I received an email from Lucy Montgomery, Deputy Directory of Knowledge Unlatched.Â She provided an update on the progress of unlatching the first collection of open access books.Â Here are the highlights of her message:
We have now begun the process of makingÂ 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 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. Â WeÂ anticipate that the first set of records will be available by 31 March.
I took the new Britannica research site for a very quick spin.Â It’s a clean, colorful interface with intuitive icons, links, and features – very easy to navigate.Â 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.Â Images, videos, recommended web sites, read-aloud, translation, and citation tools are built in.Â The press release below has more information.Â Nice job, Michael and everyone else at EB.
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→
Just received this press release from ProQuest.Â I’m really excited to see this new platform and take it for a spin.Â 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 usersâ€™ 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 ProQuestâ€™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→
I received an email from Christina Emery, the Project Coordinator of Knowledge Unlatched, today with very exciting news.Â She was very pleased to announce that KU has reached (and exceeded) the target of 200 libraries sharing the unlatching costs for the Pilot.Â They continue to invite more libraries to participate so that the cost per library is reduced.
NEW YORK, February 5, 2014â€”Oxford University Press is pleased to announce it will partner with the University of North Carolina Press to launch North Carolina Scholarship Online on OUPâ€™s University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO) platform to take advantage of a fully enabled XML environment with cutting-edge search and discovery functionality.
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→
Los Angeles, CA (January 16, 2014) Â 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.
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