HighWire expands eBook integration with Tizra partnership; IMLS announces 2013 Sparks! Ignition Grants; Springer renews commitment to OA; Big Six eBooks in libraries, a comparison chart; EBSCO and EOS International partner to enhance library discovery; Dutch Publishers Association creates e-textbook offering with VitalSource Bookshelf Platform;
HighWire Press… is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with Tizra to extend ebook functionality and integration to the HighWire Open Platform. According to Tom Rump, Managing Director of HighWire they “considered many alternatives before selecting Tizra, but concluded that their nimble ebook tools best complemented the HighWire Open Platform, helping us expand our focus on discoverability and creating the most intuitive user experience.”
“The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced 21 awards totaling $496,978 matched with $408,150 of non-federal funds for Sparks! Ignition Grants. IMLS received 99 applications requesting just over $2.3 million.
Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums are small grants that encourage libraries and museums to test and evaluate innovations in the ways they operate and the services they provide. Sparks! grantees demonstrate innovation and broad potential impact, often turning turn small investments of funds into nationally significant projects…”
According to Information Today “Springer Science+Business Media announced that the influence of its open access (OA) journals has increased over the past year.
In Thomson Reuters’ new edition of Journal Citation Reports for 2012, which calculates a journal’s impact factor in the industry based on its articles’ cited references, 46 Springer journals received an impact factor for the first time, meaning that their citation data improved over the year. Springer now has 1,539 journals with impact factors from Thomson Reuters, out of its full publishing program of 2,200 titles last year…”
In her No Shelf Required blog, Sue Polanka provides a enlightening “PDF from ALA’s Digital Content Working Group (DCWG) showing the availability of Big Six (soon to be Big Five) ebook titles to libraries. Random House, Harper Collins, Hachette, Macmillan, Penguin, and Simon & Schuster are included. It highlights the amount of content available for purchase, license/use terms, and the vendor platforms where content is available. Robert C. Maier is maintaining the document and his last update was May 15, 2013, so the information is pretty up-to-date…”
According to Library Technology Guides “a new partnership between EBSCO and EOS International, a leader in cloud computing library automation software, brings more choice to libraries looking for a discovery solution. A joint development schedule will enable more tightly integrated access between EBSCO Discovery Service and EOS
International’s suite of ILS systems benefiting mutual customers and continuing EBSCO’s partnership initiatives…
Library Technology Guides also reports that “Vital Source Technologies, Inc., Ingram Content Group’s leading e-textbook solution, and CB, the largest educational content provider in the Netherlands, announced an agreement with the Dutch Publishers Association to develop a comprehensive e-textbook fulfillment platform for the higher education system throughout the region…”
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.