn to Wikipedia at some point in the research process, very often at the beginning, or “presearch” phase of research. Now, Credo Reference is pleased to announce an easy-to-use alternative for researchers – Credo Topic Pages – that help answer the question, “Where do I start?”
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Free Access to SAGE Reference Online

SAGE Reference is offering free access to SAGE Reference Online until May 15th of this year.  Simply register for free access to over 50 encyclopedias and hundreds of handbooks in the social sciences.  Access includes The Encyclopedia of Journalism, which received an Honorable Mention for the Dartmouth Award this year.

Designing eBooks for ePUB reading engines

Caught this presentation link on Twitter from Liza Daly at Three Press Consulting.  Liza gave a presentation recently on designing eBooks for 2 epub reading engines rather than designing eBooks for 99 different readers (and counting).   What is a reading engine you ask?  According to slide #7, “A reading engine is the part of the ereading software that actually places text on the screen.  It’s the most basic, primitive, component of any ereader.”  Her presentation focuses on designing eBooks for 2/3 of the popular epub reading engines – Adobe Reader Mobile SDK (RMSDK) and WebKit.  Liza says that thinking about reading engines can really simplify issues around eBook design.

Liza has also designed her own ereader – the Ibis Reader.  With Ibis, you can read epub books on a computer or mobile device and your content is stored online, so you can access it anytime.

Open access to American History in Video During April

Alexander Street Press announced today that American History in Video will be open access during the month of April.  AHiV includes over 4,000 complete newsreels and documentaries from PBS, History Channel, and more.  The interface offers a number of search and browse options as well as technical features like searchable transcripts, visual TOC, and clip and share tools.  For more information please visit Alexander Street Press.

Credo’s Topic Pages – a great place to start your research!

Credo Reference

Mike Sweet, CEO of Credo Reference, gave me a tour of the new Credo Topic Pages yesterday.  What a great tool they are for background/overview information on 10,000 different topics!  The stimulus for creating the Topic Pages was context.  A University of Washington study on how students research in the digital age found that students struggle to find context for the masses of information available to them in the digital age.  Enter Credo’s Topic Pages.  The pages are designed to offer context and vocabulary, subject orientation, and pathways to further exploration of the topic.  The pages include simple definitions, encyclopedia entries, tag clouds showing the vocabulary of the topic, images, and a title list of the most common references from subject encyclopedia articles (all part of the Credo Reference content).   Sharing the topic page content via social tools, links to the library’s chat/IM service, and article citations via EasyBib are included as well, and that’s just the basic topic page.  (side note, have you heard of EasyBib?  16 million students are using it….probably some of yours) Continue reading Credo’s Topic Pages – a great place to start your research!

ebrary launches natural disaster information center

ebrary launched a natural disaster and extreme weather information center last week.  The information center was created using ebrary’s DASH (data sharing, fast) API and includes a collection of publicly available PDF files and Word docs.  Every word on every document can be searched and content is also organized by broad categories like floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, etc.  ebrary’s InfoTools is also available with the information center.  For more information, see the press release.

OverDrive offers DRM free EPUB & PDF and much much more

Received a press release from OverDrive announcing many enhancements to the OverDrive interface and digital content offerings.  The announcements were made today, just shy of the start of the Public Library Association Conference in Portland, Oregon.  Those attending the PLA Conference should stop by the OverDrive booth(2347) for demos of all these new features.  My favorite is “Open eBooks” – DRM free eBooks in EPUB and PDF formats which can be downloaded and read on nearly all EPUB enabled devices.  Here are just a few things mentioned in the press release: Continue reading OverDrive offers DRM free EPUB & PDF and much much more

ABC-CLIO content now on GVRL

There is some great news for librarians wanting their reference content to be searchable on one common interface.  ABC-CLIO has added 250 titles to the Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL).  The titles are either ABC-CLIO, Greenwood, Praeger, or Libraries Unlimited imprints and cover history, humanities, and general interest topics.  The addition of the ABC-CLIO titles takes the tally of publishing partners for GVRL close to 50 I believe (Nader, please correct me if I’m wrong). For those who want to search the full text of reference content in one platform, having 50 publishers and nearly 5,000 titles to choose from is looking really good right now.  More information can be found on Gales’ Re:sources blog.