November 2011 Archives

Ambrose Streaming Video Exclusive Special Offer

Minitex is now offering streaming video from Ambrose Video, a highly respected name in educational video. Ambrose Video has a collection of more than 1200 video clips and full programs, including the 37 BBC Shakespeare Plays. There are 62 series titles with multiple programs per series. Libraries can purchase individual programs or entire series with options to purchase 1- to 5-year subscriptions or perpetual access.

Subject areas covered include:

  • Economics
  • English
  • Fine Arts
  • History
  • Medicine
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Science
  • Social Studies

A title list of all programs and series is available at the Ambrose Video website.

Minitex is working with other consortia to form a group of 100+ libraries before December 15, 2011, in order to bring the group discount to the deepest level, a 60% discount. Individual libraries' final prices are determined by the total number of programs ordered, the number of years (e.g. 1 - 5 years or perpetual) subscribed to, and the number of libraries participating in the group purchase.

If you are interested in pricing or an IP-authenticated trial, please contact Anne and include your IP addresses if you wish to trial the product.

Sneak Peek of ebrary's New Look

from ebrary:

ebrary is getting a new look!

Over the next few weeks, we are updating the standard design of our customer sites. We believe the simplified instructions and graphical subject areas of the new design will make the research experience faster and more enjoyable for patrons. Please note institutions that have customized their ebrary sites will not be affected.

Preview the new design

We hope you enjoy the new and improved look, and welcome your feedback at feedback@ebrary.com.

New EBSCOhost App Is Now Available For Android Devices

from EBSCO:

EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) has released an EBSCOhost® Android app ensuring that Android device users can quickly and easily take full advantage of their premium EBSCOhost database content from wherever they happen to be. The Android app is the latest option in EBSCO's mobile access technology -providing flexible access options for all popular mobile devices and the same user-friendly and easy-to-use search experience that is available when logging in to EBSCO's library resources online.

Available as a free download from the Android Market, the EBSCOhost Android app allows users to search premium EBSCOhost database content while utilizing existing EBSCOhost features -- bringing the most popular and useful functionality to researchers. These features include choosing which database to search, limiting to full text, date ranges, peer-reviewed content or by publication, and searching a library's catalog.

Additional 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 can be used on devices running Android v. 2.1 or later.

EBSCO's mobile technology began with the success of EBSCOhost® Mobile, a website application designed for Internet capable mobile devices including smartphones. In Spring 2011 EBSCO released an iPhone app providing a quick and convenient way for Apple iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad users to access quality content via EBSCOhost.

ProQuest Maintenance Window - December 3, 2011

ProQuest® will be performing infrastructure maintenance on December 3, 2011. A twelve (12) hour maintenance window will be required for this maintenance. The window will take place from Saturday, December 3, 2011, at 22:00 ET to Sunday, December 4, 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:

  • Products on the new ProQuest platform will be unavailable. Access to products from any of our legacy platforms will not be impacted. Click here if you are unsure of what platform you are accessing.

Project MUSE News: New Platform Launching January 1, 2012

from Project MUSE:

Project MUSE's new books + journals combined platform is on schedule to go live on January 1, 2012. Redesigned to coincide with the addition of books to the existing journals content, the new platform is available for preview on our beta site, released in August, at http://beta.muse.jhu.edu. At the launch of the new platform, over 14,000 books from 66 university presses and related scholarly publishers will be available alongside MUSE's over 500 electronic journals.

At launch on January 1, all of the books in MUSE's new UPCC Book Collections will be visible for searching and browsing on the platform, fully integrated with journals. Users at libraries which have purchased or subscribed to book collections on MUSE will have immediate full-text access to content from those collections.

MUSE will provide a one-month preview period during January 2012 to allow librarians and scholars to discover the significant breadth and depth of book content available on Project MUSE. At the end of the preview period, January 31, 2012, search results will default to only content to which the searcher has full-text access. At this point, users will have the option to toggle the search to show all available books and journals relevant to a search, if desired.

A search box on every page of the site offers users the option of searching both books and journals, or filtering by content type prior to running the search. At the search results level, users may again filter to just books or just journals, as well as to only content for which they have full text access.

