November 2009 Archives

EBSCO A-to-Z Administrator Site Unavailable - 12 December 2009

The EBSCO A-to-Z Administrator site will be unavailable on Saturday, 12 December 2009 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CDT (15:00 - 22:00 GMT) to allow for necessary maintenance.

The A-to-Z Reader site will remain available during the maintenance period.

ProQuest Maintenance Window - December 5, 2009

from ProQuest:

Dear ProQuest Customer,

ProQuest® will be performing infrastructure maintenance on December 5, 2009. A four (4) hour maintenance window will be required for this maintenance. The window will take place from Saturday, December 5, 2009, at 22:00 EST to Sunday, December 6, 2009 at 02:00 EST. See below for a more complete list of times and time zones.

As part of our ongoing commitment to investing in support systems for our customers around the world, ProQuest will be performing infrastructure maintenance for our state-of-the-art data center.

The following products will be unavailable during these windows:

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

  • Chadwyck-Healey products only in North America

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

  • Genealogy and local history products including Ancestry Library Edition, HeritageQuest Online, Historic Map Works Library Edition, ProQuest Obituaries and Digital Sanborn Maps

  • K-12 products

  • RefWorks-COS products

  • UMI products including online dissertation products

  • Corporate Websites including the ProQuest Support Center

Maintenance window schedule, by time zone:

  • Eastern Standard Time: Saturday, December 5, 2009 at 22:00 for four (4) hours

  • British Summer Time: Sunday, December 6, 2009 at 03:00 for four (4) hours

  • Central European Time: Sunday, December 6, 2009 at 04:00 for four (4) hours

  • Japan/Korea Standard Time: Sunday, December 6, 2009 at 12:00pm for four (4) hours

  • Malaysia/China Standard Time: Sunday, December 6, 2009 at 11:00 for four (4) hours

  • Australia Eastern Standard Time: Sunday, December 6, 2009 at 14:00 for four (4) hours

  • Brazil Standard Time: Sunday, December 6, 2009 at 01:00 for four (4) hours

  • New Zealand Time: Sunday, December 6, 2009 at 16:00 for four (4) hours

We welcome customer feedback. Please email your comments to platform feedback or visit

Gale's Continued Free Access to H1N1 Information

from Gale:

Gale is providing free access to Global Issues in Context and dozens of eBooks from the Gale Virtual Reference Library in an effort to make reliable information regarding the H1N1 virus, commonly known as the swine flu, available. Librarians can install a free widget - found at to their homepage, Facebook page or blog.

This free widget will be available to your community for as long as H1N1 is considered a national emergency. We will attempt to notify all accounts prior to the trial's expiration.

EBSCO's Continuous Pandemic H1N1 Coverage

from EBSCO:

Early in September, as public concern about Pandemic H1N1 and the upcoming flu season began to grow, the medical and nursing editors from EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) responded by offering the latest evidence-based, flu-related information for free.

As the pandemic expands, we continue to offer free flu information resources, located at We are pleased to provide public support via continuously updated, evidence-based clinical information from DynaMed and Nursing Reference Center, EBSCO's clinical and nursing point-of-care databases, along with patient education information in 17 languages from Patient Education Reference Center. Please visit this site often, post links to the site on your home page, and feel free to share, post, and email this link to your colleagues, patrons, family and friends.

We'd like to take this opportunity to thank those who have provided such positive feedback from this effort. To learn about EBSCO's editorial processes for systematically identifying, evaluating and selecting evidence, visit this page.

EBSCO: Special Offer from CABI Publishing

from EBSCO:

We would like to bring to your attention a special offer that is available to libraries from CABI until December 31, 2009. CABI is offering a discount on its Archive products via EBSCOhost: Global Health Archive and CAB Abstracts Archive.

In addition, CABI is offering complimentary access for one year to the front file with the purchase of the archive. For example, if a library does not currently subscribe to Global Health and purchases Global Health Archive, then the library would be entitled to get a discount on Global Health Archive and receive a one year complimentary subscription to Global Health. If the library currently has a subscription to Global Health, then a discount would only apply to Global Health Archive.

CAB Abstracts Archive - this database consists of journals that provide information on agricultural science, veterinary medicine, nutrition and natural resources. Additionally, other topics covered in the database include: biodiversity, pest control, environmental pollution, animal diseases, food production, managing natural resources, plant and animal breeding and more.

Global Health Archive - this resource puts current international and public health problems into an historical context and also contains information on issues that are still being researched today, including: Bioterrorism; Disease control; Patent protection; Food security and malnutrition and much more.

For additional information including a free trial, please contact Minitex.

from Alexander Street Press

We are excited to announce that the Alexander Street Music Online cross search platform received a wonderful review in the November 1, 2009 issue of Booklist, where they referred to us as "the LexisNexis of Music"!

A few highlights of the review include:

  • "The statistics...are impressive - 14,105 CDs and albums; 298 videos totaling 468 hours of dance and opera; more than 550,000 pages of full-text reference; 15,222 scores."

