June 2009 Archives

ProQuest Platform Maintenance June 27, 2009

from ProQuest:

The next ProQuest platform maintenance window will be on June 27, 2009. A twelve (12) hour maintenance window will take place to install these exciting new enhancements. The window will take place from Saturday, June 27, 2009, at 22:00 Eastern Standard Time to Sunday, June 28, 2009 at 10:00 Eastern Standard Time. See below for a more complete list of times and time zones.

We are pleased to announce the following enhancements:

  • MLA Citation Format Change--The citation generator is being updated to reflect the MLA documentation style found in the seventh edition.

  • Full Text linking with Google Scholar--Institutions with both Google Scholar accounts and ProQuest platform subscriptions can now see links to ProQuest full text content when searching Google Scholar. To begin seeing these links, use LAD (Local Administrator) to enable Google Scholar linking.

  • Author Naming Adjustments--In the citation generator area, author names will be presented in Last Name, First Name format. This is only for content that captures the author meta-data in a more granular format. This change reflects content from 2007 moving forward and will be added to archival content over time. Instances such as "staff writer" will not fit this format.

The following products will be unavailable during these windows:

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

  • CSA Illumina products such as CSA Technology Research Database, Illustrata: Natural Sciences, and CSA Sociological Abstracts

  • K-12 products such as eLibrary, SIRS, and CultureGrams

from Gale:

Gale PowerSearch 2.0 Now Available
Since its launch in 2002, the Gale PowerSearch platform has offered comprehensive access to authoritative reference, periodical and primary source information. Gale has incorporated new enhancements, creating Gale PowerSearch 2.0, a platform providing even greater ease and giving more power to the user.

Gale PowerSearch 2.0 simplifies browsing through Gale's more than 20,000 publications, providing the ability to search across more than 150 million documents.

Improvements include:

  • Web 2.0 sharing tools including Del.icio.us, MySpace, Reddit, Digg, Facebook, Newsvine, Twitter and others to connect users with their community, allowing them to push interesting articles out to the Web to share with others
  • ReadSpeaker (text-to-speech technology), allowing users to have all articles available from within the platform read aloud to them. All articles are fully downloadable in MP3 file format and can be played on an iPod or other audio devices
  • Addition of "named user" functionality, allowing researchers to create custom profiles, name and save any search and modify RSS feeds on the product's homepage, thus facilitating ongoing research and supporting user's interests
  • Search results that incorporate portals of context sensitive multimedia (images, video and podcasts)
  • On demand translation of documents into 11 different languages, helping institutions support a global community of users

Current Gale customers can enable Gale PowerSearch 2.0 now by contacting Gale Technical Support at 1-800-877-4253, option 4. Gale PowerSearch 2.0 will be implemented for all customers in July 2009. Click on the "Find Out More" link on the Gale PowerSearch Web site www.gale.cengage.com/powersearch/.

from Rosen Publishing:

Teen Health & Wellness will host a user group for current and prospective customers at ALA Annual in Chicago:

DATE: Saturday, July 11
TIME: 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
PLACE: Chicago Hilton, Lake Michigan Room

Space is limited, so RSVP at user_group@teenhealthandwellness.com today.

At our User Group you can

  • Find out how new database features promote 21st Century Skills

  • Learn proven strategies to maximize your database usage

  • Get innovative program and promotion ideas

  • Network with colleagues who are successfully using this award-winning resource

To RSVP, email Teen Health & Wellness at user_group@teenhealthandwellness.com or call (877) 381-6649. Participants will receive an email confirmation. Snacks will be served!

Remember, space is limited, so sign up today! And don't forget to stop by ALA Booth #4515 to see what's new from Rosen Publishing and Teen Health & Wellness.

