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Fairer access to e-books

Posted in Ebooks, and Publishing

During the pandemic, the Library Services team at City has been extremely busy with ordering e-book versions of texts that are needed for teaching and research at City. With libraries closed for months and no physical access to print collections – meaning that inter-library loan services have been severely impacted too – it has become crucial for us to ramp up our already extensive e-book collections.

Libraries may be slowly reopening now, with click and collect services becoming standard, but it is still important for libraries to continue ordering e-books because not every library user will be able to return to campus (or feel comfortable in returning to campus) to collect print books.

It is frustrating that we cannot always get hold of the e-books that we need for our researchers, staff and students. We find ourselves stymied by:

  • Publishers who will only make e-books available if you subscribe to an entire – and very costly – database (of which the e-book will only be one small part!)
  • Publishers who charge an inflated price for e-books (when the cost of the print version is much more moderate).
  • Publishers who don’t offer e-book versions of books, or only produce them months after the print book has come out.
  • Publishers who don’t offer DRM free versions, and instead put strict limits on what use readers can make of e-books. (DRM technology allows publishers to control and manage the usage of their e-books, e.g. restrict the number of concurrent users and limit the number of pages a user can copy, print or download. DRM also has implications for the accessibility of texts.)

This frustration is echoed by academic librarians around the country, and the librarians at York St John University made a powerful statement in a blog post entitled Lobbying for fairer ebook access.

So here is our plea!

As academics, when you are considering what to put on your reading lists, please work with us to see what is available electronically. Some students may have to study at home for months at a time, and will not be able to come into the University to access the print collections. If you cannot find a book in e-format (or don’t know if it can be obtained electronically), please contact your Subject Librarian for advice.

As researchers, when you are considering where to publish, please bear in mind that different publishers offer very different publishing models. Find out what their policy is, so that you can see whether your work will be readily and quickly available to libraries in e-book format. Also speak to them about their policy on copyright – if you have any questions about copyright and publishing, you can speak to our Copyright Librarian.

And consider Open Access. OA monographs are becoming much more mainstream, and – depending on the outcome of the UKRI Open Access Review – we might find that there is much more of a drive towards OA monographs (with suggested policy changes perhaps coming into effect as early as 2024).

If you would like advice on which publishers have library-friendly e-book policies, please contact our Research Librarians. We have good knowledge of how the publication lifecycle works and also of the different types of e-book licences offered by publishers.

It feels like we might be at a pivotal moment, with a new – mainly online – university term about to start, and with publishers starting to withdraw some of the electronic resources they temporarily gave us access to during the pandemic. So please do join in the dialogue and let us know what you think.

New law e-books added to our collections

Posted in Ebooks, and Law

Over the last few weeks, our Research Librarians and Law Library team have purchased some new e-books to help researchers and students at The City Law School. Some of these titles are brand new; others are e-books requested through Read for Research. We hope some of these titles will be of interest to researchers within other Schools at City too.

Here is a selection of the new e-books added to CityLibrary Search:

Chris Ashford and Alexander Maine (eds), Research Handbook on Gender, Sexuality and the Law (Edward Elgar Publishing 2020). This edited collection covers a wide range of topics, including same sex relationships, LGBTI migration in Europe, transgender rights, gender and hate crime, and the healthcare rights of people living with HIV and AIDS, just to name a few of the important themes that this book discusses.

Sandra Mantu, Paul Minderhoud and Elspeth Guild (eds), EU Citizenship and Free Movement Rights: Taking Supranational Citizenship Seriously (Brill 2020). This edited work looks at EU citizenship from a variety of perspectives, for instance looking at the position of the family members of EU citizens; residence rights; welfare entitlements; and the status of EU citizens post Brexit.

Nicole Moreham and Sir Mark Warby (eds), Tugendhat and Christie: the Law of Privacy and the Media (3rd edn, OUP 2016). We have this title in our print collection already, but decided to purchase it in e-book format as well. This book is considered to be a key work on the law of privacy in England and Wales, and has sections on the publication of personal information; commercial rights and intrusion; and privacy, the internet and social media (to name just a few).

Richard Mullender and others (eds), Law and Imagination in Troubled Times: A Legal and Literary Discourse (Routledge 2020). This edited collection looks at legal change and the ‘legal imagination’. It will be of interest to anyone researching legal history, jurisprudence and judicial interpretation, or literature and the law.

Karen Smith Rotabi and Nicole F Bromfield, From Intercountry Adoption to Global Surrogacy: a Human Rights History and New Fertility Frontiers (Routledge 2017). This book not only looks at the history of intercountry adoption and global surrogacy, and the policy and human rights issues, but also contains empirical research in the form of a content analysis of blogs by US gestational surrogates and interviews with surrogates in India.

Mark Thomas and Lucy Cradduck, The Art of Mooting: Theories, Principles and Practice (Edward Elgar Publishing 2019). Whilst many books on mooting focus on the practical details of taking part in a moot, this monograph delves deeper into the theories behind the development of the necessary skills.

If you would like to know more about our law collections or any of our recent acquisitions, please contact Hilary Vieitez, Research Librarian (Law).

Read for Research – a review of 2019

Posted in Read for Research

Now that we are well into 2020, we thought it would be good to review our Read for Research acquisitions over the last calendar year and to share with you some of the themes we have spotted!

Our researchers at City suggested many new titles in 2019. Often the book suggestions are quite specific to individual research interests, but here are some the themes that came up:

Somewhat inevitably….Brexit! 

We acquired the following books:

Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain

Artificial intelligence and Blockchain impact many different research areas. The following titles were requested by researchers at The City Law School, Cass Business School and the School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering:


Music is a strong area of research at City, and this is reflected in the number of music research titles which are requested. Here are some of the highlights from 2019:

General research titles

In addition to specific researcher requests, we have also purchased a number of general research titles:

And of specific interest to law researchers:

If you have any questions or feedback about Read for Research, please do not hesitate to contact our Research Librarians.

Research Resource of the Month: Medline Complete

Posted in Databases

Compiled by the United States National Library of Medicine, Medline is recognised as one of the premier bibliographic databases providing access to journal articles covering medicine, nursing, pharmacy, the health care system and general health care disciplines. It also covers literature in biology and biochemistry.

Medline Complete is a version of Medline available from EBSCOhost. It claims to be the world’s most comprehensive source of full text medical and health articles. Full text access goes back to 1865.

Medline Complete also provides a strong search functionality, including the option to search using MeSH terms from the Medline index, as well as free text searching.

To find out more about how to use Medline Complete, use the ‘Help’ button in the top right hand corner of the database screen, or make an appointment with one of our Librarians for the School of Health Sciences.

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