Manchester Shakespeare: new ebooks from Manchester University Press

Manchester University Press has launched a new collection not of an age, but for all time. Manchester Shakespeare provides new and significant commentary on all aspects of Shakespeare’s work (and that of his contemporaries), drawing on not only the written word, but Shakespeare in performance, in historical and cultural contexts, and in relation to critical theory.

Including approaching 50 books edited and authored by leading authorities on Shakespeare, the new collection provides critical understanding of Shakespeare’s contribution to literary and theatrical history and fresh perspectives on his plays.

Thanks to a collaborative purchase between the English Faculty Library and ebooks@cambridge, members of Cambridge University now have full text access to all of the ebooks within this collection, on and off-campus, via iDiscover or directly via Manchester Hive, MUPs online platform.

Here is a small selection of titles available within the collection to whet your appetites. Access is via the links below the cover images:

MARC records are available in iDiscover now for the 40+ titles which have already been published in this collection, with a few forthcoming titles/MARC records due later this year.

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

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ebooks general meeting 2019: focus on accessibility

On April 1st the ebooks@cambridge team held our annual open meeting for Cambridge library staff in the main lecture theatre at St. John’s. The meeting was attended by some forty people from across the Cambridge libraries network, who gathered to hear from a range of speakers representing libraries, students and the Disability Resource Centre on the theme of accessible resource formats, our focus for the session.

The legal and institutional context for accessibility: The Disability Resource Centre

After some networking over coffee and an introduction from Jo Milton, Chair of the ebooks Advisory Group, the meeting began with a presentation by John Harding, Head of the Disability Resource Centre. John provided the legal and institutional context for the meeting by outlining the University’s obligations to make learning resources, including teaching materials, websites, ebooks and ejournals, accessible to people with disabilities. He explained what is happening already within the University and across the HE sector to meet our legal – as well as moral – obligations, and spelled out what actions we need to take, including the action to ensure that students have accessible versions of books, e-books and journals/literature.

The student experience

Next we heard from students. A student with multiple disabilities described some of the many challenges she faces in accessing readings for her course. The amount of time she spends in simply obtaining and converting texts into something she can work with, before even beginning the work of studying from them, was eye-opening. As a user of screen-reading software, ebooks are vital to her studies, and it was gratifying to hear that the work done by the ebooks@cambridge team to obtain accessible formats of reading list titles appears to have been a significant help. Neverthless, there is obviously much work still to be done.

Helen Snelling then read out an email testimonial from a student in the Music Faculty, and regular user of ebooks. She also described the challenges she faces, including chronic pain and reduced mobility, which make trips to the library difficult, and explained that ebooks were ‘a life-line’ to her (although she qualified this by saying that ebooks that are free of Digital Rights Management and don’t restrict downloading are more useful than ‘read online’ ebooks, which are much harder and more time-consuming to put through assistive technologies such as screen readers).

Where we are at with ebooks and accessible formats: news from the ebooks Administrator

Jayne Kelly, the ebooks Administrator, then gave her presentation on the theme of ‘Aspiring to inclusivity’. She reported on the JISC ‘ASPIRE’ project, which, using an open crowd-sourced approach, has audited and ranked ebook platforms according to the quality and availability of the guidance they publish regarding their accessibility (spoiler alert: EBSCO ebooks hit the top spot for aggregators). Jayne then went on to outline the dilemma faced by the ebooks team when selecting ebook models for purchase: best price often equals less accessibility. Buying more accessible ebooks appears to mean that fewer titles can be afforded. On the other hand, purchasing more accessible ebooks could present opportunities to save money across the University, for example on scanning costs and staff time converting print materials. Jayne finished her talk by explaining what makes an ebook more or less accessible and talking through what is involved in obtaining accessible formats from publishers and services such as RNIB Bookshare.

Futurelib update – Developing the accessibility and inclusivity of Cambridge library services – and some discussion

Finally, David Marshall talked about Futurelib’s current project to explore the needs of disabled students at Cambridge through deep, qualitative research. He shared some quotes from participants, giving us further insight into the experiences of disabled students, and outlined some of the forthcoming outputs of the study, including a prototype Accessibility and inclusivity toolkit for Cambridge libraries. The meeting then wrapped up with some stimulating group discussion around our experiences in providing accessible/alternate format resources for library users and our ideas for a perfect accessible resource provision service at Cambridge.

The meeting was well received by participants – we have received some very positive feedback. The decision to focus on such a hot topic and bring in speakers from outside the library world was welcomed.

Cambridge librarians can access the slides for these presentations on the Cambridge Libraries Intranet. Please contact ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk if you have any questions about the meeting, or would like further information about ebooks and accessibility.

New ebooks – March 2019

Here is a taster of the titles added to the ebooks@cambridge collection during March. 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, follow the title links below the cover images for access.

Arts & Humanities

Humanities & Social Sciences

Science, Technology and Medicine

New ebooks – February 2019

Here is a taster of the titles added to the ebooks@cambridge collection during February. 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, follow the title links below the cover images for access.

Arts & Humanities

Humanities & Social Sciences

Business & Management

Sciences

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.

 

 

 

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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