Congratulations to all of the blogs and bloggers – those nominated and those awarded. Thanks to all for your continued support of No Shelf Required, the Academic Honorable Mention for 2012.
Salem Press once again surveyed the library blog landscape in search of exceptional thinking, writing, and information. Hundreds of blog nominations poured in, thousands of votes were cast, leaving our distinguished guest judges with the difficult task of selecting one winner per category.
The public has voted online. All votes have been tallied. The judges have now spoken. Without (much) further ado, we present our list of 2012 Library Blog Award winners, broken down by category and complete with collective musings on what made these eight blogs beat the competition. Continue reading Salem Press Library Blog Awards announced
June 15, 2012 — Boston, Oxford — Building on the success of Literati by Credo, Credo Reference (credoreference.com), today announced plans to serve Public Libraries with Literati Public, a new expression of its suite of Digital and Information Literacy solutions.
Literati Public, developed in close partnership with public librarians, is a highly customizable solution that promotes the mission of public libraries by combining Credo’s content with newly developed platform technology.
Continue reading Credo launches Literati Public supporting digital literacy and the library’s brand
From a Credo press release:
Boston, Oxford — Credo Reference (www.credoreference.com) continues its growth trend by adding new publishers and expanding existing agreements with publishers, offering even more options for libraries and their users.
CQ Press is the newest publisher to join Credo Reference with an agreement to include 40 of their most sought-after titles in Credo Publisher and Subject Collections. Continue reading Credo Reference adds new publishers and expands collections with 400 new titles
From a Credo Reference Press Release: Boston and Oxford, (April 18, 2012) – OCLC and Credo Reference are pleased to announce a special collaboration project aimed to increase collection visibility and usage with library users. Credo’s Topic Pages will now be enhanced with WorldCat results to show local library materials alongside other timely, relevant Web materials.
With this new project, libraries that are both OCLC members and Credo customers will receive Credo Topic Pages at no charge for an introductory period. These librariesalong with current Topic Pages subscriberswill show WorldCat results from libraries worldwide that relate to the topic being searched. Libraries can have their results customized to show only local library holdings in WorldCat, as well as other customizations such as branding and deep links back to their catalog through this special project. Continue reading Credo’s Topic Pages will be enhanced with WorldCat results
Wonderful news today from ProQuest. They will continue the tradition of publishing the Statistical Abstract of the United States, beginning with the 2013 edition (in print and digital formats). They will partner with Bernan Press who will continue the tradition of publishing the print edition. No word on pricing at this time. Here is the full press release:
ProQuest Picks up Where the Census Bureau Left Off:
The Statistical Abstract of the United States Will Be Back This Year
Researchers’ cherished guide to social and economic stats gets a new lease on digital and print life
March 22, 2012 (ANN ARBOR, Mich.) — ProQuest will rescue one of researchers’ most valued reference tools when it takes on publication of the Statistical Abstract of the United States beginning with the 2013 edition. The move ensures continuation of this premier guide to an extraordinary array of statistics, which has been published since 1878. The U.S. Census Bureau, responsible for publishing the work, announced in March 2011 that it would cease production of the Statistical Abstract after the 2012 edition, prompting widespread concern among librarians, journalists, and researchers about the disappearance of this essential research tool.
“I’m thrilled that ProQuest will continue aggregating this important content,” said Wright State University librarian Sue Polanka, author of the widely read No Shelf Required blog. Polanka was part of a Reference User Services Association committee who organized a discussion at the American Library Association’s Midwinter conference about how to save the Statistical Abstract from extinction. “Even in our increasingly digital world, the Statistical Abstract remains one of the best reference sources for libraries.” [summary of the program, SP] Continue reading The Statistical Abstract lives on – ProQuest will publish starting in 2013
Recently Credo Reference launched a service called literati. Literati adds a new dimension to Credo Reference and Topic Pages by bringing together technology, content, tools, and services. To learn more about Literati, listen to the interview with Mike Sweet, CEO of Credo Reference.
This is always one of my favorite events at the ALAMW conference, the RUSA awards. Of particular interest to me as a reference librarian is the Dartmouth Medal for the most outstanding reference work of the year. While the winners this year were truly deserving, I found myself sentimental over the lifetime achievement award for the Statistical Abstract of the U.S. Here is more from the press release:
DALLAS – The 2012 Dartmouth Medal – an annual award from the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) recognizing the most outstanding reference work of the year – has been awarded to “Green’s Dictionary of Slang,” published by Chambers. Continue reading 2012 Dartmouth Medal Winners
Credo Reference adds new content from McFarland. More from the press release:
January 18, 2012 — Boston and Oxford — Credo Reference (www.credoreference.com), recently named “Best Overall” Reference Database 2012 by Library Journal, is pleased to announce a new partnership with McFarland, a leading independent publisher of academic and nonfiction books.
Credo General Reference, a core resource serving the research needs of millions of students and other library users will be enriched by the addition of top-quality content from McFarland. Chosen for their academic value and editorial excellence, these comprehensive reference titles provide compelling, relevant coverage on contemporary and historical topics. They include:
Encyclopedia of Capital Punishment in the United States
Encyclopedia of Philosophers on Religion
Encyclopedia of Cuban-United States Relations
Encyclopedia of Chinese-American Relations
Encyclopedia of the Alamo and the Texas Revolution Continue reading Credo Reference adds McFarland content
The January 1, 2012 issue of Booklist features Sue Polanka’s Off The Shelf column on reference apps. Titled, “Reference- I’ve got an App for That,” the article highlights iOS and Android apps from 7 reference publishers. Here is an excerpt and list of reference publishers included:
Excerpt: “These days, it seems there’s an app for everything. So it should come as no surprise that several reference publishers are producing apps for Apple- and Android-based tablets and phones. Why should reference publishers develop apps? “Our focus is on helping libraries reach new users where they reside. We believe that one of the most effective ways to do this is through apps,” says Nader Qaimari, senior vice president of marketing for Cengage Learning. Mike Robinson, e-book sales and marketing manager at Oxford University Press, agrees, stating, “Apps represent a means by which people all over the world are using devices to help them. We provide authoritative content to meet people’s reference needs, and it’s important to us to do so in the most useful ways possible.” Gale/Cengage, OUP, and a host of other reference publishers have a variety of apps available.”