Highlights of the new Project MUSE platform include:

  • Powerful new hierarchical subject structure, allowing users to drill down to the most relevant content and encouraging discovery
  • Faceted searching, with options to filter search results by subject area, author, and language
  • Enhanced browsing by subject area, title, or publisher, across books and journals or filtered by content type
  • Search box on each page of the site, with predictive search terms
  • New access icons to help users clearly identify content to which they have paid access through their institution, free sample content, and open access content
  • Discovery and research tools at both the book and journal article level, including More by This Author and Related Content links, citation downloading/exporting, and social sharing
  • "Search Inside..." feature for both books and journals
  • DOIs at title and chapter level for books, article level for journals

The redesigned MUSE website will feature new search and discovery functionality to help users make the most of their searches and of the greatly expanded content available. The beta site highlights just a few of the new features that will be available when the new site launches on January 1.

As has always been the case with journal content on MUSE, UPCC books on MUSE will offer unlimited usage, downloading, and printing for purchasing libraries. Book content is offered in DRM-free, chapter-level PDFs. COUNTER-compliant statistics and free MARC records will be available for UPCC Book Collections on Project MUSE.

MUSE expects to make preliminary tutorial material for the new site available in December, with more extensive instructional materials available in January. The beta site and the current site will continue to operate in parallel until December 31, 2011. The new platform will go live January 1, 2012 at the current Project MUSE URL, http://muse.jhu.edu. To reiterate, for the one-month preview period of January 2012, searches on the new platform will default to displaying all relevant book and journal results, unless the user selects to filter to only books or only journals at the time of searching. After January 31, 2012, search results will default to only that journal and/or book content to which a user has full-text access.

Just Released! ABC-CLIO's World Religions, Academic Version

from ABC-CLIO:

World Religions: Belief, Culture, and Controversy uniquely combines outstanding reference and research components with peer-reviewed essays from leading scholars that provide students with models of academic-level analysis.

  • More than 5,000 entries, with new information being added each week
  • Authoritative content that's continuously updated, never outdated
  • Review by an editorial board of renowned scholars
  • Overviews of more than 50 religions... as well as atheism, humanism, and agnosticism
  • ClioView: accessible, interactive statistical analysis of religions worldwide
  • Rich primary sources: images, videos, documents, and more

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Three Innovative Components ... One Powerful Solution

  1. A complete resource library open 24/7. More than 60,000 primary sources.
  2. A virtual lecture companion. Continually updated. Always current.
  3. Debate on enduring dilemmas. Peer-reviewed journal articles allow young minds to grasp how top scholars analyze information and present arguments.

Sign up for your 60-day free trial today!

Gale Archives Unbound Special Offer

Introducing Archives Unbound--a vast new resource of topically‐focused, primary source, digital collections of historical documents that support the knowledge, research and study needs of individuals, students, and scholars. Specifically developed to address the needs of libraries, Archives Unbound is unique not only for its expansive, multi‐use content but also for the distinct new intuitive search platform by which you access it.

For 2012, Gale is offering a series of Subject Area Bundles, discounted from 30% to 40% depending upon the bundle size. They cover a broad array of topics, from history, to black, political, women's, American, Latin American, Asian, cultural, gender, studies, political, military, etc. studies, to individual state almanacs which provide vivid portraits of individual people, places, and situations, putting local history in the service of current events with the examination of historical demographic, social, and cultural transformations.

Click here for pricing.

Last Day for CPERS Fall Trials

Today's the final day for CPERS Fall Trials.

If you'd like a trial for your own library or have questions or comments about any of the resources on trial, please contact CPERS.

Ambrose Streaming Video Exclusive Special Offer

Minitex is now offering streaming video from Ambrose Video, a highly respected name in educational video. Ambrose Video has a collection of more than 1200 video clips and full programs, including the 37 BBC Shakespeare Plays. There are 62 series titles with multiple programs per series. Libraries can purchase individual programs or entire series with options to purchase 1- to 5-year subscriptions or perpetual access.

Subject areas covered include:

  • Economics
  • English
  • Fine Arts
  • History
  • Medicine
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Science
  • Social Studies

A title list of all programs and series is available here.

Minitex is working with other consortia to form a group of 100+ libraries before December 15, 2011, in order to bring the group discount to the deepest level, a 60% discount. Individual libraries' final prices are determined by the total number of programs ordered, the number of years (e.g. 1 - 5 years or perpetual) subscribed to, and the number of libraries participating in the group purchase.

If you are interested in pricing or an IP-authenticated trial, please contact Anne and include your IP addresses if you wish to trial the product.

ACM Re-states Digital Library Usage Statistics

from ACM:

Over the past month, many libraries will have noticed some delays related to the posting of usage statistics for the ACM Digital Library on the www.acmreports.org platform. These delays were caused by a large-scale migration of ACM's content to a new service provider in November 2010, which resulted in several unforseen changes to the way usage data was transferred to our Usage Statistics service provider, Scholarly IQ. As a result of these changes, some of the actual usage of the ACM Digital Library was not included in the audited stats that ScholarlyIQ provides through the acmreports.org site to our library partners, despite the fact that this usage was captured by ACM's systems and the usage is attributable to specific IP ranges at our partner institutions around the world.

