Category Archives: Academic Libraries

Gale launches American Fiction Archive, affirms its position as literary content leader

American Fiction GaleAn interesting new electronic resource has just been released by Gale: American Fiction, 1774-1920. This “new digital archive” in Gale Primary Sources program comprises over 17,500 works of literature, including novels, short stories, travel accounts, and sketches (“many of which have never before been available online”), all brought together to support research in U.S. history and literature.

Gale is no stranger to literature resources. Its other products include Literature Criticism Online, Literature Resource Center, and the well-known Dictionary of Literary Biography. Given the interdisciplinary nature of today’s research as well as the capabilities of today’s technologies, one can’t help but wish that at some point, in the-not-so-distant future all this wealth (and breadth) of literary content will eventually blend into one mega resource on all things American literature.

Pre-register for a trial here. Full press release below. Continue reading Gale launches American Fiction Archive, affirms its position as literary content leader

Abu Dhabi University Teams Up with Boopsie to Develop Mobile App

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Abu Dhabi University and Boopsie,  a platform-as-a-service provider, announced this week they have joined forces to develop an app for growing user demand for library mobile apps in Middle Eastern universities. According to the press release (below), 81% of mobile owners between the ages 16-34 now own smartphones in the Middle East.

Working closely with Abu Dhabi University, Boopsie developed a library-branded native mobile application that provides researchers with access to content from such aggregators and publishers as EBSCO and Elsevier. Continue reading Abu Dhabi University Teams Up with Boopsie to Develop Mobile App

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

Knowledge Unlatched Announces Launch of Round 2 Collection

Following on from its highly successful Pilot concluded last year, Knowledge Unlatched is delighted to announce the launch of its second collection.

If at least 300 libraries from around the world pledge their commitment by 31 January 2016, 78 new Humanities and Social Sciences books will be made free for anyone in the world to read on
an Open Access basis. Continue reading Knowledge Unlatched Announces Launch of Round 2 Collection

Knowledge Unlatched Launches Round Two of Open Access Monographs

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We’re back by popular demand! We’re very excited about the prospects for scaling up. In this second round 25 publishers submitted 155 titles to a long list for the Round Two programme. This is double the number of publishers from our Pilot and trebles the number of title submissions. In addition to our 297 charter member librarians another 130 pre-registered their interest once the Pilot project closed at the end of last year.

The pledging period for the shortlist of 80 books (currently being selected by the Library Collections Task Force) will begin in October.

The above flyer we prepared for the June AAUP and ALA conferences on the differences between the first and second rounds. Many of the technical and workflow issues have been resolved. Nevertheless, there will be more to do after this second round. The community seems very willing to work with us to resolve these outstanding issues, which is terrific.

ProQuest Completes Acquisition of Coutts Information Services and MyiLibrary

ANN ARBOR, Mich., June 1, 2015 — ProQuest has completed the acquisition of Coutts Information Services and MyiLibrary from Ingram Content Group. ProQuest is beginning to integrate assets such as Coutts’ expertise in collection development, broad catalog of print and digital titles, and platforms that include not only MyiLibrary but OASIS as well. They are being added to ProQuest’s Books unit, which encompasses the widest selection of ebooks supporting research and a rapidly evolving technology framework for discovery, access and management of book content. ProQuest’s vision is to combine these collective strengths, creating an integrated workflow for print and digital content that will save librarians time and provide a superior book experience for end users.

Continue reading ProQuest Completes Acquisition of Coutts Information Services and MyiLibrary

Knowledge Unlatched releases use data on pilot collection

From the Knowledge Unlatched site:

Summary

In March 2014 Knowledge Unlatched started to unlatch books in its Pilot Collection, making them available to anyone in the world to read or download for free on a Creative Commons licence. This was the culmination of a behind-the-scenes process of loading the titles onto our partner host platforms: OAPEN and HathiTrust. The books became live on the OAPEN platform first — followed soon after by HathiTrust. The final book in the Pilot Collection was published and made OA on 2 September 2014.

