On August 14th SirsiDynix Institute will host a free webinar discussing implementing Library 2.0 functionality into the library website.  Register for the webinar here…

New features available now:
My EBSCOhost Supports Multiple Folders:  (http://support.epnet.com/support_news/detail.php?id=371&t=r&return=true)

Miscellaneous Enhancements, e.g., Autocomplete Upgrade, Customizable Ask-A-Librarian Link to a Specified URL:  (http://support.epnet.com/support_news/detail.php?id=368&t=r&return=true).

Note in the enhancement above I have activated links to the “Contact Us” page under a link in the upper left corner of all EBSCOhost databases (USU-Library-Help).  However, I have NOT implemented the autocomplete feature.  It seems like some people really like autocomplete functionality and others absolutely hate it.  If you feel strongly one way or the other let me know and I’ll reconsider.

We have purchased ongoing, perpetual access to Ward’s Business Directory of U.S. Public and Private Companies.  In years past, we would buy print volumes of Ward’s every few years and content was always a bit behind.  Now, with the addition of this online resource, we can access the most recent version of Ward’s–a key resource for locating information on privately owned companies.

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

OED Web Tutorial

July 5, 2007

A zipped PowerPoint presentation detailing search functionality of the OED interface.  It is available at: http://dictionary.oed.com/services/tutorial.html.

With year end close, we’ve put together a rush of last minute orders.  I’ll be publicizing these more formally next week when I have all the URLs, but just so you know, we will be getting access to Ward’s Directory; the International Directory of Company History (85 volumes online); 10 new Gale Encyclopedias; and 63 Sage reference titles.  More information to come!

ABC-CLIO has announced that it has transferred ownership of the Historical Abstracts database and America: History and Life database to EBSCO.  Good news for those of you who, like myself, don’t think much of the existing interface.  EBSCO anticipates making the content available through their interface by January 2008.  Access through the ABC-CLIO interface will be available through June 2008.  I will keep everyone apprised of changes to our links when they occur.

Readex announces the development of Crossroads: A Community for Students, Teachers and Scholars.  Crossroads will incorporate social bookmarking, tagging, annotation, and online discussion.  The USU community currently has access to several Readex databases: Early American Newspapers, the Shaw-Shoemaker Collection (e-books), and the Evans Digital Collection (e-books). The new tools will be available in late 2007.