Got a chance to beta test the new ABC-CLIO/Greenwood interface this week – Digital Collections. It’s a nice looking interface, easy to navigate with pleasant layout, colors, fonts, etc. Basic/advanced/browse searching of over 6,200 titles. They have some cool features too – cite this source ( I still need to check the citations against versions of MLA – 7th and APA – 6th), bookmarks, notes, user profile, RSS feeds, institutional branding, and an admin module. I really like the self serve MARC record download. Did a quick glance at the MARC records which look pretty good – didn’t see the blatant errors that some publishers are dolling out with their “free” MARC records. Printing and emailing available, but number of pages or total content to be printed was not consistent for each title. Although, I don’t think any eBook interface has gotten this one right yet ABC-CLIO still has several features in the works for integration in a later release which include: collection and order management tools, statistics tracking, printing upgrades, image searching, and jumping to specific pages. I asked for a “back to search results” option and a “permalink” for the persistent url. They have persistent url’s in place for titles and some chapters/articles, but you currently have to copy/paste the url from the address bar. Another cool feature is the easy click to increase/decrease font size. Those of you who are Greenwood Digital Collection customers should see the automatic switchover to the new interface on September 17th. See the press release below for more info. Continue reading
Greenwood Digital Collection
Review. First published November 1, 2006 (Booklist).
The Greenwood Digital Collection includes more than 3,500 titles from Greenwood, Praeger, and Libraries Unlimited—encyclopedias, biographies, dictionaries, and primary documents. About 25 percent of the titles are reference and cover a variety of topics and fields in more than 24 subject areas. Users can browse the collection by title, subject, or author or perform a quick or advanced search of the entire collection, subject area, or an individual title. The quick search feature,available on nearly every page, performs a phrase search on the full text in the title or the entire collection. A user-initiated Boolean search is also acceptable. The advanced search offers two options. The standard search, with drop-down menus, will search by keyword, author, title, and LC or Dewey classification number using the AND, OR, and NOT operators. The Boolean search offers a free-form Boolean search by keyword, title, or author and access to eight operators. Both offer limits by subject and date, with options to sort results. Results, ranked by the number of hits, highlight search terms within the text and may be sorted by date, author, or title.
Individual full-text entries are in html format as they would appear on a page in the printed book.At this level, the table of contents of the book and options to move or jump to corresponding pages in the book appear. Tables and charts, also in html, retain proper tabs and columns. Users also have options for customizing the font family and size for easier reading, accessing the citation (in MLA format) for the page they are using, and printing clean copies of the text. Up to 20 pages may be printed at one time. Currently, e-mail and mark, store, and download options are not available. Greenwood offers two unique features, My Bookshelf and My Bookmarks and Notes, each of which requires a user-initiated account. The former saves titles to a personal bookshelf for use later. The latter option allows users to bookmark a particular page and add annotations up to 1,000 characters. Greenwood is quite flexible with pricing models and offers permanent or annual pricing. Libraries that wish to own content may purchase titles individually or as packages. Prices are generally 10 percent above the print list price regardless of institution size. There is also a $200 annual access fee per institution. – Sue Polanka