SMU’s Central University Libraries (CUL) recently filled the very first Occam’s Reader request. The University of Missouri borrowed the e-book, Third International Handbook of Mathematics Education. The book was 1,119 pages.

The Occam’s Reader Project – comprised of Texas Tech University, the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, and the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) – and Springer, entered into an agreement to run a year-long pilot program with GWLA’s 33 members which include SMU, focused on eBook interlibrary loans (ILL) in January of this year. This is the first major collaboration of its kind between academic libraries and a major publisher.

At the center of the project lies Occam’s Reader, new software developed by the Design & Development Team at Texas Tech University Libraries and the Web Interface Development Team at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Libraries, in collaboration with Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA). The many features of Occam’s Reader make this a win-win situation for both GWLA members and Springer. Benefits include secure online access to borrowed books, compliance with copyright laws and licensing provisions, reporting of usage statistics and the ability to take advantage of existing Springer features, such as location- and device-agnostic access. Both eBook chapters and full eBooks from Springer are included in the pilot.


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