March 2010 Archives

H.W. Wilson Launches Careers

from H.W. Wilson:

Continuing its acclaimed Current Issues database series, the H.W. Wilson Company today debuted Careers, a new resource ideal for students or anyone considering launching or changing careers in today's tough job market.

Careers offers a wide array of information on diverse careers in a single vetted source, in articles selected by H.W. Wilson editors from thousands of leading magazines and journals. From jeweler to journalist, fashion designer to florist, librarian to lawyer, Careers covers qualifications, duties and responsibilities, pay scales, application processes and future prospects.

For each career, 15 to 20 in-depth articles are provided, hand-picked by Wilson editors to offer a solid grounding, answer key questions, and examine controversies from multiple perspectives. Users can view articles in plain text, or choose PDF page images for access to any graphical content accompanying the article.

Bill Clinton Pens New Britannica Article on Dayton Accords

from Encyclopaedia Britannica:

Encyclopaedia Britannica has published a new article about the 1995 Dayton Accords written by former U.S. President Bill Clinton, the company said today. The article, about the agreement signed in Paris fourteen years ago today ending the conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina, is now available on Britannica's Web sites.

Mr. Clinton's article recounts one of the bloodiest chapters in post‐World War II European history. It explains the origins of the fighting among ethnic Serbs, Croats and Bosnian Muslims that erupted in the early 1990s after the breakup of the Yugoslav federation, the suffering of civilians, the early attempts to make peace and changes in U.S. and NATO policy, including willingness to use force against Bosnian Serb aggressors, that brought all parties to the table. The agreement, reached during a conference near Dayton, Ohio, in November 1995, brought the conflict to an end.

"The Bosnian peace plan was hard‐won, but it would bring an end to four bloody years that claimed more than 250,000 lives and caused more than two million people to flee their homes," writes Mr. Clinton, whose administration drove the negotiations.

Mr. Clinton joins four other former U.S. presidents who have written articles for the Britannica. Jimmy Carter is author of the encyclopedia's entry on the Camp David Accords of 1978, which established peace between Egypt and Israel. John F. Kennedy wrote about Oliver Ellsworth, the third U.S. chief justice. Lyndon Johnson authored part of the Britannica article on the late speaker of the U.S. House or Representatives Sam Rayburn. Herbert Hoover wrote about his brother, the naturalist Theodore Jesse Hoover.

The article is can be found in the:

Borders Partners With Kobo to Deliver eBooks

from Borders:

Borders Group, Inc. today announced a strategic investment and commercial partnership with Kobo, Inc., a global eReading service that is the newly named spin-off of Toronto-based Indigo Books & Music Inc.'s Shortcovers digital reading initiative. Through the partnership, Borders will launch a new eBook store integrated into Borders.com and powered by Kobo. In addition, Kobo will power a Borders-branded eBook store for multiple mobile devices. Sales through these Borders-branded eBook stores will be booked by Borders. Kobo's mobile applications are device neutral, which will enable consumers to purchase eBooks from Borders on popular smartphones such as the iPhone, BlackBerry, Palm Pre and Android, as well as other devices. Borders and Kobo plan to launch these new services within the second quarter of 2010.

from EBSCO:

Libraries are busier than ever and patrons making legal decisions or looking to create or expand their small businesses need resources for their specific demands. Two new databases from EBSCO Publishing are designed to help patrons help themselves answer legal questions and research small business issues. Legal Information Reference Center™ and Small Business Reference Center™ provide unique full text for many of the top consumer legal and small business reference books. These "do-it-yourself" resources provide patrons with the how-to instructions they need to independently address a wide-range of legal and business issues.

Legal Information Reference Center
Legal Information Reference Center includes more than 320 full-text publications plus thousands of legal forms with more content being added on a regular basis. The database includes coverage of legal issues such as: business law, personal finance and estate planning, family law, property & real estate and rights & disputes.

Small Business Reference Center
Small Business Reference Center contains more than 500 full-text reference books, as well as more than 385 full-text magazines plus sample business plans, and videos. The database provides the everyday user with the necessary tools and detailed instructions to accomplish goals as varied as: starting a business, buying or selling a small business, managing employees, writing a business plan, understanding legal information and marketing a business.

Each database is presented with an easy-to-use interface that allows library patrons to easily search by subject or search specific books and other sources.

Both Legal Information Reference Center and Small Business Reference Center include content from Nolo, the national's oldest and most-respected provider of legal information for consumers and small businesses.

Emerald Launches Collections in Education and Sociology

from Emerald:

Emerald Group Publishing Limited, a leading international publisher of scholarly journals and books, has announced the launch of Emerald Education Plus and Emerald Sociology Plus two new electronic collections of journals and book series specifically crafted for education and sociology researchers, academics and policy makers.

