May 2012 Archives

Spring 2012 Trials of Potential Vendors / Resources

We've posted the Spring 2012 Trials of potential vendor/e-resources that CPERS is considering offering:

  • A to Z Databases
  • Foundation Directory Online
  • Knowledge Unlimited NewsCurrents Online and Read to Know
  • Learning Express Library

We compile this page of trials from suggestions we receive from libraries; products that are of current interest and/or need; and solicitations from vendors. Whether or not we offer these e-resources depends on feedback we receive from our libraries. So, if you have any questions or comments about these e-resources, please contact us.

We're always looking for suggestions on vendors or e-resources that you're interested in or have heard about.

Please send suggestions, comments, and questions to cpers@minitex.edu.

Films on Demand New Subscriber Promotion: Save 15%

Save 15% and receive 3 months of free access with a 1-year subscription to either the Master Academic or Master Career & Technical Education Collection. This promotion ends 7/31/2012.

The Master Academic Collection contains 8,200 full-length videos and is made up of the the following collections (links are to title lists):

The Master Career & Technical Education contains 2,300 full-length videos and is made up of the the following collections (links are to title lists):

For pricing or a trial, contact Rosalie Tanner.

AWE Introduces ELF Reading & Reference

from AWE:

ELF Reading & Reference is a new web-based solution that combines AWE's safe online environment for children (ELF Child-Safe Browser) with two additional outstanding premium educational resources:

  • Encyclopedia Britannica Online for Kids
  • Speakaboos catalogue of exclusive, interactive digital storybooks

Pay one low subscription fee and give a copy of ELF to everyone in your community!

Check out this presentation for more details.

You can click here for a free trial, and if you'd like further information, please contact our AWE representative, Paul Getzen, via email -- getzenp@awelearning.com -- or phone 215-868-3472.

Win an Early Literacy Station in AWE's Video Contest

from AWE:

AWE announces a new contest that will reward one public library with a free Early Literacy Station!

All public libraries are invited to submit a video 30-90 seconds in length that highlights your library and shows how you use AWE's Early Literacy Station(s) at your library. Tell us why you like your Early Literacy Station computers and how they benefit the young children on your community.

Entries will be accepted March 15 through June 1, 2012. The winner will be announced at ALA Annual in late June in Anaheim, CA.

Click here for contest rules and submission form.

EBSCO Publishing Releases Nine New Audiobook Collections

from EBSCO:

Highlighting its growing audiobook collection, EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) released nine new audiobook collections in popular genres, providing public libraries with a quick and convenient way to begin or expand their audiobook offerings.

The latest audiobook sets focus on niche areas of fiction and nonfiction. These collections contain a wide variety of materials from best sellers such as the Hunger Games trilogy and Tina Fey's Bossypants to recently digitized classics such as Edgar Rice Burrough's John Carter. With these latest sets, particular attention was given to very specific areas of interest to public library patrons.

These new audiobook collections are a prepackaged set of titles chosen specifically to fulfill niche areas of interest in a library's readership. The nine new sets that are now available include:

  • Romantic Fiction Audiobooks
  • Mystery Fiction Audiobooks
  • Humor Audiobooks
  • Sci-Fi Audiobooks
  • Fantasy Fiction Audiobooks
  • Biography Audiobooks
  • Psychological and Suspense Fiction Audiobooks
  • Historical Fiction and Nonfiction Audiobooks
  • Christian Fiction Audiobooks

Each collection was created by EBSCO's collection development team of librarians based on popularity, positive recommendations and reviews from trade publications as well as usage statistics. These collections will be updated quarterly with the newest and best titles in each genre, and will be available on the website and for order via EBSCOhost Collection Manager™.

from EBSCO:

Gateway to America: The People, Places, and Organizations of 19th Century New York™ and Revolutionary War Era Orderly Books™ archive databases from the New-York Historical Society, are now available from EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO). The archives represent the latest in EBSCO's diverse and rapidly expanding collection of digital historical archives.

Jean Ashton, Executive Vice President and Library Director of the New-York Historical Society, says the partnership will enable a greater number of libraries to access the collections. "We are excited to make these important historical collections available to libraries and their constituents worldwide in partnership with EBSCO Publishing."

Gateway to America: The People, Places, and Organizations of 19th-Century New York is a diverse collection of historical directories, year books, registers, member lists, organization reports, guidebooks, primary source documents and publications, and name rich sources from the New-York Historical Society. This unique collection, which includes historical maps, advertisements, and vital records, presents a history of the people and organizations of New York from the late eighteenth through the early twentieth centuries. As New York was the country's focal point of industry, trade, commerce, and immigration, this collection features materials chronicling this gateway to the United States during this influential historical time period.