Thanks to several of our library partners, who initially noticed some anomolies with their 2011 data this past summer, ACM's information systems department and Scholarly IQ have been working closely together to resolve these issues and update the reports with the complete usage information.

As of today [Nov 8, 2011], the www.acmreports.org site has been updated through August 2011 with the accurate data for the period beginning November 1, 2010 and ending August 30, 2011. Over the next few days, September 2011 statistics will be posted on the site and we have been assured by our service providers that going forward statistics will be posted monthly within 2 weeks of the close of each month.

We sincerely apologize for any confusion this has caused and we look forward to answering any questions that you may have at dl-info@acm.org. Thank you.

Introducing University Press Scholarship Online

from OUP:

Oxford University Press is delighted to announce the launch of their ground-breaking new academic monograph platform, University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO). Delivering world-class content from leading university press partners, including Oxford Scholarship Online content, UPSO will prove to be an invaluable tool for scholars and researchers across the globe.

Launching with 5 partner presses - American University in Cairo, University Press of Florida, Fordham University Press, Hong Kong University Press, and the University of Kentucky Press - and bringing instant access to the full-text of over 7,000 books in 21 subject areas, UPSO is already making a big impact on the academic research community.

"The Bottom Line The concept here is a wonderful one, and I give OUP high marks for what they've undertaken...an overall nine".
--Cheryl LaGuardia, Library Journal

Oxford Scholarship Online-new and improved

from OUP:

We are proud to announce the re-launch of Oxford Scholarship Online, bringing you new content, features, and functionality, to enhance the research experience.

FEATURE-RICH, WITH EXTENSIVE LINKING, FREE ABSTRACTS, AND FULLY CROSS-SEARCHABLE

All of the following enhancements have been built on the back of extensive user research with librarians and scholars around the globe:

  • Brand new look and feel allows users to navigate directly to the most relevant content and features

  • Broadened research horizons with access to even more high quality content on the new University Press Scholarship Online platform

  • NEW Oxford Scholarship Online Archive package available: over 1,700 seminal works and prize-winning titles, now online for the first time, in 8 subject areas

  • NEW personalization features: create links to favorite books, chapters, and searches to cut down on research time

  • NEW social network options allow users to share scholarship

  • Get the latest news from Oxford Scholarship Online and new title lists by subscribing to the Oxford Scholarship Online RSS feeds

THE SUPERIOR CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE YOU EXPECT FROM OXFORD

  • Flexible purchase models
  • MARC21 records available free of charge
  • Open URL compliance
  • DOIs (and static URLs) at book and chapter level
  • Archiving of Oxford Scholarship Online content in PORTICO

If you haven't yet explored the new site, now is the perfect time to start browsing Oxford Scholarship Online

OCLC Back to School offer for Minitex Libraries

from OCLC:

20% off EasyBib Library Edition when you order by December 31st, 2011.

8 out of 10 college students agree that librarians add value to their search process* Are your students getting the most from your library?

Now you can meet your users where they are on the web, increase your library's visibility, and add more value to your users with EasyBib Library Edition. Over 27 million students use EasyBib's citation, note taking, and research tools to cultivate essential information literacy skills.

EasyBib Library Edition provides students with tools to enhance critical thinking skills and research habits, improve information literacy, and learn how to prevent plagiarism.
OCLC recently launched a partnership with EasyBib and created this customized version of EasyBib.com. It incorporates your library's branding and resources, includes additional citation styles, Web site evaluation tools and more.

EasyBib Library Edition also builds on your current investment with other OCLC services such as WorldCat Local and Question Point. It uses your single search box, library location information and links to your library's home page.

Why try EasyBib Library Edition?

  • Students are already using EasyBib―integrate your library resources into students' existing workflows.

  • Help your students learn valuable research and information literacy skills

  • Allows you to build in your local virtual reference

  • No technical changes on your part (it uses IP recognition)

  • Cost-savings by switching to EasyBib Library Edition, even before the consortia discount is included

  • Fast set up - your branded site can be up and running in just 48 hours

  • Available usage analytics

Request your special BACK TO SCHOOL Pricing for EasyBib Library Edition using this link.

Credo Reference: November Webinars and Fall Discount

Credo has posted their November webinars.

