The National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS™) is organizing a one-day meeting – Improving the User Search Experience Part I: Leveraging Technology, to be held on May 14, 2010 at the Lyrasis Office in Philadelphia, PA, from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Virtual attendance is optional for those unable to travel to Philadelphia.
While content itself continues to form the foundation of modern information solutions, the real differentiator is becoming the broader “user experience.” Today’s information seekers expect a seamless, multi-sensory, interactive – and enjoyable – search experience that is their benchmark for an acceptable information retrieval service. Their product loyalty and satisfaction are “driven by a different set of values that goes beyond content and extends to the experience of using that content.” Content providers and librarians need to be acutely aware of the overall “experience” that their products and services provide. Continue reading NFAIS workshop – Improving the User Search Experience
In honor of National Library Week, Gale is providing free access to 5 databases. They include:
- Archives Unbound – A vast new electronic resource that combines the best of legacy microfilms from Gale and Primary Source Media along with new, never-before-published collections of historical and scholarly documents sourced from institutions worldwide.
- Career Transitions – A new electronic resource offering a comprehensive guide to career change.
- Global Issues in Context – An electronic resource that offers global news and perspectives on issues and events of international importance.
- GREENR (Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources) – A new electronic resource offering authoritative reference content on the environment, energy, economic development and natural resources.
- Grzimek’s Animal Life – An interactive, media-rich online resource, with information on more than 4,000 species.
Gale announced a new account management tool for libraries this week called “My Account.”
Using “My Account,” libraries are able to easily –
• Manage account contact, billing and shipping information
• Order print and eBook titles from the Gale catalog
• Renew subscriptions of electronic resources
• View detailed pricing, including any freight
• Build, save, print and email a “Wish List” to aid ongoing collection development
• View and print invoices and order history
• Track the status of print, eBook and electronic orders
The launch of My Account is coupled with a contest for $500 product credits. More information on the contest can be found online.
For more information, please contact Linda Busse at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.