February 2009 Archives

Minitex Offering Credo Reference

Credo Reference is a full-text online reference collection of more than 390 titles from 60+ of the best reference publishers. Credo's collection is integrated with millions of cross-references and contains dictionaries, bilingual dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedias, quotations and atlases, plus a wide range of subject-specific titles covering everything from art to accountancy, science to Shakespeare, and law to literature.

Three subscription options allow users to customize the number of titles in their subscription:

  • Credo 100 allows you to manage a collection of any 100 titles by selecting those that are most preferable for your institution. Subscribers can then add and drop titles during the course of a year. Credo updates books as new editions become available from the publisher.

  • Credo 250 allows you to manage a collection of any 250 titles with the same flexibility and free updates as the Credo 100.

  • Credo Unlimited consists of all titles currently available (390+) and all new titles released during the course of the subscription term.

Credo Reference has scheduled informational webinars:

  • Monday, February 23, 2009 at 2:00 pm, EST

  • Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 3:00 pm, EST

Click the following link for information on how to attend these webinars http://corp.credoreference.com/webinars.

Contact Minitex for pricing, trials, or more information.

ProQuest Maintenance: February 21

Dear ProQuest Customer,

The next ProQuest® platform maintenance window will be on February 21, 2009. A twelve (12) hour maintenance window will take place for infrastructure maintenance. The window will begin Saturday, February 21, 2009, at 22:00 Eastern Standard Time to Sunday, February 22, 2009 at 10:00 Eastern Standard Time. See below for a more complete list of times and time zones.

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 such as eLibrary®, SIRS®, and CultureGrams™

  • Chadwyck-Healey products housed in the US (all products with domain names ending with chadwyck.com)

  • CSA platform products such as CSA Illustrata: Natural Sciences, CSA Sociological Abstracts

  • COS/RefWorks

H.W. Wilson Debuts Cinema Image Gallery

from H.W. Wilson:

 New!
Cinema Image Gallery

webpage
demo
flyer

Pricing: Same as for
Art Museum Image Gallery
.

Cinema Image Gallery is now available on WilsonWeb! Featuring more than 152,000 images from movies, television and entertainment, Cinema Image Gallery weds the most comprehensive still image archive of its kind to WilsonWeb's depth of full text articles and biographical profiles. The result is both a practical tool for serious research in film studies, biography and beyond, and a fun and approachable resource for movie lovers and fans of entertainment stars back a century.

For academic libraries--
Cinema Image Gallery
is a practical reference for courses in film studies, photography, literature, art and design, fashion and costume design, make-up artistry, set design, graphics and illustration, pop culture, and social sciences.

For public libraries--
Cinema Image Gallery satisfies movie and entertainment fans with reliable information and images (many unavailable elsewhere) of favorite actors and actresses, movies, and tv shows. The database is also a useful adjunct to video collections. Since coverage encompasses artists and works from today back to silent films, CIG may also prove popular with such users as film clubs and senior citizen's groups.
All images are rights-cleared for
educational use.

The Cinema Image Gallery demo on the H.W. Wilson website should serve as a helpful introduction to the database.

The database is already earning positive press coverage. Have a look at Carolyn Tenopir's column on the Library Journal website, at www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6618867.html.

In related news, Wilson anticipates that the Getty database, International Bibliography of Art (formerly BHA, Bibliography of the History of Art) will be joining the Art suite of databases on WilsonWeb this spring. 

Minitex Now Offering Credo Reference

Credo Reference is a full-text online reference collection of more than 390 titles from 60+ of the best reference publishers. Credo's collection is integrated with millions of cross-references and contains dictionaries, bilingual dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedias, quotations and atlases, plus a wide range of subject-specific titles covering everything from art to accountancy, science to Shakespeare, and law to literature.

Three subscription options allow users to customize the number of titles in their subscription:

  • Credo 100 allows you to manage a collection of any 100 titles by selecting those that are most preferable for your institution. Subscribers can then add and drop titles during the course of a year. Credo updates books as new editions become available from the publisher.

