Celebrate LGBT History Month with ebooks@cambridge

rosesIn celebration of LGBT History Month, the ebooks@cambridge team shines a light on a selection of LGBT titles that are available within two of our ebook collections.

Demand-driven purchases on Ebook Central

The first group of titles are all part of our Demand-Driven Acquisition scheme with Ebook Central. In this scheme, catalogue records for a large number of ebooks meeting specific selection criteria are added to iDiscover. The books are fully accessible to users and are triggered for purchase (and therefore become a permanent part of the ebook collection) when used for longer than ten minutes or when a selection is printed. The following titles were all triggered for purchase during the academic year 2018-19. Click on the covers to access the ebooks:

Histories of the transgender child  Welcome to Fairyland  Retroactivism in the lesbian archives  Boys in the band  Gender and sexualities in Africa  Boys love

Duke University Press

Duke University Press is known for publishing field-defining scholarship in queer theory, gay and lesbian studies and transgender studies. The University Library has purchased permanent ebook access to all 2016 – 2018 titles on Duke University Press’s own platform, and currently has access to all backlist titles too. Here are some of the LGBTQ+ titles from the 2018 collection (again, click on the covers to access the books):

Mobile subjects  Desire work  My butch career  Gay priori  Fugitive life  Erotic islands  Sisters in the life  Seeking rights

All of the above titles in both collections are available to members of the University on and off-campus through iDiscover or via the links on this page. Off-campus access requires a Raven username and password.

As usual, please contact ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk with any questions about these or other ebooks in our collection.

 

 

 

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New ebooks – January 2019

Here is a taster of the titles added to the ebooks@cambridge collection during January. These titles were purchased by, or on behalf of, department and faculty libraries within the University of Cambridge and by the University Library.

A complete list of ebook purchases is available to Cambridge library staff to download from the ebooks@cambridge section of the Cambridge Libraries Intranet.

All of the titles can be found in iDiscover. Alternatively, click on the cover image to access the title via our authenticated links.

Arts & Humanities

classics1  div1  english1  ital1 ling1  mml1 mml2  classics2

 

Humanities & Social Sciences

educ1  educ2  educ3  geog1  geog2  land1  law1  polis1  polis2  soc1  sas1  arch1  educ4  educ5  educ6  educ7

Business & Management, Science

bus1  bus2  bus3  matsci1   maths1

 

 

New ebooks – December 2018

Here is a taster of the titles added to the ebooks@cambridge collection during December. These titles were purchased by, or on behalf of, department and faculty libraries within the University of Cambridge and by the University Library.

A complete list of ebook purchases is available to Cambridge library staff to download from the ebooks@cambridge section of the Cambridge Libraries Intranet.

All of the titles can be found in iDiscover. Alternatively, click on the cover image to access the title via our authenticated links.

Arts & Humanities

ames1  ames2  asnc1  div1 italian1  ling1 phil1  phil2

 

Humanities & Social Sciences

educ1  educ2  educ3  educ4  land1  land2  polis1  polis2  soc1  soc2  soc3  soc4  soc5  educ5  educ6  educ7

Business & Management

bus1  bus2  bus3  bus4   bus5  bus6  bus7  bus8

Science, Technology, Engineering & Medicine

biochem1  matsci1  physics1  physics2

New ebooks – October/November

The eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed that there was no ‘New ebooks’ blogpost last month; the ebooks@cambridge team was just a bit too busy processing the start-of-term flood of requests (all very welcome of course). We are making up for it this month with a double issue for October and November.

As usual, the covers below are just a taster of the titles added to the ebooks@cambridge collection* during October and November. A complete list of ebook purchases is available to Cambridge library staff to download from the ebooks@cambridge section of the Cambridge Libraries Intranet.

All of the titles can be found in iDiscover. Alternatively, click on the cover images below to access the titles via our authenticated links.

*Titles purchased by, or on behalf of, department and faculty libraries within the University of Cambridge and by the University Library.

