17 May 13 · Comments Off
By Hannes Mitchell
DUBLIN, Ohio, May 16, 2013
Skip Prichard, an experienced senior executive in the information services market, has been named the next OCLC President and CEO.
Mr. Prichard has led multi-national organizations that serve libraries across the full spectrum of library services and content needs. Most recently, he was President and CEO of Ingram Content Group Inc., which provides a broad range of physical and digital services to the book industry. Prior to his service at Ingram, he was President and CEO of ProQuest Information and Learning, a respected global publisher and information provider serving library, education, government and corporate markets with offices around the world.
Mr. Prichard will succeed Jay Jordan, who will retire June 30 after 15 years as OCLC President and CEO. Mr. Prichard will serve as OCLC President-elect, effective June 3, and will officially become President and CEO on July 1.
For the full news release please see http://www.oclc.org/en-europe/news/releases/2013/201324dublin.html
Tags: Industry news, OCLC President, Skip Prichard
16 May 13 · Comments Off
By Hannes Mitchell
The review critically examines the content, intended audience, scope, user interface, search engine, features and usability of the electronic journals database. The overall rating was 4.25 out of a possible score of 5.
Subscribers to The Charleston Advisor can view the article here:
Non-subscribers of The Charleston Advisor can read the abstract here:
Sabinet would like to thank Elsabe Olivier and Prof. Ina Fourie for conducting the review and also want to recognise Digby Sales who initiated the process.
More information on the African Electronic Journals (SA ePublications) can be found here.
Tags: Products, African Electronic Journals, SA ePublications, The Charleston Advisor
09 May 13 · Comments Off
By Hannes Mitchell
The content of the African Journal Archive has been integrated with the Sabinet Reference platform (http://reference.sabinet.co.za). It is now possible to search for information in this archive together with Sabinet’s South African and African electronic journals from a single search page (http://aja.sabinet.co.za). Users can also search for items contained in the archive separately from other online journal content.
The content is completely open access and the full text is available to anyone searching the archive – no subscription or registration is required.
Currently 49 of the 182 titles making up the archive have been loaded on the platform – the rest will follow in the very near future.
The African Journal Archive is a retrospective digitisation project of full-text journal articles published in Africa, in the Sciences, the Social Sciences and Humanities and was funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The archive provides access to a multi-disciplinary, multi-country digital archive of Africa’s research and cultural heritage contained in its journal literature with some articles dating back to 1902. For more information about the archive and the project, please go to http://www.ajarchive.org.
The inclusion of the African Journal Archive data on the Sabinet Reference platform means that the additional functionality provided by the platform can now also be used for the retrieval and storage of relevant information. This functionality includes: facets to facilitate the refining of search results; efficient keyword searching; relevance ranking; display of related items (items from other databases which contain the same search terms); an Action List, where selected records can be saved for a session from where printing, emailing or exporting can be carried out; mySabinet – each user’s personal space for saving searches or lists and sharing these with other mySabinet users; mobile access from smartphones or tablets. With the addition of these titles from the African Journal Archive, Sabinet is creating a resource containing more than 300 000 full-text articles from African journals.
Please contact Support at email@example.com if you have any questions or experience any difficulties with accessing the archive.
Tags: Products, African Journal Archive
07 May 13 · Comments Off
By Hannes Mitchell
The SA Media database has been greatly enhanced by the increased functionality and features provided by the Sabinet Reference platform (http://reference.sabinet.co.za), as well as by the processing of every single article with Optical Character Recognition software to facilitate the full-text searching of all of the more than 4 million articles in the database. This means that every word in every article is fully searchable, thereby greatly increasing the possibility of finding relevant information.
The database is now completely current and daily updates are being loaded on the Sabinet Reference platform, ensuring that the database remains completely up-to-date.
The SA Media database covers more than 120 South African periodicals and newspapers from 1977 onwards, and in addition to the full-text searching available, index terms are also assigned to news articles.
A link takes the user directly to the PDF version of the original newspaper article.
For more information on subscribing to the service please contact your portfolio manager or mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tags: Company news, SA Media, Sabinet enhancements
20 Mar 13 · Comments Off
By Hannes Mitchell
DUBLIN, Ohio, USA, 4 March 2013 — Jay Jordan, OCLC President and CEO, has issued the following statement on the withdrawal today of a lawsuit filed in 2010 by Innovative Interfaces and SkyRiver Technology Solutions:
“We applaud the decision of the new owners of Innovative Interfaces and SkyRiver Technology Solutions and CEO Kim Massana to withdraw the claims against OCLC. We look forward to possible future engagement with Innovative where it benefits libraries. We work with many library service providers to provide greater value at reduced costs to libraries around the world.
Inclusion, reciprocity, trust and the highest standard of ethical conduct have guided the OCLC cooperative in the past and will guide us in the future. As always, OCLC’s public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing the rate of rise of library costs remain paramount.”
In support of these guiding principles, OCLC continues its success in enabling libraries to share infrastructure costs and resources through OCLC WorldShare Management Services, the first cooperative, cloud-based library management services that streamline cataloging, acquisitions, circulation, license management and workflows to provide better discovery and delivery services for library users.
Worldwide, there are currently 95 libraries using the new OCLC WorldShare Management Services. In Australia, 12 libraries are piloting the services. OCLC WorldShare Management Services are gaining momentum in Europe as well with the recent launch at Tilburg University. Libraries in Spain, France and the United Kingdom will soon switch on WorldShare Management Services as their library management solution.
Tags: Industry news, lawsuit withdrawal, OCLC
13 Mar 13 · Comments Off
By Hannes Mitchell
13 March, Centurion: – In November 2011 Sabinet Online announced that it would, in conjunction with the profession’s Law Library (formerly KwaZulu-Natal Law Society Library: www.lawlibrary.co.za), offer free access to its online South African Legislation product, to small law firms until 31 October 2012. Due to the resounding success of this initiative, Sabinet then extended this free offer to the 31st of March 2013.
Having recognised the overwhelming need for this service by small law firms in South Africa, Sabinet has now decided to continue to make the South African Legislation product available free of charge to qualifying law firms for an undetermined period.
This means that qualifying small law firms, comprising of three or fewer practising attorneys, will have free access to an alphabetical list of all the South African Acts on www.salegislation.co.za that is accessible with the use of a username and password, which will be provided by Sabinet Online. Access will be given to the Act and its Regulations but will not offer search functionality.
Existing users will continue to have access to this free option should they wish to do so however a reduced subscription option allowing searching functionality across all Acts and regulations is also available. Any existing users who wish to subscribe to the product will be required to sign an additional subscription form.
New users will be granted access either to the free option or the paid option depending on which option they wish to select.
Sabinet reserves the right to terminate the free offer at any time and restrict access to any user who may be misusing the service, without prior notice.
Tags: Company news
12 Mar 13 · Comments Off
By Rosalind Hattingh
Sabinet is very proud to announce that we have celebrated our 30th Birthday on 28 February 2013.
We are grateful that Sabinet is in the position to celebrate such a milestone birthday. We would like to thank all our clients for your support during the past 30 years.
We trust that we will celebrate many more birthdays with you and that we will continue to service you on the same level and even better in future!
Tags: Company news, Sabinet's birthday
25 Feb 13 · Comments Off
By Elizabeth Mathosa
Luba Matyila joined our Systems Development department on the 7th of January 2013 as a Systems Developer.
He enjoys watching cricket, playing indoor sports, reading motivational bibliographies or anything to do with science.
He describes himself as a fun loving person who enjoys a company of pleasant people and he doesn’t take himself too seriously.
We wish Luba all the best in his new position.
Tags: Our people