Dictionary of American Regional English Debuts Online

February 5th, 2014 · by spolanka · Comments Off

This was announced several weeks ago, but I missed it.  It looks intriguing with the audio recordings, maps showing the regional distribution of words, and social media aspects. 100 terms available for free preview.  If you are snowed in today, take a look at hooky bob.

Cambridge, Mass. The Dictionary of American Regional English, the authoritative record of American speech, is now available online, Harvard University Press has announced. Combining tens of thousands of entries and maps drawn from DARE’s six print volumes with such previously inaccessible data as survey results and audio recordings, daredictionary.com offers users a variety of powerful tools to explore the wealth and complexity of American English. [Read more →]

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O’Reilly Media & Safari Books Online Donate Over $100 Million in Technology Education Resources to US K-12 Schools

February 5th, 2014 · by spolanka · Comments Off

Sebastopol, CA—O’Reilly Media, in partnership with Safari Books Online, has committed to making over $100 million in educational content and tools available, for free, to 15,000 schools in America. The donation, announced by President Obama today, supports the ConnectED initiative to enrich K-12 education and provide students with the technological skills they need to be prepared in a globalized, digital economy. [Read more →]

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BiblioBoard adds new publishing partners, expands to over 125,000 eBooks

January 24th, 2014 · by spolanka · Comments Off

If you are not familiar with BiblioBoard, take a listen to an interview with Mitch Davis, the Founder and CEO of BiblioLabs from July, 2013.  Read on the for press release.

BiblioBoard® adds more than 370 new book publishing partners to platform; PatronsFirst™ Library set to expand to over 125,000 eBooks

In advance of the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter conference, BiblioLabs® announces the signing of over 370 additional publishers to its BiblioBoard platform in the last quarter of 2013.  This expands BiblioBoard’s digital content by over 125,000 recently published eBooks in addition to tens of thousands of thematically curated photos, documents, sounds, videos and other ephemera already offered by the award-winning platform. [Read more →]

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De Gruyter consolidates all OA publications in new imprint: De Gruyter Open

January 24th, 2014 · by spolanka · Comments Off

“Open Access is Part of Our Core Business”
De Gruyter Open: A New Imprint for a Growing Portfolio

Berlin, 23 January 2014 – Open Access (OA) is an important and growing aspect of De Gruyter’s publishing activities, impacting all subject areas. De Gruyter is therefore consolidating all OA publications under a new imprint: De Gruyter Open. The publisher Versita, which was acquired by De Gruyter in 2012, will be fully subsumed under the new imprint. [Read more →]

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Ingram expands eBook profiling on OASIS platform with EBSCO and ProQuest’s EBL content

January 24th, 2014 · by spolanka · Comments Off

Ingram Content Group announced two new partnerships for eBooks on their OASIS platform.  The first is with ProQuests’s EBL.  More than 400,000 EBL eBook titles will be available through Ingram’s OASIS.  The second is with EBSCO.  Print titles have been part of the OASIS platform for EBSCO eBooks but now customers can add eBook content to their orders. Full press releases for both items are below. [Read more →]

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New OCLC Research report provides evidence base for shift to shared print management approach

January 24th, 2014 · by spolanka · Comments Off

DUBLIN, Ohio, January 23, 2014—OCLC Research has released a new report, “Understanding the Collective Collection: Towards a System-wide Perspective on Library Print Collections,” which establishes evidence that has allowed and encouraged libraries to begin the shift from local provisioning of library collections and services to increased reliance on cooperative infrastructure, collective collections, shared technology platforms, and “above-the-institution” management strategies.

“Understanding the Collective Collection” collects important work OCLC Research has done for the community in recent years in providing a quantitative, analytic, system-wide view of library collections. It provides critical context for the policy, service and strategy questions raised by shared print discussions in the library community. [Read more →]

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Unglue.it releases the first Buy-to-Unglue eBook

January 23rd, 2014 · by spolanka · Comments Off

Last month, Unglue.it announced their new program, Buy-to-Unglue, AKA “A bookstore for books that want to be free.”  Their first title is now available.  Details are below from an Unglue.it email.

The first Buy-to-Unglue eBook is here, and it’s a good one.
Lagos_2060 is a collection of science fiction stories that imagine what the city of Lagos will be like in the year 2060, 100 years after independence. Amanda has a review on our blog. [Read more →]

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Tennessee Public Library launches publishing program with IngramSpark platform

January 23rd, 2014 · by spolanka · Comments Off

Press release received 1/23/14

NASHVILLE, TN – Ingram Content Group Inc., today announced that the Williamson County Public Library in Franklin, Tennessee has launched an innovative publishing program using IngramSpark®, Ingram’s comprehensive print and digital independent publisher platform.

“The creation of our first book and the development of our publishing program has been a labor of love and illustrates how libraries of today can move forward in new and exciting ways to serve their patrons,” said Dolores Greenwald, Library Director, Williamson County Public Library. “Through the tools available from Ingram, more public libraries can easily assist writers to independently publish their works to benefit the writer, readers and the communities they live in – IngramSpark is such a great program.” [Read more →]

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Duke University Press launches new eBook platform

January 21st, 2014 · by spolanka · Comments Off

Duke University Press and HighWire Press are pleased to announce the launch of a new site for reading, searching, and sharing Duke University Press’s books: read.dukeupress.edu. Offering more than 1,600 titles and powered by the Folio eBooks solution, the site is the new home for the e-Duke Books Scholarly Collection, available to libraries for purchase.

Features of the new Drupal-based site developed by HighWire include responsive design, tailoring the attractive and functional interface to any device; DRM-free content; individual chapter downloads; and such tools as advanced search filters, social sharing, and reading recommendations, all of which deliver a rich, user-friendly reading and research experience. [Read more →]

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Public libraries in Colorado to use the Odilo eBook platform for purchasing, management, and lending

January 21st, 2014 · by spolanka · Comments Off

Below is a press release about a partnership between OdiloTID, USA and the Colorado Statewide eBook Pilot project (eVokeColorado).  If you have heard about the Douglas County Model regarding ebooks, this partnership sets some of the groundwork for other libraries to expand upon the same model.  For some background information on the players and the grant mentioned, see these posts:

OdiloTID enables libraries to directly negotiate with publishers for ebooks

Douglas  County and CLiC receive LSTA grant to expand eVoke...

Trailblazers:  Moving the Library Upstream in the Digital Distribution Process

 

OdiloConsortia™ to Power the Colorado Statewide eBook Pilot Project

OdiloTID, USA is delighted to announce that OdiloConsortia, the Odilo eBook Platform for eBook purchasing, management and lending, will power the Colorado Statewide eBook Pilot project (eVokeColorado) funded by a recent LSTA/IMLS grant.

Beginning in October, pilot libraries throughout the state of Colorado will offer eBooks to their communities via different channels for eBook lending. The model apart from big publishers will incorporate library-created content, as well as content from midlist publishers, emerging small, independent and self-publishers. It also integrates eBook titles from large distributors, such as OverDrive and 3M. [Read more →]

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