Skip Navigation

News Archive

PRESS RELEASES 2006

December

August

July

January

December

ACLS HEB Now Reaches 500 Institutional Subscribers

The ACLS History E-Book Project (HEB) recently passed the 500-mark for institutional subscribers, adding The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, Camosun College in Victoria, BC, and a group of universities from the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries (NAAL).

According to Dr. Sue Medina, director of NAAL, “Alabama academic librarians value participation in the ACLS History E-Book Project. The vision of the learned societies has resulted in a high-quality digital collection documenting historical scholarship. These high-quality historical books support instruction for our core curricula as well as advanced scholarship. Most important, as education increasingly uses technology to deliver instruction and support independent research, these resources are available at our library users’ convenience, from their own workstations, anytime of the day. Alabama academic institutions are also pleased that the collection has been kept affordable through the generous support of ACLS and its partners.”

HEB—a cross-searchable collection available for simultaneous, multi-user access—currently includes over 1400 books, chosen by historians, in all areas of history. For information e-mail info@hebook.org.


August 

College Art and ACLS History E-Book Project Ally to Produce E-Books

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) and the College Art Association (CAA) are pleased to announce CAA’s participation in the ACLS History E-Book Project (HEB). Beginning with a carefully chosen selection of titles, including a new XML edition of John Clarke’s Roman Black-and-White Figural Mosaics to be released this fall, HEB and CAA will explore many of the opportunities and challenges involved in bringing art-history scholarship into the digital realm. College Art thus becomes the ninth ACLS constituent society to join in the Project.

According to HEB project directors Eileen Gardiner and Ron Musto, “CAA’s participation in the Project comes at an important time in our planning for a broader Humanities E-Book Project. We welcome them as an important collaborator and publisher of digital scholarship.”

According to CAA president Nicola Courtright, “CAA looks forward to this collaboration with enthusiasm. CAA has been committed to digital publishing for some years through our born-digital journal, caa.reviews, and we believe that our collaboration with the ACLS History E-Book Project will continue to realize important goals for our members. The project will encourage a wider audience in the humanities to encounter major scholarship in art history, an especially significant opportunity in this era of increasing interdisciplinarity.”


August

Updates on the ACLS History E-Book Project

The ACLS History E-Book Project has just begun its 8th year. We have been self-sustaining for 16 months and we're writing to bring you an update.

New Titles:
The Project will be adding 130 titles this fall and will include 1397 titles—almost 280% growth since its launch in 2002. Areas currently include: African, American, Asian, Australasian/Oceanian, Byzantine, European, Latin American, Native Peoples of the Americas, and World/Comparative History. An updated set of MARC records is being prepared and we will send a notification when they are available for download.

Price Increase:
The Project will have a moderate price increase beginning on September 1. Subscribing before September 1 will lock in the current prices for 3 years. All subscriptions have a 3-year price guarantee. New rates can be found at: http://humanitiesebook.org/subscriptions-pricing/pricing.html.

New Areas:
The Project is now developing collections in legal and economic history, women's studies, art history and archaeology, history methods and theory.

Please contact us if you would like to initiate a subscription, would like a trial, or have any questions: info@hebook.org.


July

ACLS and Rutgers University Press Expand E-Monograph Tools

The ACLS History E-Book Project (HEB) and Rutgers University Press are pleased to announce the cooperative publication of two new electronic titles that bring sound and video into the electronic monograph. Through HEB the Press has issued e-versions of Fred Nadis, Wonder Shows: Science, Religion, and Magic on the American Stage, and Krystyn Moon,Yellowface: Creating the Chinese in American Popular Music, 1850s-1920sThe first incorporates several short films that document the American fascination with the wonders of science and technology. The second uses a series of complete musical performances that accompany the sheet music and analysis. Both titles include standard HEB features such as complete cross-searchability, robust XML text and annotation, enhanced image handling, related historiography and online reviews that create an interoperable network of scholarship and its analysis.

For a list of HEB’s open-source XML tools and features see http://humanitiesebook.org/the-collection/xml-titles.html.
Subscribers to HEB may access these complete e-books along with 1300 other titles currently in the collection.

According to HEB project directors Eileen Gardiner and Ron Musto, “Rutgers’ achievement in this regard demonstrates how a university press, working collaboratively, can incorporate even the most robust electronic features into a standard and predictable workflow. ACLS congratulates Press Director Marlie Wasserman and her staff for this breakthrough. We also thank the Scholarly Publishing Office at the University of Michigan Library for its collaboration on the R&D for these titles.”

According to Wasserman, “Thanks to hard work by authors, the Press staff, and ACLS, as well as innovative technology, readers can now experience our books with imaginative and captivating enhancements we once never thought possible.”

Please contact us if you would like to initiate a subscription, would like a trial, or have any questions: info@hebook.org.


January

Cambridge UP Joins ACLS to Produce XML Books

The History E-Book Project of the American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce that Cambridge University Press, long an important publisher in the Project’s title list, has joined its partnership to produce new XML titles, becoming the ACLS’s tenth participating university press for XML development. According to HEB Project Directors Eileen Gardiner and Ron Musto, “Cambridge’s participation comes at an important time, as the ACLS Project has achieved self-sustainability and is focused on completing R&D on its suite of XML features and capabilities. These have allowed electronic publishing in History to move from experimental and individual efforts toward replicable and scalable workflows and publication standards. Cambridge’s excellent History list will help us achieve these goals.”

According to Frank Smith, CUP’s Editorial Director for Academic Books, “Cambridge is very pleased to be participating in the ACLS program. Although we think printed books are here to stay for a few more decades, we are also very keen to explore the new possibilities for disseminating knowledge provided by the digital environment.”

ACLS and Cambridge have already begun work on the first of Cambridge's new XML titles to be included in the Project.

Please contact us if you would like to initiate a subscription, would like a trial, or have any questions: info@hebook.org.

(Back to top)

rev. 11/30/2016