August 27, 2014

OCLC WorldCat Knowledge Base Supports Demand Driven Acquisition

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OCLC has begun supporting demand-driven acquisition (DDA) through the WorldCat Knowledge Base. DDA pioneer and ProQuest subsidiary EBL will be the first ebook service to provide data, with sister company ebrary to follow soon. Interest in DDA is well established, but there are still challenges facing adopters of these programs.

OCLC, ProQuest Collaborate to Enhance Discovery

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ProQuest and OCLC have announced the launch of a data exchange program that will share metadata across OCLC’s Worldcat Local, ProQuest’s Summon service, and the full text of ProQuest Central and ebrary e-books, enriching discoverability for users of each of these services.

ProQuest Acquires EBL, Will Merge with Ebrary

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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.

ebrary Offers New Employee Development and HR Databases

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Online digital library ebrary has launched two new subscription database products focusing on Employee Development and Human Resources. Featuring a selection of titles geared toward corporate libraries, the Employee Development database includes ebooks and digital resources covering topics including business communication, strategic thinking, and business creativity, while the Human Resources collection focuses on topics such as employee recruitment, diversity, retention and remuneration, training and development, and corporate culture.

Ingram to Offer MyiLibrary Ebook Platform to Public Libraries in September | ALA Annual 2012

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Ingram Content Group, one of the dominant players in the academic ebook market with its MyiLibrary platform, has been gearing up for several months to introduce MyiLibrary to the public library market. The launch date is scheduled for September, but Ingram will be demonstrating how it is tailoring the platform to serve the public library channel at the American Library Association annual conference this week in Anaheim (booth #1446).

A Primer on Ebooks for Libraries Just Starting With Downloadable Media

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COSLA believes that ebooks will be the preferred format for reading materials in the future. As a result, it has set a goal for all U.S. public libraries to offer ebooks and downloadable media by 2015. As a step in that direction, LJ is publishing a series of articles that closely examines the various ebook platforms available, including this environmental scan.

Freading, the Ebook Sibling of Freegal, Shows Signs of Rapid Growth

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The Freading ebook platform has only been live for about three months, but it is already showing a fairly rapid rate of growth, thanks in part to its low fees and the immediate access it gives libraries to a collection of about 20,000 ebooks on a multi-user, simultaneous basis.

Ebrary Debuts Integrated Approach to Ebook Acquisition

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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 […]

ProQuest Reorganizes Business Structure

ProQuest announced this week that it was moving to a new structure consisting of six “strategic business units,” including one comprised of its Serials Solutions and Bowker businesses. The new arrangement, according to the announcement, was created by CEO Kurt Sanford, who joined the company in July.