August 2011 Archives

from OCLC:

This report highlights successful strategies in providing a single point of access to library, archive and museum collections.

In the era of global search engines, users are often puzzled by the realization that they can search the Internet through a single interface, yet the resources of universities and other institutions are often compartmentalized in a plethora of informational silos, each with its own dedicated system, search categories and user interfaces. Many institutions want to make the breadth of their local resources easily discoverable regardless of where and how the resources are managed.

Read the report.

Open Access 9/11 Collection from ebrary

ebrary is pleased to offer an open access collection of e-books related to 9/11 throughout the month of September. For details, please see the posts by the following well known library bloggers:

» Cheryl LaGuardia/Library Journal.com
» Sue Polanka/No Shelf Required

We hope that this collection provides a valuable resource to anyone seeking to learn or understand more about this tragic event, or reflect on its world impact.

For additional open access sites hosted by ebrary, please click here.

As always, your input and suggestions are welcome, and we appreciate your support.

Sincerely,

The ebrary team

ACM Digital Library Training Session August 31st 12pm EDT

from ACM:

ACM DL Training Session will take place from 12:00pm (EDT) until 1:00pm (EDT) on August 31st 2011. This training session will provide a general introduction to the ACM Digital Library, its contents, and basic functionality. Depending upon the number of participants on the call, we may have the opportunity to answer specific questions and conduct specific searches to demonstrate the capabilities of the DL platform. The training session will be appropriate for librarians and end users alike.

The following details will enable you to join the meeting:

Please join my meeting.

https://www3.gotomeeting.com/join/736840846

While GoToMeeting does offer integrated web-based audio services, it has been our experience that providing a separate conference call dial-in results in greater call clarity and less time resolving technical issues during the session itself. Please use the following dial-in information based on your location during the call.

Join the conference call:

US Dial-In: 1-866-440-5119

International Dial-In: +1 660-422-5019

Code: 2126260659

Happy 40th Birthday, WorldCat!

from OCLC:

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the launch of WorldCat, the world's most comprehensive online library database. Few of those involved in the creation of WorldCat would have guessed that 40 years later, thousands of librarians and catalogers around the world would have cataloged more than 1.7 billion items.

Contributions to WorldCat from individual libraries and other partners in the community allow many libraries to get most of the records in their local catalogs from this shared resource. While records come in to WorldCat from a variety of sources, it is the ongoing partnership between dedicated catalogers and the WorldCat team at OCLC that keeps collection data accurate and useful to information seekers.

from APA:

Join us for an overview of APA's two newest databases, PsycTESTS™ and
PsycTHERAPY™. PsycTESTS is a research database that provides access to
psychological tests, measures, scales, and other assessments as well as
descriptive and administrative information. PsycTHERAPY is a database
containing more than 300 videos featuring therapy demonstrations showing
clinicians working with individuals, couples, and families.

We'll do a demonstration of both databases on APA PsycNET and provide you
with information on how to arrange a trial for your institution.

To register, please go to

http://www.apa.org/pubs/databases/training/webinars.aspx

and click on the link of the session you're interested in. There are
currently sessions set up for the second week in September (all times
Eastern). Let us know if you'd like another time set up.

Monday, September 12, 2011 2-3 p.m.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 12-1 p.m.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 9-10 a.m.
Thursday, September 15, 2011 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Friday, September 16, 2011 3-4 p.m.

PsycINFO Quick Reference Guides

from APA:

The American Psychological Association is pleased to announce the latest in
our series of Quick Reference Guides--introducing PsycINFO on ProQuest and
PsycINFO on OvidSP. Please feel free to download the guides and link them to
any course management system you use.

The Quick Reference Guides were developed for novice users searching
PsycINFO on various vendor platforms. The guides are ideal for library
training. Currently, we have a Quick Reference Guide for searching PsycINFO
on

1.APA PsycNET (http://www.apa.org/pubs/databases/training/psycnet.pdf)
2.EBSCOhost (http://www.apa.org/pubs/databases/training/ebsco.pdf)
3.OvidSP (http://www.apa.org/pubs/databases/training/ovid.pdf)
4.ProQuest (http://www.apa.org/pubs/databases/training/proquest-qrg.pdf)

The guides can be viewed online at the Librarian's Resource Center
(http://www.apa.org/pubs/librarians/index.aspx). Look under Training and
Documentation for the link to PsycSEARCH Guides for Databases.

If you would like a quantity of these pocket sized guides mailed to you, please
email us at psycinfo@apa.org. Be sure to indicate which vendor platform you
use, how many you would like (up to 500 at a time), and your complete
mailing address.

