ABC-CLIO Invitation.

Posted on behalf of Devon Bell.

ABC-Clio. History Defined Discussing the Evolution of the Reference eBook

ABC-CLIO would like your voice to be heard!

Join ABC-CLIO on Sunday, June 29, 2008, at ALA Annual in Anaheim, CA. We’ll be hosting a focus group for academic librarians. These discussions will offer you an opportunity to express your needs and opinions on the future of eBooks.

Topics include:

  • Updating books and new editions
  • Designing your perfect system for reference eBook acquisition and access
  • Simplifying purchasing, processing, and administration
  • Purchasing vs. subscription

Library reference is changing: the nature of the products, media, and packaging; business models, policies and budgets; and even the way titles are found and ordered. Publishers and distributors are making changes to their models and systems every day. Now is the perfect time to voice what you want in reference eBooks. All attendees will receive $100 Clio Dollars to use toward the purchase of any ABC-CLIO print or eBook title. All attendees will also be entered to win an iPod Shuffle. If you are interested in participating, please RSVP by June 15 to Elizabeth Marotta at emarotta@abc-clio.com, or call 800-368-6868 ext. 346.

Attendance is limited, so register today.
Sunday, June 29, from 11am-12pm
Refreshments will be served.

The focus group will be held in the Lido A room at the Hilton Anaheim. The hotel is located at 777 Convention Way, Anaheim, CA 98202, adjacent to the Convention Center.

Thank you for your consideration and we look forward to seeing you at ALA Annual.

Kindest regards,
The team at ABC-CLIO
130 Cremona Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93117
1.800.368.6868

Booth #1200 while at ALA.

Sage Acquires CQ Press

SAGE Acquires CQ Press, Book-Publishing Unit of Congressional Quarterly Inc. Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore and Washington, DC (May 30, 2008) — CQ Press, the book publishing unit of Washington-based Congressional Quarterly Inc. (CQ), has been sold to SAGE, the leading independent academic publisher. The sale was announced jointly by Robert W. Merry, CQ’s President and Editor-in-Chief, and Blaise Simqu, SAGE’s President and CEO. CQ’s corporate parent, Times Publishing Co. of St. Petersburg, Florida, announced on January 3 that it would divest CQ Press in order to direct investment resources to other opportunities, notably the core CQ publishing business and the company’s award-winning newspaper, The St. Petersburg Times. CQ Press serves the library, college and professional markets with a diverse array of print and online products. It publishes about 100 new titles each year, with a growing and authoritative list of textbooks and reference titles focusing on political science, mass communication and related disciplines. SAGE plans to keep CQ Press intact as a separate division based in Washington, D.C., bearing the CQ Press imprint, and retaining all CQ Press employees under the senior management team that will remain in place, including Publisher John A. Jenkins, who will also carry the title of President of CQ Press. “We’re very pleased CQ Press is joining the global SAGE family,” said Simqu. “CQ Press and SAGE enjoy a shared mission and values. Both are driven by a passion for scholarship and innovation that impacts education and public policy. John Jenkins and the rest of the CQ Press executive team have created an impressive publishing enterprise that will further enhance SAGE’s presence in the marketplace.” SAGE, founded in 1965 as a publisher of academic journals, has expanded into a global education publisher of books, journals and electronic products. In four locations around the world, SAGE publishes more than 500 journals and 700 books a year encompassing 40 disciplines within the academic and scholarly arena. “I couldn’t be more delighted with this outcome,” said Merry. “Everyone in our company felt SAGE was ideally positioned to take this fine enterprise to new heights while preserving its culture and stability.” He added he was particularly impressed with SAGE’s commitment to editorial excellence and business integrity – two qualities highly prized at CQ and the Times Publishing Co. Merry said the sale will allow CQ to focus resources on its traditional journalistic enterprise as the premier provider of news and analysis on Congress, politics and public policy. He added the company will expand its mission aggressively, particularly in web publishing. The Jordan Edmiston Group, Inc., the leading provider of independent investment banking services for the media and information industries, represented Times Publishing Co. in this transaction. ### is a leading international publisher of journals, books, and electronic media for academic, educational, and professional markets. Since 1965, SAGE has helped inform and educate a global community of scholars, practitioners, researchers, and students spanning a wide range of subject areas including business, humanities, social sciences, and science, technology and medicine. A privately owned corporation, SAGE has principal offices in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, and Singapore. www.sagepublications.com CQ Press is a leading publisher of books, directories, research publications, and web products on U.S. government, world affairs, and communication. Its College Publishing Group produces an authoritative list of textbooks on political science and mass communications. The Reference Information Group provides reference and business information to libraries and professional markets, with a growing focus on digital content and delivery. CQ Press’s content is known for its objectivity, breadth and depth of coverage, and high standards of editorial excellence. www.cqpress.com Congressional Quarterly Inc. keeps the public informed and updated through print and online publications and books, with more than 150 reporters, editors and researchers covering Capitol Hill and Washington. CQ provides comprehensive and objective information on Congress, politics and public policy. Its products include: CQ Weekly, CQ Today, CQ.com, CQ Homeland Security, CQ Budget Tracker, CQ HealthBeat, CQ MoneyLine, CQ Politics, and Governing magazine. www.cq.com

