Tag Archives: Library Spotlight

Has an ebook gone missing?

Noticed that an ebook you’ve previously seen no longer appears available? There are several possible reasons, but the most likely one right now is that it was removed from our collection because of its cost. The library has many sources for ebooks, and the largest one is a company called Ebook Library (EBL). We have some 200,000 EBL records in our catalog, of which we own only .6%. The rest are there for access as needed, and we don’t pay for them until they’re actually used. This is a recently developed program called Demand-Driven Acquisitions (DDA). A vastly oversimplified description is that for the first four uses, the library pays a percentage of the full purchase price, and the fifth use triggers an automatic purchase. DDA lets us offer a tremendous range of ebooks at a small fraction of the full purchase price. Over the last four years, we’ve paid less than $500,000 for access to more than $8 million worth of books.

However, in the last two years, many publishers have decided they weren’t making enough money, so they dramatically hiked their fees for those first four uses, which has sent our library’s costs skyrocketing. We’ve shifted some funds from print purchasing to cover the additional ebook costs, but the only way to moderate expenditures for the longer term is to remove the most expensive titles, along with titles from the most expensive publishers.

What to do? If you’re not finding something you’d previously seen, or if you come across a catalog link that doesn’t work (removing the catalog records tends to lag behind the actual ebook access), email us right away, and we might be able to get it back. If we can’t, we’ll work on finding another way to lay hands on the material for you.

Read, and Cultivate Inclusion

Stop by the Davis Family Library atrium this month to browse our book display featuring literature and research in Ethnic Studies, Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, and Disability Studies.

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All materials are available for checkout, so grab a book and find a comfy blue chair to curl up in!

View more titles online at go/inclusivitydisplay and recommend books that have inspired you at go/displaysuggestions!

Cambridge Companions (Trial through March 17, 2016)

Cambridge Companions are lively, accessible introductions to major writers, artists, philosophers, topics and periods. All are collections of specially commissioned essays, shaped and introduced to appeal to student readers. CC_PridePrejudiceCurrent faculty, staff, and students have trial access to all 588 of the Cambridge Companions through mid-March.

Let us know what you think – email eaccess-admin@middlebury.edu or your Library liaison.

CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics (Trial through Apr. 15, 2016)

Students, staff, and faculty at Middlebury have trial access to the online database version of the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics. CRC_Hdbk_ChemPhysEverything from the most recent edition is all right here, accessible from anywhere on campus (or off-campus for current faculty, staff, and students).

Let us know what you think – email eaccess-admin@middlebury.edu or your Library liaison.

Foreign Office Files (China) 1919-1980 (Trial ends Dec. 6, 2015)

For the next 30 days, students, faculty, and staff of Middlebury College have free access to the Foreign Office Files for China, 1919-1980. These are archival documents from the British Foreign Office that deal with China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan from between 1919 through 1980. Our trial includes these parts of the archive:

  • 1919-1929: Kuomintang, CCP and the Third International
  • 1930-1937: The Long March, civil war in China and the Manchurian Crisis
  • 1938-1948: Open Door, Japanese war and the seeds of communist victory
  • 1949-1956: The Communist revolution
  • 1957-1966: The Great Leap Forward
  • 1967-1980: The Cultural Revolution

Let us know what you think – email eaccess-admin@middlebury.edu or contact your liaison.

Data-Planet (Trial through Dec. 17, 2015)

Students, faculty, and staff at both Middlebury College and the Middlebury Institute for International Studies at Monterey have free access to Data-Planet for a limited period of time.

Data-Planet’s two interfaces, Statistical Datasets and Statistical Ready Reference, provide access to the extensive Data-Planet repository of standardized and structured statistical data. Users can search and browse 25 billion data points in over 4.3 billion datasets sourced from over 70 authoritative public, private, domestic and international sources. Subjects covered include Statistics and Data, Business/Finance, Social Sciences: Political Science, criminal justice, social work, Demography, International Studies, Economics, Agriculture, Education, Nursing/Public Health, Environment/Climate Data/Energy and more.

Data-Planet has two access points:

  • Data-Planet Statistical Datasets provides users with various analysis tools to manipulate datasets, compare multiple indicators, and view in various charts such as trends, rankings, pie charts and maps. Multiple export options are also available..DataPlanetStatData
  • Data-Planet Ready Reference  provides refined searching of the Data-Planet repository. The Ready Reference interface allows for a more simplified tool for the novice researcher getting to the same data interested in accessing a quick statistic, chart, graph, etc. A quick number or statistic for a state or country may also be quickly retrieved in this interface.DataPlanetReadyRef

Please let us know what you think – email eaccess-admin@middlebury.edu or contact your liaison.