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Rosen Online Publishing offers interactive eBooks

I had a great time testing out the new Rosen Online Publishing interface, Rosen Learning Center.  This center currently features 12 titles that spotlight Texas.  History, government, land, resources, and missions are just a few of the topics covered in the 12 titles, which are designed for 3rd grade reading levels.  The books meet the TEKS Standards (Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills Standards).   The interactive books offer a wonderful variety of options including: Continue reading

Results of survey – interactive features in online reference products

Reposted from Booklist’s Points of Reference blog:

During the RBB webinar on June 1st, Power to the User, we discussed and demonstrated a variety of interactive features available in online reference products. At the end of the webinar, everyone had the opportunity to take a survey on these features. The survey listed over 30 interactive features and provided responses of no value, some value, high value, and neutral/no opinion. There were over 100 responses from 87% librarians/library media specialists, 6% library staff, and 2% each of library school students and publishers. There was a nearly even split between public and academic librarians (42% each) and 6% from school libraries. Id like to share some of these results with you. Continue reading

Reference Works From Idea to Reality – ALA Session Summary

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.  The speakers included Casper Grathwohl from Oxford University Press, Rolf Janke from SAGE Reference, and Frank Menchaca from Gale/Cengage.  The session was moderated by Sue Polanka, Chair of the RBB Editorial Board.  Each panelist provided a 15 minute presentation on a particular aspect of the publishing process and a general Q/A followed.  I’ll summarize the comments of each panelist below. Continue reading

Alexander Street Press – Free Access to Ethnographic Video Online

Originally posted at Points Of Reference blog, 4-27-10

Alexander Street Press Ethnographic Video Online – Free Access
Posted by: Sue Polanka

Alexander Street Press is offering free access to it’s Ethnographic Video Online collection.  The collection contains more than 1,000 of the most frequently used films in anthropology courses.  Classic works from the pioneers of ethnographic film, including Robert Flaherty, Timothy Asch, John Marshall, Robert Gardner, Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson, Jean Rouch, and many more—together with contemporary works by innovative filmmakers from around the world are included.

I watched a video called El Sebou’ : Egyptian Birth Ritual.  While watching and listening (video non-english with sub-titles, narrator in english) the text the narrator was reading was highlighted in yellow in the transcript.  This adjusted as the text was read through the sync feature, which could be disabled.  ASP also offers the option to make clips of the movies.  It is so easy, just click and drag a green arrow to start the clip and a red arrow to end the clip.  Each clip can be saved with a specific title and be made viewable by the individual user, everyone, or just those from my institution.

Free access is available until May 31st.  Register online for an immediate username/password.  Make sure you have lots of time, because it’s quite addicting.

Booklist launches new reference blog

CHICAGO—Booklist Online announces the addition of Points of Reference to its growing family of blogs. Mary Ellen Quinn and a team of front-line experts from academic, public and school libraries post about reference sources and trends in reference publishing and services. Continue reading