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    E-books in the University of Florida libraries
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    Library news survey
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    New electronic databases
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    Rita Smith is member of the 2005 Caldicott Award Selection Committee
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George A. Smathers Libraries


in the Univ

Electronic books e-books -

now constitute more than one
percent of the library collections
at the University of Florida. In recent
years, UF has added links from the
libraries'Web page (http://www.uflib.
public domain collections of e-books,
such as Project Gutenberg. The
libraries are also digitizing unique and
specialized materials from the collec-
tions as well as making them available
electronically. In addition, commer-
cially available e-books are being
purchased for the collections.
The largest single source of these
titles is NetLibrary. UF now has more
than 45,000 NetLibrary titles that are
listed in the library catalog and are
available via a link for browsing or
check out. E-books have the advantage
of being available 24/7 from any
location, and there is never a concern
that the book is mis-shelved or that
pages have been excised or marked up
by other readers.
How well are e-books meeting the
needs of our users? We undertook two
projects to understand this better.
One of the greatest potential uses
of e-books is course reserves. The
libraries' electronic reserves services

provide a wonderful way for faculty to
make readings readily available to
their students. UF has offered elec-
tronic reserves for several years now -
giving students the possibility of
accessing materials 24/7 from any-
where. While we began with faculty-
supplied materials, the largest
e-reserve content is articles in jour-
nals. Staff either provide links to the
articles in library-owned databases or
scan articles from paper journals.
Since copyright restrictions greatly
limit the amount of content that can
be scanned from print books, e-books
seem to be ideal for course reserves.
How viable are e-books for course
reserves? And, is UF using them effec-
tively for this purpose?
During fall semester, a total of
988 books were on course reserve. Of
these, only 26 were e-books. The
remainder were print books housed
on reserves shelves the traditional
way. All of the books on traditional
reserve were searched in WorldCat to
determine whether electronic ver-
sions are available. An additional 90
were discovered to be available as
e-books. So, about 12% of the titles
on course reserve could have been
delivered electronically. And, the

ia Libraries

range of subject areas covered was
broad; many scholarly resources from
academic presses and other scholarly
publishers were found in the search.
As more and more titles become
available in electronic form, e-books
can be very viable resources for elec-
tronic reserves.
In December 2004, we put a brief
survey on the library Web page con-
(Continued on page 2)

) 2 Lib-Qual+ survey;
Smathers Library

3 Library News survey
1 4 Read-A-Thon call for

5 New electronic databases;
Preservation Department
1 6 Rita Smith on Caldicott
Award Selection

8 Library West construction


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E-books (Continued from page 1)

cerning e-books. It asked three ques-

Have you read any e-books from
the UF libraries?

Have you purchased or downloaded
an e-book from another source?

If you answered "yes" to either of
the above questions, please briefly
describe the pluses and minuses of
your experience using e-books.

The results are interesting:
* 85% of respondents have used
* 8% have purchased an e-book
* Response to the principle of
e-books is very positive, and users
support this format
* Negative responses focused on the
details of use

Favorable comments:
* Books are available 24/7 from any
location. This saves time and travel
to the library

* E-books work well as reference tools
or for quick look-up
* The full-text searching feature is
extremely useful
* E-books at UF are easy to find in the
library catalog, and it's easy to
browse them online
* In short, e-books are convenient and
sometimes a lifesaver. They are great
as a back-up and as an alternative
to interlibrary loan

Unfavorable comments includ-
ed the following observations:
* It's difficult to read on a computer
screen. Paper is overwhelmingly
preferred by respondents
* Downloads can be slow via dial-up
* The books from NetLibrary may be
checked out to another borrower
when needed. The short loan period
(four hours) makes the books avail-
able more quickly but this can be
bothersome to someone who needs
the book longer without the hassle
of renewal
* Generally only one page at a time
can be downloaded (and this is

unlikely to change given copyright
restrictions and publishers' licenses)
* E-book text can't be marked up
(This isn't true. Users must set up
and log on to an account. Then
mark-ups are available to the per-
son long into the future via their

What action is suggested
by the survey?
* The libraries should work with
publishers to encourage publication
of affordable scholarly books in
electronic format
* The libraries should seek changes in
those license agreements that limit
reading to a single user
* The libraries should routinely
purchase e-books for course
* More training is needed for users
concerning the features of e-books
* Library policies should be
examined and changes made in
some areas.
Carol Turner
Directorfor Public Services

