Category Archives: Collection Development

EBSCO releases 23 new eBook subject sets

IPSWICH, Mass. February 19, 2013 Librarians have a convenient way to begin or expand their e-book collection with 23 new eBook Subjects Sets from EBSCO Publishing. The eBook Subject Sets are prepackaged sets of titles from leading publishers in specific, high-interest topic areas chosen to meet libraries’ needs while simplifying collection development.

This latest release of eBook Subject Sets addresses the demand from libraries for more offerings in religion and theology; ethnic and cultural studies; literary criticism and writing; and engineering. The new eBook Subject Sets are: Continue reading EBSCO releases 23 new eBook subject sets

EBSCO creates ebooks subscription collections for engineering and technology professionals

New collections from EBSCO announced earlier this week.  More info from the press release below.

EngineeringCoreâ„¢ and ITCoreâ„¢ E-book Subscription Collections Provide Access to Thousands of E-book Titles for Learning and Research

IPSWICH, Mass. February 5, 2013 EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) has released EngineeringCoreâ„¢ and ITCoreâ„¢ , two e-book subscription collections designed to support the learning and reference needs of engineering and technology professionals. The collections are available as annual subscriptions that give users unlimited access to all titles. Continue reading EBSCO creates ebooks subscription collections for engineering and technology professionals

EBSCO now offering the eBook Public Library Collection

EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) has released the eBook Public Library Collectionâ„¢   which includes over 25,000 general reference e-book titles in a variety of subjects and topics including social sciences, language and literature and science & technology.

According to the press release:

The collection will provide libraries with a substantial selection in the areas of self-help, health and fitness, games, crafts and hobbies, medical, cooking and religion. In addition to the larger concentrations listed, above, eBook Public Library Collection also features recreation and leisure, geography, commerce, finance, the family, marriage, women, folklore, social and public welfare, and home economics.

eBook Public Library Collection is offered as an annual subscription and includes unlimited simultaneous access for users, and titles are continually added at no additional cost. Each title is offered with unlimited users allowing more users access to each title in the collection. eBook Public Library Collection also offers unlimited downloads to a variety of devices.

Douglas County Libraries and Impelsys partner on an acquisitions dashboard

I’m a big fan of Douglas County Libraries.  They are innovative trail blazers.  This press release from December 27, 2012 is another example of their innovation.  They are partnering with Impelsys to create an acquisitions dashboard.  This sounds similar to the dashboards available at other vendors, where a publisher can send all title metadata and the DCL collections staff can browse, search, and purchase needed titles.  The product will be available to other libraries after beta testing.  Here is more from the DCL press release:

Douglas County Libraries (DCL) in Colorado is testing a new acquisitions dashboard developed in partnership with Impelsys, a company that works with publishers to deliver and market eContent.

The dashboard will allow DCL’s collection development and acquisitions staff to receive new title metadata directly from DCL’s publisher partners. A publisher new to the DCL family of partners could upload its entire catalog to the dashboard, which facilitates easy receipt and assessment of item records, cover art, subjects, prices, etc. Continue reading Douglas County Libraries and Impelsys partner on an acquisitions dashboard

EBSCO releases new K-8 and High School eBook Collections aligned with Common Core

From an EBSCO Press Release on November 01, 2012

EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) continues its growth of e-book products with two new grade appropriate e-book subscription collections for the school market. eBook K-8 Collectionâ„¢ and eBook High School Collectionâ„¢ are available for schools looking to find full-text e-books specifically catered to their needs. The collections align with Common Core guidelines for Grades K-8 and Grades 9-12 in English Language Arts and Literacy, History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects.

K-8 Collection contains nearly 4,800 titles and eBook High School Collection includes nearly 5,100 titles with new titles added to each collection quarterly. Each collection includes content that spans all academic subjects and incorporates selections of classic literary works, important historical documents and general reference material appropriate for their grade levels. Continue reading EBSCO releases new K-8 and High School eBook Collections aligned with Common Core

Open Access eBooks Part Five – Knowledge Unlatched

To honor open access week, I’ll be highlighting a different open access eBook platform each day. The purpose is to create awareness of various open access ebook collections. If you have collections to suggest, please let me know.

Today’s post is about Knowledge Unlatched.

Knowledge Unlatched is not yet an eBook collection, but an initiative to bring open access eBooks to fruition though the collaborative efforts of authors, publishers, and libraries.  It is an idea from Dr. Frances Pinter, Executive Director of Knowledge Unlatched.  I first heard about this initiative two years ago at the O’Reilly Tools of Change conference.  I spoke to Frances later and our recorded interview is available on the NSR interviews page. The initiative has grown since then and a three-year pilot project will begin in 2013.

