May 2011 Archives

ProQuest Maintenance Window - June 4, 2011

ProQuest® will be performing infrastructure maintenance on June 4, 2011. A twelve (12) hour maintenance window will be required for this maintenance. The window will take place from Saturday, June 4, 2011, at 22:00 EDT to Sunday, June 5, 2011 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:

Credo Reference is pleased to present a MINITEX institutions two offerings:

Credo General Reference:
MINITEX members receive a 15% consortium discount on this subscription service. Click here to see a full list of titles.

Offering more than three and a half million entries, 540+ highly-regarded titles from over 70 publishers, this high-quality general online reference service, provides both credible reference content and a best-in-class platform. Free trials are available for all collections. Visit http://corp.credoreference.com/trial

Credo Publisher and Subject Collections(New for 2011):
MINITEX members receive a collection discount as well as a 15% consortium discount on both perpetual and subscription options. MINITEX members who purchase or subscribe to a Publisher or Subject Collection by June 30, 2011 will receive an additional 10% discount.

Credo Publisher Collections and Subject Collections enable libraries to augment their collections with subject-specific reference titles from highly-regarded publishers. Available as a stand-alone option or alongside a subscription to Credo General Reference, these collections are offered as perpetual purchase, subscription, or as individual titles for purchase. Users experience the collection content as a fully integrated part of the Credo Reference platform.

33 Publisher Collections are available from 13 publishers including SAGE Reference, Wiley-Blackwell, Elsevier, ABC-CLIO and others. Please click here to see a full list of collections and titles[PDF]. Subject Collections are disciplined-focused and bring together multiple publishers on subjects such as Education, Environment, Psychology and Contemporary Issues and Controversies. See a full list of collections and titles here [PDF]

For assistance with your current subscriptions or for more information, pricing and free trials, please contact: Gina McCue, gina.mccue@credoreference.com

OCLC Upcoming FirstSearch database changes

In March 2010, OCLC announced its plans to transition from reselling e-content provided by publishers and other content providers as we increase our focus and investment on enhancing WorldCat and delivering new WorldCat platform services and Web-scale library services.

We will complete the planned transition June 30, 2011 when FirstSearch access to the following databases ends:


  • ABI/INFORM

  • Applied Science & Technology Abstracts

  • Applied Science & Technology Index

  • Art Abstracts

  • Art Index

  • Biography Index

  • Biological & Agricultural Index

  • Biology Digest

  • Book Review Digest

  • Books in Print

  • Books in Print with Reviews

  • Business Dateline

  • CA Student Edition

  • Contemporary Women's Issues

  • Dissertation Abstracts Online

  • Education Abstracts

  • Education Index

  • Essay and General Literature Index

  • General Sciences Abstracts

  • General Sciences Index

  • GEOBASE

  • Humanities Abstracts

  • Humanities Index

  • Index to Legal Periodicals & Books

  • Library Literature

  • Newspaper Abstracts

  • PAIS Archive

  • PAIS International

  • Periodical Abstracts

  • PsycINFO

  • Readers' Guide Abstracts

  • SIRS Researcher

  • Social Sciences Abstracts

  • Social Sciences Index

  • Sociological Abstracts

  • Wilson Business Abstracts

  • Wilson Select Plus

FirstSearch access will continue for the following databases


  • Anthropological Index

  • Anthropological Literature

  • Anthropology Plus

  • ArchiveGrid

  • ArticleFirst

  • Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals

  • CAMIO - Catalog of Museum & Art Images

  • Chicano Database

  • Clase and Periodica

  • Electronic Books

  • Electronic Collections Online

  • ERIC

  • FRANCIS

  • GPO Monthly Catalog

  • Heritage of the Printed Book

  • History of Science, Technology and Medicine

  • Index to 19th-Century American Art Periodicals

  • MEDLINE

  • OAIster

  • PapersFirst

  • ProceedingsFirst

  • Russian Academy of Science Bibliographies

  • SCIPIO

  • World Almanacs

  • WorldCat

  • WorldCat Dissertations and Theses

If you subscribe to these databases, we recommend that you enable access to them through the WorldCat.org interface. WorldCat.org provides your users with the kind of user-friendly Web search experience familiar to them. And if you subscribe to OCLC Cataloging and the WorldCat database, Web searchers will discover materials in your library's collections from popular search engines and familiar websites where they often begin their research.

You may also place your locally branded WorldCat.org search box on any website your users consult regularly. Visit www.worldcat.org for a closer look at this easy-to-use interface.

Instructions for setting up this access are available on the OCLC website.

ProQuest Maintenance Window - June 4, 2011

ProQuest® will be performing infrastructure maintenance on June 4, 2011. A twelve (12) hour maintenance window will be required for this maintenance. The window will take place from Saturday, June 4, 2011, at 22:00 EDT to Sunday, June 5, 2011 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:

from EBSCO:

Accessing EBSCOhost® content just got easier with the release of a new iPhone application from EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO). Building on the success of EBSCOhost® Mobile, a website application designed for Internet capable mobile devices including smartphones, the new iPhone application (app) provides a quick and convenient way for Apple iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad users to access quality content via EBSCOhost.

The new iPhone app, available free from the iTunes App Store, offers easy authentication for users via a library's EBSCOhost profile. New features include the ability to view content in visual landscape mode and the option to save articles and PDF full-text content on the device for offline viewing. The app also includes existing EBSCOhost features bringing the most popular and useful functionality to researchers. These features include limiting to full text, date ranges, peer-reviewed content or by publication.

EBSCO Publishing's Senior Director of Software Product Management, Ron Burns, says improving the reach of EBSCOhost content for customers was the goal behind this initiative. "By delivering EBSCOhost in an interactive and fun mobile experience, the iPhone application makes it possible for customers to access the information they need at a time that is convenient for them."

Clicking into a result replicates the EBSCOhost user experience providing researchers with abstracts and links to full text, as well as key citation information such as source, authors, and subject terms which are all easily clickable to launch new searches. Users also have the ability to save and email articles as well as store PDFs for offline viewing. The result list is scrollable, can be refined by subject and publication facets and can be sorted by relevancy or date. Available data in the result list includes citations and access to full-text articles.

The interface has been simplified for increased speed and user convenience. EBSCO currently offers a mobile app for DynaMed™, a point-of-care resource. Future apps will include an EBSCOhost app for Android devices, iPhone apps for Business Book Summaries™ and Nursing Reference Center™ and eBook reader apps.

from EBSCO:

The EBSCO A-to-Z® Administrator Site will be unavailable beginning on 3 June 2011 from 8:00 PM until 5 June 2011 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time (3 June, 23:00 - 5 June, 17:00 GMT) to allow for necessary maintenance. 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.

from EBSCO:

This week's update concerns the NetLibrary Media Center and Download Manager, both of which will remain available to users until the final transition from NetLibrary to EBSCOhost is completed in July 2011. At that time, the Media Center and NetLibrary Download Manager will be retired and a new, enhanced version of the Download Manager will become available.

Knowing how important it is that all users be made aware of these changes, we will send a message to Media Center users that will contain the information posted on this page. Access to the page will also be provided from the NetLibrary web site, to further ensure that all active users will have the chance to learn about these important changes in advance of the transition.

This is a one-time communication to users, important because they will need to save their personal account content (notes on eBooks, lists of eBooks/Audiobooks, and any information on holds they may have placed on eBooks/Audiobooks) somewhere safe, before the transition takes place. After the transition to EBSCOhost, users will be able to set up their own My EBSCOhost accounts for saving and managing their eBooks and Audiobooks.

If you missed a previous Weekly eBooks Update, check these archives:

Have a question? Check out the NetLibrary Support Center on EBSCO's Support Site, or drop us a line with your question using the EBSCO Online Support Form.

Minitex Cooperative Purchasing needs your feedback!

Twice a year, in late Spring and late Fall, Minitex sets up trials for vendors and resources we're considering offering.

For this trial period, we have Springer eBooks, Tell Me More Language Learning, World & I School; and WT Cox World eBook Library.

Please visit the trial site and try out one or more of the resources and send your thoughts, comments, questions to cpers@minitex.umn.edu. Additionally, we always welcome any suggestions for vendors or resources any time of the year.

from Elsevier:

Dear Librarian,

As you know, we are currently in the process of releasing several new enhancements to the SciVerse platform. Phase two of this release involves some customer-facing enhancements which are set to be released on May 21. While we expect everything to go smoothly, it is possible that you and your users may experience intermittent service disruptions from 7.30 am EDT.

The products which may be affected include:


  • SciVerse ScienceDirect

  • SciVerse Scopus

  • SciVerse Hub

  • SciVerse Applications

Please be assured that these disruptions are associated specifically with the release of new enhancements and do not reflect any ongoing issue with the platform itself.

Again, we apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause. If you require additional information or technical assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us.


from EBSCO:

This week's eBook Update is about your library catalog links (that came from NetLibrary MARC records) to eBooks. With the July cutover to eBooks on EBSCOhost, those links will be automatically redirected to the EBSCOhost domain, indefinitely.

This means that the links will continue to work without you having to make any changes to them whatsoever.

If you missed a previous Weekly eBooks Update, check these archives:

Have a question? Check out the NetLibrary Support Center on EBSCO's Support Site, or drop us a line with your question using the EBSCO Online Support Form.

Learn to speak pirate with Mango Languages!

from Mango:

FREE for a limited time from Mango Languages.