Access Free Sample Books on Project MUSE Beta Site

The MUSE beta site offers access to over 300 free sample books. Browse and search this selection of books, along with MUSE journals, as a preview of the combined book and journal content that will be coming to MUSE on January 1, 2012. Explore books and journals on MUSE on our beta site at http://beta.muse.jhu.edu.

Highlights of Beta Site

  • Access over 300 free sample books.
  • New search box at the top of each page. Suggested search terms appear as you type in your search.
  • Enhanced search results page showing both books and journals.
  • Faceted searching. Refine search results with options to broaden or narrow results.
  • Search the contents of a book and view results without leaving the book home page.
  • Easy linking to content by subject area, most recently downloaded, most recently issued.
  • Tiered structure for exploring subject areas.
  • Enhanced Browse displays books and journals by subject area, title, or publisher.

The beta site will be available through the end of this year giving you an opportunity to become familiar with the new MUSE platform and particularly, with the new enhanced search.

Use the 'Leave Feedback' button on each page of the site to let us know what you think of the new design and of the combined books and journals searching.

Palgrave Connect Free Two-Month Trial Offer

from Palgrave Macmillan:

We are pleased to announce our Fall Trials. During the months of September through November Palgrave Macmillan will be offering a free 60-day trial to Palgrave Connect.

With over 7500 Palgrave Macmillan scholarly ebooks available, in eleven award winning and exceptional subject collections of research in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Business. Palgrave Connect titles are available to students and faculty 24 hours a day with unlimited concurrent usage.

Palgrave Connect offers Libraries a flexible approach to building an ebook collection. Click to view and download title lists by subject area or learn more about a free 60-day trial, by contacting Account Representative Hayley J. H. Harris, 763.657.7430, or Hayley.Harris@palgrave-usa.com.

Project MUSE Renewals and Orders

Minitex is offering a 10% discount off list price on 2012 Project MUSE renewals and orders. For pricing, please see: http://www.minitex.umn.edu/Electronic/ProjectMuse/Pricing2012.pdf.

The collections offered by Project MUSE are:

  • Premium Collection
  • Standard Collection
  • Basic Research Collection
  • Basic College Collection
  • Humanities Collection
  • Social Sciences Collection

Please visit our Project MUSE web page at http://www.minitex.umn.edu/Electronic/ProjectMuse/ for information about the collections or email anne@minitex.umn.edu with any questions. Subscriptions run from January 1, 2012 - December 31, 2012.

To place an order or renewal, please complete and submit the following web form by September 30, 2011: https://www.minitex.umn.edu/Electronic/ProjectMuse/Renew.aspx

Please note: The rates on the 2012 price sheet are list prices and do not include the 10% discount offered by Minitex.

Update: ProQuest Maintenance Window - August 20, 2011

from ProQuest

ProQuest® will be performing infrastructure maintenance on August 20, 2011. A twelve (12) hour maintenance window will be required for this maintenance. The window will take place from Saturday, August 20, 2011, at 22:00 ET to Sunday, August 21, 2011 at 10:00 ET.

** Update: RefWorks-COS products will be available during this maintenance window **

The following products will be unavailable during these windows:

  • New and Legacy ProQuest platform products, ProQuest Historical Newspapers (traditional and graphical K12 interface), American Periodicals Series
  • Chadwyck-Healey products with domain names ending with chadwyck.com
  • Illumina products such as Technology Research Database, Illustrata: Natural Sciences, and Sociological Abstracts
  • 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

Changes to the OCLC Electronic Collections Online service

from OCLC:

In March 2010, OCLC announced plans to discontinue hosting and reselling electronic content in order to focus resources on developing superior discovery-to-delivery of content on vendor-neutral services. Since then, we have transitioned most of the content previously available on the FirstSearch service to other providers and have expanded access to the remaining content through WorldCat.org, WorldCat Local and WorldCat Local "quick start." As a continuation of this effort, we plan to transition Electronic Collections to an archive-only access model.

OCLC is no longer accepting subscriptions and renewals to Electronic Collections Online e-journal content, and we will stop adding new content to the service on February 1, 2012. Per-article purchase of content from e-journals in Electronic Collections Online will also end on February 1, 2012.

Libraries that subscribe to this e-journal content may continue to provide access to the content from their past Electronic Collections Online e-journal subscriptions by maintaining an access account to the service archive.

