from Oxford University Press

We're pleased to announce that Oxford Language Dictionaries Online migrated from its former home to join our premium English and Arabic modules at OxfordDictionaries.com, creating a single destination for users to explore the language of today.

Oxford Language Dictionaries Online will continue to run alongside the new site until April 1st, 2015 at which point users will be automatically redirected to the new site.

You can explore the new site at www.oxforddictionaries.com/words/oldo.

Please note that you may experience intermittent access during the migration process, if this persists then please contact us at online@oup.com.

We have put together an FAQ to provide further details and we will be in touch again prior to the switch off date.

from Oxford University Press

As you are likely aware, Oxford moved to a new usage reporting system earlier this year. Two of the last products to move into our usage portal were Oxford Music Online and Oxford Art Online, which recently began reporting with our new enhanced COUNTER 4-compliant usage stats. However, an issue with the migration of data has occurred, and usage statistics reports are currently unavailable via our Customer Portal for these two platforms, for the period April 2014 to October 2014. Please be assured that we are working on a resolution to this issue which we expect to be available in Spring 2015.

In the meantime, we do have the data available to our customer service team, who can deliver you a report upon request, if your need is urgent. Please contact your sales representative or OUP Customer Support at oxfordonline@oup.com to request these reports.

We understand the importance of having accurate statistics as well as ensuring our customers are aware of any issues. The status of all our usage reporting can be found at the Product Usage Data Status Table: http://fdslive.oup.com/www.oup.com/academic/pdf/online_products/UnderstandingYourData.pdf.

We thank you for your patience. Should you have any further queries relating to your usage, please do feel free to contact us.

ProQuest Maintenance Window February 28, 2015

On February 28, 2015, ProQuest will be upgrading its systems infrastructure to improve performance, security, and overall reliability of your products. The window is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time and will last for five (5) hours:

Eastern Standard Time (EST): Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 10:00 p.m. for five (5) hours

During this time access to the ProQuest products listed below will not be available and users will be re-directed to a webpage explaining the scheduled maintenance:

Research databases

  • ProQuest platform (search.proquest.com)

  • ProQuest Congressional (congressional.proquest.com)

  • ProQuest Dialog (search.proquest.com/professional)

  • Chadwyck-Healey databases (full list available here)

  • CultureGrams

  • eLibrary (all editions)

  • ProQuest Digital Microfilm

  • ProQuest Obituaries

  • ProQuest Research Companion

  • SIRS (all editions)

Dissertation publishing

  • ProQuest/UMI ETD Administrator

Reference management/Research support tools

  • RefWorks

  • COS Funding Opportunities

  • COS Scholar Universe

Bibliographic and catalog enrichment resources

  • Books in Print®

  • LibraryThing for Libraries™

  • ProQuest Syndetic Solutions™

Thank you for being a ProQuest customer. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please contact ProQuest Technical Support (tsupport@proquest.com) if you have questions or need assistance.

from AWE:

The Student Learning Center is a breakthrough early literacy device that is changing the game for schools. Recently, a school reported a 55% increase in reading scores by using the Student Learning Centers in their classrooms. Find out more about how it works and ask questions at an upcoming live webinar.

Click here to sign up; sessions start this Friday.

For further information, contact AWE rep Jeremy Link, 810-834-7286.

NISO White Paper Explores the Future of Library Resource Discovery

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has published a
white paper, The Future of Library Resource Discovery, written by
independent consultant, speaker, and author Marshall Breeding. The
white paper was commissioned by NISO's Discovery to Delivery (D2D)
Topic Committee as part of its ongoing examination of areas in the
discovery landscape that the information community could potentially
standardize. Included in the paper is an overview of the current
discovery environment; descriptions of how these technologies,
methodologies, and products may be able to adapt to potential future
change; and a look beyond current models of discovery to explore
possible alternatives, especially those related to linked data.

The Future of Library Resource Discovery white paper is available for
free download on the NISO website at
www.niso.org/publications/white_papers/discovery/

2015 Browzine Updates

from Third Iron:

2015 is going to be the most exciting year for BrowZine users yet and you're invited to learn more! Please join company founders CEO Kendall Bartsch and President John Seguin for a sixty minute preview of the enhancements to BrowZine planned for this year, including:

  • Expanded journal coverage
  • ILL integration
  • New bibliographic management support
  • ...and BrowZine for the web!

Multiple webinar times are available:

  • March 4, 9:00 am and 1:00 pm
  • March 5, 8:00 am and 3:00 pm
  • March 6, 10:00 am and 6:00 pm

All times are Central Standard Time. Click here to register for the time convenient for your schedule. We look forward to you joining us!


from EBSCO:

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is announcing a significant investment in the library workflow with the acquisition of YBP Library Services (YBP) from Baker &Taylor.

Founded in 1971, YBP Library Services has proudly served as the leader in delivering academic library workflow and "shelf ready" solutions through its innovative suite of acquisition and metadata resources. GOBI3 (Global Online Bibliographic Information) serves as YBP's primary tool for the discovery and acquisition of digital and print monographic content. Relied upon by academic, research and special libraries worldwide, GOBI provides access to more than 12 million titles, including more than one million digital titles from leading aggregators and publishers.

EBSCO has been providing collection development and acquisition services for print and electronic journals (e-journals) for more than 60 years. EBSCO is the largest provider of these services to libraries worldwide.

