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Archive for the month “July, 2010”

Career Resource Decision

As you’ve probably noticed today, the RSC was a very busy group yesterday.  One of our big decisions concerned the trial of career resources in June.  For the past several years we have subscribed to WOIS, first as a print product and then as an e-resource.  Although we overcame the password distribution hurdle last year, the interface of this product has not improved.  And this year’s renewal cost had increased over last year’s cost. 

Since the economic downturn there are more products available and WOIS faced some competition.  After much discussion the RSC has decided to drop the subscription to WOIS, continue with Job & Career Accelerator, and evaluate career resource products on an annual basis.   The WOIS subscription will end on August 30, 2010.

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NADA Price Guides 2011

The Reference Services Committee has been evaluating the use of NADA guides for the past several years.  Last year several community libraries took the bold step and asked us to drop their NADA subscriptions.  And we’re encouraged by what we’ve learned.  When our customers come into the libraries and ask for a auto price guide, we have handed them the NADA book.  The libraries who don’t have the price guide in print work with the customer and create a more customized search using the online tools.  The customers are very pleased with this service, which is also how we handle that type of question in the Ask a Librarian world.  As we have learned from our customer and non-customer surveys, that interaction means a lot!

Therefore, effective January 1, 2011, we will no longer subscribe to any NADA guide for any community library.  There are so many excellent online resources that are available to consumers at no charge.  The Kelly Blue Book   and NADA links are on our Automotive subject guide in the Databases and Research area of our website.  We will be adding Edmunds to this list in the near future. 

If you have questions, concerns, or just need some clarification, please contact Terry Beck or Christa Werle.

Reference Services Committee Representatives

At yesterday’s RSC meeting we welcomed Kara Fox (OAK) as our newest committee member.  We’re now back up to full speed and have done some shuffling of assignments.  The following is the most current list of branches with RSC representatives:
 
 
Please contact your representative with any replacment requests, requests for new material, or if there are e-resource/reference training needs in your library.

 

 

ARL Rob
BRI Darren
CAM Rob
CLI Kara
COU Kara
DAR Mark
EDM Darren
FRE Kara
GRA Mark
LAK Nate
LNG Kara
LYN Darren
MAR Mark
MIL Nate
MON Nate
MTL Darren
MUK Darren
OAK Kara
SNO Nate
STA Rob
SUL Nate
WHE Terry & Christa

EBSCO A to Z Training

This is one of the three components that we are switching over to on August 1st.  We encourage all reference staff to find a training that works for them and share with those that aren’t able to attend!

A-to-Z courses include:

  • LinkSource and A-to-Z Basics – a 30-minute introductory session
  • A-to-Z: Comprehensive overview – a 60-minute comprehensive overview
  • LinkSource with A-to-Z: Comprehensive overview – a 90-minute session for customers with both LinkSource and A-to-Z

To register, simply visit http://training.ebsco.com and select the course, date, and time you wish to attend.

Please contact Christa Werle (x7160) with questions.

NoveList Updates

The latest NoveList software release is due in a few weeks. During the transition, NoveList, NoveList Plus, NoveList K-8, and NoveList K-8 Plus will be temporarily unavailable. The new release will include, but is not limited to, the following updates:

  • New interface design for NoveList, NoveList Plus, NoveList K-8, and NoveList K-8 Plus
  • More intuitive searching
  • Quick and easy access to reading recommendations for every title and every series
  • New author pages with recommendations for similar authors
  • Addition of Appeal Factors
  • Two new pages for professionals:
    • Teaching with Books for adults working with young readers
    • RA ToolBox for Readers’ Advisory training and support materials
  • New page in K-8 and K-8 Plus dedicated to helping parents find books for their children

A beta site for the new version is available now and can be accessed from the homepages of NoveList and NoveList Plus.

Free Online Training and Training Support Materials Available

Free online training conducted by the NoveList librarians is available at the EBSCO training site. To see available dates and times, select New NoveList Training from the Course Name drop-down box.

