December 2011 Archives

Elsevier SciVerse Scheduled Outage

from Elsevier

Please note that we have an upcoming scheduled outage which will affect our SciVerse, SciVal, Journal Consult and Admin Tool products.

These products and services are expected to be offline and unavailable for approximately 13 hours on January 7-8, 2012, due to scheduled maintenance.

Downtime by region is expected as follows:

  • Eastern Standard Time: 8:30AM EST - 9:30PM EST Saturday, January 7th, 2012
  • Greenwich Mean Time: 1:30PM GMT - 2:30AM GMT Sunday, January 8th, 2012
  • Singapore Time: 9:30PM SGT - 10:30AM SGT Sunday, January 8th, 2012

Launching Emerald's New App

from Emerald:

Download the Emerald app...available for iPhone and iPad. Search and browse Emerald's extensive online content library of almost 100,000 journal articles.

Emerald is committed to providing the content your patrons need, delivered in the most convenient ways.

Our first app provides a feature-rich interface with which to find, read and save Emerald content on-the-go.

Key benefits to your patrons:

  • Find what you need, when you need it: Search and browse Emerald's extensive online content library of almost 100,000 journal articles
  • Personalize your experience: Use your Emerald profile to manage your marked lists and saved searches on-the-go
  • Spread the word: E-mail links to your friends/colleagues and share content via built-in Facebook and Twitter functionality
  • Enhance your knowlege: Read fulltext content through the integrated browser. Most content is available in easy-to-read PDF versions
  • Find out More

from Project MUSE:

New Project MUSE Platform Goes Live January 1, 2012

Tutorials Now Available

Project MUSE's redesigned platform, incorporating both books and journals in an integrated interface, goes live on January 1, 2012. A preview of the new platform is available on our beta site at http://beta.muse.jhu.edu. Over 300 free sample books remain accessible on the beta site through the end of 2011.

Two video tutorials for searching and browsing within the new interface are now available. Additional instructional materials will be provided shortly after the platform launch. View and share the new tutorials here:

The new platform will provide digital access to over 14,000 books from 66 university presses and related scholarly publishers, alongside MUSE's over 500 electronic journals. 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.

At launch on January 1, all of the books in MUSE's new UPCC Book Collections will be visible in search results and when browsing on the platform. Users at libraries which have purchased or subscribed to book collections on MUSE will have 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 both book and journal 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.

Further highlights of the new Project MUSE platform include:

  • Faceted searching, with options to filter search results by subject area, author, and language of publication
  • Enhanced browsing by subject area, title, or publisher, across books and journals or filtered by content type
  • Powerful new hierarchical subject structure, allowing users to drill down to the most relevant content
  • 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, 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 beta site and the current site will continue to operate in parallel until December 31, 2011, with the new platform going live January 1, 2012. The Project MUSE URL remains http://muse.jhu.edu. Links to scholarly content in MUSE (journal articles and issues) will not be affected by the platform change, but libraries and users which have bookmarked informational pages within the site may need to update these bookmarks after the January 1 transition.

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.

Questions about the platform transition, UPCC Book Collections on Project MUSE, or related issues may be directed to Project MUSE Customer Support at muse@press.jhu.edu.

WilsonWeb Extension and Statistics Download

from EBSCO:

We have good news concerning the cutover of H.W. Wilson products from WilsonWeb to EBSCOhost--there is going to be more time to accommodate the transition. WilsonWeb will remain viable until February 1, 2012, after which your Wilson databases will be exclusively available on the EBSCOhost platform. This means that through January 31, 2012, the databases will also be available on WilsonWeb. Please note that 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.

A reminder from the November 3, 2011 announcement about the transition: 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 "EBSCOhost Transition Plan" document located at www.ebscohost.com/wilson.

Other Important News: Please be sure to mark your calendars to download your WilsonWeb statistics before the cutover on February 1, 2012, to avoid losing access to this information.

Both WilsonWeb and EBSCOhost support will continue to be provided by EBSCO's Technical Support Team, and we remain focused on providing strong support to successfully guide you through the transition process. If you have questions or would like assistance with setting up the authentication URLs to your H.W. Wilson databases on EBSCOhost, please contact us via the EBSCO support site at http://support.ebsco.com or call (800) 758-5995.

Migrating to the New Gale Virtual Reference Library

from Gale:

Migrating to the new Gale Virtual Reference Library is free and easy. Simply use our Quick Step Instructions below or view our step-by-step Migration Tutorial to drill-down for extra detail.

