January 2012 Archives

ABC-CLIO: Downloading MARC Records

from ABC-CLIO:

MARC records are Machine-Readable Cataloging, a data format and set of standards used by libraries to encode and share information. To get the most out of your subscription to ABC-CLIO Solutions, be sure to download these invaluable records so that your students are provided with ABC-CLIO's authoritative and relevant resources when they conduct their online search for information.

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MARC defined: "Machine-Readable" means that a computer can read and interpret the data in the cataloging record. "Cataloging record" means a bibliographic record, or the information traditionally shown on a library catalog card (description, main entry, subject headings, and call number).

So, why MARC? The computer needs a means of interpreting the information contained within a cataloging record. The MARC record contains a guide to this information so that your online search provides you with only the most appropriate resources.

The bottom line: Downloading MARC records ensures that your online searches provide you with the ABC-CLIO resources that you need to succeed! So, download MARC today!

Interested in learning more about how to effectively implement and use ABC-CLIO Solutions? Contact our Professional Services department at 1-866-451-3002.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our support team at techsupport@abc-clio.com and/or 1-800-368-6868.

from EBSCO:

As has been communicated several times recently, WilsonWeb will not be available as of February 1, 2012. This means that WilsonWeb folders will no longer be available at that time, so if you are still using WilsonWeb and have not planned for the conversion, this is a final reminder to please do so as soon as possible.

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

A reminder from the December 16, 2011 and November 3, 2011 announcements: 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.

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. 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.

from ARL:

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) announces the release of the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries, a clear and easy-to-use statement of fair and reasonable approaches to fair use developed by and for librarians who support academic inquiry and higher education. The Code was developed in partnership with the Center for Social Media and the Washington College of Law at American University. Winston Tabb, Johns Hopkins University Dean of University Libraries and Museums and President of ARL, said, "This document is a testament to the collective wisdom of academic and research librarians, who have asserted careful and considered approaches to some very difficult situations that we all face every day."

See the ARL website for more information.

ProQuest Maintenance Window - February 4, 2012

from ProQuest:

ProQuest® will be performing infrastructure maintenance on February 4, 2012. A twelve (12) hour maintenance window will be required for this maintenance. The window will take place from Saturday, February 4, 2012, at 22:00 ET to Sunday, February 5, 2012 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

  • ProQuest Digital Microfilm and online dissertation products

Films on Demand Free Access Offer

Receive up to 3 months of free access with a new 1-year subscription to either the Master Academic or Career & Technical Education Collection.

Here's how the offer works: If your subscription starts Feb 1, 2012, your renewal date would be April 30, 2013.

Films On Demand is a Web-based digital video delivery service that allows you to view streaming videos from Films Media Group anytime, anywhere, 24/7! Choose from thousands of high-quality educational titles in dozens of subject areas. Special features allow users the ability to organize and bookmark clips, create and share playlists, personalize folders, and manage their entire collection through a robust administrative reporting system. Films On Demand delivers outstanding digital video ideal for students, faculty, and public library patrons through online catalogs, distance-learning courses, and learning management systems.

Contact CPERSfor pricing and a trial.

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Credo Launches literati

from the Credo website:

Literati by Credo is a collaborative research platform that supports research effectiveness and information literacy. It gives users a simplified and smart process for locating, analyzing, and utilizing the right information. It enhances this information with embedded technology features and automates the best practices of effective research. With its adaptable, state-of-the-art architecture, Literati is a flexible, long-term solution that can accommodate changing organizational needs and evolving technical requirements.

See the Credo literati website for more information.

from EBSCO:

EBSCO A-to-Z and LinkSource may experience intermittent issues on 26 January 2012 from approximately 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM Eastern Time (20:00 to 20:30 GMT) while we upgrade Shibboleth authentication. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

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 an article in the Pioneer Press:

The St. Paul Public Library, which has offered e-books via a service called OverDrive for a while, is debuting a second, separate e-book lending library via technology provided by 3M.

This new OverDrive-like service, called 3M Cloud Library, is just starting to roll out and has missing pieces, but is already active via apps for Android and Apple iOS devices.

See the full article for screenshots and a review of the app.

from ebrary press release:

To meet researchers' evolving needs, ebrary®, a ProQuest business and leading provider of e-books and research technology, today announced it has launched a new app for the iPad®, iPhone®, and iPod touch®. Available on the App Store SM, the free new app gives researchers an optimized way to experience authoritative content - both online and offline - from multiple sources. With ebrary's new app, researchers can access content on the ebrary platform, including e-books that their librarians acquire from leading publishers and documents uploaded and integrated by librarians with
DASH!™(Data Sharing, Fast). Additionally, researchers can import their own personal research - outside of the ebrary platform - through the app itself.

To make it easier to use ebrary - with or without the app - ebrary also announced the ability for researchers to sign-in with their Facebook usernames and passwords.

See the press release for more information.

U of MN Crookston posted instructions for setting up your ebrary account for Facebook login:

To set up your Facebook login link for ebrary:

Sign in to your ebrary account as usual. Once signed in, click the "My Settings" link at the top-right of the ebrary screen. Under "Link your account to Facebook", click "Log In" If you have a Facebook account, enter your Facebook username and password and click "Log In"

If you don't have a Facebook account, click "Sign up for Facebook" at the lower left. Once you've successfully logged in to your Facebook account, you'll be set to use ebrary's Mobile App.

