Over the last year, the Library has provided access to an enormous range of print and electronic resources. Here are some exciting new additions:
- Judith Toll Picture Book Collection: With great delight and gratitude, we received a second gift of children’s picture books from collector Judy Toll. The Judith Toll Picture Book Collection now totals over 500 books and is an essential resource for the study of children’s literature and fairy tales. Prof. Liz Muther’s classes in both these genres have made extensive use of the first gifted collection. Check them out in the PZ’s on the fifth floor of Hubbard.
- Nature 1950 to present: We purchased the archive of the journal Nature back to 1950, a rich resource for scientists, historians, sociologists, and researchers of all stripes. Read about “The British North Greenland Expedition, 1952–54: Scientific Results” in the April 12, 1958 issue.
- JAMA 1894 to present: If Nature isn’t enough to keep you busy, we have also purchased the complete archive of the Journal of the American Medical Association back to 1894. From women’s “disorders” to health insurance to the evolution of antibiotics and other treatments, this treasure trove provides a historical overview of major health, medicine, policy and sociological issues.
- U.S. Congressional Hearings Digital Collection: Speaking of treasure troves, search the full-text of published U.S. congressional hearings, 1824-2003, recently purchased by the Library. Incredibly rich for just about any kind of research–from the arts to sciences–the hearings document testimony from a surprising cast of characters summoned to Capitol Hill.
- Chinese Historical Newspapers: No Chinese language skills necessary! Our subscription to this database includes 12 English-language newspapers published in China, covering the turbulent period from 1832-1953. Includes the North China Herald, China Weekly Review, and the Chinese Recorder.
New Acquistitions Models
- Princeton, Harvard, and Columbia University Press e-books Pilot Project: Bowdoin, along with 15 college and university libraries, is collaborating with Princeton, Harvard, and Columbia university presses to provide access to almost all of their current e-book content through December 2016, under a pilot pricing model to the libraries. The ebooks are available in CBBcat and OneSearch. The goal of this pilot project is to have publishers develop a more liberal approach to licensing electronic content to academic libraries. A timely example is Wendy Brown’s The Power of Tolerance: A Debate
- Science Direct Backfile Content Pay-Per-View by the Library (Pilot Project): Since January, the Library has been (stealthily) experimenting with another pilot acquisitions model. We opened up access to pre-1995 journal content in the Elsevier Science Direct database. Researchers now see a Purchase PDF button which enables them instant access to the needed article and the Library pays the bill. Without our having publicized this new access, you have downloaded almost 1,000 articles! We will evaluate the sustainable cost benefits of this pilot project in the coming months.