Interesting news from Safari Books and RDW Group regarding the acquisition of the PubFactory technology interface. I have featured the PubFactory interface and it’s development team in previous posts and interviews (Tom Beyer and Marc Segers). I’m happy to see it is growing. Here is the official press release on the acquisition by Safari. Below is a blog post from Andrew Savikas, CEO of Safari Books Online.
Welcoming the PubFactory Team to Safari Books Online
For some time now, we’ve admired the work of PubFactory, a team within RDW Group’s iFactory division that builds powerful systems for delivering mixed content like books, videos, journals, and reference databases through the web for publishers like Oxford University Press, Sage Publications, DeGruyter, Cengage Learning, Harvard University Press and Bloomsbury. Continue reading
NSR 2012 Interviews
With 2012 coming to a close, I wanted to take another opportunity to introduce you to the wide array of interviews NSR offered this year. The 2012 interviews highlight innovative new products and services from librarians, publishers, and information professionals, a focus on information literacy and core competencies, and creative business models. I hope you will take some time to listen. Suggestions for 2013 interviews are now being accepted. Please contact Sue Polanka for more information. You may also be interested in reading Mirela Roncevic’s post, E-Content in Libraries, 2012 in review.
Corwin, an imprint of SAGE Publications specializing in books and multimedia resources for Pre K-12 professionals (including principals, administrators, teachers, and consultants), is launching its new eLibraries product today at the Learning Forward Annual Conference in Boston. eLibraries consists of topic collections of ebooks that provide online access to Corwin’s robust professional development content. The first three topic collections focus on Common Core, Bullying Prevention, and Cultural Proficiency. Others focus on Assessment, Differentiation, English Language Learning, and Response to Intervention. Continue reading
Last month we reported on the success of Credo’s case study with Columbia University undergraduates, who said that using Literati – an extension of the original Credo Reference platform, marketed as “a library’s connection to information literacy” – significantly enhanced their classroom learning experience. According to Credo, 90 percent of Columbia students who participated said they would likely use Literati again in the future.
Now the company has released the results of a similar study conducted at American University of Paris (AUP). The results, according to a new Credo press release, show more proof of Literati’s value: 72 percent of AUP students surveyed found the multimedia materials developed by the Literati team and AUP librarians to be “very helpful” while 75 percent said they would be likely to use Literati as a research tool in their future assignments. Continue reading
Common Core is all the rage in K-12 publishing catering to middle and high school students these days. When Common Core first began to make waves a couple of years ago, reference publishers in particular were quick to recognize the value of their content—especially in digital form—for educators implementing the newly proposed standards into their curriculums. This is why we are starting to see more releases (and re-releases) of products strongly aligned with (and supporting) Common Core coming from major aggregators as well as publishers like Facts On File.
Oxford University Press announced yesterday the re-launch of Oxford Handbooks Online (OHO), now featuring coverage that has grown to 14 disciplines (translating to about 300 handbooks and 10,000 articles in total)—a significant expansion of the original platform first launched in the not-so-distant 2009 with just four subject modules, which included Business & Management, Philosophy, Political Science, and Religion. The new platform—designed (and referred to by OUP) as a publishing “program”— enables articles to publish immediately after passing peer review, which, according to OUP’s press release, will deliver new scholarship to those who need it faster and more efficiently.
Oxford University Press (OUP) launched a new reference platform this past September that combines the content of two existing OUP resources (available as separate entities until December 12th, 2012): Oxford Reference Online (ORO) and Oxford Digital Reference Shelf (ORDS). This launch of a new product simply called Oxford Reference coincides with OUP’s 80th anniversary of the first publication of The Oxford Companion to English Literature, prompting OUP to celebrate eight decades of subject reference publishing on its web site.
Taking a closer look at its features and overall presentation of content (and the very name of the product), OUP’s new reference platform speaks volumes about the publisher’s perception of what reference publishing needs to be and where it needs to go from here. Continue reading
EBSCO Publishing has just announced the release of Library & Information Science Source (LISS), one of several new “super” databases that merge EBSCO’s existing LIS content with H.W. Wilson’s.
Developed “by librarians for librarians” and designed to “help researchers find the latest information in a rapidly evolving field,” LISS covers librarianship from every angle imaginable and offers full text for over 430 journals and 30 monographs. It also includes thesauri with nearly 11,000 terms and indexing for hundreds of journals, books, research reports, proceedings, and even library school theses. According to a press release from EBSCO, this is the first time the entire Wilson indexing collection of LIS literature is available within a single database. Continue reading
SAGE, independent publisher of journals, textbooks, reference books, and electronic collections for library, education, and professional markets, announced the purchase of primary sources publisher Adam Matthew at the Frankfurt Book Fair last week. This is SAGE’s second acquisition in 14 months, following the purchase of UK-based independent publisher Learning Matters, in August 2011.
Adam Matthew (AM) is known in the library world for its primary source collections in the humanities and social sciences—best known in the United States for the “American West” collection, which features sources from the Everett D. Graff Collection of Western Americana at the Newberry Library in Chicago. Other AM collections span a range of subjects, comprising everything from medieval travel writing and Victorian popular culture to Chinese society and Jewish life in America. Continue reading
Credo Reference‘s ongoing effort to improve information literacy (and “research effectiveness”) just got a new boost. After conducting a case study with Columbia University’s undergrads, the company is reporting back some encouraging feedback about the value of its Literati platform. The results of the study have been made public and their message is clear: using Literati in the classroom made a notable difference in the students’ research experience. According to Credo, 87 percent of the students who participated said that Literati improved the quality of their work and 90 percent said they would likely use it again for future assignments.
Soon after launching Literati – an extension of the original Credo Reference platform, marketed as “a library’s connection to information literacy” – Credo partnered with Columbia University (and the “embedded” librarians of its Undergraduate Writing Program) to monitor students’ experience using the product. The goal was to utilize Literati as the core instructional tool and give students full access to its Technology (including Credo’s well-known Topic Pages and the Mind Map), Content (derived from hundreds of reference ebooks and subject encyclopedias from a growing list of publishers), and various customized Services, including multi-media instruction and tutorials. Continue reading