February 2011 Archives

Oxford Dictionary Online Adds New Bloggable Words

Oxford Dictionaries Online (ODO) added new bloggable words this week.

Now containing over 350,000 entries and definitions, Oxford Dictionaries Online (ODO) added new words and senses, making ODO the the most up-to-date and innovative modern English dictionary and language service available.

What New Words Made This Update?

  • Babycino - a drink of hot milk that has been frothed up with pressurized steam, intended for children
  • Clickjacking - the malicious practice of manipulating a website user's activity by concealing hyperlinks beneath legitimate clickable content, thereby causing the user to perform actions of which they are unaware
  • Cloud - new sense - a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet and used to store, manage, and process data in place of local servers or personal computers
  • Fuel poverty - the condition of being unable to afford to keep one's home
  • Light-bulb moment - a moment of sudden realization, enlightenment, or inspiration
  • Rumor mill - used to refer to the process by which rumours and gossip are originated and circulated among a group of people
  • TBH - to be honest (abbreviation)
  • Trackpad - another term for TOUCHPAD

To view the full list of new words, click here.

Minitex is now offering Oxford Journals, specifically, a package that includes the 2011 Humanities and Mathematics/Physical Sciences subject collections.

Trials to the Humanities and Mathematics/Physical Sciences journals can be accessed with a username/password of minitex01/minitex100.

Access is via a yearly subscription and content coverage is 1996 through 2011. Perpetual access for all the content published in the year of the subscription is included in the offer.

Please contact CPERS for pricing or the Oxford Journals rep Belinda Hayes for questions about content.

Elsevier Evidence-Based Ebooks Selection

Elsevier is now offering Evidence-Based eBook Selection:

Your library gains access to a wide range of books on ScienceDirect for a minimal, up-front fee determined by a percentage of the total value of content you choose and access for a full 12 months. Then, you decide which titles to purchase and keep in perpetuity, priced up to the value of the initial content investment and based upon evidence-based usage of the full range of content. This new and flexible Evidence-Based eBook Selection pricing model for online books will help librarians maximize their budget by purchasing only the book content that is used most by their patrons over time.

See the Elsevier website for titles available.

See sample pricing for an institution with an FTE of 10,000 to 25,000.

Contact Elsevier rep Jenn Tesch for pricing or content questions.

ebrary Offers Free E-book Collections Through March 31

from ebrary

Through March 31, 2011, ebrary is pleased offer free e-book collections to academic and public libraries that spend US$5,000 on any new ebrary product--through ebrary, ProQuest, or select distributors!

For every new US$5,000 order--subscription, perpetual access or Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA)--you may choose a micro-collection that will be subsidized by ebrary for two years. The average list price of these micro-collections exceeds US$5,000, and none of the titles will be available in our subscription products during the free access period.

February 27 OCLC FirstSearch down for maintenance

On Sunday, February 27 there will be a scheduled service downtime for FirstSearch along with a number of other OCLC services from 1:00 am until at least 6:00 am U.S. Eastern Time (-5 GMT). And the service may be down until as late as 11:00 am U.S. Eastern Time (-5 GMT). We need to take the service down in order to upgrade the storage systems and capacity for all OCLC services. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes.

Upcoming Mango Webinars: Learn all about Mango for educators

from Mango:

If you're ready to find out more about Mango, and how it might benefit your schools, our webinar is a great place to go next.

Each webinar lasts about one hour, and will cover:

  • Language Learning Trends
  • Our Methodology
  • Our Product Offerings
  • Lesson Demonstration

Register here.

The Mango trial through Minitex runs through February 28. The trial is available at http://libraries.mangolanguages.com/minitex-consortium/try/a393f8170. Password: 15Andersen

Minitex EBSCO Training Series

EBSCO Publishing is pleased to offer you the following complimentary online training sessions on a variety of online resources.

