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UMP EBC Technical FAQ

General Information

Q1Q: What is the University of Michigan Press Ebook Collection?

A: The UMP Ebook Collection (UMP EBC) is a collection of scholarly ebooks published by the University of Michigan Press that was first made available for sale to libraries on January 10, 2019. It is hosted on our own Fulcrum platform and sold to libraries by LYRASIS, a non-profit organization that acts as an agent for its 1,200 members (and other clients) to buy content collections and technology solutions.  The commitment we make to libraries is that the collection will include at least 80 new books every year as well as a growing backlist, starting with at least 1,000 titles on launch. 

Q2Q: What titles are included and excluded for UMP EBC?

A: UMP EBC is a comprehensive collection of all new scholarly University of Michigan Press books, including both specialist monographs and adoptable course books. It does not include titles for which the Press does not have ebook rights, regional trade titles, or true textbooks (mostly the Press’s English Language Teaching titles). It contains distributed titles unless those are specifically opted out. A complete list of all titles in the collection is available that not only shows which books are included in the collection but also indicates which are not and why.

Q3Q: Do open access books appear in UMP EBC?

A: Yes, they do. However, libraries are not charged for these.

Q4Q: How are frontlist titles added to UMP EBC?

A: Frontlist titles are added monthly on the first weekday of the month (i.e. titles with an April publication date would be published on Fulcrum and available in the collection at the start of May).

Q: Will the UMP EBC be continually updated?

A: Yes. As well as adding new frontlist books every year, we will continue to add to the backlists as time and funding allows. Our first priority will be to “make whole” the lists for the years 2018 to 2012 inclusive.

Q5Q: How far back do the backlist years go in UMP EBC?

A: Fulcrum works best with reflowable EPUB3 files and we have focused initially on making sure that we have these for the period  2018-2012. Prior to 2012 our ebook formats are more variable and so we have defined the “archive” collection (in which very few years are currently complete) as 2011 and prior. 

MARC Records

Q6Q: Are MARC records available directly from UMP?

A: Yes, MARC files for all EBC titles can be downloaded from a public Box folder. These files contain all the records which have been completed by the University of Michigan Library cataloging department. These records may be completed a few months before the title is loaded onto the Fulcrum platform. Currently, the 2019 file contains only titles that are currently available (though earlier versions of the 2019 file contained additional records); we are working on a refined workflow that will add these records to the other MARC files only when the titles are available on Fulcrum. You can sign up for monthly updates on new MARC files by sending an email to ebc-tech-contacts-requests@umich.edu.

Q7Q: Are KBART files available directly from UMP?

A: Yes. KBART files provide metadata only for those titles which are currently available on the platform. The KBART files are available in a Box folder.

Q8Q: When will the backfiles be officially "closed" or complete so that we can stop checking back for MARC records?

A: The MARC records are organized by publication year. For 2019, the collection will be complete by the end of December. For 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 we are filling some gaps, so the collections will be completed by the end of 2019 also. For 2011 and prior (what UMP refers to as the “Archive”) there will be a continual process of adding older titles -- many of which have not yet been made available as ebooks -- and this will take a number of years. This is also why we do not offer a permanent access option for the Archive.

EZProxy Stanzas

Q9Q: How do I configure my proxy server to enable access?

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Shibboleth / OpenAthens / SSO

Q10Q: Do you support access via Shibboleth or OpenAthens?

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This information can be included in your order form or emailed to fulcrum-info@umich.edu.

DOIs

Q11Q: When will the DOIs be redirected to the Fulcrum platform? 

A: Titles appear in the MARC files as soon as the record is created (usually a few weeks prior to the publication date). The MARC files include DOIs. These are initially pointed to the catalog record on the Press website, but when the title is launched on the Fulcrum platform the DOI is redirected to the title. This workflow has caused libraries to receive access errors for new books. We are working on making sure that the MARC records are only made available after the title is made live on the platform so these errors do not occur any more. This process has been completed for the 2019 file, and will be applied the backlist and cumulative files soon.

Usage Statistics

Q12Q: Will I be contacted about how to log in to an admin module (if available), how to set IP addresses, how to retrieve COUNTER reports, etc.?

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You can read more information about the COUNTER 5 standard and your COUNTER reports here

Downloading Content

Q13Q: What content download options are available?

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Discoverability / Delivery Services

Q14Q: How often are the delivery service providers updated with Fulcrum ebook collections for the University of Michigan Press?

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We will send out more information once these services are ready.

Q15Q: Are there plans to provide chapter-level indexing for inclusion in the Ex Libris Primo Central index?

A: We don't have chapter metadata at this time, but it is something we are working on for future years. 

Technical Support

Q16Q: How can I get individualized technical support?

A: Please report technical issues or questions to fulcrum-info@umich.edu. We will respond within two business days at the latest, and usually much faster.

Q17Q: How can I customize the institutional name in the top right corner of Fulcrum with the name of our library?

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