The FIU Libraries now have trial access to the Synthesis Digital Library of Engineering and Computer Science from Morgan & Claypool Publishers. This is an extended trial which allows us access through April 16th. Access is available via http://www.morganclaypool.com/page/synthesis.jsp. Below is a description of Synthesis provided by the publisher.
Synthesis is an innovative information service for the research, development, and educational community in engineering and computer science. The basic component of the library is a 50- to 100-page "Lecture"; a self-contained electronic book that synthesizes an important research or development topic, authored by an expert contributor to the field. We believe that they offer unique value to the reader by providing more analysis and depth than the typical research journal article. They are also more dynamic and convenient than traditional print or digital handbooks, contributed volumes, and monographs.
The library and its lectures are organized by series. Each series is managed by a prominent consulting editor. The series editor guides lecture topic and author selection as well as peer review. New series and lectures will be added continuously and existing lectures will be revised as needed. This will make the collection dynamic in a way that has not been achieved with traditional reference or educational products. The Synthesis platform provides the user with access to content in PDF with live links to references and sophisticated search and personalization functions.
After trying it out, if you believe Synthesis is a product to which the FIU Libraries should provide access, please let us know.