Academic librarians and publishers, take a look at SIPX. They are a copyright management and digital content delivery solution for content owners, libraries, publishers, MOOCs, end users, and others who need to provide or gain access to content in our digital world. Their June newsletter gives some highlights of who they are, including links to recent presentations they’ve done. Additionally, I interviewed Franny Lee, SIPX Co-Founder, last month for NSR. Below is information from their recent newsletter highlighting a partnership with Elsevier. Continue reading
A flurry of articles and blog posts have been published with the announcement of Elsevier’s acquisition of Mendeley. Here is a sampling below:
Reference Universe service.
Reference Universe searches are matched to each library’s holdings, unlocking the authoritative material which librarians consistently identify as the key starting point for better quality research. Continue reading
August 8, 2012 – Palo Alto, CA, USA – ebrary®, a ProQuest business, today announced that Elsevier Science & Technology Books is adding over 1,000 titles to Academic Complete™, the industry’s first and most scholarly subscription database of more than 78,000 e-books with unlimited, multi-user access. This marks the first time that these Elsevier titles, covering subjects such as mechanical engineering, chemical and process engineering, and civil engineering as well as environmental energy and alternative energy, have ever been available under a subscription model. The titles include classics of science publishing, including some of Elsevier’s most respected backlist titles.
Elsevier Science & Technology Books now distributes over 12,500 e-books under all of ebrary’s acquisition models including subscription, patron driven acquisition, short-term loan, and perpetual archive, supporting ebrary’s new strategic approach to e-book acquisition. Continue reading
OCLC and Elsevier have expanded their partnership to improve discovery of content. More from the press release:
DUBLIN, Ohio, January 31, 2012—OCLC and Elsevier, a leading provider of scientific, technical and medical (STM) information products and services worldwide, have signed an agreement that will make the full text from Elsevier’s SciVerse ScienceDirect journals and e-books available to users of OCLC’s WorldCat Local.
The expanded partnership makes it possible for researchers and students to search the full text of content from SciVerse ScienceDirect through WorldCat Local, OCLC’s discovery and delivery service that offers access to more than 922 million items through a single search box. Authenticated users from subscribing libraries can then access the full text of these journals and e-books. The new full-text searching feature is in addition to indexing and abstracts from Elsevier already available through WorldCat Local. Continue reading
Great news from Elsevier about the new iSpeech Audio Reader application which instantly converts any full-text article within ScienceDirect into a natural sounding voice file. We see a lot of these mp3 files used for auditory learners, students with disabilities, and foreign language learners at my institution. More from the press release below:
Elsevier, a world leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced the availability of an audio reader application from iSpeech, provider of cloud-based speech technology and mobile apps, on SciVerse Applications beta. The iSpeech Audio Reader is the latest in a growing list of applications enhancing the use of SciVerse ScienceDirect content to improve researchers’ workflows.
The iSpeech Audio Reader text-to-speech application instantly converts any full-text article within SciVerse ScienceDirect, the world’s largest source of peer-reviewed scientific content containing more than 10 million articles, into a natural sounding voice file. It enables researchers to easily convert articles into MP3 audio files and listen to them on any MP3-friendly device. Continue reading
Another discover service has secured the Elsevier ScienceDirect content, this time EBSCO Publishing’s Discovery Service. Great to see this cooperation to provide library content in a centralized discovery tool.
More from the press release: Full text from SciVerse ScienceDirect is being added to EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) thanks to a new agreement from Elsevier and EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO). ScienceDirect, part of the SciVerse suite of search and discovery products provided by Elsevier, is a leading full-text scientific database with journal articles and book chapters from more than 2,000 peer-reviewed journals and 20,000 books and major reference works. ScienceDirect currently includes more than 10.5 million articles and chapters with nearly 500,000 added every year. Continue reading
More from the press release: Serials Solutions, a business unit of ProQuest LLC, and Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products, today announced their intention that the full-text of SciVerse ScienceDirect® content will be indexed within the Summon™ web-scale discovery service. Researchers will be able to search the full text of all ScienceDirect journal articles and ebooks via the Summon™ service. Continue reading
Credo continues to expand it’s subject collections with the new addition of Elsevier titles. There was no indication in the press release of the date these titles will be available.
More from the press release: Credo Reference (www.credoreference.com), the award-winning online reference service, and Elsevier, an international provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, have signed an agreement that will put 45 health sciences titles in forthcoming Credo Reference Subject Collections.
Credo’s Subject Collections, which launched with eight collections in spring 2011, are compilations of leading subject-specific reference curated with library professionals and available alone or alongside the Credo General Reference service. The Elsevier titles represent a wide variety of resources in the research areas of Health Science, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine. The diverse and prestigious titles to be included in the Credo Subject Collections of Nursing & Allied Health and Veterinary Medicine are: Continue reading
Yesterday we had a visit from our Elsevier Account Manager who updated us on the SciVerse Hub as well as e-book content within ScienceDirect. I learned several interesting things during the session including:
- ScienceDirect e-books can be downloaded for offline reading in EPUB and Mobipocket formats. I believe they said chapters, not the entire book. This was launched in May.
- E-books contain no DRM, so there are no limits on printing, copying, etc.
- E-books follow the same rules as journals for ILL (at which they said their ILL rules finally allow for the direct download/sharing of a PDF rather than printing and faxing/scanning)
- ScienceDirect has an application called “related reference work articles” which lists relevant articles from their encyclopedias and new SciTopics content for any search done in the interface. The applications are available for download in the applications marketplace and can be customized by individuals or institutions for the SciVerse interface.
- In the ScienceDirect use logs, they find that most users who are looking for books get to ScienceDirect via the University Library site, as compared to those looking for journals, who primarily come from Google.
Additional information on the use of e-books on ScienceDirect is available in a white paper, “A Study on the Usage, Application, and Value of Online Books on ScienceDirect in an Academic Environment.” It can be downloaded from their site at no cost, but registration is required. The white paper includes the charts/graphs showing how users get to content on ScienceDirect.