January 30, 2015

EBSCO Introduces Explora, A New EBSCOhost User Interface Available for Public Library and K-12 School Library Markets

Here’s Some of What EBSCO Has to Say in Their Introductory Announcement: EBSCO designed Explora following a series of user research studies with the goal of better assisting students in completing research and classroom assignments and providing a more intuitive search experience for public library patrons. Multiple versions of Explora will be released for schools […]

Program For Cooperative Cataloging Publishes Strategic Directions 2015-2017

The Program For Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) (based at the Library of Congress) is (in their words): …an international cooperative effort aimed at expanding access to library collections by providing useful, timely, and cost-effective cataloging that meets mutually-accepted standards of libraries around the world. Programs include: Monographic Bibliographic Record Cooperative Program (BIBCO) Cooperative Online Serials Program (CONSER) […]

Ingram Announces Plans to Release New Web-Based Interactive Collection Analysis Tool Powered by Edelweiss Analytics

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News about a new analytics product coming soon from Ingram. Ingram Library Services Inc., an Ingram Content Group Inc.company, expands the services it provides libraries with the addition of timely analytics and data powered by Above the Treeline’s Edelweiss Analytics, a web-based, interactive collection analysis tool. It gives libraries access to the most accurate and […]

Coming This Summer: ebrary and EBL Will Be Integrated Into a New Platform, ProQuest E-Book Central

Today, ProQuest is announcing the name of their new ebook platform that is scheduled to launch in mid-2015. A beta program will be announced soon. From ProQuest: ProQuest Ebook Central will feature a user-centered design that will improve ebook research and management experiences from end to end. Product engineers are working in close collaboration with […]

Winners of Knight News Challenge on Libraries Announced, More than $3 Million Going to 22 Innovative Projects

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CONGRATS to all of the winners as well as everyone else who participated in the process!!! Expect more info about these projects soon! We will also be tracking there progress. At the bottom of this post we’ve embedded a five minute video (from the Knight Fdn) about the projects receiving funding. Two Categories of Winners/Recipients 1. […]

Accessible Archives Signs Digitization Deal with Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

From AA: Accessible Archives has signed an agreement with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library to preserve in digital format a number of primary source collections relating to President Lincoln and the State of Illinois. Once the materials have been digitized and made fully searchable, they will be available to genealogists, scholars, students, and those studying […]

FTC Publishes Report on Internet of Things Privacy and Security Concerns

As we suggested a couple of weeks ago we’re hoping that librarians and library organizations are involved in Internet of Things discussion and policy moving forward. From an FTC Summary of the Report: The Internet of Things is already impacting the daily lives of millions of Americans through the adoption of health and fitness monitors, […]

Former Oregon State University Student Investigated For Filming Adult Video In Library

From The Oregonian: A 19-year-old former Oregon State University student has been charged with public indecency in connection with allegations that she recorded an adult film on the sixth floor of the main campus library [The Valley Library], university officials said. Steve Clark, a spokesman for OSU, said the university learned about the video on Tuesday but […]

Former Detroit Public Library Contractors Sentenced on Bribery Charges

From the AP via Detroit Free Press: Two former Detroit Public Library contractors are going to federal prison and have to pay $1.5 million in restitution for paying bribes to a former library official, the U.S. Attorneys office announced today. James Henley, 44, of Detroit, and Ricardo Hearn, 32, of Royal Oak, were sentenced to […]

News Briefs (Items from Baker & Taylor, ProQuest, e-Libro, Europeana Tech, and Others)

1. Baker & Taylor Releases New Axis 360 App (Ver. 2.0) for iOS and Android 2. BitLit Will Offer Ebook Bundles From Wiley (Free or Heavily Discounted Ebook If You Own the Print) 2. Spanish Language eBook Provider e-Libro Adds New Titles, Collections, and Publishers 3. ProQuest Digitized Approximately 12 Million Pages During 2014 4. […]