Monday, August 31, 2009
If you minimize the Buddy List instead of closing it, Pidgin WILL NOT POP UP A MESSAGE WINDOW in front of your other work when a question is asked, it will only subtly flash at you from the Windows Taskbar at the bottom of the screen. So, this is one instance where you should click the Red X, unless you're OK with the subtle flash.
Sorry to yell, but I want to make sure everyone realizes this. I don't yell very often, so I hope you'll forgive me in this instance.
Ref1 should log in to firstname.lastname@example.org/Home
Ref2 should log in to email@example.com/Home
One of the two can log in to the other accounts (Hotmail, Gmail, and AIM). To me, it seems easiest to do this at Ref2, since that's the machine where we are used to answering IM and since these three accounts are in the list directly above mtsulib2. In reality, it doesn't matter.
Also, there's nothing that says both accounts need to be activated. It will, however, help to do so when the desk is busy.
When librarians are logged in to both libraryh3lp accounts, each will receive a popup when a question is asked (provided Pidgin hasn't switched to idle status). The conversation will belong to the librarian who answers first. The librarian who didn't answer first will see a note that the other account answered the question, and the IM patron will appear to be offline.
Amy and Kristen are happy to answer questions or give demos.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27 7:30am-5pm
Friday, August 28 7:30am-6pm
Saturday, August 29 9am-5pm
Sunday, August 30 1pm-5pm
Monday - Thursday, August 31 - September 3 7:30am-7pm
Friday, September 4 7:30am-5pm
Saturday, September 5 10am-2pm
IMR has one medium-sized presentation practice room with TeamSpot, which lets a group connect five laptops to one projector and share files. There are two small rooms that hold two people tightly and one person semi-comfortably, each with a computer, large desktop monitor and DVD/VCR player. The three rooms are together billed as Team Tech Rooms. Right now they are first-come-first-served, but a student reservation system may be available soon.
For pre-service education students, the Instructional Technology Support Center provides Pre-Professional Skills (PPST) /Praxis I study materials. Students can register on the ITSC Web site.
One last thing: Business Cards with IMR hours and phone number are available at the Walker Library reference desk. Feel free to hand one to a student who may need it.
Do you know something else about IMR resources or services that the rest of us might not know? If so, please chime in.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
For now I've put the carts against the pillar. If we don't think this works well we can find another option.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
If a patron calls about this, just tell them to follow the browser prompts to accept the certificate.
The new CCH interface is also having security certificate problems of its own, patrons may have to accept the security certificate twice when they are using CCH (for the time being).
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
What should we call it and where should it go? Mayo already suggested replacing ASP on the Find Articles and Research Gateway pages. Should this replace all instances of ASP in the 'Find Articles in Other Databases' category on subject guides, much like we have with Omnifile and General Onefile? Any other suggestions?
Finally, is it too close to the start of the semester to make this change?
You may recall that when I first announced the planned enhancements to LexisNexis Academic I promised that if we could not release them before the beginning of the fall semester that we would wait until winter break. I am now, unfortunately, in the position of having to honor that commitment. We have run into a delay related to the redirect that is needed to move subscribers onto the enhanced LN Academic interface. The earliest date that we could put in the redirect is August 29, and that this date is not guaranteed. This timing would already be too late for many of you who begin your semester before August 29, and it leaves no room whatsoever for correcting any problems. Because of the timing and the level of risk involved, we have decided that the most prudent course of action is to delay the full release of the improved interface until late December. We will, however, release the improved interface on September 1 as a fully functional Beta.
The most important things for you to know are:
- The improved interface will be available as a fully functional Beta release to all users beginning on September 1 at a new URL
- We will post the URL for the Beta site on the listserv and the wiki.
- If you wish, you can switch to the new release at any time by updating your URLs, or you can wait until the December release. The new URLs will continue to work after the full release. Subscribers who switch to the new URLs early will not have to take any further action and will not be affected by the full release in December.
- Many subscribers will find it impractical to switch to the new version because
of the work involved in updating all URLs related to LexisNexis Academic. If you have embedded URLs to specific sources in your catalog or online resources system, or have developed instructional materials using durable URLs to specific search forms, sources, or documents we recommend that you wait for the December release. If you wait for the December release, you will not have to make any changes to your URLs.
- No action at all is required for subscribers who wait for the full release in December. At this time, the URLs for the current interface will redirected to the new version. This includes durable URLs for specific search forms, sources, or documents. Subscribers who choose to wait for the full release may wish to promote the URL for the Beta as an advance look at the updated interface.
- After the December release, both the new URLs and the old URLs will be supported indefinitely.
Please contact me with your questions and concerns either on the list or directly. I am disappointed that the improvements we have made will not roll into production for the fall semester, but when I try to imagine the roll out from the point of view of the librarians and instructors who support LexisNexis Academic users, I know that that it is better to wait and make these changes smoothly and gracefully during a semester break.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
It has been added to Databases A-Z, Current Issues, Country Studies, and Newspapers.
If you can think of any other subject guides to add it to, please let me or the page author know.
Facts on file : weekly world news digest with cumulative index
There have been no changes to the heavily used Value Line Investment Survey at this time.
Friday, August 7, 2009
This change has been expected for a while, but of course then appeared with no warning.
I have set up a generic user password for use only in demonstrating the database at the reference desk. Users should register to use the database.
The password is in the reference binder with the other passwords.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Would you like me to do this? The resource titles would be as listed below:
Web of Science - Science Citation Index
Web of Science - Social Sciences Citation Index
Editing the base resource for subscription resources may cascade unwanted changes to subject guides on which it appears. Additionally, since authors cannot make changes to others’ subject guides, needed changes may not cascade to pages on which the resource appears, or to the Database Details page.
Please only make changes to the instance on the subject guides that you author. See image:
An easy way to determine if a resource is a subscription resource is if it includes a proxy prefix in the URL. See image:
If you are making a change to the base resource for a non-subscription resource that occurs on several pages,
1) Search for the resource:
2) Do a Drilldown:
3) And contact the author of each page to which the change will cascade. (Kristen, please correct me if I'm wrong about this)
If you would like to suggest a change to the base resource of a subscription electronic resource, please e-mail or call Mary Ellen.