In anticipation of a certain upcoming movie premiere (we love you Captain Jack) and in preparation for one of our favorite random holidays (International Talk Like a Pirate Day is just around the corner) the Mango Languages Team has developed a brand new super special language course - Pirate!

Pirate is bold, brazen, chock full of eccentric insults, and incredibly fun to speak. If that's not enough reason to learn it, we're offering this course for FREE now through June 30th!

Tell your family, tell your friends, tell your parakeet... everybody loves Pirate. Then get your booty over to mangolanguages.com/store/pirate-day.html to check it out.

Alexander Street Press Offer: Buy 5 DVDs, Get Half Off

Alexander Street Press is having and end-of-fiscal-year special: buy 5 DVDs, get 50% off your entire order through June 30th. Mention Promo Code "5DVD50".

Promotion details, ordering information, and title lists can be found on the Alexander Street Press website.

ebrary Trial and Special Offer

ProQuest is pleased to announce the MINITEX trial of ebrary Academic Complete has been extended through Friday, June 10.

The trial can be accessed here. Please contact CPERS for the username and password.

Additionally, ProQuest will be providing true group pricing with discounts based on total combined FTE of subscribing institutions. If you are interested in adding the 52,000 Academic Complete ebooks to your library, this promotion provides an excellent opportunity at significant savings. Final decisions will be due Wednesday, June 15 with subscriptions to start on July 1, 2011. Please contact Mike Peters or Orchid Li with any questions.

EBSCOhost Mobile and New iPhone App

from EBSCO:

EBSCOhost Mobile is an excellent way to encourage your users to make the most of your online resources from EBSCO. If you haven't recently promoted it, here is an FAQ with instructions on how to facilitate its use, which includes a link to the most popular FAQs on the topic:

How do I create an EBSCOhost Mobile profile in EBSCOadmin?
http://support.ebsco.com/knowledge_base/detail.php?id=4671

Exciting News! The new iPhone app is now available!

EBSCO's new app is free, and offers the convenience and rich functionality that enables users to:

  • Choose which databases to search
  • Limit results to full text or peer reviewed
  • Sort by relevance or date
  • Retrieve full text results in HTML and/or PDF formats
  • Save results for offline access at a later date
  • Email results to self or others
  • View cover flow display of results

To get started, simply click on the EBSCOhost iPhone/iPod Touch Application link at the bottom of the EBSCOhost screen and follow the instructions.

Learn more about EBSCOhost Mobile and the new iPhone app here: http://www.ebscohost.com/academic/mobile-access.

Please visit EBSCO's Support Site to find a wide variety of support information on this and all of EBSCO's products, search among thousands of FAQs, download Flash tutorials, Help Sheets or User Guides, or communicate with Technical Support at any time, using the EBSCO Online Support Form.

EBSCO Scheduled System Upgrades -- 20 May 2011

from EBSCO:

EBSCO will be performing scheduled maintenance beginning on 20 May 2011 from 11:00 PM until 21 May 2011 at 3:00 AM Eastern Time (21 May, 03:00 - 07:00 GMT). During this time, the following products will be unavailable:

  • EBSCO A-to-Z®
  • LinkSource®
  • EBSCOhost® Electronic Journal Service

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.

New Wilson Express Live Online Training

from H.W. Wilson:

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

Register at www.hwwilson.com/training

OmniFile Full Text Select
Thursday, May 12 - 3 pm; Wednesday, May 25 - 11 am

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.

Art Suite - Image Databases
Wednesday, May 11 - 11 am

More than 1,600 images have been added to Art Museum Image Gallery from the Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information Collection. Soon other Library of Congress collections will be added. Wilson have updated Cinema Image Gallery with 6,500 new images from 1,200 movies and television shows, including more than 450 movies new to the database, and the Award winners for the 2011 Academy Awards. I'll talk about enhancements to the Wilson Image Databases in this 30 minute session.

Current Issues
Wednesday, May 18 - 11 am

Inspired by our award-winning Reference Shelf print series, the Current Issues suite provides editor-selected information, compiled by Wilson editors, on a variety of topical subjects. These resources are fun to use for younger researchers and can be accessed on smartphones via WilsonWeb Mobile.

WilsonWeb Retrospective Collection
Tuesday, May 17 - 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.

WilsonWeb Mobile
Thursday, May 26 - 11 am; Tuesday, May 31 - 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.

from EBSCO:

This week's eBook Update is about the use of your logo and/or library name on your eBooks interface. These settings will not carry over once eBooks on EBSCOhost is finalized in July. However, we do have a versatile and flexible alternative for you, available in the Branding section of EBSCOadmin.

For example, using the EBSCOadmin Branding option, administrators can add library logos, customize the library's name on the user interface screens, add text to the bottom of most screens, and employ HTML graphics. For more information about the Branding feature, please see this Branding FAQ.

If you missed a previous Weekly eBooks Update, check these archives:

Note: For those who prefer to receive all updates in a single message, we will send a summary of every Weekly eBooks Update, as soon all of the individual components have been communicated.

