August 23rd, 2013 · by spolanka · Comments Off
Brill announced on August 19th that it is extending its open access model to include books. Titles will be made freely accessible on the Brill platform under a creative commons license. Here is more from the press release:
Brill extends Brill Open, its Open Access model, to include books.
As a major publisher in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Biology and International Law, Brill is committed to enhancing access to academic content in any sustainable way. Since its academic book publications are a cornerstone of the program, it is extending Brill Open to include monographs and edited volumes.
Brill Open offers authors the choice to make their research freely accessible online in exchange for a Publication Charge. Brill Open is made available to authors only upon acceptance of their manuscript for publication. This requires a positive outcome of the peer review process and Brill’s editorial decision making. Titles published in Brill Open undergo the same rigorous peer review and uphold the same high-quality publication standards that Brill is known for. Brill Open is a sustainable, high-quality and accessible mode of publication. [Read more →]
Categories: Academic Libraries,Interfaces/Platforms,Open Access,Press Releases,Publishing,Vendor News
Tags: Brill, Brill Open
August 22nd, 2013 · by spolanka · Comments Off
SciELO, the Scientific Electronic Library Online, has launched a new blog, SciELO in Perspective. The blog, available in 3 languages – Spanish, Portuguese, and English – aims to share information and knowledge oriented to the development of scientific communication. The posts contain interviews, news, and analysis from an editorial team of nine. SciELO has maintained an open access eBook collection since March of 2012.
From the blog:
The aim of SciELO in Perspective blog is to share information and knowledge oriented to the development of scientific communication, in particular, of the SciELO journals, SciELO national collections and the SciELO Program and Network. It also promotes the open access movement to scientific knowledge. The prospect is that the blog become a reference vehicle to the community related to SciELO and to the communication and evaluation of scientific research. [Read more →]
Categories: Academic Libraries,Interfaces/Platforms,Open Access
August 20th, 2013 · by Mirela Roncevic · 1 Comment
ALA Editions recently announced the Fall 2013 launch of a new online journal: eContent Quarterly, edited by Sue Polanka and Mirela Roncevic. The journal was previewed at this year’s ALA conference in Chicago, and the zero issue made available for free in PDF, ePub, and Mobi formats on the journal’s site.
Fall 2013 issue, to be released in September, will feature articles on e-book formats, metadata, kids’ apps, and the importance of partnerships in the management of econtent. Winter 2014 issue, to be released in early 2014, will explore “bookless” libraries, user-centered design of e-reference products, implementation of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) programs in high schools, and multi-format e-book strategies in academic libraries.
eContent Quarterly is now accepting proposals for contributions to its Spring 2014 issue. Librarians, publishers, vendors, and other information science professionals interested in writing an article about how their institution is braving an e-content challenge, or if they are in the midst of developing or releasing a product librarians and information professionals should know about, may send their proposal to the editors (firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com), including a detailed description of the topic and information about affiliation and credentials. [Read more →]
August 12th, 2013 · by spolanka · Comments Off
Ellyssa Kroski, Director of Information Technology at the New York Law Institute and the blogger for OEDb’s iLibrarian, as well as a writer, educator, and international conference speaker, developed this list of 68 essential resources about eBooks in libraries. Ellyssa has organized the list into several broad categories including: general, devices, blogs, purchasing, creating, and more.
68 Essential Resources for eBooks in Libraries
eBooks are a constant topic in library news today. If you’re just getting caught up or striving to keep current, here are 68 resources that will put you in-the-know and help you make an informed decision about implementing eBooks in your library. [Read more →]
Categories: Academic Libraries,Articles of Interest,Business Models/Pricing,Collection Development,Public Libraries,Publishing,School Libraries,Surveys/Statistics
Tags: Ellyssa Kroski
August 5th, 2013 · by spolanka · Comments Off
Press Release: McHenry, Ill., Aug. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Continuing its ongoing commitment to expand and enhance its PreK-12 digital solutions to support learning, Follett has partnered with Random House, Inc., the world’s largest English language trade publisher, to offer new and popular ebook titles to school libraries.
