Cambridge staff and students now have full access to hundreds of thousands of academic ebooks through new annual subscriptions to EBSCO’s eBook Academic Collection and ProQuest’s Academic Complete. This brief post provides some sample titles with a focus on the city of Beirut, following the tragic news of last week. All links go to the relevant iDiscover record (iDiscover holds catalogue records for all ProQuest and EBSCO ebooks). For further books about Beirut, an advanced search on iDiscover for Beirut Lebanon as the subject will provide the right start, and readers can then narrow results by online access and/or other parameters as desired.
The ebooks@cambridge team is pleased to announce that members of the University of Cambridge will have access to A&AePortal for the next year, thanks to funding from the Art and Architecture Library. The platform proved very popular with users during the recent free trial offered to us by the publisher, Yale University Press.
The A&AePortal is an authoritative eBook resource that features important works of scholarship in the history of art, architecture, decorative arts, photography, and design. Many out-of-print titles, key backlist, and recent releases from the world’s finest academic and museum publishers are available as eBooks exclusively on this site. Additional features – such as image searches, the ability to jump from images to their location within texts and supplemental audio and video – help students and researchers to make the most of the content.
Below is a small selection of titles available on the platform:
The company that owns dawsonera, one of our longstanding ebook aggregator platforms, went into administration in June. It is very likely that the Dawsonera platform, which currently hosts about 3,500 of our ebooks, will be taken offline from the end of the evening, Thursday 30th July.
As a result, from Friday 31st July, users may come across dead links for Dawsonera ebooks in iDiscover. The loss of access will only be temporary, but at the moment, we are unable to specify a date when access to these titles will be made available.
The ebooks team is currently working with our other key ebook aggregator suppliers to make sure that the ebooks we have purchased will be made available on a different platform or platforms.
Any notes added to Dawsonera ebooks by individual users will not be transferred to the new platform, so if you want to keep notes please do export them before the end of the day on Thursday 30th July.
We do apologise for the inconvenience this potential temporary loss of access will cause, and we will be working as hard as we can to ensure any loss of access is as brief as possible. If you have any questions please do get in contact with the ebooks@cambridge team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Among the worldwide reactions to the killing of George Floyd, protests have taken place across Scandinavia. Much of the local media coverage of these events assumed a display of solidarity with the United States and perpetuated the misconception that racism was something belonging to other countries. However, the participants were also highlighting current problems of systemic racism in their own countries along with the need to face up to their colonial past.
In March, JSTOR worked with their publisher partners to open up 35,000+ scholarly monograph titles to academic library communities to support the sudden shift to remote teaching, learning, and researching. Further information about this initial scheme is available from this blog post published in April. While this initiative was originally due to end on the 30th June, many of these participating publishers have now agreed to extend access until the 31st of August. More than 32,000 front list and back list titles from 48 publishers will be included in this second tranche. You can download a title list from this link.
Participating publishers include:
Title records will appear in iDiscover soon. You can also search the JSTOR platform to find the temporary titles alongside our owned ebook and ejournal collections.
The American Astronomical Society (AAS) have partnered with IOP Publishing to create an exciting new collection of astronomy and astrophysics ebooks to further the AAS mission: “to enhance and share humanity’s scientific understanding of the universe.”
Launched in 2017, AAS-IOP Astronomy ebooks is the new official book program of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), and aims to share in depth the most fascinating areas of astronomy, astrophysics, solar physics and planetary science. The series includes publications in the following topics:
Books in the program range in level from short introductory texts on fast-moving areas, graduate and upper-level undergraduate textbooks, research monographs and practical handbooks.
The titles published in Releases 1 and 2 of the AAS-IOP ebook collections have been purchased in perpetuity by the University Libraries, and are now searchable in iDiscover as well as from the following link;
New titles will be added to the collection as they are published online. A selection of available titles are listed illustrated below, and links to each title can be clicked on from the list below the book cover gallery.
Last week’s blog post Black Lives Matter : some ebooks looked at a selection of anti-racism English-language titles. Today’s post will be the first of a series looking at titles in other languages, with a focus today on Dutch material.
Netherlands and Belgium share with the UK a history of colonisation and slavery and are addressing uncomfortable issues of ongoing racism. Dutch ebooks available to Cambridge staff and students are very few, so the suggestions below include translations into English and books published in English by Dutch-language authors.
There are currently about 2,700 available titles, and further titles will be added as they are published. Monographs, contributed volumes, handbooks and textbooks in Springer designated sub-disciplines such as Partial Differential Equations, Functional Analysis, Probability Theory and Stochastic Processes, Mathematical Physics, Topology, Game Theory, Integral Equations, and Engineering Fluid Dynamics are included in these collections.
Records for these DRM-free titles will be loaded into iDiscover over the next few days, and are accessible for unlimited concurrent users, both on and off campus via a Raven login.
These yearly collections will be available in full until the 31st December 2020 in the first instance, at which point some of the most popular titles will be purchased in perpetuity.
Selective titles in Engineering, Computer Science and Architecture have also been purchased in perpetuity and will be searchable in iDiscover very soon.
The killing of George Floyd and others in the US and the protests that have followed there and around the world have seen, among many other positive actions, advice being shared about reading material to aid understanding of modern-day and historical Black experience. Olivette Otele, Professor of History of Slavery at the University of Bristol, published a list of “12 classics from the anti-racist canon” in the Sunday Times yesterday. Through her Twitter profile, Professor Otele provided a snapshot of the list here.
This post looks at the availability (where possible) of these titles electronically for Cambridge staff and students, and then ends with a brief list of some further ebooks we have recently purchased.