Agenda Introduction to ProQuest Ebook history and industry issues Case study 1: Safari Tech Books Online Case study 2: Literature Online Case study 3: ProQuest MyiLibrary Medical Future Directions ProQuest Information & Learning Helps people find, get, & use information
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ProQuest Information and Learning Ebook History
ABI linking to Safari Business Books Online
Early English Books Online
Safari Tech Books Online
1990 1995 2000 2005
English Poetry Full-Text Database
Approx 20+ literature collections
Meeting Library NeedsThe Problem with IT books in print
We are currently having problems with ensuring that new books in certain subject areas, especially computer languages/programming are available for the students.
We are currently having problems with ensuring that new books in certain subject areas, especially computer languages/programing are available for the students in that major. The problems that we are running into is that as soon as a new computer book is placed on the shelf a patron either hides it (i.e.: behind other books, in a study corral, etc.) or steals it (this is an increasing problem). Another big problem is that a small group of students will check a new book out and renew it between themselves such that no one else is able to use the book for 1-2 years, by which time it is outdated and the next edition has been purchased and the cycle begins again. Issuing holds and recalls does not work very efficiently, as the majority of students who have checked out new books either ignore the recalls or line up friends ahead of time to place holds and check the book out in their name while the same student actually keeps the book. With the computer books, the students are often using them as textbooks. An obvious solution would be to buy multiple copies. However, with budget cuts, the expense of computer books, and the quickness with which the subject becomes outdated, this is not a feasible option for us. ILL is not a feasible option either, especially in this area, as many academic libraries (us included) do not lend new computer books out to other libraries.
We would like to know if other academic libraries are having a similar problem, what are you doing (if anything) to try to alleviate the problem, the pros/cons, student reaction, and how effectively is it working.
One solution that we are especially interested in getting feedback on is if anyone has created and is currently using a "closed stack" collection. By this I mean that the books would be kept behind the Circulation Desk similar to Reserves or a Periodicals "Thieves" Collection (current issues of popular journals that disappear when left in the regular periodicals collection). Access would be restricted to our students/faculty. When an item from the "closed stack" is wanted the Circulation staff would retrieve it and check it out to the patron. We are also considering placing a maximum checkout limit and/or reducing the checkout period based on subject area/new material criteria in our problem areas.
Access Services Librarian
Fitchburg State College
...a patron either hides it (i.e.: behind other books, in a study corral, etc.)
...steals it (this is an increasing problem)
...a small group of students will check a new book out and renew it between themselves such that no one else is able to use the book for 1-2 years, by which time it is outdated
An obvious solution would be to buy multiple copies.
...with budget cuts, the expense of computer books, and the quickness with which the subject becomes outdated, this is not a feasible option for us.
I know it’s in here somewhere!
O’Reilly Media: respected publisher on “cutting edge” technology topics
“Safari reflects my long-term vision to change the world by capturing and disseminating the knowledge of innovators. We're not just about computers or computer books. We're really about solving information problems.”
- Tim O’Reilly
Pearson Technology Group – the market leader in technology publishing
Other top business and technology publishers
Safari Tech Books Collection
Comprehensive coverage of IT topic areas
New Content Extends the Value of Premier eBook collections
Instant access to Rare English Books from 1473-1700
“EEBO page images reveal
Things that are concealed by
Digitised texts, and even the
Best modern editions”
Anthony Miller, University of Sydney
“Teaching will be transformed” Clive Hurst, University of Oxford
Library Solution Case Study 3:ProQuest MyiLibrary Medical: integration of content types
“An ebook supplier getting the basics right” – EPS Focus Report
Browse content by Publisher or Library of Congress Classification
Refine your search
Click on a book cover for further information
Results appear in context
Results display in pdf or html
Fully browse-able TOC available from every page
All tables and illustrations are hyperlinked and available in colour
MyiLibrary Medical ebooks are easily accessible from the ProQuest interface; type your search term as usual
Results are integrated with other content types on the “all sources” results tab or separately on the “books” tab
To access the ebook title, click on the title or the “link to full text” icon
The ebook appears in a separate window. to full text” icon
Note ProQuest searches book metadata (bibliographic indexing, MeSH terms etc, not book full text. You can search within a title from the the MyiL interface.
“After selecting a group of potential suppliers, the Core Content Group carefully evaluated the offerings from all the e-book platforms available and concluded that the MyiLibrary platform represented the best choice, offering value for money, excellent content, flexible licensing, reliability and ease of use".
NHS England on why they selected MyiLibrary to provide medical ebooks.