Information Update - Fall 2012
Expanding our Library Resources Virtually with Ebrary
- In January 2012, the Weinberg Memorial Library was able to expand its holdings by more than 75,000 titles without having to add any shelf space. This was possible with the addition of ebrary's Academic Complete eBook collection to the Library's list of online resources. The eBooks are available 24/7 both on and off-campus through the Library's A to Z List of Databases web page under "ebrary : Academic Complete eBook Collection," as well as through links to the individual book titles through the Library's online catalog.
- Flexible searching allows faculty and students to pinpoint specific titles or works by specific authors as well as topics. Creating an ebrary account, which is free, enables users to have the ability to create notes, highlight and save portions of text for future research. Up to one chapter of a book (approximately 30 pages) can be printed or saved as a PDF file. Entire books can be downloaded for remote reading by installing the free Adobe Digital Editions software onto a laptop computer or desktop. Ebrary also offers a free iPad/iPhone/Android app that you can install on your tablet or smartphone to enable downloading of eBooks. "Loans" of downloaded eBooks are available for 14 days. Up to 10 books can be downloaded at any time. However, multiple users can use and read books online through the Library's online catalog or ebrary website without having to download them. An ebrary account also enables users to create URLs that can link directly to chapters or specific spots in the text.
- The eBooks in the Library's ebrary subscription are from leading publishers including: Amsterdam University Press, Brill Academic Publishers, MIT Press, National Academies Press, Oxford University Press, University of Minnesota Press, World Scientific, among others. Ebrary plans to continue to "grow" the Academic Complete collection by adding approximately 10% new titles every year. Ebrary is proving to be an important facet of the Library's growing eBook collection.