The LJ/SLJ eBook Summit on September 29th offers a variety of speakers and panel discussions relating to eBooks and libraries. One such session, eBooks and Academic Libraries: Toward a New Best Practice, will discuss the myriad opportunities and challenges in purchasing, acquiring, and accessing eBooks in an academic library. Speakers, representing publishers, libraries, and consortia, include: Michael Levine-Clark, an expert on patron driven acquisition from the University of Denver, Emily McElroy, who heads up the eBook Team for the Orbis Cascade Alliance, and Brett Rubinstein, manager of library sales for Springer. I’ll be moderating the session, live from 3:00 – 3:55 EDT.
Some of the topics our panel will discuss include:
- acquisitions options
- the role of aggregators and distributors
- approval plans
- managing duplication of content
- Access and DRM
- shared collections
- patron driven business models
- future of ebooks
From a press release: Springer has relaunched its online platform SpringerLink ( www.SpringerLink.com ), which hosts nearly five million documents, including eBooks, journals and reference works. The redesigned site has a new and fresh concept that includes semantic linking and connects related content across eBooks and journals.
SpringerLink now also contains a PDF Preview feature that provides all readers with a free look inside eBook chapters to be certain that the content matches their information needs. Subscribers not only have access to an instant overview of the entire eBook, they can also scroll and browse within different chapters of the book and can immediately download the desired content. Continue reading SpringerLink Relaunches with semantic linking and cross searching of formats
I can tell that fall is in the air, nearly every article on my list this week has to do with eTextbooks. Other good ones are there too, check them out. Happy reading.
The new SpringerLink platform is scheduled to be launched on 7 August 2010. On this date the current site will be discontinued and all users will automatically enter the new platform. All authentication methods, including, IP, Proxy, Shibboleth, Athens, username and password, and referring URL will continue to work seamlessly. Linking will also remain the same and unaffected. The new SpringerLink platform has greatly improved based on comments and feedback from an extensive usability study. Continue reading New SpringerLINK interface August 7th
I received this press release from Springer and am reposting as written. It’s not eBooks, but it is in support of open access and I do like to promote things open access!
Springer is expanding its open access offering to all disciplines. SpringerOpen (www.springeropen.com) will cover all disciplines within the science, technology and medicine (STM) fields and will be offered in cooperation with BioMed Central. The entire content of SpringerOpen journals – including research articles, reviews, and editorials – are fully and immediately open access, and are accessible to anyone with an internet connection. No subscription is needed.
“We are seeing an increasing interest from our authors and from funders in all areas for open access publishing options and have responded to a need in the current market,” said Wim van der Stelt, EVP Business Development, Springer. “We are happy to serve our authors and editorial boards with the publishing options they want and are also pleased to supply universities, research institutions and our other patrons with the ability to use this content online freely and conveniently.” Continue reading Springer Introduces New Open Access Journals
Springer has offered the MyCopy service in the US and Canada since 2008. It was so successful, they are now expanding the service to European library users. MyCopy offers a POD copy to users at $24.95. More from Springer:
After the successful launch in the US and Canada, Springer Science+Business Media has extended its MyCopy service with immediate effect to library users in Europe. In line with this service, all registered library patrons will be able to order a softcover copy of a Springer eBook for their personal use by clicking on a button on the Springer platform www.springerlink.com. The softcover copies are priced at a flat fee of EUR 24.95, which includes shipping and handling within these European countries: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK. Continue reading Springer’s MyCopy Service now available in Europe
Received this message from Springer the other day concerning OCLC MARC records.
In the past, libraries downloading OCLC MARC Records for Springer eBooks through OCLC WorldCat Collection Sets were charged a delivery fee.
Recently, Springer finalized an agreement with OCLC: the library will no longer receive any invoices from OCLC for MARC 21 (AACR2) records for Springer eBooks delivered via the WorldCat Collections Sets Services. Springer will cover these delivery costs.
For additional information on MARC Records for the Springer eBook Collection click here.
Some interesting eBook white papers, surveys and reports:
Springer eBook white papers
eBooks – Costs and Benefits to Academic and Research Libraries
eBooks – The End User Perspective
ebrary ebook survey results
Received this press release via email.
Springer launches SpringerMaterials at London Online Information 2009
New database for material scientists, physicists, chemists and engineers will encompass all 400 volumes of Landolt-Börnstein
Springer Science+Business Media has announced the launch of SpringerMaterials – The Landolt-Börnstein Database (www.springermaterials.com). It is the world’s largest content platform of selected and critically assessed data in all areas of physical sciences and engineering. The breadth and depth of information is exhaustive: 91,000 online documents, 165,000 substances and materials systems, 3,000 properties and more than one million literature references. SpringerMaterials is the most comprehensive and timely resource of data in physics, chemistry, materials science and engineering on the market.
Continue reading SpringerMaterials to launch this month
Heather Staines, Global eProduct Manager for SpringerLink, Springer Science + Business Media, and I had a nice conversation about Springer’s eBook preservation strategy. The conversation was based on Heather’s article in Against the Grain, February 2009. Heather discusses Portico, LOCKSS, and general eBook preservation issues. Listen to Heather’s interview and many others through the NSR interviews page.