December 2008 Archives

Free Online EBSCO Demo: Rehabilitation Reference Center

from EBSCO:

Dear EBSCO Customer,

You are invited to attend a free (to EBSCO customers only) online demonstration of the popular Rehabilitation Reference Center (RRC), conducted by EBSCO Publishing’s Senior Director of Worldwide Medical Sales, Parker Livermore.

Rehabilitation Reference Center ™ is an evidence-based clinical reference tool for use by rehabilitation clinicians at the point-of-care. RRC provides physical therapists, occupational therapists and rehabilitation students with the best available evidence for their information needs.

As part of our Demonstrations by the Experts series, Parker will provide a concise (30 minutes), online overview of the features and functionality of Rehabilitation Reference Center, on: Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at 1:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time

To register, simply reply to EBSCO with the following information:
  • Your Name:
  • Your Title:
  • Your email address:
  • Your Institution’s Name and Location:
You will receive an email with information on minimum system requirements and how to join the meeting. Audio options will be presented onscreen when you actually join the meeting. You will need a computer and a telephone, or a headset attached to your computer, to participate in the event.

EBSCOhost Integrated Search Coming Soon

 from EBSCO:

We are very excited to announce that in just a few months, EBSCOhost Integrated Search will be made available.  We are confident that you will find this to be the true one-stop research environment that has thus far eluded the library world.

Until now federated search products have struggled to offer the kind of unified search experience that users want.  Our research shows that many customers who are using federated search products are unhappy with four essential components:

1.) Search Quality
2.) Search Speed
3.) Customer Service
4.) Cost

Because the recently revitalized EBSCOhost interface is the essence of EBSCOhost Integrated Search, it leverages the EBSCOhost features and functionality that you know, eliminates unnecessary end-user confusion (and training), offers a single point for all usage reports, gives fast response times, and provides a cost effective search solution.  EBSCOhost Integrated Search allows librarians to use the power of EBSCOhost to search not only all of their EBSCO products, but also ALL other electronic resources including those from other database aggregators, OPACs, publisher packages, and virtually any other electronic resource.  

EBSCO will not charge for EBSCOhost databases to be included in this service, and as a result, the number of connectors will be reduced when pricing.  Due to this, customers of multiple EBSCOhost databases may find the service to be affordable relative to other options.

EBSCOhost Integrated Search is coming soon.  So, if you are looking to change, renew or just considering your first federated search product…please wait. You’ll be glad you did.

If you would like to see the initial designs, receive pricing, and/or obtain more information, please contact us at:

ACM Digital Library Employs New Search Technology

from the Dec 17, 2008 ACM Digital Library Bulletin Service:

ACM Digital Library Employs New Search Technology

As part of its ongoing investment in the content, features, performance, and worldwide reach of its Digital Library (DL), ACM has introduced a powerful new search capability that enables users to not only explore existing data but to discover unexpected information that goes beyond simple query results.

Called Guided Navigation, this search technology employs the Endeca Information Access Platform, a new class of database designed for exploring information, not just managing transactions.

How does Guided Navigation work?
Guided Navigation:

  • Lets users prioritize and personalize their choices, rather than directing them down a classification path.

  • Applies structured metadata to content, enabling the subsequent search results interface to make the data available in different views or “facets” of the information.

  • Creates a myriad of valid browse paths to each record, greatly increasing the likelihood that a user will what they need.

Learn more and view an example of how the new DL search technology works.

Read ACM’s Press Release.

See the bulletin for further news.

Oxford Sale on Music, Art Databases

Oxford University Press is offering special pricing on music and art databases until January 31, 2009 for 4-year and 2-year colleges and universities:

Subscribe to Grove Art Online, Grove Music Online, or Encyclopedia of Popular Music Online, and save 20% on your first year subscription (at any user level). Subscribe to two or more and save 30%. Current subscriptions will count toward the bundle discount; so, for example, if you already have a subscription to Grove Music, you can subscribe to Encyclopedia of Popular Music at a 30% savings.

Email cpers for pricing of if you have questions.

ProQuest Technical Notice: My Research Maintenance

Dear CSA Illumina Customers,

Due to planned maintenance, My Research, the personalization component of CSA Illumina, will be unavailable Saturday December 20, 2008 from 8AM - 4PM EST (-5 GMT).

This will not affect any other portion of CSA Illumina, the Administrative Module, or Usage Statistics Module. A message will appear within CSA Illumina notifying end users that My Research will be unavailable during the maintenance window.

We apologize for the inconvenience. Please contact if you have any questions or concerns.
Best Regards,

ProQuest Support

New CINAHL Support Center

from EBSCO:

We are pleased to announce the arrival of our new CINAHL Support Center ( This special section of EBSCO's Support Site includes a wide variety of support and training tools designed to help you learn how to get the most from CINAHL databases via the EBSCOhost interface, such as:

• Frequently Asked Questions regarding CINAHL, EBSCOhost, and EBSCOadmin
• User Guides, Help Sheets, and other helpful documentation
• Tutorials
• Training slides and outlines
• Promotional materials such as logos, flyers and email templates to streamline communications about CINAHL online resources

The new CINAHL Support Center is available whenever you need support in learning how to use CINAHL products, promoting CINAHL products to others, or when training new users on how to maximize the many features and benefits of CINAHL databases.

