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June 27, 2011 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today.

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OverDrive Adds Simultaneous Access Ebook Suppliers to Catalog

OverDrive announced the first group of a growing list of suppliers that will provide simultaneous access eBooks to libraries and schools in OverDrive's global network. Collections from Thomas Nelson, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Crabtree Publishing, and Lonely Planet will enable libraries to provide ‘always available’ eBooks without waiting lists or holds, in addition to offering the publishers' titles under the one-copy/one-user model. Libraries will be able to choose from thousands of titles in subjects including Christian fiction and nonfiction, reference, young adult, children's, and travel. These publishers join existing simultaneous access eBook supplier Liquid Comics.

“Simultaneous access eBooks collections help public, K-12 school, and higher ed libraries provide access to more available content on their existing digital collection websites,” said Karen Estrovich, manager of content sales for OverDrive. “Titles in these collections are borrowed just like other material, can be transferred to compatible devices, and will expire at the end of the lending period.”

Simultaneous access collections are available on an annual subscription basis, and can supplement a library’s existing one-copy/one-user collection. The addition of new simultaneous access eBooks is part of OverDrive WIN, a series of platform enhancements to streamline user experience and provide access to more content. OverDrive will provide additional information on 'OverDrive WIN' platform enhancements on the OverDrive Digital Library Blog as the enhancements are launched. Information will also be posted on Facebook and Twitter.

OverDrive provides digital distribution services for 15,000 libraries, retailers, and schools worldwide with support for Windows, Mac, iPod, iPhone, iPad, Sony Reader, NOOK, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone. To see if your library or school is a member of the OverDrive network, visit OverDrive Search.

Source: OverDrive

CCC Offers Entire Book Reuse Rights

Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) is enhancing its Pay-Per-Use Services for academic institutions. Users can obtain reuse rights for entire books, including many that are currently commercially unavailable. Publishers can offer reuse rights for their books, including those that are commercially unavailable, through CCC.

CCC’s Pay-Per-Use Services provide quick-and-easy rights licensing options for universities to use and share content from the world’s leading publishers in science, technology, medicine, humanities, news, business, finance and more.

CCC is a global rights broker for the world’s most sought after materials, including in- and out-of-print books, journals, newspapers, magazines, images, blogs and ebooks. Founded in 1978 as a not-for-profit organization, CCC provides smart solutions that simplify the licensing of content that lets businesses and academic institutions quickly get permission to use copyright-protected materials, while compensating publishers and content creators for the use of their works.

Source: Copyright Clearance Center

McGraw-Hill Announces Development on AccessEngineering 3.0

McGraw-Hill announced it has begun development on AccessEngineering 3.0, a new platform that it says will bring unprecedented functionality to its vast store of engineering reference content. McGraw-Hill will work with Semantico, a digital publishing solutions provider, to develop the redesigned platform.

McGraw-Hill has been a leader in providing highly valuable engineering information for more than 100 years to students and professionals. Today, its web-based platform includes such valuable resources as Perry's Handbook for Chemical Engineers, Marks' Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers, and Roarks Formulas for Stress and Strain. The redesigned AccessEngineering will offer this renowned engineering content displayed and amplified in the most interactive, multimedia formats in their history. Available as a desktop platform, AccessEngineering will also be accessible for tablets and smart phones providing remote access to more than 200,000 content pages, 10,000 charts and graphs and 50,000 images.

The new version will allow students, academics, and professionals to better integrate McGraw-Hill content into their workflow in new ways. It will provide visual, video, and graphical enhancements and incorporate content assets from select businesses within The McGraw-Hill Companies' portfolio.

The new platform, launching at the end of 2011, will also contain the latest engineering news from industry publications such as McGraw-Hill's Engineering News- Record; a complete library of course related problems, solutions and examples; teaching videos and animations for major engineering concepts and examples, new curriculum maps, and thousands of interactive graphs, tables, and charts.

Source: McGraw-Hill Professional, a unit of McGraw-Hill Education

Goodreads Ratings and Reviews to be Added to NoveList Products

A new agreement between NoveList, a division of EBSCO Publishing, and Goodreads will allow reader ratings and book reviews from Goodreads to be incorporated into NoveList products. The agreement leverages the content of Goodreads, the largest social network for readers, adding additional content to the popular readers’ advisory service.

The agreement brings together two companies that are dedicated to fostering a love of reading while sharing a belief that libraries have a key role to play in a community of readers. Goodreads has more than 5 million members and polls indicate Goodreads members have strong ties to libraries. In one poll, 30% of the nearly 17,000 respondents indicated that they went to the library for more of their books, eclipsing brick and mortar chain bookstores (22%) and online stores (18%).

