June 2011 Archives

There's still time to take advantage of the special incentive pricing OCLC is offering to Minitex members on EasyBib Library Edition. Building on the popular citation management service EasyBib.com, the Library Edition adds features such as library branding, links to the library catalog, locations, hours and more.

To take advantage of this offer, five or more Minitex libraries must purchase new subscriptions before July 15. For more information on the special incentive pricing or for a price quote, please contact OCLC at http://www.oclc.org/easybib/ordering/.

from Credo Reference:

Credo Reference (www.credoreference.com), the award-winning online reference service, and Elsevier, an international provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, have signed an agreement that will put 45 health sciences titles in forthcoming Credo Reference Subject Collections.

Credo's Subject Collections, which launched with eight collections in spring 2011, are compilations of leading subject-specific reference curated with library professionals and available alone or alongside the Credo General Reference service. The Elsevier titles represent a wide variety of resources in the research areas of Health Science, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine. The diverse and prestigious titles to be included in the Credo Subject Collections of Nursing & Allied Health and Veterinary Medicine are:

  • Acute and Chronic Wounds: Current Management Concepts
  • Community Emergency Medicine
  • Health Careers Today
  • Mosby's Pediatric Nursing Reference
  • Responding to Terrorism: A Medical Handbook
  • Color Atlas of Veterinary Anatomy, The Horse
  • Exotic Animal Medicine: A Quick Reference Guide
  • Handbook of Avian Medicine

"We are proud to make our resources available through Credo Reference," said Linda Duncan, Elsevier,Vice-President and Publisher of Health Professions. "Elsevier's aim is to provide our vital, state-of-the-art reference material to more talented medical and health professionals worldwide, and Credo Reference helps us succeed in doing that."

"We're delighted to have access to such top quality reference content from Elsevier Health Sciences," added John Dove, Credo President. "These titles will contribute significantly to the forthcoming subject collections supporting nursing and allied health education. The collections and the learning community that utilizes them will ultimately both be better as a result."

ebrary Special Offer extended to July 22

ProQuest has extended the deadline for their special ebrary pricing to July 22.

ebrary discounts will be 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. Please contact Mike Peters or Orchid Li with any questions.

Upcoming OCLC FirstSearch database changes

from OCLC:

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

from EBSCO:

Today's Weekly eBooks Update #8 is about the Library Resource Center and how library administrators will be able to manage account settings, etc. using EBSCOadmin, once the transition to EBSCOhost is completed in mid-July.

For clarity, we have created a chart to show you existing Library Resource Center features and their counterparts in EBSCOadmin, on this page:

http://support.epnet.com/support_news/detail.php?id=683

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

from EBSCO:

Weekly eBooks Update #7 is about Title Select. After the transition to eBooks on EBSCOhost has been completed (mid-July, 2011), Title Select will still accept new orders, but will no longer be updated with new titles. If you have an inquiry concerning new titles that may not be loaded onto Title Select, we ask that you please contact your EBSCO Publishing sales representative.

A new, versatile tool will become available to you later this year: EBSCOhost Collection Manager (ECM). ECM will do a better job of showcasing collections and subject sets, and will include logical, pertinent recommendations for libraries. We are confident that you will find ECM to be a very useful tool when searching for the best available content to add to your collections.

To support you during the interim period between the completed transition and the availability of the new EBSCOhost Collection Manager, we are also planning some changes to make Title Select more viable.

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

EBSCO and The Economist

from EBSCO:

Dear EBSCO Customer,

As you probably know, EBSCO has done a lot more than any other aggregator to preserve the stability of our full-text databases on behalf of our customers. We have gone to great lengths to ensure that our customers have avoided losing access to any important magazines or journals, particularly when there is no other way to gain reasonable access to the publications. EBSCO has done so at great expense, but without passing on those dramatic cost increases to our customers.