Continue reading Open Access eBooks Part Five – Knowledge Unlatched

Open Access eBooks Part Four – CLACSO

To honor open access week, I’ll be highlighting a different open access eBook platform each day. The purpose is to create awareness of various open access ebook collections. If you have collections to suggest, please let me know.

Today’s post is about CLACSO.  This collection was brought to my attention by Dominique Babini.  She said, “CLACSO-Latin America Social Science Council´s open access and interoperable institutional repository offers open access to the full-text of a collection of 692 books published by CLACSO. It is a joint program of the editorial team and library team in CLACSO.   The intitutional repository is built in an open source software platform Greenstone and has a total of 30.000 full-texts.”

From the website:  Due to our firm purpose of contributing to the dissemination of academic production by member centers and programs that make up CLACSO, we have created an Online Libraries Network which operates in a cooperative, decentralized manner, and respectful of the open access philosophy. Such network aims at increasing the impact of said production on education, research, social actors and society as a whole. 


It offers free open access to the following services:

  • Reading Room with full digitized texts of clippings, working documents, books, papers, and thesis published by member centers and programs at CLACSO
  • Multimedia Portal Site (links to audiovisual productions, online radios, audio files, and photographic galleries elaborated by CLACSO’s Member Centers)
  • News and resources : information, handbooks and free software, useful to libraries and/or digital repositories

 

Open Access eBooks Part One — The OAPEN
Open Access eBooks Part Two — SciELO

Open Access eBooks Part Three – DOAB

 

Open Access eBooks: Part Three – DOAB

To honor open access week, I’ll be highlighting a different open access eBook platform each day.  The purpose is to create awareness of various open access ebook collections.   If you have collections to suggest, please let me know.

The Directory of Open Access Books – The DOAB – is a service of the OAPEN Foundation.  As of Monday evening, they provided the metadata for 1217 peer reviewed, academic, open access ebooks from 33 publishers.  I featured the OAPEN on Monday in my open access post.  The difference between these two services is that the DOAB contains only the metadata.  The full-text must be downloaded from various publisher sites (links are provided).  The OAPEN on the other hand, provides the metadata and full-text of the titles.

Continue reading Open Access eBooks: Part Three – DOAB

Open Access eBooks, Part Two – SciELO Books

To honor open access week, I’ll be highlighting a different open access eBook platform each day.  The purpose is to create awareness of various open access ebook collections. If you have collections to suggest, please let me know.

I first learned about SciELO Books (Scientific Electronic Library Online) when I traveled to Brazil last month for the SNBU Conference.  This open ebook collection was just launched in March of 2012. It is based on the successful SciELO open access journal collection. The website is available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

From the website:  “The SciELO Books Portal publishes national and thematic collections of academic books online with the objective of maximizing the visibility, accessibility, use and impact of the research results, essays and studies that are published in them. The books published by SciELO Books are selected by a scientific committee following a peer review process. The digital versions of the books are formatted according to international standards that allow for access and citation controls, and that permit the books to be read on the widest possible variety of ebook readers, tablets, smartphones and internet browsers. Apart from the SciELO Books Portal itself, the books can be found via search engines. They will also become available through other international distribution channels.” Continue reading Open Access eBooks, Part Two – SciELO Books

Open Access eBooks: Part One, the OAPEN

To honor open access week, I’ll be highlighting a different open access eBook platform each day.  The purpose is to create awareness of various open access ebook collections. If you have collections to suggest, please let me know.

 

The OAPEN
OAPEN (Open Access Publishing in European Networks) is a collaborative initiative to develop and implement a sustainable Open Access publication model for academic books in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The OAPEN Library aims to improve the visibility and usability of high quality academic research by aggregating peer reviewed Open Access publications from across Europe.

Titles are available in English, German, French, Italian, Latin, and other languages.  The peer reviewed titles are submitted by a variety of publishers, including Taylor & Francis, Palgrave, Brill, Berg and a long list of university presses, including Hong Kong, Manchester, Firenze, and Amsterdam.  According to the OAPEN September newsletter, they had over 400,000 downloads in the past 12 months. Continue reading Open Access eBooks: Part One, the OAPEN

DeGruyter White Paper on Patron Driven Acquisition

DeGruyter has released a white paper titled, Patron Driven Acquisition: A Model for Providing Complete Access to Electronic Content While Limiting Costs For Libraries.  It discusses a new business model for electronic content – books, journals, and databases.

DeGruyter White Paper

Below are a couple of snips from the white paper:

“Based upon feedback from its Library Advisory Board, De Gruyter decided to offer its customers a purchase model for digital content that was independent of a single format.
Yet rather than design the new sales model around a conference table, De Gruyter wanted to base the model on empirical data and develop it in active dialogue with customers. In
mid-2011, De Gruyter contracted with three institutions to conduct a PDA trial.” Continue reading DeGruyter White Paper on Patron Driven Acquisition

OverDrive adds over 40,000 new titles this month

From an OverDrive Press Release:

Cleveland — September 13 — This month, millions of students and library patrons are returning to school and work, powering a new surge in eBook reading. To help libraries and schools meet this demand, OverDrivethe leading distributor of eBooks and other digital media to 19,000 libraries and schools worldwidehas set live more than 40,000 newly available eBook and audiobook titles in the past month. New publisher partnerships have helped OverDrive add thousands of popular and niche titles to its industry-leading catalog, which currently holds more than 800,000 in-copyright titles.

