April 16, 2014

EBSCO Rolls Out New Research Starters Feature for EDS

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EBSCO has rolled out Research Starters, a new feature for EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) that presents student researchers with short, citable summaries on frequently searched topics. Drawn from sources such as Salem Press, Encyclopedia Britannica, and American National Biography, more than 62,000 of these 500- to 1,500-word summaries are accessible, offering students an authoritative overview of their chosen subject, as well as links to other research starter summaries, or peer reviewed research where they can delve deeper into a topic.

OCLC Introduces WorldCat Discovery Services

OCLC Introduces WorldCat Discovery Services

OCLC on January 22 announced WorldCat Discovery Services (WDS), a suite of cloud-based applications that combines FirstSearch and WorldCat Local. Beginning in March, the suite will offer FirstSearch subscribers access to a central index that represents nearly 2,000 e-content collections containing articles, ebooks, and other content from providers including EBSCO, Gale, and ProQuest. In total, WDS will enable the discovery of 1.3 billion electronic, digital, and physical resources in libraries around the world, using a single search.

Librarypedia: The Future of Libraries and Wikipedia

Librarypedia: The Future of Libraries and Wikipedia

The Wikipedia Library is an open research hub started in 2010 when Credo Reference donated 500 free research accounts to Wikipedia’s most active editors. Partnerships with HighBeam, Questia, JSTOR, and the Cochrane Library followed. Now, the Wikipedia Library is developing into a portal to connect editors with libraries, open access resources, paywalled databases, digital reference tools, and research experts. Two of the project’s leaders discuss the potential for collaboration between libraries and Wikipedia, as well as the new Visiting Scholars pilot program.

ProQuest Launches Free Version of Flow, a Cloud-Based Document Management Platform

ProQuest Launches Free Version of Flow, a Cloud-Based Document Management Platform

A version of Flow— ProQuest ‘s cloud-based collaboration and document management tool—is now available for free to researchers, including those affiliated with non-subscribing institutions. Launched in mid-2013 as an alternative to Mendeley and Zotero, the platform helps researchers discover, store, and organize academic articles, citations, and metadata downloaded from electronic databases, and collaborate with other researchers in a cloud-based environment.

Colorado Library Consortium, SkyRiver Partnership Offers Bibliographic Services to Small Libraries

Colorado Library Consortium, SkyRiver Partnership Offers Bibliographic Services to Small Libraries

The Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC) recently announced an agreement with library automation software provider Innovative Interfaces to make SkyRiver bibliographic services available to libraries throughout the state. SkyRiver will facilitate a comprehensive audit of CLiC’s AspenCat union catalog, and ultimately, will offer the consortium’s 400 libraries a source of cataloging records.

SAPL To Debut Digital Commons, Test “Public Proof” OverDrive Kiosk

SAPL To Debut Digital Commons, Test “Public Proof” OverDrive Kiosk

The San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) this month will unveil Connect at Central, a new 12,800 square-foot digital commons in the system’s main library. In addition, as a beta tester for OverDrive, SAPL will be experimenting with an installation of the company’s new OverDrive Media Station (OMS) interface on a ruggedized kiosk that could be deployed in public areas outside of a library.

3M SelfCheck, NoveList Partner on Reader Recommendation | ALA Annual 2013

3M SelfCheck, NoveList Partner on Reader Recommendation | ALA Annual 2013

For libraries that use both services, items checked out using the new Quick Connect interface for 3M SelfCheck will trigger a NoveList search, enabling SelfCheck screens to display reading recommendations limited to items that are owned by the patron’s library.

Uncommonly Open: The New Digital Commons Network

Uncommonly Open | June 15

As the new portal to content produced and stored using bepress’s widely used Digital Commons publishing and institutional repository platform, the Digital Commons Network helps users search hundreds of thousands of open access articles and other content.

Purdue University Libraries Launches Data Curation Profiles Directory

Purdue University Libraries Launches Data Curation Profiles Directory

Purdue University Libraries (PUL) and its Distributed Data Curation Center have partnered with the Purdue University e-Pubs Repository to launch the Data Curation Profiles Directory, a new online resource that will track research data management projects at academic libraries.