I attended the American Library Association MidWinter Conference in Seattle, Washington January 26 -29th. Â While there, I was able to speak with several eBook companies about new features and services. Â Below you will find a list of companies (alpha order) and new features complete with links for more information.
Last week, ProQuest announced a definitive agreement to acquire EBL.Â I had a chance to interview two of the primary individuals involved in this acquisition, Kari Paulson, President of EBL, and Kevin Sayar, Senior Vice President of ProQuest.Â Kari and Kevin discussed with me how the acquisition plans developed, what customers can expect in the next 18 months, and how customers can relay feedback to both companies.
ProQuest has done it again.Â Just two years after the acquisition of ebrary, they announced today plans to acquire EBL.Â EBL, a global ebook aggregator, was founded in 2004 and offers over 300,000 titles in their collection.Â They have long been a competitor for ebrary, offering similar monograph content to academic and special libraries worldwide.
Library customers of ebrary and EBL can expect business as usual until the conclusion of the approval period.Â After that however, the tides will change.Â Responding to specific questions from No Shelf Required,Â Kevin Sayar, Senior Vice President, ProQuest Workflow Solutions, said, “Until the approval period is over, ProQuest/ebrary and EBL will operate as separate companies with their respective content and acquisition models remaining the same. Customers for both companies will not experience any changes at this time. ebrary and EBL shared around 200 publishers, and have most of the big ones in common. There are some publishers that ebrary has and EBL does not and vice versa, so respective customers could potentially gain more content upon the deal closing.After closing the deal, the best features of EBL and ebrary will be combined on a single platform after approximately 18 months.Â At this point the timeline is a target and is subject to change.” Continue reading ProQuest to acquire EBL, ebrary and EBL services to merge→
For the first time ever, all the personal journals of Queen Victoria have been made available to search and read online. This unique resource, developed in partnership by the Bodleian Libraries, the Royal Archives and ProQuest, is freely available for the public to access at www.queenvictoriasjournals.org through June 30, 2012.
The journals, which span Victoriaâ€™s lifetime and consist of 141 volumes numbering over 33,000 pages, have never been published in their entirety and previously were only accessible by appointment at the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle. In addition to autograph diaries begun by the youthful Princess Victoria, there are edited versions from her later years, redacted and transcribed by the Queenâ€™s daughter, Princess Beatrice. Continue reading ProQuest offers free access to Queen Victoria’s journals through June 30th→
May 7, 2012 (ANN ARBOR, Mich.) — Knowledge powerhouse ProQuest is launching an inventive new research service that provides individuals with access to premium content and cutting edge tools. Instant and on-demand, Udiniâ„¢ bundles an extraordinary range of information, including peer-reviewed and trade journal articles, dissertations, international newswires, newspapers, magazines and more from thousands of publishers in a comprehensive cloud-based workflow management tool designed for individual users. For knowledge workers without access to research libraries, Udiniâ„¢ provides unprecedented ease for finding and using the highest quality information for professional projects. For publishers with already-strong academic distribution, Udiniâ„¢ opens a trusted and compelling new channel to reach an under-served group of users who want and need their content. Continue reading ProQuest launches Udini, a direct to consumer research service→
Wonderful news today from ProQuest. They will continue the tradition of publishing the Statistical Abstract of the United States, beginning with the 2013 edition (in print and digital formats).Â They will partner with Bernan Press who will continue the tradition of publishing the print edition. Â No word on pricing at this time.Â Here is the full press release:
ProQuest Picks up Where the Census Bureau Left Off:
The Statistical Abstract of the United States Will Be Back This Year
Researchersâ€™ cherished guide to social and economic stats gets a new lease on digital and print life
March 22, 2012 (ANN ARBOR, Mich.) — ProQuest will rescue one of researchersâ€™ most valued reference tools when it takes on publication of the Statistical Abstract of the United States beginning with the 2013 edition. The move ensures continuation of this premier guide to an extraordinary array of statistics, which has been published since 1878. The U.S. Census Bureau, responsible for publishing the work, announced in March 2011 that it would cease production of the Statistical Abstract after the 2012 edition, prompting widespread concern among librarians, journalists, and researchers about the disappearance of this essential research tool.
