Category Archives: New Products

Reference: The Missing Link in Discovery – Q/A from Webinar

Last week LJ and Credo Reference sponsored the webinar, Reference: The Missing Link in Discovery.  I had the pleasure of presenting at the webinar with Joe Janes from the University of Washington.  The archive of the webinar is available on the LJ site.

Several questions were asked by participants which Joe and I could not answer live.  Those questions, and answers, are below.  We welcome your comments and further discussion on the future of reference. Continue reading

Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street eBooks?

Elmo, Abby, and Grover are into eBooks! Partnering with Impelsys and the iPublishCentral platform, more than 100 Sesame Street eBooks are available with unlimited access for an annual subscription of $40 per year.

Some features of the educational and playful titles include:  read along features, audio books, interactivity, full-color animation, auto-play options, and text highlighting.  More information can be found at www.ebooks.sesamestreet.org

Gale’s AccessMyLibrary School Edition iPhone app

Gale announced today the availability of the AccessMyLibrary (AML) School Edition app for the iPhone.  The new K-12 version allows students to find their local school library – (grade schools, middle schools and high schools) and access the vast array of Gale resources the school library has purchased on their behalf.  Students can use the application to locate their school and then will be required to authenticate for the school year, using a password provided by the school.
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Publishers beef up on eBook offerings

Today’s LJ Academic Newswire reported on Database Marketplace 2010.  They listed several new interfaces and features from eBook publishers.  For the full story, visit the LJ Academic Newswire. Continue reading

Record your own Children’s eBook with Ripple Reader and Red Chair Press

Red Chair Press and Ripple Readers have joined efforts to bring a series of 12 humorous children’s books together with the ability to record your own voice.   FUNNY BONE READERS is, according to the press release,  “the first safe and free eBook reader for kids.”  Families have the opportunity to purchase the stories as digital eBooks that can be recorded by a parent, grandparent, or even by the child.  The book themes focus on being a good friend, sharing, never giving up, and obeying rules. Books are designed for children ages 4 – 8.

More information can be found at www.ripplereader.com or www.redchairpress.com.

OUP -an interview with Colleen Scollans about Bibliographies Online

Last week I was in NYC visiting with the great crew at Oxford University Press.  I got the complete, unedited tour of their new product, Oxford Bibliographies Online.  While there, I had a chance to speak with Colleen Scollans, VP of Sales and Marketing for OUP, about OBO and the user research involved in the formation of the product, and the continuation of the product.  Colleen’s interview is on the NSR interviews page with many other interesting interviews.  Have a listen.  I’ll blog soon about my thoughts on OBO.

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.

Alexander Street Press – Free Access to Ethnographic Video Online

Originally posted at Points Of Reference blog, 4-27-10

Alexander Street Press Ethnographic Video Online – Free Access
Posted by: Sue Polanka

Alexander Street Press is offering free access to it’s Ethnographic Video Online collection.  The collection contains more than 1,000 of the most frequently used films in anthropology courses.  Classic works from the pioneers of ethnographic film, including Robert Flaherty, Timothy Asch, John Marshall, Robert Gardner, Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson, Jean Rouch, and many more—together with contemporary works by innovative filmmakers from around the world are included.

I watched a video called El Sebou’ : Egyptian Birth Ritual.  While watching and listening (video non-english with sub-titles, narrator in english) the text the narrator was reading was highlighted in yellow in the transcript.  This adjusted as the text was read through the sync feature, which could be disabled.  ASP also offers the option to make clips of the movies.  It is so easy, just click and drag a green arrow to start the clip and a red arrow to end the clip.  Each clip can be saved with a specific title and be made viewable by the individual user, everyone, or just those from my institution.

Free access is available until May 31st.  Register online for an immediate username/password.  Make sure you have lots of time, because it’s quite addicting.

Articles of Interest

Some interesting articles and blog posts these past couple weeks on e-books.  The New Yorker article on the iPad, the Kindle and the future of e-books is particularly good.

Google Book Settlement Market Analysis Q&A – 4/22/2010 – Library Journal

The iPad, the Kindle, and the future of books: newyorker.com

More Texas school districts look at whether to switch to online textbooks

Librarians Discuss E-books During Seminar at London Book Fair « ResourceShelf

Key Findings from New Report: Scholarly Book Publishing Practice Report 2010 « ResourceShelf

Ebook sales up 176.6% in 2009 and passes audiobook sales

Can eBooks Save University Presses?

Faculty Survey Warns of Potential Irrelevance for Academic Libraries, Suggests New Roles – 4/8/2010 – Library Journal

Come On In: The New Improved Open Library!

Several universities to issue iPads to students

International Children’s Digital Library to release iPad app

If you’re a book reader, should you buy an iPad? / The Christian Science Monitor – CSMonitor.com

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