Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) is rebranded as Gale Ebooks.
|YBP now provides definitions of common single-title ebook purchase options such as Non-linear Lending, Concurrent Access, etc. Many ebook suppliers use different labels for purchase options, but they often have the same meaning. Click “eBook Purchase Option Definitions” in GOBI’s Links menu to better understand the similarities. And don’t forget the Ebook Platform Guidelines on Staffweb as a decision-making aid. In general, the Libraries prefers DRM-free options when available and affordable; otherwise, estimate the likelihood of simultaneous use of a title and make your decision accordingly. Remember, we already are buying the complete DRM-free Project MUSE corpus, and are making available DRM-free JSTOR ebooks through a DDA program.
This spring we renewed our Project MUSE ebooks collection order, which will provide us with all titles released in 2015, including ebooks with earlier imprint dates that MUSE publishers are now releasing for the first time. The fact that we have a particular MUSE ebook on order will now appear in Gobi with the annotation “eCollection invoiced”. See the image below for an example:
Through an Orbis Cascade subscription, we now have access to about 120,000 ebooks in the ebrary Academic Complete collection. These books are discoverable either through UW Libraries Search or the ebrary link under Article and Research Databases — until duplication issues in Alma can be fixed, they will not be discoverable in UW Worldcat. Our holdings are not reflected in YBP’s Gobi.
While the ebrary Academic Complete collection is primarily backlist, some publishers offer their frontlist titles as well, so selectors wishing to conserve precious monograph money may want to consult the ebrary database when weighing a possible purchase. If it’s important to know whether a given ebrary title is owned outright or accessed only via subscription, go to http://site.ebrary.com/lib/academiccompletetitles/home.action to see only the Academic Complete titles, with our owned ebrary titles filtered out.
All Academic Complete titles have unlimited simultaneous users, 14 day checkouts/downloads, and permalinks which can be imbedded in course software.
Academic Complete is a multidisciplinary database of over 108,000 scholarly e-books from a variety of university and commercial presses. This subscription is being considered by Orbis Cascade as a backlist supplement to its shared Demand-Driven Acquisitions e-book purchase program.
Quick Start User Guide: www.ebrary.com/corp/collateral/en/Quick_Guides/Quick_Guide.pdf
Trial ends: July 6, 2014
Gale has announced that over 3,000 Springer and hundreds of Elsevier ebooks will be available as single purchases in GVRL. These should begin appearing as an option in Gobi over the next few weeks. As with all GVRL titles, these will not have DRM limitations.
These titles are like EBL Non-linear Lending titles, meaning there is no limit to the number of users that can view a title simultaneously, but there is a maximum of 365 “loans” per year. A “loan” occurs whenever more than 10 pages are viewed or the book is browsed online for more than 10 minutes; or if printing or downloading has occurred.
YBP has recently made it easier to see if a given title is part of the Orbis Cascade Alliance Demand-Driven Acquisitions (DDA) program. Orbis Cascade now appears at the top of the GobiTween list, and if a book will be available through DDA, it will show as an Electronic Slip. See this example.
Since May 22, 2013, when we migrated from Innovative, changes to content in our e-book packages such as Project MUSE and our Alliance and UW DDA programs have not shown in Alma because of Network Zone issues. These changes include titles added since May 22, as well as any deleted content to which we no longer have access. With the switch to WorldCat Local, users can now see this previously undiscoverable content while avoiding dead links for removed content. Until the Alma issues are resolved, UW Libraries Search beta (Primo) will not display the most accurate information about e-book package titles. Note that this problem only affects e-book packages; individual firm-ordered e-books should appear correctly in Alma, Primo, and UW WorldCat.
We have purchased the complete Project MUSE/UPCC ebook collection which gives DRM-free, unlimited access to more than 20,000 ebooks from over 80 university presses and scholarly publishers, including the UW Press. Publication dates are from 2000 and will continue through the end of 2013. The titles appear in the local catalog and UW Worldcat, and are hosted on the Project MUSE platform. For more information, visit the Project MUSE ebook site at http://muse.jhu.edu/about/UPCC.html.