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from EBSCO:

An agreement between Choice magazine, a publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries (a division of the American Library Association) and EBSCO Information Services will highlight the EBSCO eBooks that have been named Choice Outstanding Academic Titles. This agreement will allow librarians to easily identify and acquire the titles that have been designated as excellent in presentation and scholarship, bringing exceptional support to the research of their students and faculty and increasing the value of their overall library collection.

Founded in 1964, Choice has been the premier source for reviews of academic books and digital resources of interest to scholars and students in higher education for over 50 years. Each year, Choice publishes a list of Outstanding Academic Titles that reflects the best in scholarly titles reviewed by Choice for the previous year. The selective list enjoys the extraordinary recognition of the academic library community and represents approximately 10 percent of the works reviewed in Choice each year.

EBSCO eBooks offers more than 600,000 e-books and audiobooks and EBSCO proactively acquires new content in critical areas, based on the dynamic needs of libraries. Accessing the EBSCOhost® platform for e-books and audiobooks saves librarians training time and adds a well-known search platform to the end user's experience. Allowing end users to search for e-books and audiobooks along with their EBSCOhost database content improves the discoverability of library collections. Visit: http://www.ebscohost.com/ebooks for more information.

from EBSCO:

EBSCO Information Services announces the release of 12 new EBSCO eBooks™ Subject Sets, which increases the total number of subject sets to more than 200. The subject sets are offered to libraries in convenient collections grouped by subject matter.

Subject Sets are prepackaged sets of titles from leading publishers in specific, high-interest topics designed to meet the needs of libraries while simplifying collection development. The Sets allow for quick and easy purchases in particular high-interest subject areas. There is no title overlap across Sets, and no title overlap from year to year, so you never need to worry about duplication.

New subject sets include:

  • Diseases & Conditions
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Doody's Core Titles Essential Purchases
  • Dentistry & Oral Science
  • Robotics
  • Mobile Technology
  • Self Help
  • Poetry
  • American History
  • Biography
  • Anthropology & Archaeology
  • Urban Studies

EBSCO eBooks offers over 600,000 e-books and audiobooks. EBSCO proactively acquires new content in critical areas, based on the dynamic needs of libraries. Accessing the EBSCOhost platform for e-books and audiobooks saves librarians training time and adds a well-known search platform to the end user's experience. Allowing end users to search for e-books and audiobooks along with their EBSCOhost database content improves the discoverability of library collections. Lowering the cost for libraries makes the decision to focus on or add to e-book and audiobook collections easier and more cost-effective.

Enhancement to WorldCat Record Access for EBSCO eBooks

from EBSCO:

We are pleased to announce that beginning in August, OCLC will offer less-than-full records (LTF) for EBSCO titles. With this change you can begin receiving expedited WorldCat records for any newly available eBook purchased from EBSCO. A LTF record is defined as a record in WorldCat which may lack some metadata elements (such as call number or subject heading), or, as born-digital record created exclusively with data provided by EBSCO.

What this means for you is that now you have a choice to receive LTF records, should full-level records not be available at the time of purchase. In addition to the new LTF offering, OCLC will offer the option to have records delivered again, once they have been upgraded to full-level records. If you would like to preview an LTF record, sample records are available upon request.

To get started with LTF records click here to complete the form and return it via email to oclcmetadatacatsvcs@oclc.org, no later than August 21, 2014 to guarantee delivery of LTF records as soon as they are available. If you do not respond by this date no change will be made to your current profile and your library will continue to receive only full-level records. For more information on LTF records, visit the FAQ on the EBSCO Support Site:http://support.ebsco.com/knowledge_base/detail.php?id=7454.

Emerald Website Maintenance

There is website maintenance scheduled to start on July 25, 2014, and take a period of 4 weeks on the Emerald Group Publishing platforms. This will impact the following website:

How will this affect me?

During this time you will be unable to make edits to your profile, settings and preferences.

As such, we advise you to make any profile updates before 25 July 2014. Access to subscribed content remains available.

We would also like to take this opportunity to recommend that administrators download all historic usage reports to ensure their continued availability.

Why is Emerald carrying out this work?

Based on feedback and user satisfaction surveys conducted with our librarian, researcher and author communities in 2013, Emerald is investing in a partnership with Atypon to bring you a range of performance enhancements to our research platform. This is to support the rapidly evolving demands from our customers.

In preparation for the transition to Atypon's Literatum, it is essential that we migrate all existing data to the new platform. This necessitates a temporary freeze on the functionality outlined above.

For further information regarding Emerald's migration to Atypon's Literatum, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions. If you would like further support, please do not hesitate to contact our dedicated support team on support@emeraldinsight.com.

ProQuest Upcoming Maintenance Windows June 14 & 15

from ProQuest:

On June 14, 2014 ProQuest will make improvements to its internal systems to accommodate a growing number of users and to reduce the need for future downtime.

