Emerald Website Maintenance

There is website maintenance scheduled to start on July 25, 2014, and take a period of 4 weeks on the Emerald Group Publishing platforms. This will impact the following website:

How will this affect me?

During this time you will be unable to make edits to your profile, settings and preferences.

As such, we advise you to make any profile updates before 25 July 2014. Access to subscribed content remains available.

We would also like to take this opportunity to recommend that administrators download all historic usage reports to ensure their continued availability.

Why is Emerald carrying out this work?

Based on feedback and user satisfaction surveys conducted with our librarian, researcher and author communities in 2013, Emerald is investing in a partnership with Atypon to bring you a range of performance enhancements to our research platform. This is to support the rapidly evolving demands from our customers.

In preparation for the transition to Atypon's Literatum, it is essential that we migrate all existing data to the new platform. This necessitates a temporary freeze on the functionality outlined above.

For further information regarding Emerald's migration to Atypon's Literatum, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions. If you would like further support, please do not hesitate to contact our dedicated support team on support@emeraldinsight.com.

Minitex Announces New Suite of eResources

On behalf of the Minnesota Department of Education - State Library Services, the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, Online Dakota Information Network (ODIN), the North Dakota State Library, South Dakota Library Network (SDLN), the South Dakota State Library, and itself, Minitex is pleased to announce the databases and database packages recommended by the Minitex Electronic Information Resources (MEIR) Task Force. This was a result of the Request for Proposal (RFP) that was developed and issued during 2013-2014. These collaborative partners realize the importance of statewide access to a common suite of databases to the libraries and school media centers within and among the three states.

In coordination with Elaine Kelash, Manager/Contracts Specialist, University of Minnesota Purchasing, Minitex will finalize award and license agreements with the following vendors for access to the following statewide electronic resources. These resources will be available beginning July 1, 2014-June 30, 2019. Current access will continue uninterrupted.

See the Minitex site for more information.

ProQuest maintenance windows June 14 & 15

from ProQuest

On June 14, 2014 ProQuest will make improvements to its internal systems to accommodate a growing number of users and to reduce the need for future downtime.

ProQuest expects the products and platforms listed below to not be available from approximately 10:00 PM EDT, Saturday, June 14, 2014 through 11:00 AM EDT, Sunday, June 15, 2014.

  • ProQuest
  • ProQuest Support Center
  • ProQuest Dialog
  • ProQuest Congressional
  • ProQuest K12 databases
  • ProQuest Genealogy databases
  • ProQuest Digital Microfilm
  • RefWorks

Below are times for this maintenance around the world:

  • New York: Saturday, June 14 at 10:00 PM EDT and lasting for thirteen (13) hours

  • Los Angeles: Saturday, June 14 at 07:00 PM PDT and lasting for thirteen (13) hours

  • Beijing: Sunday June 15 at 10:00 AM CST and lasting for thirteen (13) hours

  • Sydney: Sunday, June 15 at 12:00 PM AEST and lasting for thirteen (13) hours

During the downtime the Support Center and automated response to cases will not be available. If you need support during the downtime, please email tsupport@proquest.com for assistance. We will get back to you in 48 hours to confirm receipt of your case.

We welcome customer feedback. Please email your comments to tsupport@proquest.com or visit www.proquest.com/go/suggestions.

ProQuest Upcoming Maintenance Windows June 14 & 15

from ProQuest:

On June 14, 2014 ProQuest will make improvements to its internal systems to accommodate a growing number of users and to reduce the need for future downtime.

ProQuest expects the products and platforms listed below to not be available from approximately 10:00 PM EDT, Saturday, June 14, 2014 through 11:00 AM EDT, Sunday, June 15, 2014.

  • ProQuest
  • ProQuest Support Center
  • ProQuest Dialog
  • ProQuest Congressional
  • ProQuest K12 databases
  • ProQuest Genealogy databases
  • ProQuest Digital Microfilm
  • RefWorks

Below are times for this maintenance around the world:

  • New York: Saturday, June 14 at 10:00 PM EDT and lasting for thirteen (13) hours
  • Los Angeles: Saturday, June 14 at 07:00 PM PDT and lasting for thirteen (13) hours

During the downtime the Support Center and automated response to cases will not be available. If you need support during the downtime, please email tsupport@proquest.com for assistance. We will get back to you in 48 hours to confirm receipt of your case.

We welcome customer feedback. Please email your comments to tsupport@proquest.com or visit www.proquest.com/go/suggestions.

New Britannica® ImageQuest™ Live on Monday, June 9

from Britannica:

Redesigned to be easier to use and provide stronger support for faculty and students, the new ImageQuest will be live at quest.eb.com starting on Monday, June 9.

Discover what's new, including:

  • Exciting new look
  • Access on any internet-connected device, including tablets
  • My Images/Albums to save and organize your images
  • Ready-to-use albums and image collections on popular topics
  • Featured image collections from renowned sources

Questions about the new site, call us at 800-621-3900 or email us at contact@eb.com.

