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Baker & Taylor Releases New App for Axis 360
Baker & Taylor released a new, free application for tablets and smartphones called axisReader, which allows patrons of libraries with the Axis 360 digital media platform to seamlessly discover, checkout, and read ebooks in EPUB and PDF formats on their mobile devices. The axisReader will be available alongside the existing Blio e-reader, which provides a fully accessible ereading experience to Axis 360 users.
Rich in features and easy to use, axisReader runs on devices with iOS- or Android-operating systems and is now available to install through iTunes and Google Play (formerly Android Market). Links to the application download pages will also be provided within the App Zone of Axis 360 library websites.
axisReader integrates fully with a library’s Axis 360 digital repository, allowing patrons to instantly borrow and download best-sellers and new release fiction and nonfiction titles in EPUB and PDF formats. The app is loaded with features including search within, dictionary lookup, and highlighting selections while reading. Personalization within the axisReader also gives the user the ability to Find A Library and to bookmark that link for easy discovery and download from the Axis 360 library.
With both axisReader and Blio—said to be the only fully accessible ereader in the marketplace—Axis 360 now offers library patrons more choices than ever. Many of the nation’s top libraries find Axis 360 to be a convenient and cost-effective way to offer digital content to patrons on a wide variety of personal computers, laptops, e-readers, smartphones, and tablets. With Axis 360, libraries have access to more than 450,000 titles, including digital audiobooks available through Baker & Taylor's new Acoustik direct-to-device download service.
Editor’s Note: Axis 360 does not support Kindle e-readers. Axis 360 was introduced in June 2011 at the American Library Association annual conference.
Source: Baker & Taylor
ebrary Adds Titles From Wiley to Academic Complete
ebrary continues to expand its flagship subscription-database Academic Complete with 1,500 high-quality titles from publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc. The new content focuses on academic reading levels and covers Wiley’s most prestigious imprints, including Bloomberg Press, Josey-Bass, Wiley, Wiley-Blackwell, Wrox, Sybex, and more. Academic Complete serves as a foundational, growing collection with more than 86,300 scholarly titles from which libraries can pinpoint patron needs and drive strategic ebook acquisition.
By leveraging Academic Complete to distribute certain types of ebooks including important backlist titles that would traditionally have been out of print and making others such as the most current ebooks available in other models, publishers can participate in ebrary’s new strategic approach to ebook acquisition and distribution. This approach includes working with libraries to leverage Academic Complete subscription usage statistics by discipline to determine where to strategically apply additional budget to other acquisition models. It also involves streamlining and automating the ordering process through book vendors such as YBP.
ebrary is also celebrating its 10th anniversary. With continual feedback from libraries on why they choose Academic Complete—the top 10 reasons include the following:
- A platform built for ebooks—including DASH! (Data Sharing, Fast) and free dedicated mobile apps for Android devices and the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
- More discoverability—integration on the ProQuest platform, indexed in the Summon service, and deal signed with OCLC for WorldCat Local
- More usage data—the most-used titles aren’t always the most recent
- The most university presses
- More important publishers—including top YBP 100 publishers such as Taylor & Francis and Palgrave Macmillan
- More core titles—such as Doody’s Core Titles in the Health Sciences
- More CHOICE Outstanding Academic Titles
- More careful content selection by our expert librarians
- More awards—Library Journal’s Best E-book Database, CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title, CODiE finalist for Best Service using Aggregated Content
- More reviews for great content
EBSCO Releases Social Work Reference Center
Social Work Reference Center (SWRC), a resource designed specifically for clinical practice, education, and research, is the latest addition to the point-of-care product line from EBSCO. Social Work Reference Center is a comprehensive reference tool that provides evidence-based information to social workers and other mental health professionals directly at the point-of-care.
Designed to increase the speed and accuracy of decisions and provide the most current evidence for patient care, Social Work Reference Center will appeal to hospital and healthcare providers, corporate provider networks, religious and nonprofit organizations, government agencies, school agencies, and institutions that provide social services education programs.
Social Work Reference Center provides the latest evidence-based information through a variety of content types including evidence-based care sheets, quick lessons, and skill competency checklists. The resource also includes clinical assessment tools, practice guidelines, drug information, continuing education modules, and patient education information.
The evidence-based information provided by Social Work Reference Center stems from a seven-step evidence-based methodology to systematically identify and critically appraise all clinical content. Literature surveillance occurs daily and topics are updated as evidence changes.
