Changes to downloading Dawsonera e-books

An book held open by a model skull, surrounded by candles

This e-book change is happening at Halloween – let’s hope it’s not a bad omen!

From Tuesday 31 October 2017, Adobe Reader will no longer be used for downloaded Dawsonera e-books. Instead you must use the free Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) software (available for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android) or Bluefire Reader (available for Windows, iOS and Android).

This change resolves the problem with downloading e-books to iOS devices (iPads and iPhones).

Dawsonera have created a PDF guide to installing ADE on a Windows PC and their short video below demonstrates how to create an Adobe ID which allows you to open downloaded e-books on multiple devices (in both ADE and Bluefire Reader). Creating an Adobe ID is optional as you can choose to authorise your device without an ID. However this means the downloaded e-book will only work on the device you first downloaded it to. To access a downloaded title without an Adobe ID, please tick ‘I want to authorise my computer without an ID’ in the bottom left-hand corner of ADE when you are prompted to authorise your computer.

As the majority of e-books available from Trinity Laban libraries are provided by Dawsonera, ADE has been installed on all Trinity Laban PCs in preparation for this change.

We still recommend using the ‘read online’ feature instead of downloading e-books wherever possible as this is much more fully featured – for example, you can annotate the text or print/copy text from a limited number of pages.

However downloaded e-books can be read offline (once they’ve been downloaded and opened while you’re online) so can come in handy, for example to read on the move when you don’t have access to wifi or data.

Don’t be spooked (sorry) by these technical changes! Contact the Jerwood Library if you encounter any difficulties.

Update: Trinity Laban students and staff can download an updated guide to e-books from Moodle which covers multiple e-book suppliers.


Renewing items from the Jerwood Library

Picture of a library book's date label showing due date stamps

Photo credit: 140810-08 by waferboard, licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Got an email from the library reminding you your items are due back? Or, heaven forbid, that they are overdue and fines are building up?

Have no fear: watch our 90 second video (scroll down to ‘Jerwood Library Catalogue – renew my items on loan’) and discover how to renew your items instantly online via the Jerwood Library catalogue!

If you prefer written instructions:

  1. Log in with your usual username and password (same as Moodle)
  2. Click on My Account then Renew items on my card
  3. Tick the items to renew (or choose Renew all) then click Renew selected items
  4. Make a note of the new due date(s) on the next page. If an item cannot be renewed a message should explain why, and you’ll need to bring it in to the library to return it or renew it in person.

If you encounter any problems renewing your items, email the library or contact us on 020 8305 3951 / the web chat box on the catalogue (during library opening hours only). If you can’t log in at all, please try resetting your password before contacting us.

New printers and online credit payment facility

New printers

These new machines (‘Ricoh MFDs’) are multi-purpose and will print, photocopy, scan, and convert your documents into A4 and A5 booklets and they are quicker, easier to use, and a lot quieter than our old ones! Trinity Laban has also recently set up an online payment facility so that you can top up your balance with a credit or debit card wherever you are.

Instructions can be found next to the printers and on IT’s FAQs and Guides page on Moodle and help is always available at the desk. You might also like to check out the Jerwood Library’s own Moodle pages, where you will find guides on a range of topics such as writing programme notes for concerts and clearing copyright for assessed recitals and competitions in the Recitals and Competitions section.

We hope you enjoy using the new facilities. If you have any questions, comments, complaints, or suggestions, please feel free to contact us at any time, we are always interested to know what you think.

Working on assignments at home over Easter?

Happy Easter!

It’s the end of term! A time to head back home, discover how many Easter eggs your doting family are going to indulge you with this year, and – once the sugar rush has subsided – reluctantly concede that you’d better get cracking (see what I did there? 🙂 ) on the assignments that are due for submission early in the summer term.

Except… you reach into your hastily-packed suitcase, burrow your way down through a term’s worth of dirty laundry, and your heart sinks on realizing the photocopy you made of that crucial journal article from the Jerwood Library is still languishing on your bedroom floor some 200 miles away.

So what do you do now? Firstly, don’t panic – there’s a good chance that all is not lost!

In the first instance, check whether the article comes from one of the titles Trinity Laban subscribes to as an ejournal. If you can remember which journal it is from, we’d recommend you start by going to our A-Z listing, which will indicate whether we hold it in printed form or electronically. Otherwise, if you can only remember the author or article title, you could try searching for these on QuickSearch, and if we have electronic access you’ll find a direct link to the article.

