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
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
From an email I received, also linked on PR Web:
EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) and Credo Reference, the online reference service, have extended their partnership allowing the reference content from Credo Reference to be discoverable within EBSCO Discovery Serviceâ„¢ (EDS). Metadata from Credo General Reference, Credo Topic Pages and Publisher Collections will be added to the EDS Base Index. The addition of this rich and extensive content will impact searchers using the EDS single search interface by providing reference content and overviews of top research topics within discovery. Continue reading Credo Reference Content now Discoverable in EBSCO Discovery Service
Credo Reference is sponsoring a contest to bridge the library to Credo Topic Pages. Any student, faculty, or staff of a library (not required to be a Credo Reference customer) can submit an entry. The idea is simple – build a single web page using Credo Topic Pages to point to authoritative sources, images and more. This video describes the project in more detail: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFPngz_cBDU
Details are available at http://corp.credoreference.com/contest.
Credo Reference has signed an agreement to expand their Wiley-Blackwell Psychology Collection with an additional ten titles.
The Publisher Collection, which now contains seventeen titles, including the recently published Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology (Fourth Edition), is available for perpetual purchase or annual subscription on the Credo Reference platform. Like all Credo Reference Publisher Collections, the Wiley-Blackwell Psychology Collection is available standalone or alongside a subscription to Credo General Reference.
Titles in the expanded Collection include: Continue reading Credo Reference expands Psychology Collection Titles
Credo announced earlier this week the addition of new publisher collections on the Credo Reference interface. The following Collections are now available on Credo Reference:
- ABC-CLIO (4 Collections) — Artists of the American Mosaic, ABC-CLIO Collection, Contemporary World Issues, World Mythology
- Ashgate — Research Companions Collection
- Berg Publishing– Cultural Histories Collection
- Berkshire Publishing — Berkshire Publishing Collection
- CABI — Agricultural Collection
- Greenwood Publishing (3 Collections) — Guides to Business and Economics, Love and Courtship, Greenwood Publishing Collection
- IGI Global — Applied Technology Collection
- Kucer’s — The Use of Antibiotics Collection
- Longman (Pearson Education) — Companions to History Collection
- MIT Press — MIT Press Collection
- Praeger — Women’s Psychology Collection
- SAGE Reference (11 Collections) — Criminology, Education, Environment, Geography, Health, Management, Political Science, Psychology, Research Methods, Sociology, SAGE Reference Collection
- Wiley-Blackwell — Psychology Collection
Credo Reference offers monthly Online Seminar Series, Librarians can sign up at: http://www.librariesthriving.org
Each month, librarians can choose one of two dates to participate in the month’s seminar. Librarians can get additional information and sign up at: http://www.librariesthriving.org. From budgets to e-Resources, to library technology in 2011, Seminar Speaker Peter Ciuffetti, Director of Library Solutions for Credo Reference, will cover:
Tuesday, February 1, 10 A. M. EST or Tuesday, February 15, 1 P.M. EST
Explore and analyze cases where libraries are innovating despite an uncertain budgetary climate. Some are even enhancing the user experience while reducing costs at the same time! Learn more about how open source, cloud computing and community cooperation are changing libraries today. Continue reading Credo Reference to offer free, online seminar series
Great news for reference discoverability, Credo Reference will soon be available on ProQuest’s Summon discovery service. From the press release:
With this new agreement, the Summonâ„¢ service will now include results from Credo’s reference contenttogether with Credo Topic Pagesproviding the overview and background information that researchers need when beginning to explore a new topic. Continue reading Credo Reference Searchable on Summon
Credo Reference, has signed an agreement with Local Knowledge Online (LKO), to offer a 50-title Business and Knowledge Worker collection to individuals through LKO. Credo Reference is LKO’s first eReference content partner. LKO is a means for knowledge workers and business, consulting and information professionals to search for and discover relevant and trusted information. By connecting users with leading eBook and eReference subscription services like Credo Reference, LKO delivers consolidated results for previewing, buying and subscribing.
Local Knowledge Online is a specialized eBook search engine where knowledge workers, scientists, engineers, business and information professionals search, discover, preview, buy and subscribe to eBooks on business, engineering, computer and life sciences under a variety of payment and access models. The company is headquartered in California with an office in Boston. Visit http://www.localko.com for more info. For more information on Credo Reference, visit www.credoreference.com and http://blog.credoreference.com.
Paratext announced another new enhancement to the Reference Universe service, namely, you’ll now find your library’s e-reference collections more clearly branded within your library’s Reference Universe query, making it easier for you to focus in on the resources you value the most.
In addition to showing your entire collection in a single view–ebook as well as print–Reference Universe now displays your ebooks based on specific collections, e.g. Oxford’s Digital Reference Shelf; Gale’s Virtual Reference Library; Oxford Reference Online; SpringerLink; Wiley; Blackwell Reference Online; CQ Researcher; CREDO Reference; etc.
This new display feature will considerably increase the visibility and awareness of these valuable e-resources, helping both improve your patrons’ research experience and ensure that you get the most out of your e-reference subscriptions.
Boston and Oxford, (October 20, 2010) — Credo Reference, the award-winning online reference library, has signed an agreement with Berg Publishers to offer its four Cultural History book series as a Berg Publisher Collection on the Credo Platform.