Arts & Humanities | Humanities & Social Sciences | Business & Management | STEM

Arts & Humanities

AMES1  AMES2  Classics1  DBE1  DBE2  Div1 English1  Italian1  MML1  MML2  MML3  Music1  Music2 Phil1  AMES3  AMES4  Art1  Div2  Art2  Italian2  Italian3  Ling1  Music3  MML4  Div3  AMES5

Humanities & Social Sciences

Afr1  Anth1  Anth2  Educ1  Educ2  Educ3  Educ4  Educ5  Educ6  Hist1  Hist2  Hist3  Hist4  HPS1  Land1  Land2  Land3  Law1  POLIS1 POLIS2  POLIS3  Psych1  Soc1  Soc2  Soc3  Soc4  Soc5  Soc6  Anth3  Educ7  Educ8  Educ9  Hist5  Hist6  HPS2  LatAm1  POLIS4  POLIS5  Soc7  Soc8

Business & Management

Bus1  Bus2  Bus3  Bus4  Bus5  Bus6  Bus7  Bus8  Bus9  Bus10  Bus11  Bus12

Science, Technology, Engineering & Medicine

Comp1  Eng1  Eng2  Earth1  Eng3  Gen1  Med1  Eng4  MatSoc1  Med2

What’s new in ebooks: a platform roundup

It’s been a busy few months in terms of ebook platform refurbishments, so we thought it was time to pause and review some of the changes (and hopefully improvements) that have been implemented by providers.

Hebook

ACLS launches new, improved platform

ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) is a US-based digital collection of over 5,400 seminal books in the humanities and related social sciences. Books in the HEB collection have been recommended and reviewed by scholars and constituent learned societies of the American Council of Learned Societies.

ACLS Humanities E-Book collection has been available to Cambridge users on a somewhat clunky, old-fashioned platform for some time, but is now accessible on a brand-new platform powered by Fulcrum, offering the following new features:

  • A more visually compelling and modern site, with a browsable catalogue that is easy to navigate.
  • ‘Read online’ format for all titles in a new e-reader that includes features like pageturner and scroll views, an always-present table of contents, and citation and search widgets. The reader also aims to meet WCAG 2.0 AA accessibility standards.
  • An enhanced e-book home page that provides quick access to the table of contents, reviews, metadata, and statistics, as well as easy access to the e-reader and chapter downloads. (Note that due to the large file size of chapter pdfs, we have found that chapter pdfs can be slower to download than on other ebook or ejournal platforms, and therefore ‘Read Online’ is recommended for rapid browsing or skimming the text).

Links for ACLS titles in iDiscover now redirect to the new platform, as does the platform link on our ebooks LibGuide.

ACLC Humanities is updated annually. Here is a list of the 259 new titles added in August: ACLC-new_titles_Aug_2018

Brill Online Books and Journals to move to Brill.com on November 30th

BrillcomBrill has been beavering away on Brill.com, a new platform to replace the existing Brill Online Books and Journals. All of our purchased content is being moved to the new site ready for November 30th, when the legacy site will be taken down, but the vast majority of our content is already there, so you can take a peek before November 30th if you wish.

According to Brill, the benefits of the move include:

  • The new platform consolidates information about print and online publications on one single page, rather than on separate sites, as before.
  • A fresh, crisp, uncluttered design.
  • The site works well on all types of devices.
  • DOI links will be available at the chapter level as well as the book title level.
  • Easier ebook ordering for site administrators.

We are assured that our ebook links in iDiscover will point to the new site from December, but please contact ebooks@cambridge or the UL’s English Collections team if you see anything that doesn’t work.

Manchester Medieval Sources Online now on Manchester Hive

MMSOThe 36 titles within the ‘Manchester Medieval Sources Online‘ collection from Manchester University Press are now available on Manchester Hive, MUP’s new online platform. The platform offers:

  • Easy browsing of available titles with abstracts.
  • Clear and intuitive design.
  • DRM-free PDF downloads for each chapter or section as well as full book downloads in either HTML or PDF.
  • Full book downloads include hyperlinks, making navigation through the text easier (from TOC to content and from content to footnotes).
  • Handy citation and sharing tools.

