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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
The October 2011 Corner Shelf (an online supplement to Booklist magazine) focused their discussion on eBooks in libraries. Several feature articles are offered, including one on weeding eBooks. Here is the opening paragraph of Corner Shelf which includes links to the articles.
Welcome to the second issue of Corner Shelf, dedicated to the proposition that collection development and readers’ advisory go hand in hand. This issue we’re focusing on e-books in libraries, the topic du jour in our profession. Sue Polanka, author of Booklist’s popular Off the Shelf column and moderator of the cutting-edge blog No Shelf Required, leads off with “E-Factor,” a nifty overview of how e-books are making an impact in libraries. Elsewhere, Baker & Taylor’s Livia Bitner introduces Axis 360, the company’s new digital media platform for libraries; Alice Crosetto delivers tips on weeding e-books (now that we have them in our collections, it’s time to think about how to get rid of them!); and Rebecca Vnuk, Booklist’s new editor for reference and collection management, does double duty, surveying the wealth of free e-books available to libraries and interviewing two Chicago-area librarians who are heavily involved in the business of incorporating e-books into library collections. Rebecca’s interview is the first of what will be an ongoing series in Corner Shelf called Notes from the Field, in which we will take the pulse of practicing collection development and readers’-advisory librarians.
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.
From an OUP Press Release I received via email: January 11, 2011 – Oxford University Press is pleased to announce the creation of a groundbreaking online platform for university press monograph content. Having redeveloped the award-winning Oxford Scholarship Online platform, OUP is launching University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO) and inviting the University Press community to take advantage of a fully enabled XML environment with the cutting edge search and discovery functionality that has marked the success of Oxford Scholarship Online. Continue reading Oxford University Press Creates Online Platform for University Press Content
From the Booklist Points of Reference blog:
Gale announced yesterday the availability of Biography in Context, a new next-gen resource evolving from, and soon replacing, the Biography Resource Center database.
Biography in Context includes the following:
- Read Speaker text-to-speech technology, available on every page, is an ideal option for struggling readers and the visually impaired
- Document translator allows students to translate any document into French, Spanish, Japanese, German, Italian, Portuguese, simplified Chinese, and Korean Continue reading Gale Launches Biography In Context
New article in Booklist, Reference Works From Idea to Reality. The article summarizes a presentation from the ALA Annual Conference by 3 reference publishers representing Gale/Cengage, Oxford University Press, and SAGE Reference. Each describes a different aspect of the reference publishing experience – exploring a new topic and selecting a format, publishing a work, and determining when and how to revise content.
Reposted from Booklist’s Points of Reference blog:
During the RBB webinar on June 1st, Power to the User, we discussed and demonstrated a variety of interactive features available in online reference products. At the end of the webinar, everyone had the opportunity to take a survey on these features. The survey listed over 30 interactive features and provided responses of no value, some value, high value, and neutral/no opinion. There were over 100 responses from 87% librarians/library media specialists, 6% library staff, and 2% each of library school students and publishers. There was a nearly even split between public and academic librarians (42% each) and 6% from school libraries. Id like to share some of these results with you. Continue reading Results of survey – interactive features in online reference products
If you’re going the ALA Annual Conference later this month, mark your calendar for the for the Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin program “Reference Work from Idea to Reality.”
How does an idea turn into a reference book–or a reference database? Some heavy-hitters from reference publishing will discuss the process from initial concept to publication and beyond.
Panelists: Caspar Grathwohl, Oxford University Press; Rolfe Janke, SAGE Reference; Frank Menchaca, Gale/Cengage Learning. Moderator: Sue Polanka, Wright State University Libraries
Monday, June 28, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m
Washington Convention Center 146C
You are cordially invited to the Electronic Resources Management Interest Group ALCTS/LITA meeting at ALA 2010 Annual Conference in Washington, DC.
- Program: Challenges of Implementing eBooks for Publishers, Libraries and End-Users
- Date: Friday, June 25th, 2010
- Time: 4:00pm—5:15pm
- Location: Hilton Washington-Fairchild Room
- Speakers: Aaron Wood, Director of Software Product Management, Alexander Street Press. Former Metadata Librarian and Assistant Head of Technical Services at the University of Calgary and Sue Polanka, Head of Reference and Instruction, Wright State University Libraries Continue reading ALA Session – Challenges of Implementing eBooks for Publishers, Libraries, and End-Users
Booklist is sponsoring a webinar next Tuesday, June 1st, Power to the User: Interactive Online Reference. Librarians and vendors will discuss the interactive features available today, and in the future, for online reference products. For more information and to register, visit the Booklist webinar page. Participants will be invited to take a survey on interactive reference features, voting for their own favorites.
Gale announced today the availability of the AccessMyLibrary (AML) School Edition app for the iPhone. The new K-12 version allows students to find their local school library — (grade schools, middle schools and high schools) and access the vast array of Gale resources the school library has purchased on their behalf. Students can use the application to locate their school and then will be required to authenticate for the school year, using a password provided by the school.
Continue reading Gale’s AccessMyLibrary School Edition iPhone app
I’ve had several posts in the last 3 months about interactive online reference – a survey, link to a Charleston Presentation, and now a link to the “Off The Shelf” column in Booklist which highlights interactive online reference (and summarizes the survey and the presentation from Charleston). The article is available at Booklist Online and is also linked from the NSR articles page, along with the other Off The Shelf columns. Happy reading.
Reference Books Bulletin (Booklist) will host a webinar on the 21st century reference collection on January 12th. Register online for this free event.
Here is the description of the event:
Reference collections are changing, driven by technology and new patterns of use. Join Booklist’s Mary Ellen Quinn, Editor of Reference Books Bulletin, and a group of library and publishing experts as they talk about how the traditional reference collection is being transformed. Panelists include David A. Tyckoson, Associate Dean, California State University Henry Madden Library; and representatives from Encyclopaedia Britannica, M. E. Sharpe, World Book, and ABC-CLIO.
Last month I posted a link to a survey about interactive online reference features. The survey was used to gauge the interest in 30 different interface features, ranging from video and sound to course packs, Web 2.0 features, and sharing materials. The results of the survey were used during a presentation at the Charleston Conference on November 6, 2009. The presentation was titled “Interactive Online Reference” and was presented by Tom Beyer from iFactory and myself. The slides from our presentation are available here, and do include the results of the survey. Overall, the respondents favored all 30 features, as everything received greater than 50% approval. But, there were definite favorites, which are listed. During our presentation, we used audience response systems to tally the interest of the attendees. The results of those impromptu surveys are also included in the slides.
The January 2010 Booklist will include a summary of the presentation and survey in my Off The Shelf column (which I will post of course), and the full paper will be available in the 29th Annual Charleston Conference Proceedings sometime in 2010. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.
CHICAGOBooklist Online announces the addition of Points of Reference to its growing family of blogs. Mary Ellen Quinn and a team of front-line experts from academic, public and school libraries post about reference sources and trends in reference publishing and services. Continue reading Booklist launches new reference blog
Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin: Rethinking the Reference Collection
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Monday, July 13, 2009, 10:30 — 12:00
The April 1, 2009 “Off The Shelf” column features an article on E-book usage data. The article surveyed 10 e-book vendors and aggregators for information on their usage data. A comparative chart accompanies the article, which is only available online, on the NSR articles page.
7 vendors replied to the survey, 1 couldn’t participate due to usage data restructuring, and 2 did not reply. The 2 no replies serve primarily the public and school library markets, so this usage chart is heavy on academic providers.