ProQuest Platform Enhancements

from ProQuest:

We are pleased to announce that two more exciting new enhancements will soon be available to our valued ProQuest customers:

  • New Browse Functionality--During our maintenance window on June 27th, a new "browse" tab will be added to ABI/INFORM to help users quickly find and zero in on highly sought information such as market research reports and articles, industry reports, company information and annual reports, country reports, commodity reports, dissertations, and working papers. The browse tab will also include quick links, which help users quickly drill down to results based on a variety of content types, such as SWOT analyses, market share, industry trends and forecasts, and CEO profiles and interviews.

  • COUNTER 3 Reporting--Project COUNTER released version 3 of its Code of Practice with a due date for adoption of the end of August 2009. On July 1st,we will switch from version 2 to version 3 for the ProQuest platform. COUNTER 3 compliance will now identify federated search usage and allow reporting via the SUSHI protocol.

The reporting structure will change slightly to conform with the new COUNTER standard. COUNTER 3 reporting for the CSA Illumina and Chadwyck-Healey platforms is scheduled to be available in August.

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

Faceted Searching to be Added to JSTOR

from JSTOR

JSTOR will introduce a new "faceted search" feature in early July. The faceted search will offer a number of different options to expand and refine search results. Faceted searching and search results will allow you to easily visualize how the returned articles are distributed among categories, or "facets." For instance, with faceted search you can see how many of your results are in each discipline, how many are book reviews or full-length articles, and how many articles contain images, among other options. You'll be able to modify your search results by choosing specific facets, and all search results pages will now incorporate the facets sidebar to make modifications easier.

Several webinars have been scheduled to provide overviews of the new search functionality. If you're interested in seeing a preview of the new functionality, we encourage you to sign up for one of the sessions this week. Screenshots of the new functionality have also been posted on JSTOR's Facebook page, in the photo album "New Faceted Search Interface."

ProQuest New eLibrary Begins June 25

from ProQuest

The new eLibrary combines smart content with even smarter technology to support next-generation research in your library.

Starting June 25, 2009, all eLibrary accounts will automatically move to the new eLibrary. You won't have to do a thing--other than enjoy all the new features!

Tools to Learn
Don't just get results... get answers with Essential Pages that organize high-quality, high-interest, and highly usable content around most-studied topics.

Tools to Research
Use personal workspaces and new tools--including saved lists, note-taking tools, and citation generators--to develop, document, and present research.

Tools to Teach
Connect to millions of images, websites, e-books, and videos; thousands of full-text magazines and newspapers; and custom study units, Lexiles, and translation tools.

Tools to Create & Collaborate
Integrated timeline templates, slideshow makers, and lesson plan tools promote online collaboration and sharing.

See these features and more when you take an eLibrary quick tour.

Visit our Training & Support Center for useful guides and demos on using these new tools.

WorldCat Local to Expand with MetaSearch

from OCLC:

In July, OCLC will add metasearch functionality to WorldCat Local. WorldCat Local metasearch will enable users to search your library's collections, library resources in WorldCat, electronic resources from OCLC and other content providers from a single search with integrated search results. In addition, relevancy ranking will feature your library's resources in results lists.

Learn more about the upcoming addition to WorldCat Local at a webinar on Thursday, June 25 at 1:00 - 2:00 PM Eastern. This program will include a sneak preview of the metasearch functionality planned for July along with overview of OCLC's plans for future development of the service.

ProQuest Maintenance Window - June 27, 2009

from ProQuest:

The next ProQuest platform maintenance window will be on June 27, 2009. A twelve (12) hour maintenance window will take place to install these exciting new enhancements. The window will take place from Saturday, June 27, 2009, at 22:00 Eastern Standard Time to Sunday, June 28, 2009 at 10:00 Eastern Standard Time. See below for a more complete list of times and time zones.

We are pleased to announce the following enhancements:

  • MLA Citation Format Change--The citation generator is being updated to reflect the MLA documentation style found in the seventh edition.

  • Full Text linking with Google Scholar--Institutions with both Google Scholar accounts and ProQuest platform subscriptions can now see links to ProQuest full text content when searching Google Scholar. To begin seeing these links, use LAD (Local Administrator) to enable Google Scholar linking.