OCLC Publishes Annual Report

from OCLC:

In the report, Jay Jordan, OCLC President and Chief Executive Officer, wrote that fiscal 2008 was an exceptional year for the OCLC cooperative. Participating libraries set new records in online cataloging and resource sharing and contributed more records and holdings to WorldCat than ever before. At the same time, the membership adopted a new, next-generation governance structure as OCLC began to introduce new, next-generation services.

Serials Solutions Year-End Savings

from Serials Solutions:

Save BIG & Lock In Savings!

Request a quote for a new service today and lock in savings through March 31, 2009. Simply email and request a price quote, prior to December 31, to take advantage of this unique opportunity.

Serials Solutions 360 Counter Webinar

The Serials Solutions® 360 Counter e-resource assessment service helps you reduce costs and make more informed collection-development decisions. It aggregates Project COUNTER usage reports, incorporates costs, calculates cost-per-click and enables you to evaluate databases and content providers.

  • Aggregate and upload Project COUNTER reports easily using our new 360 Counter Data Retrieval Service.
  • Associate resource costs with usage data through the new Acquisitions Data Import feature.
  • Standardize title variations
  • Calculate cost-per-click so you can learn the true value of the content you license.
  • Create customized charts and graphs to share with colleagues and other stakeholders.
  • Archive usage data, costs, and analyses to provide historical perspective and prevent data loss.

Register for our next webinar on December 16 (1:00 pm EST/10:00 am PST). Click here to register or request more information by emailing Serials Solutions at

ProQuest Newspapers Content Update

ProQuest is pleased to announce additional years of coverage have been added to several ProQuest Historical Newspaper titles. The new dates of coverage are listed below:

  • Atlanta Constitution: 1868-1942
  • Boston Globe: 1872-1925
  • Christian Science Monitor: 1908-1995
  • The New York Times: 1851-2005
  • Washington Post: 1877-1992
  • Wall Street Journal: 1889-1991

2009 Ovid MEDLINE Global Reload

from OVID:

Dear Ovid Customer:

We are working on the dataset for the 2009 Global Reload and look forward to completing the 2009 MEDLINE regeneration as quickly as possible. At this point, we expect that the reload will be live on OvidSP in mid-late January 2009.

As a reminder

  • The last MEDLINE Daily update went out on November 19, 2008.

  • The last MEDLINE Weekly update went out on November 24, 2008.

No substantive field changes are currently planned for this reload. A complete description of the 2009 MeSH thesaurus changes are available by linking to:

If you should have any questions during this time, please contact us at
Ovid Technologies

Facts on File 2009 Price Increase Held to 2%

In consideration of the economic pinch that libraries are facing, Facts On File database subscriptions will be subject to a 2% renewal increase in 2009, as opposed to the standard 4%.

For 2010, plan on the renewal rate going back to 4%.

No Price Increase For Teen Health and Wellness

from Rosen Publishing:

December 11, 2008

Dear Colleagues:

Happy Holidays from the Teen Health & Wellness team!

As you prepare your 2009/2010 budgets, we want to let you know that there will be no price increase for your database subscription.

We are pleased to extend a renewal price identical to your introductory price. We will still send you formal renewal paperwork, but wanted to share this good news now.

We also want to extend a special offer to you, our valued customer: FREE WEBINAR TRAINING AND CUSTOM EMAIL. Make the most of your database subscription with two free training/outreach opportunities. Schedule a free Webinar training to share the database with your colleagues. Or let us create a cus tomized email message for you to make colleagues aware of this award-winning resource. Contact us via email or call 877.381.6649 anytime to take advantage of these free training/outreach tools.

Best wishes for a healthy and peaceful new year,

Miriam Gilbert for the Rosen Database Team

ProQuest Maintenance: December 13, 2008

from ProQuest:

Dear ProQuest Customer,

The next ProQuest® platform enhancement release will be on December 13, 2008. A eight (8) hour maintenance window will take place to install these exciting new enhancements. The window will begin Saturday, December 13, 2008, at 22:00 EDT to Sunday, December 14, 2008 at 10:00 EDT. See below for a more complete list of times and time zones.

Enhancements include:

  • Non-Periodical Browse-a new Browse tab allowing users of ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source to quickly surface valuable non-periodical content such as evidence based resources and tools, reports, videos, and study paths.

  • SHIBBOLETH Support-ProQuest platform products such as ABI/INFORM, Research Library, ProQuest Central and more will be SHIBBOLETH compliant, a growing method of authenticating user access to library resources. The release will provide federation support for the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Germany. Other federations will be supported at a later date.

  • Controlled Vocabulary Update-the controlled vocabulary has been updated to include new/updated terms. These regular updates allow users to continue performing highly detailed search queries using the latest terminology leading to better results.

