New OCLC report: At a Tipping Point: Education, Learning and Libraries

The report is available for download at http://oc.lc/TippingPoint.

Interesting phrases from the report:

  • The brand perception of libraries remains firmly planted in tradition. Libraries = books.
  • Inconvenient = irrelevant.  Out of sight, out of mind.  On my mobile, on my mind.
  • The library just “didn’t come to mind” for the majority of online learners.
  • A new future is coming to education—and libraries. The sparks are visible. It’s time to act.
  • Students, parents and online learners see library spaces as convenient places to work. They value online access to materials. They say that libraries provide the tools to get work done and offer relevant, current information.
  • Putting library convenience center stage will increase library relevance.

Full Press release below. Continue reading

ALA Session: eBooks and eReaders: Leveling the Playing Field or Widening the Digital Gap?

Here is information about a session to be held at the ALA conference this Saturday:

E-Books and E-Readers: Leveling the Playing Field or Widening the Digital Gap? – IRRT Paper Session, Saturday, June 28th, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Location: Las Vegas Convention Center -

S233 Description: With their ease of distribution and availability in large numbers, E-books and e-readers hold great promise for delivering currency and intellectual content to the information poor. At the same time, digital information is often only available to those who can afford internet access and the technological infrastructure needed to provide that access. This program will feature projects and research illustrating how e-books and e-readers have impacted libraries and readers globally in many different ways. Continue reading

ProQuest announces beta of new ebrary reader, designed for evolving expectations of researchers

June 26, 2014 (Mountain View, CA.)– ProQuest continues to innovate the use of ebooks in research, launching a beta version of its new ebook reader, developed with extensive user input and debuting on the ebrary® platform. The ebrary Reader delivers a modern experience, with a simple interface, intuitive navigation and user-centered design. The Reader represents the best-in-class user experience being developed for the integrated platform that will unite ProQuest’s businesses ebrary and Ebook Library — EBL. Continue reading

New content, LibraryThing for Libraries widget added to ebrary

June 16, 2014 – Mountain View, CA –ProQuest has added more than 1,650 ebook titles from renowned publishers Wiley and Wolters Kluwer Health to Academic Complete®, the flagship ebook database from ebrary®. The new content will improve research outcomes, while a new enhancement for the database – the popular LibraryThing for Libraries™ Book Display Widget — will enable libraries to easily display the titles visually for better discoverability and usage. Continue reading

EBSCO use data for articles and books now included in PlumX impact factor

IPSWICH, Mass. — June 23, 2014 — Metrics from Plum Analytics will now include usage statistics for articles and books that are available from EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) databases and EBSCO Discovery Service. The article-level data from these databases will allow Plum Analytics’ product PlumX to provide usage statistics on articles and books from tens of thousands of providers. This collaboration marks the first time the wealth of information about the actual usage per article such as abstract views, downloads, etc. can be measured across publishers. Continue reading

McGraw-Hill partners with Follett, eBooks available via Destiny

New York, NY, June 24, 2014—McGraw-Hill Professional, a leading global publisher of education and professional content, today announced a partnership with Follett to further expand availability of its eBook collection to K-12 school library customers globally.

McGraw-Hill Professional’s catalog is one of the premier eBook collections in the world for education, business, consumer, technical, and medical titles available on the market today. McGraw-Hill Professional is offering more than 4,500 new and backlist eBooks, available to lend on multiple devices.  These titles include McGraw-Hill Education’s comprehensive collection of student test prep and study aids:  5 Steps to a 5 AP test prep series, the Demystified series, Practice Makes Perfect foreign language series, Schaum’s Outline study guides, McGraw-Hill Education Guide to SAT, McGraw-Hill Education TASC, The Official Guide to TOEFL Test, and more. Continue reading

Britannica’s ImageQuest releases upgraded version, provides 3 million rights-cleared images

Britannica Digital Learning announced a new and significantly upgraded version of its popular ImageQuest™ resource for schools and libraries.

ImageQuest provides nearly three million rights-cleared photos and other images for homework, classroom activities and lesson plans. Images come from more than 50 of the best collections in the world, including the Bridgeman Art Gallery, Dorling Kindersley Images, Getty Images, the National Geographic Society and Encyclopaedia Britannica. Continue reading

Liverpool University Press partners with BiblioBoard for eTextbook

BiblioBoard will host the innovative new textbook being created jointly by Liverpool University Press, the University of Liverpool Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and the University Library. This project, funded by Jisc, seeks to address the question: can a university working as an e-textbook creator and publisher better serve students and promote a more sustainable information environment in higher education? Continue reading

Knowledge Unlatched wins IFLA/Brill Open Access Award

Knowledge Unlatched is the 2014 winner of the IFLA/Brill Open Access Award. 

The IFLA/Brill Open Access Award was created in 2013 for initiatives in the area of open access monograph publishing. This year the jury voted unanimously for Knowledge Unlatched, recognising it as the most outstanding and game-changing initiative in the field.

The jury of the IFLA/Brill award were “deeply impressed with the simplicity and elegance of the original concept, with the daring scope of the project, bringing together libraries, publishers and other organisations from around the world, and with the highly successful outcome of the pilot phase that tested the concept.”

The full award announcement is available here.

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