Authenticated users of subscribing libraries may continue to search the Electronic Collections Online bibliographic database on FirstSearch, WorldCat.org, WorldCat Local and WorldCat Local "quick start" and link to the full-text articles they identify through their searches. Articles in Electronic Collections e-journal subscriptions will continue to be available to authenticated users as a source of full-text linking.

As we move forward with the development of cloud-based services, OCLC staff will continue work on behalf of our members to provide access to as much quality content as possible through these services. To stay informed about access to additional content through services such as WorldCat Local and WorldCat.org, please register at www.oclc.org/email/subscribe.htm to receive e-mail updates.

Upcoming EBSCO A-to-Z Reader Site Transition

from EBSCO:

Earlier this summer, we notified customers about refreshing the look and feel of the A-to-Z Reader Site to better harmonize with the EBSCOhost and EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) interfaces. The Enhanced Reader Site went live on 22 June and since that time we have encouraged administrators to make any necessary changes to their Reader Site configuration for the official transition to this new, enhanced site. We've posted "tips" directly within the A-to-Z Administrator Site and EBSCO Customer Satisfaction has been working closely with any customers requesting branding assistance.

The Original Reader Site and the corresponding features within A-to-Z Admin will be disabled on 26 August 2011. This transition will begin at 6:00 PM Eastern Time (22:00 GMT) and may take up to three hours to complete. During this transition some users may experience intermittent interruptions when accessing the A-to-Z Administrator and Reader Sites.

After the transition takes place, any users accessing the Reader Site through an Original Site URL will be automatically redirected to the new, enhanced site.

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.

ProQuest Maintenance Window - August 20, 2011

ProQuest® will be performing infrastructure maintenance on August 20, 2011. A twelve (12) hour maintenance window will be required for this maintenance. The window will take place from Saturday, August 20, 2011, at 22:00 ET to Sunday, August 21, 2011 at 10:00 ET. See below for a more complete list of times and time zones.

The following products will be unavailable during these windows:

  • New and Legacy ProQuest platform products, ProQuest Historical Newspapers (traditional and graphical K12 interface), American Periodicals Series
  • Chadwyck-Healey products with domain names ending with chadwyck.com
  • Illumina products such as Technology Research Database, Illustrata: Natural Sciences, and Sociological Abstracts
  • 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
  • RefWorks-COS products

Facts on File Fall Subscription Promotion: Discounts up to 35%

Facts on File is offering a subscription promotion until October 31: subscribe to 6 or more databases and receive a 35% discount or subscribe to 3 databases and receive a 20% discount. Following are just a few of the Facts on File online databases:

Contact Rosalie Tanner for pricing and further information, rtanner@infobaselearning.com or 800-322-8755, ext 4271.

New Enhancements for Facts on File Classroom Video on Demand

Facts on File has made many enhancements to their K-12 streaming video resource, Classroom Video on Demand:

  • Redesigned Interface
    Classroom Video On Demand has been redesigned, making it simpler to navigate and use the platform and easier to find and use the videos you need. Our new streamlined interface includes a revised home page that displays a dynamic list of all of the individual subjects to which your institution subscribes, showcasing recently added videos for each. In addition, each subject now has a unique landing page with an authenticated page link. To access a subject page, you can click on the new "Subjects" drop-down menu at the top of any page. To view a complete index of all of the subjects in your institution's collection, click on the new "Index" link at the bottom of any page.
  • New Video Player
    Our new video player now provides dynamic bit-rate switching for the optimum viewing experience, automatically adjusting within a 200K-through-1.5mb-bit-rate range depending on the type of device being used and your available bandwidth; users no longer need to select their target bandwidth themselves from a drop-down menu. As a result of this new player, the Windows Media format is no longer available. Any users with Windows Media as their default setting will be automatically converted to the new embedded player.
  • Now iPad-Friendly
    All of our videos have been re-encoded in H.264 format to allow playback on any iOS device. With our new video player, you can now watch any titles in your Classroom Video On Demand collection on an iPad, iTouch, or iPhone. And our new design is optimized to allow easy navigation of the Classroom Video On Demand platform from either a computer or an iPad with an Internet connection.
  • New Special Collections for Key Producers
    For our subscription customers, we've added a way to easily browse titles from some of our most popular producers. The "Special Collections" tab at the top of every screen lists these producers; just click on any producer's logo to access a list of all their titles in your collection, organized by subject category.
  • Improved Search Options
    The basic search has been enhanced with a new Search Assist autocomplete feature: when users type a keyword in the search box, suggested full titles or segment titles that contain that keyword appear. Users can now also cross-search multiple subjects and Special Collections using the Advanced Search options.

