December 2007 Archives

EBSCOhost News: Visual Search, Image Quick View

from the EBSCO Publishing listserv:

Dear EBSCO Customer,

On 11/21/07, we announced plans to upgrade the Visual Search option on EBSCOhost and other user interfaces, at the end of this calendar year. We are pleased to announce that the new version of Visual Search is about to become available to your users. Please note that a comprehensive tutorial will open automatically when a user clicks on the Visual Search tab in EBSCOhost, to guide them through the functionality of the new Visual Search screens.

In conjunction with the Visual Search release, we are introducing an enhancement to EBSCOhost Result Lists: Image Quick View. This exciting new feature will include the appearance of thumbnail images on Result Lists which, when clicked, will instantly reveal full-sized images to users. Open records will include links to thumbnail images, where applicable. Users will be able to try the new feature in EBSCOhost by clicking on the Try It! box beside Image Quick View on the New Features screen, and enabling Show Image Thumbnails under the Preferences link in the upper right corner of the screen. For more information about the new Visual Search design and the Image Quick View feature, please see the first two top stories on EBSCO's Support Site (

EBSCO's Support Site is also a great place to visit whenever you want to learn about new features, search among thousands of FAQs, download Flash tutorials, Help Sheets or User Guides, or communicate with Technical Support at any time, using the EBSCO Support Form ( You may also contact Technical Support by telephone, as follows:

  • In the United States and Canada: (800) 758-5995

  • Outside of the United States and Canada: access code, (800) 3272-6000


Marcie Brown
Technical Communications Manager
EBSCO Publishing
10 Estes Street
Ipswich, MA 01938

The "Early Bird" pricing deadline for West Region Shared Collection 2007, the newest NetLibrary eBook collection, is this Friday, December 14. If you would like to take advantage of early-bird pricing, please submit your order by the end of the week.

Visit CPERS NetLibrary Available Titles for the initial title list of about 700 eBooks (click on the link for "West Region Shared Collection initial title list"). The final list will be determined by the number of total participants and availability of new content. There will be a minimum of two seats/users per title; this number may increase depending on the amount of total participants.

Pricing is determined by type of library (Academic, Community College, or Public) and by FTE or population served. The deadline for all orders is February 1. Contact MINITEX for pricing or if you have questions.

Lexis-Nexis Ends Roper Polls Content

From the Lexis-Nexis Academic Listserv:

Dear Colleagues,

I regret to announce that LexisNexis Academic will lose the Roper Polls
content this month. The publisher has decided to opt out of the
agreement that made it possible for us to bring this content to academic
researchers. LexisNexis understands how important these polls are to
researchers. Our licensing team made a very determined effort to retain
academic rights, and they will continue discussions with the publisher
in hopes of reinstating this content in the future. The publisher has
made it clear that no reinstatement will happen in 2008, and has
directed us to remove the Roper Polls materials from LexisNexis Academic
prior to the end of 2007.

Some of you may have noticed that the Roper Polls materials were not
available beginning on Thursday, December 6. This was due to a mistake
on our part when the licensing change was first processed. The materials
have been reinstated for the time being, and will remain available until
approximately December 21.

Best regards,


Alistair Morrison | Product Manager, LexisNexis Academic

Special Offer on OCLC Language Sets for MINITEX Libraries

Limited time discounts on OCLC Language Sets available from MINITEX and OCLC with an EXCLUSIVE Hmong and Somali offer!

These exceptional discounts are available on all OCLC Language Sets, our new subject sets, and the special Hmong and Somali sets. This discount is only available until February 29, 2008, so act now.

Receive everything in one package, ready to shelve!

  • OCLC selects and acquires current popular materials in your choice of 17 languages for adults or children

    • Most orders include carefully selected classics, best-sellers and highly anticipated new releases that appeal to public library users

    • The sets include fiction, non-fiction, or a mixture of both

    • The sets include no duplicate titles because your holdings are checked against WorldCat

  • Full MARC cataloging with LC subject headings and Dewey or LC call numbers is included. All records include Bilindex subject headings for Spanish titles

  • Optional physical processing is available so your items arrive ready to circulate

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  • Full-color promotional materials are shipped along with your purchase at no charge so you can promote your new collection

Discount structure
  • The discount is an aggregate of MINITEX libraries purchases, up to 20%. All orders received from MINITEX libraries by February 29, 2008 will receive a discount. As more libraries order, the larger the discount for all MINITEX members

    • Up to $99,999, save 7%

    • $100,000 - $199,999, save 10%

    • $200,000 - $299,999, save 15%

    • $300,000 +, save 20%

  • New customer orders and standing orders will receive a 15% minimum discount, with the potential to reach a maximum discount of 20% per library, through the combined group purchase program (A standing order is defined as a set that is ordered and shipped every 6 months)

Sign up before February 29, 2008! This offer expires February 29, 2008 so act now! Contact Meghan Hopkins at 1-800-898-6252, ext. 3805 or for more information or to order.

