From an ebrary press release: ebrary®, a leading provider of e-books and research technology, today announced the availability of usage-triggered Short-Term Loans. Currently in beta, this groundbreaking model provides libraries with all of the benefits of traditional short-term loans with the added advantage of only paying if titles are used.
ebrary’s new Short-Term Loans can be a library’s standalone cost-saving service, or used in conjunction with ebrary’s Patron Driven Acquisition program to offer an additional layer of mediation before titles are triggered for purchase. As YBP’s preferred e-book vendor, ebrary also makes Short-Term Loans available through YBP’s Demand Driven Acquisition service. Continue reading ebrary launches use-triggered short-term loans
From a Serials Solutions press release:
ebrary®, a leading provider of e-books and research technology, and long-time partner YBP Library Services, today announced the launch of an integrated Demand Driven Acquisition model that may be used in conjunction with Short Term Loans. The new program enables libraries to cost-effectively and efficiently provide patrons with access to vast amounts of information through their existing YBP workflow and only purchase e-books that are used.
Participating libraries may use YBP’s advanced profiling to automatically select appropriate ebrary content for their Demand Driven Acquisition program, with complete duplication control across all YBP services and consolidated invoicing from YBP. Custom MARC records are provided, and titles are tracked in YBP’s GOBIâ„¢. Continue reading ebrary and YBP launch demand driven acquisition/short-term loan model
This panel discussion was moderated by Dick Kaser from Information Today. Speakers included Ken Breen, EBSCO Publishing, Leslie Lees, ebrary, Bob Nardini, Ingram, and Mike Shontz, OverDrive.
Each panelist had 5 minutes to discuss who they serve and business models they offer.
Ken Breen, EBSCO Publishing
ebrary has announced that their interface has been localized into Chinese (simplified), Japanese, and Turkish. You and your patrons may choose a language on-the-fly from the drop-down menu on the upper right-hand corner of your ebrary site. The ebrary interface is also available in Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish.
News from ebrary: ebrary is developing new ways to support an offline/download model and reading on handheld devices. We are conducting this survey to better understand your needs, and we would very much appreciate your comments and suggestions.
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Please feel free to share the survey with any interested colleagues. We ask that you respond by Friday, March 4.
ebrary announced today that East Texas Baptist University has launched a selection of bible commentaries and study aids written by Dr. Bob Utley, retired professor of hermeneutics at ETBU. The collection, currently at 27 items, is openly available at http://site.ebrary.com/lib/etbu. Created by the university’s librarians using DASH!â„¢, a complimentary feature of many of ebrary’s e-book products, the new site includes materials in English and Russian, with additional languages to be added in the upcoming weeks.
From an ebrary press release: To make it easier for libraries to keep their e-book collections current and timely, ebrary®, a leading provider of e-books and research technology, today announced the commencement of its “Topic of the Week” program. Each week, ebrary’s on-staff librarians will select important topics and highlight relevant e-books on the ebrary website (www.ebrary.com). Anyone may freely browse these e-books using ebrary Title Previewâ„¢, and libraries have the option of purchasing individual titles at a discount with minimum order.
This week’s topic is Egypt, featuring e-books such as Egypt (Middle East: Region in Transition), by Laura S. Etheredge (Britannica Educational Publishing, 2011). Additional titles on Egypt may be previewed at www.ebrary.com.
Once purchased, Topic of the Week titles can be seamlessly integrated with other ebrary products including Academic Completeâ„¢, ebrary’s award-winning subscription e-book database that offers unlimited access to a growing selection of more than 52,000 multi-disciplinary titles, as well as other perpetual access titles and e-books acquired through Patron Driven Acquisition.
In response to requests from the public library community, ebrary®, a leading provider of e-books and research technology, today announced that it has added popular fiction e-books to Public Library Completeâ„¢. The collection now includes more than 3,200 e-books in romance, science fiction, mysteries, children’s fiction, and other types of fiction published in 2010 and earlier. The fiction titles can be searched here.
