Nice to see new preK-6 content added to the GVRL interface, especially EB titles.
Farmington Hills, Mich., October 23, 2013 â€” Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, schools and businesses, today announced the addition of nearly 200 new childrenâ€™s reference titles from revered publisher, Encyclopaedia Britannica, to its Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) ebook platform. GVRL delivers reference content and series non-fiction from more than 100 publishers to all types of libraries. The addition of these new titles brings the total eBooks available on the platform to more than 8,000, with over 500 from Encyclopaedia Britannica. Continue reading GVRL adds 200 new children’s reference titles from Encyclopaedia Britannica
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 issueÂ of the journal was released at this year’s ALA conference in Chicago. Issue 1 is now available in PDF, ePub, and Mobi formatsÂ 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.Â 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 journalâ€™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-contentâ€”including librarians and publishersâ€”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 isÂ the fullÂ Editors’ Note from the sameÂ issue, in which editorsÂ Polanka and Roncevic summarize the overarching theme of the first issue: the importance of partnerships. “Whatever aspect of e-content we may be discussingâ€”building e-book collections in academic libraries; navigating formats; using and creating metadata, or evaluating children’s appsâ€”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 insiderâ€™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 Universityâ€™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 RenÃ©e 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 Childrenâ€™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 childrenâ€™s apps.
Continue reading eContent Quarterly launches
Douglas County Libraries (DCL) announces the debut of â€œThe Wire: A Writerâ€™s Resource,â€ a blog for new and aspiring authors. The new initiative provides information to people hoping to write, publish and find markets for their books, and is a step toward the libraryâ€™s goal of making locally-produced content available to its audience.
DCL has garnered recent media attention for its efforts to increase the number of e-books available to library patrons, despite roadblocks to library acquisition of e-books from large commercial publishers. A byproduct is the creation of a library-run publishing channel. In a recent â€œColorado Mattersâ€ interview with Colorado Public Radioâ€™s Elaine Grant, DCL director Jamie LaRue said, â€œOnce we built a publishing platform to reach out to smaller, independent presses, we could also accommodate self-published authors.â€ Continue reading Douglas County Libraries debuts new blog for authors – The Wire: A Writer’s Resource
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
From a DPLA Press Release, August 1, 2013
Boston, MA â€” The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is extremely excited to announce that an anonymous donor has stepped forward to provide substantial support towards its efforts. The $447,000 grant will allow the DPLA to accelerate its work of bringing together Americaâ€™s collections and providing new pathways into them.
â€œThis is an incredible vote of confidence in our mission, especially during this important early stage of our development and in the lead-up to our fall DPLAfest, which will bring together so many to celebrate our April 2013 launch, recent milestones, and bright future,â€ said Dan Cohen, Executive Director of the DPLA. Continue reading DPLA receives major grant from anonymous donor
A message from the DPLA Team:
This is a quick reminder that we’re still accepting workshop suggestions for theÂ first annual DPLAfest, October 24-25, 2013 in Boston, MA. If you have a great idea for a DPLA-related session or workshop for Friday, October 25, please let us know via the following form byÂ Thursday, August 9:
http://bit.ly/11KXhch Continue reading DPLAfest accepting proposals
I came across this wonderful PDFÂ from ALA’s Digital Content Working Group (DCWG) showing the availability of Big Six (soon to be Big Five) ebook titles to libraries. Â Random House, Harper Collins, Hachette, Macmillan, Penguin, and Simon & Schuster are included. Â It highlights the amount of content available for purchase, license/use terms, and the vendor platforms where content is available. Â Robert C. Maier is maintaining the document and his last update was May 15, 2013, so the information is pretty up-to-date. Â Robert based his chart on one started at Library Journal earlier this year. He welcomes comments via email at robert_maier[at]comcast.net
Thanks, Robert, for maintaining this information.
Heather McCormack is the Collection Development Manager for 3M’s Cloud Library.Â I had a nice interview with Heather at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.Â Talk about an expert in content!Â Heather knows her authors, genres, publishers, and tools to make collecting ebooks a simple task for libraries.Â In the interview she discusses 3Ms new tool – CAT (Catalog Acquisition Tool), introduced back in April of 2013, new content at the 3M Clould Library, and the many ebook collections she has developed in her short time at 3M.Â Heather and I also discuss the conspiracy of librarians and all things cat.Â Sorry, there are no photos of cats in this interview!
WorldCat continues to grow in it’s discovery of content from around the world.Â This recent press release lists the publisher and aggregator agreements added since January of 2013.Â It’s a pretty impressive list.Â I’m particularly thrilled to see 3M and Freading on the list for the creation and delivery of WorldCat records.
DUBLIN, Ohio, June 27, 2013â€”OCLC has signed new agreements with leading publishers around the world to add more books, e-books, journals, audiovisual materials and databases to WorldCat, the most comprehensive online database of resources available through libraries worldwide. Continue reading WorldCat signs agreements with over 25 publishers and aggregators, including 3M and Freading
I received this press release today from Douglas County Libraries about OdiloTID. Interesting to see an international company step up to take on this important role for libraries. Bibliotheca had announced support for this type of service last summer, but I haven’t heard anything from them since.Â Here is more from the DCL press release:
OdiloTID to empower libraries to manage their Digital Collections following the â€œDCL Modelâ€ and the ReadersFirst Principles.
