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Archive for the month “July, 2013”

Marshall Cavendish Ebooks Discontinued

As we announced earlier this year, the Reference Services Committee has opted not to renew our Marshall Cavendish subscription for the ebook collection.  Usage started low and never increased, so we did not renew.  We will continue to build our Gale Virtual Reference Library collection and we will continue with Credo Reference.  

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August Gale Webinars

Biography in Context

With nearly a million biographical entries spanning centuries and continents, Biography in Context delivers outstanding support for high school curriculum and university coursework alike. Multimedia, multidisciplinary content provides authoritative coverage of notable figures and the societal forces that shaped their lives.

August 15, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (ET)

August 23, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (ET)

 

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Library Journal’s “Best Overall Database” for 2012! See what made Gale Virtual Reference Library the readers’ choice: 9,000+ authoritative eBooks, improved navigation, a colorful new interface, cross-searching ease, and much more.

August 7, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (ET)

August 12, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (ET)

August 23, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (ET)

 

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

From climate change to immigration, find thousands of thought-provoking pro/con arguments in Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Balanced overviews and fact-based opinions from curriculum-focused references combine with multimedia to deliver an engaging way for students to develop critical-thinking skills. Join this webinar to see how you can integrate Opposing Viewpoints in Context into your library or lesson plan.

August 9, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (ET)

August 14, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (ET)

August 27, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (ET)

 

Student Resources in Context

This ever-growing collection of premium cross-curricular content promotes learner engagement while fostering critical-thinking, problem-solving, collaboration and creativity skills. Uncover how this resource removes the risk of unverified sources on the open web while delivering an authoritative, multimedia selection of essential content.

August 7, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (ET)

August 13, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (ET)

August 29, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (ET)

 

 

EBSCO Changes This Summer

EBSCO is releasing several updates and enhancements, including:

  • Improvements to the overall look of the Search, Search Results, and Detailed Record pages within EBSCOhost, providing a more visually appealing interface to end users.
  • The feature previously labeled Alert/Save/Share is now labeled Share.  All of the existing functionality of this feature remains the same. This change is one of several small updates that further optimizes the interface for language translation.

In addition to the above enhancements, Visual Search will be discontinued in all EBSCO databases and interfaces.  This change enables them to focus on additional enhancements and improvements to many of the popular features you rely on in their products.

Changes Ahead for LearningExpress

This fall LearningExpress will launch a new interface–3.0.  Here’s the blurb from their press release:

Upgraded features in LearningExpress Library 3.0 include a sleek new format and user interface that provides easier access to content. Libraries have the option of posting links to the overall library or posting direct links to specific centers—a collection of related resources organized around a theme or classification of user (i.e., a college student, etc.). Users can now search and access tutorials, practice tests, and eBooks before signing in and downloading content into their secure personalized portfolio, “My Center.”

The new test preparation tools enable users to select viewing answers during testing or at the end, after scoring. Practice in untimed or timed modes help students and adults prepare for a wide range of academic and career-oriented exams.

The new tutorial design provides more feedback and guidance, including pre- and post-tutorial assessments and prescribed study plans with links to content for additional learning. Improving basic skills in reading, writing, math, and basic science will be easier than ever with more recommendations for follow-up learning, for further practice and review.

Please note:  when we migrate to 3.0 we will keep 2.0 active for 6 months since our customers may have work-in-progress.  Sometime in mid-2014 LearningExpress will shut down 2.0. 

And Windows 8 tutorials will be included in the new interface.

Can you guess the most popular title in Credo Reference last month?

Who would have guessed?

Time Saver Standards for Architectural Design: Technical Data for Professional Practice

Followed by:
Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology
Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Psychology

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