From the press release: Springer Science+Business Media has launched SpringerReference.com, a new platform for researchers and academic and corporate libraries. It offers living editions of Springer’s eReferences well in advance of their print editions across every subject. Through the platform, scientists can submit updates to articles whenever they want or deem necessary to keep up with the demand for the most recent scientific developments. SpringerReference.com thus offers a way to quickly publish major reference works which need to be constantly updated with the most up-to-date research findings. Continue reading Springer launches eReference platform
Credo continues to expand it’s subject collections with the new addition of Elsevier titles. There was no indication in the press release of the date these titles will be available.
More from the press release: Credo Reference (www.credoreference.com), the award-winning online reference service, and Elsevier, an international provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, have signed an agreement that will put 45 health sciences titles in forthcoming Credo Reference Subject Collections.
Credo’s Subject Collections, which launched with eight collections in spring 2011, are compilations of leading subject-specific reference curated with library professionals and available alone or alongside the Credo General Reference service. The Elsevier titles represent a wide variety of resources in the research areas of Health Science, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine. The diverse and prestigious titles to be included in the Credo Subject Collections of Nursing & Allied Health and Veterinary Medicine are: Continue reading 45 Elsevier health science titles to be available in Credo Reference Subject Collections
ï»¿ï»¿The 2011 Salem Press Library Blog Award winners have been announced. Congrats to all!
Salem Press, a division of EBSCO Publishing (www.salempress.com), the awardâ€winning publisher of health, literary, historical and scientific reference materials, today announced the winners of The 2011 Library Blog Awards. The annual awards celebrate and reward the blogging achievements of library professionals across the spectrum. Winners in the eight contending categories are:
General Library Blog: Librarian in Black
Public Library Blog: Swiss Army Librarian
Academic Library Blog: Information Tyrannosaur
School Library Blog: The Unquiet Librarian
Local Library Blog: Cecil County Public Library
Quirky Library Blog: A Librarian’s Guide to Etiquette
Newcomer Library Blog: Hack Library School
Commercial Library Blog: Neverending Search
The new issue of Booklist is out and contains an Off The Shelf column, “The Challenge of New Editions.” In the article I discuss the realities of updating new editions of reference books in an online environment. Continuously updated database, new editions, access to multiple editions, and weeding e-reference books are discussed. Content for the article was obtained from a survey of reference publishers in March 2011. Other Off The Shelf columns are available on the publications page.
Big news from Britannica today, they just launched a new web-based e-books product. The first 15 pages of each single-volume, illustrated title are free. Libraries can contact Britannica for pricing.
Here is more information from the press release: Students in elementary school through college can easily access hundreds of high-quality books on the subjects they’re studying through a new Web-based e-books service available to schools and libraries from Britannica Digital Learning.
The new service, at ebooks.eb.com, makes it easier than ever to use Britannica’s expert-written single-volume titles for research, papers, homework and projects. More than 300 non-fiction digital books are now available. They cover the full range of curriculum, including math, science, language arts, social studies and health. Continue reading Britannica launches a new web-based e-book service
More discovery news, Credo Reference is now accessible through Ex Libris. From the press release: Credo Reference (credoreference.com), the award-winning online reference service, and Ex Libris Group®, a leading provider of library automation solutions, announced today that content from Credo’s General Reference, Publisher and Subject Collections will now be accessible through the Ex Libris Primo Central Index of scholarly content.
With this new agreement, Primo search results will include both Credo Reference content and Credo Topic Pages. Credo Topic Pages combine high-quality research, images and library resources to provide an engaging, all-in-one starting point for users entering the research experience. As a further benefit of the agreement, libraries will be able to customize Credo Topic Pages to display Primo results, promoting their relevant and valuable resources at the point of need.
From a Paratext press release:
Paratext is pleased to announce that links to the reference works from the Sharpe Online Reference collection have been added to the nearly 50,000 scholarly subject encyclopedias and other reference titles accessible via Reference Universe. Sharpe Online Reference (SOLR) includes the titles that make up the U.S. and Global History and Culture collections. SOLR brings together award-wining subject coverage, the convenience and flexibility of online research and a fresh new approach to digital content ownership.
- Heather Ruland Staines, Sr. Manager eOperations at Springer Science + Business Media
- Ken DiFiore, Associate Director, Outreach & Participation Services,Portico
- Marie McCaffrey, Executive Director, HistoryLink.org
- Jacob Nadal, Preservation Officer, UCLA Library
Reference Books Bulletin Advisory Board Program:
The Wikipedia Effect: How Wikipedia Has Changed the Way the World Finds and Evaluates Information – Monday June 27 10:30-12 Convention Center 345
Salem Press has once again surveyed the library blog landscape in search of exceptional thinking, writing and information. After sifting through hundreds of nominations, our blog judges have spoken and their votes have been tallied. Forty outstanding blogs, five in each category, came out on top. We now need your help to narrow down the list of finalists.
To vote for your favorite blogs, click Blog Awards. And thanks for participating. Continue reading 2011 Salem Press Library Blog Awards – Vote Now
From a Credo Reference press release: Credo Reference, the award-winning online reference service, is pleased to announce the launch of an in-depth new Publisher Collection from Salem Press.
Joining a growing list of 33 other Publisher Collections, all available stand-alone or alongside a subscription to Credo General Reference, the new Salem Press Collection will be offered as perpetual purchase or on a subscription basis.
This new Collection features key titles from both the Critical Surveys of Literature series (guides covering the major writers of world literature) and the Great Lives from History series (detailing the biographies of important people throughout history). Filled with vital content, and including 54 volumes from 13 titles, the Salem Press Publisher Collection offers: Continue reading Credo Reference adds Salem Press Collection
The University of Michigan Library is opening to the public 2,229 searchable keyed-text editions of books from Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO). The texts are available to the public at no cost.
