April 15, 2014

eBooks and Audiobooks: Baker & Taylor Announces Enhancements to Axis360 Platform

From B&T: The enhancements upgrade the library user experience by providing more intuitive and engaging ways to discover and access digital materials. And, on the service administration side, the changes provide libraries with the opportunity to create customized Staff Picks Magic Wall displays and to create notifications and order parameters for holds and content license […]

OCLC Begins Adding Local Library Phone Numbers, Addresses to Yelp Listings

The following news from OCLC makes sense to us. Smart. Of course, it’s essential that the data is updated regularly and then Yelp uploads it in a timely manner. We all know (as both researchers and consumers) what it feels like when arriving at store/restaurant that’s moved or dialing a disconnected phone number. From OCLC: […]

Ebooks: OverDrive Releases Circulation APIs

From the OverDrive Digital Library Blog: The Circulation APIs will allow approved partners to request checkouts, downloads, holds, and returns from within their own discovery interface. This means users will now be able to browse and search their library’s digital collection, see what’s available and check out a title or place a hold all without […]

MOOCs: Google and EdX Announce Partnership, Will Launch New Site Next Year

From the EdX Web Site: EdX today announced its partnership with Google to jointly develop the edX open source learning platform, Open edX, and expand the availability of the platform and its learning tools to individuals and institutions around the world. In collaboration with Google, edX will build out and operate MOOC.org [launching in early 2014], […]

Begins Today: A HathiTrust and DPLA Partnership

From the DPLA Blog: The HathiTrust Digital Library will partner with the recently launched Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) to expand discovery and use of HathiTrust’s public domain and other openly available content.

More Data Please! President Obama Signs Open Data Executive Order and Releases Open Data Policy

Update 1: Report About New Policy From Federal News Radio (Includes 10 minutes of Audio) Update 2: Reaction to New Policy (via Free Government Information) From The White House: The Executive Order declares that information is a valuable resource and strategic asset for the Nation. [Clip] Under the terms of the Executive Order and a […]

Amazon.com Will Acquire Goodreads

Update 2: AllThingsD/WSJ: “Actually, Amazon Paid About $150 Million for Goodreads” According to sources, Amazon paid about $150 million for Goodreads, the popular books recommendation service. But that number could close in on $200 million, if certain performance metrics are met. Update: Read What Goodreads CEO, Otis Chandler Has to Say About the Amazon Acquisition […]

Impelsys Introduces eBook Ordering System for Libraries, Developed in Partnership with Douglas County Libraries

On December 27, 2012 Colorado’s Douglas Country Libraries first publicly announced they had partnered with Impelsys. The announcement pointed out: Once the beta test phase is complete, the dashboard will be available from Impelsys for purchase by other libraries. The beta is now over (that was fast) and the service is now being formally launched. […]

The Library of Congress and CLIR Release National Recording Preservation Plan

From a LC Announcement: The Library of Congress today unveiled “The Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Plan,” a blueprint for saving America’s recorded sound heritage for future generations. The congressionally mandated plan spells out 32 short- and long-term recommendations involving both the public and private sectors and covering infrastructure, preservation, access, education and policy […]

New Collaboration Will Make eBooks on EBSCOhost Available via Ingram’s OASIS Library Platform

From Today’s Announcement: EBSCO Publishing and Ingram today announced an agreement  aimed at benefiting mutual customers of Ingram’s OASIS (Online Acquisitions and Selection Information System) and eBooks on EBSCOhost. The agreement will allow libraries to order eBooks on EBSCOhost through OASIS. EBSCO is the first outside e-book provider to be incorporated into OASIS. [Clip] EBSCO […]