New LRG study- 74% of libraries report increased demand for electronic offerings

March 20th, 2012 · Comments Off

“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 […]

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University Presses and eBooks: A New Horizon

February 2nd, 2012 · Comments Off

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 […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Articles of Interest · Business Models/Pricing · Enhanced eBooks · Interfaces/Platforms · New Products · University Press · Vendor News

The lobbying behind publishing and textbooks – A First Street report

September 15th, 2011 · 1 Comment

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 […]

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OverDrive adds ALA Editions and Information Today titles to collections

September 9th, 2011 · Comments Off

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. […]

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Articles of Interest – Kindle edition

April 29th, 2011 · Comments Off

A summary of the various articles about Amazon’s announcement to work with libraries via OverDrive, plus a couple of others on Amazon. Kindle Library Lending and OverDrive – What it means for libraries and schools – OverDrive blog post Amazon to Allow Library Lending of Kindle Books (Updated) Library Journal Librarian’s Hope for a “Seamless […]

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Flat World Knowledge releases Make It Your Own platform

April 28th, 2011 · Comments Off

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 […]

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CQ Press takes traditional print directories to a new level with First Street

April 14th, 2011 · Comments Off

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 […]

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CIL Conference – Ebook Publishing: Practices & Challenges

March 22nd, 2011 · 2 Comments

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 […]

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SciVerse Hub Application Connects Researchers with U.S. Government Datasets

December 20th, 2010 · Comments Off

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.

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ScienceDirect offers Image Search within eBook content

November 18th, 2010 · Comments Off

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 […]

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