For immediate release: Dec 02, 2008
Posted by: [State_Library]
Contact: Drew Griffis
Phone: 317-650-6158

Hoosiers Now Have Free Access to Over 2,500 eBooks Through INSPIRE

Collection features hundreds of professional development resources

INDIANAPOLIS (December 2, 2008) - An extensive collection of eBooks is now available to all Indiana residents through INSPIRE, Indiana's Virtual Library. As electronic full-text copies of published print materials, eBooks can be viewed from any home, business, school or library computer with Internet access in Indiana. The Indiana Shared eBook Collection contains over 2,500 titles from leading publishers of reference, scholarly and professional books. Indiana residents have exclusive rights to check out a broad range of eBooks on subjects including psychology, history, social and political science, fine arts, language, medicine and technology.

"The Indiana State Library is please to offer unlimited access to this exceptional educational resource," said Roberta L. Brooker, Indiana State Librarian. "Because eBooks are accessible anytime of the day or night from the Internet, people who cannot visit their local public library during open hours or do not have local library service can still gain access to these resources."

To access the Indiana Shared eBook Collection simply go to http://www.inspire.in.gov/ and click on the "NetLibrary" icon on the lower left-hand side of the screen. This directs you to the Indiana's eBook collection. From here, users can perform simple searches to locate eBooks based on their criteria. Also, eBook titles appear on the results page following a standard INSPIRE search.

NetLibrary also enables users to create a personal NetLibrary account that enables them to create bookmarks, add personal notes, and customize their search preferences. A personal account enables the user to go directly to their current eBook from any computer (within Indiana) with Internet access.

"The Indiana Shared eBook Collection significantly enhances Indiana's collection of shared online resources and adds a new dimension to INSPIRE," said Brooker. "We look forward to continuing to introduce exciting new products and features that increase the utility and visibility of the INSPIRE program."

The Indiana Shared eBook Collection includes content from leading publishers such as McGraw-Hill, Oxford University Press, AMACOM, Taylor & Francis Routledge and university presses including Indiana University Press. The collection's strengths include eBooks focused on popular topics and information of great use to Indiana residents. In particular, the collection offers professional development resources that offer insight into writing effective résumés, learning simple and advanced computer skills and career guidance and job effectiveness strategies. Additionally, the collection contains extensive medical and personal health holdings from topics on diet and weight loss to information of all aspects of physical and mental health.

"Health and career resources are just the tip of the iceberg to what is available in Indiana's eBooks collection," said Brooker. "I recommend everyone visits INSPIRE to see for themselves the depth of this collection."

NetLibrary has a detailed interactive online tutorial on how to utilize eBooks and tips to maximize the eBook reading experience. Indiana residents using any computer equipped with an Internet Protocol (IP) address located in Indiana and a Web browser such as Firefox or Internet Explorer may access INSPIRE and NetLibrary. Indiana residents with an Internet Service Provider (ISP) that serves areas outside Indiana (such as AOL, CompuServe and Prodigy) will need to apply for an INSPIRE Password.

The Indiana Shared eBook Collection purchase was made possible through a partnership between the Indiana State Library and SOLINET, the nation's leading library collaborative representing 10 Southeastern states, the Caribbean, Puerto Rico and, most recently, the State of Indiana. The eBook collection is paid for through Build Indiana Funds as appropriated by the Indiana General Assembly.

About INSPIRE
INSPIRE, Indiana's Virtual Library, is a collection of eBooks, academic databases and other information resources. INSPIRE is a service of the Indiana State Library and is provided at no cost to all residents of Indiana. INSPIRE is supported by the Indiana General Assembly through Build Indiana Funds, The Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act and in partnership with the Academic Libraries of Indiana.

 

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