ALA’s new eCourse on ebooks starts September 2nd. Well, it’s not exactly new. I taught this four-weekÂ course last March and have accepted ALA’s invitation to teach it again this September. On the other hand, it’s not exactly the same class either, since much has changed since I developed the original syllabus in early 2013 — so much, in fact, that the new list of required readings is quite different from the original. While this class still requires noÂ prior knowledge of ebooks and we will again be going over the basics (e.g., formats, reading devices, dominant brands, DRM, purchasing options, etc.), we will also take a closer look at the trends that are currently drivingÂ our conversations at conferences and in various online communities. Continue reading ALA’s eCourse on eBooks: Lessons Learned
SAGE, in consultation with Claire Creaser of LISU the national research and information centre based at Loughborough University (UK), and Lucy Browse of International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) have published the results of a research study, Library Value in the Developing World.
Raising awareness of how the library supports teaching and research staff is key to demonstrating library value in developing countries, concludes a new report published today. The findings are the result of a six-month research study with twelve developing country institutions conducted by SAGE exploring perceptions of the value of academic libraries by teaching and research staff in developing countries. Continue reading Library value in the developing world, new study published
Brill announced on August 19th that it is extending its open access model to include books.Â Titles will be made freely accessible on the Brill platform under a creative commons license.Â Here is more from the press release:
Brill extends Brill Open, its Open Access model, to include books.
As a major publisher in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Biology and International Law, Brill is committed to enhancing access to academic content in any sustainable way. Since its academic book publications are a cornerstone of the program, it is extending Brill Open to include monographs and edited volumes.
Brill Open offers authors the choice to make their research freely accessible online in exchange for a Publication Charge. Brill Open is made available to authors only upon acceptance of their manuscript for publication. This requires a positive outcome of the peer review process and Brill’s editorial decision making. Titles published in Brill Open undergo the same rigorous peer review and uphold the same high-quality publication standards that Brill is known for. Brill Open is a sustainable, high-quality and accessible mode of publication. Continue reading Brill Open now includes eBooks
SciELO, the Scientific Electronic Library Online, has launched a new blog, SciELO in Perspective.Â The blog, available in 3 languages – Spanish, Portuguese, and English – aims to share information and knowledge oriented to the development of scientific communication.Â The posts contain interviews, news, and analysis from an editorial team of nine.Â SciELO has maintained an open access eBook collection since March of 2012.
From the blog:
The aim of SciELO in Perspective blog is to share information and knowledge oriented to the development of scientific communication, in particular, of the SciELO journals, SciELO national collections and the SciELO Program and Network. It also promotes the open access movement to scientific knowledge. The prospect is that the blog become a reference vehicle to the community related to SciELO and to the communication and evaluation of scientific research. Continue reading SciELO launches blog to discuss open access and scholarly communication issues
Ellyssa Kroski, Director of Information Technology at the New York Law Institute and the blogger for OEDbâ€™s iLibrarian, as well as a writer, educator, and international conference speaker, developed this list of 68 essential resources about eBooks in libraries.Â Ellyssa has organized the list into several broad categories including:Â general, devices, blogs, purchasing, creating, and more.
68 Essential Resources for eBooks in Libraries
eBooks are a constant topic in library news today.Â If youâ€™re just getting caught up or striving to keep current, here are 68 resources that will put you in-the-know and help you make an informed decision about implementing eBooks in your library. Continue reading 68 essential resources for eBooks in libraries by Ellyssa Kroski
I attended the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago and have several updates on eBook vendor offerings, initiatives, and activities.Â Vendors and initiatives are listed in alphabetical order.Â This information will also be presented at the ALA TechSource conference wrap-up webinar, held July 8th.Â The recording of that session is available at http://www.alatechsource.org/blog/2013/07/archive-of-the-2013-ala-annual-tech-wrapup.html. I also want to take a moment to announce the launch of eContent Quarterly, a new ALA publication edited by Sue Polanka and Mirela Roncevic (both NSR contributors).Â A free preview issue is now available for download.
