The CEU Library continues to increase access to E-books at the request of faculty and for very high use items. The new E-books Guide provides an overview of the e-book collections available at CEU and explains how to locate a specific e-book title – either available in a collection or individually purchased – using search tools. Additionally, see the chart of technical details, E-book platforms, to see the options for software to use for reading as well as downloading possibilities. There are some new major collections of note: Early English Books Online, HeinOnline Law in Eastern Europe, various Springer e-book collections, as well as individual titles available via JSTOR.
Some titles and subjects lend themselves to electronic versions more than others. Consider the e-book option when available/appropriate and instead of ordering multiple copies of a print book for a course which has the benefit of no need to copy or scan as portions of books can be directly downloaded, ease of use for multiple users, and access from off campus.
2. Embargoes on e-journals: the Library has received numerous complaints over the years about embargoes on current issues of e-journals. This is no longer the case for thousands of e-journals because we now subscribe to groups of journals from these major publishers, among others: Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Taylor & Francis, and Sage. Users might still run into this problem on occasion as no library can subscribe to everything that is published. In these cases, feel free to use the Interlibrary Loan service. Routine requests for journal articles normally take from 1-5 days to fill depending on if electronic copy can legally be supplied. Nearly all of the Library's e-journals can be found by searching from the "E-journals and E-books" tab on the Library's homepage. It is worth checking as subscriptions get added to collections each year so new content may be available.
3. CEU Library now provides full access to the New York Times online directly from the publisher with no 10 article limit. The Library worked with the CEU Development Office to raise the funds needed to support this new service. Members of the CEU community can set up unlimited access for your mobile devices as well. Instructions and more information here.
4. The subscription to the Chronicle from paper to a site license with Premium Access for the Chronicle of Higher Education. Published every weekday, the Chronicle's website features the complete contents of the latest issue, as well as the archive. Accessing this site from the CEU network allows you to set up personalised services by creating a "Free account" for the daily newsletter, weekly briefings, breaking news, etc. with no embargo on current/ premium content.
5. Electronic resources and database news items as well as tips on searching are posted on the Library Blog – you can find these on the bottom of the Library homepage or here https://library.ceu.edu/news/
Several upcoming/continuing library projects:
a) Phase 2 Campus Redevelopment – planning renovations for 2 library storage spaces/stacks (-1 and –2 level Faculty Tower). -1 level will have some space for library patrons to work with specialised collections. To be complete late 2017/early 2018.
b) Technical review for the implementation of online stack requests for titles held in library storage areas.
c) Review and implementation of additional library hours.
d) Review of borrowing privileges to address requests for longer loan periods.
e) Opening of 6th floor entrance/exit in the Library which requires some noise mitigation between the entry and the Reading Hall area.