Rod Library has been adding an increasing number of electronic books and other e-publications over the last several years. This year, Rod Library used student technology fees to purchase an electronic books collection from a company called ebrary. It contains electronic books covering many areas of the UNI curriculum, including several thousand business and economics books from publishers such as Harvard University Press, several additional university presses, Amacom, Wiley, and Business Expert Press. Ebrary books are entered in UNISTAR, the library catalog, like print books. Here’s one example for a book about Veblen. Look for the link in the middle of the UNISTAR library catalog record to connect to the electronic book. The ebrary collection also can be searched as a separate database; there’s a link to ebrary under the Databases A-Z link in the upper middle portion of the Rod Library home page. Ebrary books can be read in web browsers using a default reader or more functional “ebrary reader.” Personal accounts can be created to save highlights and annotations, save to your bookshelf, and create folders. The vendor says they are working to make these books available through other devices such as Sony Readers.
Flat World Knowledge is offering free and open online access to textbooks in many fields, including more than 40 in business areas such as accounting, communication, business law, economics, finance, management, and marketing. The publisher says the textbooks "are written by leading experts and are peer-reviewed, edited, and highly developed. They are supported by test banks, .ppt notes, instructor manuals, print desk copies, and knowledgeable service representatives." Print copies in black and white or color are available for purchase, as are electronic versions for iPad, nook, Kindle, and Sony. An Educator FAQ provides more details.
We have purchased a second Bookeye KIC Scanning station and it is now available for use. It can be found right next to the original scanning station. Like the other KIC station you can save your document to a flash drive or email it. Either way there is no charge to using this scanner and now you should have a shorter wait to use one of the scanners!
On Wednesday, April 20th, Rod Library will be hosting two presentations on the bepress Digital Commons, an institutional repository software currently being reviewed by UNI, at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. in Rod Library Room 324. These sessions will be conducted by bepress representatives. They are being held as a follow-up to the survey on institutional repositories conducted in December 2010.
An institutional repository would provide UNI with a means to build a centralized, web-based collection of digital versions of research and scholarly products for which authors have retained selected rights. A repository can enhance accessibility, serve as a preservation tool, and highlight the research and scholarship occurring at the university. Additional information about institutional repositories and links to readings on the topic is available at http://www.library.uni.edu/scholarly-communication/institutional-repository