April 2010 Archives

from Rosen Publishing:

Teen Health & Wellness speaks your language⎯over 50 of them! Every article in the database includes a Translation Widget in the upper right corner. Your patrons can instantly translate any article into Spanish, French, Chinese, Russian, Korean, and more. Haitian Creole will be available later this summer. With our Translation Widget, your community of users⎯teen and adult⎯can feel even more "at home" while finding answers they need when they need them, easily and with confidence, 24/7.

Plus, social bookmarking now allows users to connect friends and family to the balanced, sensitive, and caring information of Teen Health & Wellness. Article links can be shared and posted to Facebook and other social networking sites⎯and full articles can be viewed with no login required.

Stay tuned for more exciting changes coming in time for the fall semester:

  • Video adds a new level of interaction

  • Mobile app to connect anytime, anywhere

  • Customizable hotlines for local community resources

  • Expanded photos, illustrations, and charts

  • Health calculators for personalized tips

  • New articles (over 50) on the teen brain, concussions, first aid, being part of a military family, hate crimes, foster care, and more

from H.W. Wilson:

Users of Wilson's Biography Reference Bank, Current Biography Illustrated, Junior Authors, and World Authors databases now enjoy a richer, more engaging search experience, with the recent addition of special spotlight profiles, new images, and a colorful new interface design.

Links to editor-selected "Featured Biography," "Born on This Date," "Topic of the Month," and "Recently Added" entries join the eclectic coverage, substantive profiles, and easy searching that have long earned the databases acclaim.

"For students, the new features might serve as suggestions for research and papers," said WilsonWeb product manager Bernie Seiler. "But just as often they simply engage curiosity, offer an interesting read the user might not have otherwise come across, provide an idea of the sort of information available, and--most importantly--keep them coming back."

The links appear on both the advanced search and basic search screens, where researchers first land. They're accompanied by images of the subjects, adding color and excitement to these splash pages. The features vary, depending on the database selected.

Other enhancements await users at the master records of biography subjects. Convenient links to pertinent additional information--Most Recent Articles, Reviews and Criticism, Books About, Books By, and others--now display more prominently near the top of the biographies. Thumbnails of all images available on the subject are now also laid out across the top. They expand into full-size images as you mouse over them.

These new features come on the heels of other enhancements, such as the addition of the ReadSpeaker text-to-speech converter (which allows users to listen to profiles and save them as audio files), and translation options that convert profiles into any of 11 languages.

Videos highlighting what the three Gale Digital Collections currently on trial can do for researchers, students, learning environments, and publications are now available at the Minitex trial site. A fourth video details useful free tools libraries can use to boost usage of their resources.

Access to the trials of the three collections is available through June 15, 2010.

Nineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers features digital facsimile images of both full pages and clipped articles for hundreds of 19th century U.S. newspapers as well as advanced searching capabilities. For each issue, the newspaper is captured from cover-to-cover, providing access to every article, advertisement, and illustration.

The Times Digital Archive, 1785-1985, allows researchers to search through the complete digital edition of The Times (London), using keyword searching and hit-term highlighting to retrieve full facsimile images of either a specific article or a complete page. The entire newspaper is captured, with all articles, advertisements, and illustrations/photos divided into categories to facilitate searching.

Slavery and Anti-Slavery is a historical archive organized thematically and devoted to the study and understanding of the history of slavery. With more than 6,000 books and pamphlets, over 50 newspaper and periodical titles, and a dozen major manuscript collections for Part I alone, it is the most ambitious project of its kind. Once completed, the entire four-part digital archive will comprise 5 million pages of documents.

Please contact Minitex for special pricing on these resources. Payment plans are available.

from Emerald:

On 22 April 2010, Emerald Group Publishing Limited celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day with free access to key scholarly research on sustainability.

International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, as well as "Rethinking Governance for Sustainability", a special issue of Corporate Governance, will be freely available online until 20 May 2010, using the following access details: username - earthday2010 and password - emerald.

From Monday 26 April, Social Responsibility Journal will also be accessible to everyone as part of Emerald's "journals of the week", which features two of its publications in open access every week.

Edited by Professor Walter Filho, Head of Research, Hamburg University of Life Sciences, International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management regards climate change under the perspective of its wider implications: for economic growth, water and food security, and for people's survival - especially those living in the poorest communities in developing countries. To read the journal, visit http://www.emeraldinsight.com/ijccsm.htm (username: earthday2010 password: emerald).

