Thursday, November 23, 2006

ArtStor adds Native American ledger drawings

Native American “ledger drawings”

This collection consists of high resolution images of approximately 2,000 Plains Indian "ledger drawings." Plains Indian ledger drawings, mostly produced in the middle to late decades of the 19th century, represent an important indigenous artistic tradition of great and increasing interest to art historians and other scholars.

New Refworks Feature

I tried the Ref-Grab it, very cool. You have to drag it onto your toolbar, but once that's done you can grab web pages citations on the fly.

BETHESDA, MD, USA (November, 2006) - RefWorks, the Web-based online research management, writing, and collaboration tool, has released another feature upgrade to the service. We are pleased to announce exciting new enhancements, including the ability to easily capture bibliographic web page data and the continued development of RefShare, a collaboration utility --- making it even more efficient for users and their colleagues to share data.

RefGrab-It, an exciting new feature introduced by RefWorks, allows users to capture web page bibliographic information through a single click! This new feature also searches the web for additional information relating to the web page (based on ISBN numbers, DOIs and PubMed IDs), working behind the scenes to get the most complete bibliographic information for the user. Any information captured through RefGrab-It can also be seamlessly imported into the user's RefWorks account.

"RefGrab-It is already one of my favorite tools," said Jeff Olsen, Associate Vice President for Online Learning and Services and Director of Library and Information Science at St John's University, New York, USA. "It captures the essential pieces of information and makes it easy for me to modify and add information to fields to supplement what is captured, saving much time. I have used reference database software for many years. RefWorks is the most intuitive and least problematic of any software that I have used. Personally, I have found RefWorks invaluable."

Another new RefWorks enhancement within RefShare, a tool for global dissemination and publication of research, now provides users the ability to collaborate more easily than ever before. Custom links can be created to search for specific author names, descriptors or any words in shared folders or databases. Users may now create an RSS Feed from their data, complete with an RSS icon for RefShare that recipients can add to their feed reader.

Additionally, each reference in a shared folder now has a Link to This Page option that automatically creates a reference-specific URL for the user to bookmark or copy and paste. These upgrades are all designed to assist users to collaborate with colleagues around the world with as much ease as possible!

The RefGrab-It feature enhancements are currently available to all RefWorks users. The RefShare enhancements are only available to institutions subscribing to the module. The Web-based nature of the product allows users to access the new benefits without having to re-load software or make any other changes to their RefWorks accounts.

About RefWorks
RefWorks helps researchers be more effective by aiding in the management, organization, collaboration, and dissemination of information. Thousands of researchers in over 750 institutions around the world use RefWorks daily. Founded in 2001 by a team of experts in the field of bibliography database management, RefWorks supports hundreds of online databases and output styles covering a broad range of subject areas. RefWorks collaborates with some of the world's most prestigious online information service providers including CSA, BioOne, EBSCO, Elsevier, HighWire, H.W. Wilson, ISI Web of Science, OCLC, Ovid and ProQuest, to name a few.

Peterson's Gradline to retire

Ovid regularly reviews its products to ensure that we have properly aligned our investment and resources to support and maintain premier content based on customer demand. As part of this process we identify products that are no longer commercially viable.

In our latest review, Peterson's GRADLINE was found to have an insufficient number of subscribers to support its continued publication on SilverPlatter. As a result we have decided to terminate the database on December 31st, 2006.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

New Product Announcement-->Eighteenth Century Journals II

We now have access to Eighteenth Century Journals II.

From the online introduction to this product:

"The purpose of Eighteenth Century Journals II is to make available digitally for the first time unique or extremely rare eighteenth century periodicals. The primary aim of the project is to promote a truly broad representation of the culture of print journalism in the eighteenth century. Therefore, there was no selection of titles on the basis of subject matter or theme; or by whether a title was well- or lesser known, either by contemporary readers or scholars of today. Instead, the periodicals included in this project have been carefully chosen to convey the eclectism and evolution of the publishing world between 1695 and 1812.

Eighteenth Century Journals II is the continuation of a series which began with the microfilm collection Eighteenth Century Journals, which made available rare periodicals from the Hope Collection at the Bodleian Library. There is no duplication of material from this first microfilm collection: rather, the selections made for the second series deliberately complement and contrast with those of the original project.

