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veritasHarvard University Library Notes, For Harvard Library Staff, Number 1325 May 2005

Harvard University Library Notes / September 2006 / No. 1333

A Message from DACC About Ebrary

ACCESS TO EBRARY
As of September 1, 2006, Harvard no longer offers access to ebrary's "Academic Complete" database of e-books. This decision was made after reviewing numerous comments from ebrary users at Harvard and after careful consultation with Harvard librarians. Given the overall nature of the ebrary collections and the restrictions on their use, the Digital Acquisitions and Collections Committee (DACC) determined that ebrary's value to the University community has not proven commensurate with its cost.

COMMUNICATION WITH EBRARY USERS
As of the decision date, there were approximately 1,500 registered ebrary users at Harvard. Each ebrary user was contacted by e-mail on August 8, apprised of DACC's decision, and advised of the following:

  • to complete their work with ebrary collections by August 31.
  • to copy their information from their ebrary accounts by August 31 and to save it elsewhere.
  • to check the HOLLIS catalog (http://holliscatalog.harvard.edu) to locate other copies of books—in print and online—that they may have accessed through ebrary.

Most important, ebrary users were advised to consult Harvard librarians for help in locating any or all of the materials that they need.

This information was also posted on the Harvard Libraries web site through an alert, with a read-me link, on the portal news box.

EBRARY-RELATED CHANGES IN HOLLIS
On August 31, the University Library's Office for Information Systems (OIS) deleted 25,000 ebrary holdings from HOLLIS. Additionally, 10,000 bibliographic records that were unique to ebrary were also suppressed.

CHANGES IN E-RESEARCH AND THE "FIND IT" SERVICE
OIS has also removed ebrary as a resource from E-Research @ Harvard Libraries and removed ebrary titles from the "Find It" service.

FURTHER INFORMATION
DACC is continuing to work with ebrary and other vendors to explore effective ways to provide and/or develop useful, accessible e-book collections for the Harvard community. Library staff can also consult the Library Notes interview with DACC Chair Laura C. Wood on page 8 of this issue. In the coming months, further information will be posted on HULINFO and in Library Notes.

COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS
According to DACC Chair Laura C. Wood, "It's important for DACC to have the benefit of your comments and suggestions as we make the transition away from ebrary Academic Complete and toward other models." Please forward e-mail comments and suggestions to ebrary-stewards@hulmail.harvard.edu.

 

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