To register, cut and paste the URL into your browser for the requested session. Connection information for each session will be sent to the registered email address. If you need assistance, please contact us at customersuccess@ebscohost.com

EBSCOhost Basics for Minitex
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 2:00 p.m. CST
To register, cut and paste the URL into your browser:
https://ebscotraining.webex.com/ebscotraining/k2/j.php?ED=141668467&UID=1195799787&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D&FM=1

EBSCOhost Advanced for Minitex
Thursday, March 10, 2011 10:00 a.m. CST
To register, cut and paste the URL into your browser:
https://ebscotraining.webex.com/ebscotraining/k2/j.php?ED=141668247&UID=1195800577&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D&FM=1

Consumer Health Complete for Minitex
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 2:00 p.m. CST
To register, cut and paste the URL into your browser:
https://ebscotraining.webex.com/ebscotraining/k2/j.php?ED=141668547&UID=1195800672&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D&FM=1

Points of View Reference Center for Minitex
Thursday, March 24, 2011 3:00 p.m. CST
To register, cut and paste the URL into your browser:
https://ebscotraining.webex.com/ebscotraining/k2/j.php?ED=141668307&UID=1195800707&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D&FM=1

Science Reference Center for Minitex
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 11:00 a.m. CST
To register, cut and paste the URL into your browser:
https://ebscotraining.webex.com/ebscotraining/k2/j.php?ED=141668617&UID=1195801207&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D&FM=1

Student Research Center for Minitex
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 3:00 p.m. CST
To register, cut and paste the URL into your browser:
https://ebscotraining.webex.com/ebscotraining/k2/j.php?ED=141668642&UID=1195801242&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D&FM=1

New Credo Reference Webinars Posted

from Credo Reference:

Interested in learning more about Credo Reference? We offer a range of free webinars, please click below to see the schedule that interests you most:

EBSCO Publishing Releases 24 New eBook Subject Sets

from EBSCO:

EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) has released 24 new eBook subject sets. The subject sets are part of a rapidly growing collection of eBooks that are offered in convenient collections grouped by subject matter.

The latest eBook subject sets cover nine key collection areas including:

  • arts & humanities
  • business & economics
  • hot topics & special interests
  • medical
  • non-English
  • personal growth & how-to
  • science and technology
  • social sciences
  • vocational education

Subject sets are a prepackaged set of titles chosen specifically for their subject appeal. The collection development team of librarians and collection specialists use their expertise and knowledge to create collections and sets for libraries. Director of Content Collections for EBSCO Publishing Eve-Marie Miller says some of the recent collections were created with the international markets in mind. "While subject sets are always available to libraries worldwide, with this round of sets we specifically wanted to showcase some of our great content that appeals to an international audience. These new sets were developed in consultation with our international teams and are tailored to help meet the needs and interests of libraries around the world."

EBSCO A-to-Z® & LinkSource® Unavailable -- 4 March 2011

from EBSCO:

EBSCO A-to-Z® & LinkSource® will be undergoing necessary maintenance on 4 March 2011 from 8:00 PM to 8:30 PM Eastern Time (5 March, 01:00 - 01:30 GMT). Customers using these products during this time may experience intermittent interruptions. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Questions? Contact EBSCO Customer Satisfaction. Phone: (800) 758-5995, option 2 (U.S.A. and Canada), 00-800-3272-6000 (International Toll-Free), +1-978-356-6500, option 6 (International Toll). Support is available 24 hours a day, Monday through Friday. Email: support@ebsco.com.

Renew your e-resources online with Minitex MyLibrary

Set-up a MyLibrary account with Minitex, and you can renew your electronic resources online. Through your MyLibrary account you will be able to review upcoming renewals, choose payment options, and view your online renewal history.

To set-up a MyLibrary account, visit https://www.minitex.umn.edu/myLibrary/

We've just begun rolling out this functionality; therefore, you may not see all of your e-resources right now. When CPERS staff enters renewal pricing into your account, you will receive an email instructing you to check your MyLibrary account.

If you have questions about MyLibrary, please feel free to contact us at any time.

February 20 maintenance on OCLC FirstSearch service

The OCLC FirstSearch service will be unavailable between 3:00- 3:30 am US ET (-5 GMT) on Sunday, February 20th. OCLC will be conducting a maintenance install. Service will resume at least by 3:30am US ET.

Elsevier Evidence-Based Ebooks Selection

Elsevier is now offering Evidence-Based eBook Selection:

Your library gains access to a wide range of books on ScienceDirect for a minimal, up-front fee determined by a percentage of the total value of content you choose and access for a full 12 months. Then, you decide which titles to purchase and keep in perpetuity, priced up to the value of the initial content investment and based upon evidence-based usage of the full range of content. This new and flexible Evidence-Based eBook Selection pricing model for online books will help librarians maximize their budget by purchasing only the book content that is used most by their patrons over time.

See the Elsevier website for titles available.

See sample pricing for an institution with an FTE of 10,000 to 25,000.

Contact Elsevier rep Jenn Tesch for pricing or content questions.

Minitex is now offering Oxford Journals, specifically, a package that includes the 2011 Humanities and Mathematics/Physical Sciences subject collections.

Trials to the Humanities and Mathematics/Physical Sciences journals can be accessed with a username/password of minitex01/minitex100.

Access is via a yearly subscription and content coverage is 1996 through 2011. Perpetual access for all the content published in the year of the subscription is included in the offer.

Please contact CPERS for pricing or the Oxford Journals rep Belinda Hayes for questions about content.

Alumni Access to MUSE

from Project MUSE:

Did you know that access for alumni is allowed in the MUSE license and at no additional charge? See the Authorized Users section of our journals license agreement.

Minitex is pleased to offer two, in-person, training sessions with Edward Loera, of ProQuest Customer Education and Training.

Monday, March 28, 2011, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (held at the University of Minnesota Wilson Library, Room S30C) to register, click here.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (held at the University of Minnesota Wilson Library, Room S30C) to register, click here.


First hour includes: The new ProQuest platform has arrived! ProQuest, CSA Illumina, and selected Chadwyck-Healey products will be available on the new platform at launch, and all ProQuest products will be accessible through the new platform over time. The new ProQuest platform brings you the best search experience possible. Join an online session with one of our trainers to get an overview of the new ProQuest platform and see how your end users will be able to search, find, use and share their research. We will also try to answer any questions and show you how to access support, including tutorials, help pages and documentation for the new ProQuest platform.

  • Single search box, subject areas and product start pages
  • Advanced search
  • Search results - faceted search options, document preview and more
  • Right tools at the right time - spell check, cite this, export and more
  • Search and publication alerts - email and RSS
  • My Research
  • Tagging and shared lists
  • Questions?

Second hour includes: The ProQuest Administrator Module (PAM) is a tool that enables local ProQuest resource administrators to obtain usage statistics, customize display settings, set up remote authentication and create links to resources. Join an online session with one of our trainers to get an introductory overview of the new administrative module. This course covers content, functions, and features of, as well as tips for getting started and using the ProQuest Administrator Module. We will also try to answer any questions and show you how to access support, including tutorials, help pages and documentation.

  • Getting started
  • User interface
  • Usage reports
  • Linking in/out
  • Authentication and access
  • Title lists and MARC records
  • Administrator settings

On Sunday, February 27 there will be a scheduled service downtime for a number of OCLC services from 1:00 am until at least 6:00 am and, at most, 11:00 am (U.S. Eastern Time). We apologize for any inconvenience this causes. We need to take the following services off-line in order to upgrade the storage systems and capacity for all OCLC services. During this time, the following services will be unavailable:

