|Weekly News Digest
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Textbook Rental Firm Chegg to Add Etextbooks
Chegg announced it is significantly expanding its digital offering, adding more etextbooks and digital content to its emerging social education platform. In addition to textbook rentals, Chegg has rapidly enhanced its services, offering a fully integrated experience with digital services, including homework help, course selection, and class notes (through its recently acquired company Notehall). Its goal is to offer millions of print books and etextbooks to students by the end of the year. Chegg has partnered with a number of publishers to offer etextbooks to its students, such as Cengage Learning, Elsevier, F.A. Davis, Macmillan, McFarland, McGraw-Hill, Oxford University Press, Rowman & Littlefield, Taylor and Francis, and Wiley.
Students who download the etextbooks from Chegg will have an enhanced reading experience, complete with a one-click subject navigation. They will also be able to do all the things students have done for years with physical books, like highlighting, but with the added benefit of taking notes and searching directly in the book. Additionally, the etextbook offering will include a “read while you wait” tool, where students can access their textbooks online while they wait for their hardcopy textbook to arrive.
Chegg and Vital Source Technologies, Inc., Ingram Content Group’s etextbook solution for publishers, academic institutions, and students, also announced that Ingram’s Vital Source, with 1.6 million registered users and a presence on 6,000 campuses in 180 countries, will power Chegg’s digital textbook option.
Source: Chegg and Ingram Content Group, Inc.
New Lexis for Microsoft Office Enhancements
LexisNexis announced significant new efficiency innovations to the core capabilities of its Lexis for Microsoft Office legal solution (such as PDF conversion, research browser, and a history map), as well as new functionality specifically designed for transactional lawyers.
Launched in 2010, Lexis for Microsoft Office offers legal professionals integrated access to information and services from LexisNexis, the open web, and firms’ own document management systems with the click of a button without leaving the Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft SharePoint desktop applications they use every day.
Lexis for Microsoft Office emphasizes increased efficiency by including new core features such as the following:
- PDF Conversion: LexisNexis teamed with a leading third party imaging solutions provider to enable users to convert PDF files into Word documents they can edit, allowing attorneys to more efficiently analyze existing work.
- Pinning: Using a “push pin” icon, attorneys are able to quickly save supporting research links for their own or colleague’s future reference.
- Research Browser: The feature creates a seamless bridge between Lexis for Microsoft Office and traditional online legal research, offering direct access to subscription content through lexis.com.
- History Map: A graphical representation of users’ research path that can be shared or retained for future reference.
New Lexis for Microsoft Office tools specifically launched for transactional attorneys include:
- Clauses & Contracts and Samples & Forms: Increased functionality for use in transactional drafting enables lawyers to quickly and easily find legal precedent within the context of their work product. Users can locate alternative language for a specific clause by searching SEC filings exhibits as well as leverage relevant sample documents directly from the Matthew Bender model forms collection.
Lexis for Microsoft Office is compatible with Microsoft Office 2007 and 2010 and requires a current lexis.com subscription. More information is available at http://www.lexisnexis.com/newlexis/office/.
Swets Provides Dedicated Customer Support With eDeal Service
Swets announced the launch of its new eDeals Service. Combining a mix of informative data and intuitive online functionality with the knowledge and expertise of a dedicated Customer Account Manager the service will provide customers with end-to-end support in all aspects of an eDeal.
Direct publisher eDeals offer many benefits to libraries but are often incredibly complicated and time consuming, particularly during the renewal phase. Swets’ eDeal service eliminates the bulk of this hassle by alleviating some of the workload and installing a Customer Account Manager to act as project leader for the renewal season, while providing extensive support and advice throughout the year.
This robust service provides tools and support to unlock the full potential of eDeal content. Customers can analyze historical information from compiled license conditions, publication and purchase data to gain an accurate insight on eDeal performance. The Customer Account Manager is always on hand to explain and interpret particular license conditions and offer expert advice on how conditions relate to customer use. Additionally, Swets provides powerful assessment and evaluation tools, including detailed back year usage data on all eDeals managed via Swets, and assists in the set up of all end-user access to content.
