March 2012 Archives

Minitex is pleased to offer a group discount for the new EBSCO ebook Academic Subscription Collection.

This collection offers an easy, cost-effective way for libraries to provide users with extensive, full-text eBook coverage to support their research needs. This eBook collection represents a broad range of academic subject matter from business and science, to engineering and the humanities.

Collection includes:

The group subscription will run July - June, so the deadline for orders is June 15, 2012. Discounts increase as the number of participating institutions increases.

# of Members Discount from List Price
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11-20 15%
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Please contact us at cpers@minitex.umn.edu for price quote.

Featuring the complete archive of the magazine to the mid-1990s, National Geographic Magazine Archive, 1888-1994, includes every page and every photograph, all fully searchable through an intuitive interface.

Minitex is pleased to offer special discounted pricing on this new archive for purchases made by June 30, 2012. Please click here or contact CPERS for pricing and further information.

Wilson Full-Text Databases

from EBSCO:

EBSCO acquired the H.W. Wilson Company in June of 2011. Since that time we have worked to leverage the strengths of both companies in order to improve existing EBSCOhost databases, develop forthcoming comprehensive resources and enhance existing Wilson databases. There have been questions about the handling of existing Wilson full-text databases. We hope the following will provide the necessary insight regarding EBSCO's desire to continue to make these databases the best they can be.

With regard to the H.W. Wilson full-text databases, as a matter of due diligence, EBSCO investigated the H.W. Wilson full-text licenses with various publishers. Through this process we realized that there were areas that we needed to address:

1) Instances existed where the full-text license with a given publisher was no longer valid, and therefore there was no right to include the full text in a given database. In these cases, EBSCO has either entered into a new agreement with the publisher, or if the full text had to be removed, added new full-text titles to replace those that were not valid. The result is that these databases now have equal or greater full-text coverage than prior to the Wilson/EBSCO merger.

For example, here are the statistics comparing OmniFile Full Text Mega (prior to acquisition) to that same database today:

Active full-text journals & magazines PRIOR = 2,039 (301 embargoed)
Active full-text journals & magazines TODAY = 2,140 (273 embargoed)

Total full-text journals & magazines REMOVED = 309 (48 embargoed)
Total full-text journals & magazines ADDED = 418 (15 embargoed)

REMOVED titles with an embargo of greater than two years = 34
ADDED titles with an embargo of greater than one year = 0

2) In some cases, H.W. Wilson listed titles that were said to have full text, but were in fact no longer contributing active full text. Where possible, EBSCO has reinstated ongoing full text for titles that had been recently stopped prior to the merger. As a result, the statistics shown above are actually not as positive on paper as they are in reality.

3) EBSCO uncovered several gaps in backfile coverage, and continues to license and process full text where applicable to fill these gaps.

4) Because there have been inaccurate suggestions as to EBSCO's policies with these databases, we also wanted to clearly state that there are no instances where EBSCO has proactively removed full-text content from an existing Wilson database where EBSCO has the contractual right to include the full text.

It has taken several months to conduct the research, work with existing publishers, license new content, fill backfile gaps, reinstate ongoing full text, etc. As such, we have not been able to provide definitive title lists for the Wilson full-text databases until now. All Wilson databases can be found on the following web page, and each full-text database has a corresponding title list. Please visit www.ebscohost.com/wilson to gather any specific detail on full-text coverage.

from Elsevier

We are continually focused on improving the usability of the SciVerse suite for our customers with minimal downtime where possible. Our next set of upgrades is planned for this coming weekend (March 17-18, 2012). While we expect things to go smoothly as we implement these changes, it is possible that users may experience temporary service disruptions while accessing SciVerse, SciVal, Journal Consult and the Admin tool on these dates.


Some highlights around our upcoming changes can be found below:

  • ScienceDirect: Increasing search speed and article rendering; solving issues with PDF downloading and RSS feeds
  • Note: To optimize your PDF downloading experience, your network may require a configuration change, please click here to learn more.
  • Scopus: Increasing interoperability with Hub allows for continued discovery across web and patent sources
  • Hub: Adding sortable refine results filters to make searches even more relevant

Please click here to find out more information around upcoming changes.

The possible disruption of service by region may occur during the following time period:

  • Eastern Daylight Time: 8:30AM EDT-9:30PM EDT, Saturday, March 17th 2012
  • Greenwich Mean Time: 12:30PM GMT Saturday, March 17th - 1:30 AM Sunday, March 18th 2012
  • Singapore Time: 8:30PM SGT Saturday March 17th - 9:30AM SGT Sunday, March 18th 2012

ProQuest Maintenance Window - March 17, 2012

from ProQuest

Dear ProQuest Customer,

ProQuest® will be performing infrastructure maintenance on March 17, 2012. A twelve (12) hour maintenance window will be required for this maintenance. The window will take place from Saturday, March 17, 2012, at 22:00 ET to Sunday, March 18, 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:

Gale Launches DemographicsNow: Business & People

from Gale:

Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, schools and businesses, today announced DemographicsNow: Business & People, an online business and residential reference tool that provides detailed demographic data on more than 23 million businesses and 206 million consumers. Designed with an intuitive interface, interactive mapping tools and comprehensive data, this new resource makes it easy for all types of researchers to collect, analyze and act upon information, all from one location.

"Libraries today don't have the budget to subscribe to multiple resources to get all of the demographic information their patrons need," said Gerald Sawchuk, publisher, public library solutions at Gale. "DemographicsNow: Business & People combines information and tools normally found in two or more online databases in one convenient location, offering a cost-effective alternative to current products on the market."

