Oxford and Google Wallet – bonus or bother?

Oxford Reference Online   had introduced a new service. Now instead of just having the titles that the library subscribes to, they have all titles available in the Oxford online catalogue. In practical terms, this means you may start reading a title you have sought an answer from, but then be requested for payment from “Google Wallet”.

The way to get around this is to tick the box to the left asking only to search for  content “provided by library”. You have to keep ticking this box after each search.  Oxford’s explanation for this development?

Google Wallet for Content provides a new model for purchasing short-form reference content designed to provide immediate answers for search queries. By making taster content available for free, this pilot is expected to make the OUP content within libraries’ holdings more discoverable and, ultimately, boost usage of these resources.

Christchurch – this week in history (29 October – 4 November)

29 October 1830
Te Rauparaha charters the “Elizabeth” (under the unscrupulous Captain Stewart) and sails for Akaroa.

30 October 1985
Writer-in-Residence at Canterbury University, Keri Hulme wins internationally prestigious Booker McConnell prize for her novel The Bone People.

1 November 1906
New Zealand International Exhibition (the biggest in the country to that time) opens in Hagley Park. Over 1 million people visited the exhibition during the next few months. A branch railway line was built across North Hagley Park to service the exhibition. The attractions included New Zealand’s first professional symphony orchestra [conducted by Alfred Hill], and the first Dominion pipe band contest which was won by the Dunedin Highland Pipe Band.

2 November 1899
Balloonist Captain Lorraine lost at sea after an ascent from Lancaster Park.

2 November 1914
Riccarton (Deans) Bush presented to the city by the Deans family.

4 November 1989
Record crowd of 60,000 at Lancaster Park to see Irish rock band U2.

More October and November events in our Christchurch chronology.