Quicksearch full text link

All our electronic resources are accessible away from the conservatoire, and you’ll just need to enter your usual Trinity Laban username and password (the same one you use for Moodle etc.)

If Trinity Laban doesn’t have an ejournal subscription, fear not, there are other avenues to explore. Students in the Faculty of Music can take advantage of the SCONUL Access Scheme, which allows reciprocal access to other Higher Education Institution (HEI) Libraries in the UK. If you have several universities within fairly close vicinity it would be worth checking SUNCAT which is a catalogue that searches the periodical holdings of many UK HEIs simultaneously. Otherwise you could just check the library catalogue of an institution within easy reach of you. If you find one of these libraries has the journal you need, check on the SCONUL Access website whether that the library is a member of the scheme. If it is, follow the instructions to apply for membership, and we will authorise that application, which will generate an email which you can take along to the university library (I’m afraid we can only do this if you have no outstanding fines with the Jerwood Library though, so that’s a good reason to keep your account in good order!)

Even if the University isn’t a member of SCONUL Access, you might want to get in touch with their library, as they may offer alternative access e.g. through a paid day-pass.

Finally, another option is to investigate whether the journal is included within the Access to Research initiative, which provides walk-in access to a wide range of academic ejournals in public libraries in the UK. This includes 48 ejournals in the field of music. But first you’ll need to check that your local public library is participating in the initiative.

Of course, journals aren’t the only type of material you can find online. We have an ever-growing collection of ebooks, and also don’t forget our audio and video streaming services available to search individually or simultaneously via QuickSearch if you want to listen to / watch recordings. Or if a title isn’t available as an ebook, and your classmates have beaten you to borrowing it from the Jerwood Library, you could also make use of SCONUL Access to get hold of that from a local university library. Whether or not you can take it away will depend what programme you’re studying on – it will become clear once you complete your application. To locate a library holding the book you need, we’d recommend you search COPAC, which operates along the same lines as SUNCAT, but isn’t only limited to journals.

If you do have any difficulties whilst you’re away from college, feel free to drop us an email at and we’ll do our best to assist.



Digital scores and more from new Alexander Street Press subscriptions

We’re delighted to announce a significant expansion to our online subscriptions with the acquisition of the Alexander Street Press Music Online: Premium collection. This gives us our first collection of digital scores and greatly increases our streaming video collection.

Screenshot of Alexander Street Press showing a digital score.

What’s included?

On top of our existing audio and video subscriptions with Alexander Street Press which include Classical Music Library, Jazz Music Library and Opera in Video, we now have access to a number of extra resources:

  • Classical Scores Library volumes I & II (over 25000 digital scores including contemporary works)
  • Classical Music in Video (1500 performances, masterclasses etc) & Dance in Video (760 works)
  • Reference sources including Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, Classical Music Reference Library (including Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians), and African American Music Reference.
    [These reference sources are currently accessible via onsite; see the library catalogue for offsite links. In future these will move to the same interface as the other Alexander Street Press resources]

How do I access it?

  • Find onsite and offsite links to Alexander Street Press and the individual collections on the ‘Other Online Resources’ page of the Jerwood Library catalogue. From home, log in with your IT username and password.
  • We recommend using Internet Explorer or Google Chrome – Firefox currently has a few visual glitches.
  • It should soon be possible to search and access these scores and recordings via QuickSearch.
  • The search interface is geared towards music and lets you filter results by type of resource, composer, genre, publisher etc. Contact the library if you’d like any help.

Can I print the digital scores, and what can I do with them?

Good news! You can print whole scores or a page range (select A4 not letter size paper).

The licence for this collection allows you to use the scores for anything educational as long as the public is not given access, e.g.

  • Printing copies of whole scores or extracts for study or to distribute to students in class.
  • Printing a score to provide an examiner/competition judge with a second copy for a performance exam.
  • Printing a copy to play from (but not with public access i.e. not in any masterclasses or performance exams where visitors could be in the audience).
  • Linking to scores in Moodle. You can link to start at a specific section/page, or even make a ‘playlist’ combining clips from recordings and scores from the site and link to that.
  • Projecting scores in class.

They cannot be distributed to anyone outside Trinity Laban for any purpose.

New image collection: Photographic Youth Music & Culture Archive

Photo of a happy waving crowd silhouetted against a blue sky.

Photo by Naki, from the PYMCA collection.

Trinity Laban now has an educational licence to the Photographic Youth Music & Culture Archive collection of images. PYMCA Education offers a reference archive of over 35000 images relating to modern (1940 onwards) social history and youth culture. It also includes written material on this subject, and a curated collection of links to other websites on youth culture organised by time period and by subculture.

