IEL license negotiations deadlocked – access to the database at risk

Tampere University Library has held a license to the IEEE’s electrical engineering and computer science database IEL since 2011. The current agreement expires at the end of this year.

Negotiations to renew the consortium contract have been ongoing this fall. Unfortunately the publisher (IEEE) made a consortium offer that was unrealistic and overpriced. The offer was unacceptable to the FinELib consortium.

The publisher refuses to make a revised offer to the consortium. Instead the publisher demands that the University negotiates its own contract. The publisher has stated that if the Library refuses to do this the publisher will begin to contact researchers to discuss individual solutions with them.

The direct contract offer the publisher has made to the Library contains terms (e.g. permitted uses) that are far less favorable to the Library customers than those in the current consortium agreement.

The Library demands that the publisher must offer both reasonable pricing and acceptable contract terms via the FinELib consortium.

More about the negotiations of IEL and other e-resources on FinELib website.

More information:
Information Resources Manager Petri Tonteri

Library’s database list

Information about the e-resource negotiations on FinELib website

Now you can monitor the progress and results of negotiations concerning e-resources license agreements. The website is created by the national FinELib consortium.

Further information on website (in English)
Further information on website (in Finnish)

FinELib is a consortium of Finnish universities, research institutions and public libraries. It negotiates e-resource license agreements for the Finnish scholarly community.

You can send feedback and development proposals to the FinELib consortium office:

Video material from different subject areas for teaching and studies

University of Tampere has access to two video databases, Academic Video Online: Premium and Ideas Roadshow.

Academic Video Online: Premium delivers more than 60 000 videos from 1 500 leading distributors covering all disciplines and subject areas. Essential subject areas includes anthropology, business, counseling, film, health, history, music, and more.

The database includes a variety of video material available with curricular relevance: documentaries, interviews, performances, news programs and newsreels, field recordings, commercials, and raw footage. Academic institutions will find the most frequently used films for classroom instruction, plus newly released films and previously unavailable archival material.

More than 14 000 learning segments make it easy for instructors to find and integrate specific video content into the classroom and help users get to the right content faster. Each segment is fully searchable and includes an abstract, making user selection even easier.

Subject Areas:

More information on the database
Guide for using the database

Please note: If the videos don’t open up with your browser, please try with another browser (Mozilla, IE, Chrome).

Ideas Roadshow offers a multidisciplinary, electronic database of high-quality resources, including pedagogical modules. The extensive collection of resources (650+) presents unique insights into the motivations and research of 100+ leading researchers through a collection of long and short-form video, associated eBooks and teaching modules.

Here is a short introductory video to give you a sense of Ideas Roadshow’s resources and the motivations behind them.

More information:
Information Specialist Aniita Ahlholm-Kannisto,

MOT language service expands

MOT-kielipalvelun logoAt University of Tampere we have access to several MOT dictionaries, MOT Translation (Finnish-English), MOT Proofing for checking English language and to the book “Kielitoimiston oikeinkirjoitusopas”. Now we also have access to some new resources in MOT service: MOT Pro dictionaries (English and Swedish) and TermLink service.

MOT Pro dictionaries are high-quality dictionaries with general terms and special terms in several subject areas. MOT Pro dictionaries contain many examples of using the terms. The dictionaries are updated continuously.

TermLink service offers the possibility to bring organization’s own dictionaries to the MOT Dictionaries service. TermLink credentials are needed for that.

From the beginning of 2018 we will have access to the entire MOT service. It will contain:

– 57 dictionaries
– MOT Proofing, english
– MOT Translation, 13 language pairs
– MOT Books, 5 books
– MOT Mobile Online
– MOT TERMS: Termlink service
– MOT-Reference

More information: Information Specialist Soile Kolehmainen,

E-book news

  • Taylor & Francis e-books has been moved to a new platform. University of Tampere has access to over 130 books. You can narrow down your search results to University of Tampere collection by doing a search and then selecting ”show content I have access to”. Taylor & Francis e-books can also be found in Tamcat database.
  • From November Adobe Digital Editions or Bluefire Reader will be the software for downloads for Dawsonera e-books. Adobe Reader will not be supported with Dawsonera downloads anymore.
  • E-book Collection EBSCOhost has switched to single-sign-in using the University basic user account like all the Ebsco databases. Create a new Ebsco account and link it to your basic user account when you download books or create notes for the first time. Later you will only need your basic user account. If you already have an Ebsco account, you can link it to your basic user account. Please follow instructions in Ebook Collection EBSCOhost.
  • The entire Ebook Central collection (including the books that University of Tampere does not have access to) is visible only if you have signed in with your basic user account. This applies to both on campus and off campus use. In Ebook Central you can send a book request to the Library if we don’t have access to the book  (5 minutes preview).
  • Ebook Central has some new usability enhancements (for example DRM-free chapter download) and improved book detail pages.
  • MyiLibrary will merge to Ebook Central later this year and Humanities E-Books will move to a new platform in the summer 2018.

Our E-book guide will be updated accordingly this changes.

More information:
Information Specialist Soile Kolehmainen

On Blog: Meet Linna & Arvo

Well done, congratulations new student! Welcome to the University of Tampere and its Library! The Library is available to you on both campuses, Linna library in Linna building on Main campus and Arvo library in Arvo building on Kauppi campus. See the opening hours on Library’s website.

Linna- ja Arvo-kirjastot

You can easily get a library card. Go to Linna or Arvo to activate your student card and bring your ID with you. If you don’t yet have a student card, you can borrow books using a temporary library card. Electronic student card can’t be used as a library card.