"Rethinking Governance for Sustainability" is a Special Issue of Corporate Governance guest-edited by Atle Midtun. This title explores new governance opportunities in today's institutional terrain, with a focus on the global sustainability challenge. Innovative models of governance entrepreneurship are illustrated with examples from ecology, finance, corruption, and general politics. To view the special issue, visit http://www.emeraldinsight.com/cg.htm (username: earthday2010 password: emerald)

On top of facilitating the production and dissemination of research on issues of sustainability, Emerald has been committed to being a socially and environmentally conscious organization.

In 2008, it implemented an Environmental Management System which was subsequently certified to the international ISO 14001:2004 standard.

In November 2009, the publisher was a Green Apple Award winner, receiving the bronze award in the Publishing and Printing category for Environmental Best Practice.

Last year, Emerald also became a publishing partner of the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI), helping GRLI to promote its mission of "developing the next generation of responsible leaders". The launch of the Journal of Global Responsibility in July 2010 is a direct result of this partnership.

Several Emerald journals, books and book series are dedicated to issues of corporate social responsibility, sustainability and business ethics, highlighted in the company's first Sustainability Report, available online at http://info.emeraldinsight.com/about/csr.htm.

From the 26 April 2010, Social Responsibility Journal is freely available for a week. To read the journals of the week, visit http://info.emeraldinsight.com/jotw/index.htm.

from EBSCO:

EBSCO Publishing is pleased to be able to offer academic libraries, Arte Público Hispanic Historical Collection: Series 1, the first digital collection made available through the partnership with Arte Público Press. Arte Público Hispanic Historical Collection: Series 1 provides a digital collection of historical content pertaining to U.S. Hispanic history, literature and culture.

Arte Público Hispanic Historical Collection: Series 1 includes:

  • Approximately 60,000 historical articles
  • 1,100 historical books of Hispanic literature, political commentary and culture
  • Hundred's of hundreds of political and religious pamphlets and broadsides
  • Approximately 80% of the content is in Spanish and 20% is in English
  • Content is indexed and searchable in both Spanish and English

The collections draw its content from the "Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project"--the largest national project ever to locate, preserve and disseminate Hispanic culture of the United States in its written form since colonial times until 1960. The project functions under the direction of Dr. Nicolás Kanellos, founder and director of Arte Público Press, the oldest and largest publisher of U.S. Hispanic literature in the U.S., and geographically covers all fifty states of the Union.

Access to trials of three Gale Digital Collections is available through June 15, 2010.

Nineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers features digital facsimile images of both full pages and clipped articles for hundreds of 19th century U.S. newspapers as well as advanced searching capabilities. For each issue, the newspaper is captured from cover-to-cover, providing access to every article, advertisement, and illustration.

The Times Digital Archive, 1785-1985, allows researchers to search through the complete digital edition of The Times (London), using keyword searching and hit-term highlighting to retrieve full facsimile images of either a specific article or a complete page. The entire newspaper is captured, with all articles, advertisements, and illustrations/photos divided into categories to facilitate searching.

Slavery and Anti-Slavery is a historical archive organized thematically and devoted to the study and understanding of the history of slavery. With more than 6,000 books and pamphlets, over 50 newspaper and periodical titles, and a dozen major manuscript collections for Part I alone, it is the most ambitious project of its kind. Once completed, the entire four-part digital archive will comprise 5 million pages of documents.

Please contact Minitex for special pricing on these resources. Payment plans are available.

Oxford University Press Launches Bibliographies Online

from Oxford University Press:

One of the most pressing challenges for research at all levels is managing the immense amount of scholarship available - the numbers of resources are growing exponentially every single day. Whether it's the initial research into writing a book, a graduate student's doctoral dissertation, or an undergraduate writing a term paper, it's harder and harder to know what the important research is to consult.

We are proud to introduce Oxford Bibliographies Online (OBO), designed to help users navigate through the overwhelming mass of information to find reliable sources, directing them to exactly the right chapter, book, website, archive, data set they need for their research.

  • Each individual entry within OBO provides a guided tour through the key literature on a specialized sub-topic. Annotations indicate what is included in the work, and provide guidance as to how this resource will aid your research.

  • Includes cataloging of non-print material, especially online resources.

  • Intuitive linking throughout quickly delivers the user from a citation to full-text content, whether online or available through a library's catalog.