  • Author Naming Adjustments--In the citation generator area, author names will be presented in Last Name, First Name format. This is only for content that captures the author meta-data in a more granular format. This change reflects content from 2007 moving forward and will be added to archival content over time. Instances such as "staff writer" will not fit this format.

The following products will be unavailable during these windows:

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

  • CSA Illumina products such as CSA Technology Research Database, Illustrata: Natural Sciences, and CSA Sociological Abstracts

  • K-12 products such as eLibrary, SIRS, and CultureGrams

from OCLC:

WorldCat Local "quick start" is now available at no charge to libraries that subscribe to the WorldCat database on the OCLC FirstSearch service. The service delivers the resources of your library and libraries around the world in a single search. This first step toward Web-scale, cooperative library management services connects your users' search experience with library systems--today, that means WorldCat, your catalog, local availability and resource sharing. Soon, OCLC will take the next steps and pilot Web-scale delivery and circulation, license management, print and electronic acquisitions, and more.

See a live demonstration of a new WorldCat Local "quick start" site and learn more about the service at weekly Web information sessions. Registration is open, and additional sessions will be added regularly.

Built on the popular WorldCat.org interface, WorldCat Local "quick start" includes:

  • Your library's brand in the URL, search box and user interface

  • Your library's resources displayed first in search results

  • Interoperability with a single integrated library system

  • Smart integration with your library's existing delivery services

  • Access to the same social networking tools available on WorldCat.org

  • Article-level records from well-known databases with links to full text where available

Visit our website to learn more about WorldCat Local "quick start," and how your library can take advantage of this new service. In addition to introductory webinars, you may also register for webinars that provide an introduction to the service, instruction on configuration options and guidance on use of OCLC's batch processing services to update your library's holdings in WorldCat.

from Serials Solutions:

Over the past several weeks we have had been receiving inquiries about additional opportunities to attend our recent “Tips for Managing, Assessing and Developing Your E-Collection” webinars. As much as we’d like to offer more live sessions, we decided that it would be best to record the session and make it available on demand.

from OCLC:

In July, WorldCat.org will add library-branded, single-search-box access to NetLibrary® eBooks and eAudiobooks, Electronic Collections Online eJournals, OCLC FirstSearch databases, ArchiveGrid® archival collection descriptions and CAMIO® the Catalog of Art Museum Images Online. This will give information seekers easier access to a wide range of electronic resources on WorldCat.org in a way that eliminates the need for multiple access points.
Whether your library subscribes to a single FirstSearch database or NetLibrary eBook or to a wide range of content, your users will be able to connect with this content - and the entire WorldCat database - through a WorldCat search box branded for your library.

Sign up today for a free, live Web session to learn more about plans for single-search access to your library’s OCLC eContent through the familiar WorldCat.org interface. The program will include a sneak preview of the new interface that will be included with your OCLC eContent subscription at no additional charge.

ELM Statewide Electronic Resources Announced

On behalf of Minnesota’s State Library Services, 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 our joint, 3-state participation in licensing the databases and database packages recommended by the Minitex Electronic Information Resources (MEIR) Task Force as a result of the Request for Proposal (RFP) that was issued in 2008-2009. These 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, Buyer, University of Minnesota Purchasing, Minitex will finalize license agreements with the following vendors for access to the following statewide electronic resources. These resources will be available beginning July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2012. (* denotes a database added to the suite of eresources for the coming contract period.)

OCLC FirstSearch Unavailable Sunday, June 7

OCLC will be performing network maintenance on Sunday, June 7. This work requires OCLC services to be offline. All online services will be shut down at 01:00 AM EDT and restarted at 07:00 AM EDT.

This maintenance will impact all OCLC production services, including (but not limited to):

  • FirstSearch

  • WorldCat Resource Sharing

  • WorldCat Local

  • Worldcat.org

  • Connexion and related cataloging services

  • Digital Archive

  • QuestionPoint

  • WebJunction

  • ContentDM

  • Online Service Center

  • Oclc.org

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