News and Announcements 4/26/12

On today menu: two new Bilbary partnerships; LexisNexis and Overdrive create a Digital Library; Harvard makes catalog records public; a Credo Reference and OCLC collaboration; and ACRL releases ClimateQUAL webcast.

 Bilbary Announces Ebook Partnerships With The State Library of Kansas and Taylor & Francis

Information Today reports that Bilbary, an internet-based, consumer ebook library and retail bookstore, has announced partnerships with The State Library of Kansas and Taylor & Francis. Both partnerships will help Bilbary build its competitive platform, as well as add a number of titles to its growing ebook catalog.

Taylor and Francis has made available 26,000 ebook titles for Bilbary to both sell and to rent. Taylor & Francis… imprints include Routledge, CRC Press, and Psychology Press. Taylor & Francis publishes 1,600 scholarly journals and more than 3,700 new books each year.  Bilbary’s agreement with Taylor & Francis will allow Bilbary to sell approximately 26,000 ebook titles, on top of its 340,000 current titles. All titles will reside in the Bilbary cloud, ensuring accessibility on any internet-connected device…  Bilbary’s agreement with The State Library of Kansas will allow Bilbary to open its doors to all Kansas library patrons. A link to Bilbary’s website will live on the Kansas State Library page, which patrons from anywhere in the U.S. will be able to click to purchase and download ebooks… Another aspect of the overall agreement is that all commissions will be given back to Bilbary to be used for developmental purposes. Doing so will encourage Bilbary to create and improve its capabilities for Kansas patrons, while also paving the way for a rental model to be integrated…”

LexisNexis Announces LexisNexis Digital Library

LexisNexis Legal & Professional has announced an agreement with OverDrive “to create the LexisNexis(R) Digital Library.

LexisNexis Digital Library is an innovative new service that offers legal professionals access to the largest collection of authoritative legal eBook content on all major mobile devices and desktop platforms. It also enables organizations to share individual eBook titles among multiple users, purchase eBooks centrally and manage their library efficiently. With the service, organizations can significantly reduce the costs associated with storing, filing and distributing traditional print books… The core of LexisNexis Digital Library is a website created by OverDrive and customized for each law firm or organization. A librarian or designated administrator serves as the manager of a virtual library, ordering titles and supervising lending of all electronic content…”

  Credo’s Topic Pages will be enhanced with WorldCat results

Sue Polanka notes that OCLC and Credo Reference have announced “a special collaboration project aimed to increase collection visibility and usage with library users. Credo’s Topic Pages will now be enhanced with WorldCat results to show local library materials alongside other timely, relevant Web materials.  With this new project, libraries that are both OCLC members and Credo customers will receive Credo Topic Pages at no charge for an introductory period…”

ClimateQUAL® Webcast Recording Now Available

The Association of Research Libraries has released a free recording of the ClimateQUAL® Webcast, held on April 17, 2012.

The webcast is designed to provide potential and current participants with practical information for administering a survey, to help participants with interpreting the data and its analysis, and to share best practices in using the results.

(The ClimateQUAL®: Organizational Climate and Diversity Assessment (OCDA) protocol captures staff perceptions concerning the organization’s commitment to the principles of diversity, staff perceptions of organizational policies and procedures, and staff attitudes through a standardized survey tool.)

 Millions of Harvard Library Catalog Records Publicly Available

Another report from Information Today notes that “the Harvard Library announced it would make more than 12 million catalog records from Harvard’s 73 libraries publicly available. The records contain bibliographic information about books, videos, audio recordings, images, manuscripts, maps, and more. The Harvard Library is making these records available in accordance with its Open Metadata Policy and under a Creative Commons 0 (CC0) public domain license.  In addition, the Harvard Library announced its open distribution of metadata from its Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard (DASH) scholarly article repository under a similar CC0 license. The catalog records are available for bulk download from Harvard, and are available for programmatic access by software applications via API’s at the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). The records are in the standard MARC21 format…”

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