Mike Sweet, CEO of Credo Reference, gave me a tour of the new Credo Topic Pages yesterday. What a great tool they are for background/overview information on 10,000 different topics! The stimulus for creating the Topic Pages was context. A University of Washington study on how students research in the digital age found that students struggle to find context for the masses of information available to them in the digital age. Enter Credo’s Topic Pages. The pages are designed to offer context and vocabulary, subject orientation, and pathways to further exploration of the topic. The pages include simple definitions, encyclopedia entries, tag clouds showing the vocabulary of the topic, images, and a title list of the most common references from subject encyclopedia articles (all part of the Credo Reference content). Sharing the topic page content via social tools, links to the library’s chat/IM service, and article citations via EasyBib are included as well, and that’s just the basic topic page. (side note, have you heard of EasyBib? 16 million students are using it….probably some of yours) Continue reading Credo’s Topic Pages – a great place to start your research!
From a Credo Press Release:
A significant majority of SAGE Reference titles to be available through Credo
Boston and Oxford, (November 3, 2009) – Credo Reference, the award-winning online reference library, has signed an agreement to launch a SAGE Reference Publisher Collection. Nearly 70 SAGE Reference titles will now be available through the acclaimed Credo Reference platform. Continue reading Credo Reference announces SAGE Reference Publisher Collection
I’m writing to ask for 10 minutes of your time to complete a survey about online reference databases. I’m trying to gauge interest in a variety of features offered in online reference databases (think GVRL, Credo, SRO, ORO, ABC-CLIO, etc). My results will be used in a presentation I am co-presenting at the Charleston Conference in a couple of weeks. I’ll be co-presenting with Tom Beyer, the Director of Publishing at iFactory. iFactory created Sage Reference Online, a variety of Oxford products, and more. My part of the presentation takes Tom’s wild ideas and put them into perspective, hopefully using the data collected from this survey to determine if the features could work.
Thanks so much for your time and please feel free to forward this to your colleagues. Results will be posted on the blog at a later date.
I spent Monday with several librarians in a discussion on the future eReference platform. I’m referring to products like Credo, GVRL, Sage Reference Online, Oxford Scholarship Online, etc. Our discussion revolved around platform features, good features and not so good features. I’m going to list some highlights of the discussion below, but would really like to have input from others about features you and your end users want and expect. Continue reading eReference Platforms – The good and bad features
I’ve marked the following articles in my delicious account, which are also listed on the NSR home page.
Random House, other pubs miserly toward IDPF/ePub, but new e-readers and Sigil editor show there’s hope
Blackwell and Ingram sign ebook deal; Credo partnering with SAGE; Publishing Technology aligning with Serials Solutions and more – 8/6/2009 – Library Journal
Library Organizations Urge DoJ To Take Proactive Role in Google Book Search Settlement – 8/6/2009 – Library Journal
Getting to grips with developing and managing e-book collections: an introduction
to be held in the
Netskills Training Suite, University of Newcastle
Tuesday 27th October 2009, 9.30 – 16.30
This course opens the door to a new electronic format and is designed to support librarians who are beginning to set up e-book collections. In the last eight years, there has been an unprecedented growth in the publishing of e-books with an increasing array of different types available for all sectors. The programme will give you the opportunity to explore different e-books including a range of commercially-published and free reference works, monographs, textbooks, and fiction. Examples will include individual titles and also collections of e-books, such as those offered by NetLibrary, Credo, MyiLibrary and Oxford University Press. The course will also facilitate consideration of the new opportunities e-books offer for librarians and users in academic, public and special library and information services, and will explore the significant collection management and promotional issues which challenge information and library staff.
The course is designed to offer: * an understanding of the nature of e-books
* a familiarity with range of commercially-produced e-books from publishers and aggregators
* a familiarity with range of free e-books * an appreciation of the advantages and disadvantages of the medium
* an appreciation of the collection management issues associated with bibliographical control, selection, acquisition, access, evaluation, licensing, and archiving
* a familiarity with the different ways of promoting awareness and use of e-books.
In addition to talks by the presenters, the course includes practical exercises. One will allow delegates to explore examples of online e-books in a structured way. Others will comprise activities during which delegates will examine the major collection management, and marketing and promotion issues. Plenary sessions led by the course presenters will be held to enable delegates to discuss their findings in the light of current research and professional practice.
Course Presenters: Ray Lonsdale and Chris Armstrong
Chris Armstrong and Ray Lonsdale have been working and offering courses in the field of e-books, e-resources and collection management for the past 12 years, both in the UK and abroad. Up until recently, they were members of the Joint Information Systems Committee e-Book Working Group, which has been promoting the publishing and uptake of e-books in further and higher education and sixth form colleges. Ray is Reader in Information Studies at Aberystwyth University and a Director of Information Automation Limited. He has specialised in the field of collection management and, in particular, in the management of electronic collections. Ray has published extensively and has edited several national and international professional and academic journals. Chris runs a consultancy, research and training company, Information Automation Limited, which he set up in 1987. The company specialises in all forms of electronic resources and in electronic publishing, a topic on which Chris has taught a module in the Department in Aberystwyth. Chris is a regular writer, and sits on the editorial boards of three professional journals. He is also a National Councillor of CILIP.
