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Happy Holidays from EPIC! (plus some more 2018-2019 subscription options...)

13 December 2017

This is a quick note to say Happy Holidays, Merry Xmas and all the best for the New Year!

...but, before you all head off to relax for the Xmas Break, I thought I’d let you know about some more brand new subscription options that will be available to EPIC members in 2018-2019:

  • Bloomsbury have just acquired a fabulous new collection that they will be making available through their popular Drama Online Library platform - The RSC (Royal Shakespeare Company) Live Collection -the collection currently includes 13 films of live productions from the Royal Shakespeare Company from 2013 to 2017. The collection will continue to add new RSC productions as they are filmed. Subscription options are available to EPIC members from all library sectors.
  • EBSCO have also added two new subscription options for all EPIC members:
    • Flipster Digital Magazines - libraries can select from a huge range of individual digital magazine subscriptions to make available to their members through EBSCO's Flipster platform.
    • Stacks is a fully hosted, customisable web platform designed by library professionals specifically for libraries. Look out for a webinar invite from EBSCO in the New Year to find out more about this...
  • ProQuest have added two new subscription options from EPIC public, special and non-university tertiary member libraries:
  • Digitales have added two new subscription options for public library members (in addition to Medici.tv which I mentioned in my earlier email about the Rollout of EPIC subscription options for 2018-2019):
    • Clue Detective Puzzle Agency which provides users with access to a fantastic range of original crosswords, codewords and sudoku puzzles to boost brain health, improve digital literacy and keep you entertained.
    • The Good Reading Magazine Hub which includes access to the following:
      • Online Hub for Book Lovers
      • Good Reading Digital Magazine (including the full backlist)
      • SpineOut - online magazine for young adults (including the full backlist)
      • PK - online magazine for primary age kids (including the full backlist)

Trial access to this is also available via Members Only login from the EPIC Digitales subscription pricing options page.

  • Kowhai Media have developed a brand new virtual reality product called NZGeo VR and are providing all EPIC NZGEO subscribers with FREE access tp it for the entire 2018-2019 EPIC subscription year!

Finally, a quick reminder on how to access the subscription options for your sector:

  • Go to the EPIC website and login under Members Only with your EPIC member logins (to request a login email epic@epic.org.nz)
  • In the area titled EPIC subscription guide & options there are links to subscription option pages for each sector. Click on the applicable link for your sector. These pages will provide you with a list of EPIC vendors, along with the subscription options that they are offering through EPIC for your sector.
  • Subscription pricing options can be accessed via the orange subscription pricing options links (if you have logged in under Members Only with your EPIC members logins) on these pages.

Some of the vendors have provided trials from their subscription option pages, but all vendors can also be contacted directly to set up trials (and for further information) as well. Vendor contact details can be found at the bottom of each Vendor's subscription option page for your sector.


Paula Banks

EPIC Manager

ph (04) 474 3058

(please do not reply directly to this email)