Category Archives: Vendor News

How public libraries are evolving digitally – new report

From the OverDrive blog:

OverDrive conducted an end user survey from June 26-July 15, 2015. Administered via library websites, the survey collected input from 16,756 respondents.  Their full report examines the positive effect the shift to digital content has had on the role of libraries in their communities by helping attract new readers, serve existing patrons better and reach beyond their physical walls.

There is a nice infographic on the original OverDrive blog post.

Click here to see the full report and survey.

Demco acquires Boopsie

MADISON, Wis. (October 1, 2015) – Demco, Inc., a leading library supplier, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Boopsie, the leading mobile platform-as-a-service provider for libraries worldwide.

“We’re excited to add the Boopsie team and software platform to our global organization because their people, technology and user-centric approach are designed to deliver a superior experience for librarians and their patrons.  Librarians want to engage more users and increase usage of digital resources and an app from Boopsie can help do both,” said Mike Grasee, Global Growth Officer of Demco. “Demco has served libraries for over 100 years, and we are pleased to help our customers innovate and reach more of their communities via a mobile platform loved and trusted by public libraries and corporations alike.” Continue reading Demco acquires Boopsie

ODILO expands in Canada with eBOUND partnership

(Denver, CO) September 15, 2015:

ODILO , one of the leading eBook providers in Europe and Latin America, has recently partnered with eBOUND Canada, a not-for-profit agency that assists independent Canadian publishers in
developing and supporting digital publishing programs.
“We look forward to working with ODILO to bring Canadian books to new international audiences, and introduce new readers to our publishers,” shares Krystina Ross, CEO at eBOUND Canada. Continue reading ODILO expands in Canada with eBOUND partnership

ProQuest Scholarly Content Now Discoverable in Google Scholar

Seamless access from Google Scholar to full text in libraries’ ProQuest collections simplifies user workflows

ANN ARBOR, MI, August 11, 2015 – ProQuest has marked another milestone in ease of access to its rich research content. The full text of its scholarly content – including journals and working papers – is now indexed in Google Scholar, enabling Google Scholar users to seamlessly discover and access their library’s ProQuest collections. Efficiency and productivity for both ProQuest and Google Scholar users is improved, while libraries benefit from increased usage for their subscribed collections. Continue reading ProQuest Scholarly Content Now Discoverable in Google Scholar

Knowledge Unlatched Launches Round Two of Open Access Monographs

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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.

Baker & Taylor and collectionHQ extend evidence-based selection planning

– 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

Baker & Taylor Announces Launch of All-In-One Axis 360 Mobile App

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

Ex Libris and EBSCO collaborate for streamlined acquisition of journals and ebooks

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

SAGE Research Methods Datasets launched to teach research methods through practice

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

Odilo brings leading publishers to libraries

(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