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November 4, 2013 · Leave a Comment

The other day, I went to a great presentation for Lauinger staff about electronic books given by Mark Winek and Ed Keller. Mark is the Electronic Resources Librarian here at Georgetown, and Ed is a multimedia specialist at Gelardin. For reason I won’t get into here, e-books are not necessarily that intuitive to use, but I will outline some of the things they discussed that may help you if you are finding the process of reading Lauinger e-books a bit confusing.

There is a guide to e-books that Mark and Ed have created, and it is a handy place to start. You’ll quickly see the wide variety of collections available on it, and then under “Using E-books,” you’ll get some step-by-step instructions on how to use particular collections. The key is have the needed software in place before you begin downloading, and to that end, at least theoretically, every e-book website should list their software requirements. For example, for some sites such as Digitalia, you need little more than a pdf reader. But for EBSCOhost e-books, it is a bit more involved, as you can check in the “Using E-books” section. Mark and Ed will be expanding this guide as the e-book world becomes ever more complex these days, especially for academic libraries.

Many academic e-book providers may ask you to create your own account before you start downloading (it may also be optional, such as in the case of Digitalia.) I recommend this in order to keep track of your own titles within a particular collection, and you don’t have to go back and hunt down the book every time you want to read it.

Every provider has their own parameters for their e-books, and so things like accessibility, the amount time you can “check out” a book, the software required, and the ability to print can vary widely. I know that NISO is working on some standards for these kinds of issues, so I hope things will be easier in the future. In the meantime, it requires a bit of patience, but yes, you can read e-books on your mobile device. Just ask us for help if you need it! E-mail me at and I can either see what I can do, or if it’s more complex than I’m able to handle, I’ll send you to the right person.

Side note: I tried to read The Scarlet Letter on my first smartphone, but, well, that was not so fun with a single paragraph taking up several tiny screens. To this day, I still have not read it.

Have a good week!

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Still here! And a cautionary tale about e-books

August 19, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Hello hello. The line for the shuttle seemed a bit longer today, so I have a sense students and faculty are slowly returning to campus. I am still blogging here, and will be doing so every week or so throughout the fall semester. It has been quite a summer, to say the least, and I’ll write it about that later.

I just read an article (via Library Link of the Day) about disappearing e-books. Georgetown Libraries do not use Google Play to buy e-books and, to my knowledge, we haven’t had a situation like that in the article, but we do struggle with the availability and reliability of e-books through some of vendors. The article is here. As the article states, “…the moral of the story is that you’re buying a license, not a book.” Just some food for thought as we continue to figure out this complicated digital world.

Have a great week. More regular postings to come.

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Digitalia e-books records starting to appear in GEORGE

July 2, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Hi everyone. Yes, I am still blogging! I was away the week of Father’s Day, and I am preparing for a big trip about which I will announce more soon. It is quiet, but a busy kind of quiet.

Recently my colleague Liz Jacobson, the head of electronic resources and serials at Lauinger, added thousands from records from the Digitalia e-book collection to GEORGE. While the collection is searchable on its own, it’s now possible to link directly to a title in GEORGE. Here is one example, the screenplay of Alex de la Iglesia’s 800 balas. Not every title has a record in GEORGE as of yet, but we will be adding more every month. Record loads slow down GEORGE considerably, so it is best to do them in smaller batches over a period of time. And thanks to Liz for coordinating all this!

To find all the Digitalia titles that are currently in GEORGE, simply click on the company’s name, Digitalia Inc, in the “full record” tab on a record. Also take note of the series titles in the “full record” tab, as they are a great way for finding related content and/or other titles from the same publisher. (As a former cataloger, I could tell you all kinds of things about series, they’re kind of amazing.)

I always welcome feedback on all electronic and print sources, so please let me know if you have any questions or problems. I hope you’re having and relaxing and/or productive summer.

PS: Liz is actually getting married this week! Happy marriage, Liz!

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EBSCOhost E-book Collection

January 23, 2013 · Leave a Comment

This past Friday, my colleagues and I attended a training session on the EBSCOhost E-book Collection.* Its interface is not that different from other EBSCO databases, and quite intuitive to use. I did a couple of sample keyword searches. The one “Latin America” led to about 1500 results (mostly in English), and “Portugal” had a bit over 600, so definitely consider this database while doing your research. Most of these titles should also appear in GEORGE, the library catalog, and link directly into the book from the catalog record. You can also browse all the titles in a particular language by leaving the search boxes blank, but using the language limit at the bottom right; there is little in Portuguese or Catalan at the moment, but there is a good amount in Spanish in a variety of fields of study.

Note that you can create your own free EBSCO account (upper right.) You can keep track of any resource you have used in the EBSCO family of databases, and also readily export them to RefWorks or other bibliographical management software/websites. I recommend this especially if you use EBSCO databases a lot, and I think anything that helps you easily keep track of your resources is good to use, even if it duplicates what you may be doing somewhere else (i.e. RefWorks vs. EBSCO.) You never know when you might need to “retrace your steps,” so to speak.

Finally, if you wish to download and read these e-books (and access other EBSCO databases) onto an iPad, iPhone, or an Android device, you can get more specific directions by searching Help (link is in the far upper right-hand corner.) I generally find it easiest to simply access these and read these completely online, but if, for example, you find yourself stuck on the Red Line without Internet access more times than you ever planned, downloading may be the way to go!

I will add this to my research guides shortly. Also, I will finally complete the second part of my post about my trip to Mexico soon! It involves a few photographs and has been taking a bit to put together.

*Link will either connect directly if you are on Georgetown’s campus, or you will be prompted to log in with your NetID and password if you are off-campus.

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July 26, 2012 · Leave a Comment

I’ve been wanting to write about this for some time, but other things kept popping into my head, I guess. This spring we began a trial run of Digitalia, which is kind of an e-book repository for mostly Spanish-language titles. (At the moment there are also some in Portuguese, Catalan, and just a few in English.) Well, the library has purchased it! We’ve had it for a bit over a month now.

The collection is extremely broad and growing consistently; topics include history, literature, linguistics, art, computer programming, engineering, general reference, the traditional sciences, law, geography, anthopology, international relations, and many more. Each book is available in either pdf or html formats, and also works great on mobile devices and tablet computers. A few of the many publishers in Digitalia include Anthropos, Universidad de Salamanca, Biblioteca Nueva, Iberoamericana Vervuert, LOM, and the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.

You can either search it at the top as you would with any online resource, or, on the left, break it down by books, journals, collections, or name of publisher. Not matter iif you are a Latin Americanist or an Iberianist (or both!), I think you will find some titles here to be of great help to you.

You can access Digitalia through my research guides, but I think the easiest way to get to it is by simply bookmarking its catalog record in GEORGE. (You will need to sign in with your Georgetown ID and password if you are off-campus.) We will also be adding catalog records in GEORGE in the near future, so they will be turning up in your search results there as well.

Please feel free to let me know if you have any suggestions or comments about it: I hope you find it helpful in your research.

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