In the case of The Economist, there was recently a bid by the publisher for a semi-exclusive contract. EBSCO did not think the required investment was justifiable, given that the cost would need to be passed on to our customers, so as of June 30, 2012, our coverage will become A&I-only (abstracting & indexing) for this magazine. We wanted to give you a full year's notice. In the end, our understanding is that two vendors (Gale and ProQuest) will continue to provide limited access (to a text-only version of the publication with no images), and the publisher (via EIU) will continue to offer direct, full access (including images).

As mentioned, EBSCO will continue to index and abstract The Economist, so if your library has a link resolver, users will still be able to get to the limited full text (without images) via Gale or ProQuest (with a subscription) or the complete full text with images via EIU (with a subscription). If your library does not have a link resolver, EBSCOhost offers a free CustomLink feature, which can also be used to provide links for this publication.

It is worth noting that this rare occurrence does not signify some sort of new trend; it is instead an anomaly and a conscious choice by EBSCO to keep costs manageable by not overpaying for a publication that is somewhat easily accessible via other means.

from EBSCO:

EBSCO A-to-Z Administrator will be unavailable on 17 June 2011 from 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM Eastern Time (11:00 - 15:00 GMT) to allow for necessary maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. EBSCO A-to-Z Reader Access is not impacted by this maintenance window and will continue to operate as expected during this time.

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.

Springer invites you to attend this online meeting as an introduction to the Springer eBooks and the new Minitex pricing. The webinar will give you the opportunity to learn about our eBook model as well as the chance to ask questions and discuss with other Minitex members.

Topic: Springer eBooks & Minitex
Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Time: 2:00 pm, Central Daylight Time (Chicago, GMT-05:00)
Meeting Number: 743 845 737
Meeting Password: Springer

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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:

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 Royal Chemistry Society; 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.

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.

Wilson and EBSCO Merge

from EBSCO:

EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) and The H.W. Wilson Company (Wilson) have merged in what is being viewed by the companies as an ideal match. This combination of organizations will allow the strengths of each to benefit existing and forthcoming products & services.

With 180 combined years of experience serving libraries, EBSCO and Wilson have traveled similar paths, but have maintained unique advantages and abilities. Libraries using products from either company will benefit as improvements are made to the respective resources. Wilson database products are known for their quality indexing. The Wilson subject thesaurus and Wilson "names" authority file are largely considered the best of their kind, and the WilsonWeb platform systematically leverages this valuable indexing within its searching to provide high quality, relevant results to end users. The Wilson controlled vocabularies will be integrated into EBSCO's controlled vocabularies, resulting in improved subject indexing for EBSCO databases. The EBSCOhost® platform will be enhanced to take advantage of this indexing in its search and relevancy ranking algorithms.

According to Tim Collins, President of EBSCO Publishing, this acquisition leads directly to heightening the value and quality of EBSCO and Wilson resources. "Upholding the integrity of the Wilson indexing is essential, and extending these attributes to EBSCOhost resources is a critical part of this venture. When it comes to thesauri (subjects and names), and how these are leveraged, Wilson has long been an industry leader. We look forward to bringing this value and approach to all applicable EBSCOhost databases and are excited about the benefits this will bring to EBSCOhost users. We are also pleased to be able to add the Wilson databases into the EBSCO Discovery Service search experience."

Harry Regan, President & CEO for Wilson, commented, "EBSCO and H.W. Wilson have been engaged as business partners for a number of years and are now officially operating as one. The result will be a broader and deeper range of products and services for the library reference community with significantly added value. Both companies have had separate, distinctive histories, but have always shared a common commitment for the highest order of customer satisfaction."

Wilson's Vice President of Indexing & Editorial Services, Mark Gauthier, is excited about the opportunities that lie ahead. "As a company, Wilson has focused heavily on the quality of our indexing and how it impacts the search experience. With EBSCOhost full-text and abstract/index databases, along with EBSCO Discovery Service, EBSCO is really focusing on detailed editorial value to truly take its services to new levels. We're excited about the possibilities and what we can do together to benefit the research experience for libraries."

