Tuesday, November 17, 2015

ACLS Humanities E-Book on Google+

You can now find HEB on Google Plus! Connect with us there for updates on the latest title releases and other news items of interest.

Monday, November 2, 2015

HEB's Top Ten Titles for January 2015-June 2015

HEB tracks and releases a list of our most-accessed titles on a semi-annual basis. Over the years this has proved a useful tool for monitoring trends in scholarly research and teaching across disciplines, with certain books becoming permanent fixtures of the HEB "bestseller" list, but one or two newcomers occasionally pointing to rising interest in other fields of study.

For the first half of 2015, that newcomer was Steven Hahn's Pulitzer-Prize winning A Nation under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration (Harvard University Press, 2003), adding to the growing number of titles dealing with race and racism in America among our top-accessed books. (As featured on this blog in the past, for those who are actively researching these areas, HEB's Pinterest board Race in America may provide additional material of interest.)

  1. Anderson, Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism (Verso, 2006)
  2. Hahn, A Nation under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration (Harvard University Press, 2003)
  3. Geertz, The Interpretation of Cultures: Selected Essays (Basic Books, 1973)
  4. Ehret, The Civilizations of Africa: A History to 1800 (University Press of Virginia, 2002)
  5. Ngai, Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America (Princeton University Press, 2004)
  6. Jenkins, Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide (New York University Press, 2006)
  7. Mintz, Huck's Raft: A History of American Childhood (Harvard University Press, 2004)
  8. Dower, War Without Mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War (Pantheon, 1993)
  9. Chauncey, Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Makings of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940 (Basic Books, 1994)
  10. Boyer and Nissenbaum, Salem Possessed: The Social Origins of Witchcraft (Harvard University Press, 1974)

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

New Titles and MARC Records Released

ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) subscribers now have access to 371 titles newly added to our online collection. MARC records for the additions may be downloaded for integration with library holdings (please see below for instructions).

With the 2015 release, the HEB collection now totals 4,680 titles. Highlights from the newest additions include:

  • Expanded offerings from key HEB publishing partners: 59 books from Oxford University Press, 35 books from Princeton University Press, 29 books from Cambridge University Press, and 17 books from the University of California Press.
  • Contributions from new collaborating publishers Oneworld Publications, Kent State University Press, Brill Academic Publishers, Beacon Press, and the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute.
  • The launch of three new series: selected scholarship from the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies at Villa i Tatti, Jewish Cultural Studies from the Littman Library, and the first installments in the ACLS Centennial series to commemorate the founding of the organization in 1919.
  • One hundred sixteen titles that have received awards from ACLS constituent societies.
  • Titles recommended to HEB by our newest contributing ACLS constituent society, the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES).
  • The incorporation of two new areas of research: Hip-Hop Studies and Animal Studies.
  • Nine additional books written by ACLS Fellows.

MARC Records 

MARC records for all titles in the collection are available for free download on our website. If you are a librarian at one of HEB’s subscribing institutions, please follow this link to download a zip file (acls12.zip) containing 363 records for our 371 newly released fall 2015 titles. (Note that one record may cover multiple volumes of the same title.)

New subscribers or those who have not recently updated their MARC records for the collection should instead download the cumulative file acls1-12.zip (covering all titles in rounds 1-12).

If downloading the new records only, please be sure to also remove the six MARC records corresponding to titles removed in this round from your library catalog. These can be found in a file called acls12_REMOVED.zip. (A list of all titles removed from the collection to date can be found here.)

For any additional questions regarding cataloging and MARC records, don’t hesitate to contact us at subscriptions@hebook.org.

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.