April 15, 2014

EBSCO Rolls Out New Research Starters Feature for EDS

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EBSCO has rolled out Research Starters, a new feature for EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) that presents student researchers with short, citable summaries on frequently searched topics. Drawn from sources such as Salem Press, Encyclopedia Britannica, and American National Biography, more than 62,000 of these 500- to 1,500-word summaries are accessible, offering students an authoritative overview of their chosen subject, as well as links to other research starter summaries, or peer reviewed research where they can delve deeper into a topic.

EBSCO Acquires Altmetrics Provider Plum Analytics

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EBSCO Information Services today announced the acquisition of Plum Analytics, the developer of PlumX, a tool that gives researchers and institutions a more complete view of the impact of their publications by harvesting and aggregating alternative metrics (altmetrics) data in five major categories: usage, captures, mentions, social media, and citations. Plum will continue to offer the same services, with the same management team, operating as a wholly-owned subsidiary of EBSCO.

3M SelfCheck, NoveList Partner on Reader Recommendation | ALA Annual 2013

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For libraries that use both services, items checked out using the new Quick Connect interface for 3M SelfCheck will trigger a NoveList search, enabling SelfCheck screens to display reading recommendations limited to items that are owned by the patron’s library.

EBSCO Focuses on Discovery and Partnerships

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In recent months, EBSCO Publishing has been deepening and extending partnerships with major vendors of library management systems around the world so that it can remain focused on what it considers a core competency—discovery. To that end, the company is planning in 2013 to implement ILS integrations (first announced in June 2012) with OCLC, SirsiDynix, […]

Q&A: Scott Wasinger, EBSCO Publishing’s VP of Sales, Ebooks and Audiobooks

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Scott Wasinger, EBSCO Publishing’s VP of Sales, Ebooks and Audiobooks, discusses EBSCO’s new Collection Manager tool, new options for patron driven acquisition, and plans to expand the company’s fiction and audiobook offerings in 2013, as part of a series of Q&As leading up to “The Digital Shift: Libraries, Ebooks and Beyond,” LJ’s third annual ebook summit on Wednesday, October 17.

Ebook Collections Surging: New Data Available from LJ, SLJ Annual Usage Reports

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Now in their third year, the LJ/SLJ Ebook Usage reports track long-term trends in public, academic, and K-12 school libraries, presenting detailed information about how libraries are adapting to this technology. Sponsored by Freading, Ebooks on EBSCOhost, and Follett, this year’s reports are freely available for download.

Stakeholders Strive to Define Standards for Web-Scale Discovery Systems

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There is great hope that these rapidly maturing discovery products will not only promote information literacy strategies but also deliver what metasearch (or federated search) has failed to achieve—a Google-like interface that provides a fast, single point of entry to an institution’s relevant and vetted scholarly content. However, at the moment, even as libraries are struggling to reestablish themselves as a compelling place to start research, the three constituencies—libraries, content providers, and discovery service vendors—cannot even agree on a common vocabulary to describe what they do.

EBSCO Announces New Partnerships, Collections

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EBSCO Publishing last week announced new or expanded partnership agreements with OCLC, SirsiDynix, and Innovative Interfaces that will enhance discovery and offer easier access to many databases, e-journals and other content.

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).

Moving Beyond the NetLibrary Legacy, EBSCO Reshapes Its Ebook Platform

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When EBSCO acquired NetLibrary from OCLC in March 2010, it obtained a fully formed ebook platform that already had a large collection of about 200,000 ebooks from 500 publishers available in 17,000 sites worldwide. The challenge was to smooth out this platform, now known as Ebooks on EBSCOhost, so that it could migrate to the EBSCO interface and there be remade.