  • Each module has an Editorial Board of 15-20 leading scholars, each with expertise in specialized areas within the field of study.

  • At launch, each subject module will include over 50 entries, with an additional 50-75 entries added each year over the course of three updates. All entries are double-peer reviewed and board-vetted and will have a formal review by the Editorial Board once a year to ensure that it remains up-to-date.

Online guided tour

Both subscriptions and perpetual access options are available for each module.

from Ovid:

Improving Nursing Practice with Information and Technology

Thursday, April 29, 2010 ● 12:00pm-1:00pm Eastern

How do nurses access and use information in practice today? In educational settings? As part of their professional development?
And how does that setting...

  • An acute care institution
  • Primary care facilities
  • An educational or research environment

...determine what information is needed and how it will be used?

Join Anne Dabrow Woods, Chief Nurse of Lippincott Williams & Wilkins and Ovid for a lively, free webcast that will shed light on how and where nurses are using information in practice today and what uses are on the horizon for tomorrow.

Anne's special guest will be Linda Laskowski-Jones, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, CCRN, CEN, the Vice President of Emergency, Trauma and Aeromedical Services at Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington, Delaware, and editor-in-chief Nursing2010, who will talk about the real-world trends in information and technology in nursing practice at one of the most wired hospitals in the US.

REGISTER TODAY FOR THIS FREE WEBCAST

Exclusive, advance access to the full white paper for webcast attendees!
This webcast will also summarize the main takeaways from a new in-depth white paper prepared by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins and Ovid that analyzes their own research findings into how nurses in North American access and use information in practice, education, and professional development environments.

Discussing the implications of the research with Anne will be Mark Barragry, Director of Strategic Growth Markets at Ovid and Nick Scheponik, Manager of Market Research, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins and Ovid.

Plus, Webcast attendees will receive the full white paper during the webcast via email, one week before it will be generally available.

Who Should Attend?
Anyone involved with improving and maintaining the quality of nursing care, including CNOs and other nurse managers, hospital and college librarians, and deans and nursing faculty.

Video Added to Spring 2010 Electronic Resources Trials

We've added streaming video to the Spring trials. Try out a new vendor we're offering, Films Media Group.

Trials will last through May 7. We're also highlighting eBooks, Nursing content, and K-12 e-resources during the Spring 2010 trial period.

Visit the Spring 2010 Electronic Resources Trial web site for product descriptions, trial access information, and contact information.

Announcing New ACM Digital Library User Guide

ACM recently launched a new web site for librarians, consortium administrators, and subscription agents. This new web site contains a growing number of resources, one of which is the new ACM Digital Library User Guide for Digital Libraries, which serves as a detailed guide through the various features and functionality of the ACM Digital Library. You can view the new User Guide online or download a powerpoint version of the presentation directly. As the ACM launches new features, they will periodically update this presentation.

H.W. Wilson Additions and Enhancements

from H.W. Wilson:

New Enhancements for WilsonWeb

New enhancements to the WilsonWeb interface are in place, including several enhancements to key databases:

  • New colorful interface for biography databases
  • A new biography icon (linking to biographies) for the art full text database
  • A new Cinema Image Gallery holdings link
  • "My WilsonWeb" parallel account--new saving of multiple records at one time
  • WilsonWeb records now include diacritics/special characters
  • New "print" button for auto-citing feature
  • DOIs (digital object identifier) to be included in record citations (going forward, when available)
  • Embedded images in HTML full text (going forward, when available)
  • "Content Discovery Keys" in search results arranged for more convenience
Find out more here.

Minitex is now offering Films Media Group streaming video, Films on Demand.

Films on Demand subscriptions are available in two general collections: Master Academic Collection or Career Technical Master Education and eight specific subject collections:

    Humanities & Social Sciences
    Business & Economics
    Science & Mathematics Collection
    Health & Medicine Collection
    Careers & Job Search
    Family & Consumer Science
    Guidance & Counseling
    Technical Education

Master Academic Collection
The Master Academic collection offers 5,600 full-length, curriculum-focused, streaming videos grouped into prearranged subject-specific categories: Humanities & Social Sciences; Business & Economics; Science & Mathematics; and Health & Medicine.

Career and Technical Education Master Collection
The Career and Technical Education collection offers 1,200 full-length streaming videos grouped into pre-arranged subjects: Technical Education, Careers & Job Search, Family & Consumer Sciences, and Guidance & Counseling.