Have a question? Check out the NetLibrary Support Center on EBSCO's Support Site, or drop us a line with your question using the EBSCO Online Support Form.

ProQuest Maintenance Window - May 5, 2011

from ProQuest

ProQuest® will be performing infrastructure maintenance on May 5, 2011. A two (2) hour maintenance window will be required for this maintenance. The window will take place from Thursday, May 5, 2011, at 22:00 EDT to Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 24:00 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 (including the new platform), 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

  • UMI products including ProQuest Digital Microfilm and online dissertation products

Elsevier SciVerse scheduled outage

from Elsevier:

On May 7 we will be releasing several new enhancements to the SciVerse platform (more information on these to follow shortly). While we expect this release to go smoothly, it is possible that you and your users experience temporary service disruptions on Saturday, May 7, 2011.

The products which may be affected include:

  • SciVerse ScienceDirect

  • SciVerse Scopus

  • SciVerse Hub

  • SciVerse Applications

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause. If you require additional information or technical assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Oxford Digital Reference Shelf - New Titles Now Available

from OUP:

Oxford University Press is thrilled to offer the following acclaimed resources through the Oxford Digital Reference Shelf platform:

Encyclopedia of Climate and Weather, Second Edition
Edited by Stephen H. Schneider, Terry L. Root, and Michael D. Mastrandrea
www.oxford-climateweather2.com
The Encyclopedia of Climate and Weather, Second Edition summarizes the efforts humans have made throughout history to accurately foretell the weather, evolving from the use of guesswork, rule of thumb, and signs in the sky to the development of contemporary forecasting techniques drawn from two scientific disciplines, climatology and meteorology. New to this edition are articles on headline-grabbing topics that include the Kyoto Protocol, global warming, tradable permits, and extreme weather.

The Oxford Dictionary of the Jewish Religion, Second Edition
Edited by Adele Berlin
www.oxford-jewishreligion.com
Hailed by Library Journal as the "best ready-reference access point to the Jewish religion," and "essential" by CHOICE in its First Edition, The Oxford Dictionary of the Jewish Religion covers more than three millennia of Jewish religious thought, custom, law, and practice and has served as the go-to resource for students, scholars, and researchers in Judaic Studies since its publication. Under the editorship of Adele Berlin, nearly 200 internationally renowned scholars have created a new edition that focuses on recent and changing rituals in the Jewish community and incorporates updated bibliographies, biographies of 20th-century individuals who have shaped the recent thought and history of Judaism, and an index with alternate spellings of Hebrew terms. Entries from the previous edition have been be revised, new entries commissioned, and cross-references added, all to increase ease of navigation and research.

For pricing or trials, please contact CPERS.

COMING SOON!

  • The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Music of India

  • Green's Dictionary of Slang

Films on Demand Free Access Offer for New Subscribers

Films on Demand is offering new subscribers free access through August 31, 2011, with a 1-year subscription to either Master Academic Collection or Master Career & Technical Education Collection. Depending on when you subscribe, this could be up to 5 months of free access.

See the Minitex website for access to Spring Trials of both collections.

Contact CPERS for questions or pricing

Credo Promotion and May Webinars

Credo has posted their May webinar schedule.

Also, as a special spring promotion, Credo is offering two months free added to the first subscription term for libraries that subscribe to Credo General Reference by May 31, 2011.

Please contact CPERS for pricing or for a trial.

from EBSCO:

Note: Due to system maintenance, the preview of eBooks on EBSCOhost will be unavailable from 7am through 11am, Eastern Time, on Tuesday, May 3, 2011.

This week's tip concerns personalization in EBSCOhost, also known as the My EBSCOhost folder.

Please note: Your NetLibrary folder will be replaced by this free, versatile folder option as soon as the transition from NetLibrary to eBooks on EBSCOhost is complete. This means that items saved prior to the transition will not be saved. The My EBSCOhost folder will provide users with a wide variety of personalization options, such as the ability to save:

  • Downloaded books
  • Check out books
  • Holds
  • Notes
  • Articles
  • Images
  • Journal Alerts
  • Saved Searches
  • and more!

To learn more about My EBSCOhost, download the help sheet here: http://support.ebscohost.com/knowledge_base/detail.php?id=3968.

To learn more about eBooks and the My EBSCOhost Folder, see the EBSCOhost Preview Site User Guide: http://support.ebscohost.com/knowledge_base/detail.php?id=5358

If you missed a previous Weekly eBooks Update, check these archives:

Weekly eBooks Update #1 -Statistics - 4/15/11

Weekly eBooks Update #2 - EZ Proxy - 4/22/11

Have a question? Check out the NetLibrary Support Center on EBSCO's Support Site, or drop us a line with your question using the EBSCO Online Support Form.

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