LibQUAL+ survey will measure
libraries'service quality

On March 16, the George A. Smathers Libraries will
send out a survey called LibQUAL+, which measures
library users' perceptions of service quality and identifies
gaps between desired, perceived and minimum expecta-
tions of service. The survey will be sent by e-mail to a
randomly selected group of faculty and students and
requires approximately ten minutes to complete.
Recipients will be notified on March 8 if they have been
selected to take the survey. Responses are confidential and
no identifying links between responses and respondents
will be retained. More information about the survey can
be found on the libraries'Web site:
Faculty and students who receive the surveys are
requested to complete and send back by March 31.
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Library News Survey
Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey to help the libraries provide you with the information you need.

Fill out, fold so the address on the back shows, and put in campus mail
or e-mail your comments to bhood@uflib.ufl.edu

1. Do you receive this newsletter in your mailbox? Yes No

2. Do you prefer to read this newsletter In Print Online
If available only online, how often would you check to find out current library news?

3. What kinds of articles do you find useful? (check all that apply)
Descriptions of new databases and other information resources
SDescriptions of new services offered by the libraries
Highlights of different areas of the libraries
SList of orientations and classes offered by the libraries
SInformation about libraries' faculty and staff
Library space and facilities
SNew technologies used in the libraries
Pullout sections for future reference
SUpcoming events
SOther (list)

4. Suggestions for additions or improvements to Library News

5. How do you get news and information about the libraries?
Library News
SLibraries web pages
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6. Your department or administrative unit

7. Additional comments

8. If you have written a question or comment above to which you would like a response, please give your name and
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Thank you for your time.

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Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey on page 3
to help the libraries provide you with the information you need.

Library News
c/o Barbara Hood
PO Box 117001


Smathers Libraries'third annual Read-A-Thon coming April 11-15

The George A. Smathers Libraries' third annual Read-A-
Thon will be held April 11-15 under the canopy on the
Plaza of the Americas. The event will run Monday through
Friday, 11:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. and feature ten-minute
readings from favorite books by faculty, students, adminis-
trators, and local authors.

The atmosphere is casual, unstructured except for the
time slots and open to everyone on campus to be a reader or
a listener. To sign up to read, go to the Web site at
The Read-A-Thon is a celebration of reading held in
conjunction with National Library Week.

Page 4 ) Library News

The Nation Digital Archive
index login.asp
The Nation is America's oldest
weekly magazine. Published since
1865, this periodical's reporting,
opinion, and criticism make for an
unmatched collection of primary
source material that includes topical
articles on everything from prohibi-
tion to civil rights to art criticism.
Some of the most thought-
provoking writers, activists and artists
of the nineteenth and twentieth cen-
turies have contributed to The Nation:
Henry James, Sinclair Lewis, Willa
Cather, H.L. Mencken, Upton Sinclair,
Margaret Mead, Edna St. Vincent
Millay, Bertrand Russell, I.E Stone,
Jean-Paul Sartre, W. H. Auden, Martin
Luther King, Jr., Toni Morrison,
Gore Vidal, Alexander Cockburn,
Katha Pollitt and many, many more.
The Nation has also featured illus-
trations from such political artists
as Art Young, Hugo Gellert, William
Gropper, Fritz Eichenberg, Hendrik
Van Loon, and Ben Shahn.

Index to Legal Periodicals
Retrospective: 1918-1981
(In WilsonWeb)
access via the UF Library Catalog.
This retrospective database index-
es over 750 legal periodicals published
in the United States, Canada, Great
Britain, Ireland, Australia and New
Zealand. Plans are to include annual
surveys of the laws of a jurisdiction, of
the federal courts, yearbooks, annual
institutes, and annual reviews on
selected topics. This is a companion
database to WilsonWeb's Index to
Legal Periodicals Full Text: 1981 to
date. You may also search the period
1918 to date combined.