  • ArchiveGrid
  • Connexion
  • Cover art display in WorldCat.org and WorldCat Local
  • Digital Archive
  • FirstSearch
  • FTP services
  • OCLC Usage Statistics
  • WebDewey
  • WorldCat Collection Analysis
  • WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway
  • WorldCat Identities
  • WorldCat Resource Sharing
  • WorldCat Selection
  • xISSN and xISBN
In addition, on Sunday February 20 from 2:00 am until 4:00 am (U.S. Eastern Time), systems and storage testing will be run on WorldCat Local, WorldCat Navigator Group Catalog, OCLC Web-scale Management Services, WorldCat.org, WorldCat knowledge base and CONTENTdm. There is a slight chance that these services will be unavailable during some or all of this testing period. The test is being run in order to make sure that these user-facing services will not be affected by the downtime on February 27. Both of these events are part of ongoing upgrades that OCLC undertakes in order to improve services for all member libraries. Again, we apologize for the disruption. We are working to minimize outages in the future, and upgrades such as this will help us provide better, more robust service going forward. If you have any questions about these events, please don't hesitate to contact Customer Service at 1-800-848-5800 (toll-free, U.S.) or +1-614-793-8682, or send an e-mail to operators@oclc.org.

Rosen Publishing New Resource: PowerKids Life Science

from Rosen Publishing:

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

We made it! PowerKids Life Science is LIVE⎯and ready for review!

To start exploring, go to:

URL: pklifescience.com
User: pklsreview
Password: pklsreview

Good through April 15, 2011.

In keeping with PowerKids tradition, all content in PowerKids Life Science is written and designed expressly for learners in grades 3 to 6. Information throughout, in more than 400 articles, is presented in an accessible, interactive manner, which makes Life Science real, relevant, and engaging. "Think Green" Fact Boxes highlight thinking, and living, green. The "Think Like A Scientist" feature encourages critical thinking, analysis, and synthesis of key concepts. Promoting digital literacy and contemporary and traditional research skills, PowerKids Life Science is designed for 21st-century learners.

PowerKids Life Science provides comprehensive curricular support. Correlated to state, national, and Provincial standards, it is a rich, reliable source for Life Science research and reports. Dynamic photos, videos, audio, and interactive games partner with age-appropriate text to offer learners Life Science content that is both required and inspired. PowerKids Life Science covers subjects that are high-stakes and high-interest for today's students and tomorrow's scientists.

But enough already from me.

For questions or anything you need to support the review process, contact miriamg@rosenpub.com, mxgilbert2@aol.com, 303.818.7187, or Rosen Online Customer Care at 877.381.6649.

OED Relaunch News: COUNTER statistics now available

We hope you and your patrons are enjoying the new OED Online site. We appreciate the work you have put in to update your users and have welcomed the feedback we have received from you. If you have any technical questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Are you up to date?

We sent details of what the relaunch means for you as an administrator by email in November. If you haven’t already done so please read through the full details, and take any action that you need to as soon as you can.

We have observed that users from a number of institutions are still accessing the old site, which means they are missing out on valuable functionality and you are missing out on usage recording.

The old site at dictionary.oed.com will be taken down permanently on March 31, 2011. Please update your links to the new site oed.com prior to this date.

Usage Statistics

Usage statistics for the new OED are now COUNTER-compliant and available via Subscriber Services under the Usage Statistics. Please note that the COUNTER-compliant statistics date back to December 1, 2010 and only include usage of the new site. If you would like to view ICOLC statistics for the old OED for dates prior to December 1, 2010, please visit Usage Statistics and select the dates you would like to view under the “ICOLC Reports” section. Please note that your new COUNTER-compliant reports may initially show lower usage than expected until all users have transitioned to the new site after March 31, 2011.

For additional information on the new COUNTER-compliant statistics, please navigate to the “COUNTER Reports” section via the links above, select “OED COUNTER Statistics,” and then “COUNTER help” from the top navigation. Should you require further assistance, please feel free to contact our Online Customer Support team at oxfordonline@oup.com.

Training

We will be running regular training webinars for the next few months. These are open to both– users and librarians. Sign up for the next session here.

Search boxes and look up tools

New search boxes and look up tools for downloading to desktops or your website are a great way to increase usage. Updated tools are now available at www.oed.com/public/lookup/.

Publicity Material

Pens, mousepads, post-it notes, and promotional bags are now available to help you promote OED to your users. To order these materials, please get in touch with quantities needed. Additional promotional materials are also available here.

Further information

Frequently asked questions and tips for promoting the site can be found at www.oed.com/public/libraries/for-librarians/.

If you have any technical questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Best wishes

Oxford University Press

Gale PowerSearch Enhancements Coming Soon

from Gale:

In March 2011, enhancements will be made to Gale PowerSearch, allowing for a faster, easier way to search millions of entries and multiple online resources with just one query, including:

  • Search Assist: InfoTrac products will have a learning, intuitive autocomplete feature allowing users to find the exact subject, keyword or publication for which they're looking from a single search box, saving time and providing search functionality similar to what they experience with other Web products
  • Related Subjects: Results lists will display, by default, all relevant, related subjects and articles to help users find the information they seek faster and more efficiently
  • Enhanced Publication and Subject Search: Additional features and limiters will be added to our publication and subject search pages along with Search Assist
  • Language Customizability: The user interface will now support three additional languages: Chinese, Japanese and Korean
  • New Titles: Gale is committed to growing our periodical products at no cost to you. New content is added to our InfoTrac products daily. Last year alone, more than 1,500 new titles were added -- including more than 1.6 million articles

Gale PowerSearch will continue to support existing features such as Read-Speaker audio technology, eBook cross-search, sharing tools, language translation and more.

Explore these enhanced new features now.

Minitex is now offering Mango Languages. You can trial this language learning program now through February 28, 2011, at http://libraries.mangolanguages.com/minitex-consortium/try/a393f8170. Password: 15Andersen

Mango is an online language-learning system that teaches actual conversation skills for 37 different languages. Mango uses real-life situations and actual conversations to more effectively teach a new language. By listening to and repeating after material designed from native conversations, you'll not only learn the individual words and phrases, you'll know how they're used in practical situations and conversations. You'll learn more than grammar, vocabulary and conjugation, you'll learn how to communicate.

Minitex is also pleased to be offering The Chronicle of Higher Eduction.

The Chronicle of Higher Education is the top source of news, information, and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators.

Online, The Chronicle is published every weekday and is the top destination for news, advice, and jobs for people in academe. The Chronicle's website features the complete contents of the latest issue; daily news and advice columns; thousands of current job listings; articles published since September 1989; vibrant discussion forums; and career-building tools such as online CV management, salary databases, and more.

Please contact cpers@minitex.umn.edu for more information and pricing.

February 13 maintenance on OCLC FirstSearch service

The OCLC FirstSearch service will be unavailable between 2:00- 6:00 am US ET (-5 GMT) on Sunday, February 13th. OCLC will be conducting a maintenance install. Service will resume at least by 6:00am US ET.

OCLC FirstSearch database transitions

Just a quick reminder that many OCLC FirstSearch third-party databases will no longer be available in 2011. See the most recent (January 17, 2011) OCLC transition list for the most recent list of databases no longer available via OCLC.

Also see the OCLC website for questions and answers about FirstSearch database transitions.

ProQuest Maintenance Window - February 12, 2011

ProQuest® will be performing infrastructure maintenance on February 12, 2011. A twelve (12) hour maintenance window will be required for this maintenance. The window will take place from Saturday, February 12, 2011, at 22:00 EST to Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 10:00 EST. See below for a more complete list of times and time zones.

The following products will be unavailable during these windows:

All products appearing on the new ProQuest platform such as ProQuest Historical Newspapers, ProQuest Central, Illustrata: Natural Sciences, Sociological Abstracts, and British Periodicals.

**PLEASE NOTE** This does not impact ProQuest databases appearing on the "legacy" ProQuest platforms including ProQuest, Illumina and Chadwyck-Healey. If your institution has not completed the migration to the new platform, your access to the legacy platforms will remain uninterrupted.

If you are unsure, please visit www.proquest.com/go/legacyplatforms to see which version of the platform you are using.

