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Charleston Conference – E-Content Integration

Michael Gorrell, Sr. VP and CIO of EBSCO, discussed several challenges that EBSCO (and other publishers/vendors) are experiencing while integrating content. Some of these challenges include:

  • licensing content from a diverse set of sources
  • processing heterogeneous content homogenously
  • searching everything with precision and breadth at the same time
  • displaying different data so that their uniqueness can be evident

EBSCO’s approach to processing content is to start with database design (bibliographic) and determine which fields the data supports, how the end user will search the data, and what transformations are necessary for display and searching.  When possible, they provide editorial expertise by indexing and adding their own metadata, using controlled vocabulary. They also run their own search engine which allows them to take advantage of the unique data in library records and use it to influence the relevancy of results.  When displaying multiple content types they want to make sure to highlight the individual features of each format.   Continue reading Charleston Conference – E-Content Integration

Archiving eBooks, librarians are you concerned?

What if your eBook aggregator or perhaps the publisher with whom you now own over 5,000 eBook titles went belly up next week?  What if OCLC and EBSCO never purchased NetLibrary, where would your titles have gone?  Perhaps the 100 titles you’ve bought for your personal Kindle are no good when the device disappears due to newer technology. Are you concerned about accessing the eBook content you’ve purchased in perpetuity?  Is the lack of eBook archiving preventing you from purchasing eBooks? Are Portico, LOCKSS, or CLOCKS suitable solutions for archiving eBooks?  I’m looking for your opinions and concerns on eBook archiving for a Charleston Conference presentation on this very topic.  Please leave your comments or send me a direct email at sue.polanka at wright.edu

Thanks!

LYRASIS eBook Expo – 4th session, virtual attendance option

On Tuesday, October 5th LYRASIS is hosting the 4th in its eBook Expo series. This free event with both in-person and virtual components will look at the timely topics of patron driven acquisition and discovery of ebooks.   Speakers include:

Interview with NetLibrary’s Scott Wasinger about changes to NetLibrary

Last Friday I had a great discussion with Scott Wasinger, the Senior Director of Sales for eBooks and eAudiobooks for NetLibrary.  Scott and I discussed how EBSCO is implementing the NetLibrary content into the existing EBSCOhost interface, what changes we can expect to see with the Netlibrary interface, new plans for business models, and how the input from librarians is helping them to shape the future of NetLibrary.

During our interview, Scott mentions screen captures available for preview – NetLibrary EBSCOhost screenshots.

Comments can be sent to: information@ebscohost.com.

Questions for Scott can be directed to his email at swasinger@ebscohost.com.

Listen to all of the NSR interviews, found on our interviews page.

EBSCO now Offering Text-to-Speech in all Databases

EBSCO Publishing recently announced the added feature of text-to-speech support for all EBSCOhost® databases. The read aloud function is available at no cost through technology from Texthelp Systems.

The functionality allows users to read along while a human-sounding voice speaks the text on the screen. Users have the ability to read-aloud by selected text, sentence, paragraph, or continuous reading with dual color synchronous highlighting (highlighting of the passage being read with a second color highlighting the specific word being read aloud at that moment).

User control of read-aloud personalizes the learning experience for each user. Users can control reading speed as well as select between three different high-quality voices—American, British, or Australian. These options also enable teachers and professionals to incorporate the features as a tool for teaching English and reading.

I’m anxious to see if the new EBSCO ebooks platform (NetLibrary) will offer text-to-speech for the entire book.  Hoping so!

Ask An Aggregator…. Would You?

If you had top executives from 4 academic eBook aggregators in the same room, what would you ask them?  Seriously, I need to know.  One of the Lively Lunch sessions at the XXX Annual Charleston Conference is an open forum with academic eBook aggregators from ebrary, EBL, Ingram, and NetLibrary.   I’m looking for suggestions on questions to ask these individuals.  I’m moderating and want to make this as informative and interesting as I can! Continue reading Ask An Aggregator…. Would You?

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

WorldCat Local adds more EBSCO Databases

Caught this info on a tweet from @mlharper:

As the silos crumble…

OCLC has added 18 EBSCO databases to the WorldCat Local metasearch central index, which allows quick, easy access to the content. Libraries that subscribe to both WorldCat Local and EBSCOhost services can now offer easy online access to a wide range of authoritative electronic content for their users. EBSCO’s content, which includes some of the most popular databases in libraries, will be more visible to authenticated library patrons through WorldCat Local, the OCLC service that provides single-search access to libraries’ print, electronic and digital resources. Continue reading WorldCat Local adds more EBSCO Databases

New Articles of Interest

I’m way behind on posting links to articles I’ve bookmarked in delicious.  There’s been so much activity in the industry these last few weeks that I can’t keep up.  So, here is a long list of things I’ve found from the past month.

Amazon Ups the Anti in eBook Price Wars; Rumors Say Apple is Shaky on iPad Content for Launch

Focusing on WorldCat, OCLC Sells NetLibrary to EBSCO, Thins FirstSearch – 3/17/2010 – Library Journal

Another publisher discovers free e-books lead to greater sales

Results for Read an EBook Week 2010 by Rita Toews

Ebooks as a textbook saver: can it work for some students?

The Case for Textbooks | American Libraries Magazine Continue reading New Articles of Interest

The New NetLibrary…..is on EBSCOHost

Wow, big news from OCLC and EBSCO yesterday.  NetLibrary and several FirstSearch databases were purchased by EBSCO.  This is very exciting news for eBooks I think.  Soon, the 170,000 plus NetLibrary eBooks (and audiobooks) will be indexed and available on the EBSCOHost platform, as well as remaining on the NetLibrary platform.  No word yet if the eBook content will be a separate database or be indexed within other EBSCO databases.  One can only hope for the ladder to increase the discovery and use of eBooks.   The full press release is online.  Hopefully the EBSCOHost platform will be more printer friendly!