Academic Libraries

eContent Quarterly launches

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No Shelf Required is extremely pleased to announce the launch of eContent Quarterly, a new journal from American Library Association’s TechSource, edited by Sue Polanka and Mirela Roncevic. The free issue of the journal was released at this year’s ALA conference in Chicago. Issue 1 is now available in PDF, ePub, and Mobi formats on ALA TechSource’s web site. Regularly priced at $150, a one-year subscriptionis now $99 with the coupon code SECQ13.

eContent Quarterly will offer practical, user-driven solutions and ideas for curating, developing, integrating, and managing content in rapidly-changing digital library environments.  Polanka and Roncevic, whose deep knowledge of the e-content landscape and vast library and editorial experience combine to bring clarity and focus to the journal’s purpose: helping information professionals keep pace with e-book and journal platforms, databases, multi-media products, digital solutions and discovery services.

Written by and for information professionals in the business of producing, selling and buying e-content—including librarians and publishers—each issue will consist of in-depth articles that explore the many facets of electronic content.

Below is the listing of Issue 1’s four main articles, in the order in which they appear in the journal. Below those is the full Editors’ Note from the same issue, in which editors Polanka and Roncevic summarize the overarching theme of the first issue: the importance of partnerships. “Whatever aspect of e-content we may be discussing—building e-book collections in academic libraries; navigating formats; using and creating metadata, or evaluating children’s apps—we are bound to reach similar conclusions about the pressing need to cooperate rather than to quarrel. The reality is: librarians and those that cater to them have a lot more in common than they may realize.”

Issue 1, Fall 2013 Contents:

  • Supplying and Collecting Books: An Uneasy Metamorphosis by Michael Zeoli
    Drawing on his vast experience as a content developer, Zeoli gives an insider’s view on the complex nature of publisher-aggregator-library
    relationships, calling for less isolationism and more partnerships among all parties.
  • E-book Formats: An Overview for Librarians by John Burns
    Dixie State University’s gadget-loving librarian explains the pros and cons of e-book formats as they relate to libraries.
  • The Importance of Metadata for E-content by Renée Register
    The founder of DataCurate.com provides an introductory text on what metadata is; how it is used by publishers, aggregators, and libraries; and the challenges the e-book industry faces as it moves forward with two systems of metadata, ONIX and MARC.
  • Evaluating Children’s Apps by Carisa KIuver and Cen Campbell
    The founders of Digital Storytime and Little eLit, respectively, tell the stories of how they created the two sites to help guide librarians and parents through the complex universe of children’s apps.

Continue reading eContent Quarterly launches

EBL & ebrary integration: a status update interview with Kathy Masnik

Last January, ProQuest announced plans to acquire EBL and merge the service with ebrary.  Kari Paulson and Kevin Sayer spoke with me right after the announcement about the acquisition and plans for integrating the two platforms.  In May of 2013, the process was complete.  Since that time, staff at ProQuest have been very busy with the integration of the platforms.  Kathy Masnik, Vice President of product management for ebooks at ProQuest, is leading the charge for integration.  It’s a monumental task, but Kathy took a break from her Gantt chart to tell me about the process in an interview.  We discussed how Kathy and her team are approaching the integration, how librarians, publishers, and end users and involved, and some of the short term changes happening with the EBL interface.

Listen to Kathy’s interview here.

50+ other interviews with librarians, publishers, and information industry professionals are also available on the NSR interviews page.

 

EBSCO launches eBook business collection

EBSCO announced today a new eBook collection (over 9,400 titles) designed specifically for academic and business school libraries.  The full title and/or publisher lists are not on the EBSCO website at this time.  You’ll have to contact your rep for details.

IPSWICH, Mass. — September 9, 2013 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) announces the launch of eBook Business Collection, a comprehensive subscription collection of business e-books intended to meet the content needs of students in their research, special projects, and entrepreneurial quests. Continue reading EBSCO launches eBook business collection

ALA’s eCourse on eBooks: Lessons Learned

ALA’s new eCourse on ebooks starts September 2nd. Well, it’s not exactly new. I taught this four-week 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 no 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 driving our conversations at conferences and in various online communities. Continue reading ALA’s eCourse on eBooks: Lessons Learned

Library value in the developing world, new study published

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.

The final report has been published and can be downloaded for free here.  Below is a summary of the study and findings, from the SAGE website.

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 Open now includes eBooks

Brill announced on August 19th that it is extending its open access model to include books.  Titles will be made freely accessible on the Brill platform under a creative commons license.  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 launches blog to discuss open access and scholarly communication issues

SciELO, the Scientific Electronic Library Online, has launched a new blog, SciELO in Perspective.  The blog, available in 3 languages – Spanish, Portuguese, and English – aims to share information and knowledge oriented to the development of scientific communication.  The posts contain interviews, news, and analysis from an editorial team of nine.  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

68 essential resources for eBooks in libraries by Ellyssa Kroski

Ellyssa Kroski, Director of Information Technology at the New York Law Institute and the blogger for OEDb’s iLibrarian, as well as a writer, educator, and international conference speaker, developed this list of 68 essential resources about eBooks in libraries.  Ellyssa has organized the list into several broad categories including:  general, devices, blogs, purchasing, creating, and more.

