With the advent of the internet and growing popularity of Wikipedia, traditional library reference tools have experienced a decline in use. As a result, many reference publishers began producing electronic books or converting traditional print multi-volume titles to online databases. While this has been a valiant effort, much of the content still goes undiscovered due to limited access from subscription costs, firewalls, passwords, and lack of indexing in search engines.
A new book from IGI Publishing, the first in the Advances in Library and Information Science (ALIS) series, discusses the myriad issues with e-reference discovery in libraries. The 23 chapters explore the topic in academic, public, and school libraries as well as from the publishers perspective. The book is available in print or e formats. E formats offer the ability to purchase individual chapters. The first ALIS newsletter featured the preface and 8 selected chapters from the book. Continue reading
Reference Universe, from Paratext, has added links to several popular reference works including:
- full text links to CQ Researcher, 1991- present, over 800 citations
- many new titles in CREDO Reference including over 2 million citations to 389 CREDO Reference titles
- 1000+ titles from Gale’s Virtual Reference Library from 2008-2009 are also being loaded into the system this month, bringing the total number of citations in Reference Universe to more than 25 million
Additionally, Paratext has developed and is testing APIs that send Reference Universe data dynamically to many discovery layers, allowing all your patrons to see the results of a Reference Universe (RU) query alongside your other relevant results. This access has the potential to truly bring your reference collection front and center, while losing none of the benefits of our native search interface. Please contact Eric Calaluca directly for more information on these developments (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Those of you who are Reference Universe users just got an early holiday gift – a new interface. For details on the changes, check out the Paratext overview document.
- customized library logos
- simplified email/download and export functions – direct to RefWorks and EndNote too
- eBook only display
- classification number options – LC, Dewey, both, or none
- quick format identification
- stationary search and browse functions
- option to display title NOT owned by your library – great for collection development
- and more….
For more information on Reference Universe, listen to the NSR interview with Eric Calaluca, Founder and President, Paratext.
Today I had the pleasure of speaking with Eric Calaluca, Founder and President of Paratext. Eric and I discussed the Reference Universe product and how it promotes the use of both print and ereference collections. Listen to the interview here, or find it linked on the interviews page.