Our database Books 24×7 has become Skillsoft Books, with a dramatically improved user interface. The collection behind that interface has expanded, and we are not aware of any popular titles being dropped.
Ivy Tech users can access Skillsoft Books immediately, and continue to access Books 24×7 until May 12th, to lessen impact on this semester. Changes will be made to our Library guides and website during this time, and Professors will need to change links to Books 24×7 in their course materials for future semesters.
Skillsoft books does not require a separate user account like Books 24×7. Instead, you will be prompted to log in using your IvyTech username and password.
Users who have created Personal Folders in Books 24×7, for collections of frequently-used titles, will need to recreate these collections in the new Skillsoft portal. This is easy, but somewhat time-consuming as you must search each title and add it. Here’s how:
Log in to Books 24×7 and open your Personal Folders. On the toolbar, click the export button and in the dialog box choose the file format you prefer.
You will be prompted to save the file to your device. Open the file on your device. The Excel file has the titles in one column; Word has them in a list. In either, the titles are hyperlinks back to Books 24×7.
Searching these titles in Skillsoft is the easiest way to recreate your list. Open and log in to Skillsoft Books, and type your first title in the search box at the top. From the results list, click the Launch button next to your title and choose Save from the drop-down menu.
You will be prompted where to save it; choose New Set, give it a title, and add any other information you want. Only the title is required.
This Set will now appear when you click on the My Shelf icon at the top of the Skillsoft home page. Simply click on the title to open the list of saved titles, which can be books, videos, or presentations.
From the My Shelf menu, you can also use Add Learning Event and save a group of resources to it.