ProQuest on January 18 signed a definitive agreement to acquire Ebook Library (EBL), the companies announced today. They plan to merge EBLs platform with ebrary, which ProQuest acquired in January 2011. In a statement to the press, ProQuest CEO Kurt Sanford said that the company viewed EBL’s business models and acquisition tools as complementary to ebrary’s core platform technology, subscription service, and content selection.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Gordon Library’s Project Boz is using the Internet to help modern readers experience the novels of Dickens in their original, serialized form. “We wanted to offer everyone the opportunity to encounter these novels as Victorian readers did,” said Kathy Markees, preservation librarian, WPI’s Gordon Library, and co-director of Project Boz with [...]
Exciting news from JSTOR. From Today’s Announcement: JSTOR is pleased to announce a new Alumni Access program, which enables participating higher education institutions to provide their alumni with access to their JSTOR archive collections. This is an important next step in our ongoing efforts to extend access to scholarship to individuals around the world, and [...]
With the increased availability of books in electronic format and libraries’ move from the just-in-case to the just-in-time delivery model and from a storage facility to a collaboration center, it’s no wonder academic libraries have been shifting toward purchasing eBooks over paper copies. Like the transition from print to electronic serials, this transition comes with [...]
Edanz Group, a Beijing-based company that provides English language editing and support services for the worldwide scientific community, has launched a free, online Journal Selector tool aimed at helping scientists and academic researchers find the most appropriate outlets for their articles. The tool is also available as a free widget that can be placed on the websites of interested research libraries.
Ebrary today announced a three-step approach to ebook acquisition for libraries. The steps involve libraries transitioning a greater percentage of their budgets from print to electronic, diversifying acquisition models, and streamlining order processes. Acquisition models include subscriptions, such as to the 71,500 volume Academic Complete or the 27,000+ Public Complete collection; patron-driven acquisition, in which [...]
The morning after Charlotte we drove over to Highpoint and visited both the University and Public Libraries. We took way too many videos than we could ever have time to edit and publish but these are some of our favorites. High Point Public library This library has a great teen space called the Teen Garage. [...]
I (PC Sweeney) Interviewed my new deputy director who just happens to come from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. Before going to Charlotte, he worked in San Mateo County Library as the manager of the library branch that I am now the manager of. He spent about 5 years in Charlotte so he knows all about [...]