We’re back by popular demand! We’re very excited about the prospects for scaling up. In this second round 25 publishers submitted 155 titles to a long list for the Round Two programme. This is double the number of publishers from our Pilot and trebles the number of title submissions. In addition to our 297 charter member librarians another 130 pre-registered their interest once the Pilot project closed at the end of last year.
The pledging period for the shortlist of 80 books (currently being selected by the Library Collections Task Force) will begin in October.
The above flyer we prepared for the June AAUP and ALA conferences on the differences between the first and second rounds. Many of the technical and workflow issues have been resolved. Nevertheless, there will be more to do after this second round. The community seems very willing to work with us to resolve these outstanding issues, which is terrific.
– New offering follows success of pilot program –
CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 25, 2015 – Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, announced that its Evidence-based Selection Planning (ESP) service, which is supported by collectionHQ’s data analytics platform, will be made available for all U.S. public libraries following a successful pilot program.
ESP brings the art of Baker & Taylor’s collection development expertise together with the science of collectionHQ’s data analytics, to create a decision support system integrated with Title Source 360, to equip libraries with the information to select the right titles and quantities, for the right locations. Continue reading Baker & Taylor and collectionHQ extend evidence-based selection planning
CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 26, 2015 – Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, announces the release of its all-in-one Axis 360 mobile app, available for download this summer. The Axis 360 app provides Apple, Android and select Kindle mobile users the ability to discover, download and read ebooks or listen to digital audiobooks, within a single application.
“We set out to create a next-generation experience that truly delivers simplicity, providing users with the functionality they need to discover and enjoy digital content instantaneously, no matter where they are, in three steps or less,” said Amandeep Kochar, EVP Software Products & Services of Baker & Taylor. “To create the optimal, seamless app we aspired for, the process could not be rushed. Baker & Taylor is excited and proud of the end result — an all-encompassing design that’s intuitive, efficient and accessible to deliver the ultimate reading experience.” Continue reading Baker & Taylor Announces Launch of All-In-One Axis 360 Mobile App
Ipswich, Mass., and Jerusalem, Israel — June 25, 2015. Ex Libris® Group, a global leader in library automation services, and EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO), a worldwide leader in library technology, content and services, are pleased to announce an agreement to streamline libraries’ acquisition processes and optimize the experience of library patrons who are using Ex Libris solutions to access full-text content hosted on the EBSCOhost® platform. The two companies have committed to expanding their collaboration to other areas as well.
According to the agreement, all print and electronic book and journal orders placed via an EBSCO online collection-development or ordering system will be automatically updated in the Ex Libris Alma® library management service through EBSCO’s use of the Alma Real Time Acquisition application programming interface (API). This first phase of the integration will streamline and further automate the acquisition process for libraries. In addition, EBSCO is making its proprietary linking technology available to Ex Libris to improve the accuracy of links from Ex Libris solutions to full text articles hosted on the EBSCOhost platform. Continue reading Ex Libris and EBSCO collaborate for streamlined acquisition of journals and ebooks
Los Angeles, CA (June 18, 2015) SAGE today announces the launch of SAGE Research Methods Datasets, a new resource that supports the teaching and independent learning of quantitative and qualitative analytical methods used in the social sciences. Using real-world data from around the world accompanied by step-by-step instructions, this resource teaches statistical and analytical techniques used in Business, Education, Health, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology, among other disciplines.
SAGE Research Methods Datasets was designed to save time for research methods teaching faculty looking for teaching datasets and to support graduate students learning methods on their own. Each dataset comes with an explanation of the analytical approach, an example to demonstrate the method, and a review to reinforce the material. Users are invited to practice analyses themselves by downloading step-by-step guides and data files. Continue reading SAGE Research Methods Datasets launched to teach research methods through practice
(Denver, CO) June 18, 2015:
Odilo’s global reach and rapid expansion in the United States continues to attract publishers from around the world. Just six months after launching their innovative eBook lending library, Odilo now offers digital content from all of the leading publishers, including frontlist and backlist titles, along with pre-orders.
With the addition of Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, and Simon & Schuster, Odilo customers can easily choose from over 200,000 bestselling and popular titles, from over 550 publishers, in order to meet the needs and demands of their library patrons. Competitive pricing allows Odilo customers to use their savings for other essential library needs. Continue reading Odilo brings leading publishers to libraries
NEW YORK, NY- Rosen Publishing, one of the leading publishers of print and digital materials for the school library, classroom, and public library markets, today announced it had signed a deal to acquire the assets of Jackdaw Publications, a DBA of Golden Owl Publishing, Inc., located in Amawalk, NY.
(Click here to see Jackdaws Primary Source Materials)
Jackdaw Publications is the world’s largest educational company producing primary source facsimile materials. Jackdaw was for many years operated by the husband and wife team of Roger and Mary Jacques, who acquired the company in 1973, and later by their children. Rosen will assume operation of the purchased assets effective June 19, 2015 continuing to do business under the Jackdaws and Jackdaw Publications names. The editorial and production staffs of Rosen’s Jackdaws operation will be located in New York, NY at Rosen’s corporate headquarters. Continue reading Rosen Publishing Buys Jackdaw Publications
ANN ARBOR, Mich., June 1, 2015 — ProQuest has completed the acquisition of Coutts Information Services and MyiLibrary from Ingram Content Group. ProQuest is beginning to integrate assets such as Coutts’ expertise in collection development, broad catalog of print and digital titles, and platforms that include not only MyiLibrary but OASIS as well. They are being added to ProQuest’s Books unit, which encompasses the widest selection of ebooks supporting research and a rapidly evolving technology framework for discovery, access and management of book content. ProQuest’s vision is to combine these collective strengths, creating an integrated workflow for print and digital content that will save librarians time and provide a superior book experience for end users.
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From the Knowledge Unlatched site:
In March 2014 Knowledge Unlatched started to unlatch books in its Pilot Collection, making them available to anyone in the world to read or download for free on a Creative Commons licence. This was the culmination of a behind-the-scenes process of loading the titles onto our partner host platforms: OAPEN and HathiTrust. The books became live on the OAPEN platform first – followed soon after by HathiTrust. The final book in the Pilot Collection was published and made OA on 2 September 2014.
You can view a list of Pilot Collection titles and download them via the KU collections website here.
The period covered by the data below is from 11 March 2014 to 31 March 2015. As well as the OAPEN statistics, which use COUNTER-compliant methodology to count each book download, the HathiTrust figures below count views per page. The KU Pilot Collection has also been uploaded to the Internet Archive. The Internet Archive’s website does not indicate a starting date to their reporting period.
Libraries will gain widest selection of titles, integrated print and ebook systems, plus continued access to Ingram’s fast print fulfillment and delivery
ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 30, 2015 — ProQuest has signed an agreement to acquire Coutts Information Services from Ingram Content Group, adding Coutts’ renowned expertise in collection development, broad catalog of print and digital titles, and platforms MyiLibrary and OASIS to ProQuest’s vast selection of ebooks and innovative technology framework. The move paves the way to combine Coutts’ acquisitions strengths with ProQuest’s inventive digital tools to deliver a superior end-to-end workflow across print and electronic. Ingram will play a continuing role in print fulfillment in North America, supporting ProQuest with its extensive print inventory, fast on-demand print capabilities and delivery network. The acquisition is expected to close within weeks.
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