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Archive for the month “December, 2009”

That pesky Blue Book

Once again branches are receiving an unsolicited copy of the Blue Book:  Building and Construction, Pacific Northwest Edition.  In 2007 the Reference Services Committee decided that we would no longer catalog this publication.  We suggested at that time that this be included in the telephone directory area of your library.  And you’re welcome to keep a copy in your office, if you have need of such information on a daily basis.

Please do not send these to Service Center!


January Gale Webinar Trainings

Please take some time in January to explore one of the following Gale resources that we subscribe to.  Note that a training for our newest resource, Grzimeks Animals Online is available!

Arrangements can be coordinated locally with your supervisor

History Resource Center

Learn how to navigate the new History Resource Center interface and explore new product enhancements — including how to review the general content within the database, construct and employ different search strategies, examine navigational and search features, and how to differentiate between basic, person, subject, chronological and advanced search options.

Jan. 20, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (EST)

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center

The premier full-text resource covering today’s hottest social issues, Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center covers everything from Terrorism to Global Warming, Stem Cell Research to Gun Control in one, cross-searchable platform. Learn how it allows you to quickly and easily find relevant search results across Gale eproducts in one seamless search!

Jan. 22, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (EST)

Biography Resource Center

Find out how to search, locate, retrieve and save magazine, newspaper and reference articles of biographical research.

Jan. 21, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (EST)

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale’s eBook platform provides your users with unlimited 24/7 access to thousands of electronic reference titles — eBooks — in virtually any subject area.

Jan. 12, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (EST)

Grzimek’s Animal Life

The first completely revised and updated version of this classic reference is now available online! This comprehensive collection offers hundreds of new, signed articles from international contributors, as well as thousands of up-to-date illustrations and maps.

Jan. 27, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (EST)

Fuel Economy Guide 2010

Community libraries are receiving copies of this new guide, published by the US Dept. of Energy.  Please treat it as a pamphlet.  Do not send it in for cataloging.

Grzimek’s Animals Online Now Available


If you have any questions.  Please contact Christa Werle.

WA State Death and Birth Data

Dear Libraries,

WA State birth and death data sets which you may have received on CD are no longer considered a publication. As such, please return all WA State birth and death data to me at the address below. These data may be listed under vital registration system annual statistical files CDs. Please return all supporting documentation. If users of your library want to access our birth and death data tables, they can find them on the web at . If you receive any requests for the datasets, please direct them to me. My contact details are below. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Cheers, Wendy

Wendy Shultis, PhD
Epidemiologist and Manager
Data Quality and Statistical Services
Center for Health Statistics
Washington State Department of Health
PO Box 47814, Olympia, WA 98504 | 360 236 4321

Job & Career Accelerator Trial

We have three trial accounts to evaluate Job & Career Accelerator. Please let Christa Werle know if you are unable to access this trial product.

Getting Started with Job & Career Accelerator:

In order to experience all that Job & Career Accelerator has to offer, we encourage you to follow the recommended path provided within the application. After logging in using one of the trial accounts below, click on the ‘Get Started’ tab and use the ‘Next’ buttons at the bottom of each page to guide you through completing each step including the Personal Profile and Occupation Matcher. Once you have completed the Occupation Matcher, you will see your recommended occupations where you can: view and save occupation profile cards; learn more about each occupation; view available jobs; create resumes and cover letters; and track your job application progress.

You can also move around within Job & Career Accelerator using the navigation bars and return at any time to where you left off. Your work is always saved as you progress.

As you complete different sections, you can also monitor your progress in the My Accelerator dashboard as well as access all of your saved work by clicking on the My Accelerator tab in the top navigation.

Trial Login Instructions:

To access the trial site, CLICK HERE

Enter the user name and password corresponding to one of the trial accounts listed below in the “Returning User” login screen.

Trial Account 1:

User Name: JCA36025

Password:  gethired

Trial Account 2:

User Name: JCA77848

Password:  gethired

Trial Account 3:

User Name: JCA57875

Password:  gethired

BusinessDecision 2.0 Release Plans

The following is the schedule of availability as we migrate to BusinessDecision 2.0.

PLEASE NOTE: due to the migration BusinessDecision will not be available 12/31/09 through 1/3/10.

  • Access to the legacy version of BusinessDecision (what you are currently using) will end on 12/30/09.
  • Access to BusinessDecision 2.0 will begin on 1/4/2010.
  • The transition to BusinessDecision 2.0 will be completely seamless for you. You will not need to change anything on your website. Your current link to BusinessDecision will automatically direct end-users to BusinessDecision 2.0.
  • The first time end-users log on, they will be prompted to reconfirm their account by using their e-mail address as their username, and to create a new password.
  • We are working on migrating all projects created between July 2009 and December 2009.
  • Thematic maps will not be available on 1/4/2010. CIVICTechnologies is dependent upon delivery of code from ESRI to enable us to make thematic maps available to our end-users.  Once we receive the necessary code from ESRI we will provide a delivery date for thematic maps.
  • ESRI has informed us that thematic maps will require the use of Microsoft’s Silverlight. Therefore, Silverlight will eventually need to be installed on library computers using BusinessDecision 2.0. Silverlight can be downloaded free of charge from
  • Geographic coverage is likely to be set to National coverage for a few weeks for all BusinessDecision customers to avoid potential problems during migration. Once the migration is complete in mid- to late-January we will reset your unique geographic coverage (if you have National coverage it will just remain that way).

BusinessDecision 2.0 Training

Training will be held at 8:00 a.m. Pacific and 1:00 p.m. Pacific every day during the week of January 4. Registration for training is required. Click here to register for one of the training sessions.

We at CIVICTechnologies wish you and everyone one at your library a very happy holiday season and we look forward to sharing the new features and capabilities of BusinessDecision with you and your patrons in the New Year. We will have a list of all the new features available when you log on January 4, 2010.

Copyright questions–revisited

Sometimes figuring out copyright questions is a difficult process.  Check out the Copyright Advisory Network.  There are some very nifty tools on the right side of the page.

And remember–it’s never ok to copyright the entire work unless you are certain that it’s out of copyright.  This includes sheet music.

November Top GVRL Titles

Here are the top ten GVRL titles from November:

Encyclopaedia Judaica  2nd ed. 22v 2007
Favorite Knots for the Sports Enthusiast  2008
VideoHound’s Golden Movie Retriever  2010 ed. 2009
The College Blue Book  36th ed. 6v 2009
West’s Encyclopedia of American Law  2nd ed. 13v 2005
Manufacturing &  Distribution USA: Industry Analyses Statistics and Leading Companies 5th ed. 3v 2009
Science and Its Times: Understanding the Social Significance of Scientific Discovery 8v 2001
Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy  2v 2009
Scholarships Fellowships and Loans 26th ed.  26th ed. 2v 2009
The Gale Encyclopedia of Senior Health: A Guide for Seniors and Their Caregivers 5v 2009

ProQuest Downtime 12/5

ProQuest® will be performing infrastructure maintenance on December 5, 2009. A four (4) hour maintenance window will be required for this maintenance. The window will take place from Saturday, December 5, 2009, at 7:00 -11:00 PM.

As part of our ongoing commitment to investing in support systems for our customers around the world, ProQuest will be performing infrastructure maintenance for our state-of-the-art data center.

The following products will be unavailable during these windows:

  • ProQuest platform products, ProQuest Historical Newspapers (traditional and graphical K12 interface), American Periodicals Series
  • Genealogy and local history products including Ancestry Library Edition, HeritageQuest Online, Historic Map Works Library Edition, ProQuest Obituaries and Digital Sanborn Maps
  • K-12 products

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