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New Oxford University Press content added to Summon

Five additional OUP resources are now discoverable in Serials Solutions’ Summon.  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.

More information is in the press release: Continue reading New Oxford University Press content added to Summon

Summon secures Elsevier content

Big news from Serials Solutions today – they will index Elsevier content from ScienceDirect!

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 ScienceDirect® 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

ebrary and YBP launch demand driven acquisition/short-term loan model

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

Full-text search the HathiTrust collection on Summon

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

North Carolina libraries receive grant to develop new eBook business models & make statements on values

Library Journal reported today that the four universities that make up the Triangle Research Libraries Network received a $41,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation to develop new models for consortial ebooks pricing and acquisition.

From LJ:  “Some answers to the ebook model dilemma may be in the offing, from the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN)a collaborative organization of the libraries of North Carolina-based Duke University, North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and North Carolina Central Universitywhich announced that it has received a $41,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop new models for consortial ebook pricing and acquisition.”

A colleague also forwarded to me today a value statement for the Scholarly Ebook Marketplace from North Carolina State University.  It is reprinted below in full. Continue reading North Carolina libraries receive grant to develop new eBook business models & make statements on values

Against the Grain Announces “MultiGrain,” conversations linking librarians, publishers, vendors, and others

Against the Grain, the premier journal dedicated to linking librarians, publishers, and vendors, is excited to announce new content on their ATG NewsChannel Website.

MultiGrain: Conversations Linking Librarians, Publishers, Vendors and Others, will feature ongoing discussions with a forum for conversations and debates online about the issues that impact us all day-to-day.  The first topic was “PDA and Stewardship: Are They Compatible?” with Rick Anderson (University of Utah) and Brian Schottlaender (University of California San Diego).  Continue reading Against the Grain Announces “MultiGrain,” conversations linking librarians, publishers, vendors, and others

ProQuest to Digitize 30,000 rare early books from National Library of the Netherlands

January 11, 2011 (ANN ARBOR, Mich.) — 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 ProQuest’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

Credo Reference Searchable on Summon

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

eBooks and Maritime History – see and hear it at ALAMW

Peter McCracken, librarian and founder of Serials Solutions, has a new hobby – ships.  His site, ShipIndex.org, helps people do research on hundreds of thousands of specific vessels. With over 1.5 million citations in it, the site tells you what books, journals, CD-ROMs, websites, databases, and other sources mention particular ships. It includes vessels mentioned in references sources like the Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History (a 2008 Dartmouth Award Winner), Naval Warfare: An International Encyclopedia, and others. It currently includes the contents from about 170 books, and whenever possible, it links to an electronic version of those books via Google Books. The team is working with several online reference publishers to incorporate links between their products, helping people discover references to ships in online databases, and helping people working in online databases to learn more about the ships mentioned there. Continue reading eBooks and Maritime History – see and hear it at ALAMW

Summon Search Box on JSTOR

From a press release:  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 library’s Summonâ„¢ service search box when they use JSTOR.  In addition to the content available on JSTOR, users will be able to easily continue to search the breadth of their particular library’s collection for additional materials, enabling faster, simpler research.  The collaboration furthers the Summonâ„¢ service’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 world’s most trusted sources for academic content, serving nearly 7,000 institutions in 159 countries.  With this pilot, JSTOR users from institutions subscribing to the Summonâ„¢ service will be recognized through IP authentication, prompting the appearance of their institutions’ Summonâ„¢ search box on JSTOR.  That will allow them to run a search across the other resources available at their institution’s library, providing an uninterrupted and accelerated research process.

The pilot will involve a small number of institutions and will run through June, 2011.  The goal is to make the service available to all Summon subscribing libraries thereafter.

E-Everything: Putting it All Together, A Charleston Preconference

On Wednesday, November 3rd the 30th Annual Charleston Conference will begin with a series of pre-conferences.  One of them is called E-everything: Putting it All Together.  Details of the program and speakers are listed below.  If you are interested in attending, you can register online.

E-Everything: Putting it All Together
Electronic resources continue to flood the library marketplace at a staggering rate and there is no turning back now.  Libraries are making an effort to accommodate the influx of electronic content while budgets and staffing levels continue to diminish. Publishers are undergoing a paradigm shift, trying to maintain traditional publishing models while experimenting with born digital content.

This full day pre-conference will discuss the current state of electronic resources from both the library and publishing perspectives and offer insight into the E-Everything future. Some of the current issues that will be addressed include access, content integration, technology, and discoverability.  Presentations by librarians and vendors will update you, challenge your thinking, stimulate questions and generate discussion.  Attendees will gain knowledge of the market and get ideas for plugging into the latest and the greatest information technologies for electronic content. Continue reading E-Everything: Putting it All Together, A Charleston Preconference

Recent Articles

I’ve marked the following articles in my delicious account, which are also listed on the NSR home page.

Some numbers on popularity of ereaders

As classrooms go digital, textbooks are history

Random House, other pubs miserly toward IDPF/ePub, but new e-readers and Sigil editor show there’s hope

Blackwell and Ingram sign ebook deal; Credo partnering with SAGE; Publishing Technology aligning with Serials Solutions and more – 8/6/2009 – Library Journal

Library Organizations Urge DoJ To Take Proactive Role in Google Book Search Settlement – 8/6/2009 – Library Journal

When do you REALLY own e-books, other content? IEEE Digital Property Study Group to seek standards

According to Bowker, men accounted for 55% of ebook purchases

University Presses Stepping Up e-Book Efforts – 7/17/2009 1:56:00 PM – Publishers Weekly

Reference Publishers Debate Single Platform

On the Friday of the ALAMW Conference, the Independent Reference Publishers Group met for a panel presentation/discussion on using one single platform to host all reference content.  It was an interesting discussion.  I’ve summarized the panel in my notes below.