MARC records for all 36 titles within the collection are in iDiscover and now point to the new platform.

VLeBooks: new platform, more publishers, better accessibility

VLeBooks

Not a platform redesign, but a brand new aggregator platform for us, VLeBooks offers a broader range of publishers (including trade publishers) and improved accessibility for print-disabled users. For more information, see our recent blogpost.

All of these platforms are available on and off-campus to members of the University via our ebooks LibGuide or via links to individual books in iDiscover. Off-campus access is via Raven (VLeBooks requires a Raven login on and off campus).

As usual, please contact ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk if you have any questions about these platforms or any other aspect of ebook provision at the University.

Italian ebooks – an update

For several years now we have had in place a facility whereby readers can recommend Italian language ebooks – and in fact also English language ebooks published in Italy – through iDiscover.

The Torrossa platform operates rather differently to other ebook platforms we work with, in that we have added catalogue records for all of the platform’s ebook content to iDiscover, but the first user to be interested in accessing any given title has to make an explicit recommendation through the Torrossa site. This Patron Driven Acquisition scheme allows us to expose users of iDiscover to many potentially useful titles whilst only purchasing those for which there is ‘patron demand’.

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VLeBooks: a broader range of publishers and improved accessibility

The ebooks@cambridge team is pleased to announce the addition of a new ebook aggregator platform to our suite: VLeBooks. VLeBooks complements our existing offering of ebook aggregators in a couple of key ways:

VLeBooks app

Opening up access to trade publishers

VLeBooks is provided by Askews & Holts Library Services, a library supplier with a history of servicing the public library sector which has more recently branched out into academic library supply. It sells ebooks from a wide range of publishers, including –  thanks to its public library origins – trade publishers such as Penguin and Harper Collins. Titles from trade publishers crop up fairly frequently on reading lists, particularly in the Humanities, and until now we have been unable to provide users with ebook versions of these titles through our existing vendors. Here is a sample of Penguin titles we have purchased recently and which are available now on VLeBooks (click the covers for access – Raven required on and off-campus):

Berger  Postcapitalism  Haidt  Pinker  Misbehaving  Fourth revolution

More accessibility options

Another area where VLeBooks seeks to differentiate itself from other aggregator platforms is by offering users a number of ways in which they can change the platform itself or the online reading experience to adapt to their individual needs. Options include different coloured text overlays, easy zooming and switching on or off platform accessibility options such as large or dyslexic fonts, link highlighting and high contrast.

Platform accessibility settings:

Accessibility options

Platform with high contrast and dyslexia font option switched on:

High contrast

Example of overlay colours (more available):

Overlay1  Overlay2  Overlay3  Overlay4

We would be interested in hearing how our print-disabled users get on with these features, so please contact ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk if you have any feedback.

More things to note

VLeBooks offers the usual features common to other aggregators such as Ebook Central and Dawsonera, such as the option to add notes and bookmarks, export citations and search the text. Additionally, an in-built dictionary allows you to look up the meaning of words and phrases. Downloading for offline reading is available for up to ten days depending on title/publisher; an Adobe ID is required plus Adobe Digital Editions for PC/Mac or the free VLeBooks Reader App (available for IoS and Android) for use on mobile devices.

For librarians

For the librarians amongst you, VLeBooks sells a new kind of access model for some of its titles, based on the concept of replacement of a worn-out print copy. A limited number of electronic ‘issues’ is purchased, beyond which we will need to buy a new ‘copy’ for continued access. This contrasts with the idea of ownership in perpetuity which characterises most of the ebooks we have bought in the past. On the face of it this looks like an unattractive idea (with some management implications to grapple with – thank goodness for expiry notifications), but it does allow us to offer ebook access to those Penguin ‘paperbacks’ which would otherwise only be available to students in print, and the price of individual copies we have bought so far is low. If you have any trade titles on your lists, do get in touch so that we can check availability.