In total, Public Library Complete features a growing collection of approximately 23,000 e-books from the world’s leading publishers in multiple subject areas. Available under an affordable subscription model with unlimited, multi-user access, Public Library Complete is the most comprehensive, cost-effective collection available to public libraries today.
Eric Hellman has a really nice article describing why ProQuest bought ebrary. It’s available on his blog, Go To Hellman, but here is an excerpt:
“Take a look at the New York Times homepage. Then take a look at CNN.com or MSNBC. How do you tell which website belongs to a newspaper and which ones belong to a television network? All of them have video. All of them have text. All of them have blogs and forums. As media moves onto the internet, the boundaries between old media genres begin to blur, and new forms emerge, optimized for the purposes they’re being used for.
Just as delivery of news is being transformed by the Internet, the needs of students, researchers, and scholars are driving a similar boundary-blurring transformation in libraries. It’s also driving a transformation in the companies that serve the library industry.
Marty Kahn, President of ProQuest, used the Times-CNN analogy to explain to me why his company had acquired ebrary, a leader in providing ebooks to academic, corporate, and other libraries. It no longer makes sense for a company to specialize in only journal articles, databases, or eBooks if it wants to be able to provide coherent and evolving solutions.”
January 6, 2011 (Ann Arbor, Mich.) — As its content-unifying new search platform rolls out to libraries around the world, ProQuest has acquired acclaimed e-book pioneer ebrary, setting the stage for significant acceleration of the process of serious research. The agreement will marry both companies’ inventive, user-centric technologies and add a growing pool of a quarter-million e-books to ProQuest’s monumental content offerings. The combined collection will enable users to search seamlessly across multiple formats — books, journals, dissertations, newspapers, video, and more — and across eight centuries of the world’s knowledge. Continue reading Proquest Acquires ebrary
Yesterday, I joined a panel of publishers, aggregators, and archiving agencies to discuss the issue of eBook archiving. I had to set the stage for libraries, which was quite easy – we are in fear of losing our content to which we no longer have control of since it is housed on someone else’s server in another part of the country/world. How do we guarantee that the content we purchased will remain accessible to us and our end users? We need to work on a solution….and fast.
Rebecca Seger from Oxford University Press presented the publishers perspective, highlighting things OUP has done, and challenges facing publishers.
- OUP has journals archiving in place with portico, CLOCKSS, and LOCKSS. OUP’s first trigger event happened in 2009. Their policy is publicly available on the OUP site.
- Ebook archiving at OUP is done via publisher archiving and a dark archive. They keep a repository in PDF format. But, OUP cannot archive the proprietary versions created by the aggregator partners like ebrary, EBL, Ingram, EBSCO.
- OUP feels the obligation to preserve the Oxford Scholarship Online version for library customers. They also offer the option of providing XML data to purchaser for local archiving (as she described was being done at OhioLINK.)
- Some challenges: Archiving options are limited for ebooks as not everything available for journals is available for ebooks, yet. Additionally, defining the trigger events has proven to be much more difficult. Continue reading Charleston Conference – eBook Archiving
ebrary announced today the launch of the much awaited patron driven acquisition model. It’s been a couple of years in the making, received considerable testing, and was grown from librarian demand and suggestions. A brief history:
ALAMW Conference, 2009. ebrary hosted a session to discuss patron driven acquisitions and many librarians were there to offer suggestions.
January, 2010, the PDA pilot testing is extended while ebrary conducts additional surveys.
October, 2010 – The ebrary PDA model is Live!
The key features of the PDA model, from the ebrary press release include: Continue reading ebrary’s PDA Model is Finally Live
ebrary® announced this week the availability of two new resources. First, in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, ebrary® has collaborated with librarians from other organizations to create an open access database of breast cancer publications. The site is available today at http://site.ebrary.com/lib/breastcancer. ebrary’s Breast Cancer Searchable Information Center features a range of authoritative fact sheets, posters, and other materials from government agencies such as the National Cancer Institute, National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, United States Food and Drug Administration, Office of Women’s Health, and other authoritative sources.
