April 21, 2014

MELSA, 3M Develop New Ebook Sharing Feature for Consortia

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In partnership with Minnesota’s Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA) consortium, 3M has developed CloudLink, a new feature for its ebook lending system for consortia. Many consortial arrangements involve member libraries contributing ebooks to a common pool that patrons from all libraries can use. In addition to this functionality, CloudLink also enables any patron from any MELSA library to check out ebooks from the private collections of any other MELSA library, provided there is no holds list for the title.

Ebooks for Youth Encourage Reading For Fun | The Digital Shift 2013

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If schools want their students to become readers for life, then school libraries should be sure to include fiction ebooks as they build their digital collections, Debbie Swartz, Library Technology Facilitator, Mesquite (TX) Independent School District (ISD), noted during her “Meeting Students Where THEY Learn,” presentation during The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries, hosted by Library Journal and School Library Journal.

Tulsa City County Library Aims to Manage Floating Collection with New Decision Center Module

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Decision Center, the collection management solution developed by Innovative Interfaces Inc (iii), released new features that will help users manage floating collections across multiple branches and, separately, anticipate demand for new titles. Decision Center, which replaced iii Reporter when it went into general release in June, is designed to work with iii’s Millennium ILS or its Sierra Services Platform.

OverDrive Adds YouTube Executive to Lead Streaming Video Efforts

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In a move that underscores OverDrive’s plans to support a robust selection of streaming video for libraries, the company on Tuesday announced the appointment of Lee C. Milstein to the newly created position of chief strategy officer. Milstein was most recently head of the news content partnership team for Google’s YouTube division, and previously held […]

Nielsen To Acquire Bowker Business Intelligence and Commerce Solutions

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ProQuest affiliate R.R. Bowker, a bibliographic information provider, today signed a definitive agreement to sell its Bowker Business Intelligence and Commerce Solutions products to global information company Nielsen.

CollectionHQ Promotes Library Trend Tool

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Baker & Taylor’s collectionHQ division has begun promoting circPoint, a new web-based tool that enables publishers to mine circulation data from 250 library systems in the United States.

More Vendors Help Libraries Stream Video

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Since the beginning of 2013, four major library vendors have announced the launch of new or expanded streaming services that will enable patrons to view movies and television shows at their library or at home using computers, tablets, smart TVs, or any device equipped with a web browser.

DCWG Shifts Focus as Ebook Landscape Evolves | ALA 2013

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All of the Big Six publishers are now working with libraries on ebook lending in some capacity, but pricing and licensing terms remain unfavorable in many cases, Saturday’s “ALA, Ebooks, and Digital Content: What’s Next?” panel at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago concluded. Meanwhile, concerns about long-term preservation of ebooks and […]

Springer Responds to Ebook Growth with Program for Colleges and Small Universities

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In response to growing demand for ebook content, Springer has begun offering colleges and small universities complete collections of its ebook titles by copyright year. Pricing is based on the size of the institution, and the ebooks are sold DRM-free, under a perpetual-license model that allows unlimited simultaneous use, representatives from the publisher told LJ.

Hachette To Donate Audiobooks to National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

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Hachette Book Group on May 29 announced plans to provide unabridged audiobook recordings for free to the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), a division of the Library of Congress (LOC). Select backlist and new titles, including new releases, will be available through NLS’s Talking Books program by the end of 2013