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Open Access Week: Knowledge Unlatched launches institutional usage reports and will partner with Language Science Press

Great news during this Open Access Week – Knowledge Unlatched will partner with Language Science Press .  The full press release is below.  Additionally, KU announced today the launch of its institutional usage reports.  More on this feature can be found on the KU press release.  From the PR:  “The reports are based on institutional IP addresses using COUNTER-compliant data provided by one of KU’s official hosting platforms, OAPEN. Until now, KU has been publishing aggregated reports for the Pilot Collection only.” Continue reading Open Access Week: Knowledge Unlatched launches institutional usage reports and will partner with Language Science Press

Open eBooks Opens World of Digital Reading to Children for Free

Major publishers contribute thousands of titles to benefit students in need

February 24, 2016 – Open eBooks, a new initiative and e-reader app that will make thousands of popular, top-selling eBooks available to children in need for free, is launching today. First Lady Michelle Obama is releasing a video today raising awareness of the new opportunity for children. The initiative is designed to address the challenge of providing digital reading materials to children living in low-income households, and offers unprecedented access to quality digital content, including a catalog of eBooks valued at more than $250 million.

President Obama announced a nongovernmental eBooks effort in support of the ConnectED Initiative at the April 30 Kids Town Hall held by the White House at the Anacostia Branch of the District of Columbia Public Library. ConnectED is multi-pronged effort designed to provide all youth with access to high-quality digital learning tools. Since it launched, over 20 million more students have been connected to high-speed broadband in their schools and libraries and millions more are taking advantage of its free private sector resources. Open eBooks complements the new digital infrastructure to provide an opportunity for kids in need to have a world-class eLibrary in their homes. Continue reading Open eBooks Opens World of Digital Reading to Children for Free

Follett and EBSCO partner; 600,000 titles available for ordering through Titlewave

McHENRY, Ill., Feb. 1, 2016 —Follett announced it is partnering with EBSCO Information Services to make approximately 600,000 EBSCO-hosted eBooks available for ordering through Titlewave, Follett’s premier collection development and order platform for K-12 schools.

EBSCO offers high-quality eBooks from more than 1,500 major publishers, including eBooks from more than 115 worldwide university presses. The Follett-EBSCO partnership provides schools with the flexibility to purchase EBSCO eBooksâ„¢ on Titlewave, a platform already integral to their workflow, and provides an easy, cost-effective way for libraries to provide educators with full-text EBSCO eBooks coverage to support their curricula. Continue reading Follett and EBSCO partner; 600,000 titles available for ordering through Titlewave

eShelfâ„  Service e-book platform from Amigos

Back in November, 2015, Amigos Library Services announced the launch of their new eShelfâ„  Service e-book platform as an affordable, flexible option for libraries seeking to capitalize on their patrons’ growing use of electronic books and readers.  The full press release announcing the product is available here.

Christine Peterson, Project Manager for eShelfâ„  Service, conducted a webinar earlier this month highlighting the services and features of the new platform.  The webinar recording is about 45 minutes in length.  Check it out.

Chris told me via email that “as of today, we have 61 imprints from 9 publishers, 5 libraries currently on the service (3 public and 2 academic), and 25,400 titles.”

Great job Chris and Amigos!

BiblioBoard’s Public Access Curated Platform Launch Set For Early 2016

CHARLESTON, South CarolinaIn advance of the 2016 ALA Midwinter Conference, BiblioBoard has made a number of announcements about their 2015 growth and business direction for 2016.

  • Most recently they unveiled Pressbooks Public, a robust self-publishing tool that lets libraries help authors write, edit, design and publish their manuscripts as professional-quality electronic and print books in a variety of formats.
  • This new service works alongside existing BiblioBoard community engagement programs including  SELF-e (a partnership with Library Journal) and Creator, resulting in a comprehensive suite of multi-media publishing tools for patrons.

Continue reading BiblioBoard’s Public Access Curated Platform Launch Set For Early 2016

Gale demos new science products with 3D models at the ALAMW conference

According to Gale, these new products have not yet been named, but see the info below about this new partnership with CyberScience to bring interactive 3D models to Gale science content for anatomy, chemistry, and more.

Farmington Hills, Mich., January 7, 2016 Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, is offering three new science products for academic and school libraries. The products are designed to help students understand science beyond the text, and combine Gale’s curriculum-aligned reference content with partner CyberScience’s interactive 3D models to bring science learning to life. Two products, geared primarily for the academic market, cover the topics of human anatomy and chemistry, while a third resource combines multiple science topics and can be used as refreshers in introductory college science courses or as a basic science learning tool in high schools. Continue reading Gale demos new science products with 3D models at the ALAMW conference

OCLC adds new publisher metadata to WorldCat Discovery Services, including ASME, Artstor, and Odilo

DUBLIN, Ohio, January 6, 2016OCLC has signed agreements with leading publishers to add metadata for books, e-books, journals, databases and other materials that will make their content discoverable through WorldCat Discovery Services.

