Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Library 2.0 Workshop coming soon

'Is Library 2.0 a trivial pursuit'? This question will be addressed by a JIBS workshop to be held in London on November 21st. Speakers will review what Library 2.0 means and will present case studies of Library 2.0 developments in their Libraries. The day will conclude with a debate on the proposition put forward in the workshop title, in which Internet consultant Phil Bradley will take part.
The workshop is free to those whose institutions are members of JIBS; for others, there is a fee of £50.
For more details and a booking form, go to

Monday, October 29, 2007



PsycCRITIQUES combines a weekly release of book and film reviews with a searchable database. Starting with Volume 50 in January 2005, the database replaced the print journal Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books. The weekly electronic release offers major enhancements, very current reviews, and much more content.

In each weekly release, PsycCRITIQUES delivers approximately 18–20 reviews of psychological books, most from the current copyright year. Each release also includes a review of a popular film from a psychological perspective. Other content includes videos, comparative reviews, and the occasional retrospective review.

APA published the final print issue of Contemporary Psychology in December 2004. PsycCRITIQUES includes all reviews published in the print journal from 1956 to 2004. It also includes several hundred reviews published electronically as a supplement in 2004.


Available on Ovid and SilverPlatter

Friday, October 26, 2007

Springer & Humana

I understand the partnership between Ovid (Wolters Kluwer) and Springer provides for more than 800 titles being added to BooksOvid including titles from Humana Press.

All titles will be licensed on purchase or subscription basis.

OvidSP new platform switched on

The new platform from Ovid (Wolters Kluwer Health) is now available, as announced.

The Ovid Gateway shows "Try OvidSP"! and this button takes you to the new platform.

Screenshots and other materials are available on the WWW at the OvidSP Resource Center, for which the username is
and the password is


"The OvidSP Resource Center is your first stop for all the resources you need to prepare you and your users for launch day and beyond, including:

Training Materials
Product Information (Frequently Asked Questions, Quick Reference Guides, etc.) Image Bank and Screenshots


Order the launch kit online:


See also:

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

OvidSP launch 25th October

25th October 007

At 12:30 p.m. British Summer Time (11:30 a.m. GMT) you should be able to try the new platform: OVIDSP

Look for the natural language processing Basic Search "tab"

Look for Find Citation, Search Tools, Ovid Syntax "tabs"

Find Citation will also have a "tab", for matching a specific required reference

Truncation symbol: the * is added and will now be recognised as $ and : for Ovid

Institutions using the Ovid Gateway need to schedule a switch to the new platform by 4th February 2008

SilverPlatter customers should prepare to switch over by February 2009

Monday, October 22, 2007

JISC Collections Consultation - 20th Century House of Commons Parliamentary Papers

Response required by 30 November 2007

JISC Collections is considering a licensing agreement with ProQuest. If this were to go ahead, the JISC Collections would, on behalf of the JISC community, pay for the digitised Twentieth Century House of Commons Parliamentary Papers (20C HCPP). If an agreement does go ahead institutions will NOