Category Archives: Academic Libraries

Full text of EBL catalog now discoverable in Summon

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.  This should be a big boost for EBL title use.  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 Summon® discovery service. EBL’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

University Press of Mississippi joins UPSO, select chapters free for one month

Passing on more news of free content from Oxford University Press.  This time it is to celebrate the launch of Mississippi Scholarship Online.  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

Oxford University Press offers free content for National Library Week

New York, NY, April 7, 2014–In celebration of National Library Week in the US (April 13 -19, 2014), a week taken to highlight the value of libraries and librarians, Oxford University Press (OUP) will be making all OUP online products, excluding journals, freely available in the US. This free access will begin on April 13 and end on April 19 at this url:

http://global.oup.com/academic/librarians/national-library-week/?cc=us&lang=en&.

Access will be disseminated via a single username and password.

“We are so excited to free up all of our online content and give it back to the library community, which has given us so much over the years,” notes Stephen Selgrade of OUP’s Online Marketing team.  “This is truly an unprecedented amount of free content, from over 30 online databases, covering everything from law to medicine, science to humanities, and math to art and music. Whether you are an academic scholar, high school student, librarian, lawyer, doctor, or an individual searching to learn something new, you’ll be able to find high quality scholarship that fits your needs.”

Resource Centers for librarians, students and professors:

If you need additional resources, tools, and ideas to help you make the most of Oxford’s online resources, please visit the following Resource Centers:

17 Knowledge Unlatched titles now available

I received an email from Lucy Montgomery, Deputy Directory of Knowledge Unlatched.  She provided an update on the progress of unlatching the first collection of open access books.  Here are the highlights of her message:

  • We have now begun the process of making the Pilot Collection available, discoverable and accessible on a Creative Commons license via OAPEN, HathiTrust and the British Library.
  • PDFs of 17 books have already become available via the OAPEN digital library and we are loading content onto the HathiTrust and British Library systems.
  • We have added a new page to our website which provides access KU titles. This page also makes it possible to follow the progress of each book in the Pilot Collection as it becomes available: http://collections.knowledgeunlatched.org/collection-availability-1/
  • We are working with OCLC and others to ensure the quality of the MARC records being provided to us by publishers. Records will be made available as a download file in MARCXML format from the KU Collections website. As more titles are uploaded onto the system this file will be updated. Participating libraries will be notified and sent a link to the records via email.  We anticipate that the first set of records will be available by 31 March.

Britannica unveils new reference and research site for libraries – all ages, all devices


I took the new Britannica research site for a very quick spin.  It’s a clean, colorful interface with intuitive icons, links, and features – very easy to navigate.  The landing page features three search boxes, each specialized for a different age group (curious if we can choose one as a default depending on our library level). Content is also divided into three reading levels to correspond.  Images, videos, recommended web sites, read-aloud, translation, and citation tools are built in.  The press release below has more information.  Nice job, Michael and everyone else at EB.

CHICAGO, March 11, 2014—Britannica Digital Learning today announced Britannica Library, the next generation of its comprehensive reference and research service for library users of all ages.The newly designed site is Britannica’s richest library product to date and includes new and continuously revised articles from encyclopedias, journals and periodicals, related multimedia, primary sources, links to useful Web sites and ebooks. Continue reading Britannica unveils new reference and research site for libraries – all ages, all devices

Nearly 300 libraries in 24 countries pledge support for Knowledge Unlatched

10 March 2014 –

KU is pleased to announce that its Pilot Collection of 28 new books from 13 recognised scholarly publishers will become Open Access. The Knowledge Unlatched (KU) Pilot Collection is the first step in creating a sustainable route to Open Access for Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) books. Support from a minimum of 200 libraries willing to participate in the KU Pilot was required in order to achieve this goal. This target was exceeded by almost half, with close to 300 libraries from 24 countries joining KU in support of its shared cost approach to Open Access for specialist scholarly books. Continue reading Nearly 300 libraries in 24 countries pledge support for Knowledge Unlatched

EBL unveils the new LibCentral, the foundation for an integrated EBL and ebrary ebook platform

Just received this press release from ProQuest.  I’m really excited to see this new platform and take it for a spin.  It sounds like it contains what I feel is one of the key components of ebook purchasing – flexibility.

March 6, 2014 (Melbourne, AU) — EBL – Ebook Library, a ProQuest business, has reinvented its LibCentral administrative and acquisitions module, enabling libraries to tailor their ebook experience to fit their own and their users’ unique needs. The new LibCentral helps libraries streamline workflows making discovery, selection, acquisition, and management of ebooks simple. With sophisticated tools, it provides the library granular access and permission settings along with insight into overall collection and Demand-driven Acquisition usage. Created through collaboration with customers, LibCentral is a substantial step in the integration of ProQuest’s ebook businesses EBL and ebrary, and will become the base of the combined ebook platform. Continue reading EBL unveils the new LibCentral, the foundation for an integrated EBL and ebrary ebook platform

Knowledge Unlatched exceeds target, open access collection will launch with support of libraries

I received an email from Christina Emery, the Project Coordinator of Knowledge Unlatched, today with very exciting news.  She was very pleased to announce that KU has reached (and exceeded) the target of 200 libraries sharing the unlatching costs for the Pilot.  They continue to invite more libraries to participate so that the cost per library is reduced.