How do I access the collection?

  1. Go to
  2. Click the Education tab, then the ‘Login via your home institution’ button.
  3. Choose Trinity Laban from the list of institutions, then enter your Trinity Laban login details if prompted.
  4. Now use the search box on the Education page to find images described with the keywords you enter. For search tips, see PYMCA’s own FAQs.
  5. Once you’re viewing an image, use the small save icon at the bottom-right to download the image.

PYMCA save icon

What can I use the images for?

According to PYMCA’s FAQ, “All images can be used for Educational and Editorial use and do not require a release. However for commercial advertising purposes images must be released or be ‘No Release Required'”.

Therefore it’s fine to use images as part of your teaching or coursework at Trinity Laban – remember to attribute PYMCA and the photographer (who is listed on the image preview page)!

Our educational access only allows downloads of a limited number of low-res images per year (500px maximum length/width) but this size is fine for online use and printing in small sizes, such as part of an assignment or handout.

Trinity Laban QuickSearch for online recordings and research

Trinity Laban Libraries have recently launched QuickSearch: a search engine for (most of) our online subscriptions, including recordings from Naxos Music Library and Alexander Street Press, and online journals, magazine articles and dictionaries from a range of publishers. The Laban Library catalogue is also included in QuickSearch.

Only current Trinity Laban students and staff can access QuickSearch.

What is QuickSearch good for?

  • Locating online recordings subscribed to by the library.
  • Finding information for writing assignments and programme notes: nearly all results are available immediately online in full, so it’s especially convenient if a deadline is looming!
  • Cross-disciplinary research: QuickSearch includes dance, drama, psychology, education and physiology resources as well as some general resources.

How do I access QuickSearch?

  1. Follow the link to QuickSearch via the Library Links on Moodle, or the tab on the Jerwood Library catalogue.
  2. When outside the conservatoire, enter your Trinity Laban login (the same as for Moodle and email).

How do I access the actual recordings/articles/dictionary entries?

Click the link below the item’s title and summary which will say something like ‘Check for Full Text at Trinity Laban’ or ‘Listen to recording in Naxos Music Library’ (see screenshot below). You may need to enter your Trinity Laban login the first time, then this will be remembered for the rest of your session.

QuickSearch screenshot

Have you got any tips for finding useful results?

  • On the results page, use the Source Types list (see screenshot above) to choose what types of resource you want e.g. audio, academic journals, books.
  • On the same page, click Show More under the Limit To heading (see screenshot above) for other options to narrow down your results, e.g. choosing the disciplines (subject areas) you are interested in.
  • Think carefully about the search you’re entering: what are the key terms? What words could someone else writing about your topic use? Try more specific or more general keywords if you’re not finding what you need.
  • You can use “double quotes” to search for an exact phrase, or a * for truncation to search for lots of words at once; for example, theat* will find ‘theatre’, ‘theater’, ‘theatrical’ and any other keyword starting with ‘theat’.

Where can I get help or further information?

  • Our research guides on Moodle (in the Jerwood Library information page) have been updated to include QuickSearch.
  • You can also contact us or come to the library for help. We offer a monthly drop-in surgery on the last Thursday of each month, 2-4pm, and you’re very welcome to come along for a demo of QuickSearch. The next surgery is on Thursday 28 November.

Background information

For those interested in the detail, we have a listing of online resources included and not included in QuickSearch on Moodle.

QuickSearch is an implementation of the EBSCO Discovery Service, and uses EDS CustomLinks and EBSCO LinkSource to link to resources not hosted by EBSCO. Any staff from other institutions who are interested in discussing our implementation are welcome to get in touch!

E-books at Trinity Laban from DawsonEra

We have a growing collection of e-books available 24/7 at the Jerwood Library. The e-book platform we use (DawsonEra) has just been redesigned so now seems a good time to write about them!

Why bother with e-books?

Lots of reading list books are available as e-books. These can be read by more than one person at a time so are always available even if the library’s closed or the printed copies are out on loan! You can also search within the text of an e-book (a handy supplement to using contents pages and indexes) and annotate particular pages (which we don’t like you doing with our printed books…).

Finding e-books

Just like with ordinary books, start by searching the Jerwood Library catalogue. E-books will appear in your results if you limit by type to Book. You can also enter an empty search and set the type limit to E-book if you’d like to browse all our e-books!