Eighteenth Century Journals II is based on the holdings of the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas, Austin, which contains one of the finest collections of rare 17th and 18th century British periodicals in the world. The starting point for selection was British Newspapers and Periodicals 1632-1800, a descriptive catalogue of the early periodical holdings at the University of Texas, compiled by Powell Stewart in 1950. The selection process was then widened to include additional titles accessioned after Powell Stewart’s original inventory, and items from the Queen Anne list of serials at the Center.

The titles were then carefully surveyed against Primary Source Media’s microfilm collection Early English Newspapers; Chadwyck-Healey’s Early English Books Online (EEBO); ProQuest's digital collection British Periodicals, and Thomson Gale’s Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO), to ensure that there was no duplication whatsoever of material already included in these projects.

The final 70 titles, consisting of 60 journals from the Powell Stewart catalogue, and 10 from the Queen Anne list of serials, were assessed for suitability for digitisation, based on their physical condition. Conservation was carried out wherever possible on fragile items."

Monday, November 20, 2006

New Product Announcement-->QP Source Professional

We now have access to this long-awaited legal product. The link is Access is via username and password, through an authentication page (hopefully, IP access will be available in the future). Three simultaneous users.

From the QP Source fact sheet:

"QP Source Professional gives you immediate access to the following resources:
• Revised Statutes of Alberta 2000
• Alberta Statutes, consolidated (and unproclaimed)
• Alberta Regulations
• Tables of Private and Public Statutes
• Index of Regulations
• Alberta Gazette (Part I & II) updated twice per month
• Registrar’s Periodical updated twice per month
• Annual Volume 1996 - Present • Spring and Fall Sitting legislation
• Orders-in-Council 1967 - Present
• Alberta Rules of Court and Practice Notes
• Court Calendar
• Annotated FOIP
• FOIP Guidelines & Practices Manual
• Alberta Securities Rules and Forms
• Occupational Health and Safety Code
• Occupational Health and Safety Code Explanation Guide
• Environmental Codes of Practice (with link to Codes of Practice Management Area maps)
• Specified Penalty Listing
• links to Government Telephone Directory, Bills and Amendments, Alberta Hansard, Court Judgments as well as Orders-in-Council
• Links to Legislation Related external sites.
• comprehensive on-line HELP notes and glossary
• RSS links"

Product Upgrade Announcement-->Hospitality and Tourism Complete

We have upgraded our Hospitality and Tourism database to EBSCO Hospitality and Tourism Complete (we got an extremely good price). From the EBSCO database list:

"Hospitality & Tourism Complete covers scholarly research and industry news relating to all areas of hospitality and tourism. This comprehensive database combines the records of three renowned collections: Cornell University’s former Hospitality database, Articles in Hospitality and Tourism (AHT), formerly co-produced by the Universities of Surrey and Oxford Brookes, and the Lodging, Restaurant & Tourism Index (LRTI), formerly produced by Purdue University. Together, this collection contains more than 500,000 records from more than 500 titles, with coverage dating as far back as 1965. In addition, Hospitality & Tourism Complete contains full text for more than 200 publications."

Hospitality and Tourism Complete has been set up as an SFX target, though only to the journal level at present (EBSCO and ExLibris are working on this). Serials Solutions MARC records should appear in the catalogue with the December load (thanks Joyce!).

Saturday, November 18, 2006

International Monetary Fund newsletter

Dear IMF Customer

How do you find the information you need from the International Monetary Fund? Each year, the IMF publishes a wide array of topical and timely content in its books, statistical sets, periodicals, and papers...but it’s up to you to find it. Now we can help you stay up to date on new IMF content.

The IMF is pleased to announce the introduction of its "New & Noteworthy Titles" newsletter, a digest of new publications from the IMF. Each quarter, we will feature important new titles and alert you to updates on regular publications, making it easier to get to the right content. Some of the highlights you’ll find in this issue are:

China and India: Learning From Each Other – This must-read new book draws together analysis and insight from high-level policymakers and advisors in both countries, and shows how, for many years, the two countries have cooperated and learned from each other.

India Goes Global: Its Expanding Role in the World Economy – Is India entering into a “Golden Age” or experiencing a period of rapid but ultimately unsustainable growth? The studies in this book examine in detail what lies behind India’s recent economic rise and considers the steps needed to build on this success over the medium term.

Working Together: Improving Regulatory Cooperation and Information Exchange – Globalization requires enhanced information flows among financial regulators. This book brings together conference papers on information exchange for effective anti-money-laundering/combating the financing of terrorism, standards for cooperation in the insurance sector, and the experiences of regulators from banking, securities, and unified regulatory agencies.

