In the news: the Digital Public Library of America is closer to reality; Gale Virtual Reference Library voted best overall database; Wiley offers print on demand for online only journals; Best E-book Database goes to ebrary’s Academic Complete; Serials Solutions offers a new contextual research assistance; Inkling launches an online store; and PEOPLE IN THE NEWS.
Paula J. Hane writes in Information Today that the “dream of a national digital public library is inching closer to reality.” Reporting on the DPLA Midwest Conference, which took place on Oct. 11-12, 2012, in Chicago, she reports “the DPLA announced it will launch its Digital Hubs Pilot Project in seven states with $1 million in funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The seven pilot sites will provide direct services at the regional and local level, digitizing thousands of items at each hub location, sending trainers to teach staff how to categorize the digitized materials and providing virtual storage space…”
Gale, part of Cengage Learning “announced its eBook platform, Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL), was voted “Best Overall Database” by the readers of Library Journal magazine…”
“John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (NYSE: JWA and JWB), a global provider of knowledge and knowledge-based services in areas of scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly research; professional practice; and global education, today announced a partnership with The Sheridan Press, print and publication services provider to the STM and scholarly journal community. Through this partnership Wiley’s online only journal titles will be available as Print on Demand (POD) copies, delivered through Sheridan’s sophisticated production system. Starting in January 2013, a total of 145 online only titles will now be available in print via this solution…”
“ebrary®, a ProQuest business, today announced that its flagship e-book subscription collection, Academic Complete™, has been awarded the title of Library Journal’s Best E-book Database…”
Serials Solutions “has launched Summon® Suggestions, a suite of features designed to enrich the Summon discovery service with automated and contextual research assistance that will lead users to better research outcomes. These features bring together a unique blend of librarian knowledge, community collaboration and global usage data to optimize the user experience and provide unprecedented research guidance at the point of need.
With Summon Suggestions, librarians can directly influence and improve the overall user experience through localized recommendations, automated search guidance and live reference help integrated seamlessly in the Summon discovery environment. Automated topical refinement suggestions embedded in the search results provide users with options to intelligently expand queries to improve results…”
“HighWire and Rievent have partnered to provide a new continuing education (CME/CE) solution designed to provide a superior online learning experience for accredited activities. The combination of the two capabilities includes intuitive production, administrative, and reporting tools for publishers and societies…
The new HighWire-Rievent CME/CE product will build on the current features, with its mobile-optimized interface and email alerts, enhanced with Rievent’s outcomes analysis, powerful metrics reporting and analytics, and flexible ecommerce options…”
Inkling has just released “the “Inkling Library,” an online store that will feature curated digital eBooks from a range of genres and proposes to serve as a one-stop shop where consumers can find hobby and interest-specific learning materials. According to Inkling founder and CEO Matt MacInnis, the library is akin to Amazon for illustrated learning content and will feature 300 titles from categories like Travel & Adventure, Food & Drink, Arts & Photography, Music, etc…”
PEOPLE IN THE NEWS
“Macmillan announces that Dominic Knight is appointed Chairman of Palgrave Macmillan and takes on a new role of Executive Director, Business Programmes for the Macmillan Group. Sam Burridge has been promoted to Managing Director, Palgrave Macmillan Scholarly, with effect from 1 November 2012…”