DemographicsNow: Business & People not only offers demographic information on any U.S. geography, including information on income, housing, race, age, education, retail spending and more, but it also allows users to compare multiple geographies and drill down to data on a specific county, zip code, congressional district and more. A unique mapping tool within the resource also allows users to map their results, create custom geographies and view demographic variables in thematic coloring scales. The Business tab includes data on 23 million businesses (with over 4 million classified as out-of-business since the year 2000) with the ability to search by company name, business type, number of employees and other limiters, while the Households tab contains data on more than 206 million U.S. residents (approximately 135 million households) and enables users to search by name, address or a variety of U.S. Census data averages. Once the necessary data is collected, users can export the information into word, pdf or excel reports for further analysis and application.

DemographicsNow: Business & People will serve a variety of needs and will be used by all types of users - from small business owners, entrepreneurs and sales people, to jobseekers, students, community leaders and non-profit organizations. Entrepreneurs can use it to create a business plan or to do a location analysis; small business owners can rely on it to identify competitors in their area or help relocate their business; marketing and sales people can develop targeted, accurate customer leads and mailing lists for campaigns; students can research companies and regions for assignments; and jobseekers can find information on a company before a job interview.

For more information on DemographicsNow: Business & People or to request a trial, please visit www.gale.cengage.com/demographicsnow/.

from EBSCO:

EBSCO A-to-Z® and LinkSource® will be unavailable on 16 March 2012 from 10:00 PM to 10:30 PM Eastern Time (17 March 2012 02:00:00 to 02:30:00 GMT) to allow for necessary maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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 EBSCO:

EBSCO A-to-Z® and LinkSource® will be unavailable on 16 March 2012 from 10:00 PM to 10:30 PM Eastern Time (17 March 2012 02:00:00 to 02:30:00 GMT) to allow for necessary maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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.

Oxford Dictionaries Pro authentication improvements

from OUP:

Dear Oxford Dictionaries Pro subscriber,

We are pleased to be able to inform you that the improved automatic authentication from the free Oxford Dictionaries site to the Oxford Dictionaries Pro subscriber site is now fully functional. Any user in a subscribing institution performing a dictionary search in the free Oxford Dictionaries site (discovered via, for example, a search engine) will be taken automatically to the relevant entry and definition in the Oxford Dictionaries Pro site.

It is still useful, however, to use the Pro home page URL www.english.oxforddictionaries.com as your own website link, in order to ensure seamless access to Oxford Dictionaries Pro for your users. This URL authenticates directly to the subscriber site.

From 1 December 2011 all usage reporting for Oxford Dictionaries Pro is COUNTER compliant. For guidance on accessing your COUNTER-compliant usage statistics please visit the Librarian Resource Centre at http://www.oup.com/online/us/librarians/?view=usa. However, you should note that there is a temporary drop in usage across all reports for Oxford Dictionaries Pro for December and January, reflecting the temporary issues with the subscriber site authentication.

If you have any concerns or questions about any of the above, please contact our Customer Support team at oxfordonline@oup.com.

EBSCO is pleased to be able to offer a new subscription eBook collection, eBook Academic Subscription Collection.

This collection offers an easy, cost-effective way for libraries to provide users with extensive, full-text eBook coverage to support their research needs. This eBook collection represents a broad range of academic subject matter from business and science, to engineering and the humanities.

Collection includes:

  • Nearly 70,000 titles
  • Seamless Integration with other EBSCOhost content
  • Stable collection that grows over time at no additional cost
  • Unlimited access

Please contact us at cpers@minitex.umn.edu for a title list and price quote.

ProQuest Maintenance Window - March 17, 2012

from ProQuest

Dear ProQuest Customer,

ProQuest® will be performing infrastructure maintenance on March 17, 2012. A twelve (12) hour maintenance window will be required for this maintenance. The window will take place from Saturday, March 17, 2012, at 22:00 ET to Sunday, March 18, 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:

EBSCO & OCLC Reach Agreement

from EBSCO:

We wanted to provide a brief announcement regarding an agreement between OCLC and EBSCO that is effective today.

With a truly enormous world of scholarly information, the need for extremely refined relevancy ranking has never been more critical. The most important component to ensuring that the best results for any given search appear at the top of a result list is the availability of the highest-quality indexing in databases across all subjects and disciplines. With the goal of continuing to expand our quality reach in various subject areas, through this agreement EBSCO becomes the recipient of the transfer of several top licensed databases from OCLC.

Licensed databases transferred to EBSCO include the following:

  • Anthropological Index
  • Anthropological Literature
  • Anthropology Plus
  • Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
  • Chicano Database
  • FRANCIS
  • Heritage of the Printed Book (formerly Hand Press Book)
  • History of Science, Technology and Medicine
  • Index to 19 th -Century American Art Periodicals
  • Russian Academy of Sciences Bibliographies

Two of these databases (FRANCIS and Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals) are currently available on EBSCOhost. The remainder will become available over the coming months. In the interim, there will be no interruption in service for current customers, and OCLC and EBSCO endeavor to provide a smooth transition period from the FirstSearch platform to EBSCOhost at the appropriate times. Representatives from both EBSCO and OCLC are available to answer questions, continue to support existing customers, and cater to new customers of these databases. Customers of EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) who subscribe to these databases on EBSCOhost will be able to leverage EBSCO's unique Platform Blending technology to infuse results from these databases into their EDS experience.

Answers to questions that we anticipate will be "frequently asked" can be found here.

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