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How to Become an E-book Sleuth

June 23, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

In March, due to the inaccessibility of library spaces and print books, the Mina Rees Library at CUNY’s Graduate Center launched its first-ever E-book Detective Agency. Through a coordinated effort, the program helps faculty, staff, and students to locate e-books available to them — both freely accessible copies (from repositories, publisher websites, the open web, etc.) and copies that are available but sometimes not so discoverable through our subscription resources. As of June 1st, the team has searched for over 450 titles, with widespread positive feedback from patrons. ​

Join us to learn about this program as a potential extension of your library services. Kate Angell, Elvis Bakaitis, Jill Cirasella, and Adriana Palmer will demonstrate their search process and share the guides they’ve created.


Meeting Notes

Here are links our panelists shared during this webinar:

“Free” for COVID-19 Blog post: https://asgalvan.com/2020/04/10/work-notes-free-for-covid-19-and-resource-management/

Ebook search form: http://bit.ly/GCebooksearch

Anatomy of an Ebook Search – blog post: https://gclibrary.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2020/05/20/the-e-book-detective-agency-anatomy-of-an-ebook-search/

Blog post about Internet Archive’s closure of National Emergency Library and return to regular Controlled Digital Lending (CDL): https://gclibrary.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2020/06/16/end-of-an-emergency-library/

Ebook Tips & Tricks blog post: https://gclibrary.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2020/04/15/tips-tricks-for-finding-e-books/

Ebook Search Request Form for patrons: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdLMTlk8l6KvVAXuTHsccXZqKdTIsAExYMJcqjp5IMRMJSDMg/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1

Ebooks Collections Guide: https://libguides.gc.cuny.edu/ebooks

Open Pedagogy Fellowship & Symposium: https://openpedagogy.commons.gc.cuny.edu/

Audrey Watters’ Keynote at Symposium, transcript: http://hackeducation.com/2020/04/24/future



June 23, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm