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Publishers’ Online Communities to Double by 2015

The number of publisher-owned online communities is set to more than double over the next 2 years, according to new research released April 17, 2013 by Publishing Technology at The London Book Fair. The study, conducted by Bowker Market Research, a service of ProQuest affiliate Bowker, found that two-thirds of responding publishers currently host reader communities, and that this is set to rise to more than 90% over the next 2 years. One-quarter expect to have seven or more networks up and running by 2015, with many respondents predicting a huge growth in the number of online communities for their companies, from a current average of 2.1, to more than five over the next 2 years. The survey revealed that trade publishers are currently most engaged in this area with 86% of respondents owning an online community in some shape or form.

The study also investigated the rationale and perceived benefits for publishers moving into this arena, revealing that:

  • 84% of publishers felt their spending on online communities would increase in the next 2 years with only 14% envisaging expenditure remaining stagnant
  • 64% of publishers with online communities were convinced that their investment in this market is already paying off and a further 24% believed it would do so in the short term
  • 73% of all the publishers interviewed felt that online communities helped or would help them to engage better with their audiences
  • 72% of trade publishers said they helped or would help to increase direct relationships with customers and 45% claimed they provided or would provide good marketing support to sales channels
  • 40% of academic and professional publishers said that increasing knowledge and understanding of customers was a key benefit, whilst 40% felt increasing content usage was a priority

Although currently only 16% of all respondents viewed online communities as viable direct sales channels, the formats that have benefited most from online community activity are ebooks for trade publishers (40%) and online resources for academic publishers (67%).

Overall, the results of this study tell us that online communities are far more than a channel for selling books or journals. They send a clear message that both trade and academic publishers want to use these platforms to establish closer relationships with their core readers, be it to communicate with them directly or to better understand their needs.

Source: Publishing Technology

Credo Integrates Topic Pages With EBSCO Discovery Service

Credo announced that it has deployed new technology that integrates its growing library of Topic Pages with EBSCO Discovery Service. Students who search EDS will now see Topic Pages, which provide a gateway through Credo’s trusted multimedia-rich reference content to other library resources, alongside their search results, providing a highly targeted starting point for deeper research. These searches will also retrieve Credo full-text reference entries, and they will soon include high-resolution images and videos.

Michael Gorrell, EBSCO executive vice president and chief information officer, says as a provider of discovery services for libraries EBSCO is always working to improve the end-user experience. “By leveraging this new technology from Credo we are able to offer a new reference layer that sets the context for information discovery and make further use of existing library resources within the discovery environment. This agreement expands upon our partnership with Credo to further address the research needs of libraries and the end user.”

Credo’s new technology is available at no cost to libraries that subscribe to both Credo and EBSCO Discovery Service.

Source: EBSCO and Credo

New OCLC Registry Service Shines a Spotlight on Libraries

OCLC announced that libraries can increase their visibility on the web by registering basic local information with the OCLC Library Spotlight program, a free service that works with popular web services to promote libraries. Yelp, the popular local directory service, agreed to be one of the first to work with OCLC on this new program. The initial phase of the program will focus on public and academic libraries in the U.S. Subsequent phases will include new partners to address additional library types and regions.

OCLC uses information from a variety of sources to prepopulate location and contact information for thousands of libraries. The OCLC Library Spotlight program takes this a step further, providing a single, easy-to-use interface in which any library can add, edit, and update its own information once, in order to populate multiple web destinations. Initial data was taken from the WorldCat Registry, but libraries can add a variety of information, including pictures and links to services, social content, and collections. A custom, mobile-optimized link allows libraries to easily publish information to smartphones and other mobile devices.

“The advantage of this program is that libraries can manage essential information about their local services in one central registry. Their information then becomes available in and is fed into many OCLC partner websites and services,” said Chip Nilges, vice president, OCLC Business Development. Library information that is entered into the OCLC Library Spotlight program will be syndicated into a variety of online environments and websites to more easily connect information seekers back to libraries.

