September 2013 Archives

Project MUSE Renewals and Orders

Minitex is offering a 10% discount off list price on 2014 Project MUSE renewals and orders. For pricing, please see: http://www.minitex.umn.edu/Electronic/ProjectMuse/#pricing.

The collections offered by Project MUSE are:

  • Premium Collection
  • Standard Collection
  • Basic Research Collection
  • Basic College Collection
  • Humanities Collection
  • Social Sciences Collection

Please visit our Project MUSE web page for information about the collections or email anne@minitex.umn.edu with any questions. Subscriptions run from January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014.

To place an order or renewal, please complete and submit the following web form by October 14, 2013: https://www.minitex.umn.edu/Electronic/ProjectMuse/Renew.aspx

Please note: The rates on the 2014 pricing web page are list prices and do not include the 10% discount offered by Minitex.

EBL and ebrary Integration: Commonly Asked Questions

from ProQuest

In order to keep you up-to-date with EBL and ebrary's integration progress, we thought it may be helpful to address some commonly asked questions we've heard since the acquisition in May. You'll also be hearing news in the coming weeks about EBL's new LibCentral admin module - so stay tuned for more information!

Q. You are building a new combined platform. Does that mean you are no longer supporting the existing EBL and ebrary platforms?

A. No. In fact the work we're doing right now will enhance both the EBL and ebrary platforms separately and then you'll also see those benefits in the new platform. As mentioned above, you'll be hearing more information about LibCentral soon, and then in early 2014 ebrary will be redesigning our reader experience.

Q. We have a current subscription to ebrary's Academic Complete and we also have EBL's Demand-driven Acquisition access model. What will happen to these models on the new platform?

A. We will continue to support all EBL and ebrary models on the new combined ebook platform, so please rest assured that you won't lose any models. You will have additional innovative models to take advantage of, providing you with the most choice to best suit your library.

Q. How can we provide input, requests, or anything else as you build this joint ebook solution?

A. Simply email us your feedback using one of the email addresses below, or get in touch with your current EBL, ebrary, and/or ProQuest contact.

Project MUSE Introduces Enhanced Advanced Search Function

from Project MUSE:

Project MUSE has released a new Advanced Search functionality on the site, providing researchers and students with the ability to construct detailed and precise search queries to mine the broad array of scholarly journal and book content available on the platform.

Developed in response to customer feedback, the new Advanced Search interface is accessible from a link in the main navigation of every page on the MUSE site. It allows users to directly target their initial searches by content type, MUSE research area, author, publisher, journal title, language of publication, or publication date. Content from MUSE's more than 500 journal titles may be filtered between articles and reviews, and may be searched alone or along with the over 22,000 books now on the site. Searches will default to only content to which the user has full-text access, but can be expanded to include all relevant material available in MUSE.

After retrieving an initial results set, searchers may further refine their results using the numerous facets. Notations in the search interface display the number of results available for each faceted item. From the results page, items may be saved and citations exported, and the search query may be saved to be run again at a later date and retrieve the most current content.

A link to the new Advanced Search interface may be found in the upper right corner of every page on the MUSE web site, above the basic Search box also available on every page. Libraries and users may link directly to the Advanced Search at http://muse.jhu.edu/search/advanced#firstLoad.

A new Quick Search Guide is available for download from MUSE's Tools and Resources page at http://muse.jhu.edu/about/tools/index.html. A video tutorial for the new Advanced Search may be viewed on the MUSE YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/projectmusetv. Subscribing libraries are welcome and encouraged to link to and use these materials in instructional and promotional activities.

Further enhancements to the MUSE search functionality are expected throughout the remainder of the year. Feedback and questions about the new Advanced Search may be directed to MUSE Customer Support at muse@press.jhu.edu.

EBSCO Information Services Launches eBook Business Collection

from EBSCO:

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) announces the launch of eBook Business Collection, a comprehensive subscription collection of business e-books intended to meet the content needs of students in their research, special projects, and entrepreneurial quests.

eBook Business Collection equips academic libraries and business schools with the e-books their students need, encompassing a variety of business topics such as marketing, finance, supply chain management and entrepreneurship and also focusing on career growth, personal development, communication and networking. The collection includes over 9,400 e-books with new e-books added regularly at no additional cost.

Senior Director of eBook Products Ken Breen says the diverse collection of high-quality business e-books from leading publishers will significantly help business students quickly find what they need. "We were able to leverage our expertise as one of the world's leading aggregators of premium content to create a collection of business e-books that are relevant to the specific needs of students, enabling them to get the information they need faster."

eBook Business Collection offers libraries the ability to provide students unlimited access to a large collection of valuable e-books while also providing an easy and powerful user experience. Users experience the same features as are available on EBSCOhost® and are able to access from and download to mobile devices.

ProQuest Statistical Week Webinar Series

ProQuest will be celebrating statistical week with a series of webinars focusing on two of their resources, Statistical Insight and Statistical Abstracts.

Statistical Insight : US Federal statistical content
Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, 3pm Eastern Daylight Time
https://proquestmeetings.webex.com/proquestmeetings/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=717177700
This webinar will look at the US Federal statistical offerings in Statistical Insight. Long time users will recognize ASI (or American Statistical Index) as the premiere index to statistics produced by the U.S. government.

Statistical Insight : US State government, business, and research institute statistical content
Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, 11am Eastern Daylight Time
https://proquestmeetings.webex.com/proquestmeetings/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=712682085

This webinar will look at the US State government, business, and research institute statistical publications in Statistical Insight. Long time users will recognize SRI (or Statistics Reference Index) as the premiere index to statistics produced by US State government, business, and research institutes.