A database of book reviews in
psychology, PsycCRITIQUES
replaces the print journal
Contemporary Psychology: APA Review
of Books and provides fulltext reviews
of current books and some films, as
well as a ten-year backfile. In each
weekly release, PsycCRITIQUES will
deliver approximately 20 reviews of
psychological books, most from the
current copyright year. It joins APA's
family of research databases

MIT CogNet
The CogNet Library is a growing,
searchable collection of books, jour-
nals, reference works, OpenCours-
Ware links, and conference materials
provided by The MIT Press and other
publishers, professional associations,
institutions, and even individuals who
are willing to share their work.
Full-text journals: Seven MIT
Press journals plus searchable
abstracts of over 30 journals from
other publishers.
Full-text reference works: The
Handbook of Developmental Cognitive
Neuroscience; The New Cognitive
Neurosciences, 2ed.; The MIT
Encylopedia of the Cognitive Sciences;
The Handbook of Brain Theory and
Neural Networks, 2ed.
Full-text books: Over 400 works in
cognitive science from The MIT Press
For the latest additions and
changes to library electronic
resources, check the Web page for
"Library News & Updates"' available
from the UF Library's Home Page at
http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/ or go
directly to: http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/

brings life
to damaged and
fragile materials

She Preservation Department of
the UF Libraries is responsible
for the maintenance and repair
of archival and library materials,
keeping them fit for use and circula-
tion using commercial library binding
and a full range of conservation serv-
ices. The Conservation Unit is respon-
sible for the physical condition of the
collections, including repair and
restoration, rebinding, deacidification,
encapsulation, construction of protec-
tive enclosures and environmental
monitoring. The unit also serves as a
resource for the university and the
general public for questions relating
to the conservation of books, paper,
and photographic materials.
Over the last few years, the
Conservation Unit has been seeing an
increased need for a dedicated work
area for flat paper treatment.
Conservation of flat and unbound
paper has normally been done only
when an item was used, moved, or
acquired in a fragile or physically
threatened state. The online catalog,
along with the library Web pages,
which often highlight specific collec-
tions and formats, has increased
awareness of less visible parts of the
collections resulting in higher use,
leading to a greater need for protec-
tion and stabilization of these materi-
als. Additionally, the Digital Library
Center has an ongoing program of
digitizing collections of ephemera,
maps, manuscripts and flat paper.
Once digitized, conservation treat-
ment is appropriate so the item can be
properly stored and safely used.
(Continued on page 7)

Library News 1 Page 5

Rita Smith is member of 2005 Caldicott

Award Selection Committee

Rita Smith, Associate Librarian in
the Department of Special and
Area Studies Collections and
Curator of the Baldwin Library of
Historical Children's Literature, had
the opportunity recently to serve on
the 2005 Caldecott Award Selection
Committee. Each January the commit-
tee selects the most distinguished
American picture book for children
published in English in the United
States during the preceding year. The
Award goes to the illustrator of that
book, who must be a citizen or estab-
lished resident of the United States.
The announcement of the award
is the culmination of a lot of work,
reading, and discussion by a group of
15 people who compose the commit-
tee. Of the 15 members, eight, includ-
ing the chair, are elected by members
of the Association of Library Service
to Children or ALSC, a division of the
American Library Association. The
other seven members are appointed
by the President of ALSC to balance
the gender, ethnic, professional and
geographic representation of the com-
mittee. Each committee serves for one
year. Smith's participation on the 2005
committee meant that she read books
published in 2004 and the winner and
honor books were announced in
January 2005.
Because publishers want to be sure
committee members consider their
books for the award, they send compli-
mentary copies of their picture books
to members throughout the year. Once
the books began arriving, there was
hardly a day that a book or two didn't
arrive on the front porch, which was,
Rita says,"like having Christmas every
day of the year!" Altogether, Smith

Rita Smith helped select the prestigious 2005 Caldecott Medal winner, Kitten's First
Full Moon, written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes.

received and read over 550 picture
books. Knowing from conversations
with previous committee members that
she would be expected to evaluate
many books, Smith emptied two large
bookcases in her home study. She
bought eight tall metal bookends and
six packets of 4 x 6 lined note cards and
when the picture books began to arrive
in late February, she was prepared.
At first, she read each book care-
fully and took detailed notes. But
when she started to get more than 15
or 20, she realized that she needed a
process that would immediately elimi-
nate the run-of-the-mill books from
those which, in her opinion, were
more worthy of her time and serious
consideration. She began to give each
book a quick first read and then put it
on one of three piles: the "no" pile for
books not worth spending any more
time on; the "maybe" pile to look at
more carefully later if she had time,
and the "yes" pile, to read more care-

fully and evaluate that day. As she
read more and became familiar with
various art media and the pattern and
rhythm of picture books and as she
defined and refined her own personal
preferences, this became easier to do.
Throughout the year, Smith also
talked to book groups, public librari-
ans, public school children, UF chil-
dren's literature classes, and opened
her home up to several Sunday after-
noon "picture book reads" in an effort
to get feedback on the picture books
from a variety of other viewpoints.
The committee met once in early
January 2004 to talk about the ele-
ments of a good picture book. They met
again in June to talk informally about
books that they had already received
and to hold practice discussions. No
title is eliminated from consideration at
either of these two meetings.
The committee met a final time
during a long weekend in January
2005, after the year of reading was

