October 22, 2014

OCLC WorldCat Knowledge Base Supports Demand Driven Acquisition

OCLC WorldCat Knowledge Base Supports Demand Driven Acquisition

OCLC has begun supporting demand-driven acquisition (DDA) through the WorldCat Knowledge Base. DDA pioneer and ProQuest subsidiary EBL will be the first ebook service to provide data, with sister company ebrary to follow soon. Interest in DDA is well established, but there are still challenges facing adopters of these programs.

OCLC, ProQuest Collaborate to Enhance Discovery

OCLC, ProQuest Collaborate to Enhance Discovery

ProQuest and OCLC have announced the launch of a data exchange program that will share metadata across OCLC’s Worldcat Local, ProQuest’s Summon service, and the full text of ProQuest Central and ebrary e-books, enriching discoverability for users of each of these services.

ProQuest Acquires EBL, Will Merge with Ebrary

ProQuest Acquires EBL, Will Merge with Ebrary

ProQuest on January 18 signed a definitive agreement to acquire Ebook Library (EBL), the companies announced today. They plan to merge EBLs platform with ebrary, which ProQuest acquired in January 2011. In a statement to the press, ProQuest CEO Kurt Sanford said that the company viewed EBL’s business models and acquisition tools as complementary to ebrary’s core platform technology, subscription service, and content selection.

ebrary Offers New Employee Development and HR Databases

ebrary Offers New Employee Development and HR Databases

Online digital library ebrary has launched two new subscription database products focusing on Employee Development and Human Resources. Featuring a selection of titles geared toward corporate libraries, the Employee Development database includes ebooks and digital resources covering topics including business communication, strategic thinking, and business creativity, while the Human Resources collection focuses on topics such as employee recruitment, diversity, retention and remuneration, training and development, and corporate culture.

Two Consortial Ebook Projects Move Deeper Into Demand-Driven Acquisitions

On May 25, nine libraries from the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries launched a data-driven acquisitions ebook pilot program. The project is similar to the one being run by the Orbis Cascade Alliance, which recently received FY13 funding of $750,000.

Ingram to Offer MyiLibrary Ebook Platform to Public Libraries in September | ALA Annual 2012

Ingram Content Group, one of the dominant players in the academic ebook market with its MyiLibrary platform, has been gearing up for several months to introduce MyiLibrary to the public library market. The launch date is scheduled for September, but Ingram will be demonstrating how it is tailoring the platform to serve the public library channel at the American Library Association annual conference this week in Anaheim (booth #1446).

Most Students Don’t Use Social Media to Study

Some 59 percent of students are not using social media for research or study, according to ebrary’s 2011 Global Student E-book Survey – Social Media Addendum. Lynn Brainard, ebrary’s media relations sales coordinator, North America, told LJ, “The survey was taken by undergraduate and post-graduate students. We also pushed this out to community colleges, so […]

Reference News from ALA Midwinter

Talk at this year’s ALA Midwinter Meeting was of how dead it seemed, but, as usual, anecdata falls short of the real story. A total of 9,929 attendees (6,236 regular attendees and 3,693 exhibitor staff) converged in Dallas, a decrease of only 181 people from last Midwinter in San Diego. The mood was much lighter [...]

ALA Midwinter 2012 Tech Highlights: iPad Kiosks, Social Integration, Freading, and More

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At the 2012 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting, held January 20-24 in Dallas, LJ was on the exhibit floor taking a look at library tech companies’ latest wares. Here are a few of the highlights.