From a Credo Press Release:
Credo Reference adds prestigious National Gallery images to its reference collection
Oxford and Boston, January 26, 2010 – Credo Reference, the award winning online reference library, has signed an agreement to include National Gallery, London images and information in the Credo General Reference Collection.
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Here is another sign that times are changing and silos of library information are breaking down. I searched WorldCat today and found links to JSTOR content, clicked through, and downloaded the PDF without a hitch. I expect we’ll see more of this, which is great news for the discovery of library content on the web. The press release is below.
JSTOR now indexed in WorldCat.org
Scholars and researchers can now identify content in JSTOR through WorldCat.org and connect to the full-text Continue reading WorldCat indexes JSTOR content
Very cool news from OCLC/NetLibrary. Their e-books are now compatible with the Nook as well as the new SONY Daily Edition (they were already compatible with the 4 versions of SONY Readers). This is a real benefit for libraries who are looking for more e-reader options. It opens up so many potentials for patron downloads and the use of e-readers by libraries (for circulation). I hope to see other aggregators and publishers following suit and (fingers crossed) adding more textbooks to the mix. The press release from OCLC is below.
NetLibrary eBooks compatible with new Barnes & Noble nook, new ony Daily Edition and other popular eBook readers
140,000 eBook titles available for download to portable devices
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Excited to see that OUP is working with iFactory, and their new platform, PubFactory. I haven’t seen PubFactory since beta, so I’m anxious to try it out. Am hoping to get a grand tour via webinar this month, so look for an informal PubFactory review on NSR soon. Here’s the press release:
iFactory chosen for superior fusion of design and technology,
continues long-standing relationship with OUP
BOSTON – January 14, 2010 — iFactory, an award-winning web design and development firm, today announced that Oxford University Press (OUP) has chosen iFactory’s new online publishing development platform, PubFactory, to develop Oxford Dictionaries Online, a new global modern English dictionary and language reference service. OUP, a major provider of online reference and scholarly content to libraries, turned to iFactory for this project because of its unique focus on design and custom development capabilities.
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I’ve had several posts in the last 3 months about interactive online reference – a survey, link to a Charleston Presentation, and now a link to the “Off The Shelf” column in Booklist which highlights interactive online reference (and summarizes the survey and the presentation from Charleston). The article is available at Booklist Online and is also linked from the NSR articles page, along with the other Off The Shelf columns. Happy reading.
Subscribers to ebrary’s Academic Complete now have the ability to upload and share their own PDF documents. It’s all part of a new service called DASH – (Data Sharing, Fast). Those attending the ALAMW meeting in Boston next week can check it out. The complete press release is below.
Some interesting eBook white papers, surveys and reports:
Springer eBook white papers
ebrary ebook survey results
American Libraries is rolling out a newly redesigned website, tentatively scheduled to appear January 4. The site, which is live now but still carrying the “beta” label, is at www.americanlibrariesmagazine.org. We encourage you to take a look and update your bookmarks and any links to us in your blogs and websites. The AL Online RSS feed will relocate to www.americanlibrariesmagazine.org/news/rss.xml. Making the switch to a new domain could be tricky—we could risk losing readers who are used to our old domain (of course, redirects will be in place, but it’s still going to be a bit confusing), so we wanted to get the word out early. Continue reading American Libraries new website
Michael Pastore at Epublishers Weekly blog posted a stress test for ebooks. His test gives points to ebooks for the ability to complete tasks, like sharing with friends, converting, and printing. The full test is on the blog, check it out.
Here’s the intro material: How healthy is your ebook? … Is your ebook free, flexible, strong (long lasting) and brimming with useful features? … Or is your ebook feature-challenged, a hapless prisoner of one specific device, format, or content protection system?
There is much debate about ebook pricing; there should be much more talk about ebook value. A free and healthy ebook is worth much more than a feature-reduced ebook.