The current NSR poll asks, “is your institution using patron driven acquisition to purchase eBooks.” PDA is a business model, offered by (currently) 3 ebook aggregators – NetLibrary, EBL, and Ingram Digital. In this model, patrons determine which eBooks are purchased based on the eBooks they use. There are many variations to PDA, but each variation does allow for librarians to pre-select groups of titles to choose from, establish budgets, and put controls in place to monitor usage and purchases.
Wow, my first member! Thanks Lora. I’m glad to see that the resources in NSR are assisting library students too.
Dear Sue Polanka,
I’m a library student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I just did a research project on the future of reference books for a collection development class. In my research I came across several columns where you addressed just this topic. I just wanted to write and thank you for being such a proponent for electronic resources and encourage you to continue motivating librarians to edge their libraries into an online reference model! I’ve really enjoyed reading the columns!
Graduate Assistant, Instructional Services
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
I recently attended the School Library Journal (SLJ) Summit and had the pleasure of working with Roger Rosen, of Rosen Publishing, on a panel about the future of digital reference. Roger spoke about Rosen’s Teen Health & Wellness product. I finally had a chance to look it over. WOW, this is what I call a reference experience!
- Thousands of resources for teens on topics relevant to them, and written for them – like sexuality, dating, stress, alcohol/drugs, eating disorders, and even acne
- In The News – a snippet of data from a published news story, with links to additional information in the database.
- Cast Your Vote – Polls on relevant topics, to see how other teens feel/act. After viewing the poll results, links to articles on a relevant topic are included
- HOTLINES (Get Help Now)- easy to find access to a variety of national hotlines (Suicide, AIDS, Alcohol/Drugs, Eating Disorders, etc)
- Ask Dr. Jan – a place to ask a question and get an answer from a licensed Psychologist
- Personal Story – a teen story written about a particular situation, like cyberbullying. Users may then SHARE THEIR OWN STORY by submitting it to Rosen. Don’t worry, lots of confidentiality controls are in place.
- Did You Know? – factoids on various health/wellness topics, with links to related articles
- RSS Feeds of new content from “In The News,” “Dr. Jan’s Corner,” and “Did You Know?”
- Each entry is signed, and includes the name of the MD or other medical professional who reviewed the article.
- Email, print, and cite this source options
- Links for resources, glossary, and further reading
- Date last updated for each article
Besides the amazing amount of information in the Teen Health & Wellness database, teens have the opportunity to ask questions, write/share their own feelings, and find out how other teens are dealing with situations. The RSS feeds, polls, and Q/A make this interactive. The attention to detail in citing, writing, reviewing, and updating make the information very authoritative. This should be in every household, not just school. Congrats Rosen!
Gee, reading all of this makes me want to be a teenager again…..NOT!
But, it does make me wonder why these great features aren’t in other databases. The product seems to build a community. Can our generic reference ebook collections possibly do that? I don’t see why not.ï¿½
According to a survey conducted in the UK by NetLibrary, most libraries do intend to increase the acquisition of eBooks in the coming years.
300 libraries responded
- 3/4 of academic libraries intend to increase eBook collections
- 1/2 of public libraries intend to increase eBook collections
- 85% of publics were interested in fiction eBooks
- 65% of publics were interested in building an audiobook collection
for more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
**and crashed, unfortunately, due to popularity. It’s currently down! sp, 11/21 4:30 p.m. EST The site hopes to be back up, on a more robust engine, by mid December.
The European Commission has launched Europeana, a multimedia online library. Over 2 million books are included as well as maps, recordings, photographs, archival materials, and more. The digital materials were collected from the national libraries and cultural institutions of the EU’s 27 member states and are all cross searchable in one source – Europeana.ï¿½
I posted a while back about a wonderful eBook site, DailyLit. DailyLit sends me bits and pieces of eBooks to my email box each day, just enough to read for a minute or two. The first title I chose (yes, because it was free) was 100 Ways to Succeed by Tom Peters. Yesterday, #39 arrived. It said:
100 WAYS TO SUCCEED #39:
BLOG AS IF YOUR LIFE DEPENDED ON IT!
Blogging, I firmly believe, is the premier emergent marketing-brandbuilding-lovemark-creating tool of our times! It is the premier way to have intimate-engaging-informative-WOWing “conversations” with Clients and prospects! This all goes double for small enterprises and niche enterprises; and goes triple for the Professional Services; and works wonders in the Public Sector as well.
