Monthly Archives: February 2014

Hardcovers? Why do they have to be hardcovers?

The library has a case to make for hardcovers. They’re durable, they’re easier to shelve, and they make a satisfying crack when they’re opened. Paperback may be all and well, but when it comes down to the wilds of circulation, paperbacks just can’t rough it. Sometimes, though, hardcover editions just aren’t available for purchase. So when we get a paperback copy in, the book gets flagged in our system to be shipped to a bindery. The bindery is a place of wonder where books go in as paperbacks and come out as hardcovers. The flagged books accumulate on specially-marked shelves until we’re ready to send them out, and then they’re carefully indexed, packed, and shipped off.

Books ready for bindery

Books ready for bindery

Shipped books (23 boxes!)

Shipped books (23 boxes in January)

While at the bindery, the paperbacks have their softcovers removed completely and replaced with hardcover copies of the original. The newly hardbound books return to Copley Library after about four weeks, along with the shells of the original covers. After unpacking, the books go through the gamut of processing and cataloging and are affixed with the appropriate labels and accompanying electronic records. It’s a dangerous business going out the doors, but now the hardcovers are ready to step into the collection.

Hardcovers and softcovers

Hardcovers and softcovers

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Research Easier with EBSCOhost

Copley Library subscribes to over 180 databases.  Over 30 of the databases are in the EBSCOhost platform.  Some of these databases include Avery Index, Communications and Mass Media Complete, Education Source, among others.  Academic Search Premier is one database that is interdisciplinary and covers a wide array of subjects, while the rest cover a specific subject area.  You can search through multiple databases by going to the EBSCOhost platform and clicking on “Choose Databases.”

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A screen will pop up, which will give you the option to choose which databases you would like to search through.  You can choose the entire database selection, or choose a few that are relevant to your research.

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Once you click okay, you can begin your search.  The EBSCOhost platform is a wonderful tool for research, but please do not hesitate to ask a librarian for additional research assistance!

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