New resource: Bloomsbury Fashion Central

Bloomsbury Fashion Central

TITLES IN THE Bloomsbury Fashion Central collection are now discoverable through Library OneSearch, and the platform itself is accessible through the Find Databases service.

Access to all subscribed content on the platform is direct on-campus and by university username and password off-campus.

For its database entry, the resource is described as follows:

Bloomsbury Fashion Central is a digital hub for interdisciplinary research in fashion and dress. It includes major reference works, articles, eBooks, video content, runway and backstage photos from fashion shows, and tens of thousands of images from museums around the world. There are three resources to explore:

The Berg Fashion Library contains over 100 eBooks, more than 13,000 colour images and other reference works.

This is complemented by the Fairchild Books Library, which includes another 150 eBooks on all aspects of fashion.

Finally, the Fashion Photography Archive covers forty years of contemporary fashion history and contains over 750,000 images.

Sample eBook titles in the collection include the following:

Evidence Based Acquisition (EBA) eBook project enters selection phase

The library’s current Evidence Based Acquisition (EBA) eBook project, which involved making tens of thousands of new eBook titles available for customer discovery in Library OneSearch, has entered its selection phase (during which the library decides which titles will be bought outright in perpetuity, and which will be withdrawn from the collection). This selection process has begun, following the conclusion of the discovery phase of the project at the end of April.

While final selections are agreed, the following sets of eBook titles have been suspended from discovery in Library OneSearch:

  • Bloomsbury (2,013 titles)
  • Cambridge University Press (30,391 titles)
  • Sage (4,306 titles)
  • Oxford Scholarship Online (11,812 titles)

EBA eBook titles which have been added to resource lists during the discovery phase should still continue to be accessible through the links provided in the RLMS.

Once title selections have been confirmed for each provider, the purchased titles will updated and made discoverable once again in Library OneSearch.

The Wiley EBA package (consisting of 17,879 titles) will continue to be active until the end of May.

Bloomsbury – off-campus authentication issues resolved

The previously reported problems preventing off-campus access to eBook titles on the Bloomsbury Collections platform have now been resolved.

Off-campus access is available once again by university username and password. An illustrated walkthrough of each step in the off-campus login process is available.

Bloomsbury Collections eBook titles: off-campus access currently unavailable

Off-campus access to eBook titles in the Bloomsbury Collections set is currently unavailable due to a problem affecting Bloomsbury’s Shibboleth Service Provider.

Off-campus login requests (via NTU username and password) are currently resolving to an error page. A further update will follow once off-campus access to Bloomsbury Collections’ content has been reinstated. On-campus access (via IP authentication) is unaffected.

Bloomsbury Collections - Shibboleth option

New resource: Bloomsbury eBook collection

Around 2000 eBook titles from Bloomsbury Collections are now available in Library OneSearch, and form part of the continuing ‘Your Books, More Books’ campaign. Example titles include:

Access to Bloomsbury eBook titles in the 40 collections which the library has subscribed to is direct on-campus and by university username and password from off-campus. At present, support for the Shibboleth protocol on the Bloomsbury Collections platform is limited, so we are unable to incorporate authentication-aware direct title-level deep-links in the Library OneSearch records for customers accessing Bloomsbury Collections titles from off-campus.

As a consequence, the current off-campus experience when logging in to the first Bloomsbury Collections book involves several steps (which are documented below). The library is continuing to impress on Bloomsbury the need to improve this far from seamless off-campus experience, and Bloomsbury’s technical team are reviewing LLR’s specification for improved off-campus deep-linking. Further updates will be provided as and when this element of the service offer improves. The current walkthrough for off-campus access is as follows:

Follow the View Online link from Library OneSearch, and on the Summary page for the requested title select the login option (see below).

Bloomsbury Collections - Shibboleth access - Library OneSearch

Select the Log In option in the top-right of the display on the Bloomsbury Collections site (see below).

Bloomsbury Collections - Login option

On the main Log in page, select the link for the Shibboleth login page (see below).

Bloomsbury Collections - Shibboleth option

On the Shibboleth WAYF (‘Where Are You From?’) page, select ‘Nottingham Trent University’ (if this option displays at the top of the list), and click on that link to be resolved to the NTU Single Sign-on page. If this option does not display, click on the Show Organizations link (see below).

Bloomsbury Collections - Shibboleth WAYF page

This will reveal a full list of organizations and a filter search box (see below). In the search box, type ‘Nottingham Trent University’ and click on that entry in the results list. This will resolve the browser to the NTU Single Sign-on page.

Bloomsbury Collections - Shibboleth WAYF page - find Nottingham Trent University

After successfully signing in with a university username and password, the browser will resolve to the Bloomsbury Collections home page. Confirmation of your logged-in status is provided by the display of the phrase: ‘Bloomsbury Collections – Access provided by Nottingham Trent University‘ (see below).

Bloomsbury Collections - Access provided by Nottingham Trent University

To access the requested eBook, click on the Recently Viewed link to reveal a list of recently requested titles, and click on the required title (see below).

Bloomsbury Collections - Recently Viewed link

When the browser resolves to the requested eBook page, the unlockled padlock icon next to the the phrase ‘Subscription-based Access’ is further confirmation that access to the full-text of the title is now available.

Bloomsbury Collections - Access to a subscription title

Subsequent requests from Library OneSearch to Bloomsbury Collection titles (in the same off-campus session) will resolve to the authenticated full-text at the title level.