OCLC’s Library Spotlight program extends the reach of all libraries to more audiences with essential information about libraries—through and a network of partnerships across the web. The simple process of claiming and managing a prepopulated profile gives any library a quick path to participation and visibility. This program represents one more way to register library data into the worldwide network of libraries.

Source: OCLC

Elsevier and O’Reilly Media Sign New Ebook Distribution Deal

Elsevier, a provider of STM information products and services, and technology publisher O’Reilly Media announced that O’Reilly will distribute many of Elsevier’s academic, research-focused ebooks. This expands the depth of ebooks available from O’Reilly in areas such as computer security and networking, and includes leading imprints such as Morgan Kaufmann, Syngress, Academic Press, Butterworth-Heinemann, Newnes, and Elsevier with more than 1,200 individual titles.

“The consumer ebook market is an emerging and changing one and we want to offer customers as many choices as possible,” according to Suzanne BeDell, managing director of Elsevier’s Science & Technology Books. “O’Reilly has a strong presence in the consumer market and provides us with a great opportunity to offer titles to many who might not otherwise see our content—all in a DRM-free format. That’s a win for both companies.”

Elsevier ebooks purchased through are offered DRM-free and are available in multiple formats, including PDF, EPUB, and .MOBI. Free ebook updates are also guaranteed, along with lifetime access.

Source: O'Reilly Media and Elsevier 

ProQuest Launches RefWorks Flow

ProQuest is launching a new collaboration platform for research materials called RefWorks Flow. This cloud-based resource takes what researchers love about RefWorks to a new level by supporting team environments—enabling easy document sharing—and mobile. Flow was created to provide a better solution for the changing workflow of researchers, who are increasingly working in team environments and want seamless access to full-text documents, rather than citations alone.

Built with user experience as its primary development driver, Flow features an intuitive interface that needs little training to use and simplifies the management of research materials. It enables users, whether they’re students or scholars, to organize full-text documents and references, keeping them together, accessible, and usable for a variety of needs—team collaboration, class reading scenarios, etc. Users can save webpage content and metadata, create collections to organize documents and citations, and upload PDF and Office documents. Once saved to the cloud, these documents can be read, highlighted, and annotated on multiple devices. Flow has built-in recognition of documents and citations so users don’t have to enter metadata manually.

Flow is also designed to be easy for institutions to use. A cloud-based service, it requires no installation or updates. Flow is compatible with all modern web browsers on computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

Source: ProQuest

Wolters Kluwer Health Partners With CCC’s Pubget Solutions

Wolters Kluwer Health and Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), a not-for-profit organization and leading provider of licensing and content solutions, announced a partnership to make available CCC’s suite of Pubget document management solutions—PaperStream, RightSphere, and PaperStats—to simplify institutional content discovery, compliance, and collection development.

Pubget’s comprehensive solution in partnership with Ovid allows global corporate institutional users—librarians, researchers, scientists, and other consumers of medical information—to search, download, organize, and share full-text and PDF documents quickly, while automatically managing copyright permissions. Pubget’s time-saving productivity tools allow users to focus on their research and practice, while information managers can monitor and optimize their holdings and institutional e-resource costs.

With Pubget’s PaperStream, users can search journal articles—OvidSP, subscribed holdings, internet and institutional and pay-per-view article repositories—and quickly download and save PDF articles in one online environment. They can access and organize files according to licensing permissions and copyright policies. RightSphere advises all users across an organization on their rights to freely share and collaborate around the content, while providing librarians and other information managers with a compliant institutional repository. Plus, users can purchase access rights while they search.

PaperStats gathers usage statistics of all of the e-resources at an institution so librarians and information managers can make informed e-resource development decisions, such as eliminating duplicate resources and underperforming resources, to more effectively control costs.

Source: Wolters Kluwer Health

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