I attended the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago and have several updates on eBook vendor offerings, initiatives, and activities. Vendors and initiatives are listed in alphabetical order. This information will also be presented at the ALA TechSource conference wrap-up webinar, held July 8th. The recording of that session is available at http://www.alatechsource.org/blog/2013/07/archive-of-the-2013-ala-annual-tech-wrapup.html. I also want to take a moment to announce the launch of eContent Quarterly, a new ALA publication edited by Sue Polanka and Mirela Roncevic (both NSR contributors). A free preview issue is now available for download.
Last January ProQuest announced a definitive agreement to acquire EBL. Today, they are announcing that the acquisition of EBL has been completed. The details from the press release are below. You may also be interested in listening to an interview I conducted with two of the primary individuals involved in this acquisition, Kari Paulson, formerly President of EBL and now Vice President and General Manager of the combined ebrary and EBL e-book business unit, and Kevin Sayar, Senior Vice President of ProQuest. Kari and Kevin discussed with me, back in January, how the acquisition plans developed, what customers can expect in the next 18 months, and how customers can relay feedback to both companies. It doesn’t sound like they have strayed much from the plans laid out back in January. The press release highlights the same details 5 months later – combine the strongest features of both platforms, actively solicit customer feedback, no disruption to customers during the estimated 18 month integration, and continue to work with current EBL/ProQuest representatives. Continue reading ProQuest completes acquisition of EBL→
April 8, 2013 (ANN ARBOR, Mich.) — ProQuest is digitizing more than 15,000 dissertations from premier European universities, providing broad, online access to these works for the first time. Digital discovery of the works from University College London, University of Aberdeen, Cardiff University, University of Leicester, University of Bath and University of Valencia will be through the universities’ institutional repositories (IRs) and in the fourth quarter of 2013, through PQDT Global, a new resource for search and discovery of graduate works in emerging research areas from the world’s top universities.
April 9, 2013 (ANN ARBOR, Mich.) — ProQuest is streamlining research by enabling ebrary® and ProQuest® content to be discovered within a single search experience. Now, researchers can surface e-books side-by-side with relevant reports, videos, journal and newspaper articles and more in one step. The advance in searching comes via linking technology that enables users to navigate seamlessly from search results to the platform that best supports the content they want to explore. Continue reading ebrary and ProQuest content discoverable in single, integrated search→
I attended the American Library Association MidWinter Conference in Seattle, Washington January 26 -29th. While there, I was able to speak with several eBook companies about new features and services. Below you will find a list of companies (alpha order) and new features complete with links for more information.
Last week, ProQuest announced a definitive agreement to acquire EBL. I had a chance to interview two of the primary individuals involved in this acquisition, Kari Paulson, President of EBL, and Kevin Sayar, Senior Vice President of ProQuest. Kari and Kevin discussed with me how the acquisition plans developed, what customers can expect in the next 18 months, and how customers can relay feedback to both companies.
ProQuest has done it again. Just two years after the acquisition of ebrary, they announced today plans to acquire EBL. EBL, a global ebook aggregator, was founded in 2004 and offers over 300,000 titles in their collection. They have long been a competitor for ebrary, offering similar monograph content to academic and special libraries worldwide.
Library customers of ebrary and EBL can expect business as usual until the conclusion of the approval period. After that however, the tides will change. Responding to specific questions from No Shelf Required, Kevin Sayar, Senior Vice President, ProQuest Workflow Solutions, said, “Until the approval period is over, ProQuest/ebrary and EBL will operate as separate companies with their respective content and acquisition models remaining the same. Customers for both companies will not experience any changes at this time. ebrary and EBL shared around 200 publishers, and have most of the big ones in common. There are some publishers that ebrary has and EBL does not and vice versa, so respective customers could potentially gain more content upon the deal closing.After closing the deal, the best features of EBL and ebrary will be combined on a single platform after approximately 18 months. At this point the timeline is a target and is subject to change.” Continue reading ProQuest to acquire EBL, ebrary and EBL services to merge→
For the first time ever, all the personal journals of Queen Victoria have been made available to search and read online. This unique resource, developed in partnership by the Bodleian Libraries, the Royal Archives and ProQuest, is freely available for the public to access at www.queenvictoriasjournals.org through June 30, 2012.
The journals, which span Victoria’s lifetime and consist of 141 volumes numbering over 33,000 pages, have never been published in their entirety and previously were only accessible by appointment at the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle. In addition to autograph diaries begun by the youthful Princess Victoria, there are edited versions from her later years, redacted and transcribed by the Queen’s daughter, Princess Beatrice. Continue reading ProQuest offers free access to Queen Victoria’s journals through June 30th→
May 7, 2012 (ANN ARBOR, Mich.) — Knowledge powerhouse ProQuest is launching an inventive new research service that provides individuals with access to premium content and cutting edge tools. Instant and on-demand, Udini™ bundles an extraordinary range of information, including peer-reviewed and trade journal articles, dissertations, international newswires, newspapers, magazines and more from thousands of publishers in a comprehensive cloud-based workflow management tool designed for individual users. For knowledge workers without access to research libraries, Udini™ provides unprecedented ease for finding and using the highest quality information for professional projects. For publishers with already-strong academic distribution, Udini™ opens a trusted and compelling new channel to reach an under-served group of users who want and need their content. Continue reading ProQuest launches Udini, a direct to consumer research service→
Wonderful news today from ProQuest. They will continue the tradition of publishing the Statistical Abstract of the United States, beginning with the 2013 edition (in print and digital formats). They will partner with Bernan Press who will continue the tradition of publishing the print edition. No word on pricing at this time. Here is the full press release:
ProQuest Picks up Where the Census Bureau Left Off:
The Statistical Abstract of the United States Will Be Back This Year
Researchers’ cherished guide to social and economic stats gets a new lease on digital and print life
March 22, 2012 (ANN ARBOR, Mich.) — ProQuest will rescue one of researchers’ most valued reference tools when it takes on publication of the Statistical Abstract of the United States beginning with the 2013 edition. The move ensures continuation of this premier guide to an extraordinary array of statistics, which has been published since 1878. The U.S. Census Bureau, responsible for publishing the work, announced in March 2011 that it would cease production of the Statistical Abstract after the 2012 edition, prompting widespread concern among librarians, journalists, and researchers about the disappearance of this essential research tool.
“I’m thrilled that ProQuest will continue aggregating this important content,” said Wright State University librarian Sue Polanka, author of the widely read No Shelf Required blog. Polanka was part of a Reference User Services Association committee who organized a discussion at the American Library Association’s Midwinter conference about how to save the Statistical Abstract from extinction. “Even in our increasingly digital world, the Statistical Abstract remains one of the best reference sources for libraries.” [summary of the program, SP] Continue reading The Statistical Abstract lives on – ProQuest will publish starting in 2013→
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