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HEB on Fulcrum: In the Classroom

ACLS Humanities E-Book is happy for improved classroom use as a result from our move to the Fulcrum platform. The platform is still in development and improved tools for searching, annotating, and analytics are in the pipeline, but there is plenty to love about what HEB on Fulcrum can do for your classroom today.

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Chapter Downloads

In HEB’s surveys and correspondence with librarians at subscribing institutions, chapter downloads topped the list of most-desired features. Not a surprise—PDFs are a simple, flexible classroom solution for faculty and students. So how does the chapter download feature work? It’s easy…

Accompanying screenshots are from Bounce: Rap Music and Local Identity in New Orleans, copyright University of Massachusetts Press, 2012. Subscriber access only. 

  1.  After selecting a HEB title in your library catalog or through, you will be taken to the title page for your selection (below). 
  2. Once on the title page, you will see the chapter/section headings listed under the “Table of Contents” tab. There are three links for each heading: the text of the heading and “Read” button take you into the e-reader, the “Download” button generates a PDF of the chapter.
    • Do not distribute the download link—HEB titles can be accessed by subscribers in a variety of ways, which impacts the URL generated. This also keeps subscribers within fair use fort the copyrighted material and allows us to more accurately track usage of the collection.
    • Front matter, lists, indexes, etc. are not available for download at this moment.
    • Please email if a download link is broken.

The link will open a PDF in your browser (see below), where you will be able to download the file through your browser’s default application. Above, a TOC displaying the “Download” and “Read” buttons.

Inside the E-Reader

The Fulcrum e-reader is great for showing text and illustrations in a classroom setting. For an in-depth update on accessibility updates related to the e-reader visit the latest post on the Fulcrum blog.

  1. Once in the E-Reader, the display will be set to auto. This is the best way to have the most browser-appropriate experience in the text. Below is a screenshot within the reader, note the location of the following:
    • Top Left: “X” exits the e-reader and returns the user to the title page, the HEB logo returns the user to
    • Navigation: Top left under the “X” is the menu button, bottom of the page is a maneuverable progress bar, arrows for page turning on are located on the right and left sides of the page, and horizontal/vertical scroll bars
    • Display: Top right the full screen button and settings button are adjacent. The second photo below shows the different display options once the settings button is clicked.
  2. The first photo below also displays four key features in the upper left portion of the e-reader:
    • Stable URL: This URL brings users to the title page, where once they try to enter the e-reader/download a chapter, they will be prompted to login through their institution.
    • “Get Citation”: Once this button is clicked, a sidebar will appear on the left where users can generate MLA, APA, and Chicago citations to copy/paste.
    • Search bar: Full text search, results appear in left-hand sidebar with links to location.
    • Share: Options to share title/citation to Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Reddit, Mendeley, and Cite U Like.

As Fulcrum continues to improve and build upon it’s infrastructure, more features that will help users in the classroom will become available. In the bottom left corner of the e-reader, there is an option for users to provide feedback…don’t be shy!

HEB on Fulcrum: Accessibility Update

ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) has been live on Fulcrum for over a month now and could not be happier, but we are always working on improvements. The most recent updates on Fulcrum are not merely aesthetic, nor are they static—flexibility for the future of digital publishing in the humanities factored heavily in HEB’s decision to move to Fulcrum.

Below are a few accessibility updates now live or coming soon to Fulcrum, be sure to follow the Fulcrum blog here.

Accessibility Update

Provided by Emma DiPasquale, Fulcrum Community Manager. For the full post, click here.

