Dawsonera content migrates to the VLeBooks platform

FOLLOWING THE CLOSURE of the Dawsonera eBook platform, access to the library’s full-text eBook content previously accessed through Dawsonera has been moved to the VLeBooks platform.

This migration has required the update of multiple thousands of authentication-aware access links in different library discovery systems.

The majority of that work has now been completed, and eBook records in Library OneSearch and Library OneSearch Pro, and eBook and Chapter records in the Resource List Management System, all now automatically direct the request for ex-Dawsonera content to the VLeBooks platform.

These new links resolve directly to the requested book (rather than to the home page of VLeBooks), and are all authentication-aware, routing the requester through the sign-in process (via university username and password) as required.

The remaining remedial work on links to Dawsonera content in the online library environment will be completed later this month.

Example VleBooks page

Dawsonera eBook platform: access currently unavailable

Access to eBook titles on the Dawsonera is currently unavailable to library customers due to technical problems affecting the Dawsonera Shibboleth service provider. A further update will follow once access has been restored.

dawsonera – service restored; some features not yet returned

The dawsonera eBook service was brought back online later on the evening of Friday 20 June. The latest update from the company outlines the remaining service features which have still to be fully restored:

dawsonera – Service Now Restored: 23 June 2014

We’re very pleased to finally confirm that late on Friday 20 June the dawsonera service was restored.

In summary:

  • For PDA Customers, auto-purchases will work and be provisioned (available for immediate use).
  • All PDFs are now available.

Please note, however, that whilst the majority of the functionality has been restored, the following are not currently available:

  • ePUBs are currently unavailable for download and reading online.
  • For Admin Users (Librarians) reporting will not be available
  • EDI and manual orders (batches) will be processed but not provisioned (not available on ERA).

For those items not currently working, it’s our immediate priority now to focus on these issues and resolve in order to provide full functionality as soon as possible.

Thank you for your patience as we have worked towards resuming this service. Further updates will follow as we have them.

If you have any queries, please contact your digital team by email enquiries@dawsonera.com.

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dawsonera – ongoing service problems

Technical issues which have taken the dawsonera eBook platform offline since 18 June are ongoing. At present, no eBook content is available on dawsonera but work to receover the full functionality of the platform is ongoing. THe latest update from the company reports the following:

dawsonera – Latest Update: 11:40, 20th June 2014

We’re sorry to inform you that we anticipate the full dawsonera service to continue to be unavailable throughout the weekend.

However, we are working to restore access to the most frequently used titles in the first instance and then will progressively load additional titles based on accesses and year-to-date usage over the weekend. We’ll confirm further updates on our progress in the next few hours.

Once again, we can only apologise for the unacceptable loss to access to our systems and the inconvenience this has caused you and your users over the last few days. At this stage we are not able to provide you with a timescale for the full & complete service to be restored of all the 350,000+ titles, but will update you regularly as we progress with this activity.

If you have any queries, please contact your digital team by email enquiries@dawsonera.co.uk.

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