The January 1, 2012 issue of Booklist features Sue Polanka’s Off The Shelf column on reference apps. Titled, “Reference- I’ve got an App for That,” the article highlights iOS and Android apps from 7 reference publishers. Here is an excerpt and list of reference publishers included:
Excerpt: “These days, it seems there’s an app for everything. So it should come as no surprise that several reference publishers are producing apps for Apple- and Android-based tablets and phones. Why should reference publishers develop apps? “Our focus is on helping libraries reach new users where they reside. We believe that one of the most effective ways to do this is through apps,” says Nader Qaimari, senior vice president of marketing for Cengage Learning. Mike Robinson, e-book sales and marketing manager at Oxford University Press, agrees, stating, “Apps represent a means by which people all over the world are using devices to help them. We provide authoritative content to meet people’s reference needs, and it’s important to us to do so in the most useful ways possible.” Gale/Cengage, OUP, and a host of other reference publishers have a variety of apps available.”
Publishers featured include:
- Encyclopaedia Britannica
- Gale/Cengage Learning
- Oxford University Press
- World Book
The October 2011 Corner Shelf (an online supplement to Booklist magazine) focused their discussion on eBooks in libraries. Several feature articles are offered, including one on weeding eBooks. Here is the opening paragraph of Corner Shelf which includes links to the articles.
Welcome to the second issue of Corner Shelf, dedicated to the proposition that collection development and readers’ advisory go hand in hand. This issue we’re focusing on e-books in libraries, the topic du jour in our profession. Sue Polanka, author of Booklist’s popular Off the Shelf column and moderator of the cutting-edge blog No Shelf Required, leads off with “E-Factor,” a nifty overview of how e-books are making an impact in libraries. Elsewhere, Baker & Taylor’s Livia Bitner introduces Axis 360, the company’s new digital media platform for libraries; Alice Crosetto delivers tips on weeding e-books (now that we have them in our collections, it’s time to think about how to get rid of them!); and Rebecca Vnuk, Booklist’s new editor for reference and collection management, does double duty, surveying the wealth of free e-books available to libraries and interviewing two Chicago-area librarians who are heavily involved in the business of incorporating e-books into library collections. Rebecca’s interview is the first of what will be an ongoing series in Corner Shelf called Notes from the Field, in which we will take the pulse of practicing collection development and readers’-advisory librarians.
The new issue of Booklist is out and contains an Off The Shelf column, “The Challenge of New Editions.” In the article I discuss the realities of updating new editions of reference books in an online environment. Continuously updated database, new editions, access to multiple editions, and weeding e-reference books are discussed. Content for the article was obtained from a survey of reference publishers in March 2011. Other Off The Shelf columns are available on the publications page.
The June Off The Shelf column featured Credo’s Topic Pages. If you’d like to see one of the pages, here is a link to the one on Censorship. Credo welcomes your comments and feedback.
All of the Off The Shelf columns are linked from the NSR articles page.
You are cordially invited to the Electronic Resources Management Interest Group ALCTS/LITA meeting at ALA 2010 Annual Conference in Washington, DC.
- Program: Challenges of Implementing eBooks for Publishers, Libraries and End-Users
- Date: Friday, June 25th, 2010
- Time: 4:00pm—5:15pm
- Location: Hilton Washington-Fairchild Room
- Speakers: Aaron Wood, Director of Software Product Management, Alexander Street Press. Former Metadata Librarian and Assistant Head of Technical Services at the University of Calgary and Sue Polanka, Head of Reference and Instruction, Wright State University Libraries Continue reading
Gale announced today the availability of the AccessMyLibrary (AML) School Edition app for the iPhone. The new K-12 version allows students to find their local school library – (grade schools, middle schools and high schools) and access the vast array of Gale resources the school library has purchased on their behalf. Students can use the application to locate their school and then will be required to authenticate for the school year, using a password provided by the school.
A new Off The Shelf Column in Reference Books Bulletin (Booklist) explores open access e-textbooks. The CK12 Foundation, Connexions, Flatworld Knowledge, and Merlot are discussed. Other Off The Shelf pieces are on the articles page.
I’ve had several posts in the last 3 months about interactive online reference – a survey, link to a Charleston Presentation, and now a link to the “Off The Shelf” column in Booklist which highlights interactive online reference (and summarizes the survey and the presentation from Charleston). The article is available at Booklist Online and is also linked from the NSR articles page, along with the other Off The Shelf columns. Happy reading.
Last month I posted a link to a survey about interactive online reference features. The survey was used to gauge the interest in 30 different interface features, ranging from video and sound to course packs, Web 2.0 features, and sharing materials. The results of the survey were used during a presentation at the Charleston Conference on November 6, 2009. The presentation was titled “Interactive Online Reference” and was presented by Tom Beyer from iFactory and myself. The slides from our presentation are available here, and do include the results of the survey. Overall, the respondents favored all 30 features, as everything received greater than 50% approval. But, there were definite favorites, which are listed. During our presentation, we used audience response systems to tally the interest of the attendees. The results of those impromptu surveys are also included in the slides.
The January 2010 Booklist will include a summary of the presentation and survey in my Off The Shelf column (which I will post of course), and the full paper will be available in the 29th Annual Charleston Conference Proceedings sometime in 2010. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.
Have you seen Gale/Cengage Learning’s encyclopedia.com lately? It’s full of vetted reference information with some funky cool new features. Check it out online and for a more detail description of the site, and it’s potential, read the latest in the Off The Shelf Column at Booklist Online.