MSU Library has joined with the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries (NAAL) consortium to subscribe to the ACM Digital Library. A crucial resource to researchers in computer science and engineering disciplines, this database provides the Library's users with online access to a vast collection of citations and full-text from magazines, journals, transactions, and proceedings published by the Association for Computing Machinery.
Previously, users only had access to ACM publications through the Library's print subscriptions to these resources. Now, however, authorized users have unlimited online access to the full-text of current and past issues of nearly all ACM publications. As a part of the NAAL's agreement with the ACM, the Library will cease receiving ACM publications in print beginning in June 2006.
The Library's subscription to the ACM Digital Library was made possible through the NAAL Advisory Council's decision to include MSU in the agreement due to the University's joint program development with the University of Alabama. Although there are several ACM publications that are not accessible through the ACM Digital Library (including Computing Reviews, Multimedia Systems, The Online Guide to Computing Literature, and the ACM SIG newsletters), one of the seven NAAL consortia partners, Auburn University, will continue to receive archival print copies of all ACM publications.
According to Frances Coleman, Dean of Libraries, the ACM Digital Library is an outstanding addition to our collection of online resources. This resource was in high demand by our users, and we are very excited about providing them with access to it.
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