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March 29, 2012

Change to Color Printing

Hi all,

We've changed the way that we will be handling color printing in the future, and I wanted to let you know why and what the new procedure is.

The color print menu option has been removed from the public computers. For a number of reasons, patrons were sending hundreds of prints to the color copier every week, very few of which were ever retrieved and paid for. It was a huge waste of resources. In the future, patrons who truly would like color prints will need to bring files to the Circulation Desk on a flash drive. If they do not have a flash drive, they may check out ours. We'll then load the file and print it from one of the Circ computers.

It's going to be a clunkier system for a handful of people, but I think well worth it in terms of saved paper, toner and per-page charges from the vendor. Don't hesitate to let me know if you have any questions or concerns.


March 20, 2012

Coming Soon to Bio-Med... Wireless Printing

Hi all,

In case you haven't heard about this yet - Walter is in the process of rolling out a wireless printing pilot. Since our users have been requesting this service for some time, I'm going to jump on their coattails as soon as I can prepare a site-specific website and promotional materials. There are some limitations: the drivers work on PCs only, and since this is an optional service, we will not be providing IT installation assistance and support. (Or will only be doing so as staffing allows.)

I will provide more specific information once we're ready to go, but I wanted to alert you that this service is on the horizon.


March 15, 2012

Twitter, FB, and blogs

I have used this in the past for Tweets, Facebook and blog:

For APA (Tweets and Facebook) http://blog.apastyle.org/apastyle/2009/10/how-to-cite-twitter-and-facebook-part-i.html

For MLA (Tweet and blog) http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/


Citing a Tweet

OK. I don't tweet. I was on there for all of one day. But if you are ever asked how to cite a tweet, this might help you: http://edudemic.com/2012/03/how-to-cite-a-tweet-in-academic-papers/


March 13, 2012

Elsevier's SciVerse notification of potential service interruption March 17-18, 2012 & Network Configuration Change for ScienceDirect

Notice from Elsevier:

We are continually focused on improving the usability of the SciVerse suite for our customers with minimal downtime where possible. Our next set of upgrades is planned for this coming weekend (March 17-18, 2012). While we expect things to go smoothly as we implement these changes, it is possible that users may experience temporary service disruptions while accessing SciVerse, SciVal, Journal Consult and the Admin tool on these dates.

Some highlights around our upcoming changes can be found below:

ScienceDirect: Increasing search speed and article rendering; solving issues with PDF downloading and RSS feeds
Note: To optimize your PDF downloading experience, your network may require a configuration change, please click here to learn more.
Scopus: Increasing interoperability with Hub allows for continued discovery across web and patent sources
Hub: Adding sortable refine results filters to make searches even more relevant

Please click here to find out more information around upcoming changes.

The possible disruption of service by region may occur during the following time period:

Eastern Daylight Time: 8:30AM EDT-9:30PM EDT, Saturday, March 17th 2012
Greenwich Mean Time: 12:30PM GMT Saturday, March 17th - 1:30 AM Sunday, March 18th 2012
Singapore Time: 8:30PM SGT Saturday March 17th - 9:30AM SGT Sunday, March 18th 2012

We encourage you to share this information with your users to minimize the impact of any possible disruptions to their research schedule.

We apologize for any inconvenience while we improve your Elsevier products.

Kind regards,

The SciVerse Team

Adobe X and Science Direct

FYI, there is a known problem with the latest version of Adobe Reader and saving PDFs in ScienceDirect.

Elsevier has more information and has provided these instructions to help you work around this limitation in Adobe Reader X. about this at http://www.info.sciverse.com/support