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Pending print subscription cancellations

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Between September 2012 and June 2014,  Lisa McLaughlin, our über Collections Associate, tallied uses of all of our print journals. That is, Lisa counted magazines dutifully left by readers who followed the directions on our “Please-Do-Not-Reshelve-Your-Magazines” signs in the Current Periodicals section of the Davis Family Library.

191 of the titles we currently subscribe to were reshelved only one time or not at all during that 22-month period.

We are proposing canceling the Libraries’ subscriptions to these 191 print titles, but before we do, we would like to hear from you.

This spreadsheet includes the journals we think we should cancel. If you have used any of these, and reshelved them yourself (so they weren’t counted), or for any reason, you think the Libraries should continue one or more of these subscriptions, please send me an email by the end of August.

*The fine print:

  • We currently have online access to many of these titles through databases such as LexisNexis or ProQuest. Unfortunately, the title lists of these databases can change at any time and we cannot guarantee long-term access.
  • For titles with the comment “no online access post-subscription” (21 titles), this means that if we cancel the print subscription, we lose all access to publisher-hosted online content – the print remains our only access to content that we paid for.
  • Funds currently spent on these little-used or unused print subscriptions can be re-directed to gain access to more relevant library resources.
  • As faculty identify titles that we should continue subscribing to, the spreadsheet will be updated in green with the note “to be retained”.

NExpress downtime Monday, August 18th

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On Monday, August 18th from 11 am – 3 pm, NExpress will be unavailable for requesting while our vendor upgrades a server. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Possible NExpress service disruption

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Our vendor will be doing maintenance on the software that runs NExpress on Saturday, August 2nd from 11 pm to midnight. There may be a disruption of service, so you may have to wait until after midnight to request that book you need. Apologies for any inconvenience.

System Maintenance Update

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During our regular Sunday morning system maintenance today the swap between primary and backup NAS clusters was successful. The filesystems for Middfiles, Crux, and Augusta are all available for use. One side-effect of the cluster swap is some computers may need to be rebooted to see Middfiles or the home directory.

If you cannot see your home directory or Middfiles, or get prompted for a username and password when trying to, please reboot your computer. That should resolve the issue and force the computer to successfully recognize that the primary and backup clusters have swapped roles.

We appreciate your patience as we strive to keep our systems functioning optimally.

 

Google Scholar Metrics for Journal Rankings Updated

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Scholar Metrics provide an easy way for authors to quickly gauge the visibility and influence of recent articles in scholarly publications.” On June 26th, Google released the 2014 version of Scholar Metrics. “This release is based on citations from all articles that were indexed in Google Scholar as of mid-June 2013 and covers articles published in 2009–2013.”  More info on Google Scholar BlogBe sure to click on the categories and sub-categories on the left menu to drill down by discipline.

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You can also get journal citation metrics from Scopus (library subscription database of scholarly articles).

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Click on Browse Sources to see a list by subject (some categories are very broad) – you can rank by SJR or SNIP, but only within each letter of the alphabet.  You can also click on Analyze Journals and get metrics for a specific journal and compare with up to 10 journals you select.  See a brief demo hereMore tutorials are available on Scopus.

Bibliographic Essay: Online Educational Videos

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The August 2013 issue of Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries (Midd subscribes) had a bibliographic essay is entitled: “Teaching and Learning with Online Educational Videos: A Subject List of Web Resources for Educators.”  It describes both general sources for a variety of subjects (such as open course ware sites, lecture sites, etc.) available on YouTube and elsewhere and also provides a subject listing.  Resources range from popular sites to more academic.

WorldAPP/Key Survey Performance Issues [updated 7/15/14]

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We would like to share the messages received from our Key Survey vendor, WorldAPP, concerning current performance issues:

From: Customer Care [mailto:customercare@worldapp.com]
Sent: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 3:34 PM
Subject: WorldAPP Performance Notification Update

We are following up to provide you with an update on the progress of the investigation of the recent WorldAPP Platform performance issue.

Our technical teams have applied a number of enhancements to the data collection module within the platform to address this issue. WorldAPP will continue daily maintenance work on the platform for the next week.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the recent performance issue. We realize the important role our services play in your business, and we take that responsibility very seriously.

For additional information surrounding this issue we encourage you to visit our WorldAPP Community message board. Please do not hesitate to contact WorldAPP Support via live chat, phone: 781-849-8118 ext. 1 or email: support@worldapp.com, if you have any further questions or require additional assistance.

We thank you for your patience and understanding.

Best Regards,

WorldAPP Customer Care
customercare@worldapp.com

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From: Customer Care [mailto:customercare@worldapp.com]
Sent: Monday, July 14, 2014 1:46 PM
Subject: WorldAPP Performance Notification

This message is to inform you that we are currently experiencing intermittent performance issues inside the platform.Though the application is available, and we have identified the issue, there may be temporary interruptions in service as we work to test and implement enhancements. We will be posting live updates inside the WorldAPP Community forum to keep you up to speed on our progress.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience you may experience as this technical difficulty is being resolved.

We will follow up with you within the next 24 hours with a detailed report of the cause and actions taken to address the performance issues.

Your patience is greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,
WorldAPP Customer Care
customercare@worldapp.com