Archive for July, 2011

Gale Databases Getting Updated Functionality

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Gale-Cengage Databases will have new product enhancements within the next week. Users can look forward to new features and functionality that include:

  • Greater discoverability through content type limiters – no more tabs
  • Google-like Search Assistance with Did You Mean? spelling functionality
  • Trending topics, suggested phrases and publication recommendations
  • New sidebar with recommendations and limiters for every search
  • Additional interface language translation options (Korean, Japanese and Simplified Chinese)
  • Read Speaker will read non-English documents
  • Translation of foreign language documents to English
  • More intuitive advanced searching with search assist on the most used indexes
  • And more…

Tutorials are available to walk you through this upgrade. To view short video clips of these enhancements click here or view them as a PowerPoint. Click one of the following links to view online, guided tutorials:

NetLibrary E-Book Platform Migrating to EBSCOhost

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

NetLibrary, one of the Library’s key e-book viewing platforms is retiring and being replaced with eBooks & Audiobooks on EBSCOhost. This new site is now live.

Scroll down or continue reading to find information on key new features, information users should know, links to tutorials and help topics, and to find preview images of the new site.

This new e-book platform will be familiar to regular users of other EBSCOhost products, such as the Library’s large array of EBSCOhost databases. EBSCO boasts an extensive collection of titles. With each search, relevant eBook titles will appear directly alongside databases and other digital content. Users can access the full text of eBooks from their computer. Currently downloading of eBooks to your computer or portable devices is not available.

Key New Features

Browsing by subject, genre, language, & more.

Enhanced viewer for examining documents.

Save notes on eBooks to your personal My EBSCOhost Folder

Easy drop-down list for choosing your checkout duration.

Table of Contents viewing from the Result List and Detail Record.

“Search-within” functionality to find specific terms within an e-book.

Personal folder to view downloaded, checked-out books, including the amount   of time left on active check-outs.

Searching across eBooks and other EBSCOhost content for integrated results.

What Users Should Know:

Backup your personal NetLibrary account information! Existing NetLibrary account preferences, notes, and holds, etc. will not be transferred to the new site. Please make sure to save any of your account information.

In order to access some features of eBooks on EBSCOhost an account is required. You may want to create a My EBSCOhost account. This can be done within any EBSCOhost product or database.*If you have never used EBSCOhost accounts you will need to create a new account. Step-by-step instructions can be found here. If you already have a My EBSCOhost account there is no action required.

Help & Tutorials

 eBooks on EBSCOhost user guide

 Help searching e-books on EBSCOhost

 Searching eBooks on EBSCOhost tutorial

General help topics and FAQs

If you have any questions or need assistance, do not hesitate to contact the Web Services Librarian.

Preview of the new site:

[EBSCO Publishing/EBSCOhost is the registered trademark of EBSCO Publishing]

E-Stat Available Again

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The E-Stat database is now working as normal.

Please contact the OC Web Services Librarian with any problems.

Deakin Newsletter of Children’s Lit: Summer Issue

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Star and Debbie and AndreaWith the release of the summer issue of the Deakin Newsletter of Children’s Literature comes mixed emotions. The Library would like to extend a farewell and big thank you to Dr. Andrea Deakin. Andrea will be retiring after contributing more than five decades of her life to reviewing and supporting children’s literature in Canada.

Andrea Deakin OUC Honorary DoctorateIn memory of Dr. Andrea Deakin’s late husband Dr. Barry Deakin, Andrea created the Dr. Barry Deakin Collection of Children’s Literature. Since the Collection’s inception in 1991 Andrea has grown a small shelf of children’s books to more than 20 bays. Andrea has informed readers and presented her book reviews in the Deakin Newsletter of Children’s Literature since 2004. She has touched individuals worldwide and passed on her wealth of knowledge to readers of all ages. Andrea’s generosity has allowed the College to support courses in children’s literature, ESL, early childhood education, fine arts, ASE, ABE, literacy, and history. Andrea’s donations have included books from across the globe, with the College now boasting the largest collection of Australian children’s fiction titles in all of Canada. The collection is high quality and contains many classic and award-winning titles.

The Deakin Newsletter and the collection will not end here though. The University of Alberta will be assuming responsibility of the Deakin Newsletter. Under the new name of The Deakin Review of Children’s Literature, a new open-access scholarly e-journal will be launched mid-July. Books that are reviewed will be catalogued and included in a special collection at the University of Alberta. Books will be available to researchers upon request.

The Deakin Collection and the Deakin Newsletter will be missed at Okanagan College, but the memory will live on through the extensive and diverse collection of titles now held at our library. To read the original feature article written in May 2004, click here. Back issues of the newsletter are available from the Library’s website. Materials from the Deakin Collection of Children’s Literature are available at the Salmon Arm and Kelowna campus libraries.

And now, onto some highlights of the latest Deakin Newsletter!

Louis the TigerWhat would you do if you awoke one morning to a soaking wet tiger in your garden? That is the premise to Michal Kozlowski’s Louis the Tiger Who Came From the Sea. Youngsters will be intrigued to find out how the family sent the tiger a home. Other beautifully illustrated titles featured in this issue include Red Wagon by Renata Liwska, Merci Mr. Dash by Monica Kulling, Every Single Night by Dominique Demers, and many others.

Kat Incorrigble book imageFor the young reader Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis, is the first in a series that follows Kat, an intelligent 12 year old girl and her family as they are thrown back into society in the year 1803. Kat’s family members have magical powers. When Kat discovers her own magical abilities she must learn how to use them to rescue her family. The next two novels in the series will be something for young readers to look forward to if they are as witty and imaginative as the first.

This season’s newsletter features a number of young adult fiction titles. Fanatics, the new book by William Bell will keep readers on the edge of their seats. The characters are real, interesting, and engaging in this tale that brings the past into the present.

The Second Trial written by Rosemarie Boll covers the serious topic of a family deeply affected by abuse. This realistic portrayal of a torn-apart family sheds light on the help available to women and their families in the same situation.

Scribbling Women, the featured non-fiction book by Martha Jocelyn, is a collection of true stories from eleven astonishing lives. Each character defied tradition and overcame adversity, which provides an entertaining and informative read that many readers will be unable to put down.

As always, awards that have most recently been presented to authors and illustrators are highlighted at the end of the Newsletter. Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo, has recently been awarded a number of prestigious awards. Visit the Newsletter to  see more award winners and award shortlists.

Vernon library closed 12-12:30 p.m. over summer

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Vernon/Kalamalka campus library will be closed for lunch (12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.)  July 6 – July 22 & July 28 – August 24.

Please contact the Vernon/Kalamalka circulation desk with any questions, or contact the Vernon campus librarian.

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