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!
Seems each day someone else announces more cross searching of content. This is great news for users as overarching discovery layers are formed to search individual silos of content. Today, OCLC and Gale announced that Gale’s Academic OneFile and General OneFile, representing millions of records, will be indexed in OCLC’s WorldCat Local. Users who subscribe to both services can search WorldCat Local (and the Gale metadata) and be linked to the full text of millions of peer reviewed journal articles, magazine and newspaper articles, and podcasts and transcripts.
EBSCO Publishing—The First Aggregator to Implement Ringgold Identifier
~Ringgold Identifier to Provide Timely Information for Usage Reports ~
IPSWICH, Mass. — December 1, 2009 —A new agreement between EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) and Ringgold announces the implementation of the Ringgold Institutional Identifier within EBSCOhost® databases—supplying the Identifier to publishers with their usage reports. By implementing the Ringgold Identifier, EBSCO will be able to provide their publisher clients with accurate and timely reporting, and immediate integration of this information into their internal systems.
From a marketing email I received from Serials Solutions:
Serials Solutions KnowledgeWorks now includes 800,000 eBooks
With more budget resources being dedicated to the purchase of eBook databases and titles, a new challenge is to help patrons easily find these valuable resources and increase their usage. <what about the catalog?> sp
Serials Solutions KnowledgeWorks, the authoritative e-resource knowledgebase, now integrates over 800,000 eBook holdings into Serials Solutions 360 e-resource access services to benefit your patrons.
* Help patrons find eBooks in your OPAC using 360 MARC Updates OPAC updating service
* Enable patrons to browse an A-to-Z title list of e-resources include eBooks using 360 Core
* Provide access to eBooks from citations or a citation search form using 360 Link OpenURL link resolver
* Help patrons discover eBooks through 360 Search federated search service
Other vendors are also offering this service, like the Ebsco A to Z list.
We have the Ebsco product at WSU and are electing to not display the ebooks at this time. Our patrons use our A to Z list to locate electronic journals (which are also in our catalog), so I really don’t like to clutter the product with other formats, particularly since ebooks are a growing collection. At some point the ebooks will outnumber the journals.
Does anyone know if Serials Solutions categorizes these formats so that they can easily be searched by journal, ebook, or database? Ebsco A to Z does not currently do that. If they did, I might consider adding the ebooks since I could default to a journals search on the patron screen, but have the ebooks and databases search available.
This arrived via email a couple hours after the post – thanks Serials Solutions, you guys are on the ball!
One of my colleagues sent me a link to your blog post discussing the Serials Solutions eBook functionality, and I wanted to quickly follow-up to explain how our A-Z list works with regard to eBook content.
Currently, all of the library’s content is displayed together in a combined A-Z list for browsing purposes. For searching, however, there are content type selectors that are available, so that your patrons can specify which type of content they are searching for (Journal, eBook, Other, or ALL). It’s also possible to place “mini-search” boxes anywhere on your library website for the A-Z list that are tailored to one or more of the content types – this requires a little bit of programming work, but is relatively straightforward (there is an example on our Support Center forums that I can direct you to if you’d like to see how that works).
Product Manager – 360 Link/360 Core/E-Journal Portal