January 2010 Archives

ProQuest Maintenance Window, January 30, 2010

from ProQuest:

Dear ProQuest Customer,

ProQuest® will be performing infrastructure maintenance on January 30, 2010. A twelve (12) hour maintenance window will be required for this maintenance. The window will take place from Saturday, January 30, 2010, at 22:00 EST to Sunday, January 31, 2010 at 10:00 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

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

  • K-12 products, including eLibrary and SIRS

  • COS products

  • UMI products including ProQuest Digital Microfilm and online dissertation products

Facts on File Maintenance: Sat, January 30, 2010

from Facts on File:

Dear Valued Customer,

The Facts On File database server and streaming video platform will be down for approximately seven hours on Saturday, January 30th from 12:00 AM to 7:00 AM (EST). This continued maintenance is necessary to perform hardware updates to meet the traffic demands of our Facts On File users.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience the scheduled maintenance may cause.

Facts On File
Technical Support Team

Portico Certified as Trustworthy Digital Repository by the CRL

The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) conducted a preservation audit of Portico between April and October 2009 and certifies Portico as a trustworthy digital repository.

Further information from the CRL and a link to the report itself can be found at http://www.crl.edu/archiving-preservation/digital-archives/certification-and-assessment-digital-repositories/portico.

Portico's announement of the certification can be found at http://www.portico.org/news/012510.html.

from Gale:

Gale, part of Cengage Learning, and Portico, part of the not-for-profit organization ITHAKA, announced today an agreement in which Portico will digitally preserve archival versions of a number of the Gale Digital Collections.

LexisNexis Content Announcement: Boston Globe and Time, Inc.

from LexisNexis

Dear Colleagues,

Exclusive deals between publishers and other aggregators have affected the status of two important news files in LexisNexis Academic.

First, effective immediately, full-text coverage of the Boston Globe is no longer available in LexisNexis Academic. We continue to have a selected full-text version of this paper.

Second, as you may have heard, Time, Inc. has recently signed an exclusive licensing arrangement. LexisNexis Academic currently has 6 months of rolling coverage for Time Inc. publications, including Fortune, People, Sports Illustrated, and Time. We do not know how this will affect us, but it is likely that these publications will have to be removed from LexisNexis Academic at the end of our current contract with the publisher. We will keep you updated on the situation. As of right now, Time, Inc. publications are still in LexisNexis Academic.

Please continue to check our wiki article each quarter about notable adds and drops:

Please e-mail me personally if you have questions!
-Jennifer Matheny

Jennifer Matheny
Academic Product Lead, LexisNexis Academic

APA Advanced PsycINFO Training Webinars

APA is offering advanced training on multiple platforms:

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 database records, 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, author and journal indexes, natural language or keywords, and fields and limits.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand PsycINFO content and structure.

  • Become familiar with PsycINFO record structure and indexing

  • 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. Visit the webinar training for librarians page and click on the session you would like to attend to register. Please e-mail any questions or comments to psycinfowebinars@apa.org with "Advanced Training" in the subject line.

PsycINFO on APA PsycNET February 10, 2010 1:00 p.m.
PsycINFO on EBSCOhost February 17, 2010 2:00 p.m.
PsycINFO on CSA Illumina February 25, 2010 4:00 p.m.
PsycINFO on OvidSP March 2, 2010 3:00 p.m.
PsycINFO on EBSCOhost March 11, 2010 1:00 p.m.
PsycINFO on APA PsycNET March 18, 2010 2:00 p.m.
PsycINFO on OCLC First Search March 23, 2010 3:00 p.m.

Oxford University Press Launches New Librarian Newsletter

from Oxford University Press:

Oxford University Press (OUP) has launched Illuminea, a new quarterly newsletter for academic librarians and information professionals worldwide. This publication will keep readers up-to-date with the latest developments at OUP around the globe and across the publishing world.

Innovation is the underlying theme of the January 2010 launch issue. The lead article looks at Oxford Bibliographies Online, a revolutionary resource tool, designed to help busy researchers find reliable information by directing them towards authoritative books, chapters, journals, websites or databases. Its aim is to combine the best features of a research-level encyclopedia and the traditional bibliography.

We invite you to visit the Illuminea homepage at http://www.oup.com/illuminea to read the January 2010 features detailed above - and more. New editions will be published quarterly, so please bookmark us for future visits.

2010 3M Tattletape-RFID-Redtag pricing

Minitex announces pricing for 2010 on all 3M Tattletapes, RFID tags and Redtag products.
Go to: http://www.minitex.umn.edu/cpers/products/3M/
for all ordering and pricing information....Contact Tim Peters at Minitex if you have any questions on 3M Library Security products 800-462-5348...Minitex continues to offer the lowest price on 3M Library Security products...

Minitex is pleased to announce Playaway Audio Books as an addition to our Library Products discounts.
A Playaway is a small audio player that comes preloaded with an entire audiobook, regardless of length. You don't need a separate player, and you don't have to worry about several cassettes or CDs... just press play! It's perfect for people of all ages and gives you the portability to catch up with a good book wherever you are. Plus, they're small enough to carry around in your pocket--so your favorite book can go anywhere you do!

Go to http://www.minitex.umn.edu/cpers/products/playaway/
to access information on ordering direct from Playaway and receiving a 15% discount on your order.

Project MUSE News: New Improved E-Newsletter

from Project MUSE:

Project MUSE just released its new and improved electronic newsletter. The new e-news is designed to keep you up-to-date with new features, functionality, journals and more. Check it out and if you are not already on the distribution list, please consider signing up.


To sign up for the newsletter or to obtain additional information, please send an email to MUSE Customer Support at muse@press.jhu.edu

New Wilson Express Live Online Training

Attend a mini-session and in less than 30 minutes be introduced to the next generation of WilsonWeb.

  • Art Suite
  • Text-to-Speech and My WilsonWeb
  • Education Full Text and ERIC

Register at www.hwwilson.com/training.

CPERS Attending ALA Midwinter -- Suggestions Requested

We value and act upon ideas and suggestions for new products and vendors that our libraries share with CPERS. Starting with 2010 ALA Midwinter, we thought we'd actively solicit your suggestions. We're asking you to email cpers@minitex.umn.edu the names of any vendors and/or products you've been considering--even ones you just thought sounded intriguing. We'll compile a list, visit them on the exhibit floor--if they are attending, and report on what we've found.

So please: reply to cpers@minitex.umn.edu with any vendors and product info requests by Wednesday, January 13.

AskMN Report

Minitex is delighted to announce the release of our FY08 - 09 report on AskMN: The Librarian Is In!, Minnesota's statewide digital reference service. AskMN is funded by Minitex with appropriations from the Minnesota Legislature and is staffed by participating libraries and Minitex.

The report summarizes who is asking questions, who is answering them, what time of day questions are being asked, the reach of our libraries to Minnesota residents, and how satisfied patrons were with AskMN: The Librarian Is In!

Participating public libraries include: Dakota County Library, Hennepin County Library, Rochester Public Library, St. Paul Public Library, and Washington County Library. Lake Agassiz Regional Library joined in the beginning of FY10 (July 2009). Academic libraries participating in the service are: St. Catherine University, Joint Libraries of the College of St. Benedict/St. John's University, Macalester College, Minnesota State University, Mankato, St. Cloud State University, University of Minnesota - Duluth, and University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Minitex Reference Services staff provide administrative and reference support.

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