â€œI’m thrilled that ProQuest will continue aggregating this important content,â€ said Wright State University librarian Sue Polanka, author of the widely readÂ No Shelf Required blog. Polanka was part of a Reference User Services Association committee who organized a discussion at the American Library Associationâ€™s Midwinter conference about how to save theÂ Statistical Abstract from extinction.Â â€œEven in our increasingly digital world, theÂ Statistical Abstract remains one of the best reference sources for libraries.â€Â [summary of the program, SP] Continue reading The Statistical Abstract lives on – ProQuest will publish starting in 2013→
Five additional OUP resources are now discoverable in Serials Solutions’ Summon.Â The indexing includes metadata and full text from Grove Art Online, Grove Music Online, American Dictionary of National Biography Online, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Online and Oxford Reference Online.
The news many have awaited since ProQuest’s acquisition of ebrary – ebrary content is now discoverable through ProQuest databases. Â In fact, the databases are interlinked. The Academic Complete collection will launch first, with additional titles available by fall.
More from the press release: Â Just over five months after acquiring e-book innovator ebraryÂ®, ProQuest launched technology that will link the companiesâ€™ search platforms, enabling users to discover e-books in the context of their librariesâ€™ ProQuest content and use tools from both environments.Â Â Â ProQuestâ€™s all-new platform is rolling out in libraries around the world, bringing a flexible technological architecture that allows users to dive deeper into multiple content sources in multiple formats– wherever that information may reside.Â Â With the new connecting technology, one search leads users to ebraryâ€™s e-book content thatâ€™s side-by-side with relevant reports, videos, journal and newspaper articles, and more.Â Â One click moves them quickly to the full-text whether itâ€™s housed in the ebrary or ProQuest platform. Continue reading ebrary content now discoverable in ProQuest databases→
More from the press release: Serials Solutions, a business unit of ProQuest LLC, and Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products, today announced their intention that the full-text of SciVerse ScienceDirectÂ® content will be indexed within the Summonâ„¢ web-scale discovery service. Researchers will be able to search the full text of all ScienceDirect journal articles and ebooks via the Summonâ„¢ service. Continue reading Summon secures Elsevier content→
Thank you for all of your comments; the completed chapter (and OA eBook) will be better for them.
Libraries and Open Access E-Books
One of the missions of libraries is to provide access to all sorts of information, including e-books. If an e-book is already open access, what role is left for libraries play?
Hereâ€™s a thought-experiment for libraries: imagine that the libraryâ€™s entire collection is digital. Should it include Shakespeare? Should it include Moby Dick? These are available as public domain works from Project Gutenberg; providing these editions in a library collection might seem to be superfluous. Many librarians have been trying to convince their patrons that â€œfree stuff on the Internetâ€ is often inferior to the quality information available through libraries. There are certainly e-book editions of these works available for purchase with better illustrations, better editing, annotations, etc. Should libraries try to steer patrons to these resources instead of using the free stuff? Continue reading Open Access eBooks, part 4, by Eric Hellman→
The University of Michigan Library is opening to the public 2,229 searchable keyed-text editions of books from Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO). Â The texts are available to the public at no cost.
ECCO is a research database containing significant English- and foreign-language titles printed in the United Kingdom during the 18th century and important works from the America The database is published by Gale, part of Cengage Learning.
ebraryÂ®, a leading provider of e-books and research technology, and long-time partner YBP Library Services, today announced the launch of an integratedÂ Demand Driven AcquisitionÂ 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.
