from EBSCO:

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is introducing Explora™, an appealing new EBSCOhost® interface for K12 schools and public libraries. 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 and public libraries. Each version features a unique landing page designed to best support the needs of students, patrons, teachers and librarians in their respective settings.

All the versions feature an attractive, user-friendly design that can be easily viewed on mobile devices. A single search box on the home page helps to simplify the search process and increase student success. Easy-to-browse categories are organized by popular topics, and topic overviews provide users with a starting point for research. Relevant results can be limited by source type, including primary source documents and other authoritative information texts.

Educators can discover grade-appropriate content in Explora by limiting results according to reading levels and make use of highly relevant educator support materials such as ready-to-use lesson plans, classroom activities and rubrics. A Curriculum Standards Module allows educators to browse Common Core, state- and province-specific curriculum standards, many of which have recommended search strings for successful content retrieval.

Throughout 2015, additional enhancements will be made to Explora so that end users will have even easier access to biographies, primary source documents, images and other sources. EBSCO is currently testing multiple approaches, including innovative result lists and context sensitive panels. Within weeks of the launch, Explora will also include a carousel of current AP videos that will appear in search result lists for MAS and MasterFILE™ customers. Approximately 60,000 videos will be included. In addition, Explora will offer a dedicated landing page for educators with convenient access to relevant support materials.

EBSCO Senior Vice President of Product Management Michael Laddin says that Explora provides intuitive interfaces based on the type of user to improve the search experience. "We used the input we received from user research to design a user experience that would engage students and public library patrons, while also offering teachers and librarians the tools they need to help students best utilize the authoritative content available in EBSCO databases."

Libraries can begin migrating to Explora in February. EBSCO's existing school interfaces for schools will remain in place until June 2015. For more information about Explora, visit: http://www.ebscohost.com/us-high-schools/explora.

from a ProQuest press release:

The full text of more than 25,000 titles from the acclaimed ProQuest resource Early English Books Online (EEBO) are now openly available on the websites of the University of Michigan Library and the Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford. The new open access titles are the result of work of the Text Creation Partnership (TCP), a longstanding effort to transcribe early modern print books, creating standardized, accurate XML/SGML encoded electronic text editions. Through funding from ProQuest, Jisc and a collective of libraries, these text files are jointly owned by more than 150 libraries worldwide, creating a significant database of foundational scholarship.

"This is a significant milestone for TCP and we're very excited for this slice of EEBO to be available to anyone with an interest in the Early Modern era," said Susan Bokern, ProQuest vice president, Information Solutions. "Broad access is what ProQuest founder Eugene Power envisioned more than 70 years ago when he worked with the British libraries to microfilm these rare, important works. The ongoing work of the TCP is a great benefit for EEBO users. Access to the transcribed, native-language full text alongside images and bibliographic detail drives improved research outcomes."

"Jisc is proud of the financial support it has provided to the Text Creation Partnership over a number of years. We look forward to the open access transcriptions being used to support new research efforts across the digital humanities, beyond even those that have been made possible by the availability of early English books online, said Lorraine Estelle, executive director digital resources and divisional CEO Jisc Collections. "The release of this material is not only a boost to the availability of research data, but a welcome contribution to Jisc's work in support of open access across the disciplines."

From the first book published in English in 1473 through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare and on through works produced in 1699, EEBO's incomparable collection contains more than 130,000 books that have been digitized, with fully searchable images of each page -- many include beautiful artwork and marginalia. The images, along with enhanced meta data added by ProQuest experts, fulfill even the most exhaustive research requirements of graduate scholars in subject areas as diverse as English literature, history, philosophy, linguistics, theology, music, fine arts, education, mathematics, and science.

See page images from EEBO here: http://bit.ly/EEBOImages.

Read the entire press release.

from Credo

redo, the industry leader for information skills solutions, announces the addition of nearly 50 new titles to its Academic Core general reference collection this month. The new titles come from notable publishers such as Harvard University Press, National Geographic Society, SAGE, and others, as well as videos from the MacNeil/Lehrer PBS Newshour.

New titles include:

  • Global Social Issues: An Encyclopedia, a Choice OAT selection, published by Routledge

  • Encyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems, published by Elsevier Science & Technology

  • Ask Harvard Medical School Video Series from Harvard Health Publications

  • Defining Digital Humanities, published by Ashgate Publishing

  • Encyclopedia of the History of Astronomy and Astrophysics, from Cambridge University Press

Read the press release.