OdiloTID, the leading eBook system provider for libraries in Spain and Latin America, is partnering with the library and publisher community to facilitate the adoption of the concepts of theâ€œDCL Modelâ€ developed by the Douglas County Libraries, CO. We enable libraries to directly negotiate with publishers and reduce their cost of acquisition of digital content by a third. We provide integration with all major Integrated Library Management Systems through the use of Robust APIs to create a user friendly interface for patrons. Continue reading OdiloTID enables libraries to directly negotiate with publishers for ebooks, following DCL Model
The French Ministry of Culture and Communication released the findings of a study they commissioned for ebooks.Â IDATA conducted the study and collected data from June 2012 to February 2013 through interviews with nearly forty experts and professionals from selected countries (U.S., Canada, Germany, Spain, UK, Sweden, Netherlands).Â The full report (in French) can be downloaded at: http://bit.ly/ZMlVLE.Â Â Â The Ministry also published a short summary in English, available here.Â Continue reading French Ministry of Culture and Communication releases ebook study
Ann Arbor, MI â€“ The HathiTrust Digital Library will partner with the recently launched Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) to expand discovery and use of HathiTrustâ€™s public domain and other openly available content.
DPLA provides an online portal to freely available digital material held by libraries, archives, and museums across the United States. By offering a unified discovery point for these disparate collections, DPLA aims to make readily available to the public the words, images, sounds, and objects of Americaâ€™s shared cultural heritage. Continue reading HathiTrust partners with DPLA for discovery of public domain and open content
The third supplement on ebooks and digital content from American Libraries examines both the big picture and the nitty-gritty of libraries and publishing, looking at how libraries are evolving in response to the digital revolution, from taking advantage of opportunities in content creation to advocating for equitable access to ebooks produced by the world’s largest book publishers.
Read it online here or pick up a copy at ALA Annual Conference in Chicago at the Office for Information Technology Policy programs and in the ALA Membership Pavilion.
- James LaRue, director of Colorado’s Douglas County Libraries system, discusses how libraries canâ€”and shouldâ€”become local community publishers
Clifford Lynch, executive director of the Coalition for Networked Information, provides an overall assessment of the library ebook situation
ALA President, Maureen Sullivan, ALA Executive Director, Keith Michael Fiels, and Alan S. Inouye, director of ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy look at how libraries can collaborate, manage, and lead through this period of possibilities.
You can read this supplement in the easy-to-use Zmag web browser format, or download it as a PDF for offline reading. Click here to get started.
This is a great idea.Â I hope many of you will read the book and promote it to your patrons.Â I look forward to seeing the results of this pilot program. Follow the program on twitter – #BigLibraryRead.
Cleveland, May 16, 2013 â€“ Today, more than 7,500 libraries around the world are participating in the Big Library Read, a two-week pilot program launched yesterday that enables millions of library patrons to simultaneously access and read a single eBook title until June 1, 2013. The selected title, The Four Corners of the Sky, by Michael Malone, is available in OverDrive Read, Kindle (U.S. only) and EPUB formats and can be read on virtually any device.
Continue reading Big Library Read pilot program via OverDrive shows library impact on literacy, books sales, and author recognition
Great news from Baker & Taylor about a new app (iOS and Android) for direct download of titles to tablet devices.Â axisReader is another option for Axis patrons and provides ereading solely for EPUB and PDF formats.Â Â When patrons use Axis 360, they can choose between B&T’s blio reader or axisReader depending on the format they are downloading.Â Â Here’s more from the press release:
CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 6, 2013 â€“ Baker & Taylor, the worldâ€™s largest distributor of digital and physical books and entertainment products, has released a new, free application for tablets and smartphones called axisReader, which allows patrons of libraries with the Axis 360 digital media platform to seamlessly discover, checkout and read ebooks in EPUB and PDF formats on their mobile devices. Â The axisReader will be available alongside the existing Blio ereader, which provides a fully-accessible ereading experience to Axis 360 users. Continue reading Baker & Taylor launches axisReader app
Digital Public Library of America Announces Partnership with David Rumsey Map Collection
April 30, 2013
Cambridge,Â MAÂ â€” The Digital Public Library of America is pleased to announce it is partnering with theÂ David Rumsey Map CollectionÂ to provide online access to tens of thousands of significant historical maps and images. As part of the relationship, David Rumsey will provide metadata for over 38,000 maps and images, making the entirety of his notable online collection instantly accessible via theÂ DPLA websiteÂ andÂ APIÂ. Continue reading DPLA partners with David Rumsey Map Collection for metadata of 38,000 maps and images
CHARLOTTE, N.C. â€“ March 25, 2013 â€“ Baker & Taylor, the worldâ€™s largest distributor of digital and physical books and entertainment products, announced that library patrons who use Barnes & Nobleâ€™s award-winning NOOK tablets can now borrow and download digital audiobooks directly to their devices using the popular Acoustik audiobook app.
The Acoustik app, now available for free in the NOOK Storeâ„¢, is powered by Findaway World, LLC, an innovative, industry leader in digital audio technology. The app allows users of NOOK tablet devices, including NOOKÂ® HD and NOOKÂ® HD+, to directly download audiobooks and listen instantly to more than 26,000 new release and best-selling backlist audiobook titles from libraries that use Baker & Taylorâ€™s innovative Axis 360 digital media platform. Continue reading Acoustik app now available for the Nook
Great news from Penguin yesterday.Â They will remove the 6 month embargo period for library licenses.Â Other limitations are also expected to be removed.Â See the full article in ALA’s E-content blog – http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/e-content/penguin-revisits-library-pilot-terms
Here is a brief snip from the blog post:
Penguin Group USA revealed today that, as of April 2, it will remove the six-month embargo on ebook titles licensed to libraries and instead offer new titles immediately after they are released in the consumer market. Other pilot terms are expected to continue, including a one-year expiration date on ebooks licensed to libraries and library pricing similar to what is offered to individual consumers.