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Archive for the month “April, 2010”

5/27 Free Gale Webinars

Gale Virtual Reference Library (K12/Public)

Discover how Gale Virtual Reference Library allows your library to create its own eBook collection – giving access to reference materials that had previously been available only in the library.

May 27, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center

This dynamic online resource of current event topics gives you the facts, as well as the proponent’s and detractor’s arguments. You’ll learn how to locate position papers on a variety of controversial issues; retrieve and save desired content; generate citations; take quizzes for classroom use; and more.

May 27, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sign up for a free Webinar today. To view our entire calendar of training Webinars, please visit:

http://www.gale.com/producttraining

Scheduling and CE Application arrangements should be made by branches.  Please contact Christa Werle (x7160) if you have any questions.

Mango Languages Goes Live on 5/3!

Be one of the first to tell our customers about the new language learning product:

http://www.sno-isle.org/?ID=5085

If you would like to attend a webinar on the product, please feel free to do so as your schedule allows:

http://www.mangolanguages.com/main/libraries/webinars

In addition to the foreign languages listed below, language courses are available for ESL speakers in a variety of native languages.

Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Dari, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Pashto, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese.

NoveList Interface Changes Coming This Summer

Please read the text of an email I received today.  As more information & links become available, I will share them here.

Dear NoveList Customer,

We know it can sometimes be challenging to adapt to a new version of a trusted resource after a major user interface change. To help, we’ve taken several measures to ensure that you’re ready to transition by the time the new version of NoveList is released this summer. There are three ways to explore the new version before the official release:

  1. Play in the Beta version. In the center of the homepage of your version of NoveList, you’ll find a link to the Beta version of our forthcoming release. By clicking on the preview link, you’ll have access to all of the exciting new features coming this summer, along with the entire NoveList database to try. While you can practice using appeal factors in your Readers’ Advisory work and using NoveList to find title, series, and author recommendations, you won’t be able to use your NoveList folders, set your personalization, or use your catalog link in the Beta.
  2. Check out the NoveList Support Center (http://support.ebsco.com/novelist). Here, you will find everything you need to know about the new version and its release, including a timeline, screenshots, and information on reading recommendations and the addition of appeal factors like writing style and pace. We’ll be adding training and promotional materials along with additional information up until the release date.
  3. Sign up for a webinar. We will begin offering webinars on the new version of NoveList to walk you through the new interface and demonstrate the new features. We’ve designed these sessions to make sure you don’t miss anything. We’ll begin offering two 45-minute sessions each week beginning Tuesday, May 4th at 10:00 am EDT (GMT – 4:00). To view the complete list of dates and times, visit the EBSCO Training Site (http://www2.ebsco.com/en-us/app/training/Pages/TrainingForm.aspx) and sign up today!

Mango Languages to Join SIL Electronic Resources

After a thorough trial of four different language learning products, our staff has chosen Mango Languages by a strong majority.  Thank you to everyone who participated!

We are shooting for 5/1 as a start date, though it may be Monday, 5/3 before the product is online for you and our customers.  Please watch our website for news and promotional ads.  In the meantime, you can find more information at the Mango site:

http://www.mangolanguages.com/main/learn

New Features Added to Morningstar Investment Research Center

We recently added new content and tools to the Morningstar Investment Research Center. Some of the enhancements showcase areas that Morningstar has recently moved into, including credit ratings and index and market analysis. Other enhancements, including our new Calculators and Compare tools, were added in response to requests from clients.

Here are some of the highlights:

We’ve added several new tools, all of which are accessible from our home page: Most Similar Funds, Fund Compare, and ETF Valuation Quickrank.

We’ve launched a new Markets section. The Markets section includes all of the information and data that previously appeared in our Industries area and also includes these new features: Most Active Stocks, Style Returns, and U.S. Treasury Yields.

We’ve expanded our Portfolio area. You’ll still find our Portfolio X-Ray tool here, but you’ll also find new Retirement and College Savings Calculators featured in this area.

Over the next few months we will highlight some of the new tools and features in depth in Library Notes. This month, we’ll talk more about our new Markets area in the Training Corner.

