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May 22, 2009

Informaworld scheduled site downtime on 27th May

Announcement from Informaworld:

informaworld will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance on Wednesday 27th May from 5:00am – 9:00am GMT (6:00am – 10:00am BST). Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause to you and your users.

Yours faithfully,
informaworld support

May 15, 2009

Sharing RefWorks custom output styles

Hello all,

A question came up a few days ago about how to share a RefWorks custom output style. If you've ever created a custom output style before, you know that it's a lot of picky little detail work to make sure it comes out correctly. So, how can you send this style to someone else's RefWorks account, so that they can use it too?

Here's what to do:
1. From either the Tools or the References menu select Backup/Restore.
2. By default, all the available elements are selected. Uncheck all the boxes except for the custom style you want to share. Important - make sure you don't include your references in the backup, because if you do it will overwrite all the references in whatever account you import it to!
3. Click on Perform Backup.
4. Save the file when prompted. If you are not prompted to save the file, click the link that says "Click here to save your backup file" to download the backup to your computer. The default file name is a combination of our Group Code and your login name. It will be saved as a .zip or .rwb file extension. Do not change the extension of the file! This is the file you will send to other users who want to use the custom style.

For the person receiving the file with the custom output filter:
1. From either the Tools or the References menu select Backup/Restore.
2. Select the Restore option.
3. Browse for the appropriate back up file.
4. Select "Include Output Styles."
5. Click on "Perform Restore."

It appears to work like a charm - let me know if you have any questions.


May 6, 2009

Heads up about loss of remote access some adjunct faculty

As you may have heard, AHC schools are reviewing their non-paid faculty appointments (which usually translates to community-based preceptors) in an effort to be mindful of the size of their cost pool. Each school is responsible for developing their own plan (i.e., no central AHC mandate) so schools may handle things differently.

Linda recently found out that the School of Nursing sent a letter to about 100 adjunct nursing faculty, changing their status to "affiliate," which does not include remote library access (thereby reducing the cost to the School). The SoN thinks that many of these individuals have library access through another appointment, or aren't using the access they currently have, so we aren't anticipating a huge fallout. But, if you get any calls at the reference desk about SoN adjuncts losing library access, you can direct them to the SoN Deans Office, care of Erica Goetzman, Assistant to Dean Delaney.

This is just an example from one school, but it is likely going on in other schools as well. As usual, if you get questions about loss of remote library access, you should refer people to their schools. The schools set the status in PeopleSoft, which is how remote access is allowed - we don't have control over it.

Just a heads up. Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks!