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
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
Scholastic today announced the launch of Storia® School Edition, a subscription-based ebook solution for Pre-K through Grade 6, for group and individual classroom reading, and Core Clicksâ„¢, a web-based instructional program for Kindergarten through Grade 5 that supports content area reading in social studies and science. Continue reading Scholastic launches ebook subscription service in schools
This new service looks really exciting. A very practical way to use circulation data to determine the selection of forthcoming titles for specific library locations. I think we will see much more evidence-based selection in the future.
CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 19, 2014 — Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, announced today a new service backed by collectionHQ’s data: ESP — Evidence-based Selection Planning. Continue reading Baker & Taylor announce new evidence-based selection planning
Gale hosted a webinar on the new products and services they have launched a couple weeks back, but I didn’t get to attend. Below is a press release summarizing some of those initiatives. Lots of new ebook collections were announced, including many with STEM monograph content for GVRL.
Farmington Hills, Mich. — March 3, 2014 — Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, schools and businesses, today announced expanded product and services initiatives, new publishing program and the addition of industry-leading STEM content from partners. These updated strategies and partnerships usher in a new era of resource development that will help libraries and their users thrive in today’s education landscape. Continue reading Gale expands products and services, STEM content added to GVRL
A friend and colleague of mine in Ohio, Tony Bandy, just announced a book he wrote on adding free ebooks to library collections. Here’s what Tony has to say about the book:
eBooked! Integrating Free Online Book Sites Into Your Library Collection is primarily geared for libraries and library staff looking to work with all types of online book sites, such as Google Books, HathiTrust and others. In the book, I’ve tried to share both strategic-thinking types of information as well as everyday, practical examples and usage. If you’re thinking about this for your library, be sure and check it out.
The google books preview is also available.
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
IPSWICH, Mass. February 20, 2014 EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has added 28 new eBook Subject Sets to its extensive collection of eBooks. The Sets provide libraries with convenient ways to begin or expand their eBook collections with current, reputable content from leading publishers.
Key collection areas that were increased with the release of these new Subject Sets include Arts & Humanities, Business, History, Medical and Science & Technology. The Sets allow for quick and easy purchases in particular high-interest subject areas. There is no title overlap across Sets, and no title overlap from year to year. Continue reading EBSCO rolls out 28 new ebook subject sets
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
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
Ingram Content Group announced two new partnerships for eBooks on their OASIS platform. The first is with ProQuests’s EBL. More than 400,000 EBL eBook titles will be available through Ingram’s OASIS. The second is with EBSCO. Print titles have been part of the OASIS platform for EBSCO eBooks but now customers can add eBook content to their orders. Full press releases for both items are below. Continue reading Ingram expands eBook profiling on OASIS platform with EBSCO and ProQuest’s EBL content
DUBLIN, Ohio, January 23, 2014OCLC Research has released a new report, “Understanding the Collective Collection: Towards a System-wide Perspective on Library Print Collections,” which establishes evidence that has allowed and encouraged libraries to begin the shift from local provisioning of library collections and services to increased reliance on cooperative infrastructure, collective collections, shared technology platforms, and “above-the-institution” management strategies.
“Understanding the Collective Collection” collects important work OCLC Research has done for the community in recent years in providing a quantitative, analytic, system-wide view of library collections. It provides critical context for the policy, service and strategy questions raised by shared print discussions in the library community. Continue reading New OCLC Research report provides evidence base for shift to shared print management approach
Last month, Unglue.it announced their new program, Buy-to-Unglue, AKA “A bookstore for books that want to be free.” Their first title is now available. Details are below from an Unglue.it email.
The first Buy-to-Unglue eBook is here, and it’s a good one.
Lagos_2060 is a collection of science fiction stories that imagine what the city of Lagos will be like in the year 2060, 100 years after independence. Amanda has a review on our blog. Continue reading Unglue.it releases the first Buy-to-Unglue eBook
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:
- 239 respondents to the survey, 95% of whom identified as academic librarians.
- 67% work with 25-50+ vendors
- 85% of respondents are part of a decision making committee, recommendation team or have some influence on the decision and are NOT the sole decision maker at their organization
- 91% do NOT have a document negotiation process for the acquisition of products and services Continue reading Negotiating with vendors, 91% of librarians do not have a documented process
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
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
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has introduced 15 new EBSCO eBookâ„¢ Subject Sets to help librarians build their e-book collections. Subject sets are prepackaged sets of titles from leading publishers in specific, high-interest topics designed to meet the needs of libraries while simplifying collection development. Continue reading EBSCO adds 15 new eBook subject sets
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
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
4,500 hundred titles in this new German-language collection featuring several prominent publishers. 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 — March 12, 2013 — ebrary®, 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 — 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.
Continue reading ebrary launches new German-language e-book database