Google’s book scanning project; Califa Group moves to own ebooks; Wikimedia/Wikipedia use stats; 3M cloud integrates with Polaris; EBSCO expands partnership with Accessible Archives; and CIVICTechnologies launches new software at PLA
Jennifer Howard reports in the Chronicle of Higher Education that “Google has been quietly slowing down its book-scanning work with partner libraries, according to librarians involved with the vast Google Books digitization project. But what that means for the company’s long-term investment in the work remains unclear…” According to a recent post on LibLicense, Jennifer is trying to get more details. We will keep you posted as we learn more.
According to this article in Digital Shift, “the largest library network in California is going to adopt the pioneering ebook business model of Colorado’s Douglas County Libraries, which allows libraries to truly own, not rent, their ebooks. The San Mateo-based Califa Group, which brokers services and products for 220 multi-type library systems (1000 buildings), has seeded the project with about $30,000 and will purchase ebook files directly from publishers as well as an Adobe Content Server to manage the digital files.”
Use of Wikimedia Foundation projects continues to grow as these statistics InfoDocket cites indicate. The stats are taken from the Wikimedia Highlights, February 2012 Blog Post.
“3M Library Systems and Polaris Library Systems announce a strategic partnership that will make browsing and checking out eBooks simpler than ever. The 3M Cloud Library eBook Lending Service will now be integrated with the Polaris Integrated Library System (ILS), allowing patrons at participating libraries to discover both physical and digital collections from wherever they are browsing—the library’s own public access catalog (PAC) or from the 3M Cloud Library applications. The new partnership will be showcased at the Public Library Association 2012 Conference, beginning on March 13 in Philadelphia, Pa.”
“EBSCO Publishing has expanded its partnership with Accessible Archives, Inc. to include American County Histories to 1900: New England and The Civil War: Parts V and IV in EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS). The agreement allows metadata from these two resources to be added to the Base Index of EDS.”
“CIVICTechnologies,… provider of market segmentation and geographic information system (GIS) data and solutions to libraries, announces the launch of CommunityConnect following successful pilot projects at several libraries including Las Vegas-Clark County Library District in Nevada, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library in Kansas, and Skokie Public Library in Illinois, among others. CommunityConnect is a software-as-a-service solution that helps public libraries … allocate money for resources, services and collection development by predicting people’s needs and interests, neighborhood by neighborhood.”
CommunityConnect will be demonstrated at the PLA Conference in Philadelphia, March 14-16, 2012.”