Do you see Blogging in these exalted lights? If not, why not? Please … Blog-As-If-Your-Professional-Success-Depended-On-It. (Hint: I think it does.)
Begin today! Appoint yourself Chief Blogging officer. Or, better yet, Chief Intimate Client Conversations Officer!
I can’t tell you how happy I was to realize that finally, I had accomplished one of the (so-far) 39 ways to succeed. Why am I bragging about this? Well, because now it’s your turn. No Shelf Required is here to provide a place for discussion between librarians, publishers, aggregators, book lovers, and spammers (oh wait, I delete those messages). So comment, post, rant, suggest, get your eBook message out. You’d be surprised how many people actually read this thing – worldwide! It surprises me every day.
LJ just released E-Reference Ratings, “an evaluation of nearly 180 subscription based electronic resources in 14 subject categories.” Of course, many of these are eBook platforms like Britannica, Credo, GVRL, Oxford, and Sage. There was no category for eBooks, instead you’ll find them listed under the various subject categories.
Products were reviewed by a team of 8 reference experts and included 7 criteria: scope, writing, design, linking, bells & whistles, ease of use, value. Resources were given a star rating, 1 to 4 stars to indicate * poor, ** satisfactory, ***good, ****excellent A brief paragraph also accompanied each resource.
According to LJ, “Because we know that online resources continually grow and evolvea list of this nature can date quicklyE-Reference Ratings, which made a print debut in the November 15th Reference Announcements issue, will find its permanent home and reach its full potential on our web site. We intend not only to keep up with these ever-changing products (adjusting the ratings as necessary) but also to expand the number of databases in each category and venture into new ones. We hope to hear from all partieslibrarians, publishers, and vendorsabout how we can keep this tool thriving and make it even more useful.”
Congrats LJ! This was no small feat.ï¿½
I love widgets. Last week at the Charleston Conference I was on a panel discussing “bridging the google gap.” I was to discuss ways libraries were bridging that gap through reference services. Widgets was one of my answers.
Widgets can be embedded on multiple library web pages, course management systems, facebook, teacher/faculty websites, anywhere really! Caution, my web designer friends always remind me to have one ONE search box on a page, otherwise it gets confusing.
There are many eBook/eReference vendors who provide widgets. I’ve got links to some of them below. If you know of others, send them my way and I’ll post.
Credo Reference – Search the entire Credo collection with their widget. Some libraries have put the search widget on a reference page, as a starting point. Now that Credo links to other sources through their “resource links” feature, users can start with traditional reference sources and move to journals or other databases of your choosing. For a look at this feature, check out the Watne Memorial Library . You might also be interested in an informal review of the new Credo interface.
Gale/Cengage – GVRL in particular. I am fond of this widget because you can establish subject collections of sets of titles. Once you have the collection established, it can be placed in the widget and only those titles searched. This is a fab idea for subject guides/pathfinders, or for class assignment links.
Reference Universe – RU searches the indexes, TOC, and list of articles of both print and electronic reference titles. Using your online catalog, they will connect the user to a reference source. The widget opens up your entire reference collection. St. Mary’s College of California has a great example of this widget. Be sure to click on “reference.”
eBook collections and platforms are popping up faster than daisies these days. New this month is the Palgrave Macmillan platform – Palgrave Connect. This is a collaborative effort from Palgrave and Nature and will include eBooks in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and business areas. About 4,000 eBooks are available with the launch.ï¿½
From a marketing email I received from Serials Solutions:
Serials Solutions KnowledgeWorks now includes 800,000 eBooks
With more budget resources being dedicated to the purchase of eBook databases and titles, a new challenge is to help patrons easily find these valuable resources and increase their usage. <what about the catalog?> sp
Serials Solutions KnowledgeWorks, the authoritative e-resource knowledgebase, now integrates over 800,000 eBook holdings into Serials Solutions 360 e-resource access services to benefit your patrons.
* Help patrons find eBooks in your OPAC using 360 MARC Updates OPAC updating service
* Enable patrons to browse an A-to-Z title list of e-resources include eBooks using 360 Core
* Provide access to eBooks from citations or a citation search form using 360 Link OpenURL link resolver
* Help patrons discover eBooks through 360 Search federated search service
Other vendors are also offering this service, like the Ebsco A to Z list.
We have the Ebsco product at WSU and are electing to not display the ebooks at this time. Our patrons use our A to Z list to locate electronic journals (which are also in our catalog), so I really don’t like to clutter the product with other formats, particularly since ebooks are a growing collection. At some point the ebooks will outnumber the journals.