ECCO is a research database containing significant English- and foreign-language titles printed in the United Kingdom during the 18th century and important works from the America The database is published by Gale, part of Cengage Learning.
The texts typed by the Text Creation Partnership, range from Pope’s “Essay on Man” to a “Discourse addressed to an Infidel Mathematician.” The Text Creation Partnership (TCP) produced the keyed texts in collaboration with Gale, which provided page images for keying and is permitting the release of the keyed texts in support of the Library’s commitment to the creation of open access cultural heritage archives. Continue reading University of Michigan Library opens ECCO – Eighteenth Century Collections Online to the public
First Streetâ„¢ was launched this month by CQ Press. The new database takes data from 20 years of CQ Press print directories and a variety of other political resources and cross references them for relationships. They have a visual aspect as well, called coalition builder. It’s fascinating to see how traditional print reference directories have come to new life in online databases. More information on First Street is available in an article from Information Today.
From an EBSCO press release: A recent agreement between EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) and World Book, Inc. (World Book) will bring twelve popular reference tools into EBSCO Discovery Serviceâ„¢ (EDS). Metadata, including full-text searching, for World Book resources will be added to the EDS Base Index allowing the World Book content to better impact searching through the EDS single search interface. The twelve World Book resources that will be searchable in EDS include popular English language titles as well as French and Spanish language reference tools.
The titles include: World Book Kids, World Book Student, World Book Advanced, World Book Discoverer, World Book Online for Kids, World Book Online Info Finder, World Book Online Reference Center, Living Green, Early People, Inventions & Discoveries as well as the French and Spanish language reference tools, L’Encyclopedie Decoverte & Enciclopedia Estudantil Hallazagos Continue reading World Book content searchable on EBSCO Discovery Service
Gale, part of Cengage Learning, is celebrating National Library Week by offering free access to six highly-praised online resources for use by any library during National Library Week. Free access runs through National Library Week, from April 10 to April 24, 2010. Librarians can download the widget to their homepage by visiting www.gale.cengage.com/NLW starting on April 10. Library patrons should look for the widget on their library’s homepage, which provides single-click access to these online resources.
The library is where stories are read, retold, written and created every day. In salute of the American Library Association’s theme – Create your own story @ your library, Gale is offering free access to resources that help library users explore and inspire stories of all kinds. Gale is offering access to six resources: Continue reading Gale offering free access to six resources for National Library Week
From a Salem Press email:
During the past weeks, Japan’s earthquake, the resulting tsunami and damage to several of the country’s nuclear power plants have brought this energy source to the news. The benefits, challenges and dangers of nuclear energy have been much discussed. Sometimes in heated, partisan ways. Since a little historical perspective is always a good thing, we thought Salem might contribute a bit to the discussion.
Salem Press has published a great deal on the history, environmental impact, importance and personalities involved in the nuclear industry. We’ve looked at the matter in several reference sets, from many perspectives.
Free Relevant News
We’ve selected four articles (from four reference works) that your patrons and students may find informative. You may download them freely, print as many copies of these articles as you need, and distribute them any way you’d like. Continue reading Salem Press offers free reference content related to nuclear energy
From a Gale Press Release:
Gale, part of Cengage Learning, and Portico, part of the not-for-profit organization ITHAKA, today announced Gale will be preserving three additional digital historical collections with Portico. This follows the completed ingest of 10 Gale Digital Collectionsincluding 19th Century U.S. Newspapers, The Making of Modern Law: Primary Resources and Eighteenth Century Collections Onlineand represents over 80 million files (75 million pages of content), which doubled the size of the Portico archive in just one year. Continue reading Gale’s Literary Collections added to the Portico Archive, over 1 million files
From a Credo Reference Press Release:
Credo Reference, the award-winning online reference service, is pleased to announce the launch of Subject Collections. These convenient collections, designed to provide comprehensive coverage of key subjects, add to the rapidly growing reference e-book offerings on Credo Reference.
The eight new collections offer titles from 11 key reference publishers including Wiley-Blackwell, Elsevier, SAGE Reference and Berkshire Publishing Group. Additional Subject Collections are planned for Fall 2011. Continue reading Credo Launches Eight New Subject Collections
Below is a Credo Reference Press Release on the expansion of M.E. Sharpe content.
Credo Reference, the award-winning online reference service, has signed an agreement to expand the M.E. Sharpe content offered on the Credo Reference platform. Researchers will now have access to the added content as a Credo Reference Publisher Collection and the forthcoming Subject Collections.
M.E. Sharpe publishes social sciences and humanities resources, including titles in economics, political science, management and public administration, history and literature. Like all Credo Reference Publisher Collections, the M.E. Sharpe Publisher Collection is available for perpetual purchase or subscription.
Titles in the M.E. Sharpe Publisher Collection: Continue reading Credo Reference expands M.E. Sharpe content
IGI Publishing launched the inaugural issue of the Advances in Library Information Science (ALIS) Newsletter today. The newsletter provides a value-added tool that gives a pre-publication, no-strings-attached glimpse into the library and information science content. The Editor-in-Chief for the IGI ALIS series is Mirela Roncevic, formerly with Library Journal.
In the first newsletter, the forthcoming title edited by Sue Polanka, E-Reference Context and Discoverability in Libraries: Issues and Concepts, is highlighted offering eight essays. The full book, to be released in the fall of 2011, boasts over 20 unique chapters on the issues and concepts surrounding reference content, written by thirty-one contributors representing academic, public, and school libraries, publishers, library school professors, and other information industry professionals.
More information about the ALIS newsletter .
Read the preface of the forthcoming E-Reference title.