NoveList is a highly-rated readers’ advisory resource in public libraries. NoveList Select allows libraries to add NoveList content into library catalogs allowing users to leverage the library catalog to discover new books and similar titles in the library’s collection. The agreement now allows Goodreads content to be incorporated into that same user experience.

Vice president of Business Development at Goodreads, Kyusik Chung, says this agreement is the company’s first product specifically for libraries. “At Goodreads, we are passionate about helping people discover the next book they should read. The NoveList and NoveList Select products are the premier tools that libraries use to help patrons choose their next book. EBSCO Publishing is the ideal integration partner as we offer our 11 million book reviews and 110 million ratings to librarians and their patrons.”

Source: EBSCO Publishing

Elsevier and Ex Libris Group Announce Collaboration

Elsevier and Ex Libris Group announced their collaboration to make the full text of SciVerse ScienceDirect journal articles and ebooks searchable in the Ex Libris Primo Central Index. Primo Central is an integral part of the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution, which enables library users to enjoy the full benefit of a one-stop service for their information needs. Primo enables users to explore their library’s locally managed collections along with global and regional resources indexed in Primo Central.

Offered as a cloud-based service to hundreds of libraries around the globe, the Primo Central Index covers hundreds of millions of scholarly resources from leading information providers. It now includes full-text journal articles and book chapters from SciVerse ScienceDirect. Part of the SciVerse suite of search and discovery products offered by Elsevier, SciVerse ScienceDirect consists of more than 2,000 peer-reviewed journals and 20,000 books and major reference works, and more than 10.5 million articles and chapters, with nearly 500,000 items added every year.

“By offering our library users the extensive scope of scientific, technical and medical peer-reviewed content from SciVerse ScienceDirect, we are closer to our goal of providing a definitive research experience,” said Oren Beit-Arie, Ex Libris chief strategy officer. “In a recent pilot program with selected leading institutions around the world, Primo was shown to have a considerable impact on the discoverability of SciVerse ScienceDirect content.”

Ex Libris is a provider of automation solutions for academic libraries. Offering a comprehensive product suite for electronic, digital, and print materials, Ex Libris provides efficient, user-friendly products that serve the needs of libraries today and will facilitate their transition into the future. Ex Libris maintains a customer base consisting of thousands of sites in more than 80 countries on six continents.

Elsevier is a provider of scientific, technical, and medical information products and services. It has recently announced content partnerships with Serials Solutions’ Summon, EBSCO EDS, and Credo Reference.

Source: Ex Libris

Serials Solutions Developing New Web-Scale Management Solution

Serials Solutions, a member of the ProQuest family of companies, announced the development of a new web-scale management solution. Built entirely new from the ground up, Serials Solutions will provide librarians with a single, comprehensive service that will eventually eliminate the need for integrated library systems, improve efficiencies and address the challenges libraries experience when managing their physical and electronic content and collections. Serials Solutions will begin releasing components of this new service by the end of 2012 on an annual subscription basis, and will release enhancements to the service as they become available throughout 2013 and beyond.

The new Serials Solutions service will address the industry’s fundamental shift to electronic content, while still supporting librarians’ needs to manage their print and local collections. To do this, Serials Solutions will develop a solution that enables the cohesive management of a libraries’ collection, including the ability to select, purchase, catalog, circulate, compare, manage, fulfill, assess, and report on their content, regardless of format. The service will also tightly integrate into the discovery process, working with the Summon service as well as other discovery solutions, creating an integrated, end-to-end solution. 

With this new offering, Serials Solutions will unite the many disparate systems librarians currently use to manage their resources and provide a powerful platform from which they can assess and report on their collections. This assessment is necessary for decision-making, performance evaluation and efficient data sharing. The new service will streamline workflows and communication in the library, freeing librarians from the redundancy of data entry and other low-value activity so they can focus on mission-critical work, such as collection management, advancing information literacy among their patrons or helping individual researchers.

In addition, Serials Solutions will leverage its expertise in Software as a Service (SaaS) methodology to develop this new service, providing greater cost savings by simplifying hardware and software maintenance, and delivering service enhancements to library customers automatically and in real-time. The solution will also seamlessly integrate with systems from publishers and content providers, creating a comprehensive experience for libraries that restructures the management workflow from acquisition and collection development to streamlining budgets and catalog maintenance.

Source: Serials Solutions

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