ebrary sites are back up after an outage on 3/10/2015

ebrary sites were down in the late afternoon and evening of Tuesday, March 10, 2015 (Pacific time).

Our engineers report that the problems have been resolved.  We have tested various sites and they all seem to be operational again.

We apologize for any inconvenience this outage may have caused.

Admins: To add funds to a Fund Code

The actual funds allocated to your PDA account need to be modified by contacting customerservice@proquest.com, but the balance of your Fund Codes are modified by you (you’ll need Admin privileges on the ebrary site).  The two amounts – PDA account balance and Fund Code balance – are completely separate.

To increase the balance of a Fund Code:

  • Go to the “FUND CODE” tab under the “Admin” tab, then click “Edit Fund Code
  • Increase the existing balance by the amount you want to add.  The balance shows the amount allocated to date – not the remaining balance.
  • Make sure the Fund Code status is “Enabled“.  If it is “Paused”, change it to “Enabled”.
  • Click “Submit


ebrary Accessibility Mode

The usual display of ebrary books (when reading them online in the ebrary reader) is not screen-readable.

ebrary offers a special screen-readable “accessibility” mode for use with text-to-speech screen readers, such as JAWS, NVDA, or VoiceOver.

There are two ways to activate this special screen-readable “accessibility” mode:

  1. If you are running a text-to-speech screen reader, simply have it ‘read’ the banner at the top of the ebrary page.  It will ‘read’ the option of displaying the book’s content in screen-readable-text mode.
  2. Or, you can contact support@ebrary.com to request to have screen-readable-text mode enabled for your ebrary username.  Then once you sign in to your personal ebrary account with that username, the content of ebrary books will display in screen-readable-text mode.  This can be useful for admins who want to understand what this mode will look like for patrons using text-to-speech screen readers.

In accessibility mode, some ebrary pages show more or less detail, and check boxes have been adjusted for ease of use.

  • Advanced Search Page – Instead of buttons for adding search fields, it offers the following preset fields:
    • Three text fields which default to a “Text and Key Words” field, a “Subject” field, and a “Title” field
      • Each field is user selectable. For example, you could change the first field to “Title” and the second field to “Author” or “Publisher”
    • A number field that defaults to “Dewey Decimal Number” but can be changed to “ISBN”, “LC Call Number”, or “Publication Year”
    • A set of check boxes for “Document Type”, “Document Language”, and “Collection”
  • Bookshelf
    • Contains a list of numbered folders.  You can reorder folders using the numbers and assign documents to folders by specifying the document numbers.
    • To add a document to a folder in your bookshelf:
      • Add the document to your bookshelf
      • Click the “Bookshelf” tab
      • Click the “File this book” button to the right of the title
      • Select the check box that files the book and all its annotations, or select one or more check boxes for filing individual annotations, then select the check box for the folder or folders to which you want to move the selection and click “Move”
    • To remove a book from a folder
      • Tab to the red check box next to the book and select it
    • To reorder folders:
      • In the “Bookshelf” tab, change one or more numbers in the boxes to the left of the folder name
      • Click “Reorder folders”


Changes to publisher-driven STL rates on ebrary

Since the beginning of June 2014, there have been a number of publisher-driven price increases to short-term loans (STL).  If you use STL, either as part of your Patron-Driven Acquisitions (PDA) program or Extended Access program, these increases may affect you.  To see the list of publishers who have changed their STL percentage rates, as well as their old and new STL percentage rates, see the NEWS tab under the Admin tab on your ebrary site.

As an alert to check the link in your NEWS tab, we will be posting here when there are updates to the publisher-based STL rates.

There is currently one publisher whose STL rates are set to change as of March 1, 2015.

ebrary MARC auto-update for February 2015

ebrary MARC record pages were auto-updated on 2015-02-19.

If your ebrary MARC records page did not auto-update on this date, it is most likely because you had manually updated earlier in the month.

You can manually update your ebrary MARC records page at any time by clicking the “Update MARC Data” button.  If there have been any changes since the previous dated/time-stamped line, a new dated/time-stamped line will be created with the additions and deletions since then

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