68 Essential Resources for eBooks in Libraries

eBooks are a constant topic in library news today.  If you’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

NSR’s eBook vendor updates from the ALA annual conference

I attended the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago and have several updates on eBook vendor offerings, initiatives, and activities.  Vendors and initiatives are listed in alphabetical order.  This information will also be presented at the ALA TechSource conference wrap-up webinar, held July 8th. 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).  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

BiblioLabs, curating multimedia digital anthologies, an interview with Mitch Davis

BiblioBoard Library

Last week at the ALA conference I held an interview with Mitch Davis, the Founder and Chief Business Officer of Bibliolabs.  We discussed BiblioBoard and BiblioBoard Creator in detail.  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).  

Want to hear more about ebooks?  Over 50+ interviews are available on the NSR Interviews page. Continue reading BiblioLabs, curating multimedia digital anthologies, an interview with Mitch Davis

SIPX partners with Elsevier, adding more content for MOOCs, libraries, and users

Academic librarians and publishers, take a look at SIPX.  They are a copyright management  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.    Their June newsletter gives some highlights of who they are, including links to recent presentations they’ve done.  Additionally, I interviewed Franny Lee, SIPX Co-Founder, last month for NSR.  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

UPSO partners with Stanford and Liverpool university presses

Oxford’s UPSO continues to grow with the addition of two new university presses to its partner list – Stanford and Liverpool.  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,” said Alan Harvey, Director, Stanford University Press.  “ 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 offers web based digital copyright services, an interview with Franny Lee, Co-Founder

SIPX, Inc., a company providing web based service for digital copyright management and delivery, announced today several new library and publishing partners.  SIPX (pronounced SIP-ex) developed from a research project at Stanford university just nine months ago.  It appears they are off to a great start.  The press release about the new partners is below.  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.  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

ProQuest completes acquisition of EBL

Last January ProQuest  announced a definitive agreement to acquire EBL.  Today, they are announcing that the acquisition of EBL has been completed.  The details from the press release are below.   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.  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.  It doesn’t sound like they have strayed much from the plans laid out back in January.  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.  Continue reading ProQuest completes acquisition of EBL

BioOne Online Journals now discoverable through EBSCO EDS

EBSCO and BioOne are in partnership to increase the discovery of over 100,000 scholarly articles from biosence research journals.  The EDS will index the metadata of these journals for full discovery in the EDS.  Mutual customers may then access the fulltext via the EDS.  More from the press release below.

IPSWICH, Mass. — May 7, 2013 — BioOne Online Journals are now searchable via EBSCO Discovery Service™ (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.

Continue reading BioOne Online Journals now discoverable through EBSCO EDS

Ingram’s Vital Source receives Telly awards for educational video production

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.  There is quite an esteemed list of previous Telly winners so congrats to Ingram.

NASHVILLE, TN – 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.  The prestigious Telly Award honors the finest video and film productions, outstanding cable TV commercials and programs and online commercials, video and films.

“The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video,” said Linda Day, Executive Director of the Telly Awards.  “Vital Source’s winning videos illustrate their creativity, skill, and dedication to their craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production.” Continue reading Ingram’s Vital Source receives Telly awards for educational video production

SciELO open access ebooks, an interview with Nicholas Cop

Open Access ebook collections are on the rise. One of the newer collections is SciELO (pronounced like the initials C-L-O).  The SciELO ebooks operation began in March of 2012 and officially announced itself to the international community last month.  I interviewed Nicholas Cop, President of Nicholas Cop Consulting and principle consultant of the SciELO program this week.  The interview is in English.  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 São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) that is implemented through the Federal University of São Paulo Foundation (FapUNIFESP). 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-journals that promote the advancement of research by facilitating the communication of its results. SciELO’s goals have always been to increase the visibility, access and impact of research from emerging and developing countries. SciELO publishes over 1000 journal titles mainly from Latin America and Caribbean but also including Portugal, Spain and South Africa. 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 releases white paper on eBook use and acceptance in an undergraduate institution

Springer has released a White Paper on ebook use and attitudes.  The study was conducted at Wellesley College.  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 – full text searchability, ease of access, etc. – 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 year’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

SciELO announces open access eBook collection from Brazil

Last Fall, I wrote about the SciELO ebook collection  for Open Access Week.  I just received this official press release announcing the collection of 300 open access ebooks from Brazil.  The press release is also available in Espanol and Portugues.

SÃO PAULO, March 2013 – 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