I wrote a piece on Credo’s Topic Pages a couple of weeks ago, but here is the official press release announcing the launch of the Topic Page Beta.
Credo Launches Topic Page Beta
The Librarianâ€™s Answer to Wikipedia
Boston and Oxford, (April 8, 2010) â€“ The data is undeniable, a significant majority of todayâ€™s researchers turn to Wikipedia at some point in the research process, very often at the beginning, or â€œpresearchâ€ phase of research. Now, Credo Reference is pleased to announce an easy-to-use alternative for researchers â€“ Credo Topic Pages â€“ that help answer the question, â€œWhere do I start?â€
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SAGE Reference is offering free access to SAGE Reference Online until May 15th of this year.Â Simply register for free access to over 50 encyclopedias and hundreds of handbooks in the social sciences.Â Access includes The Encyclopedia of Journalism, which received an Honorable Mention for the Dartmouth Award this year.
Last week ebrary announced the addition of a 6,000+ eBook collection for school libraries.Â The collection, selected by a librarian, is designed for high school, vocational schools, and college prep schools and the public libraries that support them.Â The collection is subscription based, allowing for unlimited simultaneous use – which will be much needed in a classroom environment.Â A list of titles is available online.
ebrary’s long time partner, e-Libro also announced a Spanish language eBook collection to support school libraries.Â Their title list is also online.
More information is in the press release.
Received a press release from OverDrive announcing many enhancements to the OverDrive interface and digital content offerings.Â The announcements were made today, just shy of the start of the Public Library Association Conference in Portland, Oregon.Â Those attending the PLA Conference should stop by the OverDrive booth(2347) for demos of all these new features.Â My favorite is “Open eBooks” – DRM free eBooks in EPUB and PDF formats which can be downloaded and read on nearly all EPUB enabled devices.Â Here are just a few things mentioned in the press release: Continue reading OverDrive offers DRM free EPUB & PDF and much much more
Great cartoon on Why DRM doesn’t work or how to download an ebook from the Cleveland Public Library from The Brads site.
From an OverDrive Press Release:
OverDrive Expands International Distribution for eBooks & Audiobooks
Leading booksellers and libraries in Australia, Brazil, Germany, India, Norway, and the UK join global network
(Las Vegas, NV, January 5, 2010) â€“ Consumer Electronics Show â€“ OverDrive (www.overdrive.com), the global leader in eBook and audiobook distribution, announced today that it recently entered into agreements with top booksellers, publishers, and libraries on five continents. OverDrive will demonstrate its global network and success in enabling access to 400,000 digital books on popular devices, including PC, MacÂ®, iPodÂ®, iPhoneÂ®, ZuneÂ®, SonyÂ® Readerâ„¢, nookâ„¢, and DROIDâ„¢ by MotorolaÂ®, at CES booth #12145 on January 7-10, 2010.
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InterestingÂ article in today’s NYT about public libraries, eBooks, and digital lending. Â Neat and nifty tools for users to easily download and read books without visiting the library, fears of publishers losing money and therefore not selling their ebooks to libraries, and eBook readers and the lack of content to download to certain ones are the main topics. Â Good read.
Tish Wilson from ebrary just emailed me this press release:
CIBER Opens Global Library Survey in Conjunction with Charleston Conference, ebrary, and YBP
September 28, 2009 â€“ London, UK â€“ The CIBER research group at University College London (UCL) today invited all libraries to participate in an international survey examining challenges, trends, and best practices in tough economic times. Based on input from nearly 200 librarians worldwide, the questionnaire is now available and will remain open through October 18. Results of the survey, which is co-sponsored by Baker & Taylorâ€™s YBP Library Services and ebraryÂ®, a leading provider of digital content products and technologies, will be announced at the Charleston Conference, November 4-7 in Charleston, SC, USA. Continue reading Librarians – CIBER Global Library Survey open through October 18th
From an Overdrive press release:
(Cleveland, OH) – August 12, 2009 – OverDrive (www.overdrive.com), the leading global digital distributor of eBooks and audiobooks to libraries, announced today a joint marketing agreement with Sony Electronics, Inc., developer of the Sony Reader Digital Book (www.sony.com/reader).Â OverDrive and Sony will cross-market OverDrive’s library network and the Reader, the leading eBook device that is compatible with industry standard eBook formats offered by libraries.Â Continue reading Overdrive and Sony to cross-market
Listened in on a Kindle Loan program at the Handheld Librarian conference today.Â Panelists from university and public libraries discussed their current Kindle loan programs.Â Some highlights included:
- Each school had between 4 and 8 Kindles for loan, mostly Kindle 1 and 2
- Circulation staff handled the loan/fines and the downloading of titles
- Program started as an ILL service, asking patrons with ILL requests if they were open to using the Kindle/ebook (about 1/2 were willing to during the pilot) Continue reading Loaning Kindles