Category Archives: Interfaces/Platforms

DailyLit Tips and Tricks

Have you tried out DailyLit?  It’s a great ebook site that sends daily installments of books via email or RSS feed.  Here are some tips and tricks they suggest.  TIPS AND TRICKS ON DAILYLIT

Here are some useful tips you may not know that can help make DailyLit even easier to use:

—Customize: You can completely customize the delivery date, time, format (HTML or plain-text), and length (normal, 2X, or 4X) of your installments. Click on “Advanced” while you’re signing up for a book or click on the “Manage Your Book Settings” link at the end of any installment—then click on “More” next to the name of the book you want to edit.

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New Interview with Tom Beyer, iFactory

iFactory is an web development company in Boston.  They have developed Sage Reference Online, Rosen’s Teen Health & Wellness, and several Oxford University Press products.  NSR got to talk with Tom Beyer, Director of Publishing at iFactory about eBook interfaces and the future of eBooks.  Tom and 15 other interviews are listed on the NSR interviews page.

Infobase Publishing Launches Widgets

Infobase Publishing (Facts on File, Chelsea House, Ferguson Publishing) has just launched search widgets for their eBook platform.  See the press release here.

The widgets search only the eBook content that your institution has access to.  From the press release, “Infobase Publishing is pleased to
announce the launch of our new account-specific eBook Search Widgets, designed to expand access and promote usage within your institution. These customized Search
Widgets will allow users to search all the eBooks to which you have access from Infobase Publishing.”

Charleston Conference – eBook preconference program

The Charleston Conference has announced their pre-conference program. There is one on eBooks – Wednesday, November 4th.

eBooks: Not Just Another Binding

Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Cost: $125

Speakers: Keith Powell, Head of Acquisitions, The UC Irvine Libraries ; Lisa Sibert, Electronic Resources Acquisitions Librarian, The UC Irvine Libraries; and Holly Tomren, Electronic Resources and Metadata Cataloger and Interim Head, Monograph Cataloging, The UC Irvine Libraries; Other speakers TBA – but will include representatives from Springer,Ingram Digital, and the Publishers Communication Group. Continue reading

eBook Standards – summary of NISO/BISG program

Last Friday at ALA I was part of a NISO/BISG panel on the changing standards landscape.  There were many speakers, each discussing various aspects of eBook standards like business models, ISBNs, epub, DRM, and the standards and features needed by librarians (which was my part).  I’ve summarized my presentation here and would welcome additional suggestions and ideas from librarians.  Sue Continue reading

Grzimek’s transformed to interactive, media-rich online product


A press release from Gale concerning Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia is below.  I suspect this transformation from multi-volume print sources to interactive subscription based “databases” will be the norm from here on.  I really hope they have animal sounds, you never know when you might need to have lions roaring in your office.

Farmington Hills, Mich., July 10, 2009 – Gale, part of Cengage Learning, today announced the transformation of Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia into an interactive, media-rich online interface. This new digital version will be available this fall. Continue reading

Gale’s PowerSearch 2.0 launched with several new features


Farmington Hills, Mich., June 24, 2009 – Gale, part of Cengage Learning, today announced the launch of PowerSearch 2.0, an enhanced version of the original PowerSearch platform which provides the library community comprehensive access to authoritative reference, periodical and primary source information, providing greater “power to the user.”

PowerSearch 2.0 simplifies browsing through Gale’s more than 20,000 publications, providing the ability to search across more than 150 million documents. The new interface provides users a Web-like experience and includes added features that will appeal to and empower library patrons, students and other researchers. Continue reading

eBook Platform Evaluation Criteria

While at ACRL, I met a Librarian at Wellesley College by the name of Deborah Lenares.  She was in the midst of evaluating ebook aggregator platforms and shared with me her comparative spreadsheet.  It’s quite thorough and I thought it could be a great community project to work on it together.  So, Deborah has posted this spreadsheet to google docs and it is open and available for editing by anyone.

Document is available here:  https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AtHuZMbGK8S1dGpsZHdhYmZsLUhqbW50STZlcTZPT3c&hl=en_US#gid=0

The University of California – Irvine also did a comparison spreadsheet.  It is available for download here:  http://www.libraries.wright.edu/noshelfrequired/2010/01/06/checklist-for-evaluating-patron-driven-business-models/

Finally, the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) in the United Kingdom maintains an academic database assessment tool for e-books.  Users select vendors and the comparison data is displayed based on user choice.  It is available here:  http://www.jisc-adat.com/adat/adat_ebooks.pl

Widgets Increase Use of eReference Collections

From the Gale/Cengage RE:sources blog, May 2009

Widgets pack a wallop

Results from K-12 school, academic and public libraries confirm that usage soars when you add the ability to search all or part of your Gale Virtual Reference Library collection with a widget. Comparing the number of user sessions before and after the addition of a widget on the pages of a high school in Minnesota, a college in Texas and a public library in Ohio, Mark Springer, a data analyst from Gale, documented gains of 178%, 167% and 140% respectively. Read more results like these in the RE:sources blog next week.

Results of widgets in three libraries