Statistical Insight: International Statistical content
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, 11am Eastern Daylight Time
https://proquestmeetings.webex.com/proquestmeetings/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=715162516

This webinar will look at the international statistical publications in Statistical Insight. Long time users will recognize IIS (or the Index to International Statistics) as the premiere index to statistics produced by international organizations such as the UN, EU, IBRD, and more specialized IGOs.

Statistical Abstract of the U.S.
Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 11am, Eastern Daylight Time
https://proquestmeetings.webex.com/proquestmeetings/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=717672172

One of the most widely held statistical annuals in the world, the Statistical Abstract of the U.S. has been produced by ProQuest, starting with the 2013 edition. This webinar shows you the what's in the new ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States Online Edition and how the PDFs and spreadsheets can be put to use in your library.

Statistical Abstracts of the World
Friday, September 27, 2013, 1pm Eastern Daylight Time
https://proquestmeetings.webex.com/proquestmeetings/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=713949135

In this webinar we'll be looking at our newest offering, the ProQuest Statistical Abstracts of the World, a collection of statistical abstracts from approximately 40 countries. These tables from the publications will be both individually and cross-searchable. Global and regional statistical compendia issued by international organizations and research firms will also be included.

Contact ProQuest rep Jane Hetherington with questions or comments.

BioOne Minitex Promotion and Free Access

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BioOne was founded in 1999 as a not-for-profit cooperative designed to help scientific societies remain independent and in control of their own work. Founding members include SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), AIBS (American Institute of Biological Sciences), the University of Kansas, GWLA (the Greater Western Library Alliance), and Allen Press.

Consortium-wide free access
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For an IP recognized free trial send your IP ranges to library.services@bioone.org. Please mention Minitex and include your FTE. Chris Homan, your new sales manager, will forward a subscription quotation for your institution.

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ALA American Libraries Live: Digging into Databases

This free streaming video broadcast may be of possible interest to ERLs:

Digging into Databases
Hosted by Marshall Breeding
Thursday September 12, 2013
2:00pm Eastern | 1:00pm Central | 12:00pm Mountain | 11:00am Pacific

Next up on American Libraries Live--Marshall Breeding will lead our expert panel in a discussion of how databases are changing and shaping the present and future of libraries. This interactive discussion will incorporate live audience questions and comments and cover a variety of topics, including:

  • How libraries are addressing databases and electronic resources in the wake of budget cuts
  • How discovery services impact databases
  • The current state of database-related products and vendors
  • How librarians are affected when vendors consolidate or go out of business
  • The differences and similarities in the public and academic library worlds regarding databases

Other experts on the panel include:

This streaming video broadcast is free; register here.

Credo Releases 19 New and Updated Collections

from Credo Reference

September 5, 2013, Boston, Oxford - Credo, the industry leader for information skills solutions, has launched 19 new and updated Subject and Publisher Collections, adding to the more than 80 collections currently available for perpetual purchase or subscription.

Credo's new collections help librarians grow their reference shelves through their Literati or Credo Online Reference Service solutions. The newly released collections include:

  • Intelecom Intelligent Telecommunications: The first all-video Credo collection that offers multidisciplinary coverage, this collection features 12 richly descriptive visual reference sources that cover a variety of major subjects, such as Sociology, History, Psychology and Health.
  • Anthropology Collection: This multi-publisher collection features 40 titles that address key areas of study within the Anthropology discipline, including Archaeology, Biological Anthropology and Ethnography, among others. With two CHOICE Outstanding Academic Titles award winners, one Library Journal award winner and four Resources for College Libraries selections, this collection is well-represented with top-tier content.
  • Sociology Collection: This collection compiles 39 compelling reference titles covering a range of key topics within the Sociology discipline, including Social Change, Social Psychology, Social Work, Race & Ethnicity and Urban Sociology. With one Outstanding Academic Titles winner, one RUSA winner and three Resources for College Libraries recommendations, the collection offers appealing, highly vetted content.
Credo has also released updates to 15 existing Subject and Publisher Collections, including the Criminal Justice Collection, the Psychology Collection, the Nursing and Allied Health Collection and the Gender and Women's Studies Collection.

Learn Pirate with a Free Month of Mango

from Mango:

It's just around the corner: Sept. 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. So there's no better time to enjoy an all-time Mango favorite: the Pirate course.

Get your patrons to "parlay" in perfect Pirate and introduce them to Mango-style language learning. Check out how other organizations have celebrated the occasion and sign up for a free month of Mango so your library can join the fun.

Get Started.

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Don't forget, Mango offers Little Pim for your youngest buccaneers - so we've got your whole crew covered!

Emerald Migrating to a New Platform

from Emerald:

In 2013, Emerald will be migrating www.emeraldinsight.com to Atypon's Literatum online publishing platform. Literatum is widely recognized as an industry leader and will allow Emerald to offer an enhanced service to our librarian, author and researcher communities.

We appreciate that to offer you these enhancements will require some updates to existing processes and it is our aim to keep disruption and changes required by you to a minimum. We will ensure that specific details are communicated in the coming months and that relevant customer support is provided.

Here, our aim is to provide responses to some likely questions. We will keep these responses updated with more details throughout the process and welcome any further questions you may have. Please send your query to webchange@emeraldinsight.com and a member of our dedicated project team will respond as quickly as possible.

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