Your textbooks are in the Library. You can find most of them in Linna, Arvo has the textbooks for medicine, health sciences and biomedical technology. The number of printed books in limited but you can borrow the so called short loan copies for overnight or weekend reading. Additionally, many of the text books are available as e-books that you can also read offline. See instructions on E-book Guide.

Andor-hakupalveluYou’ll find information about the textbooks and other materials in the Andor search service and its tools on our home page. In addition to Library’s collections Andor has millions of references from international databases. Textbooks are easiest to find in Tamcat that is also a part of Andor. E-journals and databases can be found quickly on their own lists. All materials can be found via Andor but shortcuts make searching faster.

Monitoimitila Pohjantähti Linnassa

Library has many kinds of study spaces. When you are reading or working alone using your laptop you can choose from a comfortable armchair, sofa, or a desk suitable for either standing or sitting by in different areas of the Library.

Tietokoneita Linnan oppimiskeskuksessa

Computers can be found in Library’s Learning Centers and classrooms. Computers have various software and you can print using your print quota. You can also copy and scan on the multifunction printers. University’s wireless networks are available also in the Library.

Opetusluokka Alma Linnassa

The Library organizes the Basics of Information Literacy and other courses in the classrooms but you can use them with your key card when they are free. You can see the teaching hours on the display beside the door. Please see the colour signs in the classrooms and other spaces which tell you if the space is meant for quiet working or discussions.

Ryhmatyohuone Rokka Linnassa

You will need group work spaces often. The Library has both bookable and freely available group work rooms. You can do the booking via your Office365 calendar. Freely available group work rooms can fit one or more groups at the same time. Also, Linna’s multipurpose working spaces Pohjantähti and Pentinkulma are suitable for group work as long as you take those studying near you into consideration. The new open study space Idea is in the main lobby of Linna building. There you are also welcome whether alone or with a group. Events are also organized there occasionally.

Most quiet working areas are the Silent Reading Rooms that are available for you 24/7 with your key card (in Arvo also Learning Center and two group work rooms are 24/7 premises). In Linna’s Reading Room you can use your own laptop or tablet, and for readers there is a separate area where devices are not allowed.

Opiskelijoita Arvo-kirjastossa

In the Library there are many kinds of spaces and many kinds of students. Studying goes well for all of us if we only take each other into consideration and together cherish working in peace.

Library is available for you both on the spot and virtually:

Ask also in the Library. We will search for the answer.

Text: Outi Viitasalo, Information Specialist 
Photos: Erja Kymäläinen and Outi Viitasalo

International Security & Counter Terrorism Reference Center in use until 31.12.2017

International Security & Counter Terrorism Reference Center is a resource for security and threat analysis. It covers regional conflict, terrorism, domestic security and risk management topics. Database provides nearly 3,000 full-text resources (e.g. periodicals, articles, e-books, reports, images, conference papers, news feeds)

Combines scholarly peer-reviewed journals with expert commentary from a variety of organizations, agencies and publishers. It provides timely reviews of recent developments across the international political, military, economic, social and technical spectrum.

Trial at the University of Tampere is valid until 31.12. 2017. In remote access please sign in with your basic user account. You can find trial databases also on Database list.

More information:

On trial: America’s Historical Newspapers collections

Collections in America’s Historical Newspapers online archive include searchable full text and page images of historical newspapers from across the country.

Trial at the University of Tampere is valid until 14 July 2017. In remote access please sign in with your basic user account. You can find trial databases also on Database list.

Following collections of America’s Historical Newspapers are on trial:

Early American Newspapers 19th century collection (1801-1899) – Often printed by small-town printers, those titles documented the daily life of hundreds of diverse American communities, supported different political parties and recorded both majority and minority views

House and Senate Journals(1789-1817) – This collection is a fully searchable digital edition of the record of floor action from the early U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. It reflects the works of early U.S. Senate and House of represent, and it covers the inaugural sessions, journals of their proceedings, as required by the Constitution, to record the minutes of floor action. It chronicles matters considered on the floor, votes and other actions taken, as well as excerpts from executive department communications and member responses.

Global Perspectives: American Race Relations (1941-1996) – As America transitioned from the Jim Crow era to the Civil Rights movement and beyond, the rest of the world paid close attention. The only comprehensive collection covering these foreign reactions to America’s racial struggles in the mid-20th century is American Race Relations: Global Perspectives, 1941-1996. In addition to providing unique viewpoints on America’s fight for racial justice, this fully searchable online collection also offers rare insight into race relations in Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

African American Newspapers Series 1 (1827-1998)This collection provides online access to 280 U.S. newspapers chronicling a century and a half of the African American experience. This unique collection, which includes papers from more than 35 states, features many rare and historically significant 19th-century titles. Newly digitized, these newspapers published by or for African Americans can now be browsed and searched as never before.

American Slavery Collection (1820-1922) – This digital edition of the American Antiquarian Society’s extraordinary holdings of slavery and abolition materials delivers more than 3,500 works published over the course of more than 100 years. Long awaited in fully searchable form, The American Slavery Collection addresses every facet of American slavery—one of the most important topics in U.S. history. These diverse materials, all filmed in full-resolution color, include books, pamphlets, graphic materials, and ephemera; among them are a large number of invaluable Southern imprints.

American Civil War Collection (1860-1922) – Featuring more than 13,500 works published between 1860 and 1922, this fully searchable collection offers printed items addressing all facets of the Civil War—one of the most pivotal events in American history—and its aftermath.  These diverse materials, all filmed in full-resolution color, include broadsides, lithographs, maps, books, pamphlets, photographs, political cartoons, stereographs, and more.  Coverage extends throughout the Civil War and well beyond into the critical postwar period, a time in which modern interpretations of the conflict began to take shape.

More information: