May 2013 Archives

from Gale:

Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, schools and businesses, today announced the availability of Air & Space and Smithsonian Magazine Archive, the first resource in the line of Gale - Smithsonian Institution collections. Launched as part of a partnership agreement announced earlier this year, the new archive will include the complete back files of both magazines as well as Gale's advanced research tools, and will support cross-curricular and interdisciplinary studies in schools and in academic spaces.

"Our partnership with the Smithsonian Institution will help transform the library and research worlds by unlocking access to rare artifacts and providing a source of content never before available," said Jim Draper, general manager, Gale. "This archive aligns with that mission by bringing together outstanding content for the first time in a digital, fully-searchable environment."

Air & Space and Smithsonian Magazine Archive presents decades of in-depth coverage and unique insights into innovation, history, science, technology, space exploration, aviation, the arts and culture. It marks the first time the exemplary content of both magazines is available in one searchable digital archive. Air & Space and Smithsonian Magazine Archive will offer the complete magazine experience showcasing every single cover, article, image and advertisement from each publication, coupled with state-of-the-art graphing and term-clustering research tools.

Whether pursuing general topical information or looking to develop deeper knowledge in a given subject area, Air & Space and Smithsonian Magazine Archive offers a host of content for students, researchers and faculty worldwide:

  • Smithsonian Magazine (1970-present) covers fascinating topics such as Titanoboa - the largest snake ever to live on Earth, how the mind makes memories, the assassination attempt on Teddy Roosevelt, secrets of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello estate and insights into Black Holes.
  • Air & Space Magazine (1986-present) encompasses every era of aviation and space exploration with stories that range from the Wright Brothers to the design of NASA's next lunar lander, as well as other topics including a look inside the International Space Station, biofuels in aviation, navigating in space and the next generation of stealth aircraft.

To help celebrate the Gale-Smithsonian partnership and the launch of the first archive, Dr. Valerie Neal, a curator at the Smithsonian's National Air & Space Museum will speak at a luncheon event at the American Library Association (ALA) annual meeting taking place in Chicago, IL, June 28-July 1. Former NASA Astronaut and current painter Alan Bean, the fourth man and first artist to walk on the moon, will also visit the Gale booth (#600) during the meeting.

Britannica School Update

from Britannica:

This summer, the next generation of Britannica School Edition -- Britannica School -- will be live for all subscribers at With this new version, you will find more than just a new look. You'll discover new and effective ways to differentiate instruction and learning, advanced interactive features for students and educators, and easy access to Britannica content, anytime, anywhere, and on any device!

Streamlined Homepage
Choose your learning level with one click! With every search, an easy toggle enables every student to access the same content at their reading level while exploring in an age-appropriate environment. Students will also find easier access to images, videos, magazine articles, primary sources, and more!

New Features
Many new features are now available in Britannica School, including My Britannica and the Lesson Plan Builder. Teachers can create, save, and share interactive activities with other teachers and students. Learning games, animated lessons and study guides offer even more opportunities to connect with the content.

Responsive Design
Enjoy the same viewing experience on a tablet, smartphone, laptop, desktop computer, or any Internet-connected device with a Web browser. Retrieve and explore content anytime and anywhere ... classroom, library, home, or on the go!

Get ready for this valuable resource when you return to school in the Fall! Become a Britannica School expert in just one hour! Please join us for our new webinars specifically designed to introduce you to Britannica School. Find ways to support Common Core and State Standards, locate STEM resources, and find new and exciting ways to research! Simply click on the link below to sign up for a webinar.

Spring 2013 Trials of Potential Vendors / Resources

We've posted the Spring 2013 Trials of potential vendor/e-resources that CPERS is considering offering:

  • LEGO Education StoryStarter for Language Arts

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

Alexander Street Press Introduces Music Online: Premium

Alexander Street's Music collections offer the most comprehensive set of online music materials to support teaching and research in music and related disciplines. Now, with the new Music Online: Premium package, you can have unlimited subscription access to Alexander Street audio tracks and albums, videos, scores, and reference works. Enjoy 904,835 tracks, 124,091 pages of full-text reference, 26,015 scores (454,376 pages), and 1,312 hours of video--and the numbers continuously grow!

Music Online: Premium includes all the content in these Alexander Street collections:

  • Classical Music Library
  • Smithsonian Global Sound
  • Jazz Music Library
  • American Song
  • Contemporary World Music
  • Classical Scores Library
  • Classical Scores Library: Volume II
  • Opera in Video
  • Dance in Video
  • Classical Music in Video
  • The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online
  • Classical Music Reference Library
  • African American Music Reference

The price of the Music Online: Premium package is discounted up to 50%, compared with the prices of the collections individually. We've added even more attractive options for community colleges, and we've removed any limits on simultatneous usage! If you've subscribed to one or more of our music collections, you can now upgrade to access them all, at a great price. And if you've already purchased perpetual rights to any of the component collections, the price of the Music Online: Premium package will be discounted further. Contact Susan Buczkowski for a trial, pricing, or more information.

ProQuest Welcomes EBL to the Family

from ProQuest

ProQuest is pleased to welcome Ebook Library (EBL) to the family! On May 13, 2013, the agreement announced in January was finalized, completing the acquisition of EBL and significantly expanding our e-book delivery and aggregation capabilities to libraries globally. By combining the complementary strengths of EBL and ebrary, we will create the best possible research experience, connecting e-books with the vast array of other content and services offered by ProQuest. This supports our goal of enabling researchers to seamlessly discover content across multiple formats including books, journals, dissertations, newspapers, and video.

from EBSCO:

EBSCO introduces Civil War Primary Source Documents™, a comprehensive collection of primary source materials chronicling various aspects of the American Civil War. Drawn from the holdings of the New-York Historical Society, the collection captures various accounts of the Civil War as it was experienced on land and sea.

Civil War Primary Source Documents represents both Northern and Southern perspectives. The archive focuses on the War as it was fought from 1861 to 1865 and includes important contextual documents in the crucial years leading up to the War and after the fall of the Confederacy.

The collection is comprised of over 110,000 pages and includes information from over 400 individual collections. The invaluable primary resources include original manuscripts of letters, diaries, administrative records, photographs, illustrations and artifacts. Personal accounts appear in various scrapbook journals and family portraits, and strategic initiatives are evident in maps featuring details of troop movements and local landmarks.

Highlights include letters and first-person accounts from such well-known leaders as Ulysses S. Grant; the papers of David Cronin, a famous soldier and artist; soldiers' diaries chronicling daily life and experiences as prisoners of war; Union Defence Committee records and Confederate Army records.

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

EBSCO has continued to significantly increase the number of resources offered in its collection of digital archives. For more information on the complete collection please go to:

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