MLibrary Textbook Services and Initiatives

Print and Electronic Textbooks
Using the Library’s Collection to Support the Curriculum
   Finding print and e-books
   Putting print materials on reserve at the library 
   Using 7FAST to request electronic materials
   Adding the library materials tool to a CTools course site
Integration of CTools (course management system) and the Library
Exploring Opportunities for Library-Based Textbook Initiatives
Re-issuing Faculty-authored Work
The Espresso Book Machine

Print and Electronic Textbooks

Many required readings are already held by the University Library.  Some may be accessible electronically, while some may be in print and available as part of library's circulating collection or library reserves.  Many publishers choose not to sell electronic versions of core textbooks, especially to libraries.  However, the library has recently acquired several ebook collections which include a number of titles being used as textbooks by classes at the University of Michigan. The ebook collections we acquire may be specific to a publisher, e.g. Springer ebooks; or a subject area, e.g the ACLS Humanities E-Book Project, Knovel Engineering, or Safari Technical Books; or may be aggregations of content in a variety of subject areas from multiple publishers, e.g. ebrary Academic Complete or Netlibrary. See the section below on finding Print and E-Books.

Using the Library’s Collection to Support the Curriculum

Finding print and e-books

Mirlyn is a good starting point for locating print and electronic books.  Search for the title or author of the book.  Once you’ve located an item, make a link to the Mirlyn record for that particular book.  It’s best to link from your course CTools site to the book via Mirlyn, as students trying to access electronic material off-campus will be recognized as a UM student. 
Example:   http://mirlyn.lib.umich.edu/Record/000000082

If you do decide to link directly to a publisher/vendor site, add the proxy server URL so students will be identified as affiliated with UM.   
Example:  http://proxy.lib.umich.edu/login?url=http://www.springerlink.com/content/m83755/?p=d9320ce2a56a44fda85c7ad5ae60055b&pi=21

If you can’t find an e-book in Mirlyn, you may want to search other  Ebook collections.  Consult your Subject Specialist for recommendations on where to look. 

1.    Go to SearchTools http://searchtools.lib.umich.edu and select  “Find Databases”.  
2.    Select the “by Keyword” tab and then “E-book(s)” from “Type” pulldown menu.  Select the “Go” button.  You’ll be presented with a list of databases that include E-books.
3.    Select the “I” from the Actions menu to read a description of materials in a particular database.

Putting print materials on reserve at the library

Course Reserves service offers faculty the opportunity to make books, coursepacks, CDs, and other physical items available to students.  These items are available to students at the libraries for short periods of time to maximize access to high use and high demand materials.  More information is available at: 
http://www.lib.umich.edu/course-reserves/course-reserves-information-faculty

Using 7FAST to request electronic materials

Faculty are encouraged to request electronic versions of needed articles, book chapters, etc. for course support via the library’s 7FAST service.  This service is free for faculty, graduate students, and proxies. Electronic versions are made available for individuals to post to course CTools sites, in the Resources section.  Place a request at:  http://www.lib.umich.edu/7fast

Adding the library materials tool to a CTools course site

A tool within CTools that displays information about books, CDs, and other physical items on reserve at the library for a particular course (RSS feed).  This direct link makes it easy for students to see what is on reserve for their course and where to find it.  Step-by-step instructions on adding the Library Materials tool are available.

 

Integration of CTools (course management system) and the Library

In addition to the Library Materials tool, the University Library is working toward tighter integration of library content with CTools, the Sakai-based course management system used on the UM campus, making it easier for students and instructors to access library-licensed content via their course website. 

•    Librarian Role

A mechanism within CTools for librarians to use certain features within a course site, including sending announcements and adding library resources. 

•    Sakaibrary Project

In 2006-2008, the University Library and Indiana University Libraries collaborated on a Mellon Foundation-funded project to develop open source software tools to integrate access to library-licensed digital content within the Sakai.  The "Citations Helper" was released in Sakai 2.4 in May 2007.  Operating within the Sakai Resources tool, users can search licensed library databases and manage both citations and persistent links to articles an other online items.  The tool leverages existing library technology infrastructure and Google Scholar to discover library content. 

•    Sakai 3 

The University Library is leading an international design effort to integrate library resources with Sakai 3, a major new version of the software that will feature an improved interface and teaching and learning workflow.  Our goal is to make library resources more accessible and useful within the new Sakai.  If you are an instructor interested in providing feedback on how you want to use library resources in your course, please contact us at librarytextbooks@umich.edu.

Read more about Sakai 3 and library integration on the Sakai wiki at:
http://confluence.sakaiproject.org/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=9895999

 

Exploring Opportunities for Library-based Textbook Initiatives

The Library is working with our faculty to explore becoming a central point of development and distribution of quality textbooks for a fraction of the cost of commercially produced texts.  This distribution will primarily be digital with a significant print-on-demand component.  In order to better understand the economics of textbook publishing and distribution and to identify opportunities for intervention on the Michigan campus, the Library conducted a year-long study of the potential for, and the viability of, a library-based textbook publishing program. This study was designed to help us understand the needs and ambitions of Michigan textbook authors and what sort of incentives, tools and services would need to be in place for them to participate in a Library-based textbook publishing program.  In addition the Library undertook a formal exploratory business feasibility analysis and is assessing the costs of such a program.

The textbook study report and business feasibility analysis as well as the background study report are now available to download.

   The Investigation into the Rising Cost of Textbooks 
        Note: This is a background study of the context of Michigan initiatives.

   Rising Textbook Expenses and a Search for Solutions: Survey and Interview Results from Michigan Faculty (full report)
        Note: Entire survey data are available on request. Please contact librarytextbooks@umich.edu.

   Potential Online Textbook Initiatives (executive summary) 
        Note: A full report is available on request. Please contact librarytextbooks@umich.edu.


Re-issuing Faculty-authored Work

Many University of Michigan faculty have written books that, while still valuable in the classroom, are no longer available for sale in print.  The Library is working with these authors to bring new life to these books by making them available for free online and in low-cost print versions.  If you are an author of such a book and have reclaimed the rights to print and sell your books, the Library can help you to put the book online and to distribute it through another sales channel, such as Amazon and other major retailers, as well as for campus purchase through the Library’s own Espresso Book Machine.  The Library recently worked with former UM faculty Wilfred Kaplan and Donald J. Lewis to reissue their classic textbook, Calculus and Linear Algebra, both online and in-print.  The online version is available free to the world on the web and a softcover version is available for purchase at a fraction of the cost of other calculus textbooks.

If you don’t know if you have the rights or would like guidance in the process of reclaiming those rights, we can help. Please contact librarytextbooks@umich.edu for more information about making your work available again.


The Espresso Book Machine

The EBM is a book-making machine that automatically prints, binds, and trims --on demand-- library-quality paperback books with 4-color covers indistinguishable from their factory made versions.  The EBM will print, bind and trim a 300 page book in about seven minutes.  The EBM can be used to make low cost reprints available on demand to UM faculty and students.  Our ability to reprint a book depends upon the book’s copyright status and our agreements with the rights holder.  If you own the copyright to a book that you would like to see printed on the EBM or if you would like to work with us in seeking permission to create reprints, please contact librarytextbooks@umich.edu.

 

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Last modified: 01/17/2014