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       February 2009                      A Newsletter of the Hiram College Library                   Volume 3, Number 7

     JSTOR Offers Free Trial Access to                                      OhioLINK Borrowers Set Record
       19th Century British Pamphlets
                                                                        Students, faculty, and staff at OhioLINK institutions borrowed a
 JSTOR has announced free access to the first 8,200 pamphlets       record-breaking 30,000 books and other library items during the
from their 19th Century British Pamphlet Project. This initial      week of January 5-11. This number easily breaks the busiest week
release, in a collection expected to grow to 20,000 items, is       in OhioLINK history. Indeed, the following week of January 12-18
available to all JSTOR participating libraries through June 30,     is the second busiest weeks with 26,500 items delivered.

The initial release includes portions of the Knowsley Pamphlet
Collection (University of Liverpool), Cowen Tracts (Newcastle
University), and the Hume Tracts (University College
London). The pamphlets are fully searchable. Since they are
combined with all other materials in the JSTOR database, the
best way to search only the pamphlets is to do an Advanced
Search and limit the Type to Pamphlet.

                                                                       Thanks to all the staff, both at the Hiram College Library and at
                                                                    the other OhioLINK libraries, who work behind the scenes to make
                                                                    the service work for you. Without their efforts there would be no
This pamphlet collection was created by RLUK (Research
Libraries UK) with funding from the JISC Digitisation
Programme to provide researchers with online access to some
of the most significant collections of pamphlets held by UK
institutions. The project is being led on behalf of RLUK by the               Coming to the Library in March
University of Southampton Library, with all pamphlets being
digitized within the library's specialist BOPCRIS digitization       Flicks with Friends: The Friend of the Library Film Series –
facility. The pamphlets are from collections held by: Newcastle      Wednesday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Pritchard Room of the
University, Durham University, University of Manchester,             Library. The film will be In Love We Trust, a Chinese film in
University College London, University of Liverpool, London           Mandarin with English subtitles. For more about the film,
School of Economics and Political Science, and University of         including a synopsis, see the Film Movement Web site at
Bristol. Check it out during the Spring-12 and Spring-3.   
Access ends on June 30, 2009.                                        seID=174.

                                                                     Library Hours for Spring Break will run from Friday, March 6
           Library Catalog to Be Down                                through Sunday, March 15. Hours are listed page 2.
               Over Spring Break
    The library staff currently expects that, for a least one day
during the Spring Break, somewhere between March 9 and
March 13, the library’s online catalog will be offline so that we
can move to a new server. During that time, you will be unable
to search the catalog, borrow books through OhioLINK                 Library Forum – Wednesday, March 18 at 4:15 p.m. in the
(though you can search the OhioLINK catalog and use their            Pritchard Room of the Library. Dr. Oberta Slotterbeck, Professor
Web site), or logon to databases from off-campus. Assuming           of Computer Science, will be the speaker.
everything goes according to plan, the downtime should be no
more than one day. Keep an eye on the library’s Web page for         Friends of the Hiram College Library Book Sale – Monday,
more information as it becomes available. Our apologies for          March 23 through Friday, March 30. The sale is open from 8
any inconvenience. Please plan ahead!                                a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. All books are 50¢.
                    Library Matters                                    E-Books – continued from previous column

                                                                           At the same time, there is at least one other issue that comes
             Is the Future of E-Books Now?                             into play for libraries – ownership or access? Does the library
                                                                       own the content once it is paid for, as is the case with the titles
   For several years now, e-books have been the next “big              in the OhioLINK E-Book Center? Or does the library
thing.” While they still accounted for less than 1% of all book        subscribe and all access is lost if the library chooses not to
sales, it may be that e-books, after attempts at a number of           renew the subscription, as is the case with the titles in the
different economic models, finally arrived. [1] While book             Humanities E-Book collection? More broadly, what is the
sales in general have been flat, e-books have been growing, as         library’s responsibility in spending money not just for current
evidenced by Blackwell’s report that during fiscal 2007, their         users, but for those faculty, staff, and students to come?
e-book sales increased by 216%, while the first six months of
2008 showed a 164% increase. [2]                                          There are issues related to e-books that still need to be
                                                                       resolved, but progress is being made. Only time will tell, but it
   Two basic models currently exist. One is a consumer model           may be that the time for e-books has arrived.
in which one downloads an e-book to a specific reader, such as
Kindle. The latest Kindle can store up to 1,500 books and can                                       NOTES
also be used to receive a selection of daily newspapers or
magazines. [3] The main drawbacks are the cost of the reader           [1] Metz, Rachel. “Kindle e-book slims down.” Akron
(Kindle costs about $359, plus the cost of the book to be              Beacon Journal, February 10, 2009 p. B9.
downloaded), the need for a power source, be it batteries or
electricity, and the proprietary nature of the readers, sort of like   [2] Howard, Jennifer. “At Publishers’ Conference, the Digital
the old Beta vs. VHS or the Blu Ray vs. HD format wars. [4]            Future is (Almost) Now.” Chronicle of Higher Education,
                                                                       accessed online on February 10, 2009 at
   The other model is Web based, using XML text for search   
purposes (and sometimes for display purposes) with .pdf files
available for reading purposes. This is the model OhioLINK             [3] Metz. P. B8
uses with its E-Book Center, which now contains some 17,400
e-books and is growing. [5] In addition, OhioLINK subscribes           [4] Metz, p. B8
to a number of other e-book collections, such as Safari Tech
Books Online. Note that the content in the collections tends to        [5] “Fast Facts: OhioLINK E-Books,” accessed online on
     [Type a quote from the and that individual summary
be publisher-defined in packages document or the titles are            February 10, 2009 at
rarely sold or bought.                                       
   This model, too, is tied to a computer screen and the power                                         By David Everett Library Director
source that allows you to see what is on the screen. Even with
laptops, this model is somewhat less portable than a physical          The opinions expressed here are his and do not represent the views or
book. But publishers, regardless of which model, are working           opinions of Hiram College (or even the other library staff!).
on bringing e-books to smaller devices such as IPods,
Blackberrys, and cell phones. But, the question remains: how
many people will want to read several hundred pages on a
computer screen, let alone something smaller.                                  Library Hours for Spring Break
    That, it seems to me is the real issue: Will people read from            Friday, March 6 through Sunday, March 15
a computer screen for long stretches. It may be less of an issue
than I think. The current generation of students is, after all,
used to finding material online. And assigned readings are             Friday, March 6                        8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
often less than the full book, say a chapter or two, or the            Saturday, March 7                      9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
reading is broken up over several weeks. So maybe there is no
occasion when one is reading a great number of pages in one            Sunday, March 8                        Noon – 5:00 p.m.
                                                                       Monday, March 9                        8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
   There are some real advantages to the e-books in the E-             Tuesday, March 10                      8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Book Center. It is easy to place a link in Sakai to a required or
suggested reading from an e-book. And not surprisingly, the            Wednesday, March 11                    8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
OhioLINK e-book collection is part of what is searched at the
University System of Ohio’s new Ohio Textbook Portal at
                                                                       Thursday, March 12                     8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.                                             Friday, March 13                       8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
                                                                       Saturday, March 14                     CLOSED
                               Please see E-Books, next column
                                                                       Sunday, March 15                       5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.