I recently set up the ABC-CLIO databases (America History & Life and Historical Abstracts) to link out directly to the full text of dissertations.  Really pretty:  basically, there’s a heading that says Full Text and a link directly to our dissertation database.  I think people are really going to like it–and hopefully it will reduce confusion about whether Dissertation Abstracts is a journal, etc. etc.  This is great news and bodes really well for the future “linkability” of our A&I databases out to ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (online, fulltext Dissertation Abstracts).

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New ARTstor Content

February 21, 2007

The following collections have been added to the ARTstor collection:
Images from Lichtenstein Foundation and Estate
ARTstor is excited to announce that the first set of images from the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation and Estate have been added to the ARTstor Digital Library.  These images span a range of periods over the artist’s life and include many of his most well known works.  To browse these new ARTstor images, click on “Image Gallery” on the ARTstor “welcome page” and then select “Individual Artists and Estates: Roy Lichtenstein” or simply search the keyword “Lichtenstein.”

Italian Renaissance Painting from the Foto Reali Archive
The Foto Reali Archive, one of the most important photographic archives belonging to the National Gallery of Art Library’s Department of Image Collections, is now available to ARTstor users.  Foto Reali was a Florentine photographic firm that surveyed private art collections as well as dealer inventories in Italy in the early twentieth century, often photographing the paintings in situ.
More:
http://www.artstor.org/info/news/reali_announce.jsp

Medieval French Architecture and American Architecture from the Clarence Ward Archive
The Clarence Ward Archive richly documents Romanesque and Gothic architecture in France and selectively documents American architecture from Colonial times through the early 20th century.  ARTstor has digitized the ca. 4,000 large format nitrate negatives and is now distributing them through the ARTstor Digital Library.
More:
http://www.artstor.org/info/news/ward_announce.jsp

JSTOR Enhancements

February 21, 2007

The following enhancements are scheduled to go live in the next day or so:

Revised Search Forms
In response to ongoing feedback from researchers and librarians, we have modified the JSTOR Advanced Search form. These revisions were previewed on the JSTOR Sandbox from July 2006 to November 2006. Based on usability testing and the feedback received during the preview, the Advanced Search form will now include four new fields for entering and combining full text, author, article title, abstract, and caption field search queries. Many users have told us that the new format allows them to more intuitively structure their searches for optimal results. In addition to these changes to the Advanced Search Form, navigation options and help files for the Basic Search and Article Locator forms have been updated, and the Expert Search form has been removed.

Linking Enhancements
New linking functionality in the JSTOR website is now visible on article view and article information pages. In addition to already-existing links to articles in JSTOR that are referenced within a given article (reference linking), information about other articles in JSTOR that in-turn cite a given article (forward linking) will now be displayed. Also displayed will be links to articles by authors with the same name as the authors of the article. To further aid in resource discovery, we will also provide forward linking via Google Scholar which will enable users to see if an article has been cited by others in articles not necessarily present in JSTOR.

On Saturday, February 24th, it is anticipated that ScienceDirect will be unavailable for approximately 9 hours, starting at 11:00 GMT.  Be aware if you need Elsevier access over the weekend!

The headline says it all!  Keep an eye out for future training opportunities and promotions.  Access early and often here:

 http://library.usu.edu/main/inabs/result2.php?TS=Artstor

Send the link to everyone you know!

We are running a one-month trial of the Synthesis Digital Library of Engineering and Computer Science.  The database, published by Morgan & Claypool, contains brief  “lectures” (50-100 pages) by prominent specialists in the field.

Leave feedback here or email me directly with your opinions.

Access: http://library.usu.edu/main/inabs/result2.php?TS=Synthesis  (please send to other folks on campus who might be interested!)

News Update:

BioMed Central, the world’s largest publisher of peer‑reviewed, open
access, research journals is pleased to announced that presentations
and Podcasts from BioMed Central’s recent colloquium entitled “Open
Access: How Can We Achieve Quality and Quantity?” are now available.

Held on February 8th in London, a range of leading authors,
researchers, funders, librarians and publishers came together at
the colloquium to examine the value of open access publishing.

To listen to podcasts from these and other speakers, visit:
http://www.biomedcentral.com/info/about/oacolloquium/