You can view a list of Pilot Collection titles and download them via the KU collections website here.

OAPEN Statistics

The period covered by the data below is from 11 March 2014 to 31 March 2015. As well as the OAPEN statistics, which use COUNTER-compliant methodology to count each book download, the HathiTrust figures below count views per page. The KU Pilot Collection has also been uploaded to the Internet Archive. The Internet Archive’s website does not indicate a starting date to their reporting period.

EBSCO Introduces a New Resource for Arab Scholars

IPSWICH, Mass. March 29, 2015 EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) announces the release of the eBook Arabic Collection, available via EBSCO eBooks. This Arabic-language collection of e-books is produced specifically for libraries in Arab League countries and for Arab scholars around the world.

The eBook Arabic Collection features over 1,000 customized, multi-disciplinary Arabic titles providing education content in several key academic disciplines. All titles in this subscription collection are available with unlimited user access, and titles are regularly added at no additional cost.  Continue reading EBSCO Introduces a New Resource for Arab Scholars

ProQuest and Google collaborate with full text indexing

ANN ARBOR, Mich., March 24, 2015 — ProQuest will enable the full text of its scholarly journal content to be indexed in Google Scholar, improving research outcomes. Work is underway and the company anticipates that by the third-quarter of 2015, users starting their research in Google Scholar will be able to access scholarly content via ProQuest.

“At ProQuest, we design our solutions for ease of access for our end-users and customers. That often means teaming with other providers of research tools to make our solutions more valuable and compatible,” said Kurt Sanford, ProQuest CEO. “Our relationship with Google is the latest example of actions we’re taking to make it simple for researchers to access content in their libraries no matter where they start their research.” Continue reading ProQuest and Google collaborate with full text indexing

Knight Foundation’s News Challenge on Libraries awards $3 million to 22 projects that reinvent libraries

CHICAGO — Jan. 30, 2015 — 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.  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

Introducing ProQuest Ebook Central, a new integrated ebook platform

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.

“We selected a simple name that captures the essence of what this platform will be: the ‘go-to’ source for ebooks for both researchers and librarians,” said Kari Paulson, vice president, market development, ProQuest. “ProQuest 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.” Continue reading Introducing ProQuest Ebook Central, a new integrated ebook platform

ProQuest, UM, Oxford team to provide 25,000 early books as open access text

ProQuest, University of Michigan Library and Bodleian Libraries are making the full text of 25,000 books printed between 1473 and 1699 available as open access content. These are works from the seminal ProQuest database Early English Books Online and transcriptions are care of 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

Knowledge Unlatched full report on proof-of-concept pilot for OA monographs

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).

Knowledge Unlatched: A Global Library Consortium Model for Funding Open Access Scholarly Books. Full Report on the Proof-of-Concept Pilot 2014” 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

ProQuest launches new UKI edition of Academic Complete

CAMBRIDGE, UK, January 5, 2015 — ProQuest® ebooks company ebrary® has created a brand new version of their award winning Academic Completeâ„¢ 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

Elsevier adds five new subject areas to legacy eBook collection

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

De Gruyter and MyBestseller launch academic self-publishing service, Publoris

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

De Gruyter Open converts eight subscription journals to Open Access megajournals

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.  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

Free, fabulous, library event – TDS14: Libraries@the Center

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Library Journal and School Library Journal’s 5th annual online conference: The Digital Shift: Libraries @ the Center is scheduled for October 1, 2014.  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

New Media Consortium releases 2014 Library Edition Horizon Report

Lyon, France (August 20) — 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 the 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

Ingram enhances ipage search and order platform

NASHVILLE, TN — Ingram Content Group Inc. today announced enhancements to its widely-adopted ipage® search and order content platform including new functionality that makes searching, selecting and ordering materials easy for academic libraries worldwide.

“Ingram is devoted to helping academic libraries find relevant content for their important customers,” said Shawn Everson, Chief Commercial Officer, Ingram Content Group. “I’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.” Continue reading Ingram enhances ipage search and order platform