Tuesday, September 22, 2015

HEB User Manual

In response to feedback from our subscribers, we have developed a User Manual for the ACLS Humanities E-Book collection that librarians can download and share with colleagues. Designed to maximize your institution's use of HEB, this convenient document contains useful information about navigating and using the HEB website; downloading MARC records; proxy server configuration; running usage stats; the content of the collection; our XML, Handheld and Print-On-Demand titles; and more.

Download the HEB User Manual here: http://www.humanitiesebook.org/help/for-librarians.html#Anchor-Manual

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Collection Updates and Pricing for 2016

This fall, we are adding 371 new books to our collection, which will bring the total number of titles to 4,680 books. We are excited to be expanding categories such as World War I History, Women's Studies, and Religion/Theology; increasing our offerings from longtime contributors such as Oxford University Press, Harvard University Press, and Princeton University Press; and adding two new fields of study, Hip Hop Studies and Animal Studies, among other updates. (Please look for an announcement about the release in the coming weeks.) Our latest additions represent an increase of our holdings of over 8%, to which all subscribing institutions automatically have access.

We also want to take this opportunity to inform you about our 2016 pricing and let you know in advance that, starting on January 1, subscription rates will be going up for all subscription tiers by between 2.4% and 3%. This modest increase is necessary in order to cover administrative overhead and maintain the collection. Our updated prices can be found here.

Please don't hesitate to contact us with any additional questions at subscriptions@hebook.org.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Forthcoming WWI Titles

As part of its upcoming fall 2015 title release, ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) is pleased to be adding ten books from Oxford University Press that represent significant contributions to the field of World War I scholarship. These books span topics in Military History, Maritime History, Politics, and Science & Technology, providing new insights into the conflict nearly a century after armistice. Among the books to be added to the platform are Alan Kramer's Dynamic of Destruction: Culture and Mass Killing in the First World War and a new edition of Paul Fussell's The Great War and Modern Memory, which won the 1976 National Book Award.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Villa I Tatti Series

Launching later this summer, as part of ACLS Humanities E-Book's (HEB) 2015 release of more than 370 new titles, is our new Villa I Tatti series. We are making these books available in collaboration with Harvard University Press and The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, whose Villa I Tatti program is dedicated to advanced research in all aspects of the Italian Renaissance. Since its inception in 1961, I Tatti has welcomed over 1000 Fellows working in the fields of Italian Renaissance art, history, literature and music. The research center has thus generated some of the most significant scholarship on the Italian Renaissance published over the last decades, and several of these works will now be featured as part of HEB's online collection.

Our initial entries will consist of eighteen titles published since 2000; with subjects ranging from women's political power in Renaissance Italy to the papal court in the fifteenth century and the role of astrology in the Duchy of Milan.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

New HEB Areas: Hip Hop Studies and Animal Studies

As part of its upcoming 2015 title release, ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) will be adding Hip Hop Studies as a new area of study. Books in this field slated for release to our online platform later this summer are: Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop by Jeff Chang (ed.) (Basic Civitas, 2006);  Holler If You Hear Me: Searching for Tupac Shakur (Basic Civitas, 2003) and Know What I Mean?: Reflections on Hip Hop (Basic Civitas, 2007) by Michael Eric Dyson; The ‘Hood Comes First: Race, Space, and Place in Rap and Hip-Hop by Murray Forman (Wesleyan University Press, 2002); The Hip Hop Generation: Young Blacks and the Crisis in African American Culture by Bakari Kitwana (Basic Civitas, 2003); The Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop—and Why It Matters by Tricia Rose (Basic Civitas, 2008); and Making Beats: The Art of Sample-Based Hip-Hop by Joseph Schloss (Wesleyan University Press, 2014).

We will also be adding two initial titles in the new field of Animal Studies, J. M. Coetzee's The Lives of Animals (Princeton University Press, 1999) and Kathleen Kete's The Beast in the Boudoir: Petkeeping in Nineteenth-Century Paris (University of California Press, 1994).

Certain traditional fields of study, such as history, have always been prominent within the HEB collection; by delving into newer fields, HEB hopes to ensure that all disciplines relevant to contemporary scholars, both established and emerging, are represented.

We anticipate that more works will be added to both  areas as our collection evolves.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

ACLS Centennial Series

As part of its upcoming 2015 title release, ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) will be making available five initial entries in its new ACLS Centennial Series, a selection of books authored by prominent contributors to ACLS to commemorate its founding in 1919. A number of these titles will be included with each release over the next five years, leading up to ACLS's 100-year anniversary in 2019. (Read  about our founding and history here.)

Slated for initial release later this summer are three books originally published in the 1910s and '20s: John Erskine, The Moral Obligation to Be Intelligent, and Other Essays (1915); The Elizabethan Lyric: A Study (1916); and Democracy and Ideals: A Definition (1920);  The Rise of Universities (1923) by Charles Homer Haskins, the first chairman of the American Council of Learned Societies; and J. Franklin Jameson's The American Revolution Considered as a Social Movement (1926). These books exemplify the scholarly achievements that ACLS and its originators have fostered over the last century.

We look forward to bringing additional titles in this series to our readers in the future.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

HEB at ALA Annual 2015

Come see HEB at the upcoming American Library Association Annual Conference!

We will be at Booth 438 and happy to answer any questions and discuss the collection with current and prospective subscribers. We are excited about our upcoming title release, scheduled for late summer. Our 371 forthcoming titles include 124 prize-winning works and three new series: the Villa I Tatti series from Harvard University Press, the Jewish Cultural Studies series from Littman Library, and the ACLS Centennial series, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the American Council of Learned Societies.

If you'd like to schedule an appointment, drop us a line at info@hebook.org.

ALA 2015 takes place in San Francisco, June 25-30. Please visit the official website to register and for further details.

We hope to see you in San Francisco!