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

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.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

HEB's Top Users for 2013

Below is our list of the twenty-five institutional subscribers to ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) with the highest usage for 2013. Among these are some of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the US, the United Kingdom and Canada.

  1. University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  2. University of Toronto, Toronto, CA
  3. York University, Toronto, CA
  4. Harvard University
  5. American Public University System
  6. Columbia University
  7. The University of Chicago
  8. Durham University, Durham, UK
  9. Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK
  10. New York University
  11. University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
  12. Yale University
  13. University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
  14. University of Wisconsin, Madison
  15. McGill University
  16. University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
  17. Stanford University
  18. University of Sydney
  19. London School of Economics, UK
  20. University of California, San Diego
  21. University of California, Berkeley
  22. University of Liverpool, UK
  23. University of Exeter, Exeter, UK
  24. Princeton University
  25. University of Virginia

Usage statistics reflect both page views and searches.

For a complete list of current subscribers, please see this page.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

New Participating Publishers for 2014

HEB is pleased to announce that we have recently partnered with four new university presses in our efforts to bring scholarship of enduring value to our subscribers. Our most recently signed collaborating publishers, who will be contributing to our upcoming title release in summer 2014, are Southern Illinois University PressBaylor University PressMichigan State University Press and University of Toronto Press.

The number of publishers who have elected to work with HEB now stands at 112, including both university and some commercial presses. All content has been vetted by scholars and/or consists of books that have won prizes in their fields. 

Please see our growing list of contributing publishers here.

Monday, March 31, 2014

HEB's Top Ten Titles for July 2013-December 2013

As we do every six months, HEB is pleased to publish another top-hit titles list, covering the second half of 2013. The most frequently accessed titles in our collection of 4,000 books typically reflect course adoptions, and tend to feature a number of recurring books every cycle (such as, once again, Benedict Anderson's Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism, Clifford Geertz's The Interpretation of Cultures, Henry Jenkins's Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide and Anne McClintock's Imperial Leather: Race, Gender and Sexuality in the Colonial Contest).

For the fall 2013 semester, we are seeing a rising interest in sociology, cultural studies, nationalism and post colonialism, women's and gender studies, religion, and technology. There are three new entries making their first appearance among the top-hit titles for this period: Samantha Power's A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide, David E. Nye's Technology Matters: Questions to Live With, and Karen McCarthy Brown's Mama Lola: A Vodou Priestess in Brooklyn.
  1. Anderson, Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism (Verso, 2006)
  2. Geertz, The Interpretation of Cultures: Selected Essays (Basic Books, 1973)
  3. Jenkins, Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide (New York University Press, 2006)
  4. McClintock, Imperial Leather: Race, Gender and Sexuality in the Colonial Contest (Routledge, 1995)
  5. Sugrue, The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit (Princeton University Press, 1996)
  6. Ngai, Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America (Princeton University Press, 2004)
  7. Power, A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide (Perseus Books, 2002)
  8. Nye, Technology Matters: Questions to Live With (MIT Press, 2006)
  9. Brown, Mama Lola: A Vodou Priestess in Brooklyn (University of California Press, 1991)
  10. Mintz, Huck's Raft: A History of American Childhood (Harvard University Press, 2004)