WorldCat Discovery Services now available

March 31st, 2014 · by spolanka · No Comments

Libraries using FirstSearch can now move to a richer discovery experience

OCLC has launched WorldCat Discovery Services, making it possible for library staff and users currently using FirstSearch to move to a richer discovery experience. WorldCat Discovery has been developed and refined based on input and feedback from a 30-member Advisory Group and more than 650 FirstSearch beta test libraries around the world. [Read more →]

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17,000 Penguin ebooks available to U.S. school libraries via OverDrive

March 31st, 2014 · by spolanka · No Comments

CLEVELAND—March 28, 2014—OverDrive announced today that more than 17,000 Penguin Group (USA) eBooks are now available for school digital libraries in the United States. Educators now have access to Penguin Group’s full catalog of bestselling and classic titles, previously offered only to public libraries. [Read more →]

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What to expect when buying e-resources for high schools

March 27th, 2014 · by Mirela Roncevic · 1 Comment

Lura Sanborn, reference and instruction school librarian at St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH, recently wrote a piece on ebooks and digital collections for the School Library Monthly. It provides a useful overview of the state of ebook acquisitions in high school libraries and the features of the most dominant e-resources on the market. We have received permission to reprint this article on No Shelf Required.

Lura has been active in the digital arena and has published her perspectives on the future of libraries in various sources, including ALA’s new journal eContent Quarterly. In her article “Bookless Library? I Raise You the Building,” featured in the Winter 2014 issue of eContent Quarterly, she convincingly argued that fully embracing a buildingless library is the logical next step for all academic institutions. Here she echoes similar “we have crossed the digital Rubicon” sentiments, focusing on the actual products and explains what high school libraries can expect to gain from and pay for each. The products covered range from platforms used for research to those used for lending purposes. The full article is reprinted below. [Read more →]

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ProQuest completes digitization of the NAACP papers

March 25th, 2014 · by spolanka · No Comments

March 24, 2014 (ANN ARBOR, MI) — ProQuest, an information firm central to global research, has completed the digitization of the archives of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), making one of the most famous chronicles of the civil rights movement accessible to millions of researchers and students. Nearly 2 million pages of internal memos, legal briefings and direct action summaries from the association’s national, legal and branch offices throughout the United States are now fully searchable and accessible through academic, research and public library websites as part of ProQuest® History Vault, an initiative to digitize historically rich primary sources, opening their discovery to broader audiences.   [Read more →]

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Follett’s PreK-12 Businesses Unite as Follett School Solutions, Inc.

March 25th, 2014 · by spolanka · No Comments

MCHENRY, Ill., March 25, 2014 – Follett’s PreK-12 businesses will become one legal entity named Follett School Solutions, Inc., effective April 1.  The new entity is part of Follett’s strategy to deliver increased value to customers by integrating and leveraging the content and technology capabilities of its previously separate businesses: Follett Educational Services, Follett Library Resources and Follett Software Company. [Read more →]

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17 Knowledge Unlatched titles now available

March 21st, 2014 · by spolanka · No Comments

I received an email from Lucy Montgomery, Deputy Directory of Knowledge Unlatched.  She provided an update on the progress of unlatching the first collection of open access books.  Here are the highlights of her message:

  • We have now begun the process of making the Pilot Collection available, discoverable and accessible on a Creative Commons license via OAPEN, HathiTrust and the British Library.
  • PDFs of 17 books have already become available via the OAPEN digital library and we are loading content onto the HathiTrust and British Library systems.
  • We have added a new page to our website which provides access KU titles. This page also makes it possible to follow the progress of each book in the Pilot Collection as it becomes available: http://collections.knowledgeunlatched.org/collection-availability-1/
  • We are working with OCLC and others to ensure the quality of the MARC records being provided to us by publishers. Records will be made available as a download file in MARCXML format from the KU Collections website. As more titles are uploaded onto the system this file will be updated. Participating libraries will be notified and sent a link to the records via email.  We anticipate that the first set of records will be available by 31 March.

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Book Snatching, the most violent act in the history of reading

March 20th, 2014 · by spolanka · 1 Comment

Yoav Lorch, Founder and CEO of Total Boox, Ltd. sent me this story he wrote about snatching ebooks.  I think it’s a clever tale showing us the sad state of ebook borrowing in many of our libraries.  He gave me permission to post it here.

Book Snatching

Or

Clearly the most violent act in the history of reading

by Yoav Lorch, Founder and CEO, Total Boox Ltd.

Its 5:20 PM. My wife should be home in about half an hour. I promised I’d do the dishes and have the place looking decent when she returns. I have 47 pages to go with my book, and I’m dying to complete it. Yes, I can complete it before it expires and evaporates from my device at 5:46, but then, the dishes. The sink looks like a railroad crash on a rainy day. [Read more →]

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Britannica unveils new reference and research site for libraries – all ages, all devices

March 19th, 2014 · by spolanka · No Comments


I took the new Britannica research site for a very quick spin.  It’s a clean, colorful interface with intuitive icons, links, and features – very easy to navigate.  The landing page features three search boxes, each specialized for a different age group (curious if we can choose one as a default depending on our library level). Content is also divided into three reading levels to correspond.  Images, videos, recommended web sites, read-aloud, translation, and citation tools are built in.  The press release below has more information.  Nice job, Michael and everyone else at EB.

CHICAGO, March 11, 2014—Britannica Digital Learning today announced Britannica Library, the next generation of its comprehensive reference and research service for library users of all ages.The newly designed site is Britannica’s richest library product to date and includes new and continuously revised articles from encyclopedias, journals and periodicals, related multimedia, primary sources, links to useful Web sites and ebooks. [Read more →]

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Baker & Taylor announce new evidence-based selection planning

March 19th, 2014 · by spolanka · No Comments

This new service looks really exciting. A very practical way to use circulation data to determine the selection of forthcoming titles for specific library locations.  I think we will see much more evidence-based selection in the future. 

CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 19, 2014 – Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, announced today a new service backed by collectionHQ’s data: ESP – Evidence-based Selection Planning[Read more →]

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Douglas County Libraries adds Rowman & Littlefield titles to the DCL platform

March 13th, 2014 · by spolanka · Comments Off

February 27, 2014 – (Lanham, MD) – Rowman & Littlefield is proud to announce its new partnership with Douglas County Libraries to provide e-books directly to the DCL e-book platform.

This partnership is part of DCL’s move to partner directly with publishers to provide electronic content for patrons. The newly signed agreement stipulates that e-books will be provided at a flat discount directly to the library system’s platform. This includes the trade, general interest, and reference titles most of interest to today’s readers. [Read more →]

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