Gale, part of Cengage Learning, recently announced a partnership with ABC-CLIO to distribute select titles from ABC-CLIO’s eBook collection through Gale Virtual Reference Library. Directed toward users of public and academic libraries, nearly 250 eBooks have been selected from a variety of disciplines including history, humanities, current events and general interest. These titles introduce resources from ABC-CLIO and Praeger to Gale’s collection, expanding upon Gale Virtual Reference Library’s existing list of ABC-CLIO imprint eBooks from Greenwood, Linworth Publishing, and Libraries Unlimited. Great news for libraries trying to combine reference content into one searchable interface.
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