Senior Vice President, YBP Sales & Operations, Mark Kendall, believes EBSCO is the perfect landing place for YBP because of its strong commitment to libraries. "EBSCO fully understands the value that YBP and our outstanding staff bring to libraries and is committed to supporting this while also helping expand our core services through investment in new technologies. They have a leading edge vision for integrating collection development and acquisition services for all formats of content, including monographs and journals, with their discovery solution. This commitment will add significant value to both libraries and end users and we are excited to be a part of this vision."

According to EBSCO President, Tim Collins, the company plans to let YBP be YBP. "YBP is recognized in the market as the leader at what they do. We want them to keep doing it. We are in a position to help their progress and expedite their vision, and we are looking to continue their operations and partnerships with publisher and aggregator platforms. The people and philosophies are a match, and we are excited to welcome YBP to the EBSCO family."

The Bigger Picture
Beyond GOBI3 and the core services YBP offers, this acquisition brings together the components of an integrated solution that will help change the course of library automation. YBP is the perfect fit for EBSCO, a company that is putting the pieces in place to truly streamline and improve administrative ('back end') services in ways that optimize the impact these services have on the end user experience.

With YBP, EBSCO brings together print book and eBook acquisition workflows with its existing full suite of journal ordering and maintenance workflow services. The vision of seamless integration from back end to the front end is becoming a reality. "Consider EBSCO Discovery Service as the centerpiece to the library research network as it is the place where end users go to discover the entire library collection. By integrating our discovery service closely with the established workflow tools that libraries use to order and manage their collections, we can maximize the availability and usage of library resources and deliver an improved end user experience. We see this as a fundamental goal shared by libraries and EBSCO. Because we partner with numerous ILS vendors, the number of end users that are impacted is significant," says Collins. As the result of partnerships with dozens of ILS vendors including Open Source services, patrons can now search, find and execute holds on books, and interact with other patron catalog functionality -- all within the EBSCO discovery experience or the front end of the library's choosing.

Collins credits a number of EBSCO's advisory boards whose guidance help EBSCO better understand what libraries need and the role EBSCO can play in creating a better library experience, which helped lead to EBSCO's interest in acquiring YBP.

For more information about the EBSCO/YBP deal, go to https://www.ebsco.com/files/company/EBSCO-YBP_FAQ.pdf.

MUSE Transitions to Secure Site Protocol

from MUSE:

Project MUSE is beginning the process of updating our platform site to use strictly a secure protocol. This change will take effect as of May 1, 2015. Items possibly affected by the transition include links, proxy servers, and referring/encrypted URLs. Please change any Project MUSE links to a secure format -- http://muse.jhu.edu -- should be updated to https://muse.jhu.edu. There should not be an interruption of service during the transition, and updated links will work immediately.

This transition has no impact on the end user experience. End users will be authenticated using the current established methods and no changes are needed to continue using the site as usual.

Please contact MUSE Customer Support, muse@press.jhu.edu, with any questions or if you experience any access issues.

ProQuest Maintenance Window Feb 28, 2015

On February 28, 2015, ProQuest will be upgrading its systems infrastructure to improve performance, security, and overall reliability of your products. The window is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time and will last for five (5) hours:

Eastern Standard Time (EST): Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 10:00 p.m. for five (5) hours

During this time access to the ProQuest products listed below will not be available and users will be re-directed to a webpage explaining the scheduled maintenance:

Research databases

  • ProQuest platform (search.proquest.com)

  • ProQuest Congressional (congressional.proquest.com)

  • ProQuest Dialog (search.proquest.com/professional)

  • Chadwyck-Healey databases (full list available here)

  • CultureGrams

  • eLibrary (all editions)

  • ProQuest Digital Microfilm

  • ProQuest Obituaries

  • ProQuest Research Companion

  • SIRS (all editions)

Dissertation publishing

  • ProQuest/UMI ETD Administrator

Reference management/Research support tools

  • RefWorks

  • COS Funding Opportunities

  • COS Scholar Universe

Bibliographic and catalog enrichment resources

  • Books in Print®

  • LibraryThing for Libraries™

  • ProQuest Syndetic Solutions™

Thank you for being a ProQuest customer. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please contact ProQuest Technical Support (tsupport@proquest.com) if you have questions or need assistance.

AWE Digital Learning Solutions is offering a group purchase volume discount for Early Literacy Station and Student Learning Center.

Time Period: February 19th - May 15th, 2015
For: Minitex Schools and Public Libraries

The Early Literacy Station™ (ELS), designed for use in a public library, is a dynamic all-in-one digital learning solution for ages 2-8, available in English and Bilingual Spanish. The educational programs, which are correlated to Common Core and state standards, span all seven curricular areas. The educational titles are pre-loaded on the computer as part of a complete solution that features engaging graphics, intuitive interfaces, usage tracking, and administrative functions. No internet connection is required to use this product. See more info at www.awelearning.com/publiclibraries.

The Student Learning Center™ (SLC), designed for use in schools, PreK-Grade 3. The titles are correlated to Common Core and state standards and span all seven curricular areas. The variety of content caters to explorative, prescriptive, and collaborative modes of learning. Additionally, the child-friendly interface, engaging graphics, sounds, and touch screen aid in meeting diverse learning styles--tactile, auditory, visual & kinesthetic. The SLC is integrated with a cloud-based learning management system supporting personalized education plans, individual and class utilization progress tracking reports, and student portfolios. See more info at http://www.awelearning.com/en/markets/schools/.

Learn More via Live WebEx Demo: http://www.awelearning.com/en/global/learn-more/livewebinarschedule/.
Learn more about the ELS or SLC by attending one of our upcoming live webinars! Click the link above to go to our website where you can sign up for an upcoming date. Schools should see the SLC webinar and public libraries should attend the ELS webinar.

For more information, contact


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