All subscriptions are unlimited users and can be viewed on or off-site.
View a full list of titles in each collection.

View an FAQ about Films Media Group streaming video, Films on Demand.

Try out these streaming video resources through May 31, 2010: Username: minitex1 / Password: minitex

Pricing depends on how many libraries sign up by May 31, 2010.

Should you have questions or, after trying out the resource, have comments, please contact CPERS.

The H.W. Wilson Company today announced open access to its new Careers database for libraries nationwide, in celebration of National Library Week.

"Career information is a staple of library reference--something we've all at some point consulted our library for," said Wilson VP of sales and marketing Deborah Loeding. "We're sure our new database will offer users a planning advantage in today's tough job market, and invite all libraries to steer patrons with career questions to this resource."

The database is available free to all through April 17 at www.hwwilson.com/libraryweek.htm.

New in H.W. Wilson's acclaimed Current Issues database series, 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.

Careers also features a "Job-Finder's Toolbox" with annotated links to more than 50 career-related websites, including many popular job-search and industry specific sites.

Spring 2010 Electronic Resources Trials

Now through May 7, MINITEX is highlighting eBooks, Nursing content, and K-12 e-resources during the Spring 2010 trial period.

Try out a new e-resource! Visit the Spring 2010 Electronic Resources Trial web site for product descriptions, trial access information, and contact information.

from ABC-CLIO:

Celebrate National Library Week with FREE Access to Databases from ABC-CLIO, Greenwood, Praeger, and Libraries Unlimited.

In honor of National Library Week, we are pleased to offer free access to all of our critically-acclaimed online databases.

During the week of April 11th-17th, you and your patrons can test drive the remarkable resources free of charge. Since we think you'll love what you discover, we're also offering extended trials once National Library Week is over.

Click here and start an incredible journey through knowledge, time, and history!

from OCLC:

The OCLC Record Use Policy Council members have been working for the past few months to develop the next generation of a WorldCat use policy, and we are pleased to announce that the draft document, WorldCat Rights and Responsibilities for the OCLC Cooperative, is open for community review.

This Council, convened by the OCLC Board of Trustees last September, has produced a new draft document that incorporates many suggestions raised by the community over the past year. For example, rather than using legal language, we have drafted the new policy as a code of good practices, intended to outline the rights and responsibilities of OCLC members with regard to the use of WorldCat records.

We intend for this document to help inform the decision-making process for member library leaders as they seek to innovate around the shared resource that is WorldCat. We have sought to encourage the widespread use of WorldCat data while also supporting the viability and utility of WorldCat and the OCLC network of services.

The draft policy is not final. Between now and the end of May, we very much want your feedback. We hope you will take the time to review the draft policy carefully, and let us know your thoughts. You can post comments to the community forum, send an e-mail with your thoughts to recorduse@oclc.org, or register to attend a webinar where you can ask questions and submit feedback to members of the Record Use Policy Council. We will continue to add content to the accompanying FAQ as we get more questions from the community review process.

We plan to send a revised version of the draft policy to the OCLC Board of Trustees at the end of May for final review and approval. We anticipate that a final document will be published mid-calendar year 2010.

Ovid Platform News: April Enhancements Now Live

from OVID:

Dear Ovid Customer:
We are pleased to announce that enhancements to OvidSP and Nursing@Ovid went live today, April 6th at 10:00 am EDT/14:00 GMT (click here to check your local time). Click on the Try it now! button at the top of your OvidSP interface to check out the enhancements.

With our new Ovid Toolbar, the My Projects work area, and new results management and research productivity tools and functionality, you can help you users transform their critical research findings into results quickly and efficiently!

Remember that, though you'll have dual access on both versions of the platform until June 30, 2010, you can transition to the new version of OvidSP at any time before that. Contact support@ovid.com today to learn more!

Be sure to visit the Ovid Resource Center now for helpful marketing materials, information on how to sign up for a training session, and more.

As always, if you have any questions, please contact your Ovid Account Representative or support@ovid.com.

Hello, LexisNexis subscribers (and those who might be interested in LexisNexis resources):

Renewals are due NEXT WEEK--April 16, 2010.

Minitex has a new website; please note the new links:

Pricing is the same as last year:

Please use the online order form.

And, finally, see the website for further information.

Should you have questions, please contact CPERS.

