By Holly Eggleston,  Electronic Resource Analyst /Resource Liaison Coordinator

Thanks to a new hosting service released by CDL in June 2012, an important set of engineering e-books from publisher McGraw-Hill, formerly available to selected UC campuses at the McGraw-Hill AccessEngineering(TM) site, is now available from the CDL-Hosted Licensed Content platform, where the e-books may be accessed and read in pdf format by authorized UC campus users.  

This set of e-books purchased in 2009 & 2010 from McGraw-Hill includes recent editions of handbooks and reference sources such as Marks Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers, Perry’s Chemical Engineers Handbook, Standard Handbook for Electrical Engineers, Roark’s Formulas for Stress and Strain, and more than 250 other titles.  The e-books cover various subject fields in engineering: Bioengineering, Chemical, Civil & Construction, Communications, Electrical & Optical, Energy, Environmental & Sustainable, Industrial, Materials Science & Nanotech, Mechanical and Software. 

CDL hosting of the McGraw Hill e-books was implemented at the request of the licensing UC campuses following a change in the vendor’s pricing and service model, which no longer provided for perpetual access rights to licensed material.  Perpetual ownership is a core licensing principle for the UC Libraries, ensuring that our investments in licensed collections will endure long into the future.

Access to the selected McGraw-Hill AccessEngineering(TM) titles on the CDL-Hosted Licensed Content Service is restricted to the licensing campuses only (UCD, UCLA, UCM, UCR, UCSB and UCSD).  Please contact your local Inter-Library Loan department for more information if you are not affiliated with one of these campuses.

The collection can be accessed at http://uclibs.org/PID/146414.

The CDL-Hosted Licensed Content platform is based on CDL’s Merritt repository for preservation and CDL’s eXtensible Text Framework (XTF) for access. Implementation of this new service involved broad collaboration across CDL, including staff from CDL’s UC3, Publishing and Access, Licensing, and Discovery and Delivery programs, as well as close collaboration with the licensing campuses. 

For more information on the CDL-Hosted Licensed Content platform and opportunities for hosting, please contact Catherine Mitchell, Ph.D. (catherine.mitchell@ucop.edu) Director, Access & Publishing Group, California Digital Library.