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February 16, 2011

Planned downtime for OCLC services on February 27 to upgrade network storage

On Sunday, February 27 there will be a scheduled service downtime for a number of OCLC services from 1:00 am until at least 6:00 am and, at most, 11:00 am (U.S. Eastern Time). We apologize for any inconvenience this causes. We need to take the following services off-line in order to upgrade the storage systems and capacity for all OCLC services. During this time, the following services will be unavailable:

  • ArchiveGrid
  • Connexion
  • Cover art display in WorldCat.org and WorldCat Local
  • Digital Archive
  • FirstSearch
  • FTP services
  • OCLC Usage Statistics
  • WebDewey
  • WorldCat Collection Analysis
  • WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway
  • WorldCat Identities
  • WorldCat Resource Sharing
  • WorldCat Selection
  • xISSN and xISBN
In addition, on Sunday February 20 from 2:00 am until 4:00 am (U.S. Eastern Time), systems and storage testing will be run on WorldCat Local, WorldCat Navigator Group Catalog, OCLC Web-scale Management Services, WorldCat.org, WorldCat knowledge base and CONTENTdm. There is a slight chance that these services will be unavailable during some or all of this testing period. The test is being run in order to make sure that these user-facing services will not be affected by the downtime on February 27. Both of these events are part of ongoing upgrades that OCLC undertakes in order to improve services for all member libraries. Again, we apologize for the disruption. We are working to minimize outages in the future, and upgrades such as this will help us provide better, more robust service going forward. If you have any questions about these events, please don't hesitate to contact Customer Service at 1-800-848-5800 (toll-free, U.S.) or +1-614-793-8682, or send an e-mail to operators@oclc.org.

February 15, 2011

Gale PowerSearch Enhancements Coming Soon

from Gale:

In March 2011, enhancements will be made to Gale PowerSearch, allowing for a faster, easier way to search millions of entries and multiple online resources with just one query, including:

  • Search Assist: InfoTrac products will have a learning, intuitive autocomplete feature allowing users to find the exact subject, keyword or publication for which they're looking from a single search box, saving time and providing search functionality similar to what they experience with other Web products
  • Related Subjects: Results lists will display, by default, all relevant, related subjects and articles to help users find the information they seek faster and more efficiently
  • Enhanced Publication and Subject Search: Additional features and limiters will be added to our publication and subject search pages along with Search Assist
  • Language Customizability: The user interface will now support three additional languages: Chinese, Japanese and Korean
  • New Titles: Gale is committed to growing our periodical products at no cost to you. New content is added to our InfoTrac products daily. Last year alone, more than 1,500 new titles were added -- including more than 1.6 million articles

Gale PowerSearch will continue to support existing features such as Read-Speaker audio technology, eBook cross-search, sharing tools, language translation and more.

Explore these enhanced new features now.