University Press: eBooks From Project Muse/UPCC Now Available at Kansas City Public Library
We’ve pointed out in the past that more and more public libraries are beginning to offer electronic resources from academic publishers and dbase providers.
Today, the Kansas City Public Library is launching access to 3,200 full text ebooks from the Project Muse/UPCC for all KCPL cardholders.
From Today’s KCPL Announcement:
More than 3,200 digital editions of scholarly books on the humanities from the Project MUSE collection are now available to patrons of the Kansas City Public Library.
The electronic books were purchased through a grant from the Ewing Kauffman Book Fund, and can be accessed at the Library’s website.
In addition, individual electronic books may be located by using the search function of the Library’s online catalog.
“It’s a very valuable addition to our collection,” says collection development librarian Dennis Halbin. “You can read these books online. You can download an entire book a chapter at a time. With the electronic format it’s easy to get hold of and to look at from almost anywhere.”
The initial purchase centers on MUSE’s collection of books on history. As funds become available, Halbin says, the Library plans to pick up MUSE’s collections of electronic books on literature, politics, and philosophy.
See Also: Project Muse/UPCC (University Press Content Consortium) Participating Publishers
See Also: Project Muse for Public Libraries (Journals)
See Also: Public Libraries Providing Access to JSTOR Materials
Quick Comment from Gary Price, infoDOCKET Founder/Editor
We’re very happy to learn about the acquisition of UPCC ebook titles by the KCPL.
We strongly believe (and have told our friends at Project Muse this on multiple occasions ) that fairly priced collection(s) of “scholarly” books from the university press community could be something that the public library community would support.
Scholarly or academic (choose your term) books/ebooks published by university presses are often about topics that will appeal to public library users enjoy reading non-fiction. At the same time they can be very helpful when users are researching any number of topics.
Sadly, the words scholarly or academic can scare off people but if you browse the catalog of many university publishers you will likely find titles that could have a place in public library collections.
Kudos to the KCPL. We hope other public libraries join them.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.