For more information about Social Work Reference Center and EBSCO’s other point-of-care resources, go to ebscohost.com/pointOfCare/point-of-care-resources.
BioOne Online Journals Now Searchable Via EBSCO Discovery Service
BioOne Online Journals are now searchable via EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) from EBSCO Publishing. EBSCO Discovery Service users are able to search more than 100,000 scholarly articles from bioscience research journals in the Base Index of EBSCO Discovery Service. The addition of this valuable resource adds to the rapidly growing STM content available to EDS users.
BioOne aggregates publications in the biological, ecological, and environmental sciences. The collection of high-impact bioscience research journals stems from societies, libraries, academe, and the private sector—making it an ideal resource for students and researchers. BioOne’s collaboration of publications includes 176 titles from 132 publishers, featuring timely content on a wide array of today’s most pressing topics, including global warming, stem cell research, and ecological & biodiversity conservation.
EBSCO Discovery Service customers may use a CustomLink to access full text on the BioOne site. CustomLinks are a feature that dynamically creates links from a result to related information on another website and is one of many linking options for EDS customers to extend the reach of discovery.
BioOne is part of a growing list of publishers and other content partners that are taking part in EDS to bring more visibility to their content. EBSCO Discovery Service creates a unified, customized index of an institution’s information resources, and an easy, yet powerful means of accessing all of that content from a single search box—searching made even more powerful because of the quality of metadata and depth and breadth of coverage.
Credo Titles Now Available Through GOBI3
In an effort to simplify the process of enhancing library collections with authoritative reference content from world-renowned publishers, Credo, a provider of information skills solutions—in partnership with YBP Library Services (YBP), the academic division of Baker & Taylor—made its titles available for purchase through GOBI3, YBP’s acquisition and collection management database. Libraries now have the ability to select Credo as their preferred vendor for reference material as part of their eApproval Plans.
Thoughtfully selected to offer broad coverage of subjects such as religion, psychology, history, business, education, environmental studies, nursing and others, titles can be instantly integrated with both Literati, Credo’s solution that includes information literacy tools, technologies and services, and the Credo Online Reference Service.
“Credo has a reputation for pairing quality reference titles that are enhanced with images, videos and audio to improve learning and information skills with Topic Pages that act as a gateway for other library resources,” says Mark Kendall, senior vice president of sales and operations at YBP. “We are delighted to offer this enriched content and technology through GOBI3.”
Wolters Kluwer Expands Daily Reporting Suite
Wolters Kluwer Law & Business announced the expansion of the Wolters Kluwer Daily Reporting Suite, the company’s tool for tracking daily developments in the law’s fastest-changing and most complex practice areas, including Antitrust, Securities Regulation, Health Law, Employment Law, and Intellectual Property. The new daily e-news reports launched will include "Products Liability Daily" and "Banking and Finance Daily."
These daily news services will deliver breaking news from both the federal and state level, the latest rulemaking and updates on litigation, as well as a complete summary of the daily legal news via email, RSS feed, and mobile apps for iPad, iPhone, Blackberry, and Android devices.
Wolters Kluwer Law & Business is also instituting a new reprint policy so that attorneys or firms covered in the dailies can reprint items that mention them on their websites, in client newsletters, etc., only seven days after publication, aiding in business development and communications efforts at law firms.
Some of the most useful features of this new tool include the following:
- Daily email summaries written by knowledgeable attorneys and industry experts with links to the full text of any new cases, regulatory or statutory developments, and breaking news
- Seamless access to information from ANY mobile device without being prompted for logins/passwords (Other legal news services require logins creating unnecessary time delays. The Wolters Kluwer Daily Reporting Suite is especially helpful for attorneys on-the-go.)
- The ability to customize content by topical area and jurisdiction so users can view the content that is the most relevant to them
- Built-in copyright permissions that permit legal professionals to instantly share information with clients or colleagues without having to download or reassemble information
- Reprint policy to encourage self-promotion and business development
- Time-saving mobile apps with customizable homepages, ability to filter by topic/jurisdiction, note-taking capabilities, favorites folders, and email functionality
- A searchable archive on Wolters Kluwer’s proprietary online content delivery platform, IntelliConnect
- Who’s in the News highlights key organizations mentioned each day
Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, a unit of Wolters Kluwer, is based in New York City and Riverwoods, Ill.
Source: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
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