The New Year brings  access to even more electronic books through  Palgrave Connect E-books : Business & Management Collections.  The purchase of business and management titles from 2010 and 1995-2005 has increased our collection from this respected publisher to almost 350 business titles. Over 150 more new e-books will be added and made available through quarterly releases during 2011.    Additional titles have also been purchased for other disciplines, including political & international studies, and social & cultural studies.  A complete list of all 1239 titles currently available in the collection can be found here.

Once in Palgrave Connect, full-text titles can be identified by Connect’s green Open lock icon.  Palgrave Connect enables users to download ebook content without any physical restrictions and content can be copied, pasted, saved and printed.   Please see the information page for more details.  These books will be added to UBC Library’s catalogue in the future, but at this time, access is available through the information page.

Library users have unlimited trial access from now until December 15th to over 4, 500 electronic titles currently published by Palgrave MacMillan. Visit http://resources.library.ubc.ca/1687/ to explore the complete collection.

Palgrave MacMillan publishes textbooks, journals, monographs, professional and reference works  in eight subject areas:

Business & Management
Economics & Finance
History
Language & Linguistics
Literature & Performing Arts
Political & International Studies
Social & Cultural Studies
Religion & Philosophy

UBC Library currently has a site license for the 2008-2009 Business and Management collections which contains 120 titles.

The trial is only available until December 15, 2010.  Your feedback is important.  Please tell us what you think either by completing  this form or by contacting Christina Sylka.  Thanks to Kat McGrath for setting up the trial.

We have been spending more of our book budgets on e-books lately. Rising campus enrolments make space in short supply, and prompt libraries such as David Lam to send their older, less-used collections to the Automated Storage Retrieval Unit in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, in order to free up space for learning activities. In the ASRS, the books and journals are safe and available for quick retrieval at click of a mouse.

UBC users – many of whom commute long distances or rarely come to campus – need research materials online and available remotely when needed. The e-book seems a good solution. A recent online poll of students in the David Lam Library revealed a 2:1 bias in favour of e-books. E-books can be searched by keyword, browsed, highlighted, and read on netbooks and other devices.

Over the past few years the UBC Library has been investing heavily in e-books, which now number about 320,000 titles in our catalogue. These include all e-books published by Springer, over 2000 e-books from Cambridge University Press, 4500 titles from eBrary, and 120,000 titles from Taylor & Francis.

A Sauder faculty member in the Operations & Logistics Division was pleased to hear about Simulation-based case studies in logistics education and applied research, a new book of Oplog case studies in manufacturing, supply chains, pharmaceutical distribution, fresh food supply chains, and several other industries. With an e-book such as this, cases could be assigned with no course pack requirement and no textbook purchase needed.

E-textbooks are the next frontier but there are hurdles to be surmounted before this is a truly viable route.

To browse some of our e-book collections, please see:
Cambridge UP E-Books
Oxford UP E-Books
SpringerLink or search in our Catalogue for specific titles and subjects.

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