Book covers, originally designed to protect the pages of a book, now serve a commercial purpose: they attract the gaze, aiming at inducing the purchase and reading of a book. Their design and appearance are determined by national or sectorial rules and traditions: academic versus popular publishing, paperbacks versus hardbacks. In this blog, I will explore some of the characteristics of current French book covers’ design, the growing importance of book covers images in social media and digital collections, and a specific project designed at Cambridge University Library: adding pictures of book covers to catalogue records of the Liberation collection, 1944-46. Continue reading
The University Library has traditionally suppressed titles from the public catalogue until books have been fully catalogued. This practice was altered some time ago for new Legal Deposit material. From this week, records will also appear for newly received English and European-language bought material. This post explains what readers will see and how they can access these books.
Records for such material will appear in iDiscover and Newton with the legend “Uncatalogued item: Enquire in Reading Room; Received [DD/MM/YYYY]”. “Uncatalogued” here means that what is on display is essentially an order-level record which has not yet been upgraded or approved by one of our trained cataloguers. Here are sample screenshots for a new Italian arrival (click on each image to expand): Continue reading
A temporary issue with iDiscover is causing ebook links to display incorrectly. Until the issue is resolved, please access ebooks as follows:
From a search results list, click on the ebook title, rather than the green Online access link (if you do click this it will take you to the detailed record and not the ebook):
You will see that the View Online section of the detailed record is empty (this is where the link should appear if all is well):
To access the ebook, scroll down to the ‘Links’ section of the record, and choose the second link in the list (the wording of this will vary with supplier, but for all records we have seen so far it should always be the second link):
This is a temporary issue with the way that some of our ebooks are displayed and accessed and it will be resolved…
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So, you’ve been away for the summer, you come back to university, and what do you find? Your friendly catalogue of choice, LibrarySearch, has vanished and there’s a brand new catalogue iDiscover instead. iDiscover has been introduced across the UL, to affiliate and faculty libraries, and to college libraries. It’s replacing LibrarySearch, though our old friend, Newton, will still be available until August 2017.
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