To add titles to OverDrive-powered library and school collections, selectors can visit www.contentreserve.com, where they’ll find pre-selected lists and other useful collection development tools. Many of these titles are available for less than $10, with many others under $20. Continue reading OverDrive adds over 40,000 new titles this month

Douglas County Libraries monthly eBook price comparison

Jamie LaRue, Director of the Douglas County Libraries, sent this information to me about a new monthly price comparison of eBooks.  In addition to its appearance in American Libraries, it will be available at both the American Libraries e-Content blog (americanlibrariesmagazine.org/e-content) and at evoke.cvlsites.org.

In the past months, the prices of ebooks for libraries and in particular, some large price increases have received considerable attention. But these discussions typically occur in the abstract. I decided that a focus on actual prices would greatly illuminate the challenges that libraries face.

Thus, Douglas County (Colo.) Libraries compiled a new monthly price comparison report (PDF file). In addition to the American Libraries E-Content blog, this report also will be available at evoke.cvlsites.org. Continue reading Douglas County Libraries monthly eBook price comparison

Baker & Taylor extends FirstLook to digital content

From a Baker & Taylor Press Release:

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – August 28, 2012 – Baker & Taylor Inc., the world’s largest distributor of digital and physical books, announced today that it is extending its popular FirstLook title notification service to include digital content. The first in a series of feature enhancements for libraries using Axis 360 that will be released over the coming months, FirstLook Digital enables librarians to identify and purchase important new digital and printed materials at the same time in one seamlessly integrated workflow.

Leveraging the Title Source 3 collection development tool suite, FirstLook Digital provides libraries with valuable and timely information on new titles that merit consideration for their collections. Libraries can customize FirstLook Digital to their interests and reduce the time they spend on manual searches. The FirstLook Digital service is free to Axis 360 customers. Continue reading Baker & Taylor extends FirstLook to digital content

Amazon forces Unglue.it to Suspend Crowdfunding for Creative Commons eBooks

From an Unglue.it press release, very disappointing news. I have no doubt that Eric and his team will find an alternative solution very soon.

“Amazon Payments has informed us that they will no longer process pledge payments for Unglue.it, forcing us to suspend all active ungluing campaigns.” announced Eric Hellman, President of Gluejar, Inc., the company behind crowdfunding site Unglue.it.  According to a Senior Account Manager at Amazon, Amazon has decided against “boarding fresh crowdfunding accounts at this time”. Amazon has been providing payment services for Unglue.it, as it does for the popular crowdfunding site Kickstarter.
Continue reading Amazon forces Unglue.it to Suspend Crowdfunding for Creative Commons eBooks

Smashwords announces Library Direct

Smashwords today announced Library Direct, a new service that allows libraries and library networks to acquire and establish large opening collections of ebooks, direct from Smashwords.

Library Direct is available to libraries that host and manage their own ebook checkout systems, typically using Adobe Content Server, and that are capable of acquiring a large opening collection.

We have already received purchase commitments from three library systems, each of which will acquire some variation of our top 10,000 best-selling titles.  The purchase commitments approach $100,000 in total. Continue reading Smashwords announces Library Direct

ALA Program Summary: E-Elephant in the Room

On Saturday, June 23, 2012 at the ALA conference, several hundred librarians gathered for an interesting discussion on eBook collection development practices.  This ALA Program was a panel discussion featuing eBook collection development practices from both academic and public libraries.  It was organized by Serin Anderson and Christopher Platt. Heather McCormack from Library Journal moderated the discussion.  A summary of the program and presenter contents is below. The slides from all 4 panelists are available here: eBook elephant 06232012Library Journal and ALA both had summary articles of the program as well. Continue reading ALA Program Summary: E-Elephant in the Room

Lerner Publishing interactive titles now available via Ingram’s ipage

News Release, June 21, 2012
Ingram adds Lerner Interactive Booksâ„¢ to ipage®

As more libraries look to expand e-book offerings to patrons, publishers like Lerner Publishing Group are choosing Ingram Content Group to supply e-books via Ingram’s ipage® search and order platform.

Public libraries will now have access to more than 200 interactive children’s books from Lerner Digitalâ„¢ through Ingram. Ordering through ipage allows libraries to select and purchase content on a title-by-title basis. Continue reading Lerner Publishing interactive titles now available via Ingram’s ipage