IMarEST Virtual Library to be Launched at SMM
Mon, 27 August 2012
Providing access to thousands of eBooks, journals, trade magazines, reports and news, it provides yet another significant benefit for its 15,000 members around the world.
“Members visiting SMM are invited to visit our stand (Hall B1, Upper Floor, 601) in order to put this new service through its paces and provide feedback,” explains IMarEST Chief Executive, David Loosley. “As a learned society we understand the importance of access to knowledge – indeed, this was why the Institute was founded over 120 years ago. This access not only supports scientific and engineering advancements, but helps individuals maintain their continuing professional development (CPD) and promotes validation of expertise through professional registration.
“With a global membership in over a hundred countries, it is vital to be able to provide consistent knowledge benefits for all our members. Our new Virtual Library comprises three key online resources all of which will become exclusively available to members via our website, further establishing IMarEST as the leading international membership body and learned society for marine professionals.”
The IMarEST Digital Archive will be showcased at SMM enabling all visitors and exhibitors to put it to the test. It comprises full text access to over 120 years of IMarEST publications, including the full catalogue of IMarEST journals and the Institute’s historic transactions, and back issues of magazines such as MER – Marine Engineers Review, Shipping World and Shipbuilder, and Marine Scientist.
The second component part of the Virtual Library is the IMarEST Discovery Service, which provides access to the full text and data on thousands of academic journals, trade magazines, market reports and news providers from publishers across the global engineering, scientific and technology community. In addition to engineering and scientific information, the Discovery Service includes business, marketing and financial information - the non-technical information that helps to augment a marine professional’s career development.
These two aspects are coupled with a growing collection of eBooks. Already available via the IMarEST website, these act as a catalogue of ‘cherry-picked’ titles (or the digital equivalent of a library bookshelf), allowing members to read them online, or to download them for a limited time.
“All of these services will be fully searchable online and easy to navigate,” says David Loosley. “We are eager to provide our members with an easy-to-use system that they will come to rely upon as an essential daily work tool; and that’s why we have chosen to launch at SMM so the maximum number of people can put it to the test, and we can record their feedback.
“We know that many members – and others interested in marine engineering, science and technology – visit Lloyd’s Register to use the IMarEST library which has been housed there since the Institute moved in 2011, but had long intended to ensure that our global membership could make just as full use of our archive as those based in, or near, London.”
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