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Monday, July 21, 2014

Credo Reveals Refreshed Platform for Online Reference Service

Credo, the industry leader for information skills solutions, unveiled a new look to their award-winning Credo Online Reference Service, updating several features with a focus on user experience. The enhancements are based on input from subscribers matched with cutting edge technology to create a cleaner, more modernized layout and increased searchability.
This intuitive interface makes it easier for learners to focus on discovering information while an improved mobile experience for smartphones and tablets demonstrates Credo’s commitment to providing high-quality content anytime, anywhere. A new “Listen” feature increases accessibility by reading content aloud. A translation tool will also be available, allowing Topic Pages and entries to be viewed in dozens of different languages.
The updated layout for Credo’s signature Topic Pages facilitates quick and easy discovery of the resources best suited to users’ needs. Popular as a starting point in the research process, Topic Pages connect users to real-time results from library-selected resources, offering a helpful solution for those who find themselves stuck in one database without clear pathways to other resources relevant to their search. These 10,000-plus Topic Pages are now easier to navigate whether at the library or on the go, increasing access to the high-quality information people need in their academic, professional or personal lives. 
“This update is part of a continuum of advances we’ve made that has allowed Credo Online Reference Service to maintain its position as a preferred reference platform for both libraries and publishers,” said Credo CEO Mike Sweet. “Great content is only one part of the equation; we work extensively with users and subscribers to understand how they conduct research, and then innovate to provide intuitive products.”
In addition to platform and technology enhancements, Credo also adds to and updates the content available in the Academic, Public and School Core Collections, ensuring users are able to find the most relevant, up to date information to satisfy their research needs. Learn more about Credo Online Reference Service here: http://corp.credoreference.com/product-services/credo-online-reference-service.html

Monday, June 16, 2014

Credo Wins SIIA Education Technology CODiE Award for Best Education Reference Solution

Literati School Earns Prestigious Industry Recognition
Credo, the industry leader for information skills solutions, today announced that Literati School won the 2014 SIIA CODiE Award for Best Education Reference Solution.
The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries, announced Credo as one of 31 CODiE Award winners in the education technology category. An SIIA CODiE Award win for ed tech companies is an especially prestigious honor, as each award winner has been selected by a combination of educators, who act as initial judges by selecting finalists from among all nominees, and SIIA members-company peers, who vote to select the winners from among the finalists.
Literati School builds on Credo's foundation of online reference content and discovery tools to support K-12 schools in the areas of information literacy education and assessment, library and classroom connection, and multimedia creation. By providing a rewarding research experience and supplementing instruction, Literati School helps students to develop critical information skills.
“It was thrilling to be on hand to receive such a prestigious award in person,” said Credo CEO Mike Sweet. “At Credo we recognize that today’s young learners are entering a world where information skills are imperative to academic, personal and professional success, and it is an honor that Literati School is seen as a difference-making tool for their future.”
“SIIA’s 2014 Education CODiE Award winners’ are some of the most innovative, high-impact education products out there,” said SIIA Vice President for the Education Division Karen Billings. “We congratulate all of this year’s CODiE Award winners, and thank them for the contributions they have made to the education industry.”
This is Credo’s second CODiE award in two years; Literati Public was a winner in 2013 in the Best General Reference Service category.
For more information about the CODiE Awards, visit http://www.siia.net/codies/2014/
About SIIASIIA is the leading association representing the software and digital content industries. SIIA represents approximately 700 member companies worldwide that develop software and digital information content.  Information technology (IT) and software security are critical issues to SIIA’s members, many of whom strive to develop safe, secure and state-of the-art products that effectively serve their commercial and government customers alike, while protecting their intellectual property.  The SIIA Education Division serves and represents more than 200 member companies that provide software, digital content and other technologies that address educational needs. The Division shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities and critical market information. For more information, visit www.siia.net/education.
About the SIIA CODiE™ AwardsThe SIIA CODiE™ Awards, originally called the Excellence in Software Awards, were established in 1986 by the Software Publishers Association (SPA), now the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), so that pioneers of the then-nascent software industry could evaluate and honor each other’s work. Since then, the CODiE Awards program has carried out the same purpose – to showcase the software and information industry’s finest products and services and to honor excellence in corporate achievement.