ebrary Now Offering CHOICE Outstanding Academic Titles

August 25th, 2010 · Comments Off

ebrary announced today the availability of CHOICE Outstanding Academic Titles (OAT) on their platform.  ebrary is the first aggregator to offer CHOICE OAT. From the press release: ebrary®, a leading provider of digital content products and technologies, has partnered with CHOICE to offer digital editions of more than 1,000 of CHOICE’s recent Outstanding Academic Titles. […]

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Reference Works From Idea to Reality – ALA Session Summary

July 1st, 2010 · Comments Off

This post was reprinted in full from the Points of Reference blog at Booklistonline.com. Each year at the ALA Annual Conference, Booklist’s Reference Books Bulletin sponsors a program to discuss various topics related to reference and reference publishing.  This year RBB’s session focused on the process of creating a reference work, from idea to reality.  […]

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eBook platform comparison chart

June 30th, 2010 · Comments Off

I’m not sure how I didn’t find this earlier, but thanks to a colleague, Erik Christopher, I am now aware of the JISC eBook comparison chart. It is available on the JISC site at http://www.jisc-adat.com/adat/adat_ebooks.pl and offers a comparison of up to 7 different eBook platforms including:  Credo Reference, NetLibrary, ebrary, EBL, MyiLibrary, Dawsonera, and Taylor and […]

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Mad World of eBooks, part two – ALA discussion

June 26th, 2010 · Comments Off

For the introductory material on the session, please see part one of this blog post. Second group – Lenny Allen, OUP, Erin Igoe, Cambridge UP, Tony Horava, OCUL, Joy Kirchner, COPPUL Lenny – budget and workflow are concerns, always looking a year in advance. Erin – CBO general ebook platform focused on perpetual access of […]

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Mad World of eBooks part one – ALA discussion

June 26th, 2010 · Comments Off

On Saturday morning at ALA, a group of librarians and publishers gathered together to discuss the world of eBooks, particularly aspects of consortial purchasing.  Each hour of the discussion a panel of publishers and librarians was on hand to lead the discussion. The event was organized by Michael Zeoli at YBP, Julie Gammon at the […]

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ALA Program – Reference Works from Idea to Reality

June 23rd, 2010 · Comments Off

If you’re going the ALA Annual Conference later this month, mark your calendar for the for the Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin program “Reference Work from Idea to Reality.” How does an idea turn into a reference book–or a reference database? Some heavy-hitters from reference publishing will discuss the process from initial concept to publication and beyond. […]

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Oxford Dictionaries Online

June 15th, 2010 · Comments Off

Oxford University Press recently released it’s product, Oxford Dictionaries Online (ODO).  This collection of dictionaries, thesauri, and usage guides contains 350,000+ entries and definitions, 600,000+ synonyms and antonyms, and audio pronunciations.  The collection will be regularly updated. Can I insert this into Word and other programs?  That would be great if offered.

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Accessibility Release for Ingram’s VitalSource Bookshelf

May 17th, 2010 · Comments Off

Last years law suit against 4 Universities piloting the Kindle reader as a eTextbook solution has done a lot to guarantee the accessibility of textbooks to all students. Ingram Content Group, working with the American Foundation for the Blind consulting group (AFB Consulting), announced a new disability release for their eTextbook platform – VitalSource.  The […]

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OUP -an interview with Colleen Scollans about Bibliographies Online

May 11th, 2010 · Comments Off

Last week I was in NYC visiting with the great crew at Oxford University Press.  I got the complete, unedited tour of their new product, Oxford Bibliographies Online.  While there, I had a chance to speak with Colleen Scollans, VP of Sales and Marketing for OUP, about OBO and the user research involved in the […]

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Tools of Change – Making the Case for Digital Printing

February 22nd, 2010 · Comments Off

Making the Case for Digital Printing –  Tools of Change Conference – Feb. 22, 1:30 – 3:30 Brian O’Leary and Ashley Gordon This session was directed to publishers who are thinking about digital printing opportunities.  The speakers were obviously pro-digital printing and provided many examples of the benefits of digital printing for publishers.  But, libraries […]

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