With contributions from experts in 110 countries, both collections offer a truly international and authoritative perspective on their subject areas.

Emerald Education Plus brings particular strength in multicultural education, diversity and social justice titles. Among the study areas covered in this collection are vocational learning, early childhood education and educational psychology. This collection includes 34 journals and 31 book series.

Emerald Sociology Plus offers leading works in many fields, including political theory and social change, as well as work, economy and organisation. Editors from Emerald's Sociology portfolio include eminent scholars such as Bill Freudenburg , Patrick Coy, Lisa Keister and Julian Go. The collection includes 38 book series and 20 journals.

Both collections offer free access to journal archives and digitised book series backlist before the year of subscription, which grants access in perpetuity to newly published content.

Emerald continues to expand its portfolio into the social science arena - its book series publishing programme in 2010 will be the most significant yet.

For more product information, and full content listing, visit:

from H.W. Wilson:

H.W. Wilson and OCLC are working together to transition library subscriptions for H.W. Wilson databases provided on the OCLC FirstSearch service to the WilsonWeb platform. The commitment to work together follows an announcement that OCLC will transition out of the role of hosting and reselling commercially published content. OCLC will increase focus on partnering with publishers and other database providers to increase access to library-licensed content via WorldCat.org and WorldCat Local. Wilson will continue to include selected databases in WorldCat.org and WorldCat Local.

OCLC will bill and accept new and renewal orders to Wilson databases on FirstSearch with subscription start dates through July 31, 2010. For subscriptions beginning August 1, 2010 H.W. Wilson will invoice renewal customers on the WilsonWeb platform. OCLC will ensure FirstSearch access to these databases until transitioned to WilsonWeb. H.W. Wilson will provide libraries that renew its databases on FirstSearch through July 31, 2010 with parallel service on WilsonWeb at no additional charge to give FirstSearch customers time to migrate easily to the WilsonWeb platform.

from OCLC:

Today, we are announcing important changes to the OCLC NetLibrary Service and to the FirstSearch Service.

OCLC and EBSCO Publishing have announced that EBSCO has acquired the NetLibrary Division. The purchase includes the NetLibrary eBook and eAudiobook platform as well as operations and infrastructure in Boulder, Colorado. As eBooks become mainstream components of a library's eContent collections, there is increasing value to libraries to be able to integrate eBook acquisitions and delivery with other electronic databases and eJournals. EBSCO will maintain and enhance the NetLibrary platform and will also work to integrate NetLibrary eBooks into the EBSCOhost platform. There will be no interruption in service to libraries.
We are also announcing an important change to our FirstSearch content services. OCLC is transitioning out of our role as reseller of vendor-owned content. Therefore we will transfer or discontinue sale of the vendor-owned databases on FirstSearch when subscriptions have ended. We will instead increase our focus for both FirstSearch and WorldCat.org on providing libraries with access to a rich set of library-owned content and increasing visibility and access to the full scope of a library's collection. We will work with libraries, publishers and other information providers to expand WorldCat.org as a comprehensive platform for eContent. As a part of this migration, EBSCO has acquired the rights to license a select number of vendor-owned databases that we currently offer on FirstSearch. Our long-term relationship with H.W. Wilson is also changing as we will work together to transition from reselling Wilson databases on FirstSearch to indexing Wilson databases in WorldCat Local over the coming months. There will be no interruption in service to libraries.

Please see our letter to members and press releases for more information.
- Letter to members

- EBSCO news release

- H.W. Wilson news release

from OCLC:

OCLC and Gale have signed an agreement to index Gale's flagship full-text periodical databases in WorldCat Local to provide single-search access to users that subscribe to both services.

The agreement calls for OCLC to centrally index the metadata of Gale's Academic OneFile and General OneFile databases to provide WorldCat Local users a direct link to the abstracts and articles in these popular, authoritative resources. The two databases contain some 100 million records each that connect to millions of full-text articles in both HTML and PDF from peer-reviewed journals, newspapers and magazines, as well as thousands of podcasts and transcripts.

The result is that Gale's high-quality content, which is among the most popular in libraries, will be more visible to library patrons through WorldCat Local, and searchers no longer will need to log in to multiple interfaces or navigate numerous results sets to find and get to the information they need.

PALSconnect LINKER Demonstration

PALSconnect LINKER Demonstration

Summary: This exciting web session will demonstrate PALSconnect Linker, the new cost-effective open source OpenURL Resolver from PALS. Discover the benefits that OpenURL linking brings to your users and your library.

