E-Discovering Reference

October 31st, 2011 · Comments Off

With the advent of the internet and growing popularity of Wikipedia, traditional library reference tools have experienced a decline in use.  As a result, many reference publishers began producing electronic books or converting traditional print multi-volume titles to online databases.  While this has been a valiant effort, much of the content still goes undiscovered due […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Discovery · New Products · NSR Info · Public Libraries · Reference Publishing · School Libraries

PubFactory

February 25th, 2010 · Comments Off

During the TOC Conference I got a demo of iFactory’s new platform, PubFactory from Tom Beyer, Director of Publishing at iFactory. PubFactory is an online publishing platform for publishers or libraries that is xml based, and supports ePub, DocBook, TEI, and NLM Journal formats.  They also support ONIX and RDF for metadata and PDF (metadata […]

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Tags: EPUB · Formats · Interfaces/Platforms · Reference Publishing · Vendor News

Interactive Online Reference – Survey Results & Charleston Presentation

November 23rd, 2009 · Comments Off

Last month I posted a link to a survey about interactive online reference features.  The survey was used to gauge the interest in 30 different interface features, ranging from video and sound to course packs, Web 2.0 features, and sharing materials.  The results of the survey were used during a presentation at the Charleston Conference […]

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Tags: Conferences/Events · Interfaces/Platforms · Reference Publishing · Surveys/Statistics

Survey – online reference databases

October 21st, 2009 · 1 Comment

NSR Readers, I’m writing to ask for 10 minutes of your time to complete a survey about online reference databases.  I’m trying to gauge interest in a variety of features offered in online reference databases (think GVRL, Credo, SRO, ORO, ABC-CLIO, etc).  My results will be used in a presentation I am co-presenting at the […]

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Tags: Interfaces/Platforms · Reference Publishing · Surveys/Statistics

New Interview with Tom Beyer, iFactory

July 24th, 2009 · Comments Off

iFactory is an web development company in Boston.  They have developed Sage Reference Online, Rosen’s Teen Health & Wellness, and several Oxford University Press products.  NSR got to talk with Tom Beyer, Director of Publishing at iFactory about eBook interfaces and the future of eBooks.  Tom and 15 other interviews are listed on the NSR interviews page.

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Tags: Interfaces/Platforms · Interviews · Reference Publishing