April 2008 Archives

ProQuest Maintenance: April 26

A twelve (12) hour maintenance window will take place to install three new platform enhancements. The window will begin Saturday, April 26, 2008, at 22:00 EDT to Sunday, April 27, 2008 at 10:00 EDT. Some ProQuest products will not be available during this maintenance window. See below for a more complete list of times and time zones.

from the H.W. Wilson listserv:

New 100% Full-Text Version of the Acclaimed Biography Reference Bank Offers "Instant Gratification" for Young Researchers

H.W. Wilson announced a new 100% full-text version of Library Journal Best Reference Biography Reference Bank. Featuring only complete profiles, the new Biography Reference Bank, Select Edition marries "instant gratification" the web generation expects with the reliable, vetted information that's long earned the H.W. Wilson reputation.

Created to suit the fast pace of today's student research, this affordable new resource delivers complete articles on more than 236,000 names (and growing), whether an original profile from H.W. Wilson, a profile licensed from another acclaimed publisher, an article from nearly 3,000 periodicals indexed by other Wilson databases, or all three.

Join us for live, no cost, Web sessions dedicated to the success of your NetLibrary eBook and eAudiobook collections. In each session, you watch a live Web presentation and participate via a conference call. You can ask questions, listen to others' questions, and join in the discussion with the OCLC implementation specialist. These sessions are intended for current NetLibrary customers. 

Go to http://www.oclc.org/support/training/netlibrary/successlive/default.htm

Five self-paced demonstrations give the users perspective on how to access NetLibrary, create a user account, search and view eBooks, plus download and transfer eAudiobooks, all with ease. For added convenience, these demos can be linked directly from your library's website.  Go to http://www.oclc.org/netlibrary/demo/default.htm

You and your library staff are invited to attend a free, 60-minute web-based session for an overview and demonstration of NetLibrary and how users can get the most from your library's eBook collection. Topics will include: getting started, creating end-user accounts, searching for titles, copying and pasting text, printing pages, adding notes, saving titles to a favorites list, plus other features and functions. The session will also review the essential resources available to help your users access NetLibrary eBooks with ease.

If your library is new to using NetLibrary, has experienced a recent staff change, or simply needs a refresher on end-user features, this session is right for you!

This interactive session is delivered live, over the web and via teleconference, by an OCLC Implementation Specialist. This session also provides a great opportunity to ask questions and engage in discussion with other library participants.

Encyclopedia Britannica Online

Hello Everyone..
It's time to order or renew your Britannica Online 2008-09 subscription.
MINITEX subscriptions for Britannica Online run 7-1-08
through 6-30-09...If you would like to order or renew please fill out
the worksheet and send it or fax with your P.O. to Tim Peters at the
MINITEX office by 6-1-08.


Product description available here: http://www.eb.com/

2008 Pricing is available here:

If you have any questions please call Tim Peters 800-462-5348.

McGraw-Hill Access Science

McGraw-Hill AccessScience
Hello Everyone,
It is time to renew your Access Science subscription which will run 7-1-08 through 6-30-09....
for product information go to:

For pricing go to:http://www.minitex.umn.edu/cpers/electronic/mcgrawAccessSci/default.aspx

For renewing please out: http://www.minitex.umn.edu/cpers/electronic/mcgrawAccessSci/order.pdf
and return it to me..with a PO if required.

Please Reply either way by May 15th, 2008.......If you are planning renewing and submitting payment after 7-1-08 fill out the order form and note on the bottom that you will be paying after 7-1-08
if you have questions please call Tim Peters 800-462-5348

ProQuest Maintenance: April 12, 19, and 26

Dear ProQuest Customer,

Three ProQuest platform enhancements are scheduled for release on April 26th, 2008. To prepare for this release, a series of maintenance windows will occur on the following dates (maintenance window time in parentheses):

  • April 12th, 2008 at 22:00 EDT (2 hours)

  • April 19th, 2008 at 22:00 EDT (2 hours)

  • April 26th, 2007 at 22:00 EDT (12 hours)

See below for a more complete list of times and time zones.

Enhancements include:

  • RSS feeds - End users will be able to create RSS feeds for any search and active publications on the ProQuest platform (RSS feeds are not available for inactive or ceased publications). RSS feeds are a great way for researchers to keep on top of the latest news and research in their field, and a great way for libraries to broaden the visibility of electronic resources they license.

  • Arabic interface - A new Arabic interface will include interface labels and search limiters translated into Arabic and interface elements in Arabic - navigation bars, tabbed options, etc. - will read right to left. Content will remain in the language provided, and read from left to right. We welcome feedback from Arabic readers, which can be submitted through the Product Suggestion Form. on the ProQuest web site.

  • Updates to COUNTER reports - COUNTER reports in CSV format have been updated by removing an extra column on the left hand side of the report. This update will make it easier for libraries to manipulate the data in COUNTER reports when trying to load them into COUNTER reporting tools.

The following products will be unavailable during these windows:

  • 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 chadwyck.com)

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

ScienceDirect Downtime April 11, 2008

from Elsevier:

Dear ScienceDirect Administrator,

Please be advised that Science Direct will be unavailable for approximately 30 minutes during the period: 22:00 to 23:00 EDT on Friday, 11 April (03:00 to 04:00 GMT on Saturday, 12 April). This is due to scheduled maintenance work. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Kind regards,

The E-Helpdesk

To find the contact information for the e-Helpdesk closest to you, please click on the link below

ScienceDirect - www.info.sciencedirect.com
Scopus - info.scopus.com

ProQuest CSA Illumina Platform Enhancements

from the ProQuest listserv:

Dear CSA Illumina Customers,

On April 7, 2008 an exciting set of enhancements will be available on CSA Illumina. The following features will help empower both the librarian and the end user.

Custom Categories
New to the CSA Administrative Module (http://md1.csa.com/ids70/admin_profile.php) is the ability to add customized groups of databases. Through a new tab labeled "Custom Categories" administrators may create brand new categories populated with the databases they choose. There are no limits on the number of custom category groups, or the number of databases that may be added to each group. The four existing subject areas: Arts & Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Technology will remain, but can be placed anywhere in the list of Custom Categories. Your patrons will see the Custom Categories in the "Change Databases" selection box in the CSA Illumina interface.

In addition to administratively created Custom Categories, patrons who have created My Research personalization accounts and who are logged into My Research will see their group of Preferred Databases as the first option in the "Change Databases" selection box.

from Project MUSE:

Project MUSE is pleased to reveal plans for a significant redesign of its web presence at http://muse.jhu.edu. The launch date for the new site design is August 2008; preliminary screens and more information will be shared at the American Library Association's annual conference in Anaheim, CA, in late June. Among the goals of the redesign are more intuitive navigation among and within both content and informational pages, compatibility with emerging web standards, support for selected Web 2.0 functionality, and an enhanced online experience for users and librarians utilizing MUSE in teaching and research.

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