Date Options:
• Thursday, March 11, 2010, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
• Tuesday, March 16, 2010, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
• Wednesday, March 24, 2010, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Presenter: Perry Madden

Registration Here
Registration Ends: Wednesday, March 10, 2010

If you have specific questions that you would like to see addressed in the PALSconnect Linker demonstration that you register for, please send them to the PALS Support Center at http://pals.custhelp.com. Choose the product 'Training/Workshop' and in the subject line enter 'PALSconnect Linker Demonstration.'

If you have any questions, please contact the PALS Support Center. Choose the Product 'Training/Workshops' and then 'MnPALS.'

If you are unable to click on the registration link above, cut and paste this URL into your browser http://www.abcsignup.com/view/view_month.aspx?as=16&aid=PALS&wp=112.

New H.W. Wilson Database: Careers (Current Issues Series)

from H.W. Wilson:

Continuing its acclaimed Current Issues database series, H. W. Wilson's new Careers database offers a wide array of information on diverse careers in a single vetted source. This is an ideal resource for students or anyone considering a career change. From social worker to stockbroker, florist to pharmacist, landscaper to lawyer, Careers covers qualifications, duties and responsibilities, pay scales, application processes and future prospects. Find out more here.

from Alexander Street Press:

Just launched, it's Alexander Street's newest streaming video collection--Ethnographic Video Online. Quickly growing to include more than 1,000 of the most frequently used films in anthropology courses, Ethnographic Video Online includes classic works from the pioneers of ethnographic film, including Robert Flaherty, Timothy Asch, John Marshall, Robert Gardner, Jean Rouch, and many more--together with contemporary works by innovative filmmakers from around the world.

Access it now, registration-free, through Friday, March 12th.

URL: http://anth.alexanderstreet.com

username: ethnography

password: sneakpeek

Request a price quote or an institution-wide trial by emailing Susan Buczkowski.

New ProQuest Platform: Summer 2010 Launch

from ProQuest

Never before has the demand been greater for instant access to authoritative content that meets diverse user needs worldwide. Now, your input has led us to optimize the search experience in exciting, new ways.

The all-new ProQuest platform will transform all our highly-regarded platforms into one consolidated search experience.

Coming this summer, ProQuest, CSA Illumina, and selected Chadwyck-Healey products will be available on the new platform at launch, and all ProQuest K-12 products will migrate to the new platform over time.

The new platform is one of the largest initiatives in ProQuest history and we are eager to share the news with you regarding the latest developments. A smooth transition to the new platform for our customers is our top priority. To stay connected with updates on the all new ProQuest platform, click here.

from Alexander Street Press:

March is Women's History month and to celebrate, we've made the popular online collection, Women and Social Movements in the U.S., 1600-2000, Scholar's Edition, freely accessible for the entire month. To access Women and Social Movements, Scholar's Edition, simply visit
http://wass.alexanderstreet.com

Oxford Digital Reference Shelf: New Titles Now Available

from Oxford University Press:

Oxford is pleased to announce the addition of two exciting new resources to the Oxford Digital Reference Shelf:

THE OXFORD ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME
Editor in Chief: Michael Gagarin
www.oxford-greecerome.com
The clearest and most accessible guide to the world of classical antiquity ever produced, this reference work is a comprehensive overview of the major cultures of the classical Mediterranean world - Greek, Hellenistic, and Roman - from the Bronze Age to the fifth century CE. With over 1,100 signed A-Z articles, it also covers the legacy of the classical world and its interpretation and influence in subsequent centuries.

THE OXFORD COMPANION TO THE BOOK
Edited by Michael F. Suarez, S.J. and Henry R. Woudhuysen
www.oxford-bookcompanion.com
The Oxford Companion to the Book is a unique work of reference, covering the book, broadly conceived, throughout the world from ancient to modern times. It includes traditional subjects such as bibliography, palaeography, the history of printing, editorial theory and practice, textual criticism, book collecting, and libraries, but it also engages with newer disciplines such as the history of the book and the electronic book. It pays particular attention to how different societies shape books and how books shape societies. The only reference work of its kind in the field, the Companion has been written by 400 of the world's best scholars in bibliography and book history.

Special note for Oxford Reference Online Premium subscribers: all Oxford Digital Reference Shelf titles, in addition to being accessible at their individual URLs, are seamlessly integrated and cross-searchable within Oxford Reference Online Premium.

Contact your library sales representative today at library.sales@oup.com for pricing or a FREE 30-day trial!

from Rosen Publishing:

Rosen Publishing, proud three-time sponsor of Teen Tech Week, is pleased to offer you a FREE trial to its award-winning, critically acclaimed Teen Health & Wellness database.

