I’m a big fan of GVRL because I can cross search a variety of reference titles. We’ve had hundreds of titles at my institution for over 5 years. I’m really excited that they have upgraded their interface based on extensive usability studies with students. The new interface is available now, but you’ll have to change the settings in your admin account first. Otherwise, next July everyone will switch over. But why wait? Here is more from the press release:
Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, schools and businesses, today announced a totally redesigned user interface for Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL), its online ebook platform. After extensive user analysis and market feedback, the interface has been overhauled with improved navigation and organization, and a vibrant and engaging display to draw in students, researchers, professionals and general readers. Continue reading
Paratext announced another new enhancement to the Reference Universe service, namely, you’ll now find your library’s e-reference collections more clearly branded within your library’s Reference Universe query, making it easier for you to focus in on the resources you value the most.
In addition to showing your entire collection in a single view–ebook as well as print–Reference Universe now displays your ebooks based on specific collections, e.g. Oxford’s Digital Reference Shelf; Gale’s Virtual Reference Library; Oxford Reference Online; SpringerLink; Wiley; Blackwell Reference Online; CQ Researcher; CREDO Reference; etc.
This new display feature will considerably increase the visibility and awareness of these valuable e-resources, helping both improve your patrons’ research experience and ensure that you get the most out of your e-reference subscriptions.
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).
Gale, part of Cengage Learning, recently announced a partnership with ABC-CLIO to distribute select titles from ABC-CLIO’s eBook collection through Gale Virtual Reference Library. Directed toward users of public and academic libraries, nearly 250 eBooks have been selected from a variety of disciplines including history, humanities, current events and general interest. These titles introduce resources from ABC-CLIO and Praeger to Gale’s collection, expanding upon Gale Virtual Reference Library’s existing list of ABC-CLIO imprint eBooks from Greenwood, Linworth Publishing, and Libraries Unlimited. Great news for libraries trying to combine reference content into one searchable interface.
Today’s LJ Academic Newswire reported on Database Marketplace 2010. They listed several new interfaces and features from eBook publishers. For the full story, visit the LJ Academic Newswire. Continue reading
There is some great news for librarians wanting their reference content to be searchable on one common interface. ABC-CLIO has added 250 titles to the Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL). The titles are either ABC-CLIO, Greenwood, Praeger, or Libraries Unlimited imprints and cover history, humanities, and general interest topics. The addition of the ABC-CLIO titles takes the tally of publishing partners for GVRL close to 50 I believe (Nader, please correct me if I’m wrong). For those who want to search the full text of reference content in one platform, having 50 publishers and nearly 5,000 titles to choose from is looking really good right now. More information can be found on Gales’ Re:sources blog.
Middle and High School librarians looking for eBooks will be happy to hear that over 250 titles from Facts on File and Ferguson Publishing will now be available through Gale’s GVRL platform. The titles will cover the areas of careers, teen health, global warming, and science. For more information and a list of titles please visit www.gale.com.
Received a press release from Gale/Cengage today. Baker and Taylor will now distribute the GVRL e-book collection, Lit Crit, and the Directory Library. B&T is the first wholesaler to sell GVRL. See the full press release below.
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.
The survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=H0KH_2bkK7ZaeY1qWKZvzi8A_3d_3d
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