Author Archives: Brenda Ellis

New Library Databases and Resources

This spring/summer the library added a number of new resources or expanded coverage of existing resources.  See the New & Trial Resources guide for full descriptions. For example:

Summon (our new search tool)
Ebook Library (EBL)
More online journals / periodicals (Elsevier, Sage, Nature, Economist, Times of India, PAO, JSTOR)
Britannica Global Reference Center
Oxford Handbooks Online
Naxos Music Library
Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics
American County Histories
Archives Unbound (digitized primary source documents)
Scopus (similar to Web of Science)
Gartner Research (Technology research)
UlrichsWeb Global Serial Directory
And more!

Friday links – 1 July 2011

What are QR codes? (think bar codes on steroids).  How might they be used in libraries? (with implications for the wider LIS).  See this powerpoint from a conference presentation that was shared on our VT academic libraries listserv.

In Vermont’s remote Northeast Kingdom an aging Belgian draft horse named Fred is part of a team racing to bring broadband Internet access to all corners of the state by 2013. Read more here.

Vermont Library Conference Report

I attended this one day conference on May 24th. Some of the sessions may be of interest for those of you outside the Ref & Instruction Work group.  My full notes are available online (no login required).  The topics in my report  include:

  • Health & Wellness Resources (mainly free online resources recommended by a UVM medical librarian)
  • Borrow or buy? The convergence of Interlibrary Loan and Collection Development
  • Use is King: User-Centered Acquisitions (background on past practices and details of UVM’s “Order on demand” program).

I tried to spell out some of the acronyms/jargon for the wider LIS audience, but if something isn’t clear, just ask me or post a comment.

Database Trials: Music and Periodicals Databases

The Library currently has access to Naxos, DRAM, and UlrichsWeb on a trial basis:

Naxos Music Library (trial access through 4/29/11)
Comprehensive collection of classical music which offers the complete Naxos, Marco Polo and Da Capo catalogues as well as Jazz and World music, educational products and a growing range of historical recordings featuring the biggest performers in the history of classical music.

DRAM (trial access through 4/22/11)
Scholarly music resource which includes CD quality audio, liner notes and essays from Composers Recordings Inc./CRI, New World, and other labels, focused on contemporary American and international art music.

Ulrich’s Web (trial access through 3/30/11)
“Information on more than 300,000 periodicals (also called serials) of all types: academic and scholarly journals, e-journals, peer-reviewed titles, popular magazines, newspapers, newsletters, and more.”

Access for these databases is available from the New & Trial Databases page (go/trials).

Creating wiki urls tip

If the url starts with https, the wiki puts a lock icon next to it because its a secure site. We don’t actually need to use the s when linking to anything in the LIS wiki. You simply use http and it will redirect to https. That gets rid of the lock, which gives one the impression its a restricted source when it is not. In addition, you can paste in the title (instead of the URL) of the destination page.