This post has new content (7/8/2013 2:00 p.m.) Continue reading NSR’s eBook vendor updates from the ALA annual conference
Last week at the ALA conference I held an interview with Mitch Davis, the Founder and Chief Business Officer of Bibliolabs.Â We discussed BiblioBoard and BiblioBoard Creator in detail.Â Mitch provided me with a brief description of the products below and is offering a 30 day free trial to any No Shelf Required readers (information below).Â Â
Want to hear more about ebooks?Â Over 50+ interviews are available on the NSR Interviews page. Continue reading BiblioLabs, curating multimedia digital anthologies, an interview with Mitch Davis
Academic librarians and publishers, take a look at SIPX.Â They are a copyright managementÂ and digital content delivery solution for content owners, libraries, publishers, MOOCs, end users, and others who need to provide or gain access to content in our digital world. Â Â Their June newsletter gives some highlights of who they are, including links to recent presentations they’ve done.Â Additionally, I interviewed Franny Lee, SIPX Co-Founder, last month for NSR.Â Below is information from their recent newsletter highlighting a partnership with Elsevier. Continue reading SIPX partners with Elsevier, adding more content for MOOCs, libraries, and users
Oxford’s UPSO continues to grow with the addition of two new university presses to its partner list – Stanford and Liverpool.Â Read the full press release below:
“I am delighted that Stanford University Press is partnering with Oxford University Press to host our titles on the UPSO platform. We have spent much of the past two years considering options for collection-based sales platforms and it became clear that the team at OUP were offering us the perfect fit,â€ said Alan Harvey, Director, Stanford University Press.Â â€œ I’ve been impressed by the simplicity and strength of the platform, as well as the flexibility it offers us as the use of ebook collections grows, and am certain that this will help to make our list available to the broadest possible audience.” Continue reading UPSO partners with Stanford and Liverpool university presses
SIPX, Inc., a company providing web based service for digital copyright management and delivery, announced today several new library and publishing partners.Â SIPX (pronounced SIP-ex) developed from a research project at Stanford university just nine months ago.Â It appears they are off to a great start.Â The press release about the new partners is below.Â If you’d like a more first hand, personal account of SIPX, then I encourage you to listen to the interview I had with Franny Lee, a SIPX Co-Founder and VP of University Relations and Product Development.Â Franny and I discussed the services, business model, and benefits of SIPX for libraries, MOOCs, and publishers.
Franny Lee’s interview and 50+ more are available on the NSR interviews page. Continue reading SIPX offers web based digital copyright services, an interview with Franny Lee, Co-Founder
Last January ProQuestÂ announced a definitive agreement to acquire EBL.Â Today, they are announcing that the acquisition of EBL has been completed.Â The details from the press release are below.Â Â You may also be interested in listening to an interview I conducted with two of the primary individuals involved in this acquisition, Kari Paulson, formerly President of EBL and now Vice President and General Manager of the combined ebrary and EBL e-book business unit, and Kevin Sayar, Senior Vice President of ProQuest.Â Kari and Kevin discussed with me, back in January, how the acquisition plans developed, what customers can expect in the next 18 months, and how customers can relay feedback to both companies.Â It doesn’t sound like they have strayed much from the plans laid out back in January.Â The press release highlights the same details 5 months later – combine the strongest features of both platforms, actively solicit customer feedback, no disruption to customers during the estimated 18 month integration, and continue to work with current EBL/ProQuest representatives.Â Continue reading ProQuest completes acquisition of EBL
EBSCO and BioOne are in partnership to increase the discovery of over 100,000 scholarly articles from biosence research journals.Â The EDS will index the metadata of these journals for full discovery in the EDS.Â Mutual customers may then access the fulltext via the EDS.Â More from the press release below.
IPSWICH, Mass. â€” May 7, 2013 â€” BioOne Online Journals are now searchable via EBSCO Discovery Serviceâ„¢ (EDS), from EBSCO Publishing. EBSCO Discovery Service users are able to search more than 100,000 scholarly articles from bioscience research journals in the Base Index of EBSCO Discovery Service. The addition of this valuable resource adds to the rapidly growing STM content available to EDS users.
Streaming video is huge in my academic library, so it’s nice to see innovation and awards in the library/information community for this area.Â There is quite an esteemed list of previous Telly winners so congrats to Ingram.
NASHVILLE, TN â€“ Ingram Content Group Inc., today announced that Vital Source Technologies, Inc. has been awarded two Telly Awards for their innovative work in educational video production.Â The prestigious Telly Award honors the finest video and film productions, outstanding cable TV commercials and programs and online commercials, video and films.
â€œThe Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video,â€ said Linda Day, Executive Director of the Telly Awards.Â â€œVital Sourceâ€™s winning videos illustrate their creativity, skill, and dedication to their craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production.â€ Continue reading Ingram’s Vital Source receives Telly awards for educational video production
A flurry of articles and blog posts have been published with the announcement of Elsevier’s acquisition of Mendeley.Â Here is a sampling below:
Open Access ebook collections are on the rise. One of the newer collections is SciELO (pronounced like the initials C-L-O).Â The SciELO ebooks operation began in March of 2012 and officially announced itself to the international community last month. Â I interviewed Nicholas Cop, President of Nicholas Cop Consulting and principle consultant of the SciELO program this week.Â The interview is in English.Â Those needing more information about SciELO in Spanish or Portuguese are asked to visit the website at http://books.scielo.org.
