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OverDrive Launches Streaming Video Service Pilot
OverDrive’s streaming video lending service is now in pilot mode at the Los Angeles Public Library. Patrons can borrow videos from the library’s website and view them on any computer, tablet, or mobile device with an internet connection.
The library’s video titles are hosted on the same platform as its ebook, audiobook, and music titles so patrons can browse and sample the entire collection from one place. Videos include award-winning independent films, children’s movies, foreign films, documentaries, comedies, dramas, and educational films.
“Thousands of additional titles in all genres from major studios, including Hollywood blockbusters, will be added on a continual basis,” according to Heather Tunstall, OverDrive’s public relations specialist.
“OverDrive’s Streaming Video service allows us to expand the library’s e-media offerings while dramatically improving convenience and our users’ experience,” says Peggy Murphy, collection services manager at the Los Angeles Public Library.
Several more libraries will join the pilot program this month and the service will expand to the rest of OverDrive’s library network after the pilot phase ends.
EBSCO Introduces eBook History Collection
EBSCO Information Services released eBook History Collection as its newest ebook subscription package integrated with EBSCOhost. This collection of 9,000-plus titles is designed to help students and scholars with their world history research. Users can search collection titles individually or side-by-side with other EBSCOhost databases.
Subjects include medieval history, history of music, history of the Holocaust, law in history, history of the military, and histories of regions such as the Caribbean and West Indies. Tenochtitlan: Capital of the Aztec Empire and Diplomacy and Nation-Building in Africa: Franco-British Relations and Cameroon at the End of Empire are sample titles.
Institutions can purchase eBook History Collection as an annual subscription with unlimited access to content and optional downloading. Titles are available for unlimited users and are regularly added to the collection at no extra cost.
Source: EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Discovery Service Adds Japanese Content
EBSCO Information Services and the Japan Medical Abstracts Society (JAMAS) reached an agreement to make bibliographic citations and abstracts from Ichu-Shi Web, Japan’s largest online medical literature database, searchable for mutual customers in EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS).
JAMAS updates the content in Ichu-Shi Web, which includes bibliographic citations and abstracts for more than 2,500 Japanese biomedical journals and other publications now searchable in EDS. Ichu-Shi Web users comprise students in medical, dental, and nursing schools as well as individual scientists, healthcare professionals, and consumers.
EDS has a range of publisher partners that use the service to increase visibility for their content, such as Elsevier, Springer Science+Business Media, and SAGE Publications. Content providers, including LexisNexis, JSTOR, and Credo, are also partnered with EDS.
Source: EBSCO Information Services
OA Program Starts at Palgrave Macmillan
Palgrave Macmillan published its first open access (OA) monograph, Fungal Disease in Britain and the United States 1850–2000, with funds from the Wellcome Trust, a global charitable foundation that focuses on human and animal health.
This first comprehensive history of fungal infections is freely available online as an ebook under a Creative Commons Attribution license (CC-BY) from Palgrave Macmillan’s website and from other ebookstores such as Amazon. The print version is available on demand.
Authors Aya Homei and Michael Worboys are professors at the University of Manchester. “Fungal infections are the great neglected diseases of medical history,” according to Worboys, director of the university’s Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine. “We hope that through making our book open access, and available for free to a wider audience, we will bring attention to this class of infectious diseases.”
Sam Burridge, managing director at Palgrave Macmillan, hopes “it will be the first of many open access monographs” for the publisher.
Source: Palgrave Macmillan
Innography Boosts IP Solutions
Innography, a software provider of intellectual property (IP) solutions for businesses, rolled out new features to enhance IP analytics: more robust patent information, expanded search features, and the new mobile-friendly tool PatentScout.
PatentScout offers IP professionals and businesses unlimited, web-based, private search access to global patent data. It eliminates the risk of using publicly accessible patent search tools, where privacy can be compromised. Users can search via keyword or use the semantic search functionality to find information hidden in patent disclosure language.
“A reflection of our market-leading product investment, our newest release was developed in close collaboration with our clients who continually push the envelope in IP analytics to make both strategic and tactical business decisions,” says John F. Martin, CEO and chairman of Innography.
Other enhancements to Innography’s products include updates to its life cycle patent analysis software, Advanced Analysis. It now has features such as cooperative patent classification (CPC) support across Innography’s almost 100 million patents, including searching and filtering by CPC code; 200,000 patent litigation documents (complaints, answers, motions, etc.) for download at no extra cost; and expiration dates for patents with information on how the dates were calculated.
MyiLibrary to Distribute HMH Ebooks
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) chose Ingram Content Group, Inc.’s MyiLibrary ebook platform to distribute its ebooks to libraries.
HMH will add thousands of its frontlist and popular backlist titles to MyiLibrary, from authors such as Lois Lowry, Philip K. Dick, George Orwell, and Virginia Woolf. Patrons will be able to access the titles via download, online, or mobile.
“Through Ingram’s comprehensive platform and network of libraries, we have the tools to share our content with even more readers worldwide,” says Laurie Brown, SVP of sales and marketing at HMH. MyiLibrary distributes ebooks to 3,000-plus academic, professional, and public libraries.
Source: Ingram Content Group, Inc.
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