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April 7, 2009

Trial Access to H.W. Wilson's Graphic Novels Core Collection and Current Issues: Reference Shelf Plus

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

The H.W. Wilson Company is offering Nebraska libraries trial access to the following two databases through April 30, 2009:

  • Current Issues: Reference Shelf Plus presents a carefully-selected database of full-text articles from key publications covering a variety of current social, scientific, health, political, and global issues. The topics are chosen to make up a well-rounded overview, and are then organized by subtopic for easy access. The database features current articles with periodic updates, plus the option for users to do further research with predetermined searches within WilsonWeb or on the Internet.

    Wide-ranging, informative articles are hand-picked to provide thorough research results. Topics are selected to suit the needs of school and university researchers, reflecting timely issues and controversies. Researchers will appreciate the balanced coverage of some 20-30 articles per topic, carefully selected for quality and comprehensiveness by the Wilson editorial staff. Current topics and subtopics are occasionally updated with outstanding new articles, plus users can easily get additional new articles with the preset WilsonWeb or Internet search. Entirely new topics and subtopics will be regularly added to the database.

    Read more about this product.

  • Graphic Novels Core Collection - For collection development, readers’ advisory, curriculum support, and selection and purchasing, the Graphic Novels Core Collection addresses the growing popularity of this literary form. It highlights approximately 2,000 recommended titles with descriptive and evaluative annotations (including review excerpts and awards the title has won), plus cover art. Standards for rating material by age appropriateness are strictly applied, plus all titles are searchable by author, title, subject, genre, and grade level.

    Entries link to additional review excerpts from Wilson’s Book Review Digest Plus database. A very powerful database, particularly when searched simultaneously with other Wilson Core Collections and other databases like Readers’ Guide.

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Trial Dates: April 7, 2009 through April 30, 2009

Trial Access: Trial access instructions were distributed via an April 7, 2009 message to the Trial mailing list. If you didn't receive this information orneed to have it sent to you again, please email Susan Knisely.

Pricing is available upon request.


April 14, 2009

Taylor & Francis Spring Database Trials

Entry Categories: E-Resources  

Taylor & Francis is offering Nebraska libraries trial access to the following three databases through May 24, 2009:

  • ForensicnetBASE - This site covers every aspect of forensics and law enforcement, from criminal justice and forensic investigation to counterterrorism, cyber crime, and money laundering. In appreciation of current concerns, we continue to add cutting-edge research exploring counterterrorism and DNA evidence, as well as recent titles on blood pattern analysis, expert witnesses, and cyber crime. While this library is designed to serve the sophisticated needs of professionals working in the field, it also contains significant introductory material, so as to offer a complete grounding in the principles and fundamentals of traditional and emerging forensics investigation.

  • CRC Handbook of Chemistry & Physics - The Online version of the Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, 89th Edition offers flexibility capabilities and convenient features that make your search
    for data quick and easy! The Online edition features:
    • Interactive tables in spreadsheet format—sort, edit, and merge them to suit your purpose

    • Tables hot-linked to chemical structures

    • Cross-table searching—one search locates everything about a specific topic

    • Powerful data selection tools that allow you to customize the display and export data

    • New and updated references

  • Europa World Plus - Europa World Plus is the online version of the Europa World Year Book and the nine-volume Regional Surveys of the World series. First published in 1926, the year book is renowned as one of the world's leading reference works, covering political and economic information in more than 250 countries and territories, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.

Trial Dates: April 9, 2009 through May 24, 2009

Trial Access Instructions: Trial access instructions were distributed via an April 13, 2009 message to the Trial mailing list. If you did not receive this information or need to have it sent to you again, email Susan Knisely.

Pricing will be provided upon request.


Gates Foundation and OCLC Will Develop Community-Based Awareness Campaign to Increase Support for Libraries

Entry Categories: OCLC News  

DUBLIN, Ohio, USA, 14 April 2009 — Today, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced a $5 million grant to the OCLC library cooperative to develop a public information campaign that will help public library leaders heighten awareness of the needs of local libraries and increase support for the services they provide during these challenging times. OCLC will pilot the campaign in select areas of Georgia and Iowa starting this summer as well as a limited number of other communities which will be selected later this spring. Later in the year, OCLC will make available community awareness campaign materials and other guides to assist library leaders throughout the country in their efforts to strengthen support for local libraries.

The current economic crisis has led to dramatic increases in library visitation across the nation, as people rely on libraries for free computer and Internet access to conduct job searches, access government services, learn new workforce skills, and use other resources they can no longer afford at home.

The tightening economy has also put library funding - 80 percent of which comes from local sources - at risk. Many library systems predict deep state and local funding cuts in 2009, a growing burden for the roughly half of all libraries struggling against declining or flat budgets.

Read the full press release.


April 20, 2009

Cataloging Sound Recordings Workshop Scheduled

Entry Categories: Cataloging   Training  

Compact discs, audiocassettes, Playaway audio books, downloadable audio books, podcasts… How many kinds of sound recordings does your library acquire? Join us for a workshop discussing MARC cataloging of various music and non-music sound recordings.

Audience: Library staff with some knowledge of AACR2, MARC records and cataloging.

Date and Time: June 18th, 2009, 9am - 4pm CT,  Lunch is on your own.

Location: Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, Lincoln

To register: /scripts/calendar/eventshow.asp?ProgID=8997

This workshop is approved for the NLC Cataloging Certificate Program.



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