Archive Collections from EBSCO

2011 Horizon Report now available

The 2011 Horizon Report, a collaborative initiative of the New Media Consortium (NMC) and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) is now available for free download from:
http://www.educause.edu/Resources/2011HorizonReport/223122

Each year the report identifies and describes key trends that a group of experts believe will have an impact on teaching, learning and creative inquiry. This year, some of those trends are: electronic books, mobiles, augmented reality, game-based learning, gesture-based computing, and learning analytics.

Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text from EBSCO

from EBSCO:

EBSCO is pleased to announce the release of Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text. This database is the full-text counterpart of Criminal Justice Abstracts. This resource includes bibliographic records and full text covering essential areas related to criminal justice and criminology. The increasing globalization of criminology is reflected in Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text's coverage of hundreds of journals from around the world.

Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text Includes:

  • More than 300,000 records
  • Full text for more than 200 magazines and journals
  • Full text books & monographs
  • And much more

Mango Languages Trial Available Through February

Minitex is now offering Mango Languages. You can trial this language learning program now through February 28, 2011, at http://libraries.mangolanguages.com/minitex-consortium/try/a393f8170. Password: 15Andersen

Mango is an online language-learning system that teaches actual conversation skills for 37 different languages. Mango uses real-life situations and actual conversations to more effectively teach a new language. By listening to and repeating after material designed from native conversations, you'll not only learn the individual words and phrases, you'll know how they're used in practical situations and conversations. You'll learn more than grammar, vocabulary and conjugation, you'll learn how to communicate.

Please contact cpers@minitex.umn.edu for more information and pricing.

Renew Your E-resources Online with Minitex MyLibrary

Set-up a MyLibrary account with Minitex, and you can renew your electronic resources online. Through your MyLibrary account you will be able to review upcoming renewals, choose payment options, and view your online renewal history.

To set-up a MyLibrary account, visit https://www.minitex.umn.edu/myLibrary/.

We've just begun rolling out this functionality; therefore, you may not see all of your e-resources right now. When CPERS staff enters renewal pricing into your account, you will receive an email instructing you to check your MyLibrary account.

If you have questions about MyLibrary, please feel free to contact us at any time.

New Enhancements for H.W. Wilson Current Issues Databases

from H.W. Wilson:

As the number and diversity of topics grows in Wilson's Current Issues databases, editors have introduced a new layout that ensures that researchers can easily find all topics relevant to their interests. The databases now present users first with well-defined broad subjects--"Research Paths"--a convenient new layer of categorization that eliminates the need to sift through the dozens of unrelated subjects in search of your subject of interest. Each of the "Research Paths" leads to a range of narrower issues, which in turn are explored in sets of topics on their various aspects. The new organization helps guide users, and navigation trails are present at the top of each screen so that users can see where they are within the Research Path.

Current Issues databases (which include Current Issues: Reference Shelf Plus, Current Issues: Health, and Current Issues: Environment) brings researchers sets of full-text articles on social, scientific, health, political, and global issues, chosen to provide a well-rounded overview. The databases are presented in an engaging graphical interface with colorful visual cues for each level of discovery. A handy "find" box is also available, letting users search all the topics for specific articles, with a single click.

New Content for Current Issues: Reference Shelf Plus
In addition to its wide-ranging coverage of modern issues, Current Issues: Reference Shelf Plus now includes the full content of Current Issues: Careers (which was originally offered as a separate database). The Careers data provides a wide array of information on diverse lines of work--jeweler to journalist, fashion designer to florist, librarian to lawyer--covering qualifications, duties and responsibilities, pay scales, application processes and future prospects. Current Issues: Reference Shelf Plus now also features the "Job-Finder's Toolbox" from Careers, with annotated links to more than 50 career-related websites, including many popular job-search and industry specific sites.

Art Project, powered by Google

Google describes Art Project as "a unique collaboration with some of the world's most acclaimed art museums to enable people to discover and view more than a thousand artworks online in extraordinary detail." Powered by Google's Street View technology, Art Project allows users to virtually move around the museum's galleries and zoom into featured art works.