You can review the list of participating institutions here: http://collections.knowledgeunlatched.org/signup-list/  They currently have sign ups from 19 countries in 4 continents. KU is continuing to encourage the global library community to support the KU Open Access initiative by signing up so that they can gain Charter Member status as well as reduce the cost for each library even further.  Libraries only have one week left to join the KU Pilot Collection; the deadline is 28 February 2014: http://collections.knowledgeunlatched.org/register/ Continue reading Knowledge Unlatched exceeds target, open access collection will launch with support of libraries

ATG issue features articles on ebooks for academic librarians

The December 2013/January 2014 issue of Against The Grain features six feature articles and one opinion piece on ebooks in academic libraries.  The issue, eBook Platforms for Academic Librarians, was guest edited by Audrey Powers.

Here is the Table of Contents (note you must be a subscriber to read the full-text):

  • eBook Platforms for Academic Libraries by Audrey Powers
  • eBook Lending Platforms  by John Novak
  • eBook Aggregators: A Primer by Deborah Lenares
  • Commercial Publisher eBook Platforms  by Cris Ferguson
  • University Press eBook Platforms:  A Brief Overview  by Mark Johnson
  • Op Ed: Inadvertent Innovation by Joe Esposito

Oxford University Press Scholarship Online adds University of North Carolina Press

NEW YORK, February 5, 2014—Oxford University Press is pleased to announce it will partner with the University of North Carolina Press to launch North Carolina Scholarship Online on OUP’s University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO) platform to take advantage of a fully enabled XML environment with cutting-edge search and discovery functionality.

“The University of North Carolina Press is honored and excited to be a part of the University Press Scholarship Online platform,” said John Sherer, Director of The University of North Carolina Press.  “Part of our 10-decade long tradition has been to disseminate the work of our authors as broadly as possible and this new partnership will achieve that in a dynamic new way.” Continue reading Oxford University Press Scholarship Online adds University of North Carolina Press

De Gruyter consolidates all OA publications in new imprint: De Gruyter Open

“Open Access is Part of Our Core Business”
De Gruyter Open: A New Imprint for a Growing Portfolio

Berlin, 23 January 2014 – Open Access (OA) is an important and growing aspect of De Gruyter’s publishing activities, impacting all subject areas. De Gruyter is therefore consolidating all OA publications under a new imprint: De Gruyter Open. The publisher Versita, which was acquired by De Gruyter in 2012, will be fully subsumed under the new imprint. Continue reading De Gruyter consolidates all OA publications in new imprint: De Gruyter Open

Duke University Press launches new eBook platform

Duke University Press and HighWire Press are pleased to announce the launch of a new site for reading, searching, and sharing Duke University Press’s books: read.dukeupress.edu. Offering more than 1,600 titles and powered by the Folio eBooks solution, the site is the new home for the e-Duke Books Scholarly Collection, available to libraries for purchase.

Features of the new Drupal-based site developed by HighWire include responsive design, tailoring the attractive and functional interface to any device; DRM-free content; individual chapter downloads; and such tools as advanced search filters, social sharing, and reading recommendations, all of which deliver a rich, user-friendly reading and research experience. Continue reading Duke University Press launches new eBook platform

SAGE white paper explores discoverability of scholarly content, recommends standards, transparency, metadata, and partnerships

Los Angeles, CA (January 16, 2014)   In a changing academic environment, discoverability of scholarly content demands cooperative efforts across the communications supply chain. A new SAGE white paper, out today, summarizes the current discovery landscape for scholarly communications, advocates for cooperative efforts across the industry, and proposes specific recommendations for discoverability improvement for librarians, publishers, and service providers.

“This white paper draws upon novel insights contributed by international experts about the scholarly ecosystem of publisher content, research tools, and library systems. The experts make predictions about new cross-sector partnerships as researcher workflows evolve,” stated lead author Mary Somerville. “Our recommendations advance the common goal of furthering discovery, access, and usage of scholarly publications and creative work.” Continue reading SAGE white paper explores discoverability of scholarly content, recommends standards, transparency, metadata, and partnerships

Negotiating with vendors, 91% of librarians do not have a documented process

Last week at the Charleston Conference, Matt Dunie, President of Data-Planet, presented with colleagues Carl Grant and Mike Gruenberg in a session entitled, “Secrets in Vendor Negotiations.”  In preparation for this event, Matt sent a short survey (11 questions) to librarians to inquire about their preparations before vendor negotiations.