  • "New material is continually being added in all categories..."

  • "Classical Scores Library is amazing, the images load quickly and thumbnail images permit scrolling through multiple pages. There are also options for printing less than the entire score..."

  • "Dance in Video and Opera in Video are also fascinating"...

  • "Music Online is the LexisNexis of music, and it may make the use of many traditional library resources unnecessary..."

If you are a Booklist subscriber, you can access the review here:

The complete Music Online platform includes: Classical Music Library, Smithsonian Global Sound (final migration end of November), American Song/African American Music, Contemporary World Music, Jazz Music Library, Classical Scores Library, Classical Music Reference Library, The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, African American Music Reference, Dance in Video and Opera in Video all cross-searchable. You can subscribe to the whole package, the streaming package, the listening package or pick and choose individual databases. Users only see what their library subscribes to.

Also, as of yesterday, we've released over 2,000 new albums (over 30,000 new tracks) into Jazz Music Library bringing the collection up to 60,000 tracks!

Should you want a trial or pricing, please contact Minitex.

Credo Reference Webinars and $100 Amazon Gift Card Drawing

Attend a Credo Reference Webinar and you could win a $100 Amazon gift card. Starting this week, Credo Reference will be giving away a $100 Amazon gift card each week to one of their webinar attendees. This week's webinars are Wednesday and Friday.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009
11:00AM EST / 10:00AM CST / 9:00AM MST / 8:00AM PST
Meeting Number: 689 853 513
Meeting Password: Demo1234
Toll-free call in number (US/Canada): 866.699.3239
To join the webinar:
1. Go to
2. Enter your name and email address.
3. Enter the meeting password: Demo1234

Friday, November 13, 2009
1:00PM EST / 12:00PM CST / 11:00AM MST / 10:00AM PST
Meeting Number: 684 406 697
Meeting Password: Demo1234
Toll-free call in number (US/Canada): 866.699.3239
To join the webinar:
1. Go to
2. Enter your name and email address.
3. Enter the meeting password: Demo1234

More details and the full schedule can be found at

EBSCOhost Mobile and Alerts Setup Enhancements

from EBSCO:

We are excited to announce that the anticipated new interface for mobile users, EBSCOhost Mobile, is here! The new EBSCOhost application is tailor-made for the smaller screens of mobile devices, and offers the most important EBSCOhost features and functionality, right in the palm of your hand! To get started on using your mobile device to access your EBSCOhost resources, simply review this FAQ and learn about:

  • the many features of EBSCOhost Mobile
  • how to access the application
  • which devices are supported

Once you have created a profile in EBSCOadmin for EBSCOhost Mobile, this new interface will be available to all users who have access to your account. To help you alert your users, we have created posters that you can download and print; one of which includes a special, customizable message field. If you (or your library administrator) need assistance setting up a new profile for EBSCOhost Mobile, please communicate with EBSCO's Technical Support Representatives online, via EBSCO's Support Form, and remember to allow one to two weeks for setup time. For more information, please see this top story.

Also new on EBSCOhost are several enhancements to streamline the Alerts creation process, described here.

Visit EBSCO's Support Site ( to learn about all of EBSCO's products, search among thousands of FAQs, and download tutorials, Help Sheets or User Guides.

Advanced PsycINFO Webinars in November

from APA:

The American Psychological Association is pleased to invite you to attend a PsycINFO Webinar. This 1-hour Advanced Training session will detail the coverage and selection practices, the structure of the database, and annual reloads. The session reviews the structure of PsycINFO records, covering the elements of the bibliographic citation, controlled vocabulary and indexing, and value-added fields, such as author affiliation, grant/sponsorship, and tests and measures. Sample searches will demonstrate searching using the online thesaurus, classification codes, natural language or keywords, and fields and limits. For date and time information, please see below.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand PsycINFO coverage and content.

  • Become familiar with PsycINFO record structure and indexing practices.

  • Learn how to use field values and limits effectively.

  • Know how to create precise search strategies and manage results.


  • This session is ideal for subject specialists, reference librarians, and
    instructors who provide support for the behavioral sciences.

Please invite any members of your library staff or faculty who are interested in gaining in-depth information about PsycINFO content and structure, as well as how to build efficient search strategies to obtain scholarly literature and enhance their research process.

All times are listed in Eastern Time. To register, visit our Webinars registration page.

PsycINFO on EBSCOhost November 10, 2009 3:30 p.m.
PsycINFO on APA PsycNET November 12, 2009 1:00 p.m.
PsycINFO on CSA Illumina November 19, 2009 2:00 p.m.

Please feel free to send any questions or comments to with "Advanced Training" in the subject line.

Historical Minneapolis Tribune and

ProQuest has restored access to the Historical Minneapolis Tribune via the Elm portal,

Alexander Street Press is offering free access to American History in Video until Novermber 15.

Library Journal, August 15, 2009, gave American History in Video a rave review:

""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."

Contact Minitex for pricing.

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