Second, is a new program for pharmaceutical companies that supports their digital content needs throughout the entire product lifecycle. From research and development, to manufacturing and distribution, to marketing and sales, ebrary provides the e-books and digital content services that can help pharmaceutical companies increase productivity, while extending their information budgets. Publishers include: CRC Press, Elsevier Health Sciences, Informa Healthcare, Springer, and Wiley. Several Doody’s core titles are also available with this collection. Preview the selection at http://site.ebrary.com/lib/pharma/home.action.
ebrary®, a leading provider of digital content products and technologies, today announced that its flagship subscription e-book database, Academic Completeâ„¢, now exceeds 50,000 titles from the world’s leading publishers. Academic Complete continues to be the largest multidisciplinary e-book database licensed to libraries throughout the world, under a simultaneous, multi-user access model with continual growth. Furthermore, it is the only e-book product that enables libraries to upload and integrate their own digital materials such as theses and dissertations, yearbooks, and newspapers with DASH!â„¢ (Data Sharing, Fast).
Academic Complete includes e-books, reports, maps, and other authoritative titles from publishers including The McGraw-Hill Companies, John Wiley & Sons, Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, and many others. The selection may be previewed at http://site.ebrary.com/lib/academiccompletetitles/home.action.
ebrary announced today the availability of CHOICE Outstanding Academic Titles (OAT) on their platform. ebrary is the first aggregator to offer CHOICE OAT.
From the press release:
ebrary®, a leading provider of digital content products and technologies, has partnered with CHOICE to offer digital editions of more than 1,000 of CHOICE’s recent Outstanding Academic Titles. Published annually, the CHOICE OAT list represents the top 10% of more than 7,000 academic books, electronic media, and Internet resources reviewed by CHOICE that year. Continue reading ebrary Now Offering CHOICE Outstanding Academic Titles
If you had top executives from 4 academic eBook aggregators in the same room, what would you ask them? Seriously, I need to know. One of the Lively Lunch sessions at the XXX Annual Charleston Conference is an open forum with academic eBook aggregators from ebrary, EBL, Ingram, and NetLibrary. I’m looking for suggestions on questions to ask these individuals. I’m moderating and want to make this as informative and interesting as I can! Continue reading Ask An Aggregator…. Would You?
The Public Library Funding and Technology Access Study from ALA’s Office for Research and Statistics just released their 2009-10 statistics. Included in this report was U.S. public libraries providing access to ebooks – which was 65.9%
A sampling of the % of Libraries Providing E-Books In:
- New York–71%
Note: Since e-books are listed in the Internet category we’re assuming these are books downloaded off the Internet from services like OverDrive, Safari, NetLibrary, Books 24Ã—7, ebrary, and others. We’re trying to find out how these numbers and ones to come will count books downloaded once to a Kindle, iPad, nook, or other device and then loaned to many users.
Thanks to Resource Shelf for this information.
ebrary announced today the addition of 800 titles to Public Library Complete from publishers such as: ANACOM, Chelsea House, Ballantine, Bantam and Global Media. 400 of the titles are fiction. The addition of these titles takes the collection to over 21,000 multiuser access titles. The multiuser, subscription based collection includes free access for public high schools, do-it-yourself publishing tools, and complimentary marketing services and training. The full press release is available online.
Public and state librarians interested in the future of ebrary’s Public Library Complete may be interested in joining their new advisory board. Those interested should contact Tish Wagner- email@example.com
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.
More good news for eBook discovery! OCLC and ebrary are working together to add records for the ebrary ebook catalog to WorldCat. ebrary’s growing selection of over 170,000 authoritative ebooks in all subject areas will be represented in WorldCat with a link to the ebrary platform. Libraries that subscribe to ebrary ebooks can have ebrary set holdings automatically for the relevant records. WorldCat Local authenticated users will then be able to link directly to ebrary ebooks from the corresponding WorldCat records. Web users searching through WorldCat.org will be able link to the ebrary platform to preview the ebooks and find out how their library might be able to access them. Libraries may choose to share records for their own theses and dissertations, special collections, and other electronic documents hosted by ebrary.
To find out more about ebook and econtent partnerships with OCLC, contact Bill Carney, OCLC Content Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.