Independent Reference Publishers Group Meeting

Friday, January 23, 2009

Representatives from the following organizations were in attendance: Choice, CQ Press, Omnigraphics, Sharpe, ifactory, Sage, Salem, Neal Schumann, ABC-CLIO, Rosen, Credo Reference, Serials Solutions, NISO, Booklist, CHOICE, Wright State University.

The theme of this meeting and panel discussion was instituting a single platform for electronic reference content. Sue Polanka from WSU started things off with her wish list and each publisher had a chance to respond.

Sue Polanka — Wright State University

One day I’d like to purchase/license all of my reference content, regardless of publisher, and load it on the platform of my choice for the best cross searching available. This platform could be an existing one, like GVRL, Credo, ebrary, EBL, NetLibrary, etc. or some shareware, something developed by libraries. Benefits to patrons and librarians include: Greater access, more content, single search interface for ease of use and discoverabilty, easy to implement in library instruction and on web sites. These systems need to have unlimited simultaneous use, 24/7 access, with no DRM or other restrictions on downloading or printing, the most multimedia available during today’s expensive economic times and an actual ebook price, up front, would be appreciated.

Todd Carpenter – NISO

One platform has barriers to interoperability and they are bigger than technological, as in political and economic. [barriers shouldn’t prevent us from trying to do this. IRPG would be a good venue to discuss this. Seems like publishers would want to do this for reasons of — more exposure, and less cost of producing pricey interfaces — has anyone ever heard of epub or the IDPF? SP]

Peter McCracken — Serials Solutions

Federated products are often a starting point for research and therefore have an opportunity to have a reference role. The current design doesn’t work best for the patron since they get mostly articles. Somehow relevance needs to be a factor to assign tags to reference and get them to the top. We need to use field mapping more effectively. [I prefer a pre-indexed approach since federated products tend to be slow. Publishers/aggregators should take advantage of all metadata and tag reference items appropriately. If federated products are used, the reference content should be faceted as “overview material” or “background information.” SP]

Rolf Janke — Sage Reference

Publishers still have an infrastructure that supports print publishing.  The infrastructure is a difficult component to downsize in favor of doing more digital publishing. Print is a one size fits all model yet e publishing is not so, publishers have a multitude of business models, interfaces, features, etc.  The concept of a one size fits all platform for all publishers content is way ahead of its time, publishers currently could never agree on a standard business model. Pricing standards could help, but are not likely. [Gee, these must be the political and economic barriers that Todd was referring to? Looks like publishers could learn about collaboration from libraries. SP]

Ron Boehm — ABC-CLIO

Publishers need to invest in new things while maintaining our print production, which is expensive for publishers, particularly in these bad economic times. Right now we need to do both [e and p] or we would lose half of our business. The best strategy for ebooks is to have unlimited access. Ron supports the idea of publishers working with multiple aggregators or distributors to have reference content available in a multitude of platforms, but doesn’t recommend the libraries/consortia maintain their own platform. [Ditto on unlimited access and multiple aggregators. OhioLINK has been maintaining its own platforms for years. It’s a great system when you want to make enhancements and don’t have to wait on other companies or the majority of users to agree. SP]

Serials Solutions now includes eBooks

From a marketing email I received from Serials Solutions:

Serials Solutions KnowledgeWorks now includes 800,000 eBooks

With more budget resources being dedicated to the purchase of eBook databases and titles, a new challenge is to help patrons easily find these valuable resources and increase their usage.  <what about the catalog?> sp

Serials Solutions KnowledgeWorks, the authoritative e-resource knowledgebase, now integrates over 800,000 eBook holdings into Serials Solutions 360 e-resource access services to benefit your patrons.

* Help patrons find eBooks in your OPAC using 360 MARC Updates OPAC updating service
* Enable patrons to browse an A-to-Z title list of e-resources include eBooks using 360 Core
* Provide access to eBooks from citations or a citation search form using 360 Link OpenURL link resolver
* Help patrons discover eBooks through 360 Search federated search service

Other vendors are also offering this service, like the Ebsco A to Z list.

We have the Ebsco product at WSU and are electing to not display the ebooks at this time.  Our patrons use our A to Z list to locate electronic journals (which are also in our catalog), so I really don’t like to clutter the product with other formats, particularly since ebooks are a growing collection.  At some point the ebooks will outnumber the journals.

Does anyone know if Serials Solutions categorizes these formats so that they can easily be searched by journal, ebook, or database?  Ebsco A to Z does not currently do that.  If they did, I might consider adding the ebooks since I could default to a journals search on the patron screen, but have the ebooks and databases search available.

This arrived via email a couple hours after the post – thanks Serials Solutions, you guys are on the ball!

Sue –

One of my colleagues sent me a link to your blog post discussing the Serials Solutions eBook functionality, and I wanted to quickly follow-up to explain how our A-Z list works with regard to eBook content.

Currently, all of the library’s content is displayed together in a combined A-Z list for browsing purposes. For searching, however, there are content type selectors that are available, so that your patrons can specify which type of content they are searching for (Journal, eBook, Other, or ALL). It’s also possible to place “mini-search” boxes anywhere on your library website for the A-Z list that are tailored to one or more of the content types — this requires a little bit of programming work, but is relatively straightforward (there is an example on our Support Center forums that I can direct you to if you’d like to see how that works).

Sincerely,
Cliff Gilley
Product Manager – 360 Link/360 Core/E-Journal Portal
Serials Solutions