CHICAGO â€“ Jan. 30, 2015 â€“ The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation today named 22 projects as winners of the Knight News Challenge on Libraries, awarding the recipients a share of $3 million for their ideas.
The projects will provide new tools and approaches that leverage libraries as a platform to build more knowledgeable communities.Â They propose a range of ideas from library-driven toolkits that communities can use to share and archive their histories online to digital platforms that improve access to education and information in developing countries. Eight of the winners will receive investments of $130,000 to $600,000, while 14 early-stage ideas will receive $35,000 each through the Knight Prototype Fund, which helps innovators take media and information projects from idea to demo. Continue reading Knight Foundation’s News Challenge on Libraries awards $3 million to 22 projects that reinvent libraries
ANN ARBOR, Mich., January 30, 2015 — ProQuest unveiled the name of its eagerly anticipated new ebook platform: ProQuest Ebook Centralâ„¢. Launching in mid-2015, ProQuest Ebook Central will integrate key elements from both ebrary and EBL – Ebook Library, along with all-new functionality, delivering a next-generation experience for researchers and librarians around the globe.
â€œWe selected a simple name that captures the essence of what this platform will be: the â€˜go-toâ€™ source for ebooks for both researchers and librarians,â€ said Kari Paulson, vice president, market development, ProQuest. â€œProQuest Ebook Central will have the widest selection of quality content and the most acquisition options in an intuitive, user-friendly platform that simplifies the workflow for both librarians and patrons. It will be the complete solution that our customers and their users want.â€ Continue reading Introducing ProQuest Ebook Central, a new integrated ebook platform
ProQuest, University of Michigan Library and Bodleian Libraries are making the full text of 25,000 booksÂ printed between 1473 and 1699Â available as open access content. These are works from the seminal ProQuest databaseÂ Early English Books Online and transcriptionsÂ are care ofÂ the Text Creation Partnership (TCP). Details are in the news release below and at the link. Continue reading ProQuest, UM, Oxford team to provide 25,000 early books as open access text
Full Report on the KU Proof-of-Concept Pilot now available here.
Cultural Science Journal has published a full report on the KU Pilot project (Vol 7, No. 2, 2014, ISSN 1836-0416).
â€œKnowledge Unlatched: A Global Library Consortium Model for Funding Open Access Scholarly Books. Full Report on the Proof-of-Concept Pilot 2014â€ provides information about the Knowledge Unlatched proof-of-concept Pilot, which took place between January 2012 and September 2014. Continue reading Knowledge Unlatched full report on proof-of-concept pilot for OA monographs
CAMBRIDGE, UK, January 5, 2015 â€“ ProQuestÂ® ebooks company ebraryÂ® has created a brand new version of their award winningÂ Academic Completeâ„¢Â subscription collection designed specifically for UK and Irish students, faculty and researchers with over 4,000 unique, region specific titles.
Recognizing the importance of providing key content to this region, this new edition of Academic Complete delivers more than 115,000 titles, and is the first locally-tailored content edition which goes beyond territorial rights adjustments. Providing simultaneous, multi-user access the UKI edition contains over 4,000 specially selected titles which are only available to this region and consist of the most relevant publishers and topics. This local version will only be available in the UK and Ireland with the same overall number of titles as the standard Academic Complete. Continue reading ProQuest launches new UKI edition of Academic Complete
WALTHAM, MA–(Marketwired – October 06, 2014) – Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced its Legacy eBook Collection on ScienceDirect now includes five new subject areas. The Legacy Collection consists of digitized, classic scholarly book content, now including nearly 13,000 books. The new subject areas are arts and humanities; computer science; economics, econometrics and finance; immunology and microbiology; and mathematics. In addition, there are newly digitized books in the engineering and the biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology collections. Continue reading Elsevier adds five new subject areas to legacy eBook collection
Berlin, 8 October 2014
Publoris (www.publoris.com) is a new service for academic self-publishing that is geared especially toward the needs of young academics. Developed in a partnership between De Gruyter and MyBestseller, the service allows authors to publish their manuscripts quickly, easily, and inexpensively, and is thus an ideal complement to traditional routes for publication. Continue reading De Gruyter and MyBestseller launch academic self-publishing service, Publoris
Berlin, 29. September 2014
Starting with volume 2015, De Gruyter Open (www.degruyteropen.com) will publish a group of eight Central European Journals now distributed in subscription model by Springer and turn them to Open Access.Â This is a move unprecedented for a group of STM journals, being supplemented by three new launches in the humanities. Continue reading De Gruyter Open converts eight subscription journals to Open Access megajournals
Library Journal and School Library Journal’s 5th annual online conference: The Digital Shift: Libraries @ the Center is scheduled for October 1, 2014.Â More information is available online at http://www.thedigitalshift.com/tds/libraries-at-the-center/
The event is free for attendees and will provide answers to some of the biggest challenges libraries face in the transformation of our culture from analog experiences to digital experiences. This daylong professional development conference can be viewed in groups or privately. There are no travel or registration fees, and attendees will connect with each other as well as hear exciting keynotes from award-winning scientist and author Daniel J. Levitin, PhD, and Anil Dash, cofounder and CEO of ThinkUp, that will examine our shared digital future. Continue reading Free, fabulous, library event – TDS14: Libraries@the Center
Lyon, France (August 20) –Â Today the New Media Consortium (NMC) in collaboration with the University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur, the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB), Hannover, and ETH-Bibliothek Zurich are releasing theÂ NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Library Edition at a special session of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Library and Information Congress 80th General Conference and Assembly. This is the first edition of the NMC Horizon Report that delves into the realm of academic and research libraries in a global context. Continue reading New Media Consortium releases 2014 Library Edition Horizon Report
NASHVILLE, TN â€“ Ingram Content Group Inc. today announced enhancements to its widely-adopted ipageÂ® search and order content platform including new functionality that makes searching, selecting and ordering materials easy for academic libraries worldwide.
