Provide better instructions for staff to access the Safari online books from the catalog. I can't find any way to access the full versions of the books, but according to the catalog, I, as a staff member, can get them online. Very frustrating.
From: a staff member
Lynne U. Turman, Head, Tompkins-McCaw Library Collections, replies...
Thank you for your interest in using Safari Books. This is a new collection of electronic books on all aspects of computers, programming and the web. You can find the titles listed in the VCU Libraries Catalog or go to the list of Databases A to Z and look for Safari Online Books.
Search tip: try using the Catalog tab marked eResources and type your topic into the search box along with the word "safari." For instance, "java and safari" will retrieve a list of over 50 titles! Choose your title and click on the link for Internet access. From off-campus you will be prompted for your VCU eID information, then you will be instantly taken to the opening page of the book. The table of contents will appear on the left and you can jump to a specific section or chapter. Alternatively, you can click on the button marked Start Reading Online to view the full content from the beginning. On each page you will see other options for navigating, such as Text Zoom and Previous/Next Page. You can also turn the pages virtually by clicking along the borders of each page.
Thanks for contacting us with your question. We hope you will enjoy using this new collection of ebooks!