Category Archives: Public Libraries

Britannica’s ImageQuest releases upgraded version, provides 3 million rights-cleared images

Britannica Digital Learning announced a new and significantly upgraded version of its popular ImageQuest™ resource for schools and libraries.

ImageQuest provides nearly three million rights-cleared photos and other images for homework, classroom activities and lesson plans. Images come from more than 50 of the best collections in the world, including the Bridgeman Art Gallery, Dorling Kindersley Images, Getty Images, the National Geographic Society and Encyclopaedia Britannica. Continue reading

Total BooX Announces Service Expansion in the United States

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Allegany County (MD), Brazoria County (TX), and The Ferguson Library, Stamford (CT) Join Westchester Library System (NY) To Offer Total BooX Service

May 28, 2014 (New York, Tel Aviv)—Total BooX is pleased to announce the expansion of its service in U.S. libraries, which officially launched in late 2013 with Westchester Library System in New York. Three more libraries will now provide the revolutionary ebook service to their patrons, including Allegany County Library System (ACLS), MD, Brazoria County Library System (BCLS), TX, and The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT.

“Ours is the only platform that allows libraries to pay for the value received, while giving patrons instant and perpetual access. This is a major shift,” said Total BooX Founder Yoav Lorch when the service debuted at ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia in January 2014. Since then, the Israeli company has expanded its operations in the United States to include representatives on the East and West coasts. Continue reading

Gale redesigns Kids InfoBits database

 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)

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DPLA partners with the University of Florida, nearly 400,000 items accessible

BOSTON — The George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida (UF) have partnered with DPLA by contributing more than 390,000 items, including antique maps, rare books, manuscripts, photographs, oral histories, newspapers, and research publications. All will become accessible to DPLA’s global audience of students, teachers, scholars, developers, and the public. Continue reading

OverDrive ebooks now available with Kindle FreeTime

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

Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 expands to Canadian libraries through partnership with Whitehots

CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 12, 2014 – Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, today announced an expansion of its widely-adopted Axis 360 digital media services into Canadian libraries, in partnership with well-known library service provider Whitehots Inc. Continue reading

Douglas County Libraries and CLic move forward with statewide ebook pilot project

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

Mission Bell Media launches

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

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Baker & Taylor integrates Axis 360 with the BiblioCommons discovery layer

 

CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 5, 2014 – Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, announced today that its popular Axis 360 digital media platform is now integrated with the BiblioCommons discovery layer. This move ensures library patrons see and have access to all library materials from the online catalog – whether physical or digital – and creates a convenient experience for borrowing and enjoying ebooks and digital audiobooks in the patron’s favorite reading apps and on their device of choice. Continue reading

Total BooX Launches Free Reading for All

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Libraries are used to receiving a lot of love from vendors and publishers during National Library Week, which this year kicks off on April 13th. Many vendors have already made announcements about opening up their content, including ProQuest and Oxford University Press. Total Boox is joining them today with its own initiative.

This is a first, folks: In honor of National Library Week, the ebook vendor will open up its entire collection of ebooks (20,000 and counting) on April 13th and make it accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world. Although one does not have to be a library patron to take advantage of the free reading, Total Boox is encouraging public librarians in particular to use this opportunity to educate their patrons about ebooks, especially in the communities where libraries cannot afford ebook lending services.

The Free Reading Week site is set up and becomes active April 13th. Users need to sign up for the service on this page using their email and password. They will then be prompted to download the Total Boox free Reader app for one of the three tablets supported: Android, iOS, or Kindle Fire. Books may then be downloaded by visiting www.totalboox.com.

Full press release below.

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