BiblioBoard will host the innovative new textbook being created jointly by Liverpool University Press, the University of Liverpool Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and the University Library. This project, funded by Jisc, seeks to address the question: can a university working as an e-textbook creator and publisher better serve students and promote a more sustainable information environment in higher education?
The e-textbook Using Primary Sources: A Guide for Students is expected to launch on BiblioBoard in September 2015. The book will be produced under the General Editorship of Jonathan Hogg and used across the university’s School of History.
Professor Fiona Beveridge, Acting Executive Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Humanities and Social Sciences, says, “The development of Open Access e-textbooks will significantly enhance the Liverpool student experience through the elimination of cost to students for course materials and the opportunity to tailor those materials to exact pedagogical requirements.”
Beveridge also commends the e-textbook for being open access: “The open availability should also see the e-textbooks, which will be published under the University of Liverpool imprimatur, widely used in other institutions.” Mitchell Davis, founder and Chief Business Officer of BiblioLabs, agrees that this access model is ideal. “I’m thrilled that Liverpool wants to share its valuable textbook so widely. It makes BiblioBoard a natural choice of platform because it offers a world-class user experience whether the student is on the web or on a mobile device, viewing text or streaming video. The platform allows digital content to be organized and presented in a context that provides extra value to scholars, and it can be easily shared in an open access format.”
University Librarian Phil Sykes added, “Quite simply, this is a project that ticks all the boxes. It’s visionary, innovative and shows the way forward into the still uncharted territory of e-textbook provision. It’s practical, in that it addresses the pressing problem of how we ensure that students have access to core textbooks without imposing an undue financial burden upon them. And it demonstrates the way the Library and the University Press at Liverpool are working together to change the landscape of information provision for the better.”
The e-textbook on BiblioBoard will be available through native apps on major tablet devices and on the web, allowing students to access it on whichever medium is most conducive to their learning style. “The strong visual quality of the BiblioBoard platform and its ability to showcase original primary sources, such as medieval manuscripts, alongside explanatory text and other features, makes it an obvious choice to support this important new publishing initiative,” according to Anthony Cond, Managing Director of Liverpool University Press.
The 12 months of estimated development time will commence promptly with the resulting product available in the fall of next year.
BiblioBoard is the PatronsFirst™ mobile library. The folks behind BiblioBoard are a powerful team based in Charleston, SC. They aim to transform access to information by providing a world-class user experience that thrills library patrons and is profitable for publishers. BiblioBoard is moving library content delivery into the future in a sustainable way. BiblioLabs is also a proud member of the Charleston Digital Corridor. To learn more, visit www.biblioboard.com.
About Liverpool University Press
Founded in 1899, Liverpool University Press is the UK’s third oldest university press, with a distinguished history of publishing exceptional research, including the work of Nobel prize winners. Shortlisted for the IPG Academic and Professional Publisher of the Year 2012, 2013 and 2014, and for Independent Academic, Educational & Professional Publisher of the Year in The Bookseller Industry Awards, 2014, LUP has rapidly expanded in recent years, specialising in the modern languages, history, literature and visual culture. www.liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk
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