Sunday, February 17, 2013

The recent Celebration of Diversity in Computing* reminds us of a related resource available to ACC library users--an online collection of IT, programming, computer, and multimedia books. 

O’Reilly Media, Inc. and Pearson Education began Safari Tech Books Online in 2001 and were later joined by other technical book publishers.  ACC Library Services subscribes to a Custom Safari Books Online Collection of approximately 100 titles. 

You can go directly to the Custom Safari Books Online Collection from the e-Books (Online Books) page. Titles from the Safari Tech Books Online collection also display in ACC library catalog search results. 


You can click View All Titles to browse the collection, use the left menu to browse categories or publishers, or you can use the search box to find books by author, title, keyword, phrase, section title, code fragments, ISBN, or publisher.

Your search will retrieve a list of results with images of book covers, tables of contents with chapter links, and overviews, which may include subscriber reviews of books.  You can search within a book as well as use options to filter search results.


Click Start Reading to open a book.  Turn pages by using directional arrows. You can enlarge or decrease the font size, select full screen view, and display multiple pages.   Safari Tech Books Online was designed to be compatible with the ADA Section 508 Guidelines.  

Books are easy to navigate.  However, there are some technical requirements that must be met for Safari Tech Books Online to function properly.  Click Help to find information about browsers and other requirements.


You can print individual pages of a book, but not the book in its entirety.  There are print and email icons near the top left corner of the viewer window. You can email a link to a page by clicking the envelope icon.  Clicking the printer icon will either open the page in a new browser window or open your browser's print dialog box.  Books in this collection cannot be downloaded to an e-Reader as some e-Books in other collections can be.

If you have an interest in the topics covered by the Custom Safari Books Online Collection, you will surely enjoy using this resource.

*The first Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference was held in October, 2001, in Houston, Texas.  Beginning in 2009, the conference was moved to the spring. Find out more about Richard Tapia, whose celebration is organized by the Coalition to Diversity Computing (CDC), and sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) in cooperation with the Computing Research Association (CRA) and the IEEE Computer Society (IEEE-CS).

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