Subscribe to ProQuest ebooks RSS feeds for important alerts

The ProQuest ebooks team is committed to send  alerts on topics that matter to you and your patrons and keep you informed of changes. There are 4 main categories of alerts that you can elect to subscribe to depending of your needs:

  1. MARC News” – notification of auto-update of MARC record pages (ebrary only)
  2. Content News” – significant adds,  deletes, STL changes  (ebrary and EBL)
  3. Updates to articles in specific categories you have chosen to follow on support.ebrary.com
    When viewing an article, look for the “Subscribe to these categories:” link at the bottom of the article
  4. Platform News” – notification of platform changes or service disruption

In order to take advantage of this, you need to proactively subscribe to these alerts:

– Look for “MARC News” RSS icon at the top-right of this ebook support center page
– Look for “Content News” RSS icon at the top-right of this ebook support center page
– Look for “Platform News” RSS icon at the top-right of this ebook support center page

Then copy the RSS Feed URL: right-click on its orange RSS icon and Select “Copy link address” which you will place in your favorite RSS reader.

There are many RSS readers available on the market, the most popular being email-client based or browser based.  Here are instructions for 2 popular readers:

Microsoft Outlook

  • Click the “File” tab
  • Click and select “Account Settings
  • On the “RSS Feeds” tab, click “New
  • From the top-right of ebrary’s support center page, copy the link URL of the desired RSS feed icon
  • In the New RSS Feed dialog box, paste in the copied URL
  • Click “Add
  • Click “OK

 

There is a 3rd-party free service that sends feeds to your email client:

RSS Feed Service “If This Then That” (IFTTT) – sends RSS feeds to your email

  • Go to the ifttt.com site and create an account or sign in
  • Click the blue “Create a Recipe” button
  • Click the blue “this” link
  • Click on the generic orange “Feed” icon
  • Click “New feed item
  • From the top-right of ebrary’s support page, copy the link URL of the desired RSS feed icon
  • On the ifttt.com page, paste in the copied URL
  • Click “Create Trigger
  • Click on the blue “that” link
  • Click on the appropriate generic email icon
  • Click “Send me an email
  • Click the blue “Create action” button
  • If it looks good, click the blue “Create Recipe” button.

Tracking user-turnaways from single-user books

Many of ebrary’s most popular books from some of our most prominent publishers are only available as single-user, whereby access is limited to one patron per copy of the book (either online or offline).  If a second patron tries to access a book that’s already in use, the Detail Page will display “Sorry this ebook is already in use”.

To address this, ebrary allows admins in the Academic Market the option of being notified of occurrences of turnaways, as well as auto-upgrading options.

Once an ebrary site is enabled for turnaway notification, the Admin librarian will see a TURNAWAYS tab in the Admin module, where they can specify the email contact to whom notifications should be sent.

These notifications occur once daily (frequency not yet adjustable) and include:

  • All titles that experienced turnaways that day, as well as the number of turnaways
    • Note that currently the turnaway numbers in these emails include all attempts to access a book that’s already in use – even the multi-clicks of an impatient user are counted.  This report will soon be updated to count only one turnaway per book, per user session.
    • Admins also have the option of running a Counter Book Report 3 for turnaways to show a more useful count of turnaways:  one turnaway per book, per user session.
      • Report data is available for dates as recent as the previous day
  • A link to view purchase options:  outright purchase of an additional single-user copy, upgrade to a multiple-user license, or initiation of a short-term loan of an additional copy of the book.

If you would like to take advantage of this feature and/or are unsure whether your site is properly configured, contact ebrary Technical Support.