Free Gale Webinars in June

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Discover how Gale Virtual Reference Library can help drive eBook usage by allowing your library to create your own eBook collection — providing access to reference materials that had previously been available only in the library. You’ll learn how to conduct basic and advanced searches, how to use the document toolbox and how this easy-to-use tool can help users get the most out of eBooks.
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.
Paid time and other scheduling arrangements to be made in the branch.  Please contact Christa Werle  (x7160) with any questions!

Consumer’s Checkbook

For the past several years we’ve had access to the online Consumer’s Checkbook because we had print subscriptions to the magazine.  That’s about to change.  The publisher, like so many other magazine publishers, will no longer offer the online at no additional cost to the library print subscriber. 

We will be looking at this as a total online product.  Here’s a link to the trial:

www.checkbook.org

Username:  psdlibrary

Password:  access

If our IT assessment is successful, this will be live next month.

RINC Update: THE problem is. . .

There’s a small glitch in the link from RINC to CARL.  For some unknown reason, the search that’s created is including the lead article (A or AN or THE).  A Tech Report has been filed.  Until it’s fixed, please edit the request and remove the article and then do the search.  Also edit to add the ISBN once you’ve verified it in another source, and then SAVE.

RSC Meeting: Federated Search

In an effort to improve the federated search of our online periodical and eRef content, the RSC is considering moving from the SerialsSolutions 360 platform to EBSCO’s Integrated Search platform.

From initial review, it looks like we would have greater flexibility with customization of the search and results interfaces with EBSCO’s product.  Results from our EBSCO resources would also return more quickly, improving the speed of the overall searching.  We can also apply the full-text filter prior to conducting the search with Integrated Search, a feature we have wanted for quite some time.

More new coming on this as we learn more about the products.  A decision will be made by July 1st.

RSC Meeting: Electronic Resource Renewals

At $10.71/search in 2009, the Reference Services Committee decided not to renew LitFinder in 2010.  Alternate free resources, including Project Gutenberg, seem to be meeting our needs in this subject area.

We will be renewing our subscriptions to All-Data and the Historical New York Times.

Next up for consideration?  WOIS.  To make an informed decision, we will ask all staff to evaluate/trial three career products mid-June to mid-July.  Based on feedback we will make a renewal/purchasing decision for WOIS, Job & Career Accelerator, and  Gale Career Transitions.

In June we will also be trialling ValueLine Online.  This fall we will need to make the decision to keep our print subscriptions in some branches or subscribe to the online product and provide access to all branches and remote users.