Thursday, September 25, 2014

HEB and Accessibility

ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) was recently a participant in a study of e-book accessibility, conducted by JISC and the Publishers Accessibility Action Group. HEB was designated one of seven "honest dealers" who responded to this inquiry (among a total of thirteen e-book platforms and aggregators contacted by the project), consequently designated "players to continue to invest with".

As per the JISC TechDis blog entry: "We commend the following for their active honest engagement. Thankyou to our 7 honest dealers; ACLS Humanities E-Book; Gale/Cengage; EBL (ebrary); EBSCO; Elsevier; Emerald Insight and Ingram. Cambridge University Press were in the middle of a redesign with enhanced accessibility so felt that results from existing platform would be unrepresentative. (...) If there’s a platform you expected to see here but they are not represented then feel free to ask them for a personal response regarding their accessibility credentials." Read the entire blog entry here.

At this time, we believe that most features of the HEB collection provide accessibility for users with disabilities who draw on assistive technologies, and allow for navigation by standard automatic screen readers. Specifically, the HEB collection currently conforms to W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, Conformance Level A; which means that titles meet all Level A Success Criteria and contain no absolute barriers to access; all page-image titles contain an OCR scanned, text-only version of the content that can be processed by assistive technologies; links are operable by keyboard, and images include descriptive "ALT" attributes.

We continue to strive to improve our accessibility and welcome input from readers to this effect.

Monday, September 22, 2014

HEB Pricing for 2015

ACLS Humanities E-Book has now finalized its subscription rates for the upcoming year. These rates go into effect January 2015, and can be found on our website. Depending on a subscriber's size and classification, prices will go up by a margin of roughly 2.8% to 3.4%. This modest increase will serve to offset administrative overhead; subscribers are asked to bear in mind that it is accompanied by an increase in the size of our collection of about 9%, as we've just added another 353 titles, bringing the total to over 4,300.

For more information, please contact us at subscriptions@hebook.org.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

New Titles and MARC Records Released

ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) is pleased to announce that we have just added 353 new titles to our online collection. These titles are automatically available to all subscribers and MARC records may be downloaded for easy integration with library holdings (please see below for instructions).

This brings the grand total of titles in the HEB collection to 4,315. A comprehensive downloadable title list, including ISBN numbers and subject headings, can be found here: http://humanitiesebook.org/the-collection/default.html.

Highlights of the release include:
  • New titles in the areas of U.S. History, Medieval History, Religion, and Music and Musicology, among others.
  • Titles recommended by HEB's newest participating learned societies, the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), the National Communications Association (NCA), and the Society for Military History (SMH).
  • An additional 112 titles published by Oxford University Press, one of the original publishers to partner with HEB when the collection first launched in 2002.
  • Forty-nine titles added from Harvard University Press, another among HEB's original collaborating publishers.
  • Contributions from HEB's most recently signed collaborating publishers, University of Toronto Press, Southern Illinois University Press, Michigan State University Press and Baylor University Press.

MARC Records

MARC records and cataloging data for all titles in the collection are available for download on our website. Subscribers may download either a zip file containing 352 records for our newly released titles or a cumulative zip file containing 4,103 records corresponding to all 4,315 titles now live in the collection. (Note that one record may cover multiple volumes of the same title.)


New subscribers or those who have not recently updated their MARC records for the collection should download acls1-11.zip (covering all titles in rounds 1-11, online as of August 2014).

In order to add MARCs for only the most recent releases, please download the file acls11.zip, which includes records for the 353 books added in August 2014, as well as for 8 XML-encoded frontlist titles released intermittently since round 10.

