News & Announcements 10/25/11

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EBSCOhost Updates Coming Soon

Subscribers to EBSCOhost may be interested in knowing that EBSCO hopes to enhance the users’ search experiences with “several new … features” including:

·         Other Formats and Editions

·         Real Time News

·         Citation Format Updates

·         New User Interface Languages

·         Android App Update

·         NoveList Enhancements

 NISO launches new Open Discovery Initiative to develop standards

“The National Information Standards Organization voting members have approved a new Open Discovery Initiative work item to develop standards and recommended practices for next generation library discovery services. Using an aggregated index search of a wide range of resources, licensed and free, from multiple providers, these discovery services have the ability to deliver more sophisticated services with instant performance, compared to the federated search techniques previously used.”

Texas State Library and Archives Commission joins WebJunction Partner Program

Online courses from WebJunction help keep library staff skills current to meet growing needs of the community. The Texas State Library and Archives Commission has joined the WebJunction Partner Program, which provides library staff in Texas access to courses through the WebJunction community to keep skills up-to-date and help libraries respond to current patron needs.

WebJunction-Texas is a new service offered by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission for the professional development and training needs of library staff. WebJunction-Texas offers unlimited self-paced courses selected from multiple providers to library staff at no charge, and free webinars produced by WebJunction staff just for libraries.

Louisiana Libraries Sign Statewide Licensing Agreement with Credo Reference

Partnership to Promote Information Literacy and Lifelong Learning

The Louisiana Library Network (LOUIS) and the State Library of Louisiana have signed a new statewide agreement to partner with Credo Reference ( in their efforts to promote information literacy and research effectiveness. Both organizations are pleased to announce this joint effort to support library users across the state.

Under the agreement, students, faculty, researchers and patrons at all Louisiana academic, public and K-12 libraries will have access to the hundreds of highly-regarded reference titles that comprise Credo General Reference Premium. The agreement also includes over 10,000 Credo Topic Pages, which will be customized to encourage discovery and exploration by students and faculty.

Cornell University Adopts Serials Solutions Summon™ Discovery Service

Cornell University Library is adopting the Summon™ service in the hope of improving “the discoverability of its “digital resources and library materials for its patrons.”   Cornell believes that Summon  “will integrate the web-scale discovery service’s superior search functionality with other library applications and learning management systems…” as well as allow the library “to provide greater exposure to the full text of articles of all subscribed materials in addition to other relevant library collections.”  The key features that sold Cornell on Summon seem to be the simple and intuitive full-text searching, the overall flexibility of the interface and its open API.  According to this press release “more than 250 libraries and research institutions now subscribe to the Summon service.  Summon is a product of Serials Solutions®, a business unit of ProQuest® LLC.

Google Says Pearson’s New Learning System Is ‘Not a Shared Product’

Contrary to the impression left by earlier reports “Google is not directly involved” with OpenClass, Pearson’s new learning-management system.  There has been speculation that Google would eventually move into this space and although the Pearson software is distributed via Google’s App marketplace, there is no formal connection.  While a Google spokesman notes that Pearson “built it with really nice integration with our systems… it’s not a joint release, and it’s not a shared product.”  In fact, “Google officials say they have no plan to jump into developing learning software.”

SAGE begins publishing Learning Disability Quarterly

Endeavor continues partnership with Hammill Institute on Disabilities

SAGE will continue its partnership with the Hammill Institute on Disabilities by publishing another of their titles named Learning Disability Quarterly (LDQ) beginning this August. The addition of LDQ brings the Institute’s total number of journals with SAGE to 15 titles.

The Hammill Institute on Disabilities is a non-profit organization that was organized exclusively for charitable, scientific, and educational purposes to enhance the well-being of people with disabilities, their parents, and the professionals who are devoted to their interests.

The Hammill Institute – SAGE partnership means that LDQ is now available through SAGE Journals Online ( and authors can now submit articles for review through SAGE Track.




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