If there are titles ebrary does not currently offer that you would like us to offer, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. However, please be advised that ebrary cannot guarantee that titles you request will be added. We must first establish a relationship with a publisher and that publisher then needs to grant us special copyright permissions to put the content in an online format. This takes time, and some publishers are not be interested in publishing content online.
Admins: Link to ebrary books from course management software – don’t copy and paste the content itself
We encourage you to paste links to ebrary books in your course management software (e.g., Moodle) instead of sections of actual content. With links there is no concern about authorized access – links only work if your ebrary site still has access to the book. To create a link to a particular page of an ebrary book, see:
Pasting the content of an ebrary book in your course management software raises issues of infringement because access of the content cannot be tracked and the content might accidentally end up being available even once you no longer have access to it on your ebrary site.
It is up to library admins to assess whether intended use of content is a “Fair Use” or an infringing use – the same as with print books. Use your library policies and procedures that have been set up to guard against infringement to address questions. There have been recent lawsuits against schools that tried to set up central content systems, under circumstances where publishers believed they were being infringed.
Here are the relevant entries from the ebrary Terms and Conditions:
c. Electronic Reserves. Articles or other works contained in a Product may be included in your electronic reserves systems so long as such use employs durable links to the Products so that a “hit” is registered on ProQuest’s on-line platform each time a student views the work on reserve.
d. Fair Use/Fair Dealing. Nothing in this agreement restricts your use of the materials contained within the Products under the doctrines of “fair use” or “fair dealing” as defined under the laws of the United States or England, respectively.
So… pasting links to ebrary is always okay, pasting the actual content is riskier and you’ll have to make a judgement call whether it would be considered fair use or infringing use.
Technically, the library may use portions of its ebrary ebooks in its customary ILL program under Section 108(g) of the Copyright Act. However, given the high costs traditionally surrounding administration of ILL programs and the need for libraries to track DRM, we often recommend Short-Term-Loans as an alternative; this allows libraries to borrow entire ebooks directly from ebrary at a fraction of the cost of buying. For more info about ebrary’s Short-Term Loan program, see http://support.ebrary.com/kb/pda-and-stl-philosophy/
What would happen to titles you’ve purchased from ebrary if ebrary were to stop offering hosting services?
We have contingency plans in place to ensure your investment is protected. ebrary keeps digital copies of all ebrary titles in an offsite location. If ebrary were to stop offering hosting services, we would make each site’s purchased titles available to them as electronic files.
Here is an excerpt from ebrary’s ”Customer Investment Protection Addendum”:
“If Ebrary should ever cease to offer Hosting services, the Institution may elect to receive digital copies of its Purchased Books (the “Digital Title Files”) for the sole purpose of making them available to its Authorized Users on another content-hosting system …”