African Literature Book Club moves online! Join us for Albert Camus’ “The Plague”

‘In this respect our townsfolk were like everybody else, wrapped up in themselves; in other words they were humanists: they disbelieved in pestilences. A pestilence isn’t a thing made to man’s measure; therefore we tell ourselves that pestilence is a mere bogy of the mind, a bad dream that will pass away. But it doesn’t always pass away and, from one bad dream to another, it is men who pass away, and the humanists first of all, because they haven’t taken their precautions.’
The Plague, Albert Camus

The story is set sometime in the 1940s, in the town of Oran – a large French port of the Algerian coast.  The city is filled with dull business-like people who are too sophisticated and caught up in their modernity to at first take seriously the strange event of rats turning up dead at street corners and doorsteps.

This town has no rats, must be some kids playing silly pranks. Dead rats increase like a bad omen heralding doom, and people are strangely falling sick and winding up dead in the same pattern.  The town must look into this but not take it too seriously because things like this don’t happen in Oran, they happen elsewhere and there is no reason to panic.

Dr Rieux, the central character – a town doctor and the first in touch with the sick and dying – is quick to catch on a sense of crisis but the town leadership is complacently in waiting until the numbers are impossible to ignore. But what do the mere
numbers of the dying mean to the living and unbereaved?

The town is shut down. It can happen to us; it is happening to us. Communications must adapt to the urgent – the only – task of survival.  The meanings of relationships are changing by necessity. What does all this teach us about the meaning and experience of life?

Albert Camus’ The Plague is strangely apt for the times. In the midst of sickness, death, isolations, and lockdowns in the context of the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, The Plague is increasingly getting reinvigorated attention as an important read to think about our collective condition today.

We had planned to read Mia Couto’s A River Called Time for our next meeting, but we have decided to bring in Camus’s novel for its profound relevance at this time.

Join us at our virtual meeting of the African Literature Book Club as we discuss this novel. Let’s think together about how this book helps us to reflect on our current condition – a global one and how we may specifically think about its relationship with Africa.

To make this interesting and personal, we encourage everyone who can join us at the meeting to pick a favorite quote from book with which they can discuss how they are experiencing the times.

We are looking forward to seeing you and listening to your important interventions at the next meeting.

Diekara Oloruntoba-Oju –  African Literature Book Club Coordinator

Meeting via Zoom: Saturday 9th May, 15:00-16:30

eBook on iDiscover (Cambridge Uni members): https://bit.ly/39Xhvch

Kindle: https://amzn.to/3aDr01w

(also available on Audible)

Please sign up via our Eventbrite page to receive an invite to our Zoom meeting: https://bit.ly/3e0OcJ9

New ebooks – September 2017

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Here is a selection of the titles added to the ebooks@cambridge collection during September. These titles were purchased by, or on behalf of, department and faculty libraries within the University of Cambridge and by the University Library.

Click on the cover image to access the title via our authenticated links.

Bus1   Bus2  Bus3  Chem1  Divinity  Educ1  Educ2  Eng1   English1  English2  History1    HPS1    Medicine1  Medicine2  POLIS1  POLIS2  Soc1  Soc2  Soc3  Sust1  Sust2  AMES1  AMES2  ames3  Bus4   Eng3  Eng4  HPS2      MML1  Eng5  Music1  Music2

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Popular ebook titles, Lent Term 2017

Electronic Legal Deposit and ebooks

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Have you had trouble connecting to an ebook from iDiscover? Perhaps you have clicked on the ‘Online access’ link and waited for your ebook to open, only to get a ‘Connection timed out’ message some time after? If so, you have probably stumbled across an Electronic Legal Deposit ebook.

time-outWhat is Electronic Legal Deposit?

A growing number of publishers are now fulfilling their legal deposit obligations by depositing electronic rather than print books with the six legal deposit libraries, including the UL. Publishers currently doing this include, but are not limited to, Routledge, Edinburgh University Press, Palgrave Macmillan and Sage, and more are due to follow suit in the next few years.

How do Electronic Legal Deposit ebooks differ from purchased ebooks?