Growth in the Central and Eastern European Countries of the European Union – Focusing on the region’s growth performance, and outlining two growth scenarios that illustrate the range of investment and productivity growth rates, this book draws on extensive resources to identify strengths and weaknesses of these developing economies.

You'll also find the latest updates to the World Economic Outlook, the Annual Report on Exchange Arrangements and Exchange Restrictions, and new works from the IMF-Palgrave book series, such as Bank Restructuring and Resolution and Financial Dollarization. We invite you to browse and purchase our latest titles here.

Beta version of combined Jstor/ArtSTor Search

Dear JSTOR Participant,

JSTOR and ARTstor would like to announce the availability of a prototype which aims to facilitate searching across the archived content in JSTOR and the image content in ARTstor. The JSTOR/ARTstor Search Prototype is available in the JSTOR Sandbox (, an area of the JSTOR website used to showcase possible new features and to gather feedback to help direct future development of JSTOR.

The JSTOR/ARTstor Search Prototype allows JSTOR users to conduct a basic search across three types of content: JSTOR article text, JSTOR image caption text, and ARTstor image metadata. After conducting a search, users are presented with search results separated into three tabs:

  • The "Articles" tab lists JSTOR search results for matches in journal article text.
  • The "Images from Articles" tab shows results of a JSTOR caption search, and includes thumbnails of each article page containing an image with a keyword match in the image caption.*
  • The "ARTstor Images" tab lists results of matches for the keyword or phrase in ARTstor image metadata. The search is performed on the creator, title, and subject terms of the metadata.

Users at sites that participate in both JSTOR and ARTstor will be able to view thumbnails of ARTstor images, and may link directly from JSTOR to content in ARTstor. Users at institutions which are not currently ARTstor participating sites may view ARTstor image metadata in the search results but will not see the image thumbnails.

The main goal of featuring prototypes in the JSTOR Sandbox is to assess their value to JSTOR users. We encourage you to try the prototypes and send us your feedback via the "Comment on this feature" link on any Sandbox page.

ArtStor adds European Art and Architecture

New Addition to the ARTstor Digital Library: European art and architecture from Art Resource, Scala Archives

ARTstor recently announced a collaboration with Art Resource and Scala Archives (Florence, Italy). Through this collaboration, ARTstor will make available approximately 12,000 high quality images of European art and architecture, with a special focus on the archaeology, art and architecture of Italy and on the collections of the major museums of Italy and other European countries.

The first fruits of this collaboration are now available to ARTstor users. They include more than 1,100 high quality images of major works of Italian and other European art.

To convey some sense of the range and depth of this expanding collection, there are already

  • more than 60 new images of or relating to works by Botticelli
  • more than 50 new images of or relating to works by Caravaggio
  • more than 30 new images of or relating to works by Correggio
  • more than 40 new images of or relating to works by Mantegna
  • more than 80 new images of or relating to works by Raphael
  • more than 275 new images of works from the Uffizi Gallery
  • more than 25 new images of works from the Louvre

New Asian Art Content in ArtStor

New Addition to the ARTstor Digital Library! Works from the Color Slide Project, American Council for Southern Asian Art (ACSAA)

ARTstor recently announced an important collaboration with the University of Michigan and the American Council for Southern Asian Art (ACSAA). Through this partnership, ARTstor will make available to ARTstor users the approximately 12,000 images of the ACSAA Color Slide Project, familiar to all teachers of the art and architecture of Southern Asia.

The first fruits of this collaboration are now available to ARTstor users. They include nearly 5,000 images. An additional 7,000 images will be released later this year or in early 2007. To browse these new images, please click on “Image Gallery” on the ARTstor “welcome page” and then select “ACSAA Collection (University of Michigan).” Or simply search the keyword “ACSAA.”

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

New Product Announcement-->Signal Transduction Knowledge Environment (STKE)

We have started a subscription to Signal Transduction Knowledge Environment (STKE), one of the most highly-requested titles via Document Delivery over the past few years.

From the STKE website:
"Signal transduction is the study of how cells control their own and each others' behaviors through chemical signals. Signal transduction research is an intensely active field of biomedical research and is of interest to a broad array of scientists. Science's STKE should be useful to the scientists who specialize in signal transduction, as well as the many scientists who need to follow and apply the current findings of this field even though their primary interest may not be in signal transduction mechanisms themselves."


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