Screenshot showing catalogue search for e-books

Once you’ve found the e-book you want to read, look in the full description on the catalogue for the access link, then log in with your usual Trinity Laban user account.

Screenshot showing location of full description link

Screenshot showing location of e-book link

Reading e-books

You should be greeted by a summary of the e-book. You have two options for reading it:

Screenshot showing e-book preview on DawsonEra

1. Read online

This lets you read the book online a page at a time through your web browser, like reading journal articles on JSTOR. It should work on computers as well as Apple and Android mobile devices. From here you can search the book for keywords, make notes on particular pages (which are saved for next time you access the book) and print/copy text from a limited number of pages.

Screenshot showing e-book read online option on DawsonEra

2. Download a time-limited PDF

We don’t really recommend doing this, but it may be useful if you want to read the book later or quickly skim through a lot of pages. The PDF cannot be copied or printed, and will expire after the number of days you select (up to 3).

Beware: you must be online to open the PDF, and due to Digital Rights Management it must be opened using the Adobe Reader program or app, including if you’re using an Apple or Android mobile device. Unfortunately our e-books are not compatible with most dedicated e-reader devices.


If you need help, DawsonEra provides useful video tutorials and a FAQ, and current students/staff can download our guide on using e-books from Moodle. Of course, you’re always welcome to contact us at the Jerwood Library for assistance.

(post updated 22 Jan 2015 to revise information about mobile device compatibility)

Migrating your Google Reader subscriptions

Feedbot: a cartoon image of a robot wearing a RSS feed logo saying "Feed me!"

Attendees to our Keeping up-to-date with your field workshop which we’ve run jointly with Laban Library for staff and research students in recent years will be familiar with Google Reader. In a nutshell it’s a website that allows you to subscribe to other websites (and journal table-of-contents, web and database searches, etc) and check for updates in one convenient place.

Unfortunately Google have announced plans to close down Google Reader on 1 July 2013. So, if you currently use Google Reader and want to move your subscriptions to another service, here’s how:

1. Choose your new service

I’m going to demonstrate how to transfer your subscriptions to Netvibes as I feel it does much the same things as Google Reader and has some reliability/history as a company, which reassures me that it won’t close down anytime soon! However lots of other alternatives exist:

  • if you want something that looks just like Google Reader, try The Old Reader;
  • or for something a bit more modern-looking which includes iOS/Android apps for reading on the move, try Feedly (requires using Firefox/Chrome as your web browser).
  • See the further reading links at the end of this post for other options.

As Google Reader doesn’t close down until July you have a bit of time to play around with different services and choose which best suits you.

Whichever service you choose, you’ll need to set up an account with them and log in. Netvibes has an annoying habit of automatically assigning some feeds and widgets to any new account: just click the cross on the top-right of each box to remove them.

2. Export your subscriptions from Google Reader

Simply follow this link to export your subscriptions from Google Reader – make a note of where you save the file!

3. Import your subscriptions to your new service

Generally you need to look in your account settings for an import option that lets you upload your file of subscriptions (often called an OPML file). Some sites may let you log in with your Google account and transfer your subscriptions that way.

In Netvibes, click the green Add Content button at the top-left, then in the Add a feed option click the ‘OPML: Import’ link and choose the file you saved earlier. You may also want to switch to the Reader view by clicking the Widgets/Reader slider button at the top of the screen.

Screenshot showing how to import subscriptions to Netvibes

Note that importing your subscriptions won’t include any items you’d starred in Google Reader, and it won’t remember which items you had read, but it will save you adding the same subscriptions again to your new service.

If you have any questions about transferring your subscriptions, using Netvibes, or about subscribing to online content generally, please contact the Jerwood Library.

Further reading:

Avoid fines by renewing your items!

Piggy savings bank

Look after the pennies…
[image by Alan Cleaver shared under Creative Commons licence]

We’ve noticed recently that some students who haven’t been able to visit the library have been incurring fines unnecessarily when their items could have been renewed.

Remember, we can renew your items twice without needing to see them. There are a number of ways that you can do this:

  • Online  – via the My Account tab on the Jerwood Library Online Catalogue. You will need your library PIN, which we can provide to you on request.
  • Email – Send your query to This is checked throughout the day.
  • Phone – Contact the issue desk on +44 (0)20 8305 3951. If there is no answer, leave a message and we will get back to you.

For more information on how to contact individual librarians and library assistants, please visit the Jerwood Library’s website.

[This post was written by one of our library assistants, Ella, who promises to set up her own blog account soon!]