Good news for SwetsWise users interested in purchasing Credo Reference titles. More from the press release:
[January 10, 2012] Boston, Oxford – Credo Reference (www.credoreference.com), recently named “Best Overall” Reference Database 2012 by Library Journal, announces a new partnership with Swets, the world’s leading information services company.
Under the agreement, SWETS will incorporate Credo Reference with over 1,500 reference works from more than 80 of the world’s best reference publishers into the SwetsWise eBook catalog. Collections and titles are thoughtfully selected to offer broad coverage of subjects such as psychology, history, business, education, environmental studies and much more. Continue reading
I attended a Swets webinar about efficiently acquiring R & D eBooks for the library. I got a quick glance at the Swets interface, due to launch this January. They will have eBook title metadata and TOC loaded with ISBNs (and ISBN13) from a variety of publishers (no list available just yet). Search features look simple enough (quick/advanced) as do the ordering features (shopping cart). Vendors for particular titles and/or collections were listed with a set price for “one-off” purchases (title by title) and collections. They offered concurrent user purchases (3, 8, 10, etc.) with a set price for each option which is quite nice. A participant asked about archiving/perpetual access to eBooks she purchases. Swets answer – publishers decide if books are available as a subscription or perpetual access. Those that offer perpetual access, the publisher will host the eBooks perpetually. Can you get a copy for yourself or for a 3rd party to host? – that’s up to the publisher. Doesn’t sound like Swets will be in the archiving business, but then they aren’t hosting the content, the publishers are. I asked about MARC records, mentioning the lack of quality of freely available MARC records provided with eBook purchases. Again, that is the publishers, they provide the MARC records from a variety of sources……let’s just hope the publishers follow the existing MARC standards. Continue reading