This year Jisc Collections is investing £200,000 to provide additional content to the E-books for FE project, which is available on a free subscription to further education (FE) colleges across the UK.
Subscribing colleges can now access 50 new e-book titles in addition to the 3,000 currently offered. New titles cover a variety of the latest BTEC and A-Level qualifications. Subjects from history to business and motor vehicle maintenance to beauty therapy are provided for.
Hilary Richmond, e-resources librarian at Cheadle & Marple Sixth Form College and user of the service tells us:
“The E-books for FE project has given us access to a collection of free e-books that would otherwise have been beyond our means. Having a collection tailor-made for the needs of FE has been welcomed by both staff and students and the e-books are now increasingly becoming established as part of the curriculum.”
Ben Taplin, licensing manager at Jisc Collections says:
“We work closely with our FE members to ensure we add the content they need. In my experience colleges prefer narrower lists which will get the highest usage, which is why many of the titles are text books and course books. These new titles not only help to provide an up to date service, but also offer students to opportunity to access content at any time and from any location allowing them to carry out their work at a time that suits them.”
For those further education providers who do not currently have access to the content that is freely offered by the E-books for FE project, they can subscribe now by placing an order at the Jisc Collections website.