CLACSO e-books, the importance of metadata and Open Access in Latin America

The difficulties in acquiring and offering access to print material during the current COVID-19 crisis has meant that many librarians have re-directed their efforts towards making more online resources available to their readers. Part of the work done by the Latin American and Iberian collections team has concentrated on publications by CLACSO (Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales), a network of 700 research institutions in 52 countries, mainly from Latin America. CLACSO’s catalogue has 2953 open access ebooks, mainly in Spanish and Portuguese, and some of them can be accessed directly from the library’s catalogue, iDiscover, and through the JSTOR platform that hosts them. However, rather disappointingly, metadata for these books was so poor that it could have caused confusion for readers. The vast majority of the nearly 200 records, which were meant to make these books retrievable, often featured little more than a title (sometimes incomplete) and the publisher’s name. Continue reading

Borrow Spanish language e-books from the Digitalia platform

A screenshot of the platform.

A screenshot of the platform.

Cambridge University Library has renewed its subscription to DIGITALIA Hispánica for the second year running. DIGITALIA is an aggregator of Spanish-language e-books from Spain, the Caribbean and Latin America. The platform provides access to over 10,700 ebooks and 2,550 ejournal issues, many of them unique to Digitalia. It offers access across multiple file formats, including PDF, HTML Flash, and HTML. See our previous blog post with instructions on access here.

This year, a new feature will allow users to download ebooks using Adobe DRM. To activate this feature, you will need to create a personal account with DIGITALIA. You may do so by clicking on the Your Account tab in the upper right hand corner of the screen. Further instructions are available from the Help Center tab. Continue reading

Spanish e-content at Cambridge

Last November, Cambridge University Library started a one-year subscription to a database of e-content in Spanish. We have been monitoring usage since, but we’re now seeking input from users. To this end, we’ve developed an online survey targeting students, scholars and librarians. Ideally, we’re looking for responses from those who have used the database, but we would also like to hear from likely users. Completing the survey takes approximately 3 to 5 minutes.

Your input will help us secure an ongoing subscription to the database. It will also help us assess what material Cambridge users are interested in and it will facilitate purchase of e-books or e-journals in perpetuity based on demand.

We are asking you to help by completing the survey below. The deadline for contributions is Friday the 21st of February 2014. If you have any questions about this survey or the database, please don’t hesitate to contact me at Your feedback is important to us.

To participate in this survey, please click on the link below:

Thank you very much,

 Sonia Morcillo.

DIGITALIA HISPANICA, a database of Spanish e-content, goes live at Cambridge


Digitalia – a screenshot of the platform

Cambridge University Library is pleased to announce an initial one-year subscription to DIGITALIA Hispánica, a database of e-books and e-journals in Spanish with access to some of the most renowned publishers in Spain and Latin America. It holds thousands of e-books and e-journals, including new and backlist titles in a wide range of subjects within the Humanities and the Social Sciences.

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