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. Continue reading OCLC adding Google Books and HathiTrust records to WorldCat→
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→
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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?” Continue reading Credo Launches Topic Pages→
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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