New Springer platform

As some of you may have seen on the eresources etc blog, Springer have launched a new platform ( and are in the process of migrating users to it. UK users are scheduled to be migrated to the new platform during the course of today or tomorrow.

While migration for libraries is expected to be seamless, individual account holders’ accounts are not being migrated so if you have an individual account you should go to and set up a new profile/account.

New features of the platform include the ‘Look inside’ option which allows users to preview two pages of a book chapter that we do not have full access to. When searching there is the option to narrow search results to include only content with full access, or to broaden results to include content that we do not have access to. The ‘Recent Activity’ section allows users to see what is being read by University of Cambridge users. Chapters may be read online or downloaded as pdf files to a variety of devices, and the new site is mobile optimized.

Librarians might be interested in the free training webinars or the first few slides of the SpringerLink powerpoint, which are both available here.

If you have any comments or notice anything that it is not right, please let us know.



ebooks online training videos

Having problems with finding, accessing or downloading ebooks and can’t make it to the drop in sessions? Want some ebooks help that you can point your students to? We have created some online training videos which are on the ebooks@cambridge YouTube channel and now linked to from the ebooks@cambridge website.

The videos work best if you click the cog icon underneath the video in YouTube and increase the quality.

Learn how to find ebooks in LibrarySearch and connect to them, as well as how to find your way around and download ebooks on the Dawsonera platform.

Learn how to find ebooks in LibrarySearch and connect to them, as well as how to find your way around the MyiLibrary platform.

Learn how to download MyiLibrary ebooks.

Learn how to find those ebooks that don’t appear in LibrarySearch.

If you have feedback on the videos or if you would like to see video tutorials on other aspects of ebooks or other ebook platforms, please let us know.


Going mobile – lunchtime drop-in sessions

Catherine Reid, Rhiannon Taylor and Jayne Kelly are going mobile and will be visiting the Faculties of Engineering and History in the coming weeks to hold informal lunchtime drop-in sessions on finding, accessing and downloading ebooks. These events are aimed at students, acacdemics and librarians across the University.

If you want to know more about how to find the ebooks we have in our collection, or want to download an ebook onto an iPad, Smartphone or e-reader, why not come along and ask us your questions?

There will be chance to see downloading to mobile devices in action, and please bring your own mobile devices with you. Wifi will be available.

Come along to the Engineering Library on Trumpington Street on Wednesday the 14th November, or to the History Faculty (Seminar Room 5, 2nd floor) on the Sidgwick Site off West Road on Wednesday the 21st November.

Feel free to use this poster to advertise the events in your libraries.

ebooks drop-in sessions Nov 2012

See you there!

ebooks@cambridge has a new blog!

You’ve been very patient with us but it really was time we came up with a blog for ebooks@cambridge, so here it is.

We will use this blog to promote new ebooks, training sessions and events, discuss new service developments, and generally to talk about anything ‘ebooky’ that might pique our, and hopefully your, interest. We expect that this blog will be of most interest to University of Cambridge and College librarians, but we are very happy if it attracts academics and students too.

Feel free to interact with our posts in the form of comments, and if you fancy writing a guest blog post about any pertinent ebooks issue then please let us know.