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Affordable and ubiquitous access to a wide range of academic content: New eBook purchases

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This post is written by Tim Strawn, Director, Information Resources.

Kennedy Library acquired 18,000 eBooks in the 2013 fall quarter that offer perpetual access. Cal Poly students and faculty now have access to approximately 127,000 total new eBook titles in combination with the ebrary Academic Complete subscription eBook program, funded by the CSU Chancellor’s Office.

Targeted, strategic purchases of perpetual content combined with centrally funded, ‘across the disciplines’ eBook content have allowed us to exponentially increase delivery of a very broad range of academic content to our users – where and when they need it.

New eBooks include:

  • 450 eBooks published between 1943 and 2014 by MIT Press in partnership with IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). This collection includes texts on computer science, artificial intelligence, information theory, computer programming, information technology and electrical engineering.
  • 200 eBooks in philosophy, religion, language and literature and sociology published by university presses and academic publishers on the JSTOR platform.
  • CRC eBooks in Engineering, Clean Technology and Nutrition including, for the first time at Cal Poly, their benchmark title of scientific reference, the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics.
  • 17,100 Springer eBook titles, including important reference works such as Bergey’s Manual of Systematic Bacteriology, Encyclopedia of Microfluidics and Nanofluidics, Physical Properties of Polymers Handbook, The Prokaryotes, Encyclopedia of Genetics, along with thousands of Springer Handbooks and reference titles across all of their disciplines.

Content important to curriculum

Our strategy is to purchase online content that is important to our curriculum, offers unlimited simultaneous use and licensing terms that allow for inclusion in Moodle, and generous printing and download terms.

Titles on the Springer, JSTOR, IEEE and CRC allow linking of their content into course reserve systems, inter-library lending with some restrictions and very generous download and printing options.

Finally, a growing and changing collection of 89,000+ e-books in many different academic subject areas, ebrary Academic Complete features content from university presses and other academic publishers published in recent decades, but also selected classic works dating as far back as William Harvey’s Circulation of the Blood, originally published in 1628.

These purchases are an affordable solution in offering our students ubiquitous access to a wide range of academic content.

Access to and more information about our eBook holdings starts here: http://lib.calpoly.edu/find-and-borrow/articles-books-and-more/