For more information or to book a place on this course, please visit www.ukeig.org.uk <http://www.ukeig.org.uk/> or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t forget the UKeiG Conference 2009
UKeiG will be holding a residential forum that will provide opportunities for information and IT professionals to network while catching up on the very latest developments in e-information. This event will have the added benefits of having the opportunity to wine and dine in excellent social surroundings and being excellent value for money
Book now at www.ukeig.org.uk <http://www.ukeig.org.uk/> or by emailing email@example.com to get your early bird discount!
UKeiG has the CILIP Seal of Recognition, which recognises high standards in the content and relevance of training courses. See http://www.cilip.org.uk/qualificationschartership/seal/ for details
UKeiG is a Special Interest Group of CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. 7 Ridgmount Street, London, WC1E 7AE. Registered Charity No. 313014
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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 of 8 reference experts and included 7 criteria: scope, writing, design, linking, bells & whistles, ease of use, value. Resources were given a star rating, 1 to 4 stars to indicate * poor, ** satisfactory, ***good, ****excellent A brief paragraph also accompanied each resource.
According to LJ, “Because we know that online resources continually grow and evolve—a list of this nature can date quickly—E-Reference Ratings, which made a print debut in the November 15th Reference Announcements issue, will find its permanent home and reach its full potential on our web site. We intend not only to keep up with these ever-changing products (adjusting the ratings as necessary) but also to expand the number of databases in each category and venture into new ones. We hope to hear from all parties—librarians, publishers, and vendors—about how we can keep this tool thriving and make it even more useful.”
Congrats LJ! This was no small feat.�
I love widgets. Last week at the Charleston Conference I was on a panel discussing “bridging the google gap.” I was to discuss ways libraries were bridging that gap through reference services. Widgets was one of my answers.
Widgets can be embedded on multiple library web pages, course management systems, facebook, teacher/faculty websites, anywhere really! Caution, my web designer friends always remind me to have one ONE search box on a page, otherwise it gets confusing.
There are many eBook/eReference vendors who provide widgets. I’ve got links to some of them below. If you know of others, send them my way and I’ll post.
Credo Reference – Search the entire Credo collection with their widget. Some libraries have put the search widget on a reference page, as a starting point. Now that Credo links to other sources through their “resource links” feature, users can start with traditional reference sources and move to journals or other databases of your choosing. For a look at this feature, check out the Watne Memorial Library . You might also be interested in an informal review of the new Credo interface.
Gale/Cengage – GVRL in particular. I am fond of this widget because you can establish subject collections of sets of titles. Once you have the collection established, it can be placed in the widget and only those titles searched. This is a fab idea for subject guides/pathfinders, or for class assignment links.
Reference Universe – RU searches the indexes, TOC, and list of articles of both print and electronic reference titles. Using your online catalog, they will connect the user to a reference source. The widget opens up your entire reference collection. St. Mary’s College of California has a great example of this widget. Be sure to click on “reference.”
Those libraries in the Western U.S. might want to investigate this discount if you have any interest in Credo. Discount amount not mentioned in the press release, however.
Credo Reference Partners with BCR to Bring Online Reference to Member Institutions at a Discount
Boston and Oxford, October 23, 2008 – Credo Reference, provider of customizable online reference collections, is pleased to announce that they are partnering with BCR to provide its services to member libraries. With the new agreement, member institutions have the option of purchasing their choice of Credo Unlimited, Credo 250 or Credo 100 at a discount.
BCR (Bibliographical Center for Research) is a multistate, nonprofit network of academic, research, school, public and special libraries that provides members with training, products, discounts and consultation expertise. BCR understands the unique challenges of libraries in this technology-driven era, and brings them together for greater success by expanding their knowledge, reach and power. Both individual libraries and state library systems can join the network. Current member states include Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming as well as members located in additional states.
“BCR is the nation’s oldest and most established multistate library cooperative and we are pleased to partner with them to provide Credo’s reference collections to their members,” added Mike Sweet, Credo CEO. “We know the member libraries will discover that our over three million cross-searchable entries, from 350+ titles and 61 publishers, covering every major subject, will be a key addition to their offerings.”
The Credo page on the BCR web site is: http://www.bcr.org/services/databases/credo/reference.html.
I sat in on a Credo Reference webinar earlier this week, to get a better idea of the new interface and discovered something that wasn’t visible to me in the trial. Credo has “Resource Links,” external links to a library’s other resources like the catalog, a metasearch tool, or a particular database. Libraries can set-up the resources in the very detailed administrative module, proxy server stuff and all!
This is a really cool feature as it allows users to start research in Credo, get an understanding of the topic and various perspectives, then continue that search for books or articles in other resources.
More information on this feature and how to set it up in the Admin module are available in a Credo document.