Great news for eBook exposure! In an effort to maximize the visibility and value of libraries’ full collections, OCLC is adding records to WorldCat that represent digitized books from the Google Books Library Project and the HathiTrust Digital Library to provide greater access to and increased visibility of these rich digitized collections.
OCLC is working with libraries, Google and the HathiTrust to derive new MARC records that represent these digital collections based on the rich collection of print records contributed to WorldCat by the OCLC membership over the last 40 years. Searchers will begin seeing these records in WorldCat immediately. OCLC will continue to add records for these collections to WorldCat on an ongoing basis.
Last week, ebrary announced the availability of Software as a Service (SaaS) for government documents. According to the press release, “With ebrary’s SaaS, agencies, institutes, and centers can transform any PDF documents into searchable, highly interactive databases that can be integrated into master sites, providing a seamless way for end-users to find the important information they need online.” Continue reading
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.
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.
Middle and High School librarians looking for eBooks will be happy to hear that over 250 titles from Facts on File and Ferguson Publishing will now be available through Gale’s GVRL platform. The titles will cover the areas of careers, teen health, global warming, and science. For more information and a list of titles please visit www.gale.com.
Interesting debate on the NYT Room For Debate blog about the need for books in school libraries. This adds more fuel to the discussion on e-book economics, which has been in the news recently as well.
Interesting article in USA today about the Cushing Academy, a New England Boarding School, that has bypassed the print library for a digital one, using the Kindle. Here’s a couple of quotes from the Headmaster, Jim Tracy.
“It was really to save libraries five, 10, 15 years down the road,” he says. “What the students are telling us is: ‘We’re not using the print books. You can keep giving them to us, but they’re just going to collect dust.’ So we’re saying, ‘Let’s be honest: Let’s give them the best electronic information available.’ ”
Actually, he says, he has hired more librarians to help students navigate the electronic stacks and tell “what is valuable information or reliable from what is junk.”
There are tons of comments on the article, which are always just as fun to read.
Tish Wilson from ebrary just emailed me this press release:
CIBER Opens Global Library Survey in Conjunction with Charleston Conference, ebrary, and YBP
September 28, 2009 – London, UK – The CIBER research group at University College London (UCL) today invited all libraries to participate in an international survey examining challenges, trends, and best practices in tough economic times. Based on input from nearly 200 librarians worldwide, the questionnaire is now available and will remain open through October 18. Results of the survey, which is co-sponsored by Baker & Taylor’s YBP Library Services and ebrary®, a leading provider of digital content products and technologies, will be announced at the Charleston Conference, November 4-7 in Charleston, SC, USA. Continue reading