The relatively new Oxford Academic platform is experiencing some “instability.” Oxford is aware of and working on the problem. Below is one problem scenario. If you encounter this or any other problem, please report it to firstname.lastname@example.org, including the journal title and issue.
We subscribe to the journal African Affairs. This morning, if I click on the current issue, I see the shopping cart icon next to all the article titles, which normally would indicate we do not have access:However, if I click on the article link, I see the full text of the article. If I then navigate to the journal page and choose the same issue, I see the unlocked green padlock next to all the articles, which indicates we do indeed have access. Oxford has asked libraries to report these problems, with as much information about the journal, issue, article, etc., as possible. If you encounter this or any other problem with Oxford journals or any of our other library resources, please let us know by emailing email@example.com
The Vermont Department of Libraries now provides access to the Vermont Online Library (VOL) to anyone accessing the internet from an IP address located in Vermont.
The VOL includes resources for school-age children, career explorers, automobile repair and maintenance from and much more from the Gale-Cengage family of resources. The Department of Libraries has taken on this expense so that public and academic libraries throughout the state can provide rich online resources to all of their patrons.
(Note that anyone traveling outside of Vermont who is not associated with an academic institution needs to arrange access to these resources, if possible, with their public library. These resources are incorporated into Middlebury’s library holdings; Middlebury students, faculty, and staff can access these from outside of Vermont by authentication through a link on a library website such as a search in Summon or through the library homepage.)
Virtually all ProQuest resources will be unavailable from 10 pm Saturday, January 28th until 6 am Sunday January 29th (Eastern time zone). Some of the Middlebury resources that will be impacted are listed below. We apologize for the inconvenience.
- ProQuest platform (search.proquest.com) (includes many full-text journals and newspapers)
- ProQuest Congressional (congressional.proquest.com)
- Chadwyck-Healey US databases (includes Early English Books Online)
- eLibro (Spanish language e-books)
- ProQuest Digital Microfilm
- Books In Print
- Book-cover illustrations in Summon and Midcat listings
Through video, a whitepaper, and a visualization tool, JSTOR Labs asks
Can we improve the digital experience and value of the long-form scholarly argument?
(The whitepaper is open for comments and suggestions until January 31, 2017.)
A number of library content providers have made significant changes to their platforms in the last several weeks, or they will early in 2017. Listed are some of the major ones, and where you can find out more.
There are probably others; this post may be updated in the near future. If you encounter any problems, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or your liaison.
Students, faculty, and staff at Middlebury now have access to over 140,000 e-books on the EBSCO e-book platform.
Ranging from history, religion, and the sciences to poetry, languages, and the arts, these books are available from on-campus or off-campus to multiple simultaneous users.
Over the next few days, these books will become discoverable in Summon, and can be found in Midcat in a few weeks. Let us know what you think – contact your liaison or email@example.com
Through mid-August, our Middlebury and Monterey campuses have trial access to this database from Al-Manhal, the only provider of full-text searchable databases of scholarly and scientific publications from the Arab and Islamic world. Al-Manhal’s over 13,000 e-books and 300 peer-reviewed journals can be searched through the user-friendly platform linked above. The full-text content is also fully indexed in Summon. (Allow a few days after this post for all Al-Manhal content to be find-able in Summon by Middlebury and MIIS users.)
Let us know what you think – email firstname.lastname@example.org or your liaison.