Scholastic today announced the launch of StoriaÂ® 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.Â I think we will see much more evidence-based selection in the future.Â
CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 19, 2014 â€“ Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, announced today a new service backed by collectionHQâ€™s data: ESP â€“ Evidence-based Selection Planning.Â 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.Â Below is a press release summarizing some of those initiatives.Â Lots of new ebook collections were announced, including many with STEM monograph content for GVRL.
Farmington Hills, Mich. â€“ March 3, 2014 â€“ 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 todayâ€™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.Â Here’s what Tony has to say about the book:
eBooked!Â 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.Â In the book, Iâ€™ve tried to share both strategic-thinking types of information as well as everyday, practical examples and usage.Â If youâ€™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.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.
You can review the list of participating institutions here: http://collections.knowledgeunlatched.org/signup-list/Â 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.Â 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. â€” February 20, 2014 â€” 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.Â 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 PlatformsÂ byÂ John Novak
- eBook Aggregators: A Primer byÂ Deborah Lenares
- Commercial Publisher eBook PlatformsÂ byÂ Cris Ferguson
- University Press eBook Platforms:Â A Brief OverviewÂ byÂ Mark Johnson
- Op Ed: Inadvertent Innovation byÂ Joe Esposito
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.
â€œThe University of North Carolina Press is honored and excited to be a part of the University Press Scholarship Online platform,â€ said John Sherer, Director of The University of North Carolina Press.Â â€œPart 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.â€ 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.Â The first is with ProQuests’s EBL.Â More than 400,000 EBL eBook titles will be available through Ingram’s OASIS.Â The second is with EBSCO.Â 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, 2014â€”OCLC Research has released a new report, â€œUnderstanding the Collective Collection: Towards a System-wide Perspective on Library Print Collections,â€ 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 â€œabove-the-institutionâ€ management strategies.
â€œUnderstanding the Collective Collectionâ€ 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