October 17 maintenance on OCLC FirstSearch service
The OCLC FirstSearch service will be unavailable from 2:00- 6:00 am Eastern on Sunday, October 17 for maintenance. Service will resume by 6:00 am Eastern.
The OCLC FirstSearch service will be unavailable from 2:00- 6:00 am Eastern on Sunday, October 17 for maintenance. Service will resume by 6:00 am Eastern.
Jazz Music Library now includes 850 albums (8,000 tracks) from Blue Note, EMI, Angel Records, Capitol Records, and Vanguard Records.
The new content includes releases by Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich, Bobby McFerrin, Nancy Wilson, Cassandra Wilson, Wynton Marsalis, Louis Prima, Nigel Kennedy, Bernadette Peters, and more.
Great recordings include:
The other exciting news is that all of the new tracks run at both 192kbps and 320kbps bitrates.
The entire Music Online package now contains:
For trials or pricing, please contact CPERS.
Here's a summary of what's NEW with Teen Health & Wellness for Fall 2010:
For trials or pricing, email CPERS>
This is a reminder that all subscribers to LexisNexis Academic will be migrated to the enhanced version of the interface on August 7th. The new interface is available to all subscribers today at http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/lnacademic/
Users can migrate to the new site at any time. As of August 7th, all users will automatically be switched, and the older interface will be retired.
See our migration guide for further details.
To sign up for a free e-seminar on the enhanced interface, go to: http://academic.lexisnexis.com/academicwebinars.aspx.
You are encouraged to sign up for the Academic listserv, to keep up with all announcements and information about LexisNexis Academic. To subscribe to the listserv, go to: http://www.lexisnexis.com/academic/listserv
Users are also encouraged to go to our wiki to find user guides, links to search forms and more. The wiki can be found at: http://wiki.lexisnexis.com/academic
It's the final day for Minitex Spring 2010 Electronic Resources Trials.
Visit the Spring 2010 Electronic Resources Trial web site for product descriptions, trial access information, and contact information.
Don't delay; trials will be over at the end of the day.
OCLC plans to discontinue access to the NetLibrary database on WorldCat.org, WorldCat Local and WorldCat Local "quick start" on May 30. This database of NetLibrary metadata was released in July 2009 to facilitate discovery of NetLibrary eBooks and eAudiobooks through WorldCat.org-based services. Discontinuation of the discrete NetLibrary database is a result of the March 2010 acquisition of NetLibrary by EBSCO Publishing.
OCLC will continue to enable discovery of eBook resources in libraries through the following databases:
Libraries that have configured access to the NetLibrary database may discontinue this access before May 30 by modifying their profiles in the Service Configuration module. If they do not modify their profiles in the Service Configuration before May 30, the NetLibrary database will automatically disappear from the database selection options users see in the advanced search screen. Library staffs who need assistance with configuration changes should contact OCLC Customer Support firstname.lastname@example.org, 1-800-848-5800 (US) or 614-793-8682.
OCLC has identified the libraries that have enabled access to the NetLibrary database and is contacting them directly about the upcoming change.
Now through May 7, MINITEX is highlighting eBooks, Nursing content, and K-12 e-resources during the Spring 2010 trial period.
Try out a new e-resource! Visit the Spring 2010 Electronic Resources Trial web site for product descriptions, trial access information, and contact information.
Dear Ovid Customer:
We are pleased to announce that enhancements to OvidSP and Nursing@Ovid went live today, April 6th at 10:00 am EDT/14:00 GMT (click here to check your local time). Click on the Try it now! button at the top of your OvidSP interface to check out the enhancements.
With our new Ovid Toolbar, the My Projects work area, and new results management and research productivity tools and functionality, you can help you users transform their critical research findings into results quickly and efficiently!
Remember that, though you'll have dual access on both versions of the platform until June 30, 2010, you can transition to the new version of OvidSP at any time before that. Contact email@example.com today to learn more!
Be sure to visit the Ovid Resource Center now for helpful marketing materials, information on how to sign up for a training session, and more.
As always, if you have any questions, please contact your Ovid Account Representative or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hello, LexisNexis subscribers (and those who might be interested in LexisNexis resources):
Renewals are due NEXT WEEK--April 16, 2010.
Minitex has a new website; please note the new links:
Pricing is the same as last year:
Please use the online order form.
And, finally, see the website for further information.
Should you have questions, please contact CPERS.
Credo Reference is pleased to announce its National Library Week Brainteaser Challenge with free access to Credo Unlimited. This weeklong celebration of 2010 National Library Week (April 11-17) will culminate with a prize-drawing for an Amazon Kindle as well as second and third place prizes.
Each day during the week participants who choose to take the challenge will receive a five-question, Brainteaser Challenge by email. Each completed quiz will count as an entry into the drawing.
Learn more and register for the contest here.
Today, we are announcing important changes to the OCLC NetLibrary Service and to the FirstSearch Service.
