FEMA searchable photo library

Disaster Photo Library – FEMA: “The FEMA on line Photo Library contains more than 16,500 disaster related photographs made since 1989. The collection is composed almost entirely of declared disasters and there are also photographs from FEMA public events which have occurred in Washington, DC. The photographs are of Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Floods, Typhoons, Fires, Avalanches, Ice Storms, Blizzards, World Trade Center and Pentagon Terrorist Attacks, Earthquakes, and the Columbia Space Shuttle Disaster.”

New EBSCO Search Defaults

In the next couple of weeks, EBSCO will be updating our profile settings  to optimize users’ search experiences.  These changes were determined after careful, extensive study of user patterns and consideration for customer feedback, and are designed to streamline EBSCOhost searching, while producing the most relevant results.

For example, the Autocomplete functionality will be defaulted ON in the keyword search mode, to assist users who begin entering terms in the Find field by automatically and logically completing them.

Scheduled for 2010: The Result List will display results in order of Relevance, since so many customers have indicated that they prefer their results to be displayed in this way.  Search will also default to Find All terms instead of the current Boolean/Phrase mode.  That means no more having to put in “AND” or “OR”!!!

NARA Microfilm Rentals

A note from Joe Munson:
FYI, the National Archives and Records Administration has terminated its microfilm rental program. Apparently most of the information available on their rental microfilm is available at Ancestry.com or Footnote.com.
We haven’t borrowed anything from them for a number of years, and in fact we had $346.05 in our deposit account which they have kindly returned to us.

ESC Out of Office until 8/28/09

Christa Werle will be out of the office until Friday 8/28/09.  During her absence, Terry Beck will be assigning our email and chat follow-up questions from QuestionPoint to the appropriate contacts.  If you have any questions about our online reference services or electronic resources during Christa’s absence, please contact Terry Beck at x7016.

LRC & GVRL Interface Enhancements

New interface changes should be noticeable within the next week!

“We recently updated our Literature Resource Center and Gale Virtual Reference Library platforms. The interfaces deliver a variety of new and improved features we think you’ll enjoy, including:

  • Improved subject indexing and faceted searching
  • Printing, e-mailing and exporting ability
  • Text-to-audio feature and article translations
  • Easy and intuitive bookmarking
  • Citation generator with exporting to End Note, ProCite, RefWorks and Reference Manager
  • Cross-search capability”