With the winter storm bearing down on the Northeast, it was necessary to reschedule the Harvard Digital Loeb Classical Library Build-a-Group webinars to next week. If you have already registered, you do not need to re-register untill you want to change your section. Those who have already registered will also receive updated information from the LYRASIS training support staff; please work with them if you need to switch sections.

Same days and times. Just bumped to next week.

Register for Harvard Digital Loeb Library Overview/Demo:

  • Tuesday, February 3rd @ 10am ET
  • Wednesday, February 4th @ 10am ET
  • Wednesday, February 4th @ 3pm ET

Minitex is pleased to offer the following multi-consortial deal:

LYRASIS has been in discussion with Harvard University Press regarding an offer for The Digital Loeb Classical Library resource. In their discussions with Harvard, they have explored the possibility of making this an Inter-Consortial License (ICL) offer, similar in nature to their Ambrose Video and Statista offers. As participation increases, so will the discount. They would like to expand the group with libraries interested in acquiring this content via partner consortia. All Minitex libraries are eligible to participate in this offer, and LYRASIS has a robust set of 30 highly interested members at this point.

LYRASIS'S ICL process is as follows:

First, they need to gather a group of highly interested libraries. They would like to attract libraries of all sizes and negotiate on their behalf. No one should assume that the pricing will be out of reach! Negotiation possibilities are increased with a larger group of interested libraries.

Second, they will negotiate with HUP for a customized offer for this group and then share the offer with the interested libraries via their consortial representative. No consortia or library will be asked for a final commitment until we have negotiated pricing.

Action Item:

Please email cpers@minitex.umn.edu if your library is interested in participating in an HUP Digital Loeb Classical Library offer, by February 5, 2015 (no commitments yet!). Please review more details about the collection content and the offer below.

The goal is to have pricing for your review early in 2015, and then we will seek commitments for final purchases. Libraries participating in the offer will be asked to agree to the terms of the LYRASIS central license.

About the Harvard University Press Digital Loeb Classical Library

The Loeb Digital Library presents over 520 volumes of Latin, Greek, and English texts in digital form allowing readers to browse, search, bookmark, annotate, and share content. An interconnected, fully searchable, perpetually growing, virtual library of Greek and Latin literature, The Digital Loeb includes accurate English translations of epic and lyric poetry; tragedy and comedy; history, travel, philosophy, and oratory and other documents of Greek and Latin Classical importance. You can request a free 60 day trial here.

Key features:

  • All Loeb volumes in print, including biannual editions
  • Toggle between single and dual language reading modes
  • Search across the full library in English, Latin, and Greek
  • Bookmark, organize, and annotate in a personal workspace
  • Share notes and reading lists with other users

HUP has shared list pricing for this series in order to provide a baseline for your consideration. If we are successful in building a strong group of libraries, the prices we will be able to negotiate will, of course, be lower than the list prices. The perpetual access option has a $400.00 annual access fee that is waived the first year.

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To support the Build-a-Group effort for the Harvard Digital Loeb Library, LYRASIS will host a series of informative webinars open to all members of our potential partner consortia. Gregory Kornbluh from HUP will conduct the webinars and will cover the resource functionality, tools, and a brief demonstration, etc.

Register for Harvard Digital Loeb Library Overview/Demo:

  • Tuesday, January 27th @10:00 am ET
  • Wednesday, January 28th @10:00 am ET
  • Wednesday, January 28th @1:00 pm ET

EBSCO Expands Partnership with the American Medical Association

from EBSCO:

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and the American Medical Association (AMA) are expanding their relationship in an effort to further promote visibility and adoption of the top medical journals around the world. While EBSCO has long made AMA journals available via its subscription services, EBSCO will now act as a sales agent for The JAMA Network.

Long known as both a subscription agency and a database vendor, EBSCO has now pooled the resources from both areas and now offers selected publishers truly expanded worldwide sales and marketing efforts as part of a new program. The list of publisher partners in this program is limited.

Health care professionals around the world turn to The JAMA Network for groundbreaking research and insightful commentary from leaders across the broad spectrum of health care. It is a trusted family of esteemed medical journals that shape the future of medicine by connecting physicians with important, innovative research in general medicine and many specialties.