The following products will be unavailable during these windows:

  • ProQuest platform products, ProQuest Historical Newspapers (traditional and graphical K12 interface), American Periodicals Series

  • K-12 products (HNP Graphical, K-12 Obituaries)

  • Dissertations Express and Dissertations Inter-Library Loan

*Relationship between 3M and TI dates back to 1998
*Early RFID testing done at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, with full rollout in 2000
*Long-term durability and data integrity of RFID tags tested under extreme conditions
This month, 3M Library Systems and Texas Instruments (TI) celebrated ten years of collaboration in the design and sale of radio frequency identification (RFID) tags to libraries worldwide. 3M Library Systems (a subdivision of 3M Track and Trace) offers the tags along with circulation, self-service, and security equipment, while TI handles the design and manufacturing of the embedded RF inlays within the tags themselves.

The library relationship between the two companies began in the design and testing phase of the RFID tags and reader technology, culminating with the rollout in 2000 of a large-scale implementation at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), an early testing ground for the technology. Since then, the partnership has resulted in the production of upwards of 80 million RFID tags that 3M has helped integrate into the collections at more than 1000 library sites.

To read the entire article go to:

OCLC is now offering three new West Region eBook Collections for 2009 (collections shared with four other library networks—OCLC Western, ILLINET, WiLS, and BCR): Academic, Community College, and Reference.

Pricing for the Academic and Community College collections are based on FTE or population served. Reference is a fixed price, $3,500; but, when purchased along with the Academic or Community College collection, the Reference Collection is only $2,500.

See the MINITEX NetLibrary Available Titles page for the initial title lists.

Final orders must be placed by January 30, 2009; you must place your order by December 31, 2008, to receive reduced pricing.

To place an order, please complete and fax the West Region Shared Collection Order Form to 612-625-3569. Email Rita Baladad at MINITEX for pricing.

EBSCO To Discontinue Text Only Interface

from EBSCO:

With the success of last summer's EBSCOhost 2.0 fully ADA compliant release, you now have an excellent alternative to the EBSCOhost Text Only interface, which will be fully retired in the spring of 2009. For more information and user reviews of EBSCO's 508 Accessibility, please visit this site.

If you use the Text Only interface for accessing EBSCOhost via a handheld device, you will find EBSCOhost 2.0 equally effective. A brand new product for accessing EBSCOhost using handheld devices is currently in development and targeted for release in the spring.

For those who continue to use the Text Only interface to minimize connectivity speed issues based on your local network providers, EBSCOhost 2.0 provides a superior alternative to Text Only.

Please change your links and start using EBSCOhost 2.0 now, to give your users time to become accustomed to its streamlined design and features before Text Only's discontinuance, and to take advantage of all that EBSCOhost 2.0 has to offer. For assistance, please see this FAQ, or contact Technical Support at any time, using the EBSCO Support Form.

Serials Solutions and Federated Search

Serials Solutions offers two federated search products: 360 Search and WebFeat; they are offering a free webinar, "The Best of Federated Search."

Scheduled dates are

December 10, 4:00 PM ET
December 17, 1:00 PM ET

To request a free demo, trial, or price quote, email Serials Solutions rep Don Litner.

Serials Solutions also recommended the following articles:

"Building Bearcat" - go behind the scenes of a federated search implementation. Authors: Lisa A. Ellis, Joseph Hartnett, and Michael Waldman of Baruch College, CUNY.

"Federated Search 101" - a nuts and bolts overview of exactly what to look for when considering a federated search tool. Authors: Alexis Linoski (University of Texas at Arlington) and Tine Walcyzk (Texas State Library and Archives Commission).

OCLC NetLibrary Launches New Media Center

from OCLC:

With the introduction of NetLibrary's new Media Center, you and your library's users are only a mouse click away from your favorite eAudiobooks. Now available as a free download, NetLibrary Media Center is a stand-alone, desktop application for searching, managing, transferring and listening to NetLibrary eAudiobooks. Whether you're just getting started, or already have a NetLibrary eAudiobook collection, the Media Center will make it faster and easier for your users to connect, click and listen.

Getting Started

In order to provide users with access to the NetLibrary Media Center, you will need to complete a Media Center Activation Request and return to NetLibrary. Be sure to include your library name and ID along with staff contact information. Once you have activated Media Center, you and your users will be able to download Media Center from the Web site and install to your desktop. Complete installation details are available from the NetLibrary Help section.

Gale’s New SUSHI Web Service

from Gale:

Farmington Hills, Mich., Nov. 4, 2008 – A new service dedicated to electronic resource usage reporting, in compliance with the Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI) Protocol and the Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources (COUNTER) Codes of Practice, is now available for Gale online databases. Gale is part of Cengage Learning.

“This service makes it possible for librarians to receive usage statistics for Gale databases using a SUSHI-compatible client,” said Mark Springer, manager of usage analytics and reporting at Gale. “Automating the retrieval of COUNTER reports saves time and makes it easier for our customers to collect usage statistics in an industry-standard format.”

Gale’s SUSHI service was released on August 14, 2008.

The usage reports delivered by the service are in compliance with Release 2 of the COUNTER Code of Practice for Journals and Databases.

For more information, please contact Lindsay Brown at

Oxford University Press Holiday Sale

Oxford University Press is having a holiday sale on print titles. Order directly from the Oxford site.

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