Credo is also offering a Fall Discount promotion; new subscriptions to Credo General Reference will receive the following discount of their first year subscription subsequent renewals will be at the standard consortium discount:

Subscribe by:
15 November 2011, receive 30% discount
30 November 2011, receive 25% discount
15 December 2011, receive 20% discount

Free trials, demos, and more information can be found on the Credo website.

Credo General Reference is now up to 570 titles and 10,000 Topic Pages so this is a great time to take advantage of this special pricing.

EBSCO Scheduled System Maintenanc​e on 18 November 2011

from EBSCO:

EBSCO will be performing system updates beginning on 18 November 2011 at 11:00 PM until 19 November 2011 at 3:00 AM Eastern Time (19 November, 04:00 - 08:00 GMT). Customers using the EBSCO A-to-Z Administrator Site or LinkSource during this time may experience intermittent interruptions.

Project MUSE is pleased to announce an initiative to make available special introductory pricing on its forthcoming UPCC Book Collections on the MUSE platform. Arriving January 1, 2012, the collections will make available over 14,000 books from 66 respected university presses and scholarly publishers.

Available on the Project MUSE platform beginning January 1, 2012, UPCC Book Collections will provide libraries, researchers, and students digital access to a wealth of high quality book-length scholarship, fully integrated with MUSE's electronic journal collections. Offerings include Current Collections, comprised of books published or scheduled to publish in 2010, 2011, and 2012, available as single-year collections or with special discounts for the purchase of multiple years. Current Complete Collections include all books available across all disciplines for the applicable calendar year, while Current Subject Collections offer books in selected disciplines by calendar year. Also available are Archival Foundation Collections, consisting of many thousands of titles published prior to 2010, allowing libraries to procure access to a critical mass of significant content at very affordabl e prices. Subject collections available include Archeology and Anthropology; Classical Studies (Archival Collection only); Film, Theater and Performing Arts; Global Cultural Studies; Higher Education; History; Language and Linguistics (Archival Collection only); Literature; Philosophy and Religion; Poetry, Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction; Political Science and Policy Studies; and United States Regional Studies.

Project MUSE focused on providing the library community with the widest possible array of collection purchasing options. There are 47 different collections to choose from as well as 11 specially-priced three-year current bundles. MUSE is not offering single title purchasing or patron-driven access options.

Features of the UPCC Book Collections on MUSE include:

  • Unlimited simultaneous usage, printing and downloading
  • DRM-free PDF format, searchable and retrievable to the chapter level
  • COUNTER-compliant usage statistics
  • Free MARC records
  • Simultaneous publication in e and p formats for new titles
  • Perpetual access rights for purchased books

Complete title lists for collections from 2011 and earlier are available. A preliminary, partial list of titles expected to be included in the 2012 collections is also available. Prices for the 2012 collections are based upon a guaranteed minimum number of titles to be delivered. The list of expected 2012 titles will be updated frequently as specific title information becomes available from the publishers.

Pricing is based on the same tiers MUSE uses for journals pricing. Please contact Anne for pricing on the ebook collections.

For this inaugural season of Project MUSE Book Collection sales, if you would like to place an order, we ask that you submit your order to Minitex no later than November 29, 2011. This allows time for MUSE to process the orders and provide access immediately upon the launch of the book collections on January 1, 2012. Minitex can accept additional book orders after November 29, but MUSE can only guarantee January 1 access for orders that they receive by November 30.

H.W. Wilson Databses Coming to EBSCOhost

from EBSCO:

As you know, over the coming weeks Wilson databases will become available on the EBSCOhost platform. Through December 2011, these database will also be available on WilsonWeb. The goal is to provide time for each customer to have access on both platforms to allow for an easy transition to EBSCOhost. While there may be batches of H.W. Wilson databases made available on EBSCOhost at a single time, the overall release schedule will be staggered over the next several weeks. As such, when any Wilson database to which you subscribe becomes available on EBSCOhost, you (or the appropriate individual at your institution) will receive an automated email message letting you know which products are now accessible on EBSCOhost. Furthermore, because there were 16 Wilson databases already available on EBSCOhost that will also be enhanced as part of this transition, customers will also be notified when the new versions of these databases are live on EBSCOhost.

Additionally, please note there are some databases that will no longer be made available, and as such, customers will receive automatic upgrades to the more comprehensive versions, as they become available. For example, customers subscribing to Book Review Digest will automatically receive Book Review Digest Plus, and customers of Education Index will be upgraded to Education Abstracts. There are several other examples which can be found in the "transition plan" document located at www.ebscohost.com/wilson.

If you have questions or require additional detail, please contact us via the EBSCO support site at http://support.ebsco.com or contact your sales representative directly.

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