With the agreement, EBSCO will be selling the following journals from The JAMA Network:

  • Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)
  • JAMA Dermatology
  • JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery
  • JAMA Internal Medicine
  • JAMA Neurology
  • JAMA Ophthalmology
  • JAMA Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
  • JAMA Pediatrics
  • JAMA Psychiatry
  • JAMA Surgery

These journals are indexed in many EBSCO databases, and the two organizations are maximizing technology to ensure the best possible linking between EBSCO's hosted indexes (e.g., Academic Search, CINAHL®, MEDLINE™, etc.), and the AMA e-journal platform for mutual customers. Enhanced linking will also be provided via EBSCO Discovery Service™, as well as via EBSCO's point-of-care products (e.g., DynaMed™) for mutual customers.

Sam Brooks, EBSCO's Executive Vice President of Marketing, Sales, Publisher Relations & Strategic Partnerships remarked: "These journals are of unsurpassed importance in the area of medicine, and EBSCO is in a unique position to ensure that all appropriate institutions worldwide can be made aware of the benefits of subscribing electronically."

Thomas J. Easley, The JAMA Network's Senior Vice President and Publisher commented, "We believe that EBSCO's extensive network of sales agents will add significantly to our efforts to publish and disseminate the highest quality peer-reviewed original research, commentary and clinical content via The JAMA Network."

Announcing New Resources in LearningExpress Library

from LearningExpress Library:

We are pleased to announce that the following new LearningExpress Library resources will be available by the end of this year.

  • New Practice Tests and Tutorials
    Real Estate has returned to the Career Center! It features practice tests for both the Salesperson and Broker Exams. We also added practice tests for the Praxis® Core exams, and Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry and U.S. History exams. In addition, there are tutorials in Spanish for each of the 2014 GED® subject tests.
  • New eBooks
    Our library of downloadable eBooks continues to grow, with new titles and/or editions for the GED® test, Praxis® Core, and Praxis II® exams.
  • New Common Core Resources
    Parents will appreciate the help they get from the new eBook, Middle School Math for Parents. We also updated the tutorials for Middle School Reading and High School Algebra, and added a tutorial for High School Geometry.
  • New Computer Tutorials
    We've added Outlook 2013 courses for basic, intermediate, and advanced levels, and an Outlook 2013: What's New tutorial. This completes the collection of Microsoft Office 2013 products for libraries that have Computer Skills and Popular Software Tutorials.
  • New MARC Records
    New custom MARC Records are available through the Administrator link on your LearningExpress Library homepage. They include the 856 field, making resources more discoverable for your patrons.

For a complete list of these changes, please see the below product update.

4thQtr2014_Product-Update_Attachmnt_CCSS.pdf

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Customer Service at libraries@learningexpressllc.com. Thank you for your continued promotion and use of LearningExpress Library.

Gale Digital Collection Offer for CRL Members and Parnters

"Partners" includes Minitex. This offer runs through March 2015.

CRL is pleased to announce another year of a CRL+Partners+Friends offering engineered with GALE Cengage Learning. This year's offering is similar to past years in that it revolves around 1) new collections publishing in the Gale Digital Collections line, and 2) NCCO with a final opportunity as NCCO publishing is now officially completed.

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS 4: Middle East Bureaus Collection, 1967-2008
  • ASSOCIATED PRESS 5: European Bureaus Collection, 1937-2003
  • ASSOCIATED PRESS 6: Washington D.C. Bureau Collection, 1915-1930
  • Brazilian and Portuguese History & Culture: The Oliviera Lima Library
  • Smithsonian 1: World's Fairs and Expositions: Visions of Tomorrow
  • Smithsonian 2: Trade Literature: The Merchandising of Industry
  • British Newspapers IV, 1785-1920

Along with preferential pricing, this year's offering also includes two service elements which are entirely new to the program, new to Gale, and in ways new to the market. Further information and trial access is available through the following link: www.galesupport.com/crl

Curriculum Alignments - Gale is offering our new curriculum alignment service, where we map your Gale resources to course syllabi, area studies, or even grant proposals. With these, faculty can see exactly where the library fits into their lesson plans, and students will know exactly where to go and what resources they need to complete their assignments. The number of alignments offered based on degree of current offer participation.

