dawsonera Release Notes

Ahead of the new version of dawsonera being released on Sunday December 15th we’re pleased to share with you the full release notes for the upcoming changes.

Unique User Credentials

This is necessary to ensure that dawsonera has even greater compliance with GDPR regulations regarding personally identifiable information. It will ensure that personal data such as Notes and Bookshelf items are secure and can only be viewed by the appropriate user, and that emails from dawsonera are sent to the correct user. It will also protect a user’s data if they forget to log out of a shared device.

The change will require all users to login to dawsonera using a unique username, and will prevent the same username from logging onto dawsonera on either multiple devices or multiple browsers at the same time. Users will still be able to open more than one window on the same browser.

In most cases institutions using IP access or single sign-on, e.g. Shibboleth, will not need to amend their current setup and the change will be invisible to your users.

Example user journey:

  • User 1 logs in with their credentials
  • Whilst User 1 is still logged in, User 2 logs in using identical credentials
  • User 1 will be logged out of dawsonera and see the message below

Fix problem in read online for ebooks with large numbers of pages

Fixes an issue where books with very large numbers of pages couldn’t be read online.

Improved messaging for IP Access users wanting to use personalisation features

For libraries using IP access, users will see an improved message asking them to either login or create an account to use the personalisation features such as Notes and Bookmarking.

Publication date added to search results

Following user requests, the publication date has been added to the search results display.


A KBART holdings report is now available. The report can be accessed via the Admin portal, from Reports > KBART > Generate Report.

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