From a Serials Solutions press release: Serials Solutions and HathiTrust today announced an agreement to enable full-text search of the entire HathiTrust collection of digitized scholarly books from the Summon web-scale discovery service. Researchers and faculty at institutions with the Summon service will be able to use the librarys own website to search the full text of its print books and serials, and discover materials relevant to their research topics. This collaboration makes the full text of much of the library’s physical collection as easily searchable as its electronic content. Continue reading Full-text search the HathiTrust collection on Summon→
Eric Hellman has a really nice article describing why ProQuest bought ebrary. Â 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 ofÂ ProQuest, used the Times-CNN analogy to explain to me why his company had acquiredÂ 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 11, 2011 (ANN ARBOR, Mich.) â€“ ProQuest will digitize more than 30,000 rare early books from the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB), the National Library of the Netherlands, capturing every volume in high-resolution color scans. This is the third major European national library to participate in ProQuestâ€™s Early European Books project after the Danish Royal Library, Copenhagen and the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze in Italy. As with the agreements in Denmark and Italy, the material will be free to access in the host country. Continue reading ProQuest to Digitize 30,000 rare early books from National Library of the Netherlands→
Great news for reference discoverability, Credo Reference will soon be available on ProQuest’s Summon discovery service. Â From the press release:
With this new agreement, the Summonâ„¢ service will now include results from Credoâ€™s reference contentâ€”together with Credo Topic Pagesâ€”providing the overview and background information that researchers need when beginning to explore a new topic.Â Continue reading Credo Reference Searchable on Summon→
January 6, 2011 (Ann Arbor, Mich.) â€“ 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.Â The agreement will marry both companiesâ€™ inventive, user-centric technologies and add a growing pool of a quarter-million e-books to ProQuestâ€™s monumental content offerings.Â The combined collection will enable users to search seamlessly across multiple formats â€“ books, journals, dissertations, newspapers, video, and more â€“ and across eight centuries of the worldâ€™s knowledge. Continue reading Proquest Acquires ebrary→
From an OCLC Press Release:Â In addition to the 200 million records contributed by OCLC member libraries worldwide, 500 million items from leading publishers, aggregators and mass digitization efforts are also now accessible through WorldCat Local.
OCLC has recently added content to WorldCat Local from EBSCO; Gale, part of Cengage Learning; Modern Language Association; ProQuest and the U.S. Department of Energy. There are now more than 400 million articles, 170 million books, 10 million eBooks and 1,100 databases accessible through the WorldCat Local service.
Additional agreements have been signed with ABC-CLIO, American Psychological Association, Association for Computing Machinery, BioMed Central, BioOne, Cambridge University Press, Emerald, IGI Global, Sabinet, Sage, Taylor & Francis and World Bank Publications. Continue reading More Content Added to WorldCat Local→
From a press release: Â Serials Solutions, a business unit of ProQuest LLC, announced today a pilot project that will allow students and researchers at institutions subscribing to the Summonâ„¢ web-scale discovery service to automatically find their libraryâ€™s Summonâ„¢ service search box when they use JSTOR.Â Â In addition to the content available on JSTOR, users will be able to easily continue to search the breadth of their particular libraryâ€™s collection for additional materials, enabling faster, simpler research.Â Â The collaboration furthers the Summonâ„¢ serviceâ€™s mission to make library content easier to discover by researchers and students.
With more than 1,300 scholarly journals and more than 1 million images, letters and other primary sources, JSTOR is one of the worldâ€™s most trusted sources for academic content, serving nearly 7,000 institutions in 159 countries.Â Â With this pilot, JSTOR users from institutions subscribing to the Summonâ„¢ service will be recognized through IP authentication, prompting the appearance of their institutionsâ€™ Summonâ„¢ search box on JSTOR.Â Â That will allow them to run a search across the other resources available at their institutionâ€™s library, providing an uninterrupted and accelerated research process.
The pilot will involve a small number of institutions and will run through June, 2011.Â Â The goal is to make the service available to all Summon subscribing libraries thereafter.
From a Bowker Press Release –
Bowker and AAP Will Host Webinar on Consumer Book Buying
“The Big Picture” Will Highlight 2009 Consumer Demographics and Behavior
NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ–(Marketwire – September 22, 2009) – Who is today’s book consumer, where are they shopping and how successful are we at reaching them will be the subject of a forthcoming hour-long webinar for industry professionals, a first-of-its-kind sneak peek into book buying trends for the first half of 2009. Set for Thursday, October 22, from 2:00 p.m – 3 pm EDT, the webinar will be co-hosted by Bowker and the Association of American Publishers (AAP). Continue reading Webinar on Consumer Book Buying→
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