Follett’s ebook customers are now able to purchase Random House ebooks and lend them to students. The partnership gives librarians the opportunity to enhance their collections with many of the most sought-after titles, such as Rachel Hartman’s “Seraphina” and Christopher Paul Curtis’ “The Watsons Go To Birmingham – 1963″. [Read more →]
Categories: Big Six,Interfaces/Platforms,Press Releases,School Libraries,Vendor News
Tags: follett, Random House
August 2nd, 2013 · by spolanka · Comments Off
This is big news for EPUB3 adoption – accelerated across-the-board adoption. I hope they are successful, this will be a great service for those with disabilities. More from the AAP press release:
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 | Ed McCoyd, Andi Sporkin
The Association of American Publishers supports the establishment of EPUB 3 as the standard global distribution format for eBooks and has embarked on a new initiative designed to rapidly advance the format’s implementation in the marketplace.
The EPUB 3 Implementation Project is being developed in a partnership with retailers, digital content distributors, device makers, reading systems providers, assistive technology experts and standards organizations, with the support and engagement of leading advocates for people with disabilities. [Read more →]
Categories: Accessibility,EPUB,Press Releases
Tags: AAP, Association of American Publishers
August 2nd, 2013 · by spolanka · Comments Off
Akademie, Oldenbourg, and De Gruyter electronic publications are all available via De Guyter Online. For more information, see the press release below:
Berlin, 1 August 2013 – Four months after De Gruyter announced its purchase of Akademie and Oldenbourg, the publishing houses have now completed their technical integration. The organizational structure of the consolidated company has also been revamped.
“Over the past few months we’ve worked hard on harnessing the added value from our purchase of Akademie and Oldenbourg to deliver benefits to our customers and authors,” Sven Fund, CEO of the De Gruyter Group, said. With technical integration complete, the electronic publications of all three publishing houses are now available at De Gruyter Online (www.degruyter.com). Furthermore, all customers outside of the German-speaking world are now served by De Gruyter’s distribution team in Europe and North America. [Read more →]
Categories: Interfaces/Platforms,Press Releases,Vendor News
Tags: Akademie, De Gruyter Online, Oldenbourg
August 1st, 2013 · by spolanka · Comments Off
From a DPLA Press Release, August 1, 2013
Boston, MA — The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is extremely excited to announce that an anonymous donor has stepped forward to provide substantial support towards its efforts. The $447,000 grant will allow the DPLA to accelerate its work of bringing together America’s collections and providing new pathways into them.
“This is an incredible vote of confidence in our mission, especially during this important early stage of our development and in the lead-up to our fall DPLAfest, which will bring together so many to celebrate our April 2013 launch, recent milestones, and bright future,” said Dan Cohen, Executive Director of the DPLA. [Read more →]
Categories: DPLA,Public Libraries
July 31st, 2013 · by spolanka · Comments Off
Some interesting news from EBSCO and BiblioLabs. If you would like to learn more about BiblioLabs, check out the interview I conducted with Mitch Davis, Founder of BiblioLabs. Here is the EBSCO press release:
IPSWICH, Mass. — July 24, 2013 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) announces an agreement with BiblioLabs that will give more people access to high quality, historical content and enable libraries, museums and other institutions to make digital content from their internal repositories available to others. Metadata from BiblioLab’s historical content will be searchable via EBSCO Discovery Service™ and EBSCO will sell BiblioLab products, including BiblioBoard Library and BiblioBoard Creator. [Read more →]
Categories: Discovery,Electronic Resources,Interfaces/Platforms,Interviews,New Products,Press Releases,Vendor News
Tags: BiblioLabs, ebsco
July 31st, 2013 · by spolanka · Comments Off
From an Ingram Press Release:
NASHVILLE, TN – Vital Source Technologies, Inc., an Ingram Content Group company, today announced that Panworld Education, a leading e-learning solution provider, has selected Ingram’s VitalSource Bookshelf® platform to power e-textbook solutions for their customers throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions. [Read more →]
Categories: Interfaces/Platforms,Press Releases,Textbooks,Vendor News
Tags: Ingram, Panworld Education