Publishers featured include:
- Encyclopaedia Britannica
- Gale/Cengage Learning
- Oxford University Press
- World Book
Good news for SwetsWise users interested in purchasing Credo Reference titles. More from the press release:
[January 10, 2012] Boston, Oxford — Credo Reference (www.credoreference.com), recently named “Best Overall” Reference Database 2012 by Library Journal, announces a new partnership with Swets, the world’s leading information services company.
Under the agreement, SWETS will incorporate Credo Reference with over 1,500 reference works from more than 80 of the world’s best reference publishers into the SwetsWise eBook catalog. Collections and titles are thoughtfully selected to offer broad coverage of subjects such as psychology, history, business, education, environmental studies and much more. Continue reading SwetsWise eBook Catalog to include Credo Reference
Credo Reference has a number of publisher collections which feature the titles from an individual publisher. They are available for purchase or subscription in Credo, but are generally not part of the Credo General Reference collection. Credo just announced a new collection from Marshall Cavendish – 9 titles/70 volumes. Here is more from the press release:
Credo Reference, recently named “Best Overall” Reference Database 2012 by Library Journal, announces a new partnership with Marshall Cavendish, the premier publisher of nonfiction series, children’s books, and a wide array of award-winning reference titles. Continue reading Credo Reference adds Marshall Cavendish Collection
I’m sorry I missed posting this press release from Credo. They are launching a new product – literati. It’s in beta now with January 2012 set for a live launch. The design and purpose of the product sounds very intriguing (multi channel design, increase dialog b/t librarians and students, information at the point of need, etc.) and I can’t wait to see it in action. Here’s more from the press release:
(Boston and Oxford — October 20, 2011) Credo Reference, the leading provider of online research products, enters a new era with the launch of literati by Credo. A solution designed around Credo’s information-aware philosophy and a commitment to promoting research effectiveness, literati by Credo distinguishes itself from an increasingly crowded field of library products by offering capabilities that empower users and improve information literacy. Continue reading Credo Reference introduces literati
I’m a big fan of GVRL because I can cross search a variety of reference titles. We’ve had hundreds of titles at my institution for over 5 years. I’m really excited that they have upgraded their interface based on extensive usability studies with students. The new interface is available now, but you’ll have to change the settings in your admin account first. Otherwise, next July everyone will switch over. But why wait? Here is more from the press release:
Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, schools and businesses, today announced a totally redesigned user interface for Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL), its online ebook platform. After extensive user analysis and market feedback, the interface has been overhauled with improved navigation and organization, and a vibrant and engaging display to draw in students, researchers, professionals and general readers. Continue reading Gale/Cengage announces new GVRL interface
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Reference Universe, it’s a great little product that indexes the content of reference works. They have thousands of entries and add new content regularly. They announced this week new content from Grove Art Online and Grove Music Online. Below is the text from their blog post.
Paratext is pleased to announce that detailed metadata from Grove Art Online and Grove Music Online from Oxford University Press are now integrated into Reference Universe.
Many current Reference Universe libraries tell us that these titles are among the most heavily used within their library. Their inclusion within Reference Universe ensures increased accessibility to some of the most authoritative articles on art and music available. Continue reading Reference Universe adds Grove Art and Music titles
With the advent of the internet and growing popularity of Wikipedia, traditional library reference tools have experienced a decline in use. As a result, many reference publishers began producing electronic books or converting traditional print multi-volume titles to online databases. While this has been a valiant effort, much of the content still goes undiscovered due to limited access from subscription costs, firewalls, passwords, and lack of indexing in search engines.
A new book from IGI Publishing, the first in the Advances in Library and Information Science (ALIS) series, discusses the myriad issues with e-reference discovery in libraries. The 23 chapters explore the topic in academic, public, and school libraries as well as from the publishers perspective. The book is available in print or e formats. E formats offer the ability to purchase individual chapters. The first ALIS newsletter featured the preface and 8 selected chapters from the book. Continue reading E-Discovering Reference
Five additional OUP resources are now discoverable in Serials Solutions’ Summon. The indexing includes metadata and full text from Grove Art Online, Grove Music Online, American Dictionary of National Biography Online, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Online and Oxford Reference Online.
More information is in the press release: Continue reading New Oxford University Press content added to Summon
Last Saturday at the ALA Conference I met with Rick Lumsden, Executive Director for Institutional Sales and Marketing for Britannica. We discussed Britannica’s new ebook platform and their mobile apps. More information about Britannica’s ebooks and previews of the books can be found at ebooks.eb.com.
The RUSA/Codes Reference Publishing Advisory Committee sponsored a program at the Annual Conference in New Orleans, “eReference Publishing: Current Issues and Trends in Preservation.” Joseph, Yue, Chair of the committee, moderated the panel discussion. Speakers included:
- Jacob Nadal, Preservation Officer, UCLA Library
- Heather Ruland Staines, Sr. Manager eOperations at Springer Science + Business Media
- Marie McCaffrey, Executive Director, HistoryLink.org
- Ken DiFiore, Associate Director, Outreach & Participation Services,Portico
Continue reading eReference Publishing: Current Issues and Trends in Preservation