HEB is Moving!
Humanities E-Book began as a cutting edge digital collection of premiere humanities titles for over 15 years ago, and although our collection development strategies have evolved, some elements of our platform have been late to table of new publishing technologies. That is changing.
HEB’s publishing partner, Michigan Publishing, is currently working on the Fulcrum platform, a project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The platform is building on the Hydra/Fedora framework, a popular choice of many well-established research libraries looking for improved functionalities in their digital repositories and other content management solutions. HEB joins a prestigious group of publishers partnering with the Fulcrum platform, such as Northwestern University Press, University of Minnesota Press, and Indiana University Press, among others.
Two of HEB’s titles are now live as a preview of what is to come on Fulcrum’s beta site. These open access titles are a part of Humanities Open Book project: Lake Erie Fisherman: Work, Identity, and Tradition and The Making of Bamana Sculpture: Creativity and Gender are available in their entirety, with all the functionality that the Fulcrum platform has to offer.
You can also see a preview of some of these features below.
Reflowable Text allows you to access and read across multiple devices.
Chapter Downloads makes the text more convenient and accessible on- or offline.
Other features include “Get Citation” to easily cite your sources and “Search” to find relevant material throughout the text.
NYU Press Titles Also Live on Beta Version of Fulcrum
Fulcrum now hosts several titles in the beta version of the platform. As a part of NYU Press’s Open Access Books program, Show Sold Separately: Promos, Spoilers, and Other Media Paratexts by Jonathan Gray is now live on the Fulcrum platform. Anybody can access this title to experience the features Fulcrum has to offer and to get to know HEB’s future home. This title features assorted media throughout, including video clips and interactive images.
Another title hosted on the beta-Fulcrum is Selma and the Liuzzo Murder Trials: The First Modern Civil Rights Convictions by James P. Turner, shown below. Though this title is not available through open access, users can see how Fulcrum will feature media that accompanies titles.
Watch the videos below to learn why HEB has decided that Fulcrum is the platform for our premiere collection and to preview some of the improvements coming in 2018! Just as HEB was a game changer 15 years ago for the digital humanities market, Fulcrum is a game changer for the way scholars publish, communicate, and interact with the online scholarly materials in humanities .