ProQuest expects the products and platforms listed below to not be available from approximately 10:00 PM EDT, Saturday, June 14, 2014 through 11:00 AM EDT, Sunday, June 15, 2014.

  • ProQuest
  • ProQuest Support Center
  • ProQuest Dialog
  • ProQuest Congressional
  • ProQuest K12 databases
  • ProQuest Genealogy databases
  • ProQuest Digital Microfilm
  • RefWorks

Below are times for this maintenance around the world:

  • New York: Saturday, June 14 at 10:00 PM EDT and lasting for thirteen (13) hours
  • Los Angeles: Saturday, June 14 at 07:00 PM PDT and lasting for thirteen (13) hours

During the downtime the Support Center and automated response to cases will not be available. If you need support during the downtime, please email tsupport@proquest.com for assistance. We will get back to you in 48 hours to confirm receipt of your case.

We welcome customer feedback. Please email your comments to tsupport@proquest.com or visit www.proquest.com/go/suggestions.

New Britannica® ImageQuest™ Live on Monday, June 9

from Britannica:

Redesigned to be easier to use and provide stronger support for faculty and students, the new ImageQuest will be live at quest.eb.com starting on Monday, June 9.

Discover what's new, including:

  • Exciting new look
  • Access on any internet-connected device, including tablets
  • My Images/Albums to save and organize your images
  • Ready-to-use albums and image collections on popular topics
  • Featured image collections from renowned sources

Questions about the new site, call us at 800-621-3900 or email us at contact@eb.com.

Register for a free introductory webinar at: https://student.gototraining.com/1rq37/catalog/557868368329582336.

See What's New in Britannica ImageQuest

from Britannica:

Britannica® ImageQuest™...
Now even easier to use and with stronger support for faculty and students

Discover what's new, including:

  • Exciting new look
  • Access on any internet-connected device, including tablets and smartphones
  • My Images/Albums to save and organize your images
  • Ready-to-use albums and image collections on popular topics
  • Featured image collections from renowned sources

See it today at: http://info.eb.com/images/ImageQuest-SeeItNow.html!

This exciting new ImageQuest will be live in June 2014 or you can take a sneak peek now at quest-preview.eb.com. If you have any questions about the new site, call us at 800-621-3900 or email us at contact@eb.com.

Register for a free introductory webinar at: https://student.gototraining.com/1rq37/catalog/557868368329582336.

Gale Refreshes Kids InfoBits with User-focused Redesign

from Gale:

The Kids InfoBits database has been redesigned to support twenty-first century learning with a modern interface, improved navigation, updated content and additional tools. Developed by Gale, a leading publisher of research and education resources for libraries, schools and businesses and part of Cengage Learning, Kids InfoBits is designed specifically for students in kindergarten through grade five and addresses the way kids learn and conduct research. Elementary-aged students are clever information consumers and acquiring these skills at an early age has become the foundation for the Common Core.

"Gale is committed to transforming learning with tailored research solutions that accelerate student engagement," said Jim Draper, vice president and general manager, Gale. "With this relaunch of KidsInfoBits, we've put the user at the center of the product, incorporating student and teacher feedback throughout the design process. The result is a state-of-the-art product that enhances learning."

Kids InfoBits provides access to reference content, magazines, newspapers, maps, charts, graphs, and more than 13,000 searchable images. The updated version includes new content on weather, natural disasters and U.S. States, content from Blackbirch Kid's Visual Reference of the United States and more. New tools to support twenty-first century learning include the ability to share content over social media; EasyBib integration and improved citation tools; text translation into 12 different languages including Arabic, Spanish, French; and ReadSpeaker text-to-speech functionality, which plays translated text.

The updated Kids InfoBits is available now for school and public libraries however current customers can switchover at the end of the school year to avoid disruption. For more information on Kids InfoBits or to request a free trial, visit www.gale.cengage.com/InfoBits.

See What's New in Britannica School

from Britannica:

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Looking to engage your students with new interactive content? Britannica School's new Elementary home page will ignite students' curiosity and encourage them to inquire, explore, and discover! Our new scrolling activities with videos, images, and written descriptions serve to engage students with ever changing content. Our tool bar at the bottom of the page allows students to; browse articles and media, explore the world around them with country and state research tools, and learn new skills with learning games and activities.

This change will be coming soon to the Britannica School Elementary homepage!

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Sage Local States now available

from Sage Publishing

We're delighted to announce that the beta version of Local Stats is available for you to discover!

Hosted on the new SAGE Stats platform, Local Stats provides over 3,000 comparable data across all 50 states from U.S. counties, cities and metropolitan statistical areas covering a broad variety of topics applicable to the social sciences. This valuable interactive database, with its carefully vetted and normalized data on 17 topical areas, is available now.

Sign your institution up for a FREE trial today!

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