Moreover Technologies Releases Three Versions of Newsdesk Monitoring Service
Moreover Technologies has rolled out three versions of its Newsdesk media monitoring and news sharing solution to serve all types and sizes of business, starting at just $1995 per year. They are Newsdesk Alert, a streamlined Newsdesk offering focused on breaking news feeds and alerts, Newsdesk Corporate featuring advanced media monitoring and customized newsletters, and Newsdesk Enterprise for firms requiring company-wide deployment of media analytics with global coverage and news sharing capabilities.
Newsdesk offers unified portal access to 3 million-plus online news and social media sources, forums and syndicated newspaper clippings from multiple countries, including a service for introducing additional licensed content streams specific to one’s needs, for complete global media coverage. Newsdesk provides faceted search with powerful yet easy and intuitive filtering options for highly tailored search results, near real-time analysis, robust email, newsletter and feed sharing features, including API access to data for direct integration options. At the heart of this development cycle is customer feedback, with new features added every 2 weeks.
Marketing, public relations, research, and social media departments use Newsdesk for news and social media monitoring, reputation management, issues/crisis management, market and competitive intelligence, industry research, internal communications, PR/media relations, and brand management. Corporate communications can deploy Newsdesk company-wide to distribute and share news with all users across the organization.
Newsdesk’s ability to bring global content, media monitoring, and news sharing capabilities together into a single, unified service makes it a highly cost-effective solution for larger enterprises.
Through a customizable dashboard, Newsdesk Alert, Newsdesk Corporate, and Newsdesk Enterprise all offer unlimited search of social media conversations—including blogs, microblogs, videos, forums, and social networks—and access to far-reaching news articles from top global sources, trade and industry publications, consumer sources, press wires, and local/national press.
Newsdesk Corporate also offers analytics and charting, user groups and sharing, customizable newsletters, email manager to facilitate distribution, full data export to integrate easily into corporate business intelligence tools, and selected premium print publications.
Newsdesk Enterprise offers all Newsdesk Corporate features, plus managed briefs and consulting, media analysis reports, enterprise branding, seamless integration, single sign-on, and full enterprise-grade security. Using this platform in concert with a consolidation of vendors, Royal Dutch Shell saved $5 million in one year.
Source: Moreover Technologies, Inc.
J. J. Keller Provides Content to Gale
J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc., a provider of regulatory compliance information for the human resources, workplace safety, and transportation industries, announced that it has licensed content for use in databases, products and services from Gale, part of Cengage Learning. The licensed content includes J. J. Keller’s ez Explanations, newsletters, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), video clips, blog articles, and court case summaries. The J. J. Keller content will be accessible in the Gale Business Insights family of products, the Gale InfoTrac cross-searchable journals databases, and other product lines. Gale is best known for its accurate and authoritative reference content, as well as for its intelligent organization of full-text magazine and newspaper articles.
J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. was established in 1953 and currently serves more than 350,000 customers—including 90% of the Fortune 1000. The company's products and services cover more than 1,500 topics and provide a rich base of information for professionals in human resources, general industry, manufacturing, hazardous materials, construction, and transportation. The company employs teams of subject matter experts who continually monitor government regulations and update its management and training tools, web-based solutions, outsource services, custom solutions, publications, consulting, forms, and supplies. For more information, visit http://jjkeller.com/infopros.
Source: J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc.
Elsevierís SciVal Experts Leads Participation in National Research Network
Elsevier’s SciVal Experts, a directory of research expertise, is now participating in a growing national online research community called DIRECT2Experts that connects researchers across disciplines, institutions, and platforms. This online network allows users from academic institutions in the U.S. to find potential research collaborators, regardless of their local platforms and tools. DIRECT2Experts is a pilot project facilitated by the Research Networking Group of the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA), a consortium led by the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Research Resources.
Users at institutions participating in the DIRECT2Experts network have the opportunity to connect with researchers at other organizations in a growing national research community, which could expand globally in the future. Individual researchers can search and view researcher profiles in SciVal Experts in addition to a variety of other databases such as Harvard Catalyst Profiles, Stanford's Community Academic Profiles (CAP), VIVO at Cornell University and University of Florida, and Loki at the University of Iowa. Currently, 14 of the 29 institutions in the DIRECT2Experts network utilize SciVal Experts, including, Johns Hopkins University; Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; University of Michigan; and University of California Davis.
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