Reference Apps – feature article in Booklist

January 11th, 2012 · Comments Off

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 […]

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Booklist’s Corner Shelf focuses on eBooks in libraries

November 10th, 2011 · 1 Comment

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 […]

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e-Reference books, the challenge of new editions

June 10th, 2011 · Comments Off

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 […]

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Credo’s Topic Pages – article and sample page link

June 17th, 2010 · Comments Off

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.

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ALA Session – Challenges of Implementing eBooks for Publishers, Libraries, and End-Users

June 17th, 2010 · Comments Off

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 […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Conferences/Events · DRM · Ebook Readers · Formats · Interfaces/Platforms · Library News · Mobile Devices · Public Libraries · Textbooks

Gale’s AccessMyLibrary School Edition iPhone app

May 18th, 2010 · 1 Comment

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 […]

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Exploring Open Access E-textbooks

April 12th, 2010 · Comments Off

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.

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Interactive Online Reference Article

January 11th, 2010 · Comments Off

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 […]

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Interactive Online Reference – Survey Results & Charleston Presentation

November 23rd, 2009 · Comments Off

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 […]

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Introducing the NEW Encyclopedia.com

September 16th, 2009 · Comments Off

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.

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