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August 14, 2006

The In's and Out's of OpenWorldCat & WorldCat.org

The In's and Out's of OpenWorldCat & WorldCat.org

Do you continually try to redirect patrons and students from searching for books on the internet using everyday tools such as Google, Amazon.com, abebooks, or another search engine to using your in-house online catalog? Did you know that patrons and students can easily find library books from these and other commonly used tools? Did you also know that you can promote your online catalog and library services outside of your own library website--for free? Open WorldCat and WorldCat.org now make it easier than ever for the general public to use tools and search engines most familiar to them to find library items and services.
MINITEX staff will take you through the In's and Out's of using and promoting your library materials and services through Open WorldCat and WorldCat.org in this 45 minute webinar. We will discuss what Open WorldCat and WorldCat.org are and how they differ. We will also look at the features and tools of each as well as an online demonstration of how they work and how your patrons and students can use them to find library items.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM
Tuesday, September 12, 2006 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Thursday, September 14, 2006 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Monday, September 25, 2006 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

August 10, 2006

EBSCO's domain change and proxy server changes

As you know, EBSCO has changed its domain name. For the convenience of its customers, EBSCO plans to maintain an automatic redirect of http://search.epnet.com (etc.) through the summer of 2007. Customers who do not use a proxy server, and who choose not to update their links once the change becomes official, will have plenty of time in which to do so, because of EBSCO's automatic redirect.

PLEASE NOTE: Although search.epnet.com will continue to be valid via a redirect through 2007, proxy users MUST ADD the *.ebscohost.com domain to their proxy configurations in order to ensure uninterrupted access to EBSCOhost PRIOR to the transition to the new domain in mid-August. Please DO NOT REMOVE *.epnet.com from the existing proxy configuration files. (Source: EBSCO)

For more information:

How will the new EBSCOhost domain changes affect my EZproxy config (configuration) file?

Domain Change Questions Answered (FAQ)

How will the new EBSCOhost domain changes affect my EZproxy config file? (FAQ)

If my institution uses a firewall or filtering software, what are the IPs or domains for EBSCO Publishing services that I should include on my exception list?

August 7, 2006

Standardcatalogs.com (H.W. Wilson)

www.Standardcatalogs.com, a clearinghouse of free tools for collection development, is being offered by H.W. Wilson as a free service for librarians. The site includes "best" lists, editors' picks. Hot topics, periodical lists, best professional books, librarian home pages and blogs, and more. The Editor's Picks feature focuses on notable titles from Wilson's Children's Catalog, Public Library Catalog, Fiction Catalog, Senior High School Library Catalog, and Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog. (Source: H.W. Wilson; edited)

"Check out" option no longer available in NetLibrary 4.0

With the release of 4.0 of NetLibrary, users no longer have the option to "check out" titles. This means that the link to check out a title for a specified period of time was removed from the Details page and the Details tab in the online reader. The view functionality that an overwhelming majority of users select to read eBooks online is still available and functions in exactly the same way it did previously.

The view functionality allows a user to access a copy of a title on a rolling 15 minute basis. If the user continues to be active in reading the title (e.g., turning pages, conducting full-text searches, taking notes, navigating the Table of Contents) they will continue to have access. Once the user becomes inactive, either by not performing any of the functions listed or by ending their session, the copy will become available for another user to access.

If your library has the Adobe Content Server (ACS) license to allow for offline reading of eBooks, your library will still the link to "check out and download." The link to simply "check out" for online reading is what has been removed.

Changing your IPs online

Did your library change IPs? Use the CPERS online IP change form to quickly notify vendors of your IP changes.

Teacher Reference Center, a free resource from EBSCO

Teacher Reference Center, an index of over 260 titles from the most popular teacher and administrator trade journals, periodicals, and books, is now offered free via the EBSCOhost platform. This database provides coverage on key education topics such as Assessment, Continuing Education, Current Pedagogical Research, Curriculum Development, Instructional Media, Language Arts, Literacy Standards, Science & Mathematics, and more. (Source: EBSCO; edited)

Free Web demonstration of NetLibrary 4.0

Join NetLibrary for a live, free Web Session to learn more about this major new site upgrade for NetLibrary. NetLibrary 4.0 will provide you and your end-users with improved search performance, a fresh new look and feel, and powerful navigation tools. This one-hour session will include a live demonstration of NetLibrary 4.0. Additionally, you’ll be able to ask questions during the session.

Sessions are scheduled for Thursday, August 24 at 2:00 PM (Eastern) and Wednesday, August 30 at 4:00 PM (Eastern).

Please register online at OCLC

NetLibrary launches NetLibrary 4.0

On July 31, NetLibrary introduced its new search interface, NetLibrary 4.0, which will provide improved search performance, a new look and feel, and new navigation tools. Key features of the site enhancement include:

  • New site architecture
  • Spell checking
  • Search within search

Check the vendor site for more information