Register for a free introductory webinar at: https://student.gototraining.com/1rq37/catalog/557868368329582336.

See What's New in Britannica ImageQuest

from Britannica:

Britannica® ImageQuest™...
Now even easier to use and with stronger support for faculty and students

Discover what's new, including:

  • Exciting new look
  • Access on any internet-connected device, including tablets and smartphones
  • My Images/Albums to save and organize your images
  • Ready-to-use albums and image collections on popular topics
  • Featured image collections from renowned sources

See it today at: http://info.eb.com/images/ImageQuest-SeeItNow.html!

This exciting new ImageQuest will be live in June 2014 or you can take a sneak peek now at quest-preview.eb.com. If you have any questions about the new site, call us at 800-621-3900 or email us at contact@eb.com.

Register for a free introductory webinar at: https://student.gototraining.com/1rq37/catalog/557868368329582336.

Gale Refreshes Kids InfoBits with User-focused Redesign

from Gale:

The Kids InfoBits database has been redesigned to support twenty-first century learning with a modern interface, improved navigation, updated content and additional tools. Developed by Gale, a leading publisher of research and education resources for libraries, schools and businesses and part of Cengage Learning, Kids InfoBits is designed specifically for students in kindergarten through grade five and addresses the way kids learn and conduct research. Elementary-aged students are clever information consumers and acquiring these skills at an early age has become the foundation for the Common Core.

"Gale is committed to transforming learning with tailored research solutions that accelerate student engagement," said Jim Draper, vice president and general manager, Gale. "With this relaunch of KidsInfoBits, we've put the user at the center of the product, incorporating student and teacher feedback throughout the design process. The result is a state-of-the-art product that enhances learning."

Kids InfoBits provides access to reference content, magazines, newspapers, maps, charts, graphs, and more than 13,000 searchable images. The updated version includes new content on weather, natural disasters and U.S. States, content from Blackbirch Kid's Visual Reference of the United States and more. New tools to support twenty-first century learning include the ability to share content over social media; EasyBib integration and improved citation tools; text translation into 12 different languages including Arabic, Spanish, French; and ReadSpeaker text-to-speech functionality, which plays translated text.

The updated Kids InfoBits is available now for school and public libraries however current customers can switchover at the end of the school year to avoid disruption. For more information on Kids InfoBits or to request a free trial, visit www.gale.cengage.com/InfoBits.

See What's New in Britannica School

from Britannica:

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Looking to engage your students with new interactive content? Britannica School's new Elementary home page will ignite students' curiosity and encourage them to inquire, explore, and discover! Our new scrolling activities with videos, images, and written descriptions serve to engage students with ever changing content. Our tool bar at the bottom of the page allows students to; browse articles and media, explore the world around them with country and state research tools, and learn new skills with learning games and activities.

This change will be coming soon to the Britannica School Elementary homepage!

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Sage Local States now available

from Sage Publishing

We're delighted to announce that the beta version of Local Stats is available for you to discover!

Hosted on the new SAGE Stats platform, Local Stats provides over 3,000 comparable data across all 50 states from U.S. counties, cities and metropolitan statistical areas covering a broad variety of topics applicable to the social sciences. This valuable interactive database, with its carefully vetted and normalized data on 17 topical areas, is available now.

Sign your institution up for a FREE trial today!

from Gale:

Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and education resources for libraries, schools and businesses, today announced the launch of InterLink, a new technology that connects current articles from newspapers, magazines and journals with contextual reference content found within e-books on Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL), Gale's e-book platform. InterLink document-level hyperlinking is available free across all Gale InfoTrac periodical products, such as Academic OneFile and General OneFile, with plans to incorporate the technology into other resources. InterLink will not only enable a robust research experience for users; it will help libraries drive usage of their e-book collections.

"The launch of our InterLink technology is another example of how Gale is reaching beyond the traditional reference experience to provide technology and tools to enable users to make real-world discoveries," said Jim Draper, vice president and general manager, Gale. "This integrated and intelligent cross-search will help users thrive in today's education landscape, and our customers agree. In a recent survey, this enhancement was among the most requested by librarians and thought to deliver the highest value to users."

Gale's proprietary InterLink technology extends a user's research by building a web of connections across Gale products--helping researchers find the content they need, when they need it, without having to know the specific resource in which to find it. For example, a user reading a peer-reviewed journal article on climate change can InterLink to a STEM e-book on GVRL to continue exploring a particular term or topic interlinked within that article. Most importantly, InterLink leverages Gale's unique subject indexing and results ranking algorithms to provide a better cross-search than any other database provider or web search engine by including hyperlinked information within the context of what the user is already reading, ensuring a relevant discovery experience.

For more information on InterLink or to view a demonstration, visit http://www.gale.cengage.com/interlink or contact Kristina Massari at kristina.massari@cengage.com.

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