Cengage Learning recently unveiled MindTap™, a program of digital products and services, including Cengage content, that engages students through interactivity and offers instructors choice in content, platforms, devices and learning tools. Beyond an eBook, course delivery platform or Learning Management System, MindTap is the first in a new category of Personal Learning Experiences (PLEs). MindTap is device agnostic, giving students access to their course materials anytime, anywhere – on their desktops, laptops, tablets or mobile phones.
At the core of MindTap is MindTap Reader™, which is a new interactive platform that brings digital textbooks to life. The MindTap Reader adds significant reading learning activity functionality embedded within the context of text and other elements including video/audio, annotations, activities, applications and instructor source materials, while also preparing existing products to take advantage of future MindTap services. Continue reading Cengage Unveils MindTap, an interactive learning program
Gale, part of Cengage Learning, announced the College and School editions of the AccessMyLibrary Android applications, which join the AccessMyLibrary School Edition application for the iPad that became available in early January. These latest additions complete Gale’s extensive line-up of AccessMyLibrary (AML) applications, which make Gale library resources accessible on the go from all major mobile devices.
As with previously announced apps, AML College and School Edition ask students to locate their school and then authenticate for the year. Both editions require a one-time password. College students can enter their school-issued email address to have the password sent to them, while students in grade, middle and high schools will have the password provided by their institution. Rather than sifting through internet sites that aren’t always reliable, students can access credible library reference sources in seconds with AML apps. Continue reading Access My Library Android Apps now Available
From an OCLC Press Release: In addition to the 200 million records contributed by OCLC member libraries worldwide, 500 million items from leading publishers, aggregators and mass digitization efforts are also now accessible through WorldCat Local.
OCLC has recently added content to WorldCat Local from EBSCO; Gale, part of Cengage Learning; Modern Language Association; ProQuest and the U.S. Department of Energy. There are now more than 400 million articles, 170 million books, 10 million eBooks and 1,100 databases accessible through the WorldCat Local service.
Additional agreements have been signed with ABC-CLIO, American Psychological Association, Association for Computing Machinery, BioMed Central, BioOne, Cambridge University Press, Emerald, IGI Global, Sabinet, Sage, Taylor & Francis and World Bank Publications. Continue reading More Content Added to WorldCat Local
From a Gale/Cengage Learning Press Release:
Gale, part of Cengage Learning, and 18thConnect, a scholarly organization dedicated to forging links between eighteenth-century archives and today’s digital research environment, today announced a partnership to share scholarly content and improve the searchability of documents within Gale’s Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) archive.
Gale’s ECCO archive, one of the largest academic research collections of its kind, contains more than 180,000 key English and foreign language titles published primarily in the United Kingdom. Despite Gale’s use of the best in Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology, eighteenth-century typefaces can still be challenging to capture with perfect accuracy, which may impact results when searching or data-mining. Continue reading Gale’s ECCO and 18thConnect Partner to Improve Access
Casper Grathwohl from Oxford University Press and Kassidy Lackey from Handmark spoke about mobile applications for reference tools. Casper provided examples of several vendor-based apps like Gale’s AccessMyLibrary, university library mobile apps, and some apps designed for OUP. OUP has 85 apps, which cover a variety of reference subjects. These are marketed mostly to the consumer and OUP reports close to 1 million in application revenue, which is only a small part of their complete revenue. Casper was surprised to see that libraries and publishers are not yet working together on mobile apps but felt that the opportunities are available, particularly in the area of discovery since both parties have a vested interest in seeing use of the content. Continue reading Charleston Conference – Mobile Reference Apps
A few weeks ago, Gale tweeted about the college version of it’s mobile application, AccessMyLibrary. This week, they have officially announced the College Edition and an Android version for public libraries.
From Gale’s Press Release: The AML College Edition is the first Gale app for college students and gives them anytime, anywhere access to the Gale resources available through their college library. Students can use the app to locate their school and then authenticate for the school year by providing their school-issued email address.
The AML Public Edition Android app allows researchers using an Android device to access Gale resources through public libraries within a 10-mile radius, similar to the Public Edition applications already created for Apple devices.
Rather than sifting through internet sites that aren’t always reliable, AccessMyLibrary (AML) apps allow students and patrons instant access to credible library reference sources in seconds. With a simple click of the app, users can find reliable information from over 20,000 magazines and journals and thousands of encyclopedias covering many topics. Whether looking for health and science information, business plans or auto repair manuals, all is available from any location on the go.
More information on Gale’s apps is available on their website.
Gale released a college version of the Access My Library iPhone app. Using a college email address, students can gain access to Gale resources using their mobile device. The public library version, which was released a while back, offers apple and android apps, the school library and college versions are for apple products only right now. More info on all Gale AML apps is on their website.
From the Booklist Points of Reference blog:
Gale announced yesterday the availability of Biography in Context, a new next-gen resource evolving from, and soon replacing, the Biography Resource Center database.
Biography in Context includes the following:
- Read Speaker text-to-speech technology, available on every page, is an ideal option for struggling readers and the visually impaired
- Document translator allows students to translate any document into French, Spanish, Japanese, German, Italian, Portuguese, simplified Chinese, and Korean Continue reading Gale Launches Biography In Context
I’m not sure how I didn’t find this earlier, but thanks to a colleague, Erik Christopher, I am now aware of the JISC eBook comparison chart. It is available on the JISC site at http://www.jisc-adat.com/adat/adat_ebooks.pl and offers a comparison of up to 7 different eBook platforms including: Credo Reference, NetLibrary, ebrary, EBL, MyiLibrary, Dawsonera, and Taylor and Francis eBookstore. Over 50 functional features are compared with basic Y/N responses including search, access control, search results, linking, restrictions, exporting, etc. All data is supplied by the vendors. They are obviously missing some reference eBook databases, so I hope Gale, SAGE, ABC-CLIO, Oxford, Rosen, and others can hop on board this chart. If anyone is shopping for eBook platforms, or if publishers are considering launching an eBook site, this is a great place to go for ideas and industry standard features.
They also offer a comparison chart for scientific databases.
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.