<excerpt from 4/13/2010 Morningstar Library Notes newsletter>

We will post the “highlights” to this blog for Sno-Isle Libraries staff and forward the newsletters to our Reference Contacts.  Any questions?  Please contact Christa Werle (x7160).

Update on Language Learning Product Trials

I was originally shooting for a decision by 4/1/2010.  We are now looking at making a decision mid-April and hoping to provide access to a language learning product by 5/1/2010.  All of our choices have been pre-approved and tested with IT, so implementation challenges should be minimal.

My apologies for this delay.  We really want everyone to have an opportunity to comment before the final decision is made by the Reference Services Committee.  And, of course, this takes time.  We appreciate you and our customers’ patience!

CultureGrams & WorldConflicts Updates

Just in time for spring! We recently added World Edition reports (get a trial to use links) for two of the coldest places on earth—Greenland and Antarctica. Did you know that the world’s lowest known temperature was recorded at the Vostok Research Center in Antarctica? (-128.6°F (-89°C) in 1983!)

We’ve also added five new Kids Edition reports—Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, Myanmar, and Venezuela.

Stop by the Myanmar report to learn more about freedom fighter Aung San Suu Kyi and her struggle to bring democracy to Myanmar. Or check out the Czech Republic report to read about the famous Czech glass blowers.

All ten World Conflicts Today reports (login) have undergone their major annual overhaul. Not only have the Recent Events and Timeline sections been brought up to date with the latest happenings, but every other section (Overview, History sections, Implications, Obstacles, etc.) has been revised to reflect the latest thinking on each conflict. Slideshows, which provide a visually rich overview of the history of each conflict, have also been updated, and dozens of new photographs have been added throughout the site.

Additionally, easy-to-spot links now appear for customers who subscribe to both World Conflicts Today and CultureGrams. These links take users from a conflict to its relevant CultureGrams reports and vice versa while making each product more visible on the other’s landing page. World Conflicts Today and CultureGrams have always complemented each other—now making the connection between the products is even easier.

How much do you know about the Middle East?
Test your knowledge with these tidbits from CultureGrams:

  1. True or false: Arabic (the language spoken in much of the Middle East) is written from right to left, instead of from left to right as in English.
  2. The ancient city of Petra, carved out of solid stone, is located in this country.
  3. What is the official language of Iran?
  4. Which country’s name means “Land of the Pure”?
  5. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon (one of the seven wonders of the ancient world) were located in which present-day country?
  6. Which country is made up of a peninsula that juts north into the Arabian Gulf?
  7. The United Arab Emirates was officially declared a nation in which year?
  8. Which Israeli city is considered holy by Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike?
  9. Only 45 percent of which country’s population has citizenship from the country?

10.  Muslims are required to make a pilgrimage (called a hajj) to which Saudi Arabian city at least once in their lives?

Answers: 1) True. 2) Jordan. 3) Persian, or Farsi. 4) Pakistan. 5) Iraq. 6) Qatar. 7) 1971. 8) Jerusalem. 9) Kuwait. 10) Makkah, or Mecca.

EBSCOhost New Features

Enhanced PDF Viewer:

EBSCOhost features a special viewer designed to streamline the browsing of an entire issue, or all available volumes and issues, from one screen. There are also several helpful features to enable users to easily navigate and manage open PDFs, including:

  • TOC column with instant access to citations with title, author and subject detail
  • Hyperlinked access to full text issue contents, by article or chapter titles
  • A convenient list of hyperlinked thumbnails to illustrations
  • Expand/collapse arrow to control open PDF view

To view a short demonstration of this new feature, click here. (Or, if your email is set on Plain Text and negates the link, copy and paste this URL into your browser: http://www.ebscohost.com/special/movies/pdfViewer/ThePDFViewerInEBSCOhost.htm)

Three Additional User Interface Languages

We have added Dutch, Romanian and Slovenian to the existing, substantial list of languages into which users can instantly translate the user interface screens in EBSCOhost, (enabled by the library administrator).

Subjects on Result List Items

Due to customer feedback, individual records within the EBSCOhost Result List now display subject headings for all applicable databases and libraries.  Please comment here or contact Christa Werle (x7160) if you would like this feature enabled on our subscription.

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