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June 25, 2009

Gale PowerSearch 2.0 To Be Implemented for All Customers in July 2009

from Gale:

Gale PowerSearch 2.0 Now Available
Since its launch in 2002, the Gale PowerSearch platform has offered comprehensive access to authoritative reference, periodical and primary source information. Gale has incorporated new enhancements, creating Gale PowerSearch 2.0, a platform providing even greater ease and giving more power to the user.

Gale PowerSearch 2.0 simplifies browsing through Gale's more than 20,000 publications, providing the ability to search across more than 150 million documents.

Improvements include:

  • Web 2.0 sharing tools including Del.icio.us, MySpace, Reddit, Digg, Facebook, Newsvine, Twitter and others to connect users with their community, allowing them to push interesting articles out to the Web to share with others
  • ReadSpeaker (text-to-speech technology), allowing users to have all articles available from within the platform read aloud to them. All articles are fully downloadable in MP3 file format and can be played on an iPod or other audio devices
  • Addition of "named user" functionality, allowing researchers to create custom profiles, name and save any search and modify RSS feeds on the product's homepage, thus facilitating ongoing research and supporting user's interests
  • Search results that incorporate portals of context sensitive multimedia (images, video and podcasts)
  • On demand translation of documents into 11 different languages, helping institutions support a global community of users

Current Gale customers can enable Gale PowerSearch 2.0 now by contacting Gale Technical Support at 1-800-877-4253, option 4. Gale PowerSearch 2.0 will be implemented for all customers in July 2009. Click on the "Find Out More" link on the Gale PowerSearch Web site www.gale.cengage.com/powersearch/.

June 3, 2009

New ELM Databases Announced

From the announcement:

On behalf of Minnesota’s State Library Services, Online Dakota Information Network (ODIN), the North Dakota State Library, South Dakota Library Network (SDLN), the South Dakota State Library, and itself, Minitex is pleased to announce our joint, 3-state participation in licensing the databases and database packages recommended by the Minitex Electronic Information Resources (MEIR) Task Force as a result of the Request for Proposal (RFP) that was issued in 2008-2009. These partners realize the importance of statewide access to a common suite of databases to the libraries and school media centers within and among the three states.

In coordination with Elaine Kelash, Buyer, University of Minnesota Purchasing, Minitex will finalize license agreements with the following vendors for access to the following statewide electronic resources. These resources will be available beginning July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2012.

(* denotes a database added to the suite of eresources for the coming contract period.)

EBSCO databases (Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota)

o Academic Search Premier

o Alt HealthWatch*

o Business Source Premier

o Consumer Health Complete*


o Health Source: Consumer Edition*

o Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition*

o MAS Ultra – School Edition*

o MasterFILE Premier

o Middle Search Plus*

o Points of View Reference Center*

o Primary Search*

o Professional Development Collection*

o Regional Business News

o Science Reference Center*

Gale Group for K-12 electronic resources (Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota)

o Discovering Collection

o Expanded Academic ASAP*

o Educator’s Reference Complete*

o General Science Collection*

o InfoTrac Student Edition

o InfoTrac Junior Edition

o Junior Reference Collection

o Kids InfoBits

o Student Resource Center Gold*

Gale’s Spanish-language database ¡Informe! (Minnesota and North Dakota only) (North Dakota’s funding provided by the North Dakota State Library)

ProQuest for Newsstand Complete, our current package, PLUS two Gannett papers, the St. Cloud Times and the Sioux Falls Argus Leader (Minnesota only)

ProQuest Newsstand Complete, the current package (North Dakota only)

OCLC for the FirstSearch Base Package (Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota) (North Dakota’s funding provided by the North Dakota State Library)

o OCLC WorldCat

o ArchiveGrid*


o OAISter*

o OCLC ArticleFirst*

o OCLC Electronic Collections Online A&I*

o OCLC PapersFirst*

o OCLC ProceedingsFirst*

o Clase/Periodica*


o GPO Monthly Catalog*


o World Almanac/Book of Facts*

o OCLC Electronic Books*

o OCLC WorldCat Dissertations and Theses*

Encyclopaedia Britannica’s General Reference for K-12, public, and academic libraries (Minnesota and North Dakota only) (North Dakota’s funding provided by the North Dakota State Library)

o Britannica Online School Edition*

o Britannica Online Public Library Edition*

o Britannica Online Academic Edition*

These databases/resources were available at the RFP Trials website during February - April. Access will begin July 1, 2009.

Additional information will follow over the next few weeks as we work with the vendors to set up links and so on. We understand the work and time these changes may take to implement in your libraries and schools and will provide needed information as quickly as possible.

The Minitex CPERS staff, Rita Baladad, Tim Peters, and Anne Hatinen, and the vendors' sales teams will work closely with you as some of you transition between vendor products. If you are a current subscriber to any of these resources, they will work with you to prorate your subscriptions and credit your accounts. Similarly, the Minitex Reference Services staff, Jennifer Hootman, Matt Lee, Carla Steinberg Pfahl, and Beth Staats, and vendors' staff will work to provide training for you and your colleagues on the resources we license.

On behalf of Minitex and the libraries and school media centers in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, thank you to the MEIR Task Force members and their institutions for participating in the RFP process. Their dedication and commitment to the process and their expertise in writing and evaluating the RFP responses were awesome!


Mary Parker, Associate Director