The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is on the way to connecting online collections from coast to coast by 2017 – an effort boosted by a new $3.4 million investment from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and John S. and James L. Knight Foundations. These two new awards, coupled with significant earlier support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Endowment for the Humanities, will allow DPLA to open new Service Hubs that provide a way for all cultural heritage organizations across the country to connect through one national collection. Continue reading Digital Public Library of America makes push to serve all 50 states by 2017 with $3.4 million from the Sloan and Knight foundations
Ipswich, Mass., and Jerusalem, Israel — June 25, 2015. Ex Libris® Group, a global leader in library automation services, and EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO), a worldwide leader in library technology, content and services, are pleased to announce an agreement to streamline libraries’ acquisition processes and optimize the experience of library patrons who are using Ex Libris solutions to access full-text content hosted on the EBSCOhost® platform. The two companies have committed to expanding their collaboration to other areas as well.
According to the agreement, all print and electronic book and journal orders placed via an EBSCO online collection-development or ordering system will be automatically updated in the Ex Libris Alma® library management service through EBSCO’s use of the Alma Real Time Acquisition application programming interface (API). This first phase of the integration will streamline and further automate the acquisition process for libraries. In addition, EBSCO is making its proprietary linking technology available to Ex Libris to improve the accuracy of links from Ex Libris solutions to full text articles hosted on the EBSCOhost platform. Continue reading Ex Libris and EBSCO collaborate for streamlined acquisition of journals and ebooks
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June 26, 2015. San Francisco, CA. Two projects that have been building towards a sustainable ecosystem for free ebooks have joined together in a new non-profit corporation. The Free Ebook Foundation envisions a world where ebooks will be funded, distributed and maintained for the benefit of all, by coordinating the efforts and resources of many.Unglue.it and GITenberg, the two projects to be supported by the Free Ebook Foundation, have shared the goals of making free ebooks more available while focusing on different problems.
Unglue.it launched in 2012 with a focus on sustainable funding models for freely-licensed ebooks. For the last two years, it has worked to improve the access and distribution of these books by building a database of over 1200 Creative Commons licensed ebooks. Unglue.it has been incubated by Gluejar, Inc., a privately held company founded by Eric Hellman Continue reading Free Ebook Foundation to promote access and preservation of knowledge, literature, and culture
NEW YORK, NY- Rosen Publishing, one of the leading publishers of print and digital materials for the school library, classroom, and public library markets, today announced it had signed a deal to acquire the assets of Jackdaw Publications, a DBA of Golden Owl Publishing, Inc., located in Amawalk, NY.
Jackdaw Publications is the world’s largest educational company producing primary source facsimile materials. Jackdaw was for many years operated by the husband and wife team of Roger and Mary Jacques, who acquired the company in 1973, and later by their children. Rosen will assume operation of the purchased assets effective June 19, 2015 continuing to do business under the Jackdaws and Jackdaw Publications names. The editorial and production staffs of Rosen’s Jackdaws operation will be located in New York, NY at Rosen’s corporate headquarters. Continue reading Rosen Publishing Buys Jackdaw Publications
Libraries will gain widest selection of titles, integrated print and ebook systems, plus continued access to Ingram’s fast print fulfillment and delivery
ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 30, 2015 — ProQuest has signed an agreement to acquire Coutts Information Services from Ingram Content Group, adding Coutts’ renowned expertise in collection development, broad catalog of print and digital titles, and platforms MyiLibrary and OASIS to ProQuest’s vast selection of ebooks and innovative technology framework. The move paves the way to combine Coutts’ acquisitions strengths with ProQuest’s inventive digital tools to deliver a superior end-to-end workflow across print and electronic. Ingram will play a continuing role in print fulfillment in North America, supporting ProQuest with its extensive print inventory, fast on-demand print capabilities and delivery network. The acquisition is expected to close within weeks.
Farmington Hills, Mich., April 23, 2015 — Supporting public libraries’ life-long learning initiatives, Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, is pleased to announce Miss Humblebee’s Academy, a new early literacy product that will assist the library’s youngest learners in building foundational literacy skills. Partnering with Miss Humblebee LLC., Gale has co-developed a robust product tailored specifically to the public library user, which includes the assessment tools libraries need to measure their impact on early literacy development in their communities. Studies show that participating in quality early learning can boost children’s educational attainment and earnings later in life, underscoring the importance for public libraries to provide resources that serve this young audience.
IPSWICH, Mass. — March 29, 2015 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) announces the release of the eBook Arabic Collection, available via EBSCO eBooks™. This Arabic-language collection of e-books is produced specifically for libraries in Arab League countries and for Arab scholars around the world.
The eBook Arabic Collection features over 1,000 customized, multi-disciplinary Arabic titles providing education content in several key academic disciplines. All titles in this subscription collection are available with unlimited user access, and titles are regularly added at no additional cost. Continue reading EBSCO Introduces a New Resource for Arab Scholars
ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 8, 2015 – ProQuest (through its affiliate Bowker) has acquired Palo Alto-based SIPX, creator of a unique digital course materials solution that addresses a variety of copyright and costs concerns for universities. SIPX eliminates duplicate spending on course packs (collections of assigned readings) by connecting students to materials already purchased and available to them through their university library. Continue reading ProQuest Acquires SIPX
DUBLIN, Ohio, April 14, 2015—OCLC has signed agreements with leading publishers in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Business to add metadata for books, e-books, journals, audiovisual materials and databases that will make their content discoverable through WorldCat Discovery Services.
“OCLC partners with significant content providers on behalf of the cooperative to ensure access to libraries’ most critical and popular resources,” said Chip Nilges, OCLC Vice President, Business Development. Continue reading OCLC signs metadata agreements with publishers in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Business
IPSWICH, Mass. — April 15, 2015 — EBSCO Information Services is adding more resources for students and adult learners with the acquisition of the education technology company LearningExpress. LearningExpress is an acclaimed provider of online platforms for academic skill-building, standardized test preparation and career-oriented digital content.
LearningExpress features interactive online platforms, products and e-books designed to help users achieve their educational and career goals. Resources include: