Category Archives: Reference Publishing

National Geographic Virtual Library: What it includes and how to purchase it

Last week, Gale announced another expansion of its partnership with National Geographic with the launch of National Geographic: People, Animals, and the World, the third resource in its multi-media National Geographic Virtual Library package (selected by Mirela Roncevic as one of the most impactful digital resources for libraries in 2012). This new component of the Library joins National Geographic Magazine Archive, 1888-1994 and National Geographic Magazine Archive, 1995-Current, which were released in 2012. Additional NGVL products are expected in 2013.

People, Animals, and the World  includes full-text books on travel, science & technology, history, environment, animals, photography, and peoples and cultures; 325 videos; over 655 full-color maps; 600 downloadable images; and the National Geographic Traveler magazine from 2010–present, all integrated within Gale’s research platform and designed for use by students, teachers, faculty and “anyone with a curiosity for the natural world.” We contacted Gale representatives for more information on how libraries can purchase the content. Here’s the scoop. Continue reading National Geographic Virtual Library: What it includes and how to purchase it

eBooks on EBSCOhost to be available via Ingram’s OASIS

This just in from EBSCO’s Newsroom: An announcement of the newly formed partnership between EBSCO and Ingram to make eBooks on EBSCOhost available to academic libraries via Ingram’s OASIS Platform this Spring.

IPSWICH, Mass. — January 15, 2013 —EBSCO Publishing and Ingram today announced an agreement  aimed at benefitting mutual customers of Ingram’s OASIS® (Online Acquisitions and Selection Information System) and eBooks on EBSCOhost®. The agreement will allow libraries to order eBooks on EBSCOhost through OASIS.

EBSCO is the first outside e-book provider to be incorporated into OASIS. “As libraries develop programs to meet the changing needs of their patrons, Ingram is uniquely positioned to help content reach its destination, regardless of whether that destination is the printed page or a digital device,” said Dan Sheehan, Vice President and General Manager, Ingram Content Group library services. “Through our work with EBSCO, OASIS users will have access to an expanded selection of digital content, and, the added flexibility to acquire materials that they and their patrons require from one comprehensive source.” Continue reading eBooks on EBSCOhost to be available via Ingram’s OASIS

NSR Interviews: 2012 in Review

NSR 2012 Interviews

With 2012 coming to a close, I wanted to take another opportunity to introduce you to the wide array of interviews NSR offered this year. The 2012 interviews highlight  innovative new products and services from librarians, publishers, and information professionals, a focus on information literacy and core competencies, and creative business models.  I hope you will take some time to listen.  Suggestions for 2013 interviews are now being accepted.  Please contact Sue Polanka for more information.  You may also be interested in reading Mirela Roncevic’s post, E-Content in Libraries, 2012 in review.

Continue reading NSR Interviews: 2012 in Review

Corwin launches ebook platform for Pre K-12 educators

Corwin, an imprint of SAGE Publications specializing in books and multimedia resources for Pre K-12 professionals (including principals, administrators, teachers, and consultants), is launching its new eLibraries product today at the Learning Forward Annual Conference in Boston. eLibraries consists of topic collections of ebooks that provide online access to Corwin’s robust professional development content. The first three topic collections focus on Common Core, Bullying Prevention, and Cultural Proficiency. Others focus on Assessment, Differentiation, English Language Learning, and Response to Intervention. Continue reading Corwin launches ebook platform for Pre K-12 educators

Another “thumbs up” for Literati

Last month we reported on the success of Credo’s case study with Columbia University undergraduates, who said that using Literati – an extension of the original Credo Reference platform, marketed as “a library’s connection to information literacy” – significantly enhanced their classroom learning experience. According to Credo, 90 percent of Columbia students who participated said they would likely use Literati again in the future.

Now the company has released the results of a similar study conducted at American University of Paris (AUP). The results, according to a new Credo press release, show more proof of Literati’s value:  72 percent  of AUP students surveyed found the multimedia materials developed by the Literati team and AUP librarians to be “very helpful” while 75 percent said they would be likely to use Literati as a research tool in their future assignments. Continue reading Another “thumbs up” for Literati

eContent Quarterly: Call for Contributions

Last week ALA Editions announced the 2013 launch of a new online journal: eContent Quarterly, edited by Sue Polanka and Mirela Roncevic. The journal will offer practical, user-driven solutions and ideas for curating, integrating, and managing electronic content in rapidly-changing digital library environments. Each issue will consist of in-depth articles on the many facets of electronic content as well as product reviews and interviews with industry leaders.

“Libraries, publishers, and information providers are constantly experimenting with business models, delivery methods, and usability of digital content.  eContent Quarterly aims to capture these stories, along with their successes and failures, in order to share best practices in the industry, ” said Polanka.

“We will strive to provide timely coverage that helps everyone in the information chain make informed decisions, with less emphasis on descriptions of products and more focus on unique features and comparisons,” added Roncevic. Continue reading eContent Quarterly: Call for Contributions

SAGE license agreements extend access to university alumni

This press release was sent out in early November.  I just now found it in my email.  What great news from SAGE.  We have plenty of faculty who contact us requesting access to databases, journals, and ebooks from our collection.  This will make it so much easier now.  Thanks SAGE!

Los Angeles, CA (November,02  2012) – SAGE today announced a change to its licenses that will provide university alumni with access to the content hosted on the SAGE Journals, SAGE Research Methods and SAGE Knowledge platforms through their university library. All alumni registered with subscribing or purchasing libraries will be able to access all SAGE products including over 645 scholarly and professional journals at no extra fee.

University libraries already support current students and scholars with access to online resources through both on-site and remote services. This new license will extend this offering to alumni via secure authentication, with alumni being authorized by their institutions. Libraries will have the option to opt in to this new license on renewing current subscriptions for 2013. Continue reading SAGE license agreements extend access to university alumni

Facts “on file” and “Common Core-aligned”

Common Core is all the rage in K-12 publishing catering to middle and high school students these days. When Common Core first began to make waves a couple of years ago, reference publishers in particular were quick to recognize the value of their content—especially in digital form—for educators implementing the newly proposed standards into their curriculums.  This is why we are starting to see more releases (and re-releases) of products strongly aligned with (and supporting) Common Core coming from major aggregators as well as publishers like Facts On File.

Continue reading Facts “on file” and “Common Core-aligned”

The new Oxford Handbooks Online: Research platform and publishing program

Oxford University Press announced yesterday the re-launch of Oxford Handbooks Online (OHO), now featuring coverage that has grown to 14 disciplines (translating to about 300 handbooks and 10,000 articles in total)—a significant expansion of the original platform first launched in the not-so-distant 2009 with just four subject modules, which included Business & Management, Philosophy, Political Science, and Religion. The new platform—designed (and referred to by OUP) as a publishing “program”— enables articles to publish immediately after passing peer review, which, according to OUP’s press release, will deliver new scholarship to those who need it faster and more efficiently.

Continue reading The new Oxford Handbooks Online: Research platform and publishing program

Oxford Reference: A new look of reference

Oxford University Press (OUP) launched a new reference platform this past September that combines the content of two existing OUP resources (available as separate entities until December 12th, 2012): Oxford Reference Online (ORO) and Oxford Digital Reference Shelf (ORDS). This launch of a new product simply called Oxford Reference coincides with OUP’s 80th anniversary of the first publication of The Oxford Companion to English Literature, prompting OUP to celebrate eight decades of subject reference publishing on its web site.

Taking a closer look at its features and overall presentation of content (and the very name of the product), OUP’s new reference platform speaks volumes about the publisher’s perception of what reference publishing needs to be and where it needs to go from here. Continue reading Oxford Reference: A new look of reference

EBSCO’s “Super” LIS Database

EBSCO Publishing has just announced the release of Library & Information Science Source (LISS), one of several new “super” databases that merge EBSCO’s existing LIS content with H.W. Wilson’s.

Developed “by librarians for librarians” and designed to “help researchers find the latest information in a rapidly evolving field,” LISS covers librarianship from every angle imaginable and offers full text for over 430 journals and 30 monographs. It also includes thesauri with nearly 11,000 terms and indexing for hundreds of journals, books, research reports, proceedings, and even library school theses.  According to a press release from EBSCO, this is the first time the entire Wilson indexing collection of LIS literature is available within a single database. Continue reading EBSCO’s “Super” LIS Database

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

SAGE’s growing portfolio

SAGE, independent publisher of journals, textbooks, reference books, and electronic collections for library, education, and professional markets, announced the purchase of primary sources publisher Adam Matthew at the Frankfurt Book Fair last week. This is SAGE’s second acquisition in 14 months, following the purchase of UK-based independent publisher Learning Matters, in August 2011.

Adam Matthew (AM) is known in the library world for its primary source collections in the humanities and social sciences—best known in the United States for the “American West” collection, which features sources from the Everett D. Graff Collection of Western Americana at the Newberry Library in Chicago. Other AM collections span a range of subjects, comprising everything from medieval travel writing and Victorian popular culture to Chinese society and Jewish life in America. Continue reading SAGE’s growing portfolio

Columbia students give Literati “thumbs up”

Credo Reference‘s ongoing effort to improve information literacy (and “research effectiveness”) just got a new boost. After conducting a case study with Columbia University’s undergrads, the company is reporting back some encouraging feedback about the value of its Literati platform. The results of the study have been made public and their message is clear: using Literati in the classroom made a notable difference in the students’ research experience. According to Credo, 87 percent of the students who participated said that Literati improved the quality of their work and 90 percent said they would likely use it again for future assignments.

Soon after launching Literati — an extension of the original Credo Reference platform, marketed as “a library’s connection to information literacy” – Credo partnered with Columbia University (and the “embedded” librarians of its Undergraduate Writing Program) to monitor students’ experience using the product. The goal was to utilize Literati as the core instructional tool and give students full access to its Technology (including Credo’s well-known Topic Pages and the Mind Map), Content (derived from hundreds of reference ebooks and subject encyclopedias from a growing list of publishers), and various customized Services, including multi-media instruction and tutorials. Continue reading Columbia students give Literati “thumbs up”

Mirela Roncevic joins No Shelf Required

No Shelf Required is pleased to announce that Mirela Roncevic has joined the blog as a contributing writer and editor. In this role, Roncevic will cover stories related to reference publishing and content development as well as contribute opinion pieces and interviews with industry leaders.

Mirela Roncevic is an independent content developer, writer, and library market researcher, with 17 years of experience in the publishing and library fields. She assists publishers and content producers in positioning their products in libraries, develops resources geared to librarians and book professionals, and orchestrates initiatives that strengthen relationships between the two communities. Her previous roles included overseeing coverage of print and electronic reference sources and ebooks at Library Journal and assigning books for review in arts, humanities, literature, and education. She also spearheaded an LIS book series, an LIS newsletter, and several webinars on ebooks and reference publishing. Over the course of her editorial career, Mirela has published countless articles and news stories on reference publishing and librarianship. She was also the editor of Neal-Schuman’s 2009 title, Library Journal Guide to E-Reference Resources.

Publishers and aggregators of reference and research content may send all PR materials directly to Mirela at mirela@mirelaroncevic.com

 

 

Oxford English Dictionary releases “OED Appeals” to crowdsource the origin of words

I really like this initiative from Oxford. It sounds so easy-peasy.

3rd October 2012–Today the Oxford English Dictionary announces the launch of OED Appeals, a major online initiative set to involve the public in tracing the history of English words. Using a dedicated community space on the OED website, editors are soliciting help in unearthing new information about the history and usage of English, including the earliest examples of particular words. The website will enable the public to post evidence in direct response to OED editors online, fostering a collective effort to record the English language and find the true roots of our vocabulary.

Appeals will be posted to the website on a frequent basis. Some of the entries the OED team is initially asking the public’s help with include: Continue reading Oxford English Dictionary releases “OED Appeals” to crowdsource the origin of words

SAGE Knowledge – an interview with Lettie Conrad of SAGE

SAGE recently announced their new eBook platform, SAGE Knowledge.  It contains about 2500 titles, including SAGE Reference Online titles.  I spoke with Lettie Conrad, Manager of Online Product Management at SAGE about the new platform.  Our interview is available on the NSR interviews page.

Gale to launch National Geographic Virtual Library

Farmington Hills, Mich., June 20, 2012 — Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, schools and businesses, and the National Geographic Society, one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations, today announced an extended agreement to create additional library products as part of a new product suite, National Geographic Virtual Library.

Earlier this year, Gale announced the National Geographic Magazine Archive, 1888-1994, for libraries, which included all issues of the magazine for its first 107 years, fully searchable through an intuitive interface. The partnership has now been extended to provide all National Geographic magazine issues from 1995 onwards, as well as access to a new virtual reference collection of National Geographic books, maps, videos, images and National Geographic Traveler magazine (2010-current). Continue reading Gale to launch National Geographic Virtual Library

Credo Reference titles to be available via YBP GOBI

YBP Library Services and Credo Reference Announce New Partnership
Agreement to add academic titles to GOBI database

BOSTON, OXFORD – June 21, 2012 – Credo Reference is pleased to announce a partnership with YBP Library Services to incorporate Credo Reference titles from 80 of the world’s best reference publishers into GOBI (Global Online Bibliographic Information), YBP’s acquisition and collection management database.

“We are delighted about our new collaboration between Credo and YBP,” said Mark Kendall, Senior Vice President of Sales at YBP. “Our mutual goal is to leverage the unique combination of assets and capabilities between our organizations to create for libraries a unique and comprehensive suite of collection development and workflow solutions.” Continue reading Credo Reference titles to be available via YBP GOBI

SAGE Knowledge platform launches with 2,500 ebook titles

Los Angeles, CA (June 21, 2012) – SAGE, the world’s leading independent academic and professional publisher, announced today the full launch of SAGE Knowledge: the ultimate social sciences online library.

Launching with more than 2,500 titles, SAGE Knowledge includes an expansive range of SAGE eBook and eReference content, including encyclopedias, handbooks, advanced textbooks, scholarly monographs, and professional development titles. The platform allows researchers to cross-search and seamlessly access a wide breadth of must-have SAGE book and reference content from one source. SAGE Knowledge also includes selected works from Corwin and CQ Press. Continue reading SAGE Knowledge platform launches with 2,500 ebook titles