ALIA has just announced that members now have access to over 60 specialist LIS eBooks, thanks to a new partnership with EBL.
This is great news for the profession & for the association. I have at times questioned the value of my ALIA membership, and to be honest, for the last 12 months, have only kept it up because it's a requirement of being a Committee member (which I do enjoy - mostly for the people).
Members have had access to LIS journals for a while now, but I haven't accessed them much - unfortunately most of the journals I'm interested in reading these days have a 1 year blackout or are abstract only. The journal service is something I would have LOVED when I was at uni and in my first couple of years in the profession.
This new e-book service is something I will definitely be taking advantage of - we even have concurrent access rights - so no waiting! The titles I have in mind to start with are:
- Fundamentals of library supervision - since I've recently stepped back into a management role
- Librarians as community partners : an outreach handbook - because my new job is all about outreach
- How Green is My Library? - because my new job is all about the environment
Thanks ALIA - you've made my day!
Here's a random library photo from my archive - this is the Bibliothèque Municipale d'Amboise.