Australasian universities welcome Springer Book Archives
The University of Melbourne, Australia’s highest ranking university, became the first institution in the southern hemisphere to purchase the SBA in November 2012, ahead of its official launch in January 2013. The University of Auckland, La Trobe University and The University of South Australia all subsequently purchased the SBA ahead of its official launch, and numerous other institutions are in discussions to acquire it.
University of Melbourne Librarian Philip Kent said, “We have been aware of the project since 2010 and have been monitoring developments since. The University has invested in this historic content, that includes works from scholars such as Einstein, because it paves the way for future research outcomes.”
“The progressive attitude of Australasian academic libraries towards electronic information resources, and the solutions that the SBA provides, are both major factors in the level of interest in the region,” said James Mercer, Sales Director South East Asia and Oceania for Springer. “The SBA is helping these libraries to provide spaces that are conducive to learning, and access to quality information in a format and medium that their clients use.”
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