Category Archives: Academic Libraries

Knowledge Unlatched pilot project report available

Knowledge Unlatched released a pilot progress report summary today.  It is available for download.  Some highlights of the report are listed below.

1.  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

Books at JSTOR titles now available via GOBI

Just received an email from Valerie Yaw at JSTOR with great news for libraries using GOBI.  You can now purchase JSTOR ebooks through GOBI.  Valerie said that both a single-user model and unlimited-user model (available for 60% of titles) are available through GOBI.  The unlimited-user model offers unlimited simultaneous use, unlimited DRM-free chapter downloads, and unlimited printing and copy/paste.  Libraries will need to sign JSTOR’s participation agreement for Books, available on their website here: http://about.jstor.org/agreements-riders.  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.  Continue reading Books at JSTOR titles now available via GOBI

DPLA partners with the University of Florida, nearly 400,000 items accessible

BOSTON 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 DPLA’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

Mission Bell Media launches

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.  The web site is beautiful and worth a look and a read, as I’m sure the content will be as well.  More from the press release below.

Just launched: Mission Bell Media

At the intersection of leadership and librarianship Continue reading Mission Bell Media launches

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, 2014Britannica 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, 2014Oxford 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