ebraryÂ®, 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 worldâ€™s leading publishers.Â 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.Â 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.Â 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.Â ebrary is the first aggregator to offer CHOICE OAT.
From the press release:
ebraryÂ®, a leading provider of digital content products and technologies, has partnered with CHOICE to offer digital editions of more than 1,000 of CHOICEâ€™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
This post was reprinted in full from the Points of Reference blog at Booklistonline.com.
Each year at the ALA Annual Conference, Booklist’s Reference Books Bulletin sponsors a program to discuss various topics related to reference and reference publishing.Â This year RBB’s session focused on the process of creating a reference work, from idea to reality.Â The speakers included Casper Grathwohl from Oxford University Press, Rolf Janke from SAGE Reference, and Frank Menchaca from Gale/Cengage.Â The session was moderated by Sue Polanka, Chair of the RBB Editorial Board.Â Each panelist provided a 15 minute presentation on a particular aspect of the publishing process and a general Q/A followed.Â I’ll summarize the comments of each panelist below. Continue reading Reference Works From Idea to Reality – ALA Session Summary
I’m not sure how I didn’t find this earlier, but thanks to a colleague, Erik Christopher, I am now aware of theÂ JISC eBook comparison chart. It is available on the JISC site atÂ http://www.jisc-adat.com/adat/adat_ebooks.pl and offers a comparison of up to 7 different eBook platforms including: Â Credo Reference, NetLibrary, ebrary, EBL, MyiLibrary, Dawsonera, and Taylor and Francis eBookstore. Â Over 50 functional features are compared with basic Y/N responses including search, access control, search results, linking, restrictions, exporting, etc. Â All data is supplied by the vendors. Â 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. Â 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.
For the introductory material on the session, please see part one of this blog post.
Second group – Lenny Allen, OUP, Erin Igoe, Cambridge UP, Tony Horava, OCUL, Joy Kirchner, COPPUL
- Lenny – budget and workflow are concerns, always looking a year in advance.
- Erin – CBO general ebook platform focused on perpetual access of titles; forthcoming developments – digital collections from Cambridge Libary, New Cambridge history of Islam; discussing the best use of delivering print materials in a digital format that will be most useful, relevant and user friendly. Â Always looking at discoverability and functionality, they really want to be at the simultaneous release of p and e, it’s the workflow issue that is holding things up. Â Lots of opportunities for ILL, PDA, metadata (better and more consistent fashion), use reports. Suggests that librarians keep pushing the envelope with publishers. Continue reading Mad World of eBooks, part two – ALA discussion
On Saturday morning at ALA, a group of librarians and publishers gathered together to discuss the world of eBooks, particularly aspects of consortial purchasing. Â Each hour of the discussion a panel of publishers and librarians was on hand to lead the discussion.
The event was organized by Michael Zeoli at YBP, Julie Gammon at the University of Akron, and Tony Horava at OCUL. Â Michael began the event with general slides about eBook and print book availability and sales. Â He also offered a few anonymous comments from librarians. Â I’ll try to get copies of his slides to post. Continue reading Mad World of eBooks part one – ALA discussion
If youâ€™re going the ALA Annual Conference later this month, mark your calendar for the for the Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin program â€œReference Work from Idea to Reality.â€
How does an idea turn into a reference bookâ€“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
Oxford University Press recently released it’s product, Oxford Dictionaries Online (ODO).Â This collection of dictionaries, thesauri, and usage guides contains 350,000+ entries and definitions, 600,000+ synonyms and antonyms, and audio pronunciations.Â The collection will be regularly updated.
Can I insert this into Word and other programs?Â That would be great if offered.
Last years law suit against 4 Universities piloting the Kindle reader as a eTextbook solution has done a lot to guarantee the accessibility of textbooks to all students.
Ingram Content Group, working with the American Foundation for the Blind consulting group (AFB Consulting), announced a new disability release for their eTextbook platform – VitalSource.Â The release, which makes the application more usable for disabled students, contains extensive internal feature and function enhancements, as well as support for third-party screen-reader applications. These new features include the new DTD (Document Type Definition) v3.4 and VitalSourceâ€™s â€œMathSpeakâ€ program which adds rich English-language articulation to MathML tags.Â With this release, VitalSource is the only eTextbook platform on the market to offer full accessibility in downloads, online, and mobile access points for content.Â Windows, MacintoshÂ®, and online updates are expected in June, and iPhoneÂ®, iPod TouchÂ®, and iPadâ„¢ releases in August. Continue reading Accessibility Release for Ingram’s VitalSource Bookshelf
Last week I was in NYC visiting with the great crew at Oxford University Press. Â I got the complete, unedited tour of their new product, Oxford Bibliographies Online. Â While there, I had a chance to speak with Colleen Scollans, VP of Sales and Marketing for OUP, about OBO and the user research involved in the formation of the product, and the continuation of the product. Â Colleen’s interview is on the NSR interviews page with many other interesting interviews. Â Have a listen. Â I’ll blog soon about my thoughts on OBO.