Does anyone know if Serials Solutions categorizes these formats so that they can easily be searched by journal, ebook, or database? Ebsco A to Z does not currently do that. If they did, I might consider adding the ebooks since I could default to a journals search on the patron screen, but have the ebooks and databases search available.
This arrived via email a couple hours after the post – thanks Serials Solutions, you guys are on the ball!
One of my colleagues sent me a link to your blog post discussing the Serials Solutions eBook functionality, and I wanted to quickly follow-up to explain how our A-Z list works with regard to eBook content.
Currently, all of the library’s content is displayed together in a combined A-Z list for browsing purposes. For searching, however, there are content type selectors that are available, so that your patrons can specify which type of content they are searching for (Journal, eBook, Other, or ALL). It’s also possible to place “mini-search” boxes anywhere on your library website for the A-Z list that are tailored to one or more of the content types — this requires a little bit of programming work, but is relatively straightforward (there is an example on our Support Center forums that I can direct you to if you’d like to see how that works).
Product Manager – 360 Link/360 Core/E-Journal Portal
I just returned from The Charleston Conference and was amazed by the sessions and general discussions relating to eBooks. I tried to get to most of them, but that was impossible due to the amount of sessions. If you attended or presented one of these sessions, I invite you to post your comments to No Shelf Required. I know we can all benefit from hearing more about ebooks.
Some highlights for me were Lindsey Schell’s discussion of patron driven purchasing at UT-Austin – a “platform agnostic” library, and the “banana” story told by Jason Price. I was also humbled by the number of people that attended my session – the debate between patron driven purchasing and traditional collection development. Thanks to all of you for attending, and for participating. We used the audience response systems to survey the attendees, so I’ll post those results on NSR.
OCLC, the University of Washington, and Syracuse University are working together to create a “credible” search engine, one that offers results with preference to sites selected by librarians.
According to the press release, “Reference Extract is envisioned as a Web search experience similar to those provided by the world’s most popular search engines. However, unlike other search engines, Reference Extract will be built for maximum credibility of search results by relying on the expertise of librarians. Users will enter a search term and receive results weighted toward sites most often used by librarians at institutions such as the Library of Congress, the University of Washington, the State Library of Maryland, and over 2,000 other libraries worldwide.”
I think this is a fabulous idea, despite what others might think about potential librarian bias, and hope these groups take this idea a few steps further. Wouldn’t it be great if publishers, data aggregators, and libraries who maintain scholarly content could populate this engine with data from invisible web sources – like catalogs, databases, eBook platforms. We could bridge the google gap and offer our patrons a true scholarly search engine. Information industry vendors could advertise, link resolvers could be inserted based on general IP of the user, and librarians across the world could band together to offer a real time chat service on the engine. Think of the money this could save us on metasearch tools! I know, dream on.ï¿½
AAP reports eBook sales jumped 77.8% to 5.1 million for September year to date. However, overall book sales decreased. Details of other categories below:
AAP Book Sales: Declines for September, Year-to-Date
In September, net sales decreased 2% to $1.062 billion for 80 publishers that reported to the Association of American Publishers. Net sales for the year through September have fallen 1.5% to $7.718 billion.
E-books jumped 77.8% to $5.1 million.
Children’s/YA hardcover increased 41.9% to $119.8 million.
Higher education rose 18.4% to $338.2 million.
Professional and scholarly edged up 6.8% to $60.5 million.
University press paperbacks gained 4.4% to $6.5 million.
Adult hardcover fell 29.8% to $173.3 million.
Children’s/YA paperback declined 19.1% to $51.5 million.
El-Hi dropped 17.6% to $325.1 million.
Audiobooks decreased 12.3% to $18.7 million.
Religious books fell 11.8% to $76.8 million.
Adult paperback decreased 8.6% to $134.7 million.
Adult mass market dropped 8.3% to $67.4 million.
University press hardcovers slid 3.6% to $6.3 million.
According to an ebrary press release, they have launched their new QuickView. QuickView “enables end-users to instantly view documents in many of the leading web browsers and even works on the iPhone. No software downloads or installations are needed.” Groovy. QuickView will not replace the existing Java Based Reader, it is offered in conjunction.
ebrary’s key features of QuickView:
- Instant viewing and page flipping in a web browser
- Relevancy ranking at the chapter level with links to specific sections
- Navigate to search terms or specified pages
- Search within documents for key words
- View and navigate to highlights and notes created using an ebrary Reader
- Multiple view magnifications
I’ll check this out at Charleston this week and give it a whirl on the iPhone. Anxious to see how legible that will be!