All Wilson indexing, abstracts and full text will be fully searchable via EBSCO Discovery Service for subscribers of Wilson databases. The addition of Wilson's robust abstract/index records and unique full text will strengthen EBSCO Discovery Service.

Wilson databases will be loaded onto EBSCOhost over the coming months. EBSCO will continue to maintain WilsonWeb until such time that all Wilson databases are available on EBSCOhost and customers have been transitioned to EBSCOhost.

Giving Back to the Library Community
Both EBSCO and The H.W. Wilson Foundation have a long-standing tradition of providing financial and other support for libraries and library organizations. The H.W. Wilson Foundation plans to continue its commitment to its mission of supporting libraries and librarianship, as evidenced by its numerous grants and long standing support of the John Cotton Dana Award.

A New Future for H.W. Wilson

from H.W. Wilson:

We have exciting news to share. As you know, it has always been our goal to provide the best products and services to our customers, and we are dedicated to supporting the library community as a whole. We will continue to uphold these objectives, and will do so together with EBSCO as we move forward.

Effective May 31, 2011, Wilson has merged with EBSCO Publishing. We have maintained a strong partnership with EBSCO through the years, and this joining marks an exciting new beginning that will be immensely positive for Wilson customers. With more than 150 years of combined experience serving libraries and research needs, the strengths of both companies will come together to provide greater products and services - enabling us to take the Wilson databases to unprecedented heights, and together enhance the EBSCO databases as well. As Wilson databases are added to the EBSCOhost platform, customers will be encouraged to transition to EBSCOhost, and you will begin to see the results of the combined effort of Wilson and EBSCO.

This partnership will enable huge strides for our companies in serving our customers, and helping you to support your end users. We thank you for your business and loyalty through the years. We look forward to serving your needs for years to come.

For questions that we anticipate will be frequently asked, please visit: http://support.epnet.com/knowledge_base/detail.php?id=5482

Special offer on EasyBib Library Edition from OCLC

8 out of 10 college students agree that librarians add value to their search process.

But many students simply aren't using librarians and library resources--even though most agree they're valuable.* Now there's a way to meet your users and increase your visibility where students might need help: in citation and research management, and discovery - EasyBib Library Edition (http://www.oclc.org/info/easybib/)

Minitex and OCLC have worked together to offer special incentive pricing on EasyBib Library Edition when five or more Minitex libraries purchase new subscriptions before July 15.

Register now for a free informational webinar on Thursday, June 9 from 3:00 - 4:00 pm - (http://registration.oclc.org/reg/?pc=EasyBibOCLCDemo). Or for a price quote and more information, contact OCLC at (http://www.oclc.org/easybib/ordering/)

Many students today--especially undergraduates--are using popular online tools like EasyBib.com to make the research process easier and faster. In fact, more than 26 million students use EasyBib, likely many at your institution. OCLC recently launched a partnership with EasyBib founders to put libraries and library resources right where students are already going. The result? EasyBib Library Edition: a customized version of EasyBib.com that incorporates your library's branding, includes additional citation styles, provides Web site evaluation tools and more.

You're not trying to change students' current behaviors--you're simply intercepting them where they're already going. And you're gaining additional visibility with your students--with no additional work for you!

* From Perceptions of Libraries, 2010: Context and Community, p. 60

Springer invites you to attend this online meeting as an introduction to the Springer eBooks and the new Minitex pricing. The webinar will give you the opportunity to learn about our eBook model as well as the chance to ask questions and discuss with other Minitex members.

Topic: Springer eBooks & Minitex
Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Time: 2:00 pm, Central Daylight Time (Chicago, GMT-05:00)
Meeting Number: 743 845 737
Meeting Password: Springer

Provide your phone number when you join the meeting to receive a call back. Alternatively, you can call:
Call-in toll-free number (Verizon): 1-866-780-9216 (US)
Attendee access code: 498 876

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