Ohio’s Public Library eBook Project

November 19th, 2010 · Comments Off

I attended the Northern Ohio Technical Services Librarians Conference today and one of the speakers was Nicole Merriman from the State Library of Ohio.  Nicole provided details on the Ohio eBook Project, a statewide public library consortium purchasing eBooks and audio books through OverDrive.  Academic and school libraries are not able to join the program […]

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Tags: Audio Books · Business Models/Pricing · Library News · Public Libraries

OCLC and EBSCO Partner to Enhance Discovery

November 8th, 2010 · Comments Off

From an OCLC Press Release:  OCLC and EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) have expanded their partnership to enhance the discovery experience for users of WorldCat Local and the EBSCO Discovery Service through an expanded data exchange agreement. The new agreement will create more value for libraries that subscribe to services from OCLC and EBSCO. WorldCat Local libraries […]

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Tags: Discovery · Interfaces/Platforms · Press Releases · Vendor News

Charleston Conference – E-Content Procurement

November 3rd, 2010 · 1 Comment

Cory Tucker, Head of Collection Development from UNLV and Emilie Delquie, VP of Publishers Communication Group provided an overview of the variety of ways in which electronic content is being procured in libraries.  Cory discussed several current driving factors for procurement including decreasing library budgets, the variety of business models available, and network level access […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Business Models/Pricing · Conferences/Events · DRM · Publishing

80% of Academic Library Expenditures Projected for eContent by 2020

October 28th, 2010 · Comments Off

A colleague of mine forwarded this presentation by James Michalko from OCLC to me.  The presentation was done at the Keio Symposium earlier this month.  One of James’ slides, based on data from the US Department of Education, NCES Academic Library Survey 1998 – 2008, shows projections that academic library expenditures on purchased and licensed […]

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Libraries and the changing role of creators and consumers

October 7th, 2010 · Comments Off

A must read OCLC newsletter article written by Andy Havens and Tom Storey – Libraries and the changing role of creators and consumers.  Havens and Storey interviewed Catherine Mitchell from the California Digital Library and Andrew Pate of On-Demand Books.  Topics include: the university as publishers embedded librarians library as publisher (espresso book machine) libraries […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Articles of Interest · Business Models/Pricing · Discovery · Ebook Readers · Interfaces/Platforms · Library News · Marketing · Print on demand · Public Libraries · Publishing · Vendor News

Archiving eBooks, librarians are you concerned?

October 4th, 2010 · 4 Comments

What if your eBook aggregator or perhaps the publisher with whom you now own over 5,000 eBook titles went belly up next week?  What if OCLC and EBSCO never purchased NetLibrary, where would your titles have gone?  Perhaps the 100 titles you’ve bought for your personal Kindle are no good when the device disappears due to […]

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New Articles of Interest

August 2nd, 2010 · Comments Off

Wow, ton of good things to read over the last 4 days, here’s a sampling of what I’ve been reading: Digital Lending Goes into OverDrive Digital Books Come of Age (Or) The Textbook is Dead; Long Live the Textbook Kindle 3 vs Kindle 2 in size plus hands-on report by PC World’s Perenson Cataloging and […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Articles of Interest · Ebook Readers · Interfaces/Platforms · Library News · Press Releases · Public Libraries · Publishing · Surveys/Statistics · Textbooks · Vendor News

ebrary records to be added to WorldCat

June 24th, 2010 · Comments Off

More good news for eBook discovery!  OCLC and ebrary are working together to add records for the ebrary ebook catalog to WorldCat.  ebrary’s growing selection of over 170,000 authoritative ebooks in all subject areas will be represented in WorldCat with a link to the ebrary platform. Libraries that subscribe to ebrary ebooks can have ebrary […]

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WorldCat Local adds more EBSCO Databases

May 11th, 2010 · Comments Off

Caught this info on a tweet from @mlharper: As the silos crumble… OCLC has added 18 EBSCO databases to the WorldCat Local metasearch central index, which allows quick, easy access to the content. Libraries that subscribe to both WorldCat Local and EBSCOhost services can now offer easy online access to a wide range of authoritative […]

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Tags: Discovery · Interfaces/Platforms · Reference Publishing · Vendor News

Reference: The Missing Link in Discovery – webinar summary

May 11th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Today, Joe Janes from Univ. of Washington, Mike Sweet from Credo, and myself had a great conversation on reference content, student research habits, and how reference content can be more discoverable during the LJ webinar “Reference: The Missing Link in Discovery.” Joe highlighted research results from OCLC Perceptions study and 2 studies at the University […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Conferences/Events · Discovery · Public Libraries · Reference Publishing · School Libraries · Vendor News