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November 17, 2008

We'll be at MLA

I, along with Evan Rusch from Minnesota State University - Mankato and Brian Lind from Rochester Public Library, will be presenting on AskMN at MLA this Wednesday from 2:00 - 3:15pm. I'll be talking about the history of AskMN, what it is about, how we've been helping Minnesota residents, some statistics about the service overall, and then hand it over to Evan and Brian to give their perspectives from a public and academic library viewpoint and the service has been received in their institutions and impacts on staff and community. So join us if you can. We plan for this to be more of a panel discussion with lots of questions from the audience.

November 14, 2008

EBSCO Update

From EBSCO's Technical Communications Manager

In response to feedback from our customers, we have added several enhancements to the recently redesigned EBSCOhost interface. Below is a summary of the new features now available:

• A new Image Quick View limiter replaces the Articles With Images limiter

• The Image Quick View limiter includes multiple sort options by image type. Can I limit my EBSCOhost search results to articles that have Image Quick View available? Can I set the Image Quick View limiter to display under Limit your results on the EBSCOhost Result List screen?

• Direct link to the Basic Search Screen from both the Basic and Advanced Search Screens

• Keyword renamed New Search

• Result List mouse over text changed from Refine Search to Search Modes and Limiters

• Entire phrase for cited references on Result List replaces the number of references in parentheses

• Search mode specified on Result List green bar

• Search History View Results anchor positioning improved

• Date Slider Bar with original search date ranges. How do I use the Date Slider feature in EBSCOhost?

• Additional Help link added to Choose Databases Screen

• Publication name and date added to NewsBank results

EBSCOadmin has been updated to provide library administrators with automatic advance notification when the login used to access EBSCOadmin is about to expire.

Visit EBSCO's Support Site (http://support.ebscohost.com) to learn about new features, search among thousands of FAQs, download Flash tutorials, Help Sheets or User Guides, or communicate with Technical Support at any time, using the EBSCO Support Form.

November 13, 2008

Soaring to Excellence 2009 Teleconference

MINITEX is pleased to announce that availability of the Soaring to Excellence 2009 teleconference, "Reversing the Ratchet: Basic Technology Adoption Strategies for Library Workers."

The following streaming video link is available for teleconference. It will be active for approximately 30 days after the broadcast.


Don't miss out on this great professional development and enrichment opportunity!

November 4, 2008

October Issue of Reference Notes Available!

The October issue of MINITEX Reference Notes is up on the web and ready for viewing!  This month’s issue includes information on AskMN—Minnesota's Statewide Cooperative Virtual Reference Service; MEMO Conference 2008: Leading 21st Century Learners; Archived Webinars; Whirlwind Trip in the Southwest; Teaching the Next Generation of Teachers; Farewell, Kristen!


To link to the current or past issues go to http://minitex.umn.edu/publications/refnotes/ .

Don’t miss out on this timely information!