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November 25, 2009

Simultaneous users and e-books

A question came from a faculty member last evening regarding how many simultaneous users could access his book, which we have via Myilibrary. I didn't know if his 110 students, including 50 in Duluth, could simultaneously access the text. He was unhappy with me. So I asked about our contracts and Katherine shared these points of interest:

Our contracts for e-books through Ovid, MD Consult, and Access Medicine are for unlimited simultaneous users. StatRef limits access to 5-7 simultaneous users. Ebrary Books are mostly single user access, with the exception of a number of Board Review books, for which we have unlimited access. It turns out that Myilibrary is limited to 3 simultaneous users. We partly confirmed this by the practical test of having three of us access the same book chapter at the same time at the desk. Thanks to Jim Stemper for explaining this and Amy Claussen for contacting the supplier and clarifying this with Myilibrary.

Another point of interest is regarding the specific texts included in these collections. MD Consult and Access Medicine are purchased as collections, the contents of which are subject to change without notice, as the vendors decide what are the most appropriate (and available) inclusions. But for all of the other contracts, the specific texts have been purchased, and should remain available.

November 23, 2009

SFX/Find It currently not available

The Find It/E-Journals servers via SFX are currently not available,
LEO is looking into the problem.


Description of Error:

Software error:

Could not acquire connection at /exlibris/sfx_ver/sfx_version_3/sfxlcl3/lib/Manager/ConfigDB.pm line 28.



SFX is back up.

November 20, 2009

Wiki Page for Conference Notes

I created a page on the wiki to share conference stuff, so that we can put up exciting things from the awesome conferences we go to (but i will also encourage bringing back some regional delicacy to share...). I've got some things from the Midwest Chapter conference and now AMIA up, along with some directions and a template for new postings. If you have any suggestions, feel free to contact me, or just make the changes!



Google for Researchers in Moodle

Hi all - this is a repost from the AP list, which I thought might be helpful for Reference staff.


Hi AP,

We've just put our Google for Researchers workshop online in Moodle.

Here's the link: https://moodle.umn.edu/course/view.php?id=6023

I thought this might be a time saver for some reference interactions...I know I've written out the instructions on how to connect Google Scholar to FindIt more times than I'd like to remember.

Now you can just send out this link: https://moodle.umn.edu/mod/resource/view.php?inpopup=true&id=355787

If you have any questions about the content that's covered here or any feedback on the tutorial feel free to drop me an email.


P.S. I'll also put a link in the Info Lit Toolkit in case you lose the url!

November 19, 2009

MedRef installed on Reference Desk

Hi everybody,

We installed a Thunderbird client with MedRef as the primary email account on the Reference Desk today in order to make sending article attachments to patrons a little more fluid. The intention is to use this account only for sending; in other words, don't check MedRef unless you're scheduled for a MedRef shift. (I'm afraid I've managed to confuse at least a couple of folks with MedRef meddling during their shifts...)


November 12, 2009

Direct Export from EBSCOHost DB's to RW not Working

All EBSCOhost databases are currently not able to direct export into RefWorks at this time. This is problem on RW's end and they know about it and are working on a fix. They expect this to be resolved sometime on Friday.

In the interim, users can still save citations in these databases and then export out to a .txt file and then import into RW.

Here are the steps you can email/tell users:

To Manually Save and Export Records:

1. Conduct a search.

2. Click on the Add to folder icon for each of the results you want to save.

3. Click on the Folder icon in the upper right-hand corner.

4. Re-select the references to export.

5. Click on the Export icon.

6. Click the radio button in front of Generic bibliographic management software.

Note: Uncheck the Remove these items from folder after saving option, if you want items to remain in the folder after performing the export function.

7. Click Save.

8. From the File menu select Save As.

9. Select the location where you want to save the file, type the name you want and select Text as the Save As Type.

10. Log in to RefWorks.

11. Select References/Import from the toolbar.

12. Select EBSCOhost as the data source and the appropriate database you searched from.

13. Browse to find the text file you saved to your computer.

14. Click Import.

15. Your records should appear in the Last Imported Folder.


November 2, 2009

Meebo tracking - Please record history in Desk Tracker

Hi all,

Now that our fancy-schmancy new website (woohoo!) is up, we (Katherine, Del and I) would like to request that chat transcripts be recorded in Desk Tracker. Just highlight the history of the chat in Meebo, copy it, and then paste it into the notes field.

Thanks for your help!