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

Free Ebook Foundation to promote access and preservation of knowledge, literature, and culture

For immediate release. Also at http://ebookfoundation.org/

June 26, 2015. San Francisco, CA. Two projects that have been building towards a sustainable ecosystem for free ebooks have joined together in a new non-profit corporation. The Free Ebook Foundation envisions a world where ebooks will be funded, distributed and maintained for the benefit of all, by coordinating the efforts and resources of many.Unglue.it and GITenberg, the two projects to be supported by the Free Ebook Foundation, have shared the goals of making free ebooks more available while focusing on different problems.

Unglue.it launched in 2012 with a focus on sustainable funding models for freely-licensed ebooks. For the last two years, it has worked to improve the access and distribution of these books by building a database of over 1200 Creative Commons licensed ebooks. Unglue.it has been incubated by Gluejar, Inc., a privately held company founded by Eric Hellman Continue reading Free Ebook Foundation to promote access and preservation of knowledge, literature, and culture

DPLA a 2015 Best App for Teaching & Learning

The Digital Public Library of America is extraordinarily grateful to be recognized as one of 2015’s Best Apps for Teaching & Learning by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Chosen for its embodiment of AASL’s learning standards and support of the school librarian’s role in implementing career and college readiness standards, this is DPLA’s second “Best of” award from the prestigious education-oriented division of the American Library Association. DPLA was recognized as a Best Website for Teaching & Learning in 2013. Continue reading DPLA a 2015 Best App for Teaching & Learning

ProQuest launches new University Press Ebook Subscription

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 24, 2015Through its robust partnerships with university presses, ProQuest has launched an inventive new option that helps libraries quickly build comprehensive e-book collections in one of the most valued content areas in academic libraries. ProQuest’s new University Press Ebook Subscription offers the most authoritative university press content from one convenient source. The new collection is an example of ProQuest’s commitment to enable libraries’ to build diverse, digital collections that stay ahead of the needs and expectations of students, faculty and scholars.  

“At ProQuest we are committed to creative product development that combines our strengths in ways that benefit libraries and their users,” said Kevin Sayar, ProQuest senior vice president, Books. “In this case, we’re leveraging the breadth and quality of our partnerships along with our renowned subscription model to enable any academic library to get the best university press content in a budget-friendly way.” Continue reading ProQuest launches new University Press Ebook Subscription

ProQuest Ebook Central Enters Beta, Debuting New Features That Enhance User Productivity

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 24, 2015 – ProQuest continues to innovate the ebook research and management experience with the launch of the beta program for its eagerly anticipated new ebook platform. ProQuest Ebook Central integrates key elements from both ebrary and EBL – Ebook Library, along with all-new functionality, eliminating the complexities surrounding ebooks and delivering a superior experience for end-users and librarians.

“Going live with our beta program for ProQuest Ebook Central means that we’re on the doorstep of offering librarians and researchers the complete solution they’re seeking,” said Kevin Sayar, vice president and general manager, ProQuest Books. “We’re taking a collaboration-focused approach to our launch, working closely with those who will be using the platform to ensure it fits seamlessly into their workflow. The response is very encouraging.” Continue reading ProQuest Ebook Central Enters Beta, Debuting New Features That Enhance User Productivity

ProQuest expands History Vault, three new modules

ANN ARBOR, Mich., June 23, 2015 – ProQuest aims to improve outcomes of research on 20th century events and the people who made them happen by expanding its visionary ProQuest® History Vault collection of digitized primary sources. Three new modules provide online access to hard-to-find original documents chronicling the Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century (Federal Government Records supplement); the New Deal and World War II (President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Office Files and Records of Federal Agencies); and critical intelligence efforts during wartime from the Office of Strategic Services (OSS-State Department Intelligence and Research Reports, 1941-1961). History Vault is part of ProQuest’s expansive digitization program that enables students and scholars to explore history as it happened and from diverse, often personal vantage points.

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Gale Expands Relationship with Google and Discovery Services

Farmington Hills, Mich., June 22, 2015 — Evolving to meet researchers where they begin their searching, Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, is supporting discovery by working with Google to index millions of documents in Google Scholar, and expanding the amount of content indexed by major library discovery services. In addition, Gale is promoting transparency in discovery through compliance with industry information standards to improve results for researchers and libraries.

“Information access is undergoing a revolution, and Gale is evolving, too. Indexing our content in Google Scholar where students and instructors want to do research is placing library resources directly into user workflow,” said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager for Gale. “Greater discoverability is vital and we’re making material available through multiple channels – integrating content in the classroom through MindTap, enhancing our products for mobile access across all types of devices, and working closely with discovery service providers to optimize our content for library users.” Continue reading Gale Expands Relationship with Google and Discovery Services

Recorded Books and iVerse Media Form Exclusive Partnership to Deliver Digital Comics and Graphic Novels to Libraries

Libraries using any ILS can now offer seamless access to an exclusive collection of more than 10,000 digital comics, graphic novels and manga on all major mobile devices and desktop systems

PRINCE FREDERICK, MD – June 22, 2015 – Through an exclusive partnership, Recorded Books and iVerse Media will offer libraries and their patrons access to a selection of more than 10,000 digital comics, graphic novels and manga titles both inside the library and remotely.

This partnership gives Recorded Books’ international sales team the exclusive right to sell Comics Plus: Library Edition (CP:LE) to public libraries in the United States and Canada. The Comics Plus product allows libraries to make the most diverse and unique content available to their patrons. As a result of this new partnership, libraries will have the flexibility to offer these titles either in a traditional desktop environment or via a mobile application for smartphones and tablets. Continue reading Recorded Books and iVerse Media Form Exclusive Partnership to Deliver Digital Comics and Graphic Novels to Libraries

EBSCO Discovery Service adds new resources

With EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) the highest quality information resources are available at your fingertips. To improve your experience with EDS, new content is regularly made available from the world’s top publishers.

Here are 3 new resources we’ve added to EBSCO Discovery Service:

1. Boardroom Insiders  

Boardroom Insiders provides more than 6,000 profiles of C‐level executives at major companies nationwide, as well as consulting services around key account marketing and CXO engagement strategy. Boardroom Insiders helps patrons start the right conversations with the right people to close more deals and build deeper relationships. All customers may search Boardroom Insiders metadata in EDS, but only subscribers have full access to their platform.

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Ebooks and Digital Content events at the ALA Conference

E-Books and Digital Content events at the upcoming ALA Conference, from the ALA What’s Happening Document:

Join a panel of Book Industry Study Group (BISG) and ALA leaders at this year’s Annual Conference as they discuss the results of a newly-released study on public library patrons’ use of digital content. At Digital Content in Public Libraries: What Do Patrons Think? panelists will discuss the results of the study, designed to provide insight into how readers interact with e-books in a library environment. Sunday, June 28, 3:00-4:00pm, Moscone Convention Center, 131 North. Continue reading Ebooks and Digital Content events at the ALA Conference

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