Revolutionary War Era Orderly Books from the New-York Historical Society contains over 30,000 pages of handwritten, historically valuable material from 1748 to 1817. Orderly Books were the controlling document of the day-to-day life in the military, most notably during the Revolutionary War. They once numbered in the hundreds of thousands and only a fraction of that number still exist. This material is fully transcribed and fully searchable while viewing the handwritten documents. Detailing accounts of troops' daily life, Orderly Books contain important historical information, such as the names of unit members, troop movements, court-martial proceedings, quantities of supplies, relevant acts from Congress, the general state of morale, and other information important to the respective units. Revolutionary War Era Orderly Books provide valuable information about the important and mundane activities of soldiers' lives and are essential sources for researchers.

EBSCO provides access via its Digital Archives Viewerr. The viewer brings content alive and allows users to explore, manipulate, collect, and export content. The unique functionality of the Digital Archives Viewer enables it to reproduce the best aspects of the physical library research experience while incorporating the advances in modern digital technology.

from Gale:

As part of our ongoing product enhancements, which typically happen between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. EST, we will be extending that window on May 12th, 2012 to be between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. EST. Users accessing Gale, Cengage Learning resources during this time may experience a brief interruption in service.

Credo Reference Special Savings for Minitex Members

from Credo Reference:

The Online Reference Service named Best Overall by Library Journal (see http://corp.credoreference.com/images/PDFs/library_journal_best_reference2012.pdf)

Credo General Reference Premium offers the full text of 592 titles covering all major subject areas with new titles added throughout the year. The content includes in-depth subject encyclopedias, biographies, quotation collections, image libraries, and more from over 80 of the world's top publishers of reference.

Credo Reference offers a simple and easy-to-use platform with seamless searching directly from Credo into your library catalog and your other subscription databases, helping you to get greater value from your overall investment in library resources. The concept map is an excellent visualization tool for exploration and discovery and is perfect for visual learners.

Your subscription also includes Credo Topic Pages; covering nearly 10,000 topics they provide a simple and smart way for libraries to extend their services and high value online resources while managing costs. Topic pages can be integrated with Discovery systems and LibGuides and configured to help increase discoverability and usage of your e-resources and your library.
Special Discounting!

1 to 5 new subscribers -15% discount
6 to 10 new subscribers - 20% discount
11 to 15 new subscribers - 25% discount
16 to 20 new subscribers - 30% discount
21+ - Special pricing to be determined

Any combination of new subscribers from academic, public and K-12 libraries will to used to determine participation levels. Offer ends June 30, 2012 and intent to order must be in to MINITEX by June 20th to determine final discount.

To see an overview of the Credo Online Reference Service and more information on our Topic Pages please visit:
http://corp.credoreference.com/images/PDFs/ebrochure_2012.pdf

Please contact Credo rep Bill Mott, for more information and pricing.

ProQuest Maintenance Window - May 5, 2012

ProQuest® will be performing infrastructure maintenance on Saturday, May 5, 2012. A twelve (12) hour maintenance window will be required for this maintenance. The window will take place from Saturday, May 5, 2012, at 22:00 ET to Sunday, May 6, 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

from EBSCO:

EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) continues its commitment to enhancing the quality of the e-book user experience while simplifying collection development with the release of 39 new e-book Subject Sets. These sets provide libraries with convenient ways to begin or expand their e-book collections with current, reputable content from leading publishers.

The latest e-book Subject Set releases span key collection areas, including arts & humanities, business & economics, career & education, health & medical, personal growth & how-to, science & technology and social sciences. In response to increased demand from libraries, EBSCO has augmented its offerings in career & education, business & economics and health & medical titles, while enhancing and expanding content in the key areas most sought after by library users.

The 39 new Subject Sets now available include:

  • Accounting
  • Aging & Gerontology
  • Allied Health
  • American Contemporary Issues
  • Biology & Life Science
  • Business
  • Career Choice
  • Career Improvement & Professional Development
  • Communication and Mass Media Collection
  • Community College Companion Collection
  • Criminal Justice Collection
  • Dentistry & Oral Sciences
  • Disaster Management
  • Diseases & Conditions
  • Earth Sciences Collection
  • Economics Collection
  • Education Collection
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Environment Collection
  • Finance
  • Green Business
  • Humanities Collection
  • Leadership & Management
  • Literary Criticism
  • Natural & Alternative Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Pediatrics
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Philosophy Collection
  • Race & Ethnicity

E-book Subject Sets are convenient, prepackaged sets of titles chosen to meet libraries' needs for new content on popular, in-demand topics. EBSCO's Collection Development Team of librarians uses tailored knowledge to create collections and Subject Sets for libraries. To date, EBSCO has created a total of 163 e-book subject sets--representing more than 2,500 titles. All Subject Sets from EBSCO include titles published within the past two years, and have no title duplication among current or past Subject Set offerings.

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