Survey – online reference databases

October 21st, 2009 · 1 Comment

NSR Readers, 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 […]

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Tags: Interfaces/Platforms · Reference Publishing · Surveys/Statistics

eReference Platforms – The good and bad features

August 26th, 2009 · Comments Off

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 […]

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Tags: Interfaces/Platforms · Reference Publishing

Gale’s Encyclopedia.com wins CODiE Award for Best Online General Reference Service

June 6th, 2009 · Comments Off

Farmington Hills, MI, June 5, 2009 – Gale, part of Cengage Learning, today announced that Encyclopedia.com (http://www.encyclopedia.com) was named the 2009 CODiE Award winner for Best Online General Reference Service. The Software & Information Industry Association’s (SIIA) 24th Annual CODiE Awards, the only peer-reviewed honor in the industry, celebrate achievement and vision in software, education […]

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Tags: Press Releases · Reference Publishing · Vendor News

Widgets Increase Use of eReference Collections

May 28th, 2009 · Comments Off

From the Gale/Cengage RE:sources blog, May 2009 Widgets pack a wallop Results from K-12 school, academic and public libraries confirm that usage soars when you add the ability to search all or part of your Gale Virtual Reference Library collection with a widget. Comparing the number of user sessions before and after the addition of […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Interfaces/Platforms · Public Libraries · School Libraries · Surveys/Statistics · Vendor News

GVRL Pricing via YBP

March 17th, 2009 · Comments Off

Concerning my previous post on Gale/YBP, I had a chance to talk with John Barnes at Gale/Cengage regarding the pricing of GVRL titles through the YBP service.  According to him, GVRL prices will remain the same using various tiers, based on FTE.  Within the next month, YBP will load all of the Gale patron data […]

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Tags: Business Models/Pricing · Vendor News

YBP Customers can now Purchase Gale Titles

March 13th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Great news from Gale/Cengage and YBP (Baker & Taylor).  GVRL, LitCrit and Gale Directory titles can now be purchased through YBP services.  This is wonderful news and comes on the heels of the recenet B&T and ebrary partnership.  Clearly publishers and aggregators are finally working together to make purchasing ebooks as seamless as the print […]

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Tags: Business Models/Pricing · Press Releases · Vendor News

Reference Publishers Debate Single Platform

February 3rd, 2009 · 3 Comments

On the Friday of the ALAMW Conference, the Independent Reference Publishers Group met for a panel presentation/discussion on using one single platform to host all reference content.  It was an interesting discussion.  I’ve summarized the panel in my notes below. Independent Reference Publishers Group Meeting Friday, January 23, 2009 Representatives from the following organizations were […]

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Tags: Conferences/Events · Discovery · EPUB · Formats · Interfaces/Platforms · Reference Publishing

E-Reference Ratings from LJ

November 18th, 2008 · 1 Comment

LJ just released E-Reference Ratings, “an evaluation of nearly 180 subscription based electronic resources in 14 subject categories.”  Of course, many of these are eBook platforms like Britannica, Credo, GVRL, Oxford, and Sage.   There was no category for eBooks, instead you’ll find them listed under the various subject categories. Products were reviewed by a team […]

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Tags: Articles of Interest · Interfaces/Platforms · Reference Publishing · Vendor News

Widgets guide usage of eReference/eBooks

November 18th, 2008 · Comments Off

I love widgets.  Last week at the Charleston Conference I was on a panel discussing “bridging the google gap.”  I was to discuss ways libraries were bridging that gap through reference services.  Widgets was one of my answers. Widgets can be embedded on multiple library web pages, course management systems, facebook, teacher/faculty websites, anywhere really!  […]

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Tags: Discovery · Interfaces/Platforms · Vendor News

Increase eBook Product Usage, Ideas from GVRL Clients

October 17th, 2008 · Comments Off

Gale/Cengage has collected a growing list of 18 ways to increase usage of your ebook resources.  They are listed below.  Or, visit the site for the full story. How to Increase Product Usage Here are a few “best practices” as defined by your colleagues. Many of our customers have already discovered and implemented these ideas for […]

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Tags: Discovery · Interfaces/Platforms · Vendor News