â€œIngram is devoted to helping academic libraries find relevant content for their important customers,â€ said Shawn Everson, Chief Commercial Officer, Ingram Content Group. â€œIâ€™m confident that our enhanced ipage platform will improve the experience of our users, and give them tools to more easily find and purchase content to meet the complex needs of their patrons.â€ Continue reading Ingram enhances ipage search and order platform
June 16, 2014 â€“ Mountain View, CA â€“ProQuest has added more than 1,650 ebook titles from renowned publishers Wiley and Wolters Kluwer Health to Academic CompleteÂ®, the flagship ebook database from ebraryÂ®. The new content will improve research outcomes, while a new enhancement for the database â€“ the popular LibraryThing for Librariesâ„¢ Book Display Widget — will enable libraries to easily display the titles visually for better discoverability and usage. Continue reading New content, LibraryThing for Libraries widget added to ebrary
I received news from De Gruyter about a new partnership with Princeton University Press.Â The official announcement will be released tomorrow, but I was able to speak with Sven Fund, Managing Director, De Gruyter, for more information about this partnership.Â The official press release is below.
Is this partnership with Princeton University Press exclusive?
This agreement is non-exclusive. Princeton UP will work with other distributors as well. We are confident that both our business models and our user friendly policy including price parity with print editions, unlimited simultaneous users and perpetual access are compelling to library customers. Continue reading Princeton University Press partners with De Gruyter for distribution
Glad to see this news from Oxford University Press about a new title by title purchasing model for OSO.Â New titles will also be released more frequently, another great bonus.Â Â Here’s the official press release:
Oxford University Press is pleased to announce two significant enhancements to Oxford Scholarship Online. Effective immediately, all books can now be purchased individually, on a title by title basis, by institutions worldwide. Secondly, vastly improving the speed to market of the digital version, we are now releasing new titles on the platform 10 months a year, up from 3 times a year. Continue reading Oxford Scholarship Online announces title by title purchasing and more release dates
Knowledge Unlatched released a pilot progress report summary today.Â It is available for download.Â Some highlights of the report are listed below.
1.Â The model is cost-effective and financially viable:
“The Pilot established that authors, librarians, publishers and research funders are all willing to engage with the basic KU model. It also demonstrated that the model is cost-effective for scholarly communities and financially viable for publishers. 297 libraries from 24 countries signed up for the Pilot Collection, exceeding the original target by almost 50%. This reduced the cost for every library Continue reading Knowledge Unlatched pilot project report available
Just received an email from Valerie Yaw at JSTOR with great news for libraries using GOBI.Â You can now purchase JSTOR ebooks through GOBI.Â Valerie said that both a single-user model and unlimited-user model (available for 60% of titles) are available through GOBI.Â The unlimited-user model offers unlimited simultaneous use, unlimited DRM-free chapter downloads, and unlimited printing and copy/paste.Â Libraries will need to sign JSTORâ€™s participation agreement for Books, available on their website here: http://about.jstor.org/agreements-riders.Â They offer tiered savings to libraries, and once they have an agreement on file, the library will see pricing in GOBI that reflects their savings level.Â Continue reading Books at JSTOR titles now available via GOBI
BOSTON â€” The George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida (UF) have partnered with DPLA by contributing more than 390,000 items, including antique maps, rare books, manuscripts, photographs, oral histories, newspapers, and research publications. All will become accessible to DPLAâ€™s global audience of students, teachers, scholars, developers, and the public. Continue reading DPLA partners with the University of Florida, nearly 400,000 items accessible
Very pleased to see a good colleague of mine (and the first person brave enough to do an interview with me for NSR back in 2008) launch his own digital media company – Mission Bell Media.Â The web site is beautiful and worth a look and a read, as I’m sure the content will be as well.Â More from the press release below.
Just launched: Mission Bell Media
At the intersection of leadership and librarianship Continue reading Mission Bell Media launches
Great ebook discovery news for users of Summon. Now both ebrary and EBL full text content are indexed in the Summon. I’m amazed at the use stats on my ebook collections that are indexed in discovery tools.Â This should be a big boost for EBL title use.Â More below from the press release.
May 6, 2014 (ANN ARBOR, Mich.) — ProQuest is boosting the visibility of ebooks in library collections by indexing the full text of the entire catalog of EBL – Ebook Library in its SummonÂ® discovery service. EBLâ€™s expansive catalog of more than 400,000 ebooks is now even more discoverable alongside titles from ebrary, which have been full-text indexed in the Summon service since 2012. The work to broaden discovery and accessibility of ebooks is occurring simultaneously with another major project: the integration of EBL and ebrary into a single ebook solution. Continue reading Full text of EBL catalog now discoverable in Summon
Passing on more news of free content from Oxford University Press.Â This time it is to celebrate the launch of Mississippi Scholarship Online.Â See below for more details.
We are thrilled to announce that Mississippi Scholarship Online has launched on University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO)! The University Press of Mississippi is the sixteenth press to join UPSO and brings content in the areas of comic studies, popular culture, film, television, black culture and history, southern history, southern literature, African American literature, American music, and Caribbean studies.
In celebration of the launch of Mississippi Scholarship Online, we’ve made a selection of chapters from some of the press’ key titles free and available for one month. Continue reading University Press of Mississippi joins UPSO, select chapters free for one month