Art Project currently features 17 museums, among them:

  • Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian, Washington DC
  • MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art, NYC
  • National Gallery, London, UK
  • Palace of Versailles, France
  • Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy
  • Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Alexander Street Press Music Online Content Additions

Alexander Street Press released nearly 400,000 tracks/17,000+ albums of new music to a number of databases.

New music includes:

JAZZ MUSIC LIBRARY
4,654 albums (61,796 tracks) from a wide variety of genres and labels, including Storyville Records, JSP Records, Montreux Jazz, Jazz Unlimited, and many more. Newly released artists and ensembles include Frank Sinatra, Django Rheinhardt, Glenn Miller, Mary Lou Williams, Dexter Gordon, Lionel Hampton, Chucho Valdés, Lena Horne, Rossana Casale, Fats Waller, The Peter Brötzmann Octet, Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Bunny Berigan, Dean Martin, The N.Y. Hardbop Quintet, Barcelona Jazz Orquestra, and lots more.

AMERICAN SONG
2,801 albums (46,874 tracks) from a wide variety of genres and labels, including Daptone Records, JSP Records, Acrobat, GNP Crescendo, and many more. Newly released artists and ensembles include Otis Grand, Ike & Tina Turner, Eddie Dean, Bill Haley, Gene Autry, Rudy Vallee, Buddy Holly & The Crickets, Willie Nelson, Mahalia Jackson, John Denver, James Brown & The Famous Flames, The Highwaymen, and many more.

CONTEMPORARY WORLD MUSIC
10,266 albums (132,667 tracks) from a wide variety of labels and genres, including reggae, acoustic folk, Afro-Cuban, belly dance, banda, dub, drinking songs, hip-hop, Italian folk, Indian classical, world beat, and many more. Newly released artists and ensembles include: Nairobi City Ensemble, Sanjay Subrahmanyan, Eddie Palmieri, Kyoto Kabuki Orchestra, Mind Da Gap, Mariachi Mexico Jalisco, Najwa Karam, Hani Shaker, The New England Irish Harp Orchestra, Calimbo Steel Band, Sri Chinmoy, Amjad Ali Khan, and many more.

POPULAR MUSIC
We have also added 139,626 additional tracks of popular music. These tracks are ONLY available to subscribes of the Music Online: Listening package, and they are now live and accessible (at no extra charge!).

The 139,626 tracks include a wide variety of genres and labels including rock, film soundtracks, pop, punk, new age, metal, holiday music, hip-hop/rap, electronic, Christian music, children's music, musical theatre soundtracks, and more.

New ProQuest Platform | Webinar Training

from ProQuest:

Our training sessions have been so popular that we've added new ones--plus recorded webinars.

Our 60-minute webinars are an easy way for you, your staff, and your users to become familiar with, and take advantage of, all that the new platform offers. See all of the sessions available.

Here are just a few of the 60-minute webinars that are being offered:

Check out these recorded webinars if you can't attend the scheduled webinars:

Be sure to also check out our new demo and the continuously-updated list of databases on the new platform--and share these with your coworkers and users.

New Wilson Express Live Online Training

from Wilson:

Attend a mini-session and in less than 30 minutes be introduced to the next generation of WilsonWeb. All events are Eastern Standard Time.

  • WilsonWeb Mobile
  • WilsonWeb Statistics
  • WilsonWeb Administrator
  • OmniFile Full Text Select
  • WilsonWeb Retrospective

Register at www.hwwilson.com/training.

WilsonWeb Mobile
Thursday, February 3 - 11 am
Tuesday, February 15 - 3 pm

The H.W. Wilson Company has developed WilsonWeb Mobile for users of its databases. The need for this new smartphone interface is driven by a generation of users that are becoming more dependent upon handheld devices for their communication needs. In this session, we will review WilsonWeb Mobile and discuss how to customize it for your library.

WilsonWeb Statistics
Wednesday, February 9 - 3 pm

We measure every keystroke, every mouse click, so you don't have to! Learn how to generate and schedule WilsonWeb usage and COUNTER reports, including detailed reports on WilsonWeb Mobile and Text-to-Speech usage.