Please contact Christa Werle (x7160) with any questions.

New look for MedlinePlus

There’s a new design for our favorite health information site.  For all the latest, plus links to the new MedlinePlus homepage, see:

http://nnlm.gov/pnr/dragonfly/2010/07/14/medlineplus-new-look/

ValueLine Investment Survey Available Online to Sno-Isle Libraries Customers

The ValueLine Investment Survey is now available online to both our library and remote users.

The Value Line Investment Survey serves as a comprehensive, multifaceted investment management solution used by both individual and professional investors to conduct basic research, formulate sound investment strategies, identify timely opportunities and make smart investment decisions.

Each subscription provides three sections updated weekly, more frequently online, and a range of services and features that is prismatic in scope: richly detailed financial data, objective analysis, proven price and market predictions, powerful analytic tools, insightful commentary, and more.

The nucleus of the Value Line research system is an in-depth, regularly updated database spanning approximately 1,700 of the most actively traded U.S. exchange-listed stocks, drawn from over 90 industry sectors and representing about 95% of total U.S. stock market capitalization. Further, each company in this broad universe is continuously evaluated by Value Line for expected 6-12 month price performance relative to the others, and assigned an exclusive Timeliness™ ranking.

These vast financial data and price forecasts are just part of the synergistic combination of tools and resources available within The Value Line Investment Survey:

Ratings and Reports: Each week, a selection of full-page stock reports with updated analysis on approximately 130 stocks in a handful of industries, presented on a rotating basis such that all of the Value Line 1,700 companies are covered each 13-week quarter. Each page pinpoints current and historic financial data, detailed financial results, 3-5 year price and earnings projections, charts, rankings, forward-looking, objective analyst commentaries, and more.

Summary & Index: An excellent, wide-angle overview of the Value Line  universe covering summary information on all stocks in the Investment Survey, plus statistics and screens; the ability to drill down to a select group of stocks based on pre-set screens – with user-defined screens; and, a look ahead at Value Line’s “Hypothesized Economic Environment.

Selection & Opinion: Current economic and market statistics and forecasts, examinations of various “story stocks,” Standard and user-defined (online) model portfolios, and lively news and commentary on markets and economies, including political and social impacts.

The latest weekly issue of the Value Line Investment Survey is posted to our web site at 8:00 AM Eastern time on Mondays.

ProQuest’s Open Web Article Linking is Live

A new ProQuest initiative researches article-level links to popular periodicals published on the open web, simplifying existing access to full-text articles at no charge to library patrons. The company has just launched the feature by uncovering links to current and back files of TIME magazine with links to content from other magazines coming later this year. These links from ProQuest’s abstracts and indexes will go directly to the publisher’s articles on their own open websites while the A&I will be searched on the ProQuest platform along with other ProQuest content.

The new ProQuest feature will capture fresh and archived content, with TIME articles available from as early as 1986. Open Web Article Linking search results will be integrated along with other ProQuest results, including a full record with a “link to full-text” icon. The link will take the user to subscribed content, if available on ProQuest or on e-journal, and to the article on the open web, if not. A new window will open to the specific article, providing the publisher’s own full-text display while still keeping the original search results separately available. Further, the full bibliographic record will be available and downloadable into RefWorks and other citation tools.

Leveraging its editorial expertise and authoritative indexing, ProQuest has built its own links and technology to align with and support publishers’ open web strategies. Publishers will benefit from increased traffic to their websites and exposure to their content.

Source: ProQuest (http://newsbreaks.infotoday.com/Digest/ProQuests-Open-Web-Article-Linking-is-Live-68224.asp)

ProQuest Maintenance This Weekend

ProQuest will be offline for Sno-Isle Libraries for 8 hours this weekend, Saturday, July 10, 2010, at 7pm to Sunday, July 11, 2010 at 3am.

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