The latest era developments

Over the past few months we’ve been working hard to improve the functionality of our dawsonera platform, to provide the best possible service to you and to your library users. The following are some of the new features we’ve rolled out recently…

Auto-purchase of titles running out of credits

At our recent library roundtable events, customers told us they wanted a function on dawsonera that facilitated the automatic auto-purchases of additional copies when a title runs low on credits – to prevent sought-after titles becoming unavailable to end users. We’re pleased to announce that this function was added to dawsonera in June.


  • The option to switch this feature on has been added to the Patron Driven Acquisition section in the Reader Portal Configuration tab.
  • To enable the auto-purchase of low credit titles, tick “allow auto-purchase of ebooks” and “allow auto-purchase on low credit titles.”
  • To set a maximum price limit for low credit auto-purchases, enter the amount in GBP in “maximum price for low credit auto-purchases.” If the PDA budget limit is being used, the list price will be deducted each time a title is purchased this way. The point at which a title is auto-purchased is defined by the credit warning expiry limit.

Please note that this new feature only applies to owned titles on the credit model. Titles which have moved over to the Managed User Access (MUA) purchase model will not be automatically purchased.

Additional fields to popular books and purchase suggestion reports

We added additional fields to your Popular Books and Purchase Suggestion reports – giving you the information you require to make more informed purchasing decisions at a glance, rather than having to check each title one by one.

The specific additions include author, price (in the currency of your account), purchase model type including number of credits/concurrent users and publication date.

MUA (New User Messaging)

We have also addressed end-user experience when managed user access ebooks are in use. Extra information has been added to the end-user screens to help individuals understand why they have to join a queue if it’s a single user access title and someone else has it checked out. This additional information also lets the user know the maximum time they will be waiting for the title based on the institution’s MUA settings.

  • For example, if an end user tries to access an ebook that has already been checked out, they will receive a message like the one below (in this case, the wait time is derived from the ‘Maximum loan period’ being set as 1 hour in the Admin Portal).
  • The user can either join the queue to read the title or preview the ebook.
  • If the user joins the queue, they will need to enter their email address so they can be notified when the title is available.
ebook collection – multiple copies

Firstly, this release seeks to simplify the ebook Collection table when an institution has purchased multiple copies of a title.

  • Previously, the ebook Collection table separated out copies if they had different fund codes, purchase models and start credits and only showed the closest renewal date.
  • Administrators will now see a link – “view copies” – where multiple copies have been purchased.
  • Once clicked, this will open a new page detailing all of the copies available to the institution.
ebook collection – search

Our August release also vastly improves the search functionality in the ebook Collection. It is now possible to search by eISBN, title and publisher. The search box has been renamed from “Go To” to “Search Catalogue.”

download pop-up window

Finally, the pop-up window for downloads has been updated to incorporate the recent changes of upgrading to Adobe Content Server.

Users will now have an option of which reader software they would like to use to open the download. Users can open ebooks using Digital Editions and Bluefire.

Once the loan length and reader software have been confirmed, users will see the newly revised second pop-up window.




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