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May 20, 2011

Weekly eBooks on EBSCOhost (formerly NetLibrary) Update #6 - Media Center and Download Manager

from EBSCO:

This week's update concerns the NetLibrary Media Center and Download Manager, both of which will remain available to users until the final transition from NetLibrary to EBSCOhost is completed in July 2011. At that time, the Media Center and NetLibrary Download Manager will be retired and a new, enhanced version of the Download Manager will become available.

Knowing how important it is that all users be made aware of these changes, we will send a message to Media Center users that will contain the information posted on this page. Access to the page will also be provided from the NetLibrary web site, to further ensure that all active users will have the chance to learn about these important changes in advance of the transition.

This is a one-time communication to users, important because they will need to save their personal account content (notes on eBooks, lists of eBooks/Audiobooks, and any information on holds they may have placed on eBooks/Audiobooks) somewhere safe, before the transition takes place. After the transition to EBSCOhost, users will be able to set up their own My EBSCOhost accounts for saving and managing their eBooks and Audiobooks.

If you missed a previous Weekly eBooks Update, check these archives:

Have a question? Check out the NetLibrary Support Center on EBSCO's Support Site, or drop us a line with your question using the EBSCO Online Support Form.

In-Person Britannica Training - June 9th

In-Person Britannica Training
Minitex is pleased to offer training on the ELM suite of Britannica resources. Darcy McCanless, of Britannica, will be presenting three separate sessions on Thursday, June 9, 2011, at the University of Minnesota's Wilson Library, Room S30C. Register for one, two, or all three sessions!

Britannica Online Academic Edition
Join us to learn new ways to get students started on their projects using Britannica Online Academic Edition. During this 2-hour, hands-on training session, participants will have their questions answered and learn about Britannica Online's special features, including:
- Research tools to compare countries using demographic and economic statistics, including built-in graphing and charting tools.
- The Workspace storage tool for students and faculty to collect their own research materials for future use.
- Resources for every subject including History, Geography, Art, Humanities, Business, Science, and Technology.
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
To register click here.

Britannica Online Public Library Edition

Join us to learn ways to help both children and adults find answers to their questions and get started on projects, using the new Britannica Online Public Library Edition. Bring your questions and our Expert Britannica Trainer will be glad to answer them during this 2 hour presentation. Participants will learn about special features including:
- "Kids" section with reference and educational materials for elementary and middle school students.
- The World Data Analyst for patrons to study and compare different statistics from countries all over the world.
- The Workspace storage tool for patrons to collect their own research materials for future use.
- Resources for every subject including History, Geography, Art, Humanities, Business, Science, and Technology.
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
To register click here.

Britannica Online School Edition
Join us to learn new ways to do research projects with students using Britannica Online School Edition and to get ideas for integrating technology into your classroom! Bring your questions and we will be glad to answer them during this 1.5 hour presentation. Elementary, middle/junior high, and high schools will learn about special features including:
- The Workspace storage tool for students to collect their own research materials for future use.
- Classroom curriculum resources for American History, World Studies, Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, and all levels of Language Arts and Math.
- Expanded video and media content, including a video download feature.
- Learning Zone feature for PreK-2nd grade students
- Integration of Minnesota Academic Standards
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
To register click here.

May 13, 2011

Weekly eBooks on EBSCOhost (formerly NetLibrary) Update #5 - Library Catalog Links to eBooks

from EBSCO:

This week's eBook Update is about your library catalog links (that came from NetLibrary MARC records) to eBooks. With the July cutover to eBooks on EBSCOhost, those links will be automatically redirected to the EBSCOhost domain, indefinitely.

This means that the links will continue to work without you having to make any changes to them whatsoever.

If you missed a previous Weekly eBooks Update, check these archives:

Have a question? Check out the NetLibrary Support Center on EBSCO's Support Site, or drop us a line with your question using the EBSCO Online Support Form.

May 11, 2011

EBSCOhost Mobile and New iPhone App

from EBSCO:

EBSCOhost Mobile is an excellent way to encourage your users to make the most of your online resources from EBSCO. If you haven't recently promoted it, here is an FAQ with instructions on how to facilitate its use, which includes a link to the most popular FAQs on the topic:

How do I create an EBSCOhost Mobile profile in EBSCOadmin?
http://support.ebsco.com/knowledge_base/detail.php?id=4671

Exciting News! The new iPhone app is now available!

EBSCO's new app is free, and offers the convenience and rich functionality that enables users to:

  • Choose which databases to search
  • Limit results to full text or peer reviewed
  • Sort by relevance or date
  • Retrieve full text results in HTML and/or PDF formats
  • Save results for offline access at a later date
  • Email results to self or others
  • View cover flow display of results

To get started, simply click on the EBSCOhost iPhone/iPod Touch Application link at the bottom of the EBSCOhost screen and follow the instructions.

Learn more about EBSCOhost Mobile and the new iPhone app here: http://www.ebscohost.com/academic/mobile-access.

Please visit EBSCO's Support Site to find a wide variety of support information on this and all of EBSCO's products, search among thousands of FAQs, download Flash tutorials, Help Sheets or User Guides, or communicate with Technical Support at any time, using the EBSCO Online Support Form.

May 6, 2011

Weekly eBooks on EBSCOhost (formerly NetLibrary) Update #4 - Logos and Branding

from EBSCO:

This week's eBook Update is about the use of your logo and/or library name on your eBooks interface. These settings will not carry over once eBooks on EBSCOhost is finalized in July. However, we do have a versatile and flexible alternative for you, available in the Branding section of EBSCOadmin.

For example, using the EBSCOadmin Branding option, administrators can add library logos, customize the library's name on the user interface screens, add text to the bottom of most screens, and employ HTML graphics. For more information about the Branding feature, please see this Branding FAQ.

If you missed a previous Weekly eBooks Update, check these archives:

Note: For those who prefer to receive all updates in a single message, we will send a summary of every Weekly eBooks Update, as soon all of the individual components have been communicated.

Have a question? Check out the NetLibrary Support Center on EBSCO's Support Site, or drop us a line with your question using the EBSCO Online Support Form.

May 2, 2011

Weekly eBooks on EBSCOhost (formerly NetLibrary) Update #3 - Personalization

from EBSCO:

Note: Due to system maintenance, the preview of eBooks on EBSCOhost will be unavailable from 7am through 11am, Eastern Time, on Tuesday, May 3, 2011.

This week's tip concerns personalization in EBSCOhost, also known as the My EBSCOhost folder.

Please note: Your NetLibrary folder will be replaced by this free, versatile folder option as soon as the transition from NetLibrary to eBooks on EBSCOhost is complete. This means that items saved prior to the transition will not be saved. The My EBSCOhost folder will provide users with a wide variety of personalization options, such as the ability to save:

  • Downloaded books
  • Check out books
  • Holds
  • Notes
  • Articles
  • Images
  • Journal Alerts
  • Saved Searches
  • and more!

To learn more about My EBSCOhost, download the help sheet here: http://support.ebscohost.com/knowledge_base/detail.php?id=3968.

To learn more about eBooks and the My EBSCOhost Folder, see the EBSCOhost Preview Site User Guide: http://support.ebscohost.com/knowledge_base/detail.php?id=5358

If you missed a previous Weekly eBooks Update, check these archives:

Weekly eBooks Update #1 -Statistics - 4/15/11

Weekly eBooks Update #2 - EZ Proxy - 4/22/11

Have a question? Check out the NetLibrary Support Center on EBSCO's Support Site, or drop us a line with your question using the EBSCO Online Support Form.