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Gale/Cengage partners with Smithsonian Institution to develop digital products

Farmington Hills, MI and Washington, D.C., Feb. 28, 2013 — Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, schools and businesses, and the Smithsonian Institution today announced a licensing agreement to distribute Smithsonian assets into the library and academic space.

“We’re elated to be working with the Smithsonian Institution,” said Frank Menchaca, executive vice president, research solutions for Cengage Learning. “This agreement puts us closer to our goal of becoming the largest humanities research experience for the academic library. Through our extensive distribution channels throughout the world, in classrooms as well as in libraries, we’ll put into the hands of students, teachers and researchers, a universe of materials that is structured for research in a way never before possible.” Continue reading

Gale/Cengage announces new GVRL interface

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

Gale’s ECCO and 18thConnect Partner to Improve Access

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

New Articles of Interest

Standards & Best Practices – Identifiers – Roadmap of Identifiers …BISG

Video – Students Love AccessMyLibrary School Edition – Gale/Cengage

Hands-On with a New e-Reader – NYTimes.com

Library Labs Turn to Their Patrons for Project Ideas – Wired Campus

Why Share Open Educational Resources? – College Open Textbooks Blog

Library can’t lend an eBook to Kindle user | StarTribune.com

Xerox to sell and service Espresso Book Machines

Kobo announces WiFi ereader – faster processor, new screen

Ready to ditch paper? Here are the top 10 e-readers

Kno announces 14-inch single-screen tablet

Amazon Patent Could Charge For Browsing A Book Online – eBookNewser

Amazon launches “Kindle on the Web”

Reference Works From Idea to Reality

New article in Booklist, Reference Works From Idea to Reality.  The article summarizes a presentation from the ALA Annual Conference by 3 reference publishers representing Gale/Cengage, Oxford University Press, and SAGE Reference.  Each describes a different aspect of the reference publishing experience – exploring a new topic and selecting a format, publishing a work, and determining when and how to revise content.

LJ’s eBook Summit – September 29th

Mark your calendars for September 29th, the LJ/SLJ eBook Summit – eBooks: Libraries at the Tipping Point.  This looks like it will be a fabulous event with great keynote speakers lined up and a diverse selection of panel discussions.  Ray Kurzweill, Kevin Kelly, and David Lankes are featured keynote speakers.  The breakout sessions will feature program tracks for school, public, and academic libraries.  The program is available online, and early bird registration for the VERY LOW price of $19.95 (librarians and students) ends on July 30th.   I’m sure this great price is thanks to the sponsors – OverDrive, Baker and Taylor, Capstone Digital, and Gale/Cengage.

Congrats LJ – this is a wonderful idea and I can’t wait to attend.

Reference Works From Idea to Reality – ALA Session Summary

This post was reprinted in full from the Points of Reference blog at Booklistonline.com.

Each year at the ALA Annual Conference, Booklist’s Reference Books Bulletin sponsors a program to discuss various topics related to reference and reference publishing.  This year RBB’s session focused on the process of creating a reference work, from idea to reality.  The speakers included Casper Grathwohl from Oxford University Press, Rolf Janke from SAGE Reference, and Frank Menchaca from Gale/Cengage.  The session was moderated by Sue Polanka, Chair of the RBB Editorial Board.  Each panelist provided a 15 minute presentation on a particular aspect of the publishing process and a general Q/A followed.  I’ll summarize the comments of each panelist below. Continue reading

The A to Z of Electronic Reference Product Development – ALA session summary

RUSA (Reference & User Services Division of ALA) sponsored a panel discussion of the product development of electronic reference products.  It was organized by RUSA, with Joseph Yue of the University of California at the lead and moderated by  Kay Cassell from Rutgers SLIS.  The panel included Frank Menchaca from Gale/Cengage, Rolf Janke from SAGE Reference,  Kevin Ohe from ABC-CLIO, and Mike Hermann from Greenwood.

Panelists discussed a variety of topics including: how product topics are selected and the role of librarians in that selection, technology expenses, time needed for product development, how items are priced, and the use of online products.  The comments of all 4 panelists are summarized below, by topic. Continue reading

2010 Dartmouth Medal Winners

The Dartmouth Medal, honoring a reference work of outstanding quality and significance, is awarded each year by the Reference and User Services Association, a division of the American Library Association.  This year, 3 titles were honored, one as the Dartmouth Medal winner and two for Honorable Mention.  All 3 multivolume titles are available in ebook format through the publisher’s reference platform.

Winners for 2010 include:

Honorable Mention –

Gale Announces New iPhone Application

From a Gale/Cengage Press Release:

Gale Announces New iPhone Application
Library research? There’s an application for that!

Farmington Hills, Mich., Dec. 16, 2009 – Gale, part of Cengage Learning, today announced the launch of the AccessMyLibrary (AML) mobile application for the iPhone – making access to library research just a click away on a mobile phone.  Continue reading