Category Archives: New Products

Credo Adds New Publisher Collections

Credo announced earlier this week the addition of new publisher collections on the Credo Reference interface.  The following Collections are now available on Credo Reference:

  • ABC-CLIO (4 Collections) – Artists of the American Mosaic, ABC-CLIO Collection, Contemporary World Issues, World Mythology
  • Ashgate – Research Companions Collection
  • Berg Publishing– Cultural Histories Collection
  • Berkshire Publishing – Berkshire Publishing Collection
  • CABI – Agricultural Collection
  • Greenwood Publishing (3 Collections) – Guides to Business and Economics, Love and Courtship, Greenwood Publishing Collection
  • IGI Global – Applied Technology Collection
  • Kucer’s – The Use of Antibiotics Collection
  • Longman (Pearson Education) – Companions to History Collection
  • MIT Press – MIT Press Collection
  • Praeger – Women’s Psychology Collection
  • SAGE Reference (11 Collections) – Criminology, Education, Environment, Geography, Health, Management, Political Science, Psychology, Research Methods, Sociology, SAGE Reference Collection
  • Wiley-Blackwell – Psychology Collection

Reference Extract Funding Received, Project Moving Forward

I first heard about Reference Extract back in 2008.  I thought it was a great idea then, and am glad to see this additional funding in place to keep the project moving forward.  Here is more information from the press release:

DUBLIN, Ohio, January 6, 2011—The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has awarded $350,000 to fund researchers and developers from OCLC, the information schools of Syracuse University and the University of Washington and Zepheira LLC to continue work creating a more credible Web search experience based on the unique expertise, services and input from librarians worldwide.

The goal of the Reference Extract project is to make it easy to find credible information in the digital age. Researchers and developers are expected to have initial practical analysis and models of this “credibility engine” to share with the community in early 2011. Details of this work can be found through the Reference Extract home page at http://www.referencextract.org/. Continue reading Reference Extract Funding Received, Project Moving Forward

eBooks Coming to JSTOR

A message from JSTOR about forthcoming University Press eBooks.

For the past 6 months, we have been working closely with 8 university presses as well as librarians and faculty to consider whether we can make a valuable and impactful contribution to the academic community by helping to bring scholarly books online. We believe we can. Our press partners are eager to further this collaboration, and the ITHAKA Board of Trustees recently approved our moving forward with the effort. Please come to our participants’ meeting during ALA Midwinter to hear more about it. It’s on Sunday from 8-10 AM at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel, Room Sapphire 400. If you can’t make it, please try to attend the Chief Collection Development Officers of Large Research Libraries meeting on Saturday, January 8, 8:00 am to noon at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel, Room Indigo A where it will be discussed, or stop by booth #808 and talk with our staff.

Articles of Interest

Top 10 Articles of 2010 – Digital Book World

Amazon Kindle E-Reader Sales Will Keep Growing in 2011: 10 Reasons Why – Mobile and Wireless – News & Reviews – eWeek.com

Predictions for 2011 from Smashwords Founder – GalleyCat

How to add books to the iPad, iPhone, etc.

Check Out Library Books Using Your Phone – eBookNewser

David Thornburg on Open-Source Textbooks | Edutopia

Almost One-Third of Internet Users Plan to Buy a Kindle

Feeding Your E-book Habit: Borrowing From the Library — The …

Year One: The Born Digital Publisher – The Scholarly Kitchen

Go To Hellman: 2010 Summary: Libraries are Still Screwed

How to find free Kindle books

NOOK ereaders become biggest seller in B&N’s history

People will pay for digital content says Pew Internet & American Life Project

IDATE releases ebook report

Prediction for 2011 – The Individual Rules – The Scholarly Kitchen

Steve Haber: The Changing Role of Libraries in the Digital Age

CQ to launch First Street – a database for researching political relationships

CQ Press will launch a new, revolutionary database in April of 2011 – First Street.  First Street consolidates congressional, government and lobbying data back to 1993, including CQs plethora of staff directories.  The First Street Coalition Builder (TM), the coolest part of the product, is a visual mapping tool which displays connections between staffers, lobbyists, and members of Congress.  More information, from the website, is below. Continue reading CQ to launch First Street – a database for researching political relationships

SciVerse Hub Application Connects Researchers with U.S. Government Datasets

Elsevier has added another app to its SciVerse Hub Applications Marketplace, U.S. Government Datasets.  It’s a great example of collaboration, discovery, and semantic technology.  This article at Information Today offers additional information.

eBooks and Maritime History – see and hear it at ALAMW

Peter McCracken, librarian and founder of Serials Solutions, has a new hobby – ships.  His site, ShipIndex.org, helps people do research on hundreds of thousands of specific vessels. With over 1.5 million citations in it, the site tells you what books, journals, CD-ROMs, websites, databases, and other sources mention particular ships. It includes vessels mentioned in references sources like the Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History (a 2008 Dartmouth Award Winner), Naval Warfare: An International Encyclopedia, and others. It currently includes the contents from about 170 books, and whenever possible, it links to an electronic version of those books via Google Books. The team is working with several online reference publishers to incorporate links between their products, helping people discover references to ships in online databases, and helping people working in online databases to learn more about the ships mentioned there. Continue reading eBooks and Maritime History – see and hear it at ALAMW

SciVerse ScienceDirect app for iPhone, iPod, iPad

Elsevier is now offering a mobile app for iOS, including the iPhone, iPod, and iPad.  It’s a free download from the iTunes store.

From an Elsevier email:

Did you know?

  • Users of SciVerse ScienceDirect and Scopus can now search for and download peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters from their iPhone
  • They can also be informed when approaching other published peers, researchers and professors they meet on-campus and at conferences by finding relevant publication information instantly when they want it
  • Users can get the right answers when they need them with 25 percent of the world’s trusted scientific content in their pocket

Download SciVerse Mobile Apps

iPhone apps SciVerse ScienceDirect and SciVerse Scopus Alerts are FREE to download to your iPhone for subscribers of ScienceDirect and Scopus.

Springer Launching Visual Analytics Tool

From a Springer Press Release:  Springer is launching a new free analytics tool http://realtime.springer.com/ which provides multiple visualizations of the usage that is generated worldwide by Springer’s online products, including journals, books, images and protocols.

Realtime.springer.com aggregates the raw data on downloads of Springer journal articles and book chapters in real time from all over the world, and displays them in a variety of interactive visualizations such as: a map showing where the downloads are coming from, a constantly updating keyword tag cloud, and a visualization of total downloads.  In addition, a search feature shows a chart of the downloads and the ‘Top Five Most Downloaded’ list for every journal or book.

The results provide book authors and journal editors with information on how intensively their content is used.  They gain insight into what topics are trending at the moment, and which areas of the world are currently looking at what type of topics in Springer books and journals.  Librarians get a clear overview of where Springer content is used in the many fields.

Realtime.springer.com currently receives input from the information platform SpringerLink with nearly five million documents from about 41,000 eBooks, 1,160 book series, 2,524 journals and 173 eReference works.  Additionally, the tool receives feeds from the SpringerImages database with more than 2.7 million images and from SpringerProtocols, the database of reproducible laboratory protocols in the life and biomedical sciences.

eBook Preservation – An Interview with Toni Tracy of Portico

Yesterday I discussed eBook preservation with Toni Tracy, Director of Portico.  Toni discussed Portico’s eBook preservation program in detail and suggested ways to involve publishers, libraries, and aggregators in the preservation solution.  More information on the importance of preservation is available on the Portico site.

25+ other interviews with librarians, publishers, and others in the information industry are available on the NSR interviews page. Have a listen!