Learn More: Webinar on Tuesday, August 16 at 3:00. Email support@factsonfile.com to sign up.

EBSCO A-to-Z, LinkSource Maintenance on 19-20 August 2011

from EBSCO:

EBSCO will be performing scheduled maintenance from 19 August 2011 at 11:00 PM until 20 August 2011 at 3:00 AM Eastern Time (20 August, 03:00 - 07:00 GMT). Customers using the following products during this time may experience intermittent interruptions:

  • EBSCO A-to-Z Administrator Site
  • EBSCO A-to-Z Reader Site
  • LinkSource

We apologize for any inconvenience this maintenance causes.

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.

McGraw-Hill eBook Library

from McGraw-Hill:

This powerful online resource provides more than 1,200 titles in collections that are continuously updated with new eBooks. Users can access hundreds of thousands of pages of content from authors who are leaders in the areas of Engineering, Computing, Business, Medical, and Student Study Aides. This exceptional library highlights the depth and breadth of McGraw-Hill's works, from business classics like Stocks for the Long Run and Juran's Quality Handbook to acclaimed First Aid™ Medical test prep to the popular DeMYSTiFieD: Hard Stuff Made Easy™ and Schaum's Outlines, a series of course guides for college students. Responding to demand, Nursing and Primary Care clusters are being added in Q3 2011.

Equipped with internal customer usage stats, the McGraw-Hill eBook Library allows librarians to monitor real-time usage to gauge actual demand of content and cater to the needs of the researchers. McGraw-Hill offers flexible subscription options which are the optimal model for librarians to get free monthly updates to the McGraw-Hill eBook Library's content and keep it constantly up-to-date.

The McGraw-Hill eBook Library At-A-Glance Facts:

  • Flexible subscription options ranging from 1-4 years
  • Unlimited concurrent usage
  • 1000+ titles in the areas of:
    • Engineering
    • Computing
    • Academic Study Aids and Test Prep
    • Medical and First Aid
    • Business
    • Forthcoming: Nursing and Primary Care
  • New books added throughout the year at no additional cost to subscriber
  • Highest quality MARC records available from the platform
  • Usage Stats available 24/7

For more information about the McGraw-Hill eBook Library, including details about product demos and title lists, please visit www.MHeBookLibrary.com

AP Interactive

from AP Database:

AP Interactive database explores current news and educational topics through interactive compilations of multimedia content. Integrating video, images, graphics, audio and text for a truly unique multimedia experience. AP Interactives provides instant access to a wealth of information on an ever-growing range of topics, gathered from The Associated Press' venerable resources. Interactive files are conveniently grouped by major subject headings that include:

  • Breaking News
  • U.S. Domestic News & Features
  • International News & Features
  • National Politics
  • Finance
  • Sports
  • Travel
  • Lifestyle
  • Entertainment
  • Special Events
  • And many more

Gale PowerSearch Enhancements Now Available

from Gale:

Search Assist -- our autocomplete feature -- and other enhancements you asked for are now available in Gale PowerSearch.

New features, improved search functionality, and more relevant results are now available in Gale PowerSearch and InfoTrac collections.

Based on your valuable input, users will discover engaging features like:

  • Search Assist Autocomplete
  • Enhanced Publication and Subject Search
  • Language Customizability

And for Gale In Context subscribers, these new enhancements mean users will experience cross-searching functionality across select Gale In Context titles, including Biography, Science, History and others, for the very first time.

Learn about these new features by viewing presentations, guided tours and more >>

If you have questions about these enhancements, contact Technical Support at 1-800-877-4253, option 4, or via e-mail at Gale.TechnicalSupport@cengage.com.

Project MUSE Integrated Books + Journals Beta Site Released

from Project MUSE:

Project MUSE has released a beta web site previewing its combined digital book and journal content. The beta site will be available through the end of this year, allowing scholars, librarians, and students to become familiar with the newly enhanced platform before the changeover to accommodate MUSE's forthcoming eBook Collections on January 1, 2012.

The beta site showcases Project MUSE's sophisticated new cross-content, faceted search functionality, and allows browsing of books and journals side-by-side. A powerful new hierarchical subject structure permits users to drill down to the most relevant content, and encourages discovery. Over 300 digital books, from 27 publishers, are available for free sample access on the site during the beta period. The MUSE collections launching in January will encompass over 12,000 book titles from the University Press Content Consortium (UPCC), a collaborative of more than 65 major university presses and related scholarly publishers. The beta site is still in active development, with many additional features planned for inclusion prior to January.

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