Thursday, January 27, 2005

New Product Announcement-->RILM, RISM, RIPM, Index to Printed Music, Music Catalog

By adding new products and moving one old product, we now have all these music databases on a single platform.

RILM: abstracts of music literature (this was formerly on OCLC)

Provides broad international coverage of Western and Eastern classical, pop, folk, and jazz music, as well as interdisciplinary studies on music, including records in over 202 languages from 3,700 journals. Includes over 271,900 abstracts and citations drawn from articles, books, conference proceedings, bibliographies, catalogues, dissertations, festschriften, iconographies, critical commentaries to complete works, ethnographic recordings, videos, reviews and more. Coverage includes 1967 to the present.

RISM: International Inventory of Music Resources after 1600

...comprehensively document the world's musical sources of manuscripts of printed music, works on music theory and libretti stored in libraries, archives, monasteries, schools and private collections

RIPM: Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals

Provides access to eighteenth-, nineteenth- and twentieth-century periodical literature dealing with music

Music Catalog: US Library of Congress 1960-

The Library of Congress Music catalog provides access to over 377,885+ annotated bibliographic records including records from the 1960s, unpublished in print or microfiche, plus the fully cataloged contributions of other libraries selected by the Library of Congress and the Music Library Association. Dates of coverage include 1960 to present

Index to printed music

The Index to Printed Music: Collections & Series combines the Index Database, the Bibliography Database and the Names Database into the only electronic title for finding individual pieces of music printed in standard scholarly editions. Because it indexes each individual piece in a collection, it provides superior access for scholars, performers, teachers, and other researchers. Music for specific performing forces is easily retrievable, thus offering detailed repertory for performers, conductors, and directors of ensembles

New Product Announcement--->Communication Abstracts

Communication Abstracts

Not the old stinky one from OCLC that was just a online version of the journal. This is a true database, with complex searching, marking, saving and other functions. Yippee!!

Communication Abstracts, edited by Tom Gordon at Temple University and published by SAGE Publications, is a comprehensive source of information about communication-related publications on a world-wide scale. Communication Abstracts covers communication-related articles, reports, papers, and books from a variety of publishers, research institutions, and information sources. Dates of coverage include 1977 to current.

Connotea - Social Bookmarking for Scientists--Tool for collaborative undergraduate work?

About Connotea

"Connotea is a place to keep links to the articles you read and the websites you use, and a place to find them again. It is also a place where you can discover new articles and websites through sharing your links with other users. By saving your links and references to Connotea they are instantly on the web, which means that they are available to you from any computer and that you can point your friends and colleagues to them. In Connotea, every user's bookmarks are visible both to visitors and to every other user, and different users' libraries are linked together through the use of common tags or common bookmarks.

Connotea was created by Nature Publishing Group's New Technology team. The ideas behind it come from, a general collaborative bookmarking service. Connotea takes this concept and adds some features to tailor it to the needs of scientists. CiteULike is a similar online academic bookmark management service based on, developed independently to Connotea. We're in close contact with CiteULike to ensure that our two systems work well together. "

-from STLQ

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

The library I love--article on the London Library

The library I love

Best quote:
"...In the Reading Room there are special shelves on which members may leave piles of books, marked with their names, to which they will be returning in a day or two. A member once reported noticing on a slip of paper marking a pile of books the handwritten words: "Kingsley Martin. Do not remove." At that point, Kingsley Martin had been dead for two years..."

Now that's service!

Monday, January 24, 2005

Ebrary Title Lists

Complete Academic Collection
List is of 21,000 titles is broken into broad subject areas

Society of Manufacturing Engineers Collection

Collections is planning to buy both collections this Winter. For more information on Ebrary go to

Extensive Bibliography on Security matters in Africa


-from DocuTicker

Information Research: new TOC

Link to TOC

Of particular note is keynote by Carol C. Kuhlithau.

Friday, January 21, 2005

Gemini Observatory: source of astronomical images

Gemini Observatory

You can get some great walllpapers here as well as more serious images.

-from ResourceShelf

Thursday, January 20, 2005

New Product Announcement-->First Consult

First Consult

Lots of fun to be had in looking up diseases you have, or think you have, or you think other people have. Also check out your doctor and see if he/she is giving you "adequate" treatment. Oh the possibilities for mayhem are endless.

* Differential Diagnoses Files for rapid evaluation of presenting signs and symptoms, with interactive access to lists of over 1,500 potential diagnoses sorted by age and prevalence in primary care

* FIRSTConsult's Medical Conditions database presents consistently organized, regularly updated information on patient evaluation, diagnosis and treatment, tests, prevention and much more: each Medical Condition File is organized into 7 sections (Summary, Background, Diagnosis, Treatment, Outcomes, Prevention, Resources) and then into 55 topic headings, thereby providing access to over 20,000 disease-specific topics in total

* Procedure Files provide systematic guidance, in the form of text and video, on over 30 surgical and diagnostic procedures commonly performed in the office setting

* Reference Centers offer practical advice on topics that are not disease-specific, such as Bioterrorism, Pregnancy and Contraception

* Patient Education Files written in both English and Spanish

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Changes to JSTOR

Dear JSTOR Participant,

For the past several months JSTOR has been developing a new search engine in order to improve the usability of JSTOR searching. We are now happy to announce the initial release of JSTOR’s new search engine and search interfaces. The primary goals of this first release are to improve the speed of a search and to introduce the ability to search all disciplines at once without having to select each discipline individually.

