Tag Archives: Alexander Street Press

EBSCO Discovery Service indexing ARTstor

ARTstor images (over one million) will now be searchable in the EDS.  Great news for the discovery of multiple information formats in one location.

More from the press release:  The ARTstor Digital Library will be searchable via EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) from EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) allowing mutual customers to use EDS to explore even more of a library’s collection. The agreement between ARTstor and EBSCO increases the value to ARTstor subscribers using EDS since end users will be able to search ARTstor Digital Library collections—over one million images—alongside their library’s entire print and electronic collection.

The ARTstor Digital Library serves as a curated, aggregated, and reliable online image resource that supports non-commercial educational use of images for research, teaching, and learning. The resource comprises hundreds of collections from museums, photo archives, photographers, scholars, artists, artists’ estates, and libraries. Today, ARTstor serves more than 1,300 institutions in 42 countries. Continue reading

World Book content searchable on EBSCO Discovery Service

From an EBSCO press release:  A recent agreement between EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) and World Book, Inc. (World Book) will bring twelve popular reference tools into EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS). Metadata, including full-text searching, for World Book resources will be added to the EDS Base Index allowing the World Book content to better impact searching through the EDS single search interface. The twelve World Book resources that will be searchable in EDS include popular English language titles as well as French and Spanish language reference tools.

The titles include:  World Book Kids, World Book Student, World Book Advanced, World Book Discoverer, World Book Online for Kids, World Book Online Info Finder, World Book Online Reference Center, Living Green, Early People, Inventions & Discoveries as well as the French and Spanish language reference tools, L’Encyclopedie Decoverte & Enciclopedia Estudantil Hallazagos Continue reading

Credo Reference Content now Discoverable in EBSCO Discovery Service

From an email I received, also linked on PR Web:

EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) and Credo Reference, the online reference service, have extended their partnership allowing the reference content from Credo Reference to be discoverable within EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS). Metadata from Credo General Reference, Credo Topic Pages and Publisher Collections will be added to the EDS Base Index. The addition of this rich and extensive content will impact searchers using the EDS single search interface by providing reference content and overviews of top research topics within discovery. Continue reading

Charleston Conference – Semantic Technology

Darrell Gunter, CEO of Gunter Media Group, Adam Marshall of Portland Press and Thane Kerner of Silver Chair presented on semantic technology and getting up to speed to better serve your user community.

Each of the speakers posed 5 Questions with 5 Answers

What prompted you to engage semantic technology into your products/applications?

  • Darrell Gunter (for Elsevier/Collexis) Needed to develop an expert profile database where the experts can connect with one another
  • Adam Marshall: So much data that we no longer know what we know and finding what we find is very difficult.  Most of the articles we keep are PDF, which are flat files with no interactivity, and they wanted to develop a new tool to provide interactivity b/t PDFs. Came up with Utopia Documents, which blends the best of the semantic web in PDFs.  It connects documents with online data, linking the flat PDF to online databases.
  • Thane Kerner: they have large volumes of very specialized content and needed better ways to search and connect content that wasn’t available in current search technology Continue reading

Charleston Conference, eBook Access Models and Technology

Lisa Carlucci Thomas, Digital Services Librarian at Southern Connecticut State University, spoke about access models for eBooks, specifically with mobile devices and dedicated eReaders. Lisa spoke about barriers to access stating that restrictive DRM, licensing, and incompatible formats are all barriers to accessibility of eBooks.  Additionally, devices all have different loading options. Librarians have to understand DRM, formats, and compatibility between devices in order to assist their patrons.

Lisa suggested we visit the M-Libraries site, where librarians are sharing their knowledge about ebooks and mobile access.  She also recommended a post from Stephen’s Lighthouse where he lists several sites that compare eBook readers. Continue reading

Alexander Street Press Launches Send-to-Mobile Functionality

ASP just announced new functionality for their video products.  The following is from an email from ASP:  I am pleased to let you know that we now have “Send-to-Mobile” functionality for our video collections as well as our streaming music collections. Videos in Dance in Video and Opera in Video can now be sent to a user’s mobile device for on-the-go viewing.

As with our streaming music collections, you will go to a streaming video databases and look for a cell phone icon (“Send-to-Mobile”) next to each title.  Wherever you see that icon you can click it and obtain a “shortlink” to send and enable playback on your mobile device; the link is active for 48 hours. We provide several methods to send this link: Continue reading

E-Everything: Putting it All Together, A Charleston Preconference

On Wednesday, November 3rd the 30th Annual Charleston Conference will begin with a series of pre-conferences.  One of them is called E-everything: Putting it All Together.  Details of the program and speakers are listed below.  If you are interested in attending, you can register online.

E-Everything: Putting it All Together
Electronic resources continue to flood the library marketplace at a staggering rate and there is no turning back now.  Libraries are making an effort to accommodate the influx of electronic content while budgets and staffing levels continue to diminish. Publishers are undergoing a paradigm shift, trying to maintain traditional publishing models while experimenting with born digital content.

This full day pre-conference will discuss the current state of electronic resources from both the library and publishing perspectives and offer insight into the E-Everything future. Some of the current issues that will be addressed include access, content integration, technology, and discoverability.  Presentations by librarians and vendors will update you, challenge your thinking, stimulate questions and generate discussion.  Attendees will gain knowledge of the market and get ideas for plugging into the latest and the greatest information technologies for electronic content. Continue reading

ALA Session – Challenges of Implementing eBooks for Publishers, Libraries, and End-Users

You are cordially invited to the Electronic Resources Management Interest Group ALCTS/LITA meeting at ALA 2010 Annual Conference in Washington, DC.

  • Program: Challenges of Implementing eBooks for Publishers, Libraries and End-Users
  • Date: Friday, June 25th, 2010
  • Time:  4:00pm—5:15pm
  • Location: Hilton Washington-Fairchild Room
  • Speakers: Aaron Wood, Director of Software Product Management, Alexander Street Press. Former Metadata Librarian and Assistant Head of Technical Services at the University of Calgary and  Sue Polanka, Head of Reference and Instruction, Wright State University Libraries Continue reading

Alexander Street Press – Free Access to Ethnographic Video Online

Originally posted at Points Of Reference blog, 4-27-10

Alexander Street Press Ethnographic Video Online – Free Access
Posted by: Sue Polanka

Alexander Street Press is offering free access to it’s Ethnographic Video Online collection.  The collection contains more than 1,000 of the most frequently used films in anthropology courses.  Classic works from the pioneers of ethnographic film, including Robert Flaherty, Timothy Asch, John Marshall, Robert Gardner, Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson, Jean Rouch, and many more—together with contemporary works by innovative filmmakers from around the world are included.

I watched a video called El Sebou’ : Egyptian Birth Ritual.  While watching and listening (video non-english with sub-titles, narrator in english) the text the narrator was reading was highlighted in yellow in the transcript.  This adjusted as the text was read through the sync feature, which could be disabled.  ASP also offers the option to make clips of the movies.  It is so easy, just click and drag a green arrow to start the clip and a red arrow to end the clip.  Each clip can be saved with a specific title and be made viewable by the individual user, everyone, or just those from my institution.

Free access is available until May 31st.  Register online for an immediate username/password.  Make sure you have lots of time, because it’s quite addicting.

Open access to American History in Video During April

Alexander Street Press announced today that American History in Video will be open access during the month of April.  AHiV includes over 4,000 complete newsreels and documentaries from PBS, History Channel, and more.  The interface offers a number of search and browse options as well as technical features like searchable transcripts, visual TOC, and clip and share tools.  For more information please visit Alexander Street Press.