At Fulcrum, accessibility is a core value and design component. Over the past few months, the Fulcrum team has been focused on improving the platform’s accessibility features and making information about them more publicly available. We were fortunate to work for the summer with Luke Kudryashov, a Rackham public engagement graduate fellow, who helped the team develop more accessibility features and completed a VPAT 2.1 document, which can be found on our updated accessibility page. We’ve also been working to implement a few new accessibility features on the platform, including:
  • Improved screen reader compatibility
  • Text zoom features in e-reader
  • Implementation of Able Player, an accessible multimedia player for captions, audio descriptions, and transcripts
  • Image descriptions through alt-text attributes encoded in our EPUB 3 files
  • Zoom controls on images
  • Keyboard navigation shortcuts in the Fulcrum E-Reader
  • Compatibility with major accessibility browser extensions and operating system settings including text-to-speech, zoom, and contrast

The Fulcrum team continues to create inclusive services and content for all readers, and is constantly working to make the platform and its content as accessible and usable as possible. We’re particularly excited about our upcoming collaboration with the Deaf Studies Digital Journal (DSDJ), supported by a NEH Digital Humanities Advancement Grant through the spring of 2020, which will help us to push accessible publishing forward even further.

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Senator John McCain leaves enduring legacy

Courtesy of Library of Congress.

On Saturday, August 25, Senator John McCain died at the age of 81, according to a statement released by his office. Just one day prior, the McCain family had also released a statement explaining his decision to end treatment for glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. McCain had been in treatment for over a year.

Though he may be known by younger generations as the 2008 Republican presidential candidate who ran against Barack Obama, McCain’s legacy began years prior, during his time serving as a naval aviator during the Vietnam War. Held as a prisoner of war for nearly six years, he was later hailed as a ‘war hero’ by his fellow Americans.

‘Shot down over Hanoi, suffering broken arms and a shattered leg, he was subjected to solitary confinement for two years and beaten frequently,’ the New York Times wrote in McCain’s obituary. ‘Often he was suspended by ropes lashing his arms behind him. He attempted suicide twice. His weight fell to 105 pounds. He rejected early release to keep his honor and to avoid an enemy propaganda coup or risk demoralizing his fellow prisoners.’

After returning to the United States, McCain settled in Arizona and began his political career, winning two terms in the House of Representatives and six in the Senate. In 2000, he unsuccessfully pursued the Republican presidential nomination to George W. Bush; in 2008, he and running-mate Sarah Palin were beat by Obama and Joe Biden, winning 46 percent of the popular vote.

As CNN notes, McCain was ‘a throwback to an earlier era when political leaders, without betraying their own ideology, were willing on occasion to cross partisan lines.’

For more information on these topics, view our full collection of titles, including Military History and General American History. 



The Pro-War Movement: Domestic Support for the Vietnam War and the Making of Modern American Conservatism
By Sandra Scanlon: Read 
Vietnam's Forgotten Army: Heroism and Betrayal in the Arvm
By Andrew Wiest: Read
One Hundred Years of Sea Power: The U.S. Navy 1890-1990
By George W. Baer: Read
Constitutionalism & Democracy: Transitions in the Contemporary World
Edited by Douglas Greenberg, Stanley N. Katz, Melanie Beth Oliviero, Steven C. Wheatley: Read
The Obama Victory: How Media, Money, and Message Shaped the 2008 Election
By Kate Kenski, Bruce W. Hardy, Kathleen Hall Jamieson: Read

HEB offering webinar on Fulcrum

On Thursday, August 16, Humanities E-Book (HEB) will be offering an informative webinar for all subscribers on the new functions and offerings available since the switch to Fulcrum on August 1. The “Fulcrum Demo” will begin at 3 p.m. ET and will be moderated by Subscriptions Manager Clare Doyle and National Academic Library Account Manager Lee Walton.

HEB’s launch on Fulcrum has seen praise from subscribers who are pleased with the improved functionality of the platform. Subscribers are also glad that the former platform will remain active through the end of September in order to make the transition easier.

Anyone with questions or suggestions are encouraged to email Please click this link to sign up for Thursday’s demo.

A winning combination: HEB and Fulcrum

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.


Learn more about our three shared values here.

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.

Read about the award-winning titles being added to our collection here

Find out which subject areas will be seeing new titles.
Read up on the newest special series joining HEB’s title list.

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