“Close to three-fourths of respondents, 74%, report that demand for their libraries’ electronic offerings have increased over the past year”
A new report from Library Resource Guide and Unisphere Research, ” The Digital Squeeze: Libraries at the Crossroads—The Library Resource Guide Benchmark Study on 2012 Library Spending Plans,” shows an increased demand for all types of digital content in libraries. This should come as no surprise, particularly for those librarians in public service fielding the questions about downloading ebooks and streaming movies. Unisphere Research is the market research unit of Unisphere Media, a division of Information Today, Inc. The research for the study was sponsored by ProQuest.
Quotes pulled from the report (free download with registration): Continue reading
ONLINE magazine has a new column called Ebook Buzz. The column, written by Sue Polanka, features a discussion of university presses and eBooks. From the text:
“What’s the buzz about? EBook Buzz, ONLINE’s newest column, will discuss and debate the advances of ebooks in libraries and scholarly publishing. EBook Buzz will explore varied topics from a practical perspective, whether celebrating successes, exploring opportunities, or sorting through the challenges of ebook adoption. This inaugural column will explore the transformation to ebooks by university presses.
Academic library monograph budgets tell a bleak story. Discretionary funds and approval plans have slowly decreased, favoring instead subscription products and big deal journal collections. It’s both alarming for librarians to watch and impossible for publishers to ignore. University presses, owners of the academic monograph, are feeling increasingly unsettled in this changing budget landscape. They want to transition to a mixed-model—digital and print—system of content delivery, but they must first overcome a number of challenges.” Continue reading
First Street, a new political intelligence product from CQ Press, a division of SAGE Inc., offers a look into the relationships between legislators, lobbyists, and others influencing policy making in the US. The product launched earlier this year. They have been releasing topical reports, highlighting the lobbying in the topic area as well as the features of the First Street database. Alex Bronstein-Moffly, Online Content Manager with First Street recently author a report titled, The Lobbying Behind Publishing and Textbooks. This report takes a look at the lobbying of the Association of American Publisher’s (AAP) and the National Association of College Stores NACS); issues lobbied in the last few years; and textbook legislation lobbying.
For more information on First Street: Information Today Newsbreak about CQ Press’ First Street
Good news from OverDrive for those librarians seeking professional development titles in eBook format. OverDrive announced on Sept. 6th that ALA Editions and Information Today are now publishing partners. ALA Editions is offering 75 titles, which will likely grow. No word on the number of Information Today titles. Thanks to INFODocket for tweeting this one.
Here’s more from an OverDrive blog post from September 6th, 2011 by Lindsey Levinsohn:
OverDrive’s academic catalog grows even more robust as titles from the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, ALA Editions, and Information Today are added. Continue reading
Reprinted in full from Information Today NewsBreaks, by Paula Hane.
Flat World Knowledge, a publisher of free and open college textbooks for students, announced the release of a new platform called MIYO (Make It Your Own). The fully-automated system gives professors greater control over textbook content, and the ability, with one click, to make their modified book available to students free online or in multiple, low-cost digital and print formats.
MIYO (mee-oh) transforms a static textbook into an adaptable learning platform by combining a digital-first architecture with Flat World’s open licensing model that grants faculty the right to revise, remix and share its textbooks. The new system uses familiar drag-and-drop and click features that allow instructors to easily move or delete chapters and sections; upload Word and PDF documents; add notes and exercises; insert video and hyperlinks; edit sentences; and incorporate other content that is free to reuse under a Creative Commons open license. Continue reading
First Street™ was launched this month by CQ Press. The new database takes data from 20 years of CQ Press print directories and a variety of other political resources and cross references them for relationships. They have a visual aspect as well, called coalition builder. It’s fascinating to see how traditional print reference directories have come to new life in online databases. More information on First Street is available in an article from Information Today.
This panel discussion was moderated by Dick Kaser from Information Today. Speakers included Ken Breen, EBSCO Publishing, Leslie Lees, ebrary, Bob Nardini, Ingram, and Mike Shontz, OverDrive.
Each panelist had 5 minutes to discuss who they serve and business models they offer.
Ken Breen, EBSCO Publishing
- Ken reflected back to 1997 – common themes from back then – user interface, compatibility, digital rights, unauthorized access and copying, business models.
- EBSCO Publishing acquired NetLibrary one year ago, the preview of eBooks on EBSCOhost is available now. Continue reading
Elsevier has added another app to its SciVerse Hub Applications Marketplace, U.S. Government Datasets. It’s a great example of collaboration, discovery, and semantic technology. This article at Information Today offers additional information.
Elsevier recently launched SciVerse Hub, which provides a discovery layer for ScienceDirect, Scopu, and Scirus. A few weeks ago, they launched Image Search, new functionality within ScienceDirect, that offers searching of images within eBook content as well as millions of scholarly journals. I wrote an article about the new Image Search for Information Today which offers lots more details on the service.