ProQuest Maintenance Window - April 10, 2010

Dear ProQuest Customer,

ProQuest® will be performing infrastructure maintenance on April 10, 2010. A twelve (12) hour maintenance window will be required for this maintenance. The window will take place from Saturday, April 10, 2010, at 22:00 EDT to Sunday, April 11, 2010 at 10:00 EDT. See below for a more complete list of times and time zones.

The following products will be unavailable during these windows:

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

  • CSA products

  • 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

Credo Reference is pleased to announce its National Library Week Brainteaser Challenge with free access to Credo Unlimited. This weeklong celebration of 2010 National Library Week (April 11-17) will culminate with a prize-drawing for an Amazon Kindle as well as second and third place prizes.

Each day during the week participants who choose to take the challenge will receive a five-question, Brainteaser Challenge by email. Each completed quiz will count as an entry into the drawing.

Learn more and register for the contest here.

EBSCOhost Upgrades Now Available

from EBSCO:

We are pleased to announce that the following new EBSCOhost features are now included in your subscription:

Enhanced PDF Viewer:

EBSCOhost features a special viewer designed to streamline the browsing of an entire issue, or all available volumes and issues, from one screen. There are also several helpful features to enable users to easily navigate and manage open PDFs, including:

  • TOC column with instant access to citations with title, author and subject detail
  • Hyperlinked access to full text issue contents, by article or chapter titles
  • A convenient list of hyperlinked thumbnails to illustrations
  • Expand/collapse arrow to control open PDF view

To view a short demonstration of this new feature, click here.

Three Additional User Interface Languages

We have added Dutch, Romanian and Slovenian to the existing, substantial list of languages into which users can instantly translate the user interface screens in EBSCOhost, (enabled by the library administrator).

Subjects on Result List Items

Due to customer feedback, individual records within the EBSCOhost Result List now display subject headings for all applicable databases and libraries. This feature is defaulted on for academic and medical communities. Others can enable the feature via EBSCOadmin.

Please visit EBSCO's Support Site to learn about all of EBSCO's products, search among thousands of FAQs, or download Flash tutorials, Help Sheets or User Guides, or communicate with Technical Support at any time, using the EBSCO Online Support Form. You can also try out new features, such as Text-to-speech, and read about what's coming soon to EBSCOhost by visiting the New Features page in EBSCOhost.

from EBSCO:

We are pleased to announce that Points of View Reference Center and Canadian Points of View Reference Center subscriptions now include the Text-to-speech (TTS) feature. Audio/Text-to-speech support enables users to highlight and listen to text, and this feature also includes the following functional upgrades:

  • The Text-to-speech feature has moved from the lower left to the upper right of the screen, and its toolbar will be available above the full text of articles, as well as on the search pages
  • There are three different accents available: American, British and Australian
  • There are also three different speeds to choose from: Slow, Medium and Fast
  • The TTS toolbar is collapsible to a small icon
  • The TTS toolbar follows the text so that it is not left at the top of the screen as a researcher uses "Page Down," or the vertical browser slider to read content that is below the fold

For more information about this new feature, check out this FAQ: http://support.epnet.com/knowledge_base/detail.php?id=4814.

Please visit EBSCO's Support Site to learn about all of EBSCO's products, search among thousands of FAQs, or download Flash tutorials, Help Sheets or User Guides, or communicate with Technical Support at any time, using the EBSCO Online Support Form.

Please note: This feature appears to work best in Internet Explorer.

The Getty Provides Free Access to the BHA on Its Web Site

from the Getty:

As of April 1, 2010, the Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) will be available free of charge on the Getty Web site at http://library.getty.edu/bha. Free Web access to BHA is an advantage not only to all traditional users of the database but also to such potential users as institutions in developing countries and independent scholars worldwide, who until now have been unable to afford access to the BHA. Since ending its collaboration with the Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique (INIST)-CNRS in December 2007, the Getty has been searching for partners to continue the production and distribution of BHA. This process has been complicated, and with no suitable arrangement immediately available, the Getty decided to act on its commitment to the scholarly community by providing access to BHA directly from its own Web site.

BHA on the Getty Web site offers both basic and advanced search modules, and can be searched easily by subject, artist, author, article or journal title, and other elements. To search BHA, please visit, http://library.getty.edu/bha. Note that the database search includes both BHA (covering 1990-2007) and the International Bibliography of Art (IBA), covering the years 2008 and part of 2009. The Répertoire de la litterature de l'art (RILA), one of the predecessors of BHA, with records that cover 1975-1989, will be online by May 1.

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