KBART at Springer Nature

What is KBART?

KBART is used by Knowledge Bases and Libraries to find out what eBook and Journal content they purchased and how to link to it.  This is an integral part of the Discovery layer.  With KBART a library's Discovery Service knows which books and journals a library has access to from a publisher.  This allows the library's users to search the content the library purchased and when found click through to content hosted on the publisher's platform.  Traditionally (per the KBART Phase II Recommended Practices), this provides sellable packages and consortia lists and requires the customer to select the package they subscribe to on the Knowledge Base layer to feed to their Discovery Service.

Springer Nature KBART Lists

Springer Nature KBART can be found on adminportal.springernature.com/metadata/kbart

This includes sellable packages on SpringerLink in the NISO KBART Phase II format.  New lists are posted at the start of each month and are used by all of the major Knowledge Bases: EBSCO, Ex Libris, OCLC, and ProQuest. Additional lists covering all our Springer Nature packages are under development.

Consortia lists are sent by Springer Nature in the NISO KBART Phase II format to all of the major Knowledge Bases after the Consortia License is signed.


Springer Nature KBART

Automated KBART Holdings Feeds

KBART Automation allows customers to have customer specific holdings feeds (rather than sellable package listings or consortia lists) that is automatically uploaded to the customer specified Knowledge Base and Discovery Service on a weekly basis. In 2017 NISO created the KBART Automation Working Group who are presently working on publishing recommendations for KBART Automated Holdings.  Although this recommendation is still forthcoming from NISO, Springer Nature is now live with SpringerLink KBART Automated Holdings Feeds for OCLC, Ex Libris' SFX and Alma! EBSCO will be coming soon.

How to set up

After a onetime set up your KBART Automated Holdings Feeds will be sent weekly to your Knowledge Base and Discovery Service to reflect your current holdings.

1. Springer Nature Token

  • Log into the Springer Admin Portal 
  • Select the tab “Title Lists”
  • The token is listed under the heading "Automated title list updates / automatic collection loading”.
  • No action needs to create the token – it’s automatically created for the institution.
  • If the librarian administers more than one institution, then switch between the institutions using the toggle “Your Institutions” on the “Home” page– the token is per institution, not per librarian.
  • Copy the Institution token ID and then log into your Knowledge Base/Discovery Service following their directions to activate your Automated KBART holdings.

2. Implementing Token in Your Knowledge Base/Discovery Service

See the relevant file and/or link and follow the instructions

ExLibris' SFX Springer Autoloader


ExLibris' Alma Springer Autoholder

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