Webinar – 21st Century Reference Collections

December 17th, 2009 · Comments Off

Reference Books Bulletin (Booklist) will host a webinar on the 21st century reference collection on January 12th.  Register online for this free event. Here is the description of the event: Reference collections are changing, driven by technology and new patterns of use. Join Booklist’s Mary Ellen Quinn, Editor of Reference Books Bulletin, and a group […]

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New Articles of Interest

December 16th, 2009 · Comments Off

Bill Clinton Pens New Britannica Article on Dayton Accords IDPF elections: Faster e-book standards-making expected—given BOTH presidential candidates’ platforms Springer Group, Second-Leading STM Publisher, Sold by/to Private Equity Firms – 12/11/2009 – Library Journal Canadian Private School Switches to Sony e-Readers   – 12/9/2009 8:28:00 AM – Publishers Weekly Baker & Taylor Acquires Blackwell North […]

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The Future of the Book – From One Perspective

July 23rd, 2009 · Comments Off

Britannica’s Michael Ross (also on the NSR Advisory Board), has an interesting blog post of the future of the book.  It is a summary of his thoughts and impressions from attending two book related conferences “down under.”  The article appears on the Britannica blog.  Michael discusses some eBook readers and devices, copyright, green thinking, and […]

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Britannica’s Overhaul

April 2nd, 2009 · 4 Comments

Original article in Boston Globe.  By Hiawatha Bray Boston Globe Staff / March 31, 2009 Enter Britannica For 241 years, it’s been the gold standard of reference books, a premium-priced digest of the world’s accumulated knowledge. Now it’s being overwhelmed by an eight-year-old online upstart authored by amateurs and available at no charge. How can […]

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E-Reference Ratings from LJ

November 18th, 2008 · 1 Comment

LJ just released E-Reference Ratings, “an evaluation of nearly 180 subscription based electronic resources in 14 subject categories.”  Of course, many of these are eBook platforms like Britannica, Credo, GVRL, Oxford, and Sage.   There was no category for eBooks, instead you’ll find them listed under the various subject categories. Products were reviewed by a team […]

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Britannica’s Widgets

October 29th, 2008 · Comments Off

A really neat feature from Encyclopaedia Britannica – Content Widgets .  I’m a big fan of widgets, particularly ones with nice visuals.  They draw the users attention and can lead them to authoritative reference content.  Here’s the official info from Britannica: Check Out Britannica’s New Widget Feature! Britannica Widgets are here, and with them you […]

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Encyclopaedia Britannica partners with MyiLibrary

August 17th, 2008 · Comments Off

While visiting Michael Ross of Britannica last week, he mentioned a new partnership with Ingram Digital.  Ingram’s Myilibrary will now distribute 27 Britannica ebook titles.  For more information, see the press release.

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A Visit to Encyclopaedia Britannica

August 13th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Monday, August 11th I stopped by the Encyclopaedia Britannica offices on LaSalle street in Chicago.  I visited Michael Ross, Senior VP of Corporate Development.  Michael gave me a nice tour of the Britannica headquarters and I took some photos to share with everyone.  You’ll see some remarkable similarities between an international publisher and a library. They have […]

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A View From the Top Panel at ALA

July 2nd, 2008 · Comments Off

Here’s a snapshot from the ALA Presentation – A View from the Top. Left to right: John Barnes, Gale/Cengage, Rolf Janke, Sage, Sue Polanka, WSU, Michael Ross, Britannica, Casper Grathwohl, Oxford To start the session, each of the panelists was asked: Will we have reference in 10-15 years?  If so, what will it look like? […]

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Britannica Opens Site for Free Access to Web Publishers, Linking

May 1st, 2008 · Comments Off

Britannica Opens Site for Free Access to Web Publishers, Linking CHICAGO, April 29, 2008 Bloggers, webmasters, online journalists and anyone else who publishes regularly on the Internet can now get free subscriptions to Britannica Online (www.britannica.com). Anyone interested in participating in Britannica’s new WebShare initiative can apply for a free subscription at http://signup.eb.com or get […]

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