Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Give ebrary a whirl

The good folks in ITS and BibServices have been working away on ebrary and it is pretty close to a full scale launch.

There are now 20,000 ebrary records in the test system (http://neter.lib.ucalgary.ca/) when these records hit the regular catalogue we can assume they will generate a ton of questions. So I think it might be good to start preparing yourself.

Paul Pival will be providing training for library staff. But for now, try going to the test system and playing around with the ebooks.

Many searches will pull up ebrary records, for a short cut you can just type in ebrary. Gilbert assures me that most people should be able to download the ebrary reader to their desktops. Once you link to a book, if you haven't already downloaded the reader you will be prompted to do so.

Try creating a personal account, this will allow you to explore some of the more interesting tools, for example annotations and bookmarking.

Have fun! Let me know any comments.

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