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Archive for the month “January, 2010”

ProQuest Maintenance Window – January 30, 2010

ProQuest® will be performing infrastructure maintenance on January 30, 2010. A twelve (12) hour maintenance window will be required for this maintenance. The window will take place from Saturday, January 30, 2010, at 7:00 PM to Sunday, January 31, 2010 at 7:00 AM.

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 African American Heritage, Ancestry Library Edition, HeritageQuest Online, Historic Map Works Library Edition, ProQuest Obituaries and Digital Sanborn Maps
  • K-12 products, including eLibrary and SIRS
  • COS products
  • UMI products including ProQuest Digital Microfilm and online dissertation products

Research Tools Changes

Based on feedback from our users over the past year, a few simplifications were made to our Research Tools page this morning.    Please watch an upcoming “What’s On The Web” article for a complete run-down.  Below are a few changes of note:

  • New subject categories include “Books & Literature” & “Local Community Information”.
  • The “A-Z” list of database titles is more prominent.
  • “360 Search” or “Database Search” has been relocated.

A complete design evaluation of our Research Tools is planned for the coming months.  Please comment here on the most recent changes and your wishlist for future functionality & features.  Thank you!

COIN Career Library Freebie Expired

Just a reminder, in case you were wondering where it went…

EBSCO was offering COIN Career Library free to public libraries through December 2009 and we took advantage of that offer but did renew for a fee subscription in 2010.  Links to this product have been removed from our site.

Our subscription to Job & Career Accelerator begins 2/1/10, so look for it next week!

How many people are on the internet?

Ever get that question?  There’s a great blog post about internet use.

More about the EBSCO deal

Library Journal continues to dig into this.  Check out today’s story.

Consumer Reports Update

Last year the Reference Services Committee had to make some difficult choices.  One of the choices was  not to renew print REFERENCE subscriptions to Consumer Reports for 2010.  And the Periodicals Team also opted to reduce the number of circulating print subscriptions to 10 for 2010.  With the information available in both EBSCO MasterFile and the Consumer Reports Online database, we could not continue to duplicate with print copies. 

We’re asking you to make sure that your copies of Consumer Reports are not added to the CONREF location–these are circulating items once the new issue has arrived.

EBSCO Exclusive Content

Interesting buzz going about that may effect the future of all database providers and Sno-Isle subscriptions:

“There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction” ~ Winston Churchill

Standard Disclaimer

If you haven’t already, please add the following standard disclaimer language to the signature of your building’s reference email account (    Any emails to our customers in response to reference questions and resource referrals should probably also include it.  Thank you for adding this bit of consistency to our outgoing correspondence!

“Information provided by the Sno-Isle Libraries does not imply recommendation or endorsement, is not interpreted and should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a (law, engineering, financial, health care, etc.) provider.”

Questions?  Christa Werle or Terry Beck.

Reference Services Committee Representatives

The 2010 Reference Services Committee met yesterday.  Our goals for 2010 include streamlining & improving our electronic resources collection, supporting standards of reference service in all of our libraries, and designing a system-wide reference training event.  If you ever have questions or concerns about your reference collection or services, please contact your representative on this committee:

Rob Branigin  (STA):

  • CAM
  • CLI
  • COU
  • FRE
  • LNG
  • OAK
  • STA

Jennifer Forman (SNO)

  • LAK
  • MON
  • SNO
  • SUL

Mark Barnett (MAR)

  • ARL
  • DAR
  • GRA
  • MAR

Darren Nelson (MUK)

  • BRI
  • EDM
  • LYN
  • MIL
  • MTL
  • MUK

Terry Beck (SRV):

  • WHE

ValueLine Reminder

A few of our branches have asked what happened to the staff-only online access to ValueLine:

Our 2010 subscription is now print only (no choice in the matter from vendor) and does not include an online access for missing issues.

If you are interested in giving up ValueLine in print for ValueLine Online with remote access, please comment here.  Same goes if you are NOT interested.  We’d love to hear all your comments on the matter!

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