Here is more information about SciELO:
What is SciELO?
SciELO is a Program of the SÃ£o Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) that is implemented through the Federal University of SÃ£o Paulo Foundation (FapUNIFESP).Â SciELO began in 1998 as an OA academic e-journal operation. Today it is known and respected globally for indexing and publishing peer-reviewed Open Access academic e-journalsÂ that promote the advancement of research by facilitating the communication of its results. SciELOâ€™s goals have always been to increase the visibility, access and impact of research from emerging and developing countries. SciELO publishes over 1000 journal titlesÂ mainly from Latin America and Caribbean but also including Portugal, Spain and South Africa.Â Each day an average of over 1M articles are downloaded from the SciELO site. Continue reading SciELO open access ebooks, an interview with Nicholas Cop
Springer has released a White Paper on ebook use and attitudes.Â The study was conducted at Wellesley College.Â Deborah Lenares of the Margaret Clapp Library at Wellesley College, and Steven Smith, formerly of Wellesley College and now Head of Collection Management at Boston University Libraries co-authored the white paper.
More information, including key findings and links to the full paper, is below:
A new white paper from Springer examines eBook adoption at an undergraduate institution
Conventional wisdom holds that the availability of eBooks and their inherent utility â€“ full text searchability, ease of access, etc. â€“ are what drive use and acceptance. But are these the only factors behind the rate of adoption of eBooks at undergraduate universities? A new Springer white paper by Deborah Lenares of the Margaret Clapp Library at Wellesley College, and Steven Smith, formerly of Wellesley College and now Head of Collection Management at Boston University Libraries, draws on past studies and a new survey of users at Wellesley College to uncover some interesting insights for undergraduate librarians and institutions. The white paper is available both online, and will be distributed at this yearâ€™s Electronic Resources and Libraries (ER & L) Conference in Austin, TX. Continue reading Springer releases white paper on eBook use and acceptance in an undergraduate institution
Last Fall, I wrote about the SciELO ebook collectionÂ for Open Access Week.Â I just received this official press release announcing the collection of 300 open access ebooks from Brazil.Â The press release is also available in Espanol and Portugues.
SÃƒO PAULO, March 2013 â€“ SciELO, a major indexer and publisher of Open Access online journals, announces SciELO Books (http://books.scielo.org), a collection of quality peer-reviewed Open Access and commercial ebooks in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Public Health from selected university presses and other academic publishers in Brazil. The scope of the collection will progressively broaden as university presses and academic publishers from other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean join. Continue reading SciELO announces open access eBook collection from Brazil
4,500 hundred titles in this new German-language collection featuring several prominent publishers.Â Subscription pricing available. More from the press release:
ebrary Launches Deutsche Sammlung – Company releases German-language e-book subscription database covering multiple disciplines
Palo Alto, CA â€“ March 12, 2013 â€“ ebraryÂ®, a ProQuest business, today announced a new German-language e-book subscription database for academic libraries. The ebrary Deutsche Sammlung collection includes STM, humanities and arts disciplines â€“ and features more than 4,500 titles from publishers such as De Gruyter, Aarhus University Press, International Monetary Fund, Ohne Verlag, and Frank & Timme GmbH. The collection can be subscribed to on its own, or in conjunction with the award-winning Academic Completeâ„¢ collection.
From an Ingram Press Release on March 12, 2013
NASHVILLE, TN â€“ Vital Source Technologies, Inc., Ingram Content Groupâ€™s leading e-textbook solution, and Taylor & Francis, a global publisher of quality academic books, journals & online reference content, today announced an innovative product alliance, Routledge Interactive. This collaborative e-textbook initiative gives the education community greater control over their learning experience through media-rich interactive content.
Happy to see another campaign being launched at Unglue.it.Â This title is really unique.Â It’s an English language book about Mumbaiâ€™s unique Dabbawala food delivery co-operative, Feeding the City.Â Below is more from the press release:
Unglue.it is pleased to announce a second crowdfunding campaign from the nonprofit UK company Open Book Publishers for the first English translation of Sara Roncagliaâ€™s Feeding the City, an ethnographic study of the dabbawala co-operative system of lunch delivery in Mumbai.
Unglue.it is a crowdfunding site that lets book lovers pay authors and publishers to make their already-published books free to the world under a Creative Commons license.
This is the second campaign from Open Book Publishers, who released the Unglued Ebook of Oral Literature in Africa by Ruth Finnegan in September 2012, which can be downloaded at http://unglue.it/work/81834/.Â (More than 3,000 total CC-licensed ebook copies of Oral Literature in Africa have been downloaded from sites all over the world since publication.) Continue reading Unglue.it and Open Book Publishers launch new campaign