If downloading the new records only, please bear in mind that a number of titles are being removed in this round and that you may wish to manually remove the corresponding MARC records from your library catalog. A list of all titles removed from the collection to date, including the 33 books removed in this round, can be found here: http://humanitiesebook.org/help/for-librarians.html#Anchor-Titles-11113.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

HEB Joins the Ex Libris Alma Community Zone Program

As of July 2014, ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) is a participant in the Ex Libris Alma Community Zone program. HEB will provide MARC records and metadata to Ex Libris, enabling participating libraries to streamline their acquisition and cataloging processes. Under the Alma Community Zone program, Ex Libris load publishers’ MARC records into the central community catalog, instead of each library loading the records into its local catalog. As a result, librarians are spared time-consuming processes associated with acquisition, the updating of records and authority control.

Sharona Sagi, director of resource management strategy at Ex Libris, commented: “The selection, acquisition, and management of e-books can be complex, expensive, and time-consuming, often causing delays in their availability to end users. We are delighted that ... HEB have added their metadata to the community catalog, thus freeing their customers from uploading and updating e-book metadata. In addition to benefiting [the] customer community and increasing the discoverability of their collections, their involvement in the program supports their primary goal of making knowledge more easily available to researchers.”

About Ex Libris: Ex Libris is a leading provider of automation solutions for academic, national and research libraries. For more information about Ex Libris Group, see its website

Monday, June 9, 2014

HEB at ATLA 2014

HEB will again be an exhibitor at this year's ATLA (American Theological Library Association) annual conference in New Orleans, LA, June 19-20.

If you are attending, stop by and see us at Booth 46! You can also schedule an appointment with HEB National Academic Library Account Manager Lee Walton.

HEB consultant and customer relations specialist Ed Reiner will be giving a presentation on "Digital Resources in Academia" on Friday, June 20, 8AM. This session will describe, compare, and analyze various digital resources, collections, and materials for use in academic settings and highlight the various digital programs available to librarians, faculty and students in the social sciences, humanities and related areas.

For more information on the event, please visit the conference website.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

HEB at SUNYLA 2014

Librarians, please come by and visit HEB at the upcoming SUNYLA 2014 conference in Albany, NY.

We will be at Table F13 on Tuesday, June 10, and Wednesday, June 11, and will be happy to answer any questions and discuss the HEB collection with current and prospective subscribers. Libraries who subscribe to HEB during the conference will be entitled to a special show discount of 20%. (For current pricing, please see our website.) If you'd like to schedule an appointment, drop us a line at subscriptions@hebook.org.

The event takes place on the University at Albany campus, June 9-13. Please visit the conference website to register and for further details.

We hope to see you in Albany!

Monday, May 19, 2014

New on HEB: Three Gutenberg-e Titles

HEB has just released three additional titles in its ongoing Gutenberg-e series. These latest installments complete the HEB edition of this pathbreaking collaboration between Columbia University Press and the American Historical Association intended to make innovative scholarship available to readers in a digital format. Support for the Gutenberg-e initiative was provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Newly available on HEB, Societies, Religion, and History: Central East Tanzanians and the World They Created, c. 200 BCE to 1800 CE by Rhonda Gonzales delves into the history of the Ruvu peoples living along the central Tanzania coast. The work explores the archaeological and linguistic significance of this particular region, which was central to brokering economic and other interactions between various societal and geographic groups over a period of hundreds of years. 

Laura J. Mitchell's Belongings: Property, Family, and Identity in Colonial South Africa  addresses colonial/imperial expansion and conflict between representatives of the Dutch East India Company and indigenous peoples, as well as Indian-Ocean slaves, in South Africa in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries—bringing to light the habits and practices of European settlers outside of organized political and military efforts that proved instrumental to exerting colonial control over local frontier regions.

Finally, Arms and the Woman: Just Warriors and Greek Feminist Identity by Margaret Poulos investigates the symbolism of depictions of women-in-arms and well as actual historic female participation in three armed conflicts: the War of Independence or Greek Revolution of 1821, the National Resistance movement (1941–44) and the Greek Civil War (1946–49), in a dissertation that addresses the intersections between nationalism, militarism and feminism.

HEB is pleased to offer its own editions of all 35 prize-winning books in the series in a cross-searchable, XML format. For a complete list of titles, please see this link.