WRITER: ANGIE KLITWORTH
CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: March 27, 2001
UI Libraries' offers electronic full-text service with dot-com
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Libraries now offers a new cutting-edge
service to its students, faculty and staff. The new service, available through
the University of Iowas agreement with Books 24x7.com, provides students
with electronic full-text access to more than 800 books on computer related
John Forys, head of the Engineering Library, said the goal of the full-text
access is to make life easier for students and faculty. Since the service
is accessible from anywhere on campus, it saves students a trip to the library
and eliminates the possibilities of checked out or missing books. The electronic
service is available 24 hours a day.
The electronic access is available on a one-year experimental basis to test
the effectiveness of providing books on selected topics in electronic format.
To pay for the service, the Engineering Library will be cutting back on buying
the books that are available through Books 24X7.com for the next year.
The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, Forys said. If the service
proves to be a success, it will continue in the future and the University
Libraries will intensify their efforts to offer electronic full-text resources.
According to Forys, the new service is just one of many steps the Engineering
Library has taken to provide more electronic resources to its students. There
are also more than 700 engineering journals now available on the web as well
as full-text engineering handbooks.
Forys welcomes students' and staffs feedback on the new service. Send
comments to email@example.com
or stop by his office at the Engineering Library, Room 2006.
Books 24X7 is available at http://purl.lib.uiowa.edu/books24x7
or through the Engineering Library web site at http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/eng/