LJ recently gathered publishers, aggregators, and librarians to discuss trends and thorny issues in reference
On January 21, 2012, at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Dallas, LJ met with reference publishers, database aggregators, and public and academic reference librarians to discuss recent events and issues in the library world. It had been an exciting week. In protest against the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA), which would have effectively forced online sites to police user-generated content, online reference giant Wikipedia had “gone dark” for a day.
The blackout was fresh in everyone’s mind and inspired some soul-searching about overreliance on this resource by patrons and librarians alike. But the group covered lots of other topics, too, from debates over patron-driven acquisition (PDA) and how to get reluctant students and faculty into academic libraries, to innovative ways to measure usage and get marketing help from vendors...
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Collaboration project will add local library materials in WorldCat to Credo Topic Pages
April 18, 2012 – Boston, Oxford – OCLC and Credo Reference are pleased to announce a special collaboration project aimed to increase collection visibility and usage with library users. Credo 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. These libraries—along with current Topic Pages subscribers—will show WorldCat results from libraries worldwide that relate to the topic being searched. Libraries can have their results customized to show only local library holdings in WorldCat, as well as other customizations such as branding and deep links back to their catalog through this special project.
Working with Public and School Libraries
March 13, 2012 – Boston, Oxford – Credo Reference (www.credoreference.com), recently named “Best Overall” Reference Database 2012 by Library Journal, is pleased to announce the hiring of Mary Weiss, as Director of Sales, Public and School Libraries.
Ms. Weiss will be responsible for working with school and public libraries on the coordination of their information literacy programs and new optimizations and installations of Credo Reference. In addition, Weiss will work closely with Credo’s product development team to introduce the next generation of Literati by Credo, specifically tailored to the needs of K-12 and public libraries.
New Platform Promotes Information Literacy and Better Research Outcomes
January 26, 2012 – Boston, Oxford – Credo Reference (credoreference.com), recently named Library Journal’s “Best Overall Reference Database” announced today that their new solution “Literati by Credo” is now available to libraries worldwide.
Literati by Credo is a collaborative research platform that promotes research effectiveness and information literacy by combining Credo’s well-regarded content with innovative library-centric technology. Beyond the platform, Literati by Credo offers customized tools and services, so that libraries can brand and enhance their end-user experience.
“Information Literacy skills are a must-have for today’s world, and libraries are in the best position to teach those skills,” said Mike Sweet, Credo Reference CEO. “With Literati, we are bringing an attractive look and feel, as well as a superior unifying platform to librarians so they can best serve the Google generation.”
The Charleston ADVISOR has published their interview with Credo Reference President John Dove and Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing Carol Helton.