August 2009 Archives

Project MUSE Renewals and Orders

Minitex is offering a 10% discount off list price on 2010 Project MUSE renewals and orders. For pricing, please see:

The collections offered by Project MUSE are:

  • Premium Collection
  • Standard Collection
  • Basic Research Collection
  • Basic College Collection
  • Humanities Collection
  • Social Sciences Collection

Please visit our Project MUSE web page at for information about the collections, and email with any questions. Subscriptions run from January 1, 2010 - December 31, 2010.

To place an order or renewal, please complete and submit the following webform by September 30, 2009:

Please note: The rates on the 2010 price sheet are list prices and do not include the 10% discount offered by Minitex.

Introductory PsycINFO Training

from APA:

The American Psychological Association is pleased to invite you to attend a PsycINFO Webinar. We offer a 50-minute webinar titled introduction to the APA research databases" on several popular search platforms.

Introductory Training is intended primarily for students who have not yet had a research methods class, though it is also useful for librarians, faculty, and researchers who are not familiar with the APA databases or are accessing them on a platform that is new to them. It will provide an overview of the APA research databases and the platform features and show you how to manage your results, create alerts, and set up personal accounts.

In addition, it will demonstrate how to craft searches that make use of controlled and natural language and the fields and limits available in the databases.

We encourage librarians and instructors to arrange Webinar sessions for students. If the prearranged times below are not convenient, please contact us to arrange a custom session.

If this session is appropriate for you, please email with "Introductory Training" in the subject line, indicating the session you wish to attend. All times are listed in Eastern Time.

PsycINFO on EBSCOhost September 2, 2009 3:00 p.m.
PsycINFO on Ovid SP September 9, 2009 2:00 p.m.
PsycINFO on EBSCOhost September 16, 2009 1:00 p.m.
PsycINFO on APA PsycNET October 7, 2009 2:00 p.m.

BioOne Announces 2010 Collections

BioOne is pleased to welcome five new titles and their respective not-for-profit publishers to the 2010 BioOne Collections. These new titles further enhance what has become a leading resource for organismal, ecological, and conservation biology research.

Four titles will join the BioOne.2 collection, while one title will be added to the BioOne.1 collection. Four of the five titles are ISI-ranked, while the fifth is a promising new-start in its third year of publication. Enhancing BioOne's international profile, two of the publications are based in the United Kingdom and two are based in Poland. The fifth is US-based with a long and distinguished publishing history.

Due to these additions, in 2010 BioOne will be home to 159 total publications, 111 of which (70%) are ISI-ranked. Furthermore, 70 of BioOne's titles (44%) have their current content available online exclusively through BioOne's sophisticated new platform which debuted in January 2009. BioOne continues to be home to eleven open access publications, freely available to all users and fully integrated with the subscription-based collections.

In recognition of library constraints amidst a troubled economy, BioOne has frozen 2010 pricing at 2009 rates for both collections. For subscription or trial information, please contact Minitex. 2010 collection title lists in .pdf and .csv formats are also available for download at

MnKnows and MPR

from Bill DeJohn, Minitex Director:

Dig Deeper @ Your Library

Just a couple of items related to our portal, Dig Deeper @ Your Library

1. We still have bookmarks (in packages of 100). Please let Elly Gustafson-Held know how many additional packages you'd like to have available to hand out to your patrons.
2. We will start radio spots next Monday (August 31, 2009) that will run around 9 weeks on Minnesota Public Radio's all-news station, KNOW. They will include two alternating spots featuring MnKnows and ELM. Both will direct listeners to the website. In addition, there will be a MnKnows ad on the MPR website, and there will be a statement on MPR's streaming audio site. This initiative is being funded through a reserve fund and not through state appropriations.

Enjoy the remaining days of summer.


Google Book Project: EDUCAUSE Live

Register for the free EDUCAUSE Live session by following the link below:

"The Google Book Scanning Project: Issues and Updates"

1-2pm U.S. Eastern Time, Wednesday, September 2. No charge, but registration required. Archived for future (re)viewing.

Jonathan Band
Library Copyright Alliance

Dan Clancy
Engineering Director
Google Book Search


For about five years, Google has been scanning and indexing millions of volumes drawn from academic libraries and other sources worldwide. The project has been greeted with high praise but also with lawsuits. In the latter category, a judge will shortly decide whether to approve a settlement reached last year by Google and several organizations representing authors and publishers. The issues swirling around the settlement include the treatment of absent rightsholders, user privacy, and competition. This session will offer a status report on the project and explore both sides of these questions.

APA Now Offers E-Book Purchase Option

The American Psychological Association recently announced the release of a new purchase option for electronic access to their scholarly and professional book content, APA Books® E-Collections. Content can be purchased by complete copyright year, with 2001 through 2009 currently available, and represents the first electronic release of the entire APA 2009 copyright year. APA Books E-Collections are delivered on the APA PsycNET® search platform, and a small annual service fee for access is required. Pricing is site-based and consortia discounts are available. For more information, visit and contact

Cheryl LaGuardia wrote a rave review in Library Journal about American History in Video:

"Based on content, design, and price, this product is a solid ten. It tops any other similarly themed resource in its field and, at this price, is an amazing deal. . . . This is a product I wish every library in the United States could make accessible to its researchers, from elementary-school children to history scholars, and everybody in between. Resoundingly recommended"

Alexander Street Press is offering a 48-hour access to American History in Video; access ends Friday Friday, August 28:

username: historyinvideo
password: sneakpeek

For pricing, please contact Minitex.

