Gale expands products and services, STEM content added to GVRL

March 13th, 2014 · by spolanka · Comments Off

Gale hosted a webinar on the new products and services they have launched a couple weeks back, but I didn’t get to attend.  Below is a press release summarizing some of those initiatives.  Lots of new ebook collections were announced, including many with STEM monograph content for GVRL.

Farmington Hills, Mich. – March 3, 2014 – Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, schools and businesses, today announced expanded product and services initiatives, new publishing program and the addition of industry-leading STEM content from partners. These updated strategies and partnerships usher in a new era of resource development that will help libraries and their users thrive in today’s education landscape. [Read more →]

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eBooked! Integrating Free Online Book Sites into Your Library Collection

March 13th, 2014 · by spolanka · Comments Off

A friend and colleague of mine in Ohio, Tony Bandy, just announced a book he wrote on adding free ebooks to library collections.  Here’s what Tony has to say about the book:

eBooked!  Integrating Free Online Book Sites Into Your Library Collection is primarily geared for libraries and library staff looking to work with all types of online book sites, such as Google Books, HathiTrust and others.  In the book, I’ve tried to share both strategic-thinking types of information as well as everyday, practical examples and usage.  If you’re thinking about this for your library, be sure and check it out.

The google books preview is also available.

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Follett invests in ShowEvidence, partnership focused on advancing solutions for educational assessment

March 13th, 2014 · by spolanka · Comments Off

RIVER GROVE, Ill., March 6, 2014 – Follett Corporation today announced an investment in ShowEvidence, Inc., a Santa Clara, California-based education software company that provides innovative solutions for assessing student and teacher performance. The investment is the first from the Follett Knowledge Fund, a $50 million venture fund focused on disruptive technologies in the education/technology space.

“ShowEvidence has created a cloud-based platform that gives schools the ability to embed digital learning materials within curriculum and assessment programs, and to score student work against state standards,” said Mary Lee Schneider, President and CEO of Follett Corporation. “ShowEvidence has the potential to expand the effectiveness and scope of testing in education in ways that will drive greater levels of student achievement. Follett is delighted to partner with this innovative company.” [Read more →]

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SAGE Reference titles now indexed in Paratext’s Reference Universe

March 13th, 2014 · by spolanka · Comments Off

Los Angeles (March 11, 2014) – SAGE and Paratext are pleased to announce that thousands of additional links to nearly 400 SAGE Reference titles have been integrated into Paratext’s Reference Universe service.

Paratext’s Reference Universe is the only research database that provides both collection-level scope and index-level analysis of Major Reference Works. Now, SAGE Reference’s award-winning, authoritative, and interdisciplinary print and online works in the social sciences will be accessible to the students and researchers across the globe who use the Reference Universe service. [Read more →]

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Nearly 300 libraries in 24 countries pledge support for Knowledge Unlatched

March 11th, 2014 · by spolanka · Comments Off

10 March 2014 –

KU is pleased to announce that its Pilot Collection of 28 new books from 13 recognised scholarly publishers will become Open Access. The Knowledge Unlatched (KU) Pilot Collection is the first step in creating a sustainable route to Open Access for Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) books. Support from a minimum of 200 libraries willing to participate in the KU Pilot was required in order to achieve this goal. This target was exceeded by almost half, with close to 300 libraries from 24 countries joining KU in support of its shared cost approach to Open Access for specialist scholarly books. [Read more →]

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EBL unveils the new LibCentral, the foundation for an integrated EBL and ebrary ebook platform

March 6th, 2014 · by spolanka · Comments Off

Just received this press release from ProQuest.  I’m really excited to see this new platform and take it for a spin.  It sounds like it contains what I feel is one of the key components of ebook purchasing – flexibility.

March 6, 2014 (Melbourne, AU) — EBL – Ebook Library, a ProQuest business, has reinvented its LibCentral administrative and acquisitions module, enabling libraries to tailor their ebook experience to fit their own and their users’ unique needs. The new LibCentral helps libraries streamline workflows making discovery, selection, acquisition, and management of ebooks simple. With sophisticated tools, it provides the library granular access and permission settings along with insight into overall collection and Demand-driven Acquisition usage. Created through collaboration with customers, LibCentral is a substantial step in the integration of ProQuest’s ebook businesses EBL and ebrary, and will become the base of the combined ebook platform. [Read more →]

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OverDrive acquires TeachersNotebook.com

March 3rd, 2014 · by spolanka · Comments Off

CLEVELAND—March 3, 2014—OverDrive announced today that it has acquired TeachersNotebook.com, a leading online marketplace for teacher-created curriculum materials for K-12 education. TeachersNotebook.com enables teachers to not only browse free and low-cost instructional resources, but also to create their own “shop” where others may purchase their original materials. The website operates with a “teachers helping teachers” mentality of engaging and educating students of all ages and optimizing the classroom experience.

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Total Boox, pay per page ebook service, an interview with Yoav Lorch and Udi Arad

February 25th, 2014 · by spolanka · 1 Comment

Total Boox is an ebook service for libraries. It gives library patrons access to thousands of ebooks in a wide range of categories, which can be downloaded to Android or iOs tablets. The reading is metered, with the library paying for pages read by their patrons.  Multiple patrons are able to download ebooks simultaneously.  Pages cost a proportion of the price of each book. If your patron reads ten percent of a book, your library only pays ten percent of the book’s full price. But your library never pays for the download itself—only for what the patron reads within each book.

Sound intriguing?  Hear more about Total Boox, the model, partnerships with libraries, and plans for the future in this interview with Yoav Lorch, Founder and CEO and Udi Arad, Chairman and Head of Business Development for Total Boox.   A previous NSR post with links to articles and press releases about Total Boox partnerships with libraries is also available.

Based in Israel, but selling in the United States, the platform comprises well over 20,000 titles from established publishers and is growing rapidly, with new titles added each week.  Most of the current content is English language, with about 500 titles in German.

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Knowledge Unlatched exceeds target, open access collection will launch with support of libraries

February 24th, 2014 · by spolanka · 1 Comment

I received an email from Christina Emery, the Project Coordinator of Knowledge Unlatched, today with very exciting news.  She was very pleased to announce that KU has reached (and exceeded) the target of 200 libraries sharing the unlatching costs for the Pilot.  They continue to invite more libraries to participate so that the cost per library is reduced.

You can review the list of participating institutions here: http://collections.knowledgeunlatched.org/signup-list/  They currently have sign ups from 19 countries in 4 continents. KU is continuing to encourage the global library community to support the KU Open Access initiative by signing up so that they can gain Charter Member status as well as reduce the cost for each library even further.  Libraries only have one week left to join the KU Pilot Collection; the deadline is 28 February 2014: http://collections.knowledgeunlatched.org/register/ [Read more →]

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EBSCO rolls out 28 new ebook subject sets

February 20th, 2014 · by spolanka · Comments Off

IPSWICH, Mass. — February 20, 2014 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has added 28 new eBook Subject Sets to its extensive collection of eBooks. The Sets provide libraries with convenient ways to begin or expand their eBook collections with current, reputable content from leading publishers.

Key collection areas that were increased with the release of these new Subject Sets include Arts & Humanities, Business, History, Medical and Science & Technology. The Sets allow for quick and easy purchases in particular high-interest subject areas. There is no title overlap across Sets, and no title overlap from year to year. [Read more →]

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