Archive for December, 2011

2011 Food for Fines Campaign a Success!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Food for Fines 2011The 2011 Food for Fines campaign, which provided library users with the opportunity to wave their library fines in exchange for non-perishable food items, was even more of a success than the 2010 campaign!

The Kelowna campus library was able to contribute eight heaping boxes of food to the Kelowna Food Bank, exceeding last year’s total of seven boxes. The shelves and boxes were bulging full by the last day of the campaign, demonstrating that our students are eager to make a difference in their communities.

Of course, the success of this annual campaign is based on our library users. OC Library wishes to thank all who participated in making this year’s Food for Fines a tremendous success.

Other campus totals are still to come…

Beginning of the Campaign:

Beginning of Food for Fines CampaignEnd of Campaign:

End of Food for Fines Campaign

Gale Virtual Reference Library has new interface

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The look and feel of the Gale Virtual Reference Library database has been updated. After user analysis and market feedback, the interface has been overhauled with improved navigation and organization, and an engaging display to draw in students and researchers.

New features include:

  • An updated user interface available in more than 35 languages
  • Improved navigation and page organization
  • Book cover images and an interactive online book experience with two-page view and page turner
  • ReadSpeaker text-to-speech technology in 19 languages, on-demand machine-aided content translation into 14 languages
  • Ability to easily cross-seach and browse across series

Cynthia Sanner, general reference publisher withGale, says “Our newly designed Gale Virtual Reference Library enables reference content to literally jump off the shelves –  it’s easy-to-use, and even easier for researchers to find exactly what they are looking for.”

The new GVRL interface offers a multi-page viewer that allows users to choose either a one or two-page view, providing for an interactive, book-like experience. The new page flipper feature allows readers to page through a section or an entire book, replicating a traditional library research experience, but one that can be done from anywhere, at any time and with an unlimited number of users.

New Project MUSE Platform January 1st

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The new Project MUSE database platform is live as of January 1st, 2012. The new platform incorporates both books and journals on a single platform, with content dependent upon institutional subscriptions. The new site can be found here.

For the one-month preview period of January 2012, searches on the new platform will default to displaying all relevant book and journal results, unless the user selects to filter to only books or only journals at the time of searching. After January 31, 2012, search results will default to only that journal and/or book content to which a user has full-text access. Okanagan College Library currently only subscribes to journal content. If you would like access to e-books on this platform please send us feedback.

Tutorials on searching and browsing within the new interface can be found here:

The new Project MUSE platform provides a search box on every page, allowing users to search for both books and journals and filter content types, from any page on the site. Users can filter their results to show only books or only journals. The database will now have the ability to provide digital access to 14,000+ books from 66 university presses and scholarly publishers, as an addition to the 500+ current electronic journal titles.

Further highlights of the new Project MUSE platform include:

  • Faceted searching, with options to filter search results by subject area, author, and language of publication
  • Enhanced browsing by subject area, title, or publisher, across books and journals or filtered by content type
  • Powerful new hierarchical subject structure, allowing users to drill down to the most relevant content
  • Search box on each page of the site, with predictive search terms
  • New access icons to help users clearly identify content to which they have paid access, free sample content, and open access content
  • Discovery and research tools at both the book and journal article level, including More by This Author and Related Content links, citation downloading/exporting, and social sharing
  • “Search Inside…” feature for both books and journals
  • DOIs at title and chapter level for books, article level for journals

At launch on January 1, all of the books in MUSE’s new UPCC Book Collections will be visible in search results and when browsing on the platform. MUSE will provide a one-month preview period during January 2012 to allow individuals to discover the  breadth and depth of both book and journal content available.  At the end of the preview period, January 31, 2012, search results will default to only content to which the searcher has full-text access. Okanagan College Library currently only subscribes to journal content.

Links to scholarly content on the previous MUSE platform (journal articles and issues) will not be affected by the platform change, but users who have bookmarked informational pages within the site may need to update these bookmarks after the January 1 transition.

Please contact the Library with any questions.

Post information provided by Project MUSE

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