Highlights of some of the other new features you will notice when using JSTOR:

Basic Search

* By default, JSTOR’s new Basic Search allows searchers to search all content in the archive (articles, reviews, etc.)
* The Boolean operators AND, OR and NOT are available. Words are “anded” together by default.
* Phrase searching is available by enclosing terms in quotes (e.g., “punctuated equilibrium”)
* Field searching may be accomplished by using field operators (e.g., ti:"two-person cooperative games" au:nash).

Advanced and Expert Search options, which allow users to limit their searches by field, content type, discipline and journal title, and date range, are also available.

To learn more about JSTOR’s search functionality, please visit:

We continue to work on our search engine, and plan to release additional features and enhancements. We encourage you to send us feedback regarding any additional functionality and improvements you would like to see.

Thank you for your continued support and suggestions.


Kristen Garlock

Friday, January 14, 2005

New Book List

Listing by Subject
You can send this link out when you want to provide access to the complete new titles list.

Complete Excel File

You can sort this one by fund or call number, and copy and paste parts into email or word documents

New Issue of Charleston Advisor: Critical Reviews of Web Products

Articles and Reviews on

Digital National Security Archive
International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosphy

Web Report--->Asia's Tsunami: the impact

Asia's tsunami: the impact

Source: Economist Intelligence Unit
Asia's tsunami: the impact
A new 28 page report from the EIU. It's available free. "Asia's tsunami: the impact" assesses the political and economic implications of one of the worst natural disasters in decades."

-from Resourceticker

Thursday, January 13, 2005

New Product Announcement--->Psycbooks


We are currently investigating the availability of MARC for these titles.

PsycBOOKS contains full text in Portable Document Format (PDF) of scholarly book titles published by the American Psychological Association (APA). The initial offering includes about 500 titles, including approximately 50 classic books in psychology dating from the early 19th century, and the exclusive electronic release of the APA/Oxford University Press Encyclopedia of Psychology with over 1,500 authored entries. PsycBOOKS will be updated with 10-15 new electronic releases, including at least 5 classic books, on a monthly basis.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Notes on instrastructure

Here are some links to notes on different intrastructure projects (projects that aim to create tools users can employ to customize their information spaces)

Bibliographic Data Management Software for Every Student:Embedding a Researcher's Tool in the CMS

Lorcan Dempsey's weblog: Stitching services into user environments - intrastructure
"....The Google Scholar discussions have underlined the emerging importance of the desktop (or, rather, the browser) as a venue of integration. The discussion of toolbars, FireFox extensions, bookmarklets and RSS feeds highlights the growing availability of desktop tools for interaction and integration. We could call these 'intrastructure'<*>. They tie together data and applications in flexible and simple ways. They operate 'close to the surface' of the web information space, typically use web protocols and want to 'keep it simple'. Intrastructure is in the interstices of larger infrastructural pieces, feeling its way like a vine into places it can flourish."

Gigablast Custom Topic Search
"...Now you can create your own topic specific search engine in minutes. Gigablast's revolutionary, new technology allows you to create a list of up to 200 web sites (or subsites) and a search box that searches just those sites. Even get back the search results in XML so you can customize their apperance. Give your visitors a unique search experience, completely free of charge. For instance, if you have a site about horses, why not create a horse-specific search engine? Gigablast is committed to bringing you new and useful internet tools..."

Powerpoint on component based development of instrastructure
Tres technical, however, what I got out of it was that there are promising developments in creation of standards and platforms for developing instrastrucure.
-from LorcanDempsey weblog

xrefer expands holdings

"BOSTON, MA, and London, UK, January 10, 2005 - xrefer, provider of online reference services to libraries worldwide, announced today that four leading reference publishers will contribute key titles to its xreferplus Ready-Reference service.

The company, which now has over 45 publishing partners, will incorporate reference works from
H.W. Wilson,
-from ResourceShelf

Monday, January 10, 2005

Article calling on the National Library to start mass digitization - National Web library do-able, affordable, visionary

"...The library, which would be fully accessible online, would contain a digitally scanned copy of every book, government report, and legal decision ever published in Canada.

A national digital library would provide unparalleled access to Canadian content in English and French along with aboriginal and heritage languages such as Yiddish and Ukrainian. The library would serve as a focal point for the Internet in Canada, providing an invaluable resource to the education system and ensuring that access to knowledge is available to everyone, regardless of economic status or geographic location..."
-from resourceshelf

New Product Announcement--->Communication and Mass Media Complete

Communication and Mass Media Complete

Remember to let Gilbert know if you want this added to a subject section of the Article Index List.

This database originated with the acquisition and subsequent merging of two popular databases in the fields of communication and mass media studies -- CommSearch (formerly produced by the National Communication Association (NCA)), and Mass Media Articles Index (formerly produced by Pennsylvania State University). CommSearch.

EBSCO has combined the extensive coverage of these two resources, and has greatly expanded upon them (both in terms of content and scope) to create CMMC. In addition, Communication & Mass Media Complete offers full text for over 200 titles and contains citation coverage for additional sources. In total, several hundred valuable sources are covered. To further develop and enhance this database, EBSCO has established two working groups of expert advisors represented by leading librarians, bibliographers, professionals, and other experts in relevant subject areas. Indeed, Communication & Mass Media Complete provides an invaluable resource for students, researchers, and educators interested in any and all aspects of communication and mass media