Library Blog

Exclusive Access and Publisher Pay Walls

Jessamyn West posted on Boing Boing about EBSCO's recent deals allowing them to provide exclusive access to a number of key news sources. So if your library doesn't subscribe to EBSCO or directly, you will no longer be able to freely access articles from back issues of the titles in question. Her call to action includes: "Be aware of what's going on where you publish, and where your scholarly societies are positioning themselves. A librarian can help you with this, saving you research time."

So EBSCO will now be the SOLE aggregator for such titles as :

  • Time
  • People
  • Sports Illustrated
  • US News & World Report
  • Entrepreneur
  • Forbes
  • Fortune
  • Harvard Business Review
  • Kiplinger's Personal Finance
  • Money
  • Discover
  • New Republic
  • New Scientist
  • (source)

Our library pays dearly for an EBSCO subscription, so we will not be immediately affected, but this is something we need to aware of. Media publishers like the New York Times and New York Newsday have been experimenting with pay walls - so far unsuccessfully.

(thanks Steve!)

Check out our new database - American History in Video

The Library now subscribes to the American History in Video database. This exciting resource contains commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries.

These videos can be shown in the classroom or viewed individually, from on and off campus.

To use this database, got to the Library's home page, click on Find books & articles online, select History--it is the second item in the list. Or you can try this link

Highlights include Ken Burns' Jazz and Civil War documentary series.

Comparing textbook costs

U.S. News & World Report published a good overview of textbook sources with a detailed price comparison.

Barnes & Noble has also just announced its entry into the textbook rental market, so this may be an option we will see locally in the future.

Another site that works as an online bulletin board for selling/trading used textbooks: Campus Book Swap

For more info, take a look at the library's research guide for textbooks.

New books in the library

Take a look at a selection of some of the great new books on the library's shelves. Click on the title to check availability and location.

Freud, Yeats and Popeye in the Public Domain

New Year's Day is Public Domain Day

Every year copyright protection expires on the work of a number of authors and artists (year of death + 70 years). Public Domain Day is an initiative of COMMUNIA, the European Thematic Network on the Digital Public Domain. This year it's 1939, which would apply to the work of Sigmund Freud, William Butler Yeats and the cartoon character Popeye.

A brief article that summarizes this is here:

For more public domain resources:

  • Public Domain Sherpa- Step-by-step guide for determining copyright status; includes some information about copyfraud, where content owners make false or exaggerated copyright claims.
  • Public Domain Works - An open registry of works in the public domain; can search by author or work to see copyright status.
  • Wikisource - Online library of public domain texts.