About EBSCO Buying YBP

It’s been ten days since the announcement that EBSCO bought YBP from Baker &Taylor, but the benefit of being late to comment is that we can corral much of what’s already been said.

Here is the original press release from EBSCO that it is buying YBP (including its GOBI platform) from Baker & Taylor.

Here is a PDF of FAQs for current customers.

Both of these documents promise minimal disruption in the near future.

Notably, within an hour of receiving the EBSCO press release over email, I received ProQuest’s press release assuring customers that its ongoing relationship with YBP would not change. ProQuest elaborated on this here, promising that its ebrary and EBL ebooks would continue to be available through GOBI. ProQuest is often seen as EBSCO’s big rival in academic ebooks and online journal databases, and both EBSCO’s and ProQuest’s ebook platforms have been playing reasonably nice with YBP’s GOBI platform.

Here is Baker & Taylor’s press release about the sale of YBP to EBSCO.

Meredith Schwartz at Library Journal did a write-up, with her same-day article containing quotes from three EBSCO executives, as well as an academic librarian from EBSCO’s advisory board.

Use of mobile apps

Do you use mobile apps? iBrary Guy is looking at the how legal apps rank in Apple’s store. Today, he looks at the Big Publishers, tomorrow at others. Rank measures downloads, so the big question is whether attorneys actually use the apps. Maybe an analysis of Android apps will follow.

North Carolina cases digitized by State Library

The Goodson Blogson reports that the North Carolina State Library completed digitization of the official North Carolina Supreme Court Reports  through 2012 (volumes 1 – 365) and has made the first 100 volumes of the appellate court reports available. Read the article at the Duke Goodson Law Library blog  and check out the case reporters at the State Library’s North Carolina Digital Collections.

Thanks to the Duke law librarians for the post! Do you know of other reporter collections? Are they authenticated?

Information has value

ACRL recently released its Final Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. It reminds us that users, whether college students or not, start with the perception that information is “free” and lack understanding of how personal information is being commodified.The third frame – “Information has value” – addresses the complex values associated with information by introducing concepts of publishing and intellectual property. It speaks of information “as a commodity, as a means of education, as a means to influence, and as a means of negotiating and understanding the world. Legal and socioeconomic interests influence information production and dissemination.” Read the full framework for tools to incorporate in your reference consults, training or teaching.

Gale Cengage unifies UX

Gale Revamps Popular Product Lines to Create a Unified, Improved and Mobile-Optimized User Experience

Changes to GVRL, InfoTrac and In Context Platforms Enhance Accessibility and Usability

h/t to Library Stuff by Steven Cohen

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LegalTech New York 2015 Wrap-up

The LegalTech New York 2015 trade show wrapped up at the end of last week.  In her Dewey B. Strategic blog, Jean O’Grady writes about LegalTech’s evolution into a trade show which features legal technology’s current hot products, and highlights some of the products featured in Aisle 117 of the trade show floor, the “place to see innovative products” and “the social hub for other innovation pioneers.”

Congress.gov offers email alerts

From the LOC press release:

Congress.gov Offers Users New Alert System

Beginning today, the free legislative information website Congress.gov offers users a new optional email-alerts system that makes tracking legislative action even easier. Users can elect to receive email alerts for tracking:

  • A specific bill in the current Congress: Receive an email when there are updates to a specific bill (new cosponsors, committee action, vote taken, etc.); emails are sent once a day if there has been a change in a particular bill’s status since the previous day.
  • A specific member’s legislative activity: Receive an email when a specific member introduces or cosponsors a bill; emails are sent once a day if a member has introduced or cosponsored a bill since the previous day.
  • Congressional Record: Receive an email as soon as a new issue of the Congressional Record is available on Congress.gov.

The alerts system is a new feature available to anyone who creates a free account on the Congress.gov site. Creating an account also enables users to save searches. Create an account and sign up for alerts at congress.gov/account.

Congress.gov is the official source for federal legislative information. A collaboration among the Library of Congress, the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives and the Government Publishing Office, Congress.gov is a free resource that provides searchable access to bill status and summary, bill text, member profiles, the Congressional Record, committee reports, direct links from bills to cost estimates from the Congressional Budget Office, legislative-process videos, committee profile pages and historic access reaching back as far as 1973.

The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world, holds more than 158 million items in various languages, disciplines and formats. The Library seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs, publications and exhibitions. Many of the Library’s rich resources can be accessed through its website at www.loc.gov.



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