Quick Step Instructions

  1. Login to GaleAdmin at http://admin.galegroup.com
  2. Choose "View/Edit" next to the location you want to modify
  3. On the left-hand navigation, click on "Preferences", then select "Product Specific Preferences"
  4. Choose "Gale Virtual Reference Library" from the drop down list
  5. Click "Yes" next to the option titled "Migrate my account to the newest version of GVRL"
  6. Click Save

Technical Support Assistance

Click here for technical support assistance or call 1-800-877-4253 option 4. Don't forget to supply us with your Gale Account Number; Name of your School; Company or Library; or Gale Location ID.

P.S. Enhanced browsing and searching of Series coming soon!

Library Journal's Best Databases 2011

Library Journal polled a group of librarians and Library Journal reviews to determine the best databases of 2011. Here are their picks.

from Project MUSE:

Project MUSE's introductory pricing offer initiative for its forthcoming UPCC Book Collections has been extended until January 6, 2012. The special offer, developed with a task force of representatives from the International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC), will provide more favorable pricing on the collections for all participating libraries if order commitments achieve identified targets by the deadline date. MUSE has received a great deal of interest in the introductory offer program, and is extending the deadline to allow more libraries the opportunity to participate.

Arriving January 1, 2012, the UPCC Book Collections on Project MUSE will make available over 15,000 titles from 66 respected university presses and scholarly publishers, collectively known as the University Press Content Consortium (UPCC). The incentive discounts in the introductory offer better MUSE's usual consortium discount rates for the collections, and would be available to any library making a purchase commitment as part of the special offer, whether via a consortium purchase or independently. To participate in the special introductory offer, libraries and library consortia must register their UPCC Book Collection purchase commitments with Project MUSE no later than January 6, 2012. Interested libraries and consortia should contact MUSE at mbs@press.jhu.edu for more information, pricing details, and participation instructions. Several current MUSE consortium partners are gathering commitments from their member libraries as part of the initiative; libraries may wish to contact their preferred consortium to see if it is participating in the introductory offer.

About UPCC Book Collections on Project MUSE

The 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 more than 500 electronic scholarly journals.

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

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. Offerings include Current Collections, comprised of books published or scheduled to publish in 2010, 2011, and 2012, available as single-year collections or with additional 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 affordable prices. MUSE is not offering single title purchasing or patron-driven access options.

Available subject collections 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
  • United States Regional Studies

Participating publishers chose the titles to be offered in the UPCC Book Collections, in consultation with Project MUSE's collection development librarians, with a focus on enriching the depth and breadth of content in disciplines where MUSE has long offered a rich research experience for humanities and social science scholars.

Subject collections were curated and synthesized to fit closely with MUSE's strengths in journal content, with many book publishers specifically targeted for their excellent lists in certain subjects. For example, strong lists in Asian Studies were contributed by the University of Hawaii Press and University of Washington Press, while MUSE worked with Indiana University Press and Ohio University Press to curate a rich African Studies list. Deep content in Theater and Performance Studies was brought together from the University of Michigan Press and Southern Illinois University Press, among others, while both Indiana UP and the SUNY Press were tapped for their distinguished titles in Philosophy, Religion, and Jewish Studies.

Complete title lists for collections from 2011 and earlier are available at http://muse.jhu.edu/about/order/book_title_lists.html. 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.

Sample MUSE Books on Beta Site

Over 300 free sample books from 27 publishers are currently available for browsing and searching at http://beta.muse.jhu.edu. The beta site, a sneak preview of the enhanced MUSE platform coming January 1, 2012, utilizes a 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. The beta site also includes the complete content from the over 500 distinguished scholarly journals now available on the current MUSE site. Visitors to the beta site have access to the same content for which they have rights on the current site, via their institutional affiliation and associated subscriptions.

Mango Languages Promotion

Mango Languages online language learning is having an awesome promo right now for new subscribers. 2 months free service if you sign by 12/30. Choose any start date in 2012.

Please email Ryan Soble for a trial at choosemango@gmail.com.

Reminder: New Project MUSE Platform Goes Live in One Month

from Project MUSE:

Project MUSE's new books + journals combined platform will go live on January 1, 2012. A preview of the new platform is available on our beta site 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.

Highlights of the new Project MUSE platform include:

  • 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
  • Powerful new hierarchical subject structure, allowing users to drill down to the most relevant content and encouraging discovery
  • 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

At launch on January 1, all of the books in MUSE's new UPCC Book Collections will be visible in search results and when browsing on the platform. 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. Books will continue to be visible while browsing.

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.

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.

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, with the new platform going live January 1, 2012. The Project MUSE URL remains http://muse.jhu.edu, and links to scholarly content in MUSE (journal articles and issues) will not be affected by the platform change, but libraries and users which have bookmarked informational pages within the site may need to update these bookmarks after the January 1 transition.

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.

Questions about the platform transition may be directed to Project MUSE Customer Support at muse@press.jhu.edu.

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.

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