  • Credo 250 allows you to manage a collection of any 250 titles with the same flexibility and free updates as the Credo 100.

  • Credo Unlimited consists of all titles currently available (390+) and all new titles released during the course of the subscription term.

Credo Reference has scheduled informational webinars:

  • Wednesday, February 18, 2009 at 3:00 pm, EST

  • Friday, February 20, 2009 at 12:00 pm, EST

  • Monday, February 23, 2009 at 2:00 pm, EST

  • Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 3:00 pm, EST

Click the following link for information on how to attend these webinars http://corp.credoreference.com/webinars.

Contact Minitex for pricing, trials, or more information.

Videos Now Available with ProQuest Safari Tech Books Online

from ProQuest:

Safari Tech Books Online - Now Available with Powerful Training Videos!
Tech savvy people already know―when it comes to the best in online technology resources and learning, Safari Tech Books Online consistently delivers the best selection of e-books available. And now we are pleased to introduce top-notch instructional videos with certain subscription packages. Users can enjoy a depth and breadth of training resources that will keep them coming back for more. Don’t miss out on a free trial for Safari Tech Books Online.

Comprehensive Tech E-books in Safari Tech Books Online― This growing database includes over 6,300 titles, covering a wide range of the technologies and training most essential to users. Topics include certification, Java, web development, graphic design, Windows, and more. A simple search of key terms brings quick and reliable resources from top publishers such as O’Reilly Media, Adobe Press, Peachpit Press, Microsoft Press, Ques, Sams, and Addison-Wesley to name a few.

Enhanced Learning by Video―Beyond leveraging the power of Safari Tech Books alone, online video training offers even more reasons to subscribe:

  • Many users may learn and retain technology instruction better through instructional video rather than textbooks

  • All videos reside on the Safari platform, allowing users to search the books and video content simultaneously

  • Videos are broken out into chapters and subchapters allowing users to pinpoint exactly what they want to see

  • Users can choose to watch videos in their entirety or view smaller clips for the time-sensitive researcher

  • Video content is available in QuickTime, Adobe Flash, and Windows Media formats

Subscribe Now!
Click here for a free trial to preview this terrific collection and learn more about the advantages of a Safari Tech Books Online subscription package. Contact ProQuest representative Michael Peters today to sign-up for a free trial or for more information including pricing options and a title list of books and videos

New EBSCO IPs-Firewall Exception List

from EBSCO Publishing:

Dear EBSCO Customer,
We are pleased to announce that, in accordance with our pledge to continually improve customer access to EBSCO products, we are expanding our IP address ranges.

IMPORTANT - Action Required: If you need to allow access through firewalls, proxies, filtering software or other security features, we ask that you please add these IP addresses (140.234.*.*, and 63.208.197.*) to your firewall exception list by March 1, 2009, to ensure full, unrestricted access to all EBSCO Publishing online products.

This FAQ provides complete details of all URLs and IPs to use EBSCO

Visit EBSCO''s Support Site (http://support.ebscohost.com) 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 (http://support.ebscohost.com/contact/askus.php).

Sincerely,

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

Oxford Digital Reference Shelf: New Titles Now Available

from Oxford University Press:

To celebrate the start of 2009, Oxford is delighted to announce the arrival of two highly-anticipated additions to the Oxford Digital Reference Shelf:

THE OXFORD CLASSICAL DICTIONARY, THIRD EDITION REVISED
This newly revised and completely up-to-date third edition of this historic reference reflects the expansion in the scholarship and scope of classical studies. Here, in over six thousand entries ranging from long articles to brief identifications, readers can find information on virtually any topic of interest: athletics, bee-keeping, botany, magic, Roman law, navigation, and the reckoning of time. The Dictionary profiles every major figure of Greece and Rome-and lesser known figures not found in other references-from Homer and Virgil, to Plato and Aristotle, to Julius Caesar and Alexander the Great. Readers will find entries on mythological and legendary figures, on major cities and famous buildings, and on legal, rhetorical, literary, and political terms and concepts, as well as extensive thematic articles that offer superb coverage of topics of interest to both scholars and general readers.
-- Simon Hornblower and Anthony Spawforth, Editors