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over. All day Friday and Saturday and
again on Sunday morning, the eligible
books were discussed and evaluated,
narrowing the list of contenders. As
the committee members worked
through the stack of books, they
looked at how well the illustrations
were executed in the chosen medium
and how well the illustrations inter-
preted and expanded the story, theme,
or concept of the book. The commit-
tee makes its decision based primarily
on the illustrations, but other compo-
nents of a book, such as text and
over-all design, are considered, too,
especially if they make a book less
effective as a children's picture book.
Finally a vote was taken and the

Preservation (Continued from page 5)

Maps, posters, broadsides and
other large format items pose a partic-
ular problem for conservation. Many
times these items have to be washed
or given wet treatments to remove a
backing, clean and minimize stains or
repair tears. While washing an 812 by
11-inch sheet of paper is relatively
easy, doing the same to a 3 x 4 foot
poster can be difficult.
In the fall of 2004, the Repro-
graphics Unit of the Preservation
Department moved its functions and
reporting to the Digital Library
Center. This move left vacant a second
floor loft that had been used for quali-
ty control of microfilm. The loft was
converted into a flat paper conserva-
tion work area. Since the loft is located
directly over the water and sinks for
the conservation lab, it was a fairly
simple set-up to construct a large for-
mat wash station.
The station is supplied with
deionized water from the main floor
filtering system, and is drained
through a gravity drain to the sink

winner chosen. After the winner was
selected, three honor books were cho-
sen. The winning title this year is
Kitten's First Full Moon written and
illustrated by Kevin Henkes. The
three honor books were: The Red
Book, a wordless book illustrated by
Barbara Lehman; Knuffle Bunny writ-
ten and illustrated by Mo Willems;
and Coming On Home Soon illustrated
by E. B. Lewis, written by Jacqueline
The books must be chosen by
noon on Sunday, in order to give the
Association time to write a press
release. The committee met again at
6:45 Monday morning to call the four
artists and inform them that they had

below. The area
contains a paper
washing station
capable of treating
either small items
or pieces as large
as 3 x 6 feet. The
water in the wash
trays can also be
chemically treated
to help remove
stains, deacidify
and buffer the
paper, or resize
paper as needed.
Next to the wash
station is a drying John Freund of th
area where the library staff how
newly washed paper working an
items can be air or
blotter dried. There are also several sta-
tions for paper repair.We are now able
to efficiently and safely treat maps,
posters and other flat paper of all sizes.
This newly renovated space compli-
ments the first floor area under the loft
that contains a spray deacidification

won. This was followed by a large
press conference, open to the public,
where all children's literature award
winning books were announced,
including the Caldecott Award, the
Newbery Award, the Coretta Scott
King awards, and the Printz Award.
Smith thoroughly enjoyed the
experience of being on the Caldecott
Committee. "It was an honor"' she
said, "to be appointed to the commit-
tee and a wonderful opportunity to
learn more about picture books and to
get to know the other committee
members who were an articulate and
interesting group of people."

e Preservation Department demonstrates to
ie washes a large format map in the new flat
system to treat acidic paper, a suction
table and humidity dome for flattening,
drying, humidifying and stain removal,
an ultrasonic encapsulator and a blast
freezer used for both freeze drying and
insect extermination.
John Freund
Preservation Department

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Library West construction update

Construction and renovation of the new hunanities and social sciences
library are on schedule for a January 2006 opening. Mechanical, electrical
and plumbing are all ahead of schedule. The building is expected to receive
the LEED or "green building" national recognition for using healthy, efficient
and environmentally sensitive techniques.
The concrete floor infills are completed and the air handling equipment
arrived on nine semi trucks in February. The new power and AC will soon
be activated and tested inside the building. The steel roof deck is completed
and water pipes have been tested. The concrete ceiling in the new section is
being painted white to reflect more light into the book stack areas.
For current photos and updates see the construction Web site:

Rob Roberts, director of the Libraries Facilities Planning Department,
inspects the scaffolding and masonry work at Library West.


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