“OCLC partners with leading content providers around the world to ensure discovery and access to libraries’ most important and popular resources,” said Suzanne Kemperman, OCLC Director, Business Development and Publisher Relations.

OCLC has agreements in place with more than 200 publishers and information providers to supply metadata to facilitate discovery and access to key resources. OCLC recently signed agreements with the following content providers: Continue reading OCLC adds new publisher metadata to WorldCat Discovery Services, including ASME, Artstor, and Odilo

NYPL Digital Collections, download 180,000 images in the public domain

NYPL Public Domain Collections – http://www.nypl.org/research/collections/digital-collections/public-domain

From the site:

Did you know that more than 180,000 of the items in our Digital Collections are in the public domain?
That means everyone has the freedom to enjoy and reuse these materials in almost limitless ways. The Library now makes it possible to download such items in the highest resolution available directly from the Digital Collections website.

No permission required. No restrictions on use.

Below you’ll find tools, projects, and explorations designed to inspire your own creationsgo forth and reuse! Continue reading NYPL Digital Collections, download 180,000 images in the public domain

Total Boox Emerges as a Major Player in the Library Ebook Market

Total Boox’ ebook collection has grown rapidly in recent months, and its new agreements with libraries across the U.S. help position it as a major contender in the library ebook marketplace

January 5, 2016 (New York, Tel Aviv) As its library outreach continues, with five million patrons able to access Total Boox in New York, California, Connecticut, Tennessee, Texas, Colorado, Kansas, and Virginia, the company behind the pay-as-you-read ebook service is pleased to usher in the New Year with a major announcement: owing to recently signed agreements with several top publishers and distribution groupsamong them Independent Publishers Group (IPG), Vearsa, Lonely Planet, Berlitz, De Gruyter, Oxford University Press (ELT Division), Lerner, Rourke Educational Media, and The Child’s Worldthe size of Total Boox’ ebook collection has more than quadrupled in the last few months, bringing the new total of titles available for instant reading to nearly 100,000. Continue reading Total Boox Emerges as a Major Player in the Library Ebook Market

Gale Expands Integration of Google Apps for Education into Popular Product Lines

Farmington Hills, Mich., Nov. 5, 2015 Putting research technology directly into user workflow, Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, has expanded the integration of Google Apps for Education — Gmail, Classroom, Drive, Docs, and more — into its most-popular product lines. Researchers can seamlessly log into many of their school or library’s Gale resources with their Google Account credentials and easily save, share, and download content (including bookmarks and their personal highlights and notes) using Gmail, Drive, and Docs. In December, the new Google Classroom share button will be integrated with these resources, allowing educators to seamlessly link third party content, including Gale content, to classroom assignments. Continue reading Gale Expands Integration of Google Apps for Education into Popular Product Lines

Knowledge Unlatched establishes KU Research

From the KU website:

The last month has been an especially busy time for KU. Not only are we in the middle of a library pledging round, but we are also very excited to be announcing the formal establishment of a new arm of KU: KU Research. KU Research is being headed up by Lucy Montgomery, Associate Professor at Curtin University and KU’s Deputy Director. The establishment of KU Research is an important step in scaling-up our research activities and ambitions, and formalising links between KU and researchers tackling big questions in scholarly communication and Open Access. Continue reading Knowledge Unlatched establishes KU Research

Follett announces key product integrations with OverDrive, Mackin

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 2, 2015 — Follett continues to expand its market-leading Destiny solution to be an open agnostic discovery tool for print and digital content that supports PreK-12 classroom and curriculum needs. Another major step in that direction was announced today when Follett unveiled new product integrations with OverDrive and Mackin Educational Resources.

The announcement coincides with the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference, which starts Thursday (Nov. 5) in Columbus, Ohio. Continue reading Follett announces key product integrations with OverDrive, Mackin

Google Scholar Indexes Open Access Books

A press release from Knowledge Unlatched:

The length of monographs and their level of treatment pose unique challenges in a search environment. Monographs generally describe mature work unlike journal articles, which usually describe early stage work. As a result, it can be hard to achieve a successful search experience for restricted access monographs, according to Anurag Acharya of Google Scholar.

After asking Acharya (co-founder of Google Scholar) why Google Scholar did not index monographs, Frances Pinter of Knowledge Unlatched (KU) says, “I realized that such challenges fall by the wayside with Open Access books.” Continue reading Google Scholar Indexes Open Access Books

94% of public libraries offer ebooks says the 2015 LJ/SLJ report

Library Journal/School Library Journal conducted the 6th annual survey of public libraries regarding ebooks.  The 2015 report is available for download here.  The report is made available courtesy of Freading.  Registration is required.

From the executive summary:  ” If  it  appears  from  the  current  survey  (based  on  317  U.S.  public  libraries  responding)  that  much  of  the  enthusiasm  for  ebooks  has  cooled,  it  is  only  because  they  have  become  less  of  a  novelty  and  more  mainstream.”