THE OXFORD DICTIONARY OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH, THIRD EDITION REVISED
Authoritative and wide-ranging in its scope, The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church is the indispensable one-volume reference work on all aspects of the Christian Church. It contains over 6,000 cross-referenced A-Z entries, and offers unrivalled coverage of all aspects of this vast and often complex subject, from theology; churches and denominations; patristic scholarship; and the bible; to the church calendar and its organization; popes; archbishops; saints; and mystics. An essential resource for ordinands, clergy, and members of religious orders, The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church is an invaluable tool for academics, teachers, and students of church history and theology, as well as for the general reader.
-- F. L. Cross and E. A. Livingstone, Editors

Contact cpers for pricing or a free 30-day trial.

2009 Library Technology Conference

Registration is now open for the 2009 Library Technology Conference, to be held on the campus of Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, on March 18-19, 2009.

For more information, visit the conference web site at:
http://www.macalester.edu/library/libtechconference/

To register, go to: https://www.minitex.umn.edu/events/conferences/libTech2009.aspx

The Library Technology Conference is in its second year and grew out of the very successful Midwest Library Technology conference held in May 2008. That event attracted participants from academic, public, special and K-12 school libraries from five upper midwest states. This year's conference is again intended to provide an opportunity for librarians from around the region and the country to discuss the technologies that are affecting library services; to see examples of what libraries are doing with these technologies; and to provide a venue where participants can learn specific skills or knowledge that they can take back and adapt for use within their own libraries.

New ProQuest Resource: Middle East Newsstand

from ProQuest:

The Middle East is one of the most dynamic, complex regions in the world today. To help your faculty members and students monitor and better understand it, give them access to the unmatched content found in Middle East Newsstand, from ProQuest.

To try this resource at no charge, click here.

More than 30 current newspapers from the Arab World, Israel, and South Asia are offered—in English—as part of this online, searchable collection. Titles such as Arab News, Dar Al-Hayat, Aljazeera.net, Jerusalem Post, Palestine Chronicle, and Yemen Times provide a wide range of perspectives on current events for everyone from undergraduates taking survey courses, to graduate students and faculty members performing in-depth, ongoing research.

To try Middle East Newsstand at no charge (and to read the complete transcript of President’s Obama’s first interview), click here, email pqsales@proquest.com, or call 800-521-0600, extension 2134.

Teen Health and Wellness Personal Story Project

Kirkus Reviews (September 2007) wrote of Teen Health and Wellness that "the articles are written specifically for teens and are reviewed by specialists in the appropriate fields. . . . A powerful resource tailored to an audience badly in need of accurate, reliable information."

One way that Rosen Publishing has tailored Teen Health and Wellness specifically for teens is by encouraging them to write first-person stories for inclusion in the database via the Personal Story Project.

Teens can submit a Personal Story at any time. If an essay is selected for inclusion, the author receives a letter of commendation from Rosen Publishing notifying them of acceptance and a $20 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble.

School Library Journal featured a a writing class at Shelton School in Dallas, Texas, that submitted articles to the Personal Story Project. Recently, Rosen has also partnered with ALA YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) for Teen Tech Week.

EBSCOhost Integrated Search (Coming Soon)

EBSCO will be entering the world of federated searching in early summer 2009 with EBSCOhost Integrated Search.

from EBSCO:

"Because the recently enhanced EBSCOhost interface is the essence of EBSCOhost Integrated Search, it leverages the same easy-to-use EBSCOhost features and functionality that users know and have come to rely on.

