April 15, 2014

Baker & Taylor, collectionHQ Launch ESP, a Predictive Collection Development Tool

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Baker & Taylor (B&T) and its collection management subsidiary collectionHQ announced the launch of ESP (Evidence-based Selection Planning), an optional feature for collectionHQ that aims to predict system-wide and branch-level demand for books, ebooks, and other materials, including newly published items. The feature works by analyzing a library’s circulation history using collectionHQ, while leveraging data from B&T’s online collection development and ordering system Title Source 360.

OverDrive Offers School Libraries New Options for Searching, Catalog Access, and Refined Metadata

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OverDrive is rolling out upgrades to its digital service for school libraries, with a choice of thematic visual screen settings, more deft searching tools, a new book recommendation system, and social media options, among other features.

Librarians, Distributors Weigh in on Macmillan Ebook Lending | PubCrawl

Librarians, Distributors Weigh in on Macmillan Ebook Lending | PubCrawl

Ebook distribution to libraries took another leap forward on October 17 when Baker & Taylor, OverDrive, 3M, and RBDigital (Recorded Books) told their customers that Macmillan’s entire ebook backlist, 11,000 titles from lead imprints St. Martin’s, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Henry Holt, Macmillan Children’s, and Tor, would now be available to their patrons.

Penguin Ebooks Return to OverDrive, Go National on Axis 360

Penguin Ebooks Return to OverDrive, Go National on Axis 360

“Penguin will resume doing business with OverDrive as of this morning,” Penguin spokesperson Erica Glass told LJ on September 25. According to a blog post by Karen Estrovich, collection development manager for OverDrive, 17,000 Penguin ebooks are already “live and available for purchase in OverDrive Marketplace.” Although Estrovich refers to the transaction as a purchase, the books are being offered for a one year term on a one copy/one user lending model.

Librarian Cites ‘Concerning’ Trends in Digital Collection Development

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Librarians are uniquely positioned to handle the acquisition and management of digital content. But Michelle Luhtala, department chair of the New Canaan (CT) High School Library, sees some troubling trends, reflecting misconceptions about econtent among librarians and administrators alike.

Get to Know Goodreads: Share this primer to the social reading site and help teachers and kids connect with great books

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That’s the first thing you do when you finish reading a book? Pass it along to a friend? Return it to the library? Place it on the unruly pile of titles that you charitably call your “office”? Scores of dedicated readers log on to Goodreads and share their opinions with the world. Imagine Facebook and your […]

Califa, DCL, Open Library Make Commitments to Smashwords’ Library Direct

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Califa, Douglas County Libraries, and The Internet Archive’s Open Library have made purchase commitments to acquire variations of the top 10,000 best-selling ebooks from indie distributor Smashwords. All told, the three separate commitments total about $100,000. The sales will occur through Library Direct, a new service that Smashwords has launched to facilitate the transfer of large collections of ebooks to libraries.

Baker & Taylor Acquires Maker of CollectionHQ

Distributor Baker & Taylor today announced that it has acquired Glasgow, Scotland-based company Bridgeall Libraries, the maker of CollectionHQ collection development software-as-a-service for libraries. Terms were not disclosed.