ACLS HEB Announces Handheld Reader Experiment

from the ACLS (American Council of Learned Societies) quarterly eBook Spring 2009 Newsletter:

The handheld era is now firmly upon us: the Kindle, Sony eReader, and iPhone have all become central to the publishing revolution that has transformed making, distributing, and reading books. Many university presses are already placing hundreds of titles into these devices with varying levels of success. But are these "trade" devices -- machines for reading books one-up-- of great value for scholarly communication and its infrastructure of networked information? Scholarly books "talk" to one another. So, must the scholarly monograph and journal article stay cross-searchable and aggregated on the web to remain the self-reflective and intertextual resources scholars expect? Much anecdotal information and opinion flies around daily on listserves, but few studies have yet addressed these questions.

HEB has just launched a limited experiment to test the capacities of handheld devices for digital monographs. How do handhelds fill the most basic requirements of scholarly online publishing: hyperlinks, pop-up notes, enlargeable color or b&w images, sound, video, databases, external
resources, and searchability and cross-searchability?

We'll be conducting our experiment over the summer and fall and reporting our results in a white paper to be published in early 2010.

As with our other HEB white papers this will be available free on our support site and as a download, and in hard copy for a modest fee.

New ProQuest Platform Coming in 2010

Coming in 2010, ProQuest, CSA Illumina, and selected Chadwyck-Healey products will be available on the new platform at launch, and all ProQuest products will migrate to the new platform over time.

See the ProQuest site for further details.

OVID Updating of Network Address Range -CORRECTION

from OVID:

Dear Ovid Customer:

As a follow-up to our August 13th email notifying you of an update to the network (IP) address range, please note that there was an error in the listed range.

The correct additional network range is ( -

Please make note of the correction. If your institution uses a firewall or proxy server to restrict Internet access to a specific set of network (IP) addresses, you must update your range of allowable network addresses to ensure uninterrupted access to OvidSP or Nursing@Ovid. The correction has been made to here.

These updates are still on schedule to take place on Thursday, August 20th.

We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Customer Support team at with any questions.

Wolters Kluwer Health - Ovid

from OCLC:

Users of, WorldCat Local and WorldCat Local "quick start" can now search FirstSearch databases and all other OCLC electronic resource services you provide through an upgraded interface. Integrated search results include resources from all services - OCLC FirstSearch® databases, NetLibrary™ eBooks and eAudiobooks, Electronic Collections Online™ eJournals, ArchiveGrid® archival collection descriptions and CAMIO® (the Catalog of Art Museum Images Online).

A simple search box connects users with FirstSearch databases and other OCLC electronic resources to which your library subscribes in a user-friendly experience that delivers relevancy ranking of locally-owned items cataloged in WorldCat, faceted browsing and simultaneous searching of an unlimited number of databases. Soon, users also benefit from access to social tools such as personal profiles, reviews and ratings and list creation and sharing that are not available in existing service interfaces.

This enhanced access is the first step toward more full integration of OCLC electronic resources, with the goal of eventually making, WorldCat Local and WorldCat Local "quick start" the primary interface to these services. OCLC plans to release enhancements to the new interface on an ongoing basis.

A URL just for YOUR library
A new WorldCat URL specific to your library has already been created. Log on to the new Service Configuration module to review your library's URL and customize your site with library-specific branding. Also configure settings that enable access to the OCLC content to which your library subscribes.

Access to current services continues
These enhancements let your library offer users a new interface for access to OCLC electronic resources at no additional charge. Existing interfaces for FirstSearch, NetLibrary, CAMIO and ArchiveGrid will be available through at least 2011 to ensure a smooth transition for library staff and users. Staff at your library controls the timing of the introduction of these enhancements to your library's users.

For more information
Visit for additional details about access enhancements.

Minitex CPERS Dark Archives Webinar: Portico

MINITEX Cooperative Purchasing & Electronic Resources Services is pleased to announce the second session in its Dark Archives webinar series.

To get more information and to register, scroll to the bottom of this post.

Dark Archives: Portico

Please note: This webinar is hosted by Portico. Class sizes are limited. If you are unable to attend a webinar you are registered for please contact us ASAP so we can offer the seat to another person.

How are you preserving your library's electronic resources? When a vendor or publisher decides to stop providing access or a subscription is cancelled, how will you maintain access to the electronic content? There are multiple options available, and it can be challenging to know what is out there and what may be a good fit for your library. This three-session webinar series is designed to give librarians an overview of several of the different archiving options available; the first session, presented on August 3, was a brief introduction to the topic with brief talks by two librarians from the Minitex region about their library's electronic archiving.

This session is a presentation on Portico by Ken DiFiore, Portico's Associate Director for Outreach, on Monday, August 10 from 1:30pm to 3pm (Central Time).

The third session will be a presentation on LOCKSS by Victoria Reich, Director of the LOCKSS program on Thursday, August 13 at 11:30am. (Registration information to be announced).

Please watch your email and this blog for details on the remaining session. If you have any questions, please contact Anne Hatinen.

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