Like federated search engines, EBSCOhost Integrated Search allows users to simultaneously search EBSCO databases as well as all other electronic resources, including those from other database aggregators, OPACs, and publisher packages. However, unlike federated search products, true integration is possible with EBSCOhost Integrated Search as libraries can now apply the powerful EBSCOhost search experience to all of their other electronic information resources. EBSCOhost features that are available for any database, from any vendor, include:

    * EBSCOhost Basic and Advanced Search Screen Functionality
    * Subject clustering
    * Publication clustering
    * Sorting results by Relevancy or Date
    * Date Slider limiter
    * Add to Folders option
    * Use of Custom Links
    * Fast response times, allowing results to trickle in without delaying the user

In addition, through EBSCOadmin, librarians can now set up any databases from any vendor, customize the user experience for external databases, generate usage reports from external databases, add labels of databases for unfamiliar end users and more. "

Josh Hadro discusses EBSCOhost Integrated Search at LibraryJournal.com (http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6633587.html?nid=2671&source=link&rid=438395636).

Pre-CINAHL Content Merged w/CINAHL Databases

from EBSCO:

Dear EBSCO Customer,

We are pleased to announce that we have incorporated the content in the Pre-CINAHL database with our CINAHL products to streamline your search experience.  Pre-CINAHL was intended to provide current awareness of new journal articles, and included a rotating file of limited bibliographic information (no subject searching), which was available to searchers only for the time when these articles were being assigned additional indexing. This enabled users to gain access to article citations that otherwise would not have been available. These early article citations are now part of all CINAHL products.

This update means that:
  • All of the records you wish to access in Pre-CINAHL can be searched in your subscribed CINAHL product
  • If you wish to exclude these records in your CINAHL product search, you can use the “Exclude Pre-CINAHL” search limiter

Therefore, on March 31, 2009 we will discontinue the Pre-CINAHL database as a stand-alone product. On that date, Pre-CINAHL, alone, will no longer be accessible to you. Please delete or change any links you may have created to this product. 

The new CINAHL Support Center (http://support.ebscohost.com/cinahl) 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.

If you need assistance, please visit EBSCO's Support Site (http://support.ebscohost.com) to learn about new features, search among thousands of FAQs, download Flash tutorials, Help Sheets or User Guides, or communicate with Technical Support using the EBSCO Support Form (http://support.ebscohost.com/contact/askus.php).

BioOne Launches New Platform

For Immediate Release: January 28, 2009
BioOne Launches New Platform

After nearly two years of concerted effort with its dedicated partners, BioOne launched its new platform (www.bioone.org) on Tuesday, January 27, featuring a new look and improved content tools and features. BioOne's upgraded platform is serviced by Allen Press and powered by Atypon Systems. BioOne embarked on this project to bring new functionality and a more user-friendly interface to all of its community members: researchers, participating publishers, and subscribing libraries.

Among its many new features designed with our users in mind, BioOne now includes personalized profiles through "My BioOne"
allowing for saved searches, favorite journals, and e-alerting preferences, article and title-level tools such as RSS feeds, related article and author searches, and toll-free linking.

The site now offers BioOne participating publishers previously unavailable branding, customization, and promotional opportunities, including dedicated informational pages for each publication and society.

For BioOne subscribing libraries, BioOne is pleased to offer an increase in core access and reporting functionality including easy download of COUNTER statistics and MARC records, Open URL compliance and Shibboleth supported access.

We invite you to log-on to BioOne (www.bioone.org) and see these and other improvements for yourself. We welcome and rely on your feedback to continue to improve the site and better serve our communities. Users at subscribing institutions will be IP-authenticated as in the past. To log-in to "My BioOne" and access your profile, please enter your email address and the password used on the previous BioOne site (for a reminder, please contact helpdesk@allenpress.com).

On behalf of everyone at BioOne, thank you to all those individuals and partner organizations that made this migration possible, including, but not limited to Allen Press, Atypon Systems, Portico, and Innodata-Isogen. The launch of the new BioOne platform marks the culmination of many months of work for our dedicated team. We hope that you find the end product worthy of our collective efforts and a fitting home for essential bioscience research.

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