Read more about available OCLC Language Sets

View the price list for OCLC Language Sets

New Date for Discontinuation of Basic BIOSIS on OCLC FirstSearch

From the OCLC FirstSearch listserv:

Access to the Basic BIOSIS database on the OCLC FirstSearch service, previously scheduled to end on December 31, 2007, will now continue through June 30, 2008. This change is due to a schedule change from Thomson Scientific, producer of Basic BIOSIS. Libraries with subscriptions to Basic BIOSIS as well as FirstSearch per-search users may continue to search the database through June 30, 2008.

Libraries that support research in the sciences may wish to use other databases that index much of the same content as Basic BIOSIS. Related databases in the field of science include:

  • Biological and Agricultural Index (indexes approximately 40% of the same content as Basic BIOSIS)

  • Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management (indexes approximately 57% of the same content as Basic BIOSIS)

  • Together, the Biological and Agricultural Index and Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management databases cover approximately 97% of the 395 journals indexed in Basic BIOSIS.
  • WorldCat, which complements databases in all subject areas, with library ownership information that identifies libraries that own needed resources.

Please contact MINITEX or OCLC Customer Support with questions about the discontinuation of access to Basic BIOSIS on FirstSearch.

ProQuest Platform Maintenance Dec 15-16

From ProQuest:

Dear ProQuest Customer,

The next ProQuest® platform enhancement release will be on December 15, 2007. A twelve (12) hour maintenance window will take place to install these exciting new enhancements. The window will begin Saturday, December 15, 2007, at 22:00 EDT to Sunday, December 16, 2007 at 10:00 EDT.

Enhancements include:

  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT) Multimedia Support release—ProQuest has seen an increase in dissertations and theses that include supplementary digital materials - audio, video, spreadsheets, etc. To properly support scholarly access to these materials, ProQuest is now making them available online in the Full Text version of the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT) database.

  • ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source Study Paths—Study Paths allows a user to quickly view full text articles recommended by a board of experienced nurse educators on topics relevant to their curriculum. This exciting new enhancement makes it easier for users to complete their assignments, research a topic, or prepare for examinations. A new splash page will appear when users log into the product. The Study Paths feature is for the ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source database only and does not impact other ProQuest products

The following products will be unavailable during this window:
  • ProQuest interface products, ProQuest Historical Newspapers (traditional and graphical K12 interface), American Periodicals Series

  • Third-party databases such as ERIC® PlusText

  • ProQuest Archiver™

  • eLibrary®, SIRS®, and CultureGrams™

  • Chadwyck-Healey products housed in the US (all products with domain names ending with

  • "Digital Vault" products, including ProQuest Dissertations & Theses and Digital Sanborn Maps

News Release from ALA TechSource:
Two of the top competitors in the library-focused RFID and library security products
arena, 3M Library Systems and Checkpoint Systems, have consolidated their
efforts to produce and market products to libraries. The arrangement, announced
October 29, 2007, results in melding the 3M Library Systems marketing channels
with products from Checkpoint Systems. Effective the beginning of 2008, 3M
Library Systems will serve as the exclusive worldwide distributor and service provider
for Checkpoint’s family of products oriented toward libraries.
Prior to this strategic partnership, both 3M Library Systems and Checkpoint
Systems were major competitors in the growing library RFID market. This alliance
effectively combines the efforts of both companies in this arena. 3M Library Systems
and Checkpoint Systems will continue to develop and manufacture products
and both lines will be sold and supported worldwide by 3M Library Systems.
3M Library Systems has established itself as one of the major providers of
security, self checkout, and RFID products to libraries. The company has provided
security, productivity, and information management solutions to the industry for
more than 35 years. Its products include the Tattle-Tape security strips and detection
equipment based on electromagnetic technology, self-service stations for both
checkout and check-in of library materials, and many products based on RFID.
Checkpoint Systems develops security and RFID products for a variety of
industries, including libraries. Checkpoint’s library-oriented products include its
flagship Intelligent Library System, a suite of components that provide self checkout
and return of materials by library patrons, exit gate security, collection inventory,
usage reports, and other functions. The company also offers the DiscMate
digital media security system, and CheckPASS, a system for print management and
for scheduling public access computers.
A Marketing, Sales, and Support Alliance
This strategic sales and marketing alliance gives 3M Library Systems full
responsibility for the marketing and support of Checkpoint products to libraries.
Checkpoint will continue to develop and manufacture products, but they will
be sold exclusively by 3M. The partnership will also result in a new product
developed by Checkpoint to be sold through 3M called The Library Advocate, a
new Web-based library productivity software product.

3M will continue to develop, manufacture, market, and support its own products
as well. This arrangement significantly expands the portfolio of products that
3M Library Systems is able to offer to libraries through its worldwide marketing
channels, and the alliance gives 3M access to a larger customer base by virtue
of the libraries that have already implemented Checkpoint’s products.

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