1. Digital Delivery of Interlibrary Loan Project Searchable Via Socrates
SUL/AIR's Digital Delivery of Interlibrary Loan project
(dd-ILL) is pleased to announce that the first large set of
links to its digital surrogates has been loaded into Socrates.
This means that, for the first time, Stanford users can easily
search, browse, and use all of the digital books that have been
created as interlibrary loan items for non-Stanford users. As
of this writing, there are 584 dd-ILL titles available in
Socrates; another large set of titles (c. 200) is in process
now, and more links will be added regularly.
dd-ILL was created as an experimental project to offer
complete, out-of-copyright works in digital form in response to
users' requests. The dd-ILL project received support 1999-2001 from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. This scan-on-demand service for large-scale library items was the first of its kind in the world, and has been received with enthusiasm throughout the library community.
Because of their age and fragility, many of the works scanned
and delivered through dd-ILL would not otherwise have
circulated. Using digital surrogates will help to preserve
these works from excessive handling, at the same creating much
better opportunities for access to their unique content.
One of the fundamental principles of dd-ILL, aside from the
creation of an innovative delivery method for ILL requests, was
the establishment of a new tool to augment Stanford's digital
library collection: vox populi. This collection of scanned
books is thus unique in its scope and focus: because the books
were all requested through interlibrary loan, we assume that
they are both not widely held in American libraries, and of
particular interest to current researchersotherwise, it is
not likely that they would have been requested through ILL in
the first place.
To see these files, search for "dd-ill" in the keyword box
of the Socrates search screen. It is even possible to qualify
this by using other search terms such as author or title, or to
limit the search by language, library, date, etc. See how many
digital books we now have available in your favorite language
or from your favorite century!
Many thanks to staff in Cataloging and Systems for
shepherding this part of the project along, and, as always, to
our dedicated dd-ILL staff, Sharon Hom and Peter Burchard.
2. O'Reilly Computer Books Now Available Online
The Stanford University Libraries now subscribe to the online
computer books published by O'Reilly via the ProQuest
Safari service. These popular books, known for their
distinctive black-and-white drawings of animals on the covers,
complement the technical book collection available from Books24x7. There are
approximately 200 O'Reilly titles in the collection, and more will
be added as they become available. Although the entire Safari
collection includes books from other publishers, at this point we
only have online access to those books published by O'Reilly.
Please be sure to log off when you're done using the service, as
the library subscription is for 3 simultaneous users.
If you have any questions or comments about these services,
please contact Linda Yamamoto at the Mathematical and Computer
Sciences Library, email@example.com,
3. Scottish Maps to View
If you are interested in historic maps of Scotland, two new web
sites are sure to satisfy your interests.
Charting the Nation is a collaborative project with 10
participants being run by the University of Edinburgh. Presently,
over 2,200 maps and accompanying text have been mounted on the Web
using Luna Insight software. They are accessible either via the
Insight browser or by downloading the Luna Java client. (As far as
I can tell, there is no way to access the collection from a
previously downloaded Luna Java Client via the DLIS Web site.) The
maps and text span the years 1550-1740. Additional images will be
added when ready. Access the collection at http://www.chartingthenation.lib.ed.ac.uk/.
The National Library of Scotland has mounted over 800 maps on
their site. Three categories of maps are included: maps of Scotland
from 1560-1928; Pont's maps of Scotland from 1583-1596; and 18th
century military maps of Scotland. Search engines quickly get you
the maps and all are accompanied by catalog records. Access the
collection at http://www.nls.uk/maps.
4. Academic Computing Has a New Academic Technology Assistant
Jackie Mai has joined Academic Computing full-time as an Academic Technology Assistant in the Academic Technology Lab. Jackie has been with AComp for 6 months on a temp basis providing consulting services for usability and support of the CourseWork learning management system.
As an ATA, Jackie will continue to support CourseWork in addition to working with faculty who wish to integrate technology into their teaching. Projects will cover a variety of different technologies including scanning, image editing, video dubbing, video digitizing, audio digitizing, CD-ROM and DVD burning as well as creation of materials for class web sites and CourseWork.