Category Archives: Interfaces/Platforms

Wiley Online Library to Launch on July 24, 2010

This summer, Wiley will launch it’s online library, a congregation of journals, books, reference works, lab protocols, and databases.  The Online Library will replace the current Wiley InterScience website.  Imprints include Wiley-Blackwell, Wiley- VCH, and Jossey-Bass.  More information, including a description of interface options, use data standards, and alert services is available on the Wiley site.

Interview with Britannica’s John Russell, Director of Business Development

Last Friday I spoke with John Russell, Director of Business Development at Encyclopaedia Britannica.  John and I discussed Britannica’s mobile strategy including the new apps for the iPhone.   John’s interview is on the NSR interviews page with 24 other great interviews.  Have a listen.

New Britannica site helps reading-challenged students

21st Century Explorer, a new product from Britannica, is a resource for high school students with low reading levels or specific learning problems.  It is designed to provide resources (dictionaries, atlases, time lines, encyclopedias), news, videos, and more to assist with student assignments.  21st-Century Explorer is also ideal for reluctant readers, English Language Learners (ELL), English as a Second Language (ESL) students and adult-literacy students. Continue reading New Britannica site helps reading-challenged students

OverDrive announces app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Wow, great news for those of us with Apple devices.  OverDrive announced today the availability of their free app – OverDrive Media Console for iPhone – in the iTunes store.  Users can now download audiobooks (from their local library or a retail site) via wireless network directly to their Apple device.  I am very excited about this since I was unsuccessful at downloading library audiobooks from OverDrive for my recent vacation, something to do with using a MAC instead of a PC.  The For more information and to download the app, visit – or see the press release.  Android users, hold on to your hats, your app can’t be that far behind.

Ingram to provide publishers with access to Apple’s iBookstore

Ingram announced that it will provide publisher content to Apple’s new iBookstore.  Using their CoreSource® program, Ingram’s solution for the storage, management, and distribution of digital content, publishers will be able to submit eBooks to iBookstore for availability on Apple’s new iPad.  Ingram will help manage the relationship between publishers and Apple.  This will enable a publisher’s catalog to be ingested, converted into ePub, Apple’s required format, and submitted to the iBookstore.   To learn more about Ingram’s Apple Referral Program and CoreSource, visit:

OCLC adding Google Books and HathiTrust records to WorldCat

Great news for eBook exposure!  In an effort to maximize the visibility and value of libraries’ full collections, OCLC is adding records to WorldCat that represent digitized books from the Google Books Library Project and the HathiTrust Digital Library to provide greater access to and increased visibility of these rich digitized collections.

OCLC is working with libraries, Google and the HathiTrust to derive new MARC records that represent these digital collections based on the rich collection of print records contributed to WorldCat by the OCLC membership over the last 40 years. Searchers will begin seeing these records in WorldCat immediately. OCLC will continue to add records for these collections to WorldCat on an ongoing basis.
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ebrary offers SaaS for government documents

Last week, ebrary announced the availability of Software as a Service (SaaS) for government documents.  According to the press release, “With ebrary’s SaaS, agencies, institutes, and centers can transform any PDF documents into searchable, highly interactive databases that can be integrated into master sites, providing a seamless way for end-users to find the important information they need online.” Continue reading ebrary offers SaaS for government documents

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

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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