A really neat feature from Encyclopaedia Britannica – Content Widgets . I’m a big fan of widgets, particularly ones with nice visuals. They draw the users attention and can lead them to authoritative reference content. Here’s the official info from Britannica:
Check Out Britannica’s New Widget Feature!
Britannica Widgets are here, and with them you can instantly post an entire cluster of related EncyclopÃ¦dia Britannica articles on your blog or Web site. Just follow the instructions and copy and paste the several lines of code associated with each widget as html into the appropriate place on your site. Any readers who click on a link will get the entire Britannica article on the subject, even if access to the article normally requires a subscription.
Widgets are an innovative way to share information on websites and blogs!
Here are a couple of samples (click for larger image):
The Britannica Newsletter “inside Britannica” states it is a feature of the Britannica Online Academic Edition. According to Lillian Terry, my Britannica Rep who sent me a nice email yesterday, this feature is also available in the Public and School online editions as well. Very cool, very cool.
While not an eBook, this is a big step for the Christian Science Monitor, the first major newspaper to take the leap to online only. An October 28th NYT article reported the Christian Science Monitor will move to online only in April of 2009, but will begin to publish a weekend news magazine. The Christian Science Monitor states it hopes to achieve 3 goals with the switch to online distribution. Those are:
- Producing a website with 24/7 access, easy updates, and instant access to current news
- Focusing resources where the majority of its readers are – online
- Eliminating the costs of print production to become financially sustainable
This appears to be the logical move for a major newspaper with declining print subscriptions. It will be interesting to see if other large newspapers follow, and how quickly. Curious too, how might this affect libraries? In my academic library, we already subscribe online and receive microfilm rather than print. We’ll have to keep an eye on the subscription costs and see how they change as a result of the switch. Gee, maybe the money we spend on the microfilm will actually be used to buy something else!
Those of you interested in learning more about Follett and Overdrive should take a look at the recent Off The Shelf column in Booklist Online – E-book Distributors for the Public and School Library Markets. The article provides an overview of the content, features, and business models of both of these distributors.
NetLibrary, due to it’s recent transformation, has a feature article in the Nov. 1, 2008 Booklist issue (and Booklist Online)
Academic aggregators – ebrary, EBL, and Myilibrary – were featured back in May, 2008.
All articles are linked from No Shelf Required, just check out the articles link.
Well, this might give ebooks the jump they need. Anyone attending Oprah’s “Favorite Things” show? There might just be a Kindle under the seat! If not, you can at least get a discount. Buy it through the Teleread blog.
From my friends at Teleread.
Oprah not only endorsed the Kindle, as expected, but also announced a discount offer allowing for $50 off the usual price of $359. The magic promo code, good until November 1, is OPRAHWINFREY. There’ll also be a discount on the novel The Story of Edgar Sawtelle.
Suggestion, if your heart is set on a K machine and you want to help us: Try ordering through TeleRead (current link). One of the last ordering screens, associated with Order Summary, will ask: “Have any gift cards, gift certificates or promotional claim codes?” Key in OPRAHWINFREY.
Reminder: We continue to hope that Amazon will use a more open approach and, for example, let current or future Kindles read ePub natively.
Those libraries in the Western U.S. might want to investigate this discount if you have any interest in Credo. Discount amount not mentioned in the press release, however.
Credo Reference Partners with BCR to Bring Online Reference to Member Institutions at a Discount
Boston and Oxford, October 23, 2008 — Credo Reference, provider of customizable online reference collections, is pleased to announce that they are partnering with BCR to provide its services to member libraries. With the new agreement, member institutions have the option of purchasing their choice of Credo Unlimited, Credo 250 or Credo 100 at a discount.
BCR (Bibliographical Center for Research) is a multistate, nonprofit network of academic, research, school, public and special libraries that provides members with training, products, discounts and consultation expertise. BCR understands the unique challenges of libraries in this technology-driven era, and brings them together for greater success by expanding their knowledge, reach and power. Both individual libraries and state library systems can join the network. Current member states include Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming as well as members located in additional states.
“BCR is the nation’s oldest and most established multistate library cooperative and we are pleased to partner with them to provide Credo’s reference collections to their members,” added Mike Sweet, Credo CEO. “We know the member libraries will discover that our over three million cross-searchable entries, from 350+ titles and 61 publishers, covering every major subject, will be a key addition to their offerings.”
The Credo page on the BCR web site is: http://www.bcr.org/services/databases/credo/reference.html.