Highlights of the survey:

Harvard University Press partners with De Gruyter to re-release 2800 titles

2800 Harvard University Press titles will be re-released as e-ditions with De Gruyter beginning in January, 2014.  Libraries can choose e or p versions of the titles.  200 titles are ready and available at this time with the remainder slated for full release by the end of 2013 (updated information).  Here is more from the press release:

Berlin/Cambridge, 5 November 2013 – To celebrate its 100th anniversary, Harvard University Press is working with De Gruyter to make available for sale worldwide virtually all the books published since its founding, HUP and De Gruyter announced today. Continue reading Harvard University Press partners with De Gruyter to re-release 2800 titles

ProQuest signs O’Reilly Media for ebrary ebooks

2500 titles from O’Reilly Media and other partner publishers are included for the ebrary platform. EBL is not included at this time, but will be in the near future due to the merger of the products.  See more from the press release below:

October 24, 2013 – Palo Alto, CA, USA — Libraries are better equipped to support the academic and professional success of their researchers now that vital technical titles from O’Reilly Media are available on the ebrary platform. Continue reading ProQuest signs O’Reilly Media for ebrary ebooks

Highwire launches Folio, a new ebook product

Highwire announced the launch of Folio, a new eBooks product, this past week during the Frankfurt Book Fair.  Folio is built on the Highwire Open platform.  According to the press release, “Folio is a flexible ebook solution designed for publishers to rapidly bring their books online. Key components of the product include a publisher home page, an informative book landing page and a user friendly ereader view. Folio is currently showcasing the library release of the eDuke Books Scholarly Collection.

More information about Folio is available here:  http://highwire.stanford.edu/products/ebooks.dtl

 

Knowledge Unlatched announces pilot collection, libraries needed!

I am extremely excited to hear the news about the launch of the Knowledge Unlatched pilot collection.  I first heard about the project in 2010 when Frances Pinter, who developed the idea, presented at the Tools of Change conference.  Frances and I discussed the project back in 2010 in one of the NSR interviews and I’ve been following the development of the project since.  It’s really great to see this open access monograph pilot become a reality.  Congratulations Frances and everyone at KU.

Librarians – please support this initiative for open access monographs by signing up today!  Here are the details:

  • The Pilot is the first step in creating a sustainable route to Open Access for a large numbers of scholarly books.
  • If at least 200 libraries from around the world sign up for the collection by 31 January 2014, 28 new Humanities and Social Sciences books will be made free for anyone in the world to read on an Open Access basis.
  • The Knowledge Unlatched Pilot Collection includes 28 new books from 13 recognised scholarly publishers: Amsterdam University Press, Bloomsbury Academic, Brill, Cambridge University Press, De Gruyter, Duke University Press, Edinburgh University Press, Liverpool University Press, Manchester University Press, Purdue University Press, Rutgers University Press, Temple University Press and University of Michigan Press.
  • The collection can be viewed at: http://collections.knowledgeunlatched.org/collection-participate-1/
  • Knowledge Unlatched is inviting libraries to pledge a capped maximum of US$1,680 to ‘unlatch’ the collection. This works out to an average of US$60 for each book.
  • Libraries can pledge their interest at: http://collections.knowledgeunlatched.org/
  • Pledging will remain open until 31 January 2014.

Much more information is available on the Knowledge Unlatched website.

Ingram Content Group expands international reach and offers new features to VitalSource Bookshelf

Ingram has had a number of announcements in the last couple of weeks about new international initiatives as well as new features and enhancements to the VitalSource Bookshelf platform.  Check the Ingram site for the full press releases.  Here are some of the highlights:

  • Ingram Content Group  expanded its distribution reach to Russia and the former Soviet Union with the launch of its third Global Connect alliance with EE Media, the largest media publishing and distribution group in the country.
  • Vital Source E-Textbook Platform Expands To The Philippines Through Work with C&E Publishing
  • Vital Source Technologies, Inc. announced the international expansion of its VitalSource Bookshelf® platform with a new digital store in the U.K. The store offers tens of thousands of e-textbooks from leaders in academic publishing
  • VitalSource Bookshelf® e-textbook platform now includes software client support in 25 languages, new and improved functionality and performance enhancements, the addition of international resellers, and worldwide support for integration with institutional systems like Blackboard Learnâ„¢, Moodle, and others.   Continue reading Ingram Content Group expands international reach and offers new features to VitalSource Bookshelf

WorldCat adds new international content to knowledge base

DUBLIN, Ohio, October 10, 2013—OCLC has finalized agreements with international content providers to add more electronic collections to the WorldCat database, the most comprehensive online catalog of resources available through libraries worldwide.

Incorporating these databases into WorldCat and the WorldCat knowledge base will improve access to these collections and simplify administration for libraries that use OCLC WorldShare Metadata services. These agreements will also reduce the cost and time spent managing updates to these online collections for libraries that have registered with the knowledge base, and will provide immediate access for libraries that subscribe or want to purchase these collections. The value for libraries is that multiple applications will be able to access the metadata to simplify workflows for managing electronic materials.

The following new publisher agreements have been signed since June 2013. These collections will be added to WorldCat over the next few months. Continue reading WorldCat adds new international content to knowledge base