How to access VLeBooks

VLeBooks is available on and off campus via this link. Records for individual titles are in iDiscover. A Raven account is required for both on and off-campus access.

Further help

As usual, please contact ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk for further assistance with this or any other ebook platform.

New ebooks – September 2018

Here is a taster of the titles added to the ebooks@cambridge collection during September. These titles were purchased by, or on behalf of, department and faculty libraries within the University of Cambridge and by the University Library.

A complete list of ebook purchases is available to Cambridge library staff to download from the ebooks@cambridge section of the Cambridge Libraries Intranet.

All of the titles can be found in iDiscover. Alternatively, click on the cover image to access the title via our authenticated links.

Arts & Humanities

Engl1  Engl2  Engl3  Engl4  Engl5  Engl6 Ital1  Mus1

 

Humanities & Social Sciences

Afr1  Educ1  Educ2  Educ3  Educ4  Hist1  Hist2  HPS1  HPS2  Law1  POLIS1  POLIS2  POLIS3  POLIS4  POLIS5  Soc1  SAS1  Educ5  Hist3 Hist4

Business & Management

Bus1  Bus2  Bus3  Bus4  Bus5  Bus6  Bus7  Bus8

Science, Technology, Engineering & Medicine

Comp1  Comp2  Comp3  Gen1  Med1  Psych1

New ebooks – August 2018

Here is a taster of the titles added to the ebooks@cambridge collection during August. These titles were purchased by, or on behalf of, department and faculty libraries within the University of Cambridge and by the University Library.

A complete list of ebook purchases is available to Cambridge library staff to download from the ebooks@cambridge section of the Cambridge Libraries Intranet.

All of the titles can be found in iDiscover. Alternatively, click on the cover image to access the title via our authenticated links.

Arts & Humanities

AMES1  Art1  Art2  Italian1  Ling1  MML1 Phil1  Phil2  Phil3 Phil4

 

Humanities & Social Sciences

Arch1  Education1  Education2  Education3  Hist1  Hist2  Hist3  HPS1  Law1  Lib1  POLIS1  POLIS2  POLIS3  Soc1  SAS1  Education4  Education5  Hist4  POLIS4 Hist5

Business and Engineering

Business1  Business2  Business3  Business4  Engineering1  Business5  Business6  Business7

Science and Medicine

Genetics1  Maths1  Medicine1  Medicine2

Karger ebooks now available

karger larger

The UL, the Moore Library and ebooks@cambridge are pleased to announce that Cambridge University members now have access to all frontlist and backlist series and non-series ebook titles published by Karger.

Karger Publishers is a globally active medical and scientific publishing company dedicated to serving the information needs of the scientific community with high-quality, and in some cases award-winning, research-level texts covering primarily life and clinical sciences, alongside a variety of titles of particular interest to the history of science.

Our turnaway figures from Karger are high (between 800 and 1000 over the last 3 years), indicating a significant level of interest from Cambridge researchers across a wide variety of Karger’s ebook series. We will therefore initially be providing access through an Evidence-Based Acquisition scheme, whereby all Karger ebooks are made accessible to Cambridge users. At the end of the Evidence-Based scheme, most-used titles will be selected for purchase in perpetuity. In this way we will be able to meet our users’ immediate needs as well as build our research-level collections in the biological and life sciences for the future.

Here is just a very small sample of titles now available. Click on the covers to access the titles directly:

Burns  Pulmonary medicine  Drugs from the sea  nobel prize  Language  Paul Klee  Chronic constipation  Neurologic  plant genomes  Glaucoma  Frontiers in eating  Vet

All Karger titles can be found in iDiscover or on the Karger platform, and are available on and off-campus.

This acquisition was funded collaboratively by the UL, the Moore Library and ebooks@cambridge. As usual, please contact ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk with any questions about this platform.