Category Archives: Press Releases

ebrary announces Title Preview service

From an ebrary press release:

November 30, 2009 – Palo Alto, CA, USA –  ebrary®, a leading provider of digital content products and technologies, today announced the availability of Title Preview™, a new Software as a Service (SaaS) feature that enables publishers, aggregators, corporations, and others to effectively market their digital content and increase leads. Anyone may try Title Preview by visiting http://librarytitles.ebrary.com.

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Gale and Portico collaborate to preserve historical collections

From a Gale Press Release:

Farmington Hills, Mich., Dec. 1, 2009 – Gale, part of Cengage Learning, and Portico, part of the not-for-profit organization ITHAKA, announced today an agreement in which Portico will digitally preserve archival versions of a number of the Gale Digital Collections.
“We chose to work with Portico because they are a trusted, reliable archive,” said Frank Menchaca, Gale’s executive vice president for publishing.  “In the unlikely situation that Gale and the scholarly community will need their services, the agreement with Portico puts into place the preservation of a number of the Gale Digital Collections, creating a secure, permanent back-up.”
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EBL’s new patron interface ready for testing

From an EBL press release:

ImageEBL’s new patron interface is now ready for it’s final stages of testing. We’ve created a preview account where we encourage customers to login, test the new interface, and email all feedback to support@eblib.com . The interface will be going live December 15th, 2009.

As well as a fresh, clean, brand new look, you’ll notice that the new EBL Patron Interface also has the following new features:

  • * Bookshelf: access current loans, collections, and recently accessed titles from a centralized location.
  • * Collections: add and organise titles in “My Collections”.
  • * Bookmarks: access and export patron ebook notes without having to enter the ebook itself, and bookmark ebooks at page level.
  • * Search Result Filtering: filter down search results at the click of a button, by Publication Date, Publisher, Category or Language.
  • * Metadata Hyperlinking: link to similar titles in the EBL catalog using LCCH, Dewey, LCCN, Author or Category hyperlinking.

As this is a beta testing period, please keep in mind you may notice further enhancements, fixes and tweaks to the interface while testing is in progress. Also, during this testing period, we’ve disabled the “Help/Feedback” function while we finalise functionality and assess just how intuitive the patron experience is. Continue reading EBL’s new patron interface ready for testing

SpringerMaterials to launch this month

Received this press release via email.

Springer launches SpringerMaterials at London Online Information 2009
New database for material scientists, physicists, chemists and engineers will encompass all 400 volumes of Landolt-Börnstein

Springer Science+Business Media has announced the launch of SpringerMaterials – The Landolt-Börnstein Database (www.springermaterials.com). It is the world’s largest content platform of selected and critically assessed data in all areas of physical sciences and engineering. The breadth and depth of information is exhaustive: 91,000 online documents, 165,000 substances and materials systems, 3,000 properties and more than one million literature references. SpringerMaterials is the most comprehensive and timely resource of data in physics, chemistry, materials science and engineering on the market.
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ebrary offers free H1N1 database

From an ebrary press release:

ebrary Launches Free H1N1 (Influenza) Searchable Information Center

New Site Makes PDF Documents from Government Agencies and Other Authoritative Sources More Discoverable

November 16, 2009 – Palo Alto, CA, USA –  ebrary®, a leading provider of digital content products and technologies, today announced that it has created a publicly available research center featuring a highly interactive, searchable database of documents pertaining to the H1N1 influenza pandemic.  Available today at http://h1n1.ebrary.com, the new site contains a growing selection of reports, papers, newsletters, posters, and other important materials from government agencies and other trusted sources.

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Credo Reference announces SAGE Reference Publisher Collection

From a Credo Press Release:

A significant majority of SAGE Reference titles to be available through Credo

Boston and Oxford, (November 3, 2009) – Credo Reference, the award-winning online reference library, has signed an agreement to launch a SAGE Reference Publisher Collection. Nearly 70 SAGE Reference titles will now be available through the acclaimed Credo Reference platform. Continue reading Credo Reference announces SAGE Reference Publisher Collection

Big news in online reference

I’ve gotten a flurry of press releases in the past 2 weeks from a variety of reference publishers.  Some are offering mobile search, others are teaming up to distribute content, or they are offering new products.  Here’s a sampling of what’s going on (in no apparent order):

  • Oxford University Press launched Oxford Handbooks Online
  • SAGE Reference is making nearly 70 of their top Social Science encyclopedias available in Credo Reference
  • Alexander Street Press announced the streaming music and video collections are going mobile in 2010
  • EBSCO Publishing announced the “going mobile” version of EBSCO host
  • Facts on File (Infobase Publishing) launched a new curriculum video on demand subscription service
  • Rosen and Gale have teamed up to distribute one anothers online health resources – Rosen’s Teen Health & Wellness and Gale’s Health & Wellness Resource Center
  • Gale’s Powersearch and InfoTrac now support the MLA 7 format

Baker & Taylor partners with Gale/Cengage to sell eBooks

Received a press release from Gale/Cengage today. Baker and Taylor will now distribute the GVRL e-book collection, Lit Crit, and the Directory Library.  B&T is the first wholesaler to sell GVRL.  See the full press release below.

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ebrary announces sweepstakes for free ebooks

ebrary is launching a monthly sweepstakes for a free ebook a month for one’s institution – complete with ebrary’s  InfoTools.  To enter, just recommend an ebrary title.  Details of the contest are below, in the ebrary press release.  This is a fun idea, but I have to chuckle.  Can you imagine having a sweepstakes for a free print book?  Oh, what technology will do. Continue reading ebrary announces sweepstakes for free ebooks