I wrote a piece on Credo’s Topic Pages a couple of weeks ago, but here is the official press release announcing the launch of the Topic Page Beta.
Credo Launches Topic Page Beta
The Librarian’s Answer to Wikipedia
Boston and Oxford, (April 8, 2010) – The data is undeniable, a significant majority of today’s researchers turn to Wikipedia at some point in the research process, very often at the beginning, or “presearch” phase of research. Now, Credo Reference is pleased to announce an easy-to-use alternative for researchers – Credo Topic Pages – that help answer the question, “Where do I start?”
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Alexander Street Press announced today that American History in Video will be open access during the month of April. AHiV includes over 4,000 complete newsreels and documentaries from PBS, History Channel, and more. The interface offers a number of search and browse options as well as technical features like searchable transcripts, visual TOC, and clip and share tools. For more information please visit Alexander Street Press.
Just received a press release from EB and Paragon Software Group announcing the Britannica Concise Encyclopedia 2010 app for the iPhone and iPod touch. Congratulations!
While not the full Encyclopaedia Britannica, the app contains “a version of one of the world’s most trusted encyclopedias with accompanying images and maps, fast article search and look-up functions, minimal memory space, and much more – directly on the iPhone!”
Some of the features available for the app include:
- 25,024 unique articles covering all aspects of human life;
- 800 accompanying colorful images and maps;
- “History” feature shows the last 100 looked-up articles;
- Auto-complete function;
- “Wildcard” search feature allows the user to find names, even if their exact spelling is unknown;
- ‘On This Day’ feature allows you to learn what happened on any calendar day in history;
- Access links within articles for immediate information… and much more!
The app may be downloaded from iTunes for $24.95.
Last week ebrary announced the addition of a 6,000+ eBook collection for school libraries. The collection, selected by a librarian, is designed for high school, vocational schools, and college prep schools and the public libraries that support them. The collection is subscription based, allowing for unlimited simultaneous use – which will be much needed in a classroom environment. A list of titles is available online.
ebrary’s long time partner, e-Libro also announced a Spanish language eBook collection to support school libraries. Their title list is also online.
More information is in the press release.
Ingram is now offering librarians the option to download an Ingram Wire application to their desktop. The application will deliver book news and collection development information. Users may download it at www.ingramwire.com. According to the press release, “messages are prompted by business need and not advertising.” The application will link to ipage, Ingram’s e-business tool for libraries (to place orders). For more information, visit www.ingramcontent.com.
ebrary launched a natural disaster and extreme weather information center last week. The information center was created using ebrary’s DASH (data sharing, fast) API and includes a collection of publicly available PDF files and Word docs. Every word on every document can be searched and content is also organized by broad categories like floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, etc. ebrary’s InfoTools is also available with the information center. For more information, see the press release.
Received a press release from OverDrive announcing many enhancements to the OverDrive interface and digital content offerings. The announcements were made today, just shy of the start of the Public Library Association Conference in Portland, Oregon. Those attending the PLA Conference should stop by the OverDrive booth(2347) for demos of all these new features. My favorite is “Open eBooks” – DRM free eBooks in EPUB and PDF formats which can be downloaded and read on nearly all EPUB enabled devices. Here are just a few things mentioned in the press release: Continue reading OverDrive offers DRM free EPUB & PDF and much much more
Received this message from Springer the other day concerning OCLC MARC records.
In the past, libraries downloading OCLC MARC Records for Springer eBooks through OCLC WorldCat Collection Sets were charged a delivery fee.
Recently, Springer finalized an agreement with OCLC: the library will no longer receive any invoices from OCLC for MARC 21 (AACR2) records for Springer eBooks delivered via the WorldCat Collections Sets Services. Springer will cover these delivery costs.
For additional information on MARC Records for the Springer eBook Collection click here.
I received a nice email from De Gruyter about their e-dition service. De Gruyter e-dition makes over 60,000 backlist titles from De Gruyter’s 260+ year publishing history available for purchase. This includes titles no longer available in print and titles that would otherwise not be converted to digital format. At a customer’s request, a formerly unavailable title will now be available both in electronic format (exclusively for libraries and institutions) and/or as a hardcover reprint. Where retro-digitization of material is required, the title will be delivered to the recipient within a maximum of ten weeks.
More information is also available on the De Gruyter web site.
As another way to simplify research, Credo Reference announced a partnership with EasyBib, an automatic bibliography site. Students can now conduct research in Credo Reference and with a simple click, track the bib data. EasyBib was founded in 2001 by students and is used by over 16 million students. They offer citations in MLA, APA, Chicago styles and more.