August 1, 2018 — Humanities E-Book (HEB) subscribers will notice a difference in the platform’s appearance and functionality with the launch of our collection on Fulcrum, a publishing platform and set of hosting and publishing services developed by Michigan Publishing.
According to the Fulcrum website, “Fulcrum has been developed by a group of campus-based publishers working closely with disciplinary faculty and information science specialists who recognize the changing nature of scholarly publishing in the humanities and qualitative social sciences.”
Development of the platform was supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and implemented by the University of Michigan Library and Press. Along with HEB, partners of this project include Northwestern University Press, Penn State University Press, University of Minnesota Press, Lever Press, New York University Press, and Indiana University Press.
Founded in 1999 and launched in 2002, HEB has always prioritized giving backlist titles a second life within a sustainable digital environment. With the development of increasingly intuitive and user-friendly digital capabilities over the past nearly 20 years, primarily through a partnership with University of Michigan Press, which began on July 30, 2005, users have enjoyed a combination of high-quality content and technology.
For more than a decade the two groups had used a system called the Digital Library Extension Service, which was created as part of the University of Michigan’s digital library initiative system. As technology and scholars’ needs evolved, however, HEB aimed to present the most innovative platform possible.
WHY FULCRUM FOR HEB?
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As always, HEB aims to provide its subscribers and users the best experience in these main areas:
- Innovation: After a lengthy development process to enhance user experience, HEB’s new platform will feature enhanced media and supplemental materials, chapters available for download, and annotation tools that will streamline the research process.
- Engagement: An ever-changing digital landscape means continuing to make it easy for users to access content, whether that be on a desktop computer or mobile device. Fulcrum and its partners have aimed to grow engagement through establishing EPUB 3 as its core standard and enlisting the Michigan State University Usability/Research and Consulting Group to audit platform design.
- Longevity: HEB’s commitment to providing long-term access to humanities titles will be further strengthened by Fulcrum, which will provide access to our collection and allow for evolution in the future.