CONTACT:

For SAGE

Mary Kay Jezzini
212-352-1404
publicity@sagepub.com

For Congressional Quarterly

Robert W. Merry
202-419-8564
rmerry@cq.com

For CQ Press

John A. Jenkins
202-729-1818
jjenkins@cqpress.com

ALA Program – The Future of Electronic Reference Publishing: A View From the Top

Headed to Anaheim?  Mark your calendars for this not to miss event:

2008 ALA Annual, Anaheim
Monday, June 30, 2008 10:30 – 12:00
Anaheim Convention Center 204B
Reference Books Bulletin (Booklist) sponsored program:

The Future of Electronic Reference Publishing: A View from the Top.

Top managers from reference publishing share their views about planning for tomorrow in a digital age and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Speakers:
John Barnes, Exec. V.P. Marketing and Strategic Planning, Gale/Cengage
Casper Grathwohl, V.P. and Publisher, Oxford University Press
Rolf Janke, VP/Publisher, SAGE Reference
Michael Ross, Sr. V.P. Corporate Development, Encyclopedia Britannica

Moderator:
Sue Polanka, Chair, Reference Books Bulletin Editorial Board

Interview with John Dove, CEO of Credo Reference

John Dove spent an afternoon with me at WSU.  We sat down for a chat about reference, the role of reference, and of the reference librarian in the digital world. Have a listen.

I recommend you save the file to your computer first, then listen.  Enjoy!

June 2008 – John Dove, CEO, Credo Reference

Listen to other No Shelf Required interviews here.

VERSO – Virtual Electronic Reference Source Organizer

A visual way to search for eBooks in the library collection – VERSO.  From the Quinnipiac University’s Arnold Bernhard Library in Hamden, CT.  Check it out.

For more information on VERSO, read the recent article in Library Journal – “A grassroots response to a surge in e-resources yields a new virtual reference shelf.” By Terry Ballard, 5/15/2008

Ohio eBook Project

The State Library of Ohio has a really neat eBook project for libraries of all types.  Here is an excerpt from their website:

The Ohio eBook Project is a multi—type library consortium that’s membership includes academic libraries, public libraries, school libraries and special libraries. This project allows Ohio libraries to affordably obtain a digital material collection.

Launched in 2005, this statewide project allows libraries to provide digital books (including eBooks and eAudiobooks), eVideo and eMusic to library customers at a considerable savings.

The State Library of Ohio is contracted with OverDrive, Inc. to make this project a reality. OverDrive is a well-known digital materials provider to libraries throughout the country. The State Library assumed the project’s start-up cost, purchases for the collection, and pays the monthly maintenance fee.

As of May 2008, over 11,834 unique library patrons have enjoyed the Ohio eBook Project holdings. The holdings include 6292 copies of 4395 individual titles of eAudiobooks, eBooks, eVideo, and eMusic.

eBooks – Wouldn’t One Platform Be Nice?

If you’ve ever heard me give a presentation about eBooks, then you’ve probably heard my soap box rant about the plethora of eBook platforms.  I can’t stand it.  I look forward to the day when all of my e-content – reference, monographs, textbooks, whatever – will be on one consistent platform, fully searchable by keyword and every other possible facet.  With ALA Annual coming up in June, I am asking all of you who feel the same to please remind the publishers that we want one platform for our electronic content.  I know I’m not alone here.  I’ve just heard some rumors from a publisher that librarians in Japan asked for the exact same thing – one central platform!

Here’s an excerpt from my Nov. 1, 2008 article in Reference Books Bulletin about eBook platforms:

Make access a priority. The best way to drive business to e-reference is through the online catalog. Make sure all MARC records are in the catalog with persistent links to the e-books. Strive to use as few interfaces as possible. Our comparison chart lists 6 vendors, each with a unique interface and special features; how can we make things simpler? Purchase titles to own, and get the licensing agreement to provide a copy of the e-book in either the HTML, XML, or PDF version.   With this data, libraries can mount all e-book content on 1 platform, like Ebrary, or an open-source product, like XTF. Or purchase from vendors that support multiple publishers in one platform—Gale Virtual Reference Library is a good example. Another good option for access is through Paratext’s Reference Universe, which indexes the table of contents, entries, and thousands of print and electronic titles. It’s a deeper search than the catalog, uses one interface, and has persistent links to the article level of e-books and to the catalog record of print titles. When shopping around, talk to publishers about access, and remind them that fewer interfaces make for simple searching by users and librarians.

New eBook articles – featuring Kindle and Sony

eBooks are in the news. Check out new articles, featuring updates on the Kindle and Sony Reader, in these publications:

The Elusive E-book:  Are e-Books finally ready for prime time? By Stephen Sottong.  American Libraries, May 2008.

Technology Left Behind – Throwing Kindling on the eBook Fire by Cris Ferguson.  Against the Grain, April 2008.

A blog discussing the news and issues surrounding eBooks, for librarians and publishers.