“Ebook pricing is too high” is the most common complaint from public librarians about ebooks.

Here’s a page snip showing the number of public libraries offering ebooks over the last 6 reports:

The number of Public Libraries offering ebooks from the 6 LJ/SLJ surveys from 2010 - 2015.
The number of Public Libraries offering ebooks from the 6 LJ/SLJ surveys from 2010 – 2015.

New database content added to EBSCO EDS

From an EBSCO blog post:

Recent Content Additions to EBSCO Discovery Service:

ASM Medical Materials Database

Published by ASM International, ASM Medical Materials Database is the only comprehensive, peer-reviewed database providing a single source for materials data to support medical device design. The database features both materials properties and biological response data for medical device designers. All EDS customers may search ASM Medical Materials Database metadata in EDS, but only subscribers can access the full text on the ASM platform.

ASM Micrograph Database

Published by ASM International, ASM Micrograph Database is an online collection of more than 4,000 micrograph images and associated data. Data includes material designation and composition, processing and service history, metallographic preparation, magnification and more. All EDS customers may search ASM Micrograph Database metadata in EDS, but only subscribers can access the images and full text on the ASM platform. Continue reading New database content added to EBSCO EDS

Odilo powers digital library in Spain

(Denver, CO) October 19, 2015:

Odilo has been awarded a contract with the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sports, to bring digital content to the entire network of public libraries in Spain. Over 15 million library card holders will benefit and enjoy digital content through eBiblio (powered by OdiloTK, a complete digital asset lending and management end-user platform).

The Ministry promotes and develops digital culture with initiatives like eBiblio, which currently provides free access to eBooks and eAudiobooks from all of the leading Spanish publishers. eBiblio offers end-users access to content in three clicks or less; browse, search, borrow, or download on any computer or mobile device, anytime-anywhere. Continue reading Odilo powers digital library in Spain

YBP adds Al Manhal ebooks

IPSWICH, Mass. October 14, 2015 E-books from Al Manhal are now available in GOBI, the primary tool for the discovery and acquisition of digital and print monographic content from YBP Library Services (YBP). This allows libraries to acquire e-books from the leading Arabic language e-book provider from the same source they acquire many of their other print books and e-books.

Al Manhal provides scholarly and scientific Arabic language publications from the Arab and Islamic worlds’ most prestigious publishers and research institutes. Al Manhal combines deep publishing and library expertise with best-in-class technology to enable university, government, corporate, school and public library users to efficiently discover and access thousands of e-books. Continue reading YBP adds Al Manhal ebooks

Academic E-Books: Publishers, Librarians and Users

Suzanne M. Ward, Robert S. Freeman, and Judith M. Nixon are the editors of a forthcoming book from Purdue University Press. The description of the book is below.  I got a look at the pre-pub copy and it’s  full of useful information.  I was particularly interested in the chapters that focused on how ebooks are being used in academia.
Book Description from Purdue University Press site:

Academic E-Books: Publishers, Librarians, and Users provides readers with a view of the changing and emerging roles of electronic books in higher education. The three main sections contain contributions by experts in the publisher/vendor arena, as well as by librarians who report on both the challenges of offering and managing e-books and on the issues surrounding patron use of e-books. The case study section offers perspectives from seven different sizes and types of libraries whose librarians describe innovative and thought-provoking projects involving e-books. Continue reading Academic E-Books: Publishers, Librarians and Users

University of Toronto Press and De Gruyter partner for electronic content distribution

Berlin, 12 October 2015- University of Toronto Press and De Gruyter are proud to announce that they have formed a partnership for the worldwide sales of electronic publications. These include selected new releases and a comprehensive backlist of around 2,000 e-books. The transatlantic sales cooperation expands the global reach of University of Toronto Press and strengthens the portfolio of De Gruyter with outstanding, research-intensive content and world-renowned authors. This arrangement makes University of Toronto Press the first Canadian university publisher to partner with the De Gruyter Online platform. Continue reading University of Toronto Press and De Gruyter partner for electronic content distribution

New ‘Managed Services’ Offering From Follett Designed to Help K-12 Administrators Save Time, Money, Space

McHENRY, Ill., Oct. 5, 2015 —Follett announced this week it is unveiling a new offering — Managed Services — directed at administrators and designed to help districts eliminate both routine and seasonal tasks involved in managing resources, ultimately saving significant time, money and space.

“We are excited as Managed Services is a brand-new offering from Follett, and comes in response to educators telling us they are spending too much time on operational activities, which takes attention away from their primary goal of student learning,” said Tom Schenck, president, Follett School Solutions. “Our customized program provides valuable outsourced services for administrators when they’re lacking the resources — staffing, facilities or time — to efficiently and effectively run their district.” Continue reading New ‘Managed Services’ Offering From Follett Designed to Help K-12 Administrators Save Time, Money, Space