California State University Offers Students Anytime/Anywhere Access to Academic eBook Collection Electronic Books Can Be Searched and Borrowed Over Internet

The California State University system is now offering faculty and students access to a collection of 1,625 electronic books from netLibrary and ABC-CLIO as part of a systemwide eBook Pilot Project to study using electronic books as a medium for increasing access to information resources, and developing a model for cooperative collection development of electronic monographic literature in CSU libraries.

eBooks are full-text electronic versions of published books that students can search and read over the Internet. The CSU's eBook collection is accessible at any time from any internet-connected computer, on campus or off. eBooks are available now at most of the CSU libraries' web sites.

The project is being coordinated and managed by the CSU Chancellor's Office's Systemwide Electronic Information Resources group (SEIR.) The SEIR group conducts a cooperative buying program, which leverages the purchasing power of the largest system of higher education in the nation. A six-member coordinating team of representatives from the Long Beach, Fullerton, Fresno, San Francisco, Chico, and Humboldt campuses has been appointed to select eBook titles, collect and analyze usage data, and to lay the groundwork for the future development of the CSU's electronic book collection.

"This pilot project is a great opportunity for publishers and providers to work with CSU libraries in exploring new models for the real-time delivery of monographic materials to our students and faculty," said Evan Reader, director of SEIR.

"We are grateful to the CSU Chancellor's Office for arranging systemwide access to a collection of electronic books," said Carolyn Dusenbury, director of the Meriam Library at CSU Chico. "This model enables us to experiment with the new technology without having to divert our campus resources away from other materials, both electronic and paper. We anticipate that the collection of electronic books will be most useful for students interested in anytime/anywhere access, and that they will also open up new opportunities for faculty who are actively developing online courses."

"An eBook collection is a multi-dimensional, full-feature knowledge resource that many academic libraries recently have begun offering their students," said netLibrary President and CEO Rob Kaufman. "We are pleased to be working with California State University to make eBooks available to students there."

"We at ABC-CLIO are excited to have a system as wide and as prestigious as the California State University pilot our entire eBook list, which includes our front list for 2001. One of our goals at ABC-CLIO is to have our reference materials enjoy broad and open 24x7 access by each and every student, in whatever medium best serves the students' needs. If we are in the business, as we believe we are, of expanding the boundaries of education through our books, what better way than this partnership with Cal State," said Vince Duggan, vice president, sales and marketing at ABC-CLIO.

The California State University is a 23-campus, statewide system of comprehensive and polytechnic universities and the California Maritime Academy. The CSU awards bachelor and master's degrees in more than 200 subject areas, employs 41,500 faculty and staff, and serves some 370,000 students.

netLibrary ( is the leading provider of eBooks and Internet-based content management services. netLibrary's digital rights management infrastructure has been adopted by hundreds of publishers of academic, reference, scholarly, and professional books. netLibrary develops, archives, hosts, and securely distributes eBooks through a variety of channels, including academic, corporate, public, and school libraries. netLibrary eBooks are full-text searchable and readable on a variety of platforms.

ABC-CLIO, founded in 1953 by Eric Boehm, is a second-generation family company headed today by Ron Boehm. ABC-CLIO's headquarters office is in Santa Barbara, California, with branch offices in Denver, Colorado and Oxford, England. The Academic/ Public Division of the company produces subscription products and books. ABC-CLIO's flagship databases are America: History and Life and Historical Abstracts, both mainstays of bibliographic research for historians. ABC-CLIO's reference books have, since 1993, won an unprecedented number of Best Reference Book of the Year awards from Library Journal, Choice, and Booklist.

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Last Updated: July 23, 2001

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