Ebooks that are deposited on Electronic Legal Deposit differ from ebooks purchased from publishers or aggregators (such as those bought by the ebooks@cambridge service or directly by Faculty…

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Popular ebrary ebook titles in 2015-16

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The University Library buys many 1-user ebooks on the ebrary platform, their selection is based wholly on user demand. During the academic year 2015-16 1,121 ebooks were triggered for purchase in this way and most of them cater for users needs sufficiently with this 1 concurrent user model. But the ebooks@cambridge team receives regular (sometimes daily) turnaway notifications each time one of the ebrary ebooks denies access to a user or multiple users. These reports help us to discover which ebooks are in demand, and this allows the ebooks team to make sensible choices regarding ‘upgrading’ the popular titles so that they can be used by multiple concurrent users; this can also help relieve the pressure on printed copies. Last academic year this upgrading happened 31 times (thanks to ebooks@cambridge funds), and a list of these popular titles can be found below…

Thorley – Athenian democracy (2nd ed.)

Gillingham –…

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Links to ebooks from iDiscover

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A temporary issue with iDiscover is causing ebook links to display incorrectly. Until the issue is resolved, please access ebooks as follows:

From a search results list, click on the ebook title, rather than the green Online access link (if you do click this it will take you to the detailed record and not the ebook):

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You will see that the View Online section of the detailed record is empty (this is where the link should appear if all is well):

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To access the ebook, scroll down to the ‘Links’ section of the record, and choose the second link in the list (the wording of this will vary with supplier, but for all records we have seen so far it should always be the second link):

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We very much hope that this is a temporary change to the way ebooks are displayed and accessed and we will update…

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New ebook titles – July 2016

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Here is a selection of the titles added to the ebooks@cambridge collection during July. These titles were purchased by, or on behalf of, department and faculty libraries within the University of Cambridge and by the University Library.

Click on the cover image to access the title via our authenticated links.

Education1   Italian1  Medicine1    Philosophy1SPS1  Zoology1  Education2  Education3       Education4  Medicine2  Philosophy2  SPS2    Zoology2  HPS1  Business1  Law1  Law2  Medicine3  SPS3  Italian2    Education5  Education6  Music1  Music2    HPS2  HPS3Medicine4  Zoology3  SPS4  Education7     Education8  HPS4  HPS5  Education13  HPS6    Music5  Engineering1  History1  Education10

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Ebooks survey – win an Apple Watch

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Students and researchers, would you like to be in with a chance of winning an Apple Watch? Please spare 15-20 minutes of your time to complete ProQuest’s 2016 Global Student & Researcher Ebook Surveyand you will be entered into a prize draw with results announced in June.

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New ebook titles – February 2016

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Here is a selection of the titles added to the ebooks@cambridge collection during February. These titles were purchased by, or on behalf of, department and faculty libraries within the University of Cambridge and by the University Library.

Click on the cover image to access the title via our authenticated links.

African1    B&M1    Classics1    economics1       education1    engineering1    geography1   history1  HPS1  Italian1law1  linguistics1  medicine1   MML1  K12082_Cover  SPS1     education2  9781138931688_eBook.indd  history2  business2  business3    english2  geography2   italian2

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Bloomsbury ebooks – purchased collections

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Bloomsbury logoFollowing a recent trial of the Bloomsbury Collections online platform, the ebooks@cambridge Service is pleased to announce that with thanks to the Connell Fund, Cambridge staff and students now have access to 9 ebook collections containing over 400 titles (with 2 brand new collections coming soon).

Bloomsbury Collections hosts scholarly books from their Academic division, spanning the humanities and social sciences. The benefits of using ebooks on thisplatform include:

  • Instant access to 100s of key works, easily navigable by research topic
  • Cite, share and personalize content
  • Search full text of titles; filter by date, series or subject
  • Browse by subject
  • Find the most relevant book chapters quickly and intuitively
  • Hyperlinks: find works in the same subject or by the same author; link between text and endnotes or bibliography
  • Download and print chapter PDFs without DRM restriction
  • Use on your tablet or smartphone

The immediately available collections are:

Ancient History…

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