Category Archives: Reference Publishing

Open Access eBooks: Part One, the OAPEN

To honor open access week, I’ll be highlighting a different open access eBook platform each day.  The purpose is to create awareness of various open access ebook collections.   If you have collections to suggest, please let me know.

 

The OAPEN
OAPEN (Open Access Publishing in European Networks) is a collaborative initiative to develop and implement a sustainable Open Access publication model for academic books in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The OAPEN Library aims to improve the visibility and usability of high quality academic research by aggregating peer reviewed Open Access publications from across Europe.

Titles are available in English, German, French, Italian, Latin, and other languages.  The peer reviewed titles are submitted by a variety of publishers, including Taylor & Francis, Palgrave, Brill, Berg and a long list of university presses, including Hong Kong, Manchester, Firenze, Amsterdam, and Universitätsverlag Göttingen.   According to the OAPEN September newsletter, they had over 400,000 downloads in the past 12 months. Continue reading

SAGE’s growing portfolio

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

Columbia students give Literati “thumbs up”

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

Mirela Roncevic joins No Shelf Required

No Shelf Required is pleased to announce that Mirela Roncevic has joined the blog as a contributing writer and editor. In this role, Roncevic will cover stories related to reference publishing and content development as well as contribute opinion pieces and interviews with industry leaders.

Mirela Roncevic is an independent content developer, writer, and library market researcher, with 17 years of experience in the publishing and library fields. She assists publishers and content producers in positioning their products in libraries, develops resources geared to librarians and book professionals, and orchestrates initiatives that strengthen relationships between the two communities. Her previous roles included overseeing coverage of print and electronic reference sources and ebooks at Library Journal and assigning books for review in arts, humanities, literature, and education. She also spearheaded an LIS book series, an LIS newsletter, and several webinars on ebooks and reference publishing. Over the course of her editorial career, Mirela has published countless articles and news stories on reference publishing and librarianship. She was also the editor of Neal-Schuman’s 2009 title, Library Journal Guide to E-Reference Resources.

Publishers and aggregators of reference and research content may send all PR materials directly to Mirela at mirela@mirelaroncevic.com

 

 

Oxford English Dictionary releases “OED Appeals” to crowdsource the origin of words

I really like this initiative from Oxford. It sounds so easy-peasy.

3rd October 2012–Today the Oxford English Dictionary announces the launch of OED Appeals, a major online initiative set to involve the public in tracing the history of English words. Using a dedicated community space on the OED website, editors are soliciting help in unearthing new information about the history and usage of English, including the earliest examples of particular words. The website will enable the public to post evidence in direct response to OED editors online, fostering a collective effort to record the English language and find the true roots of our vocabulary.

Appeals will be posted to the website on a frequent basis. Some of the entries the OED team is initially asking the public’s help with include: Continue reading

SAGE Knowledge – an interview with Lettie Conrad of SAGE

SAGE recently announced their new eBook platform, SAGE Knowledge.  It contains about 2500 titles, including SAGE Reference Online titles.  I spoke with Lettie Conrad, Manager of Online Product Management at SAGE about the new platform.  Our interview is available on the NSR interviews page.

Gale to launch National Geographic Virtual Library

Farmington Hills, Mich., June 20, 2012 — Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, schools and businesses, and the National Geographic Society, one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations, today announced an extended agreement to create additional library products as part of a new product suite, National Geographic Virtual Library.

Earlier this year, Gale announced the National Geographic Magazine Archive, 1888-1994, for libraries, which included all issues of the magazine for its first 107 years, fully searchable through an intuitive interface. The partnership has now been extended to provide all National Geographic magazine issues from 1995 onwards, as well as access to a new virtual reference collection of National Geographic books, maps, videos, images and National Geographic Traveler magazine (2010-current). Continue reading

Credo Reference titles to be available via YBP GOBI

YBP Library Services and Credo Reference Announce New Partnership
Agreement to add academic titles to GOBI database

BOSTON, OXFORD – June 21, 2012 – Credo Reference is pleased to announce a partnership with YBP Library Services to incorporate Credo Reference titles from 80 of the world’s best reference publishers into GOBI (Global Online Bibliographic Information), YBP’s acquisition and collection management database.

“We are delighted about our new collaboration between Credo and YBP,” said Mark Kendall, Senior Vice President of Sales at YBP. “Our mutual goal is to leverage the unique combination of assets and capabilities between our organizations to create for libraries a unique and comprehensive suite of collection development and workflow solutions.” Continue reading

SAGE Knowledge platform launches with 2,500 ebook titles

Los Angeles, CA (June 21, 2012) – SAGE, the world’s leading independent academic and professional publisher, announced today the full launch of SAGE Knowledge: the ultimate social sciences online library.

Launching with more than 2,500 titles, SAGE Knowledge includes an expansive range of SAGE eBook and eReference content, including encyclopedias, handbooks, advanced textbooks, scholarly monographs, and professional development titles. The platform allows researchers to cross-search and seamlessly access a wide breadth of must-have SAGE book and reference content from one source. SAGE Knowledge also includes selected works from Corwin and CQ Press. Continue reading

Salem Press Library Blog Awards announced

Congratulations to all of the blogs and bloggers – those nominated and those awarded.  Thanks to all for your continued support of No Shelf Required, the Academic Honorable Mention for 2012.

Salem Press once again surveyed the library blog landscape in search of exceptional thinking, writing, and information. Hundreds of blog nominations poured in, thousands of votes were cast, leaving our distinguished guest judges with the difficult task of selecting one winner per category.

Ribbons Drumroll, Please
The public has voted online. All votes have been tallied. The judges have now spoken. Without (much) further ado, we present our list of 2012 Library Blog Award winners, broken down by category and complete with collective musings on what made these eight blogs beat the competition. Continue reading