Thomson Reuters launches Ideation Challenge; a number of announcements from EBSCO; an ALA response to Macmillan; ALA releases Ebook license scorecard and Cognotes reports on ALA Midwinter sessions.


Thomson Reuters Hosts Challenge to Generate Ideas for Expanding the Scientific Discovery Experience on the Web of Knowledge

The IP & Sciencebusiness of Thomson Reuters, announced today at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter meeting, the launch of its Ideation Challenge a contest for the scientific and scholarly research community designed to expand the discovery experience offered by Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge…”The Ideation Challenge will award $10,000 to the selected individuals who develop innovative concept papers describingnew ways users can interact with the content and tools in Web of Knowledge…”

A series of announcements from EBSCO includes:


  • Increased E-book Content for Academic Libraries    “eBooks on EBSCOhost® from EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) continues to grow as thousands of e-books have been added to the eBook Academic Collection™ —increasing the number of e-books to more than 112,000. eBook Academic Collection supplies full-text e-books covering a broad spectrum of academic subjects from technology, science and engineering to the humanities and social sciences….”
  • The Release of L’Année philologique via EBSCOhost “L’Année philologique, a specialized bibliographic database of scholarly works relating to all aspects of ancient Greek and Roman civilization, is now available via EBSCOhost® from EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO). L’Année philologique database includes all volumes of the annual index, beginning with Volume I published in 1928…”

Macmillan Readies for Library Ebook Lending Market

Just prior to the onset of ALA Midwinter Macmillan announced that it will enter the library e-book lending market (with a pilot program) by March 2013.  In response to the announcement, ALA President Maureen Sullivan immediately released the following statement:

“I am so pleased Macmillan Publishers is beginning to sell e-books to America’s libraries so that we may connect their authors and our readers in the digital age. This is a welcome acknowledgment of our advocacy and the importance of the library market. We have always known that library lending encourages patrons to experiment by sampling new authors, topics and genres. This experimentation stimulates the market for books, with the library serving as a critical de facto discovery, promotion and awareness service for authors and publishers…”

ALA releases Ebook license scorecard

“…To help libraries identify essential ebook licensing terms, the American Library Association (ALA) released today “The Business Model Scorecard,” a report that examines specific variables often seen in library ebook license contracts. The report, which was created by the ALA Digital Content & Libraries Working Group (DCWG), can be used by librarians to weigh ebook contract variables most important to their library.

“We developed the ‘Scorecard’ to ensure that librarians have the information they need to better negotiate ebook licensing agreements with publishers,” said Erika Linke, co-chair of the DCWG’s business models subgroup. “While no single business model will offer the best terms for all libraries, this report details lending terms that libraries can use to craft model contracts that work for their library systems…”

Cognotes – Friday, January 25 and Cognotes – Saturday, January 26 are now available for those interested in reports from the various sessions at ALA Midwinter 2013.