Get started right away at teenhealthandwellness.com.
Username: teentech Password: teentech

Your free trial begins on 02/25/10 and ends on 04/15/10. We will send a reminder with the trial end date a few days before your access expires.

To celebrate Teen Tech Week, Rosen Publishing is hosting an exciting new "It's Your Cause" Video Contest.

From depression to dating to green living, your teens can spread the word about any Teen Health & Wellness topic they feel passionately about by creating a PSA (public service announcement). All videos that meet submission guidelines will be published on Teen Health & Wellness when we launch our video program this summer.

Plus, three teens will be selected at random from the pool of submissions to win an iPod Shuffle. And one library will be selected at random to win a free twelve-month subscription to Teen Health & Wellness.

Contact miriamg@rosenpub.com today or call (877) 381-6649 with questions about the contest or free trial access.

View the OCLC meeting recordings from ALA Midwinter 2010

from OCLC:

We're happy to inform you that the recordings are now available for many of the OCLC meetings held during last month's ALA 2010 Midwinter Meeting. We invite you to visit the Web site, choose a meeting from the list and click one of the hotlinks to listen to the recording and view the presentation slides. Afterwards, we encourage you to share the information with your colleagues.

OCLC meetings include:

  • Best Practices in Virtual Reference: Making the Case for Virtual Reference - Panelists share tips and best practices for communicating the value of virtual reference to stakeholders, whether they are grant funders or potential subscribing libraries.

  • WorldCat: New Dimensions in Growth and Quality - Work that libraries and OCLC are doing together to build and enrich WorldCat, including synchronizing local library collections and WorldCat, enhances metadata management activities and discoverability of library collections on the Web.

  • Single-search access to your library's electronic resources from OCLC - Learn how your library can offer single-search access to your print, electronic and digital resources through WorldCat.org, WorldCat Local and WorldCat Local "quick start." Presented by Matt Goldner, Product and Technology Advocate, OCLC.

  • Reaching Consumers through Nontraditional Methods: What can WorldCat do for You? - An interactive panel of librarians, library users and industry leaders share strategies of how WorldCat.org helps them reach consumers, researchers, developers and partner organizations through social tools, mobile apps, APIs and more.

  • Web Scale for Libraries: A Sea-change for the 21st Century - Web-scale Management Services will move crucial library services and associated data to the network--sometimes called "the cloud"--freeing library systems and staff to perform other high priority tasks. New network-level functionality will include cooperative services for circulation and deliver, print and licensed acquisitions, and license management. These will complement existing Web-scale services for cataloging (WorldCat) and discovery (WorldCat Local). Presented by Andrew K. Pace, Executive Director, Networked Library Services OCLC.

Additional meetings are also available for viewing, including the OCLC Update, OCLC Symposium and more.

Credo Reference March Webinars Scheduled

from Credo Reference:

Credo Reference informational webinars for March have been scheduled and are now posted at http://corp.credoreference.com/webinars.

Upcoming webinars include:
Friday, 5 March 2:00 PM EST / 1:00 PM CST / 12:00 PM MST / 11:00 AM PST
Wednesday, 10 March 11:00 AM EST / 10:00 AM CST / 9:00 AM MST / 8:00 AM PST
Friday, 12 March 3:00 PM EST / 2:00 PM CST / 1:00 PM MST / 12:00 PM PST
Tuesday, 16 March 12:00 PM EDT / 11:00 AM CDT / 10:00 AM MDT / 9:00 AM PDT

Credo is now up to 472 full-text titles and recently added a fantastic collection of images from The National Gallery, London. Webinar attendees will also a get a sneak peak at an exciting new feature coming to Credo Reference later this spring!

Search only for OCLC OAIster via freely accessible site

From OCLC:

OCLC is pleased to announce that a freely accessible site for searching only OAIster records is now available. With this OAIster site, you are able to search only OAIster and its millions of metadata records.

http://oaister.worldcat.org/

OAIster records will continue to be indexed in WorldCat.org, and will be integrated in WorldCat.org search results along with records from thousands of libraries worldwide. They will also be included in WorldCat Local and WorldCat Local "quick start" search results. Additionally, they will continue to be available on the OCLC FirstSearch service to base package subscribers, providing another valuable access point for this rich database and a complement to other FirstSearch databases.

OAIster is a union catalog of digital resources hosted at the University of Michigan since 2002. Launched with grant support from the Andrew W.
Mellon Foundation, OAIster was developed to test the feasibility of building a portal to open-archive collections using the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). In 2009, OCLC formed a partnership with the University of Michigan in order to provide continued access to open-archive collections through the OAIster database.

OAIster has grown to become one of the world's largest aggregations of records pointing to open-archive collections with more than 23 million records contributed by over 1,100 organizations worldwide.

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