Berg is an award-winning publisher of academic books, journals, reference works and textbooks in the social sciences and humanities with a strong focus on culture and the visual arts. Credo Reference will be adding the following series, 24 titles in all, to its reference services:
- A Cultural History of Sexuality
- A Cultural History of Animals, A CHOICE “Outstanding Academic Title”
- A Cultural History of the Human Body
- A Cultural History of Childhood and Family
Each six volume set presents an overarching survey from ancient times to the present, covering 2800 years, and in the case of A Cultural History of Animals, 4500 years of human-animal interaction. A Cultural History of Childhood and Family charts the cultural, social, economic, religious, medical and political changes in domestic life over time.
Credo Reference is adding a Publisher Collection from Ashgate. Fifteen comprehensive, specialty titles will soon be available on the Credo Reference platform.
Ashgate publishes over 60 reference titles annually in humanities and social sciences. The titles to be available through Credo Reference are representative of the cutting edge research for which the company is known. The Ashgate Research Companion Collection will be available by subscription or purchase on the Credo Reference platform. The diverse Publisher Collection inclusions are Ashgate Companion and Ashgate Research Companion titles to: Continue reading Credo Reference Adds Ashgate Titles
On Tuesday, October 5th LYRASIS is hosting the 4th in its eBook Expo series. This free event with both in-person and virtual components will look at the timely topics of patron driven acquisition and discovery of ebooks. Speakers include:
Credo Reference just announced that it’s Premium option (formerly Credo Unlimited) has now topped 500 titles, with 525 expected by the end of 2010. Ten new publishers have added titles this year and a variety of subjects are now represented with new in-depth encyclopedias including:
- English Composition/ Communications/ Journalism
- Environmental Studies
- International Relations/Political Science
- Visual/Media Arts/Architecture
- Women’s/Gender Studies
Big news today from Credo Reference, US Public libraries can now provide local public high schools with free access to Credo General Reference. The pilot program will include local public high schools in new US public library subscriptions at no additional cost! (bold inserted by sp)
From the press release: Recognizing the increasing burden on public libraries to support the research needs of students at local schools, Credo Reference will be made available to a library’s local public high school(s). The students will now have unlimited access to trusted content from Credo’s 70+ publishers when it is time to write their research papers whether they are at school, home or the local library. Continue reading Credo Reference Subscribers – Free Access to Public High Schools
Those of you who are Credo Reference users may be interested in new title offerings from SAGE Reference via Credo. Now, 125 SAGE Reference titles are available on Credo, which represents the entire title list from 2000 – 2010. 2011 titles will be added when they are available. The titles are available for purchase or subscription. Another great way to access reference content on a single platform and improve the discovery of content!
I’m not sure how I didn’t find this earlier, but thanks to a colleague, Erik Christopher, I am now aware of the JISC eBook comparison chart. It is available on the JISC site at http://www.jisc-adat.com/adat/adat_ebooks.pl and offers a comparison of up to 7 different eBook platforms including: Credo Reference, NetLibrary, ebrary, EBL, MyiLibrary, Dawsonera, and Taylor and Francis eBookstore. Over 50 functional features are compared with basic Y/N responses including search, access control, search results, linking, restrictions, exporting, etc. All data is supplied by the vendors. They are obviously missing some reference eBook databases, so I hope Gale, SAGE, ABC-CLIO, Oxford, Rosen, and others can hop on board this chart. If anyone is shopping for eBook platforms, or if publishers are considering launching an eBook site, this is a great place to go for ideas and industry standard features.
They also offer a comparison chart for scientific databases.
Each Friday before the ALA Conference, the Independent Reference Publishers Group (IRPG) gets together to have a program and discussion of issues surrounding reference publishing. The ALA Annual meeting was no exception. A large group of publishers and librarians gathered to figure out, “how did we get here?” A panel of librarians, LIS instructors, reference contributors, and wholesalers, organized by Peter Tobey at Salem Press, presented some thoughts and challenges for reference content and reference publishing. A summary of these comments is below. The panelists included: Buffy Hamilton, a teacher/librarian from Creekview H.S. in Canton, GA and blogger at The Unquiet Librarian and 1/4 blogger for Libraries and Transliteracy; Sue Polanka (me); Dave Tyckoson, Associate Dean of the Madden Library, CSU – Fresno; Bernadette Low, a frequent contributor to reference content from the Community College of Baltimore City; William Taylor, Manager, Continuations iSelect (R) and Standing Orders at Ingram Content Group; and Jessica Moyer, a doctoral candidate in literacy education at the U of Minnesota and instructor of a MLIS reference course. Continue reading Independent Reference Publishers Group (IRPG) Meeting Summary – ALA Conference
Reference Universe, from Paratext, has added links to several popular reference works including:
- full text links to CQ Researcher, 1991- present, over 800 citations
- many new titles in CREDO Reference including over 2 million citations to 389 CREDO Reference titles
- 1000+ titles from Gale’s Virtual Reference Library from 2008-2009 are also being loaded into the system this month, bringing the total number of citations in Reference Universe to more than 25 million
Additionally, Paratext has developed and is testing APIs that send Reference Universe data dynamically to many discovery layers, allowing all your patrons to see the results of a Reference Universe (RU) query alongside your other relevant results. This access has the potential to truly bring your reference collection front and center, while losing none of the benefits of our native search interface. Please contact Eric Calaluca directly for more information on these developments (firstname.lastname@example.org).