Data Mining & Textual Analysis - Data mining and textual analysis have become very important areas of focus in scholarly research, and the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) has worked closely with Gale in driving these areas as part of a cutting-edge offering from Gale. Gale is presently contacting over 250 of our partner library and archives, confirming that we have their permission to offer the content of our digital collections in a format that supports data mining and textual analysis goals.

When this process completes over the next month or two, upon customer request, Gale will deliver collection content for purchased Gale Digital Collections that may be used for data mining and textual analysis. Costing is planned to be simply the cost of producing the data sets and shipping and handling.

CRL Gale FALL Offer - Fall 2014.pdf

EasyBib Integrates with EBSCO Resources

from EBSCO:

EBSCO information Services and EasyBib have made it possible to directly export citations from EBSCO resources to EasyBib. The integration creates an effortless way for students and researchers to ethically use their resources.

EasyBib is an intuitive information literacy platform that provides citation, note taking and research tools. It is an accurate, fast and comprehensive way for educators to teach students how to become effective and organized researchers. EBSCO provides research content through hundreds of databases and historical archives as well as the ability to explore the library's collection through a single search box via EBSCO Discovery Service™.

With the EBSCO integration with EasyBib, library users simply have to select the article they want to cite from one of the hundreds of EBSCO databases, historical archives or EBSCO Discovery Service and click on the EasyBib option in the export process. The user's EasyBib account will open and allow the citation to be imported.

EasyBib Co-CEO and Co-Founder Neal Taparia says that the integration with EBSCO resources follows EasyBib's dedication to improve the product and partner with the best resources available. "Our commitment to providing the best citation and research management tool is further improved with this recent integration. As one of the foremost database and discovery technologies in the world, EBSCO is an ideal partner in our goal to provide the best tools and resources to educators worldwide.

According to EBSCO Senior Director of Product Management Harry Kaplanian, the ability to export citations to EasyBib helps to support information literacy and proper research habits. "EBSCO helps library users access content from many sources. The integration with EasyBib allows those users to give proper credit to those sources easily when using the widely used and helpful research management tool, EasyBib."

from EBSCO:

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has released eBook Education Collection™ a new subscription e-book collection. eBook Education Collection features more than 2,800 quality titles supporting students and faculty in education studies.

Titles in eBook Education Collection range from introductory texts for undergraduate coursework to more complex and detailed works for advanced students and scholars. The subscription collection also includes support materials for student teachers and professionals working in K-12 and higher education classrooms, covering topics from curriculum building to student behavior and dynamics.

eBook Education Collection offers an abundance of education titles at a substantial savings and offers the Unlimited User model (1BUU). New titles will be added quarterly to ensure the most current eligible content is available and MARC records are included at no additional cost.

EBSCO Vice President of Product Management Ken Breen says eBook Education Collection is geared toward Education Studies programs and libraries looking to provide relevant content for faculty and students at all levels. 'EBSCO's eBook Education Collection offers unique titles from top publishers designed to bring a variety of content related to Education Studies into the library collection. Whether users need introductory text or advanced research materials or professional support, the new subscription collection allows libraries to provide essential content throughout the education discipline."

In addition to thousands of quality titles from top university presses and academic publishers, eBook Education Collection includes content from leading education publishers including McGraw-Hill Education, Sense Publishing, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, National Science Teachers Association and Stylus Publishing as well as top publishers not found in other education e-book collections including:

  • Stenhouse Publishers
  • Corwin Press
  • International Reading Association
  • Learning Matters
  • Institute of Education Press
  • Classroom Complete Press

A true education collection, eBook Education Collection includes more than 900 titles not found in other EBSCO subscription collections and nearly 2000 titles not available in subscription collections from other e-book providers. eBook Education Collection also include more front list content than any other collection. The collection includes top titles including:

  • Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty Harvard University Press, 2013 (Library Journal Starred Review)
  • School Discipline and Safety Sage Publications, 2012 (Highly Recommended in Choice)
  • Appalachia in the Classroom: Teaching the Region Ohio University Press, 2013 (Highly Recommended in Choice)
  • The Relentless Pursuit of Excellence: Lessons From a Transformational Leader Corwin Press, 2012
  • Teaching That Changes Lives: 12 Mindset Tools for Igniting the Love of Learning Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2013

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