Knowledge Unlatched released a pilot progress report summary today. It is available for download. Some highlights of the report are listed below.
1. The model is cost-effective and financially viable:
“The Pilot established that authors, librarians, publishers and research funders are all willing to engage with the basic KU model. It also demonstrated that the model is cost-effective for scholarly communities and financially viable for publishers. 297 libraries from 24 countries signed up for the Pilot Collection, exceeding the original target by almost 50%. This reduced the cost for every library Continue reading
Below is a press release from Gale discussing the recent changes to the Kids InfoBits database. New interface features include:
- Social media sharing
- EasyBib integration and improved citation tools
- Text translation to 12 different languages
- ReadSpeaker text-to-speech functionality (which plays translated text)
OverDrive announced today that eBooks from more than 20,000 schools and libraries in its U.S. network are available to be used with Amazon’s Kindle FreeTime. OverDrive is the only supplier of eBooks to schools and libraries with support for Kindle devices. This enables kids and parents to access thousands of Kindle format eBooks from the library and read them within the FreeTime feature using the same parental controls and educational goal-setting that FreeTime offers for other activities. Continue reading
DUBLIN, Ohio, April 16, 2014—OCLC is working with Ingram, one of the world’s largest distributors of physical and digital content, to set and maintain holdings for e-books in WorldCat automatically, saving library staff valuable time and effort.
This new program enables libraries with an OCLC cataloging subscription and an account with MyiLibrary®, Ingram’s online e-content platform for libraries, to request integration of their MyiLibrary e-book holdings information with the WorldCat knowledge base. E-book holdings information will then be populated and updated automatically, with no need for manual work by library staff. Continue reading
Douglas County Libraries (DCL) and partner the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC) were awarded a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant of $209,460 for their project proposal, “eVoke 2.0: Colorado Statewide eBook Pilot Project” in October 2013.
The project team, consisting of staff from DCL and CLiC, felt that the ever-increasing use of e-books and e-readers demands that libraries become strong players in digital content delivery to remain vital and relevant to the communities they serve. Continue reading
Very pleased to see a good colleague of mine (and the first person brave enough to do an interview with me for NSR back in 2008) launch his own digital media company – Mission Bell Media. The web site is beautiful and worth a look and a read, as I’m sure the content will be as well. More from the press release below.
Just launched: Mission Bell Media
At the intersection of leadership and librarianship Continue reading
Scholastic today announced the launch of Storia® School Edition, a subscription-based ebook solution for Pre-K through Grade 6, for group and individual classroom reading, and Core Clicks™, a web-based instructional program for Kindergarten through Grade 5 that supports content area reading in social studies and science. Continue reading
Passing on more news of free content from Oxford University Press. This time it is to celebrate the launch of Mississippi Scholarship Online. See below for more details.
We are thrilled to announce that Mississippi Scholarship Online has launched on University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO)! The University Press of Mississippi is the sixteenth press to join UPSO and brings content in the areas of comic studies, popular culture, film, television, black culture and history, southern history, southern literature, African American literature, American music, and Caribbean studies.
In celebration of the launch of Mississippi Scholarship Online, we’ve made a selection of chapters from some of the press’ key titles free and available for one month. Continue reading
Great news from EBSCO and Random House. The full press release is below. If you want to skip to the title list, go here: For more information on EBSCO eBooks and featured collections including Random House titles, go to: http://www.ebscohost.com/ebooks/popular-fiction
IPSWICH, Mass. — April 8, 2014 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is now offering popular fiction and nonfiction e-books published by Random House, LLC. (Random House), the world’s largest general trade book publisher. EBSCO and Random House have partnered to give customers of EBSCO eBooks™ access to more than 30,000 e-books from some of the most notable Random House authors, including Dan Brown, Sheryl Sandberg, Dean Koontz, Gillian Flynn and more. Continue reading
Farmington Hills, Mich., March 26, 2014 — Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and education resources for libraries, schools and businesses, today announced the launch of several new Gale Digital Collections products for academic and special libraries, as well as additions to the Gale Artemis: Primary Sources platform.
“The launch of these new products and our continued investment in innovative research platforms like Gale Artemis demonstrates Gale’s dedication to our library customers,” said Jim Draper, vice president and general manager, Gale. “We are extremely proud to be the most active publisher of historical collections in the world, and we are grateful to our customers, to our end-users, and to our many content partners for helping to make this happen.” Continue reading