OCLC and EBSCO Publishing have announced that EBSCO has acquired the NetLibrary Division. The purchase includes the NetLibrary eBook and eAudiobook platform as well as operations and infrastructure in Boulder, Colorado. As eBooks become mainstream components of a library's eContent collections, there is increasing value to libraries to be able to integrate eBook acquisitions and delivery with other electronic databases and eJournals. EBSCO will maintain and enhance the NetLibrary platform and will also work to integrate NetLibrary eBooks into the EBSCOhost platform. There will be no interruption in service to libraries.
We are also announcing an important change to our FirstSearch content services. OCLC is transitioning out of our role as reseller of vendor-owned content. Therefore we will transfer or discontinue sale of the vendor-owned databases on FirstSearch when subscriptions have ended. We will instead increase our focus for both FirstSearch and WorldCat.org on providing libraries with access to a rich set of library-owned content and increasing visibility and access to the full scope of a library's collection. We will work with libraries, publishers and other information providers to expand WorldCat.org as a comprehensive platform for eContent. As a part of this migration, EBSCO has acquired the rights to license a select number of vendor-owned databases that we currently offer on FirstSearch. Our long-term relationship with H.W. Wilson is also changing as we will work together to transition from reselling Wilson databases on FirstSearch to indexing Wilson databases in WorldCat Local over the coming months. There will be no interruption in service to libraries.
Please see our letter to members and press releases for more information.
- Letter to members
PALSconnect LINKER Demonstration
Summary: This exciting web session will demonstrate PALSconnect Linker, the new cost-effective open source OpenURL Resolver from PALS. Discover the benefits that OpenURL linking brings to your users and your library.
• Thursday, March 11, 2010, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
• Tuesday, March 16, 2010, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
• Wednesday, March 24, 2010, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Presenter: Perry Madden
Registration Ends: Wednesday, March 10, 2010
If you have specific questions that you would like to see addressed in the PALSconnect Linker demonstration that you register for, please send them to the PALS Support Center at http://pals.custhelp.com. Choose the product 'Training/Workshop' and in the subject line enter 'PALSconnect Linker Demonstration.'
If you have any questions, please contact the PALS Support Center. Choose the Product 'Training/Workshops' and then 'MnPALS.'
If you are unable to click on the registration link above, cut and paste this URL into your browser http://www.abcsignup.com/view/view_month.aspx?as=16&aid=PALS&wp=112.
MINITEX Cooperative Purchasing & Electronic Resources Services is pleased to announce the following upcoming webinar series.
To get more information and to register go to http://www.minitex.umn.edu/events/training/
Dark Archives: Preserving Electronic Resources
Guest presenters: Theresa Borchert, Concordia College Electronic Resources Librarian and Katy Gabrio, Macalester College, Electronic Resources & Serials Librarian
Please note: Class sizes are limited. If you are unable to attend a webinar you are registered for please contact us ASAP so we can offer the seat to another person.
How are you preserving your library's electronic resources? When a vendor or publisher decides to stop providing access or a subscription is cancelled, how will you maintain access to the electronic content? There are multiple options available, and it can be challenging to know what is out there and what may be a good fit for your library. This three-session webinar series is designed to give librarians an overview of several of the different archiving options available; the first session is a brief introduction to the topic with brief talks by two librarians from the Minitex region about their library's electronic archiving (registration information is above).
The second session will be a presentation on Portico by Ken DiFiore, Portico's Associate Director for Outreach, on Monday, August 10 at 1:30. (Registration information to be announced.)
The third session will be a presentation on LOCKSS by Victoria Reich, Director of the LOCKSS program. (Date and registration information to be announced.)
Please watch your email and this blog for details on the coming sessions. You can attend all sessions or choose what fits into your schedule.
My Health Minnesota -> Go Local, a free database of health services throughout Minnesota, recently celebrated its first birthday! The project is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Health Sciences Libraries, the Mayo Clinic Libraries, and the MINITEX Library Information Network, in collaboration with the National Library of Medicine.
Minnesota citizens can use Go Local to find more than 5,000 hospitals, nursing homes, physicians, support groups, pharmacists, libraries, rehabilitation programs, and other health services in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, plus reliable health information about a multitude of diseases and conditions from MedlinePlus. The database is searchable by location, diseases/health issues, and providers/facilities/health services. My Health Minnesota -> Go Local continues to grow daily as we add resources throughout the state.
In its first year, My Health Minnesota -> Go Local has been used by people all over Minnesota, plus across the United States and in other parts of the world. You're invited to check out this resource for yourself at: http://medlineplus.gov/minnesota. Please direct questions and comments or suggest resources to be included by e-mailing email@example.com.
Gale is pleased to announce a major enhancement to the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM) suite of K-12 resources for the coming year!
In addition to Kids InfoBits, InfoTrac Junior Edition, InfoTrac Student Edition, Junior Reference Collection, Discovering Collection, and Professional Collection, you now have access to 4 additional resources effective immediately:
- Student Resource Center Gold
- Expanded Academic ASAP
- Educator’s Reference Complete
- General Science Collection
Minnesota libraries with current subscriptions to these resources will receive a pro-rated credit for the remainder of their subscription. Robin Sabbath of Gale’s Customer Center will be contacting you about the amount of your credit. If you have questions now, please call her at 800/347-4253 extension 1884 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can call Gale’s Large Account Technical Specialist Andrew Soifer at 800/347-4253 extension 8890 for any technical assistance with these resources.
If you have other questions regarding this enhancement, please contact MINITEX at http://elm4you.org/contact/ or 612-624-4150 or 800-462-5348 and ask for Reference Services.
More information on these resources follows.
The new Project Muse interface went live on Sunday, August 17:
Project MUSE is pleased to announce the release of a new web interface, enhanced with many features to aid ease of navigation, expand discovery, and encourage deeper interaction with the wealth of scholarly content offered by MUSE.
Online now at http://muse.jhu.edu, the new site design offers several new tools and resources for scholars, librarians, and publishers. MUSE offers full text access to current content from nearly 400 high quality journals in the humanities and social sciences, from some 100 not-for-profit publishers, and the web site's improved features will help users find, utilize and share this content more readily and efficiently.
A highlight of MUSE's new web site is wider range of functionality at the individual journal article level, including the ability to email a link, find more articles from the same author(s), and share the article via popular social bookmarking services. Color indicators allow users to easily determine to which content they have full text access, at both the journal and article level.
Improved navigation in the site's informational pages makes it easier for researchers, librarians, and publishers to access tools such as training guides, usage statistics, journal holdings information, and technical documentation. A new search feature also offers the ability to search only the informational pages, to quickly locate key details such as pricing, upcoming journal additions, or supported technologies. An entirely new section is dedicated to information for current and prospective publishers of journals in MUSE.
ELM made it on Mpls/St Paul Magazine's reference website list!
"This little-known website is an extraordinary online resource," stated the blurb on ELM in the most recent issue (Jan 2008) of the MPLS/ St. Paul magazine! The Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM) was the only reference website listed in the article "Guide to Weird, Wacky Wonderful Local Websites" (p 186). Let's make ELM more than just a "little-known website" this year! For training or promotional materials contact the MINITEX Reference Services department at 1-800-462-5348.
The Oxford Islamic Studies Online Database has just been launched. Oxford Islamic Studies Online contains over 3,000 A-Z reference entries, chapters from scholarly and introductory works, Qur'anic materials, primary sources, images, and timelines. See the OUP website for more details.
Special pricing is available for first-year orders placed by 12/31/2007--unlimited access subscribers receive an extra 20% discount in addition to the network discount of 20%. Contact MINITEX for a trial or pricing.
This fall Amazon will release the Kindle, a device which will allow users to wirelessly tap into Amazon's eBook store. The device has the advantage over older readers that have to be connected to a computer.
Not to be outdone, Google will soon offer eBook users the opportunity to pay for the full version of copyrighted works. Up until this point Google has made only limited excerpts of copyrighted books available as part of their Google Book Search Partner Program. Unlike the Kindle, Google's eBooks must be read online.
East View is headquartered in Minneapolis, USA, with major offices in Russia and Ukraine.
EBSCO Publishing Expands Shibboleth Authentication Service
IPSWICH, Mass. - August 2, 2007 - EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) has expanded its Shibboleth authentication service to support Shibboleth version 1.3. The standards-based, open source middleware software provides Single SignOn (SSO) for the Web within organizations. Sites using Shibboleth can make authorization access decisions regulating individual access to their protected online resources. ...more
American Theological Library Association recently announced they will not offer its Religion Database on the CSA platform after November 1, 2008. Libraries who wish to renew their Religion Database subscriptions with the CSA interface may do so this year, and may do so through MINITEX. You can direct questions on ATLA to Ed Keane at MINITEX, (612) 624-2925. email@example.com
The ATLA Religion Database is also available via:
Ovid, offering the Ovid Gateway and SilverPlatter platforms.
Subscriptions to LexisNexis Academic now include added additional content and functionality, including Country Analysis and Company Dossier which were previously separate subscriptions.
Subscriptions to CINAHL on Ovid or Proquest platforms will no longer be available after July 1, 2007. As of July 1, 2008 all CINAHL subscriptions will be on the EBSCO platform.
LexisNexis will launch a completely redesigned version of LexisNexis Academic for all subscribers in 2007. A beta version will be available to all subscribers beginning in January 2007. Migration to the new service will take place in July 2007.
EBSCO continues to offer a steady diet of electronic resources that offer a variety of content to a variety of audiences at a variety of prices. Among those we think might of interest to area institutions are EconLit with Full Text, COIN Educational Products and Education Resource Complete.
To see more, go to the press releases or read a product description.
In what may prove to be an acquisition with immeadite repercussions in the academic eBook Market, Ingram has purchased e-Book Hosting Platform, MyiLibrary, and Coutts Information Services. MyiLibrary can now offer subscibers content from an array of well-known academic publishers.