WilsonWeb Administrator
Thurday, February 10 - 3 pm

This is your opportunity to go behind the scenes of your WilsonWeb subscription. Learn how to define user classes, set button and toolbar defaults, add co-branding images and out-bound hyperlinks, and synchronize your on-line catalog to WilsonWeb, plus much more.

OmniFile Full Text Select
Tuesday, February 8 - 11 am
Wednesday, February 23 - 3 pm

An essential resource for libraries, OmniFile Full Text Select provides precise indexing to more than 2,900 core full-text journals in the arts, business, education, humanities, law, and science. Come see why researches, educators, and scholars count on OmniFile for all of their informational needs.

WilsonWeb Retrospective
Wednesday, February 16 - 3 pm
Thursday, February 24 - 11 am

The H.W. Wilson Company has published indexes of periodicals continuously since 1901. Thanks to our digitization of this material, you can now search the acclaimed Wilson indexes back to their inception on WilsonWeb. In this session, a tour of the WilsonWeb Retrospective Collection is provided, with emphasis on its subject coverage, its contents as a historical record for the 20th century, and on the collection-linking options available to subscribers.

15% Discount on all H.W. Wilson Retrospective Databases

Wilson is offering a special 15% discount on all retrospective databases. This offer will expire on March 30, 2011. Please see this flyer for more information.

from EBSCO:

Now available, your users are able to authenticate into the A-to-Z Reader Site and LinkSource using Shibboleth authentication! This authentication option takes advantage of your Shibboleth credentials previously setup within your EBSCOhost account. To enable Shibboleth for your EBSCO A-to-Z end users, simply follow the steps below:

  1. Make sure that Shibboleth authentication is enabled within EBSCOadmin, the administrative site for your EBSCOhost Research Databases. (See this FAQ for instructions on setting up Shibboleth authentication within EBSCOadmin.)
  2. Within Account Settings on your A-to-Z Administrator Site, activate and add your EBSCOhost account credentials. Save your changes.
  3. Within Authentication on your A-to-Z Administrator Site, ensure that username and password authentication to A-to-Z is activated. Enable the checkbox next to the Shibboleth authentication option. Save your changes.

Once your users reach the user name/password login screen for your A-to-Z Reader Site, they will see a Shibboleth login option!

If you would like to use Shibboleth authentication to access your resources through LinkSource, please contact EBSCO Customer Satisfaction after completing the above steps. Customer Satisfaction will supply you with a unique base URL that should be given to your vendors to enable Shibboleth.

Questions? Contact EBSCO Customer Satisfaction. Phone: (800) 758-5995, option 2 (U.S.A. and Canada), 00-800-3272-6000 (International Toll-Free), +1-978-356-6500, option 6 (International Toll). Support is available 24 hours a day, Monday through Friday. Email: support@ebsco.com.

H.W. Wilson's Art Full Text Expands

from H.W. Wilson:

H.W. Wilson's acclaimed Art Full Text database recently grew with new full text coverage, entries for dissertations, a guide to the meaning of art symbols, a new full text translation option, and new tools for its "My WilsonWeb" individual user accounts.

New Full Text
The database will soon include full articles from 82 additional journals, expanding subject coverage of contemporary art, architecture, design and photography. Geographic scope has also been expanded, with more European, Asian, and Latin American sources. Many of the additions also enhance the database's retrospective coverage - some of them making decades of back content available in full text.

Such outstanding periodicals as BlackFlash, BOMB, CINEASTE, JAB: The Journal of Artists' Books, Journal of Glass Studies, South African Archaeological Bulletin, The Architectural Review, The Art Newspaper, Umeni / Art, and Uncoverings will be represented, bringing the total in full text to more than 370 sources. (Art Full Text also indexes and abstracts more than 580 journals, including all the titles represented in full text.)

Art Full Text has also added links to more than 8,500 full-text artist biographies (many including photos) from the lauded Wilson biography database Biography Reference Bank.

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