The first time you log in to the ebrary app you will be required to authorize the app using your Acobe ID

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from EBSCO:

As has been communicated several times over the past months, we are rapidly approaching the official cutover date (February 1, 2012) for the final transition from WilsonWeb to EBSCOhost. If you are still using WilsonWeb and have not planned for the conversion, please do so as soon as possible.

A reminder from the December 16, 2011 and November 3, 2011 announcements: 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.

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

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 or call (800) 758-5995. 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.

EBSCO Releases Curriculum Standards Module

from EBSCO:

We are pleased to announce that the EBSCOhost Curriculum Standards module, powered by Academic Benchmarks, has been released on selected interfaces. The Curriculum Standards module contains over 900 standards aligned to the curriculum for specific U.S. states.

The Curriculum Standards (defined in this FAQ: What are Curriculum Standards?) module will be accessible from different areas in the following interfaces:

  • Student Research Center (Teacher Resources section)
  • Kids Search (Teachers Resources section)
  • Searchasaurus (Teachers Resources section)
  • History Reference Center (Reference Shelf feature area)
  • Science Reference Center (Reference Shelf feature area)
  • ELL Reference Center (Research Guides feature area)

For details on how best to use the Curriculum Standards application, please review this FAQ:
How to use the Curriculum Standards Application

Please visit EBSCO's Support Site to learn about 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 from the top right corner of the site's home page.

Pierogies, Playaway, and Mango Down South

from Mango:

Ring Our Bell!

Chez Mango, we like to celebrate big deals by ringing our aptly named Big Deal Bell.Guess what? We got to ring it twice this week! Here's why: Poland is known for more than just its kielbasa sausage and catchy polka dances. These cultural nuances, in addition to a country rich in history, have made Polish one of Mango's most requested languages to date. Well, your wish is our command. Mango is proud to announce the release of our newest language, Polish! Offering both a Basic program for those wishing to skim the surface, as well as the Complete 2.0 version for those looking for a more robust study of the language, we will have you speaking to your Polish comrades in no time. So open up that box of paczkis and get cracking on Polish!

We know you're thinking it can't get any better than Polish, but wait, there's more! Introducing the Mango Feedback Feature! As of Monday, January 16, users will notice a "Feedback" tab on the left hand side of every slide in every language course Mango offers. Have you ever been using Mango when you were suddenly struck by an ingenious idea to improve the program? The Feedback feature allows users share an idea directly to our product development department without even opening up a new page. Also, if a user has a question while using the program, the Feedback button lets users contact customer service directly without having to navigate away from their lesson. This feature was created with our users in mind, so we look forward to hearing from you!

Mango is a Multi-Platform Resource!

The New Year brings new products, and we are very excited to welcome Mango on Playaway as the newest product in the Mango family! Playaway devices provide the portability of a digital audiobook with the grab-and-go convenience of a physical format. Mango has partnered with Playaway to offer 12 of our Basic Courses on Individual Playaway devices intended for library circulation. Available in Russian, Mandarin, Japanese, Hebrew, French, Spanish, Italian, Irish, Portuguese, Arabic, German, and ESL Spanish, Mango Playaway will have your patrons talking - in more languages than one! Contact your Account Representative and ask about Playaway for your library!

Mango Smoothies, Anyone?

Giddy up, cowboy! Mango is looking forward to going BIG, and we want you to be there with us! Join Mango Languages at the American Library Association Midwinter Conference in Dallas, Texas from January 20-24. Our Mangoes will be waiting with open arms (and an abundance of Mango smoothies) at Booth #2253. Though Dallas is a long way from Detroit, the prospect of authentic Tex-Mex food, sunshine, and most importantly of all, LIBRARIANS, is enough to send us packing! Be sure to stop by for a demo, enter our raffle to win an iPod touch, grab some free t-shirts, or just to say "howdy"!

New Project MUSE Web Interface Is Live

from Project MUSE:

Project MUSE's new interface, featuring book and journal content integrated on a single platform, is up and running at muse.jhu.edu. Over 12,000 scholarly book titles from nearly 70 distinguished university presses and related publishers can now be located and browsed along with the content from MUSE's more than 500 respected journals. Further, new 2012 book titles will soon begin appearing on MUSE, simultaneously with their release in print.

Highlights of the new interface include:

  • Faceted searching, with options to filter search results by content type (book or journal), subject area, author, and language of publication
  • 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, free sample content, and open access content

Until January 31, search results will default to displaying all relevant results from both books and journals, to encourage discovery of the depth and breadth of new content now available on MUSE. Users at institutions which have purchased or subscribed to book collections on MUSE will have full-text access to content from those collections. Users may choose to pre-filter searches to just journals or just books, using the drop-down menu that accompanies the search box on every page. They may also use the new search facets to filter their search results by content type, and to only content for which they have full-text access.

Beginning February 1, search results will default to only content to which the searcher has full-text access. Users will then have the option to toggle the search to show all available books and journals relevant to a search, if desired.

Two video tutorials for searching and browsing within the new interface are available:

MUSE continues to roll out many additional features and tools on the new site, with frequent updates planned over the next several days and weeks. Users are encouraged to provide feedback on any issues encountered when using the new interface. A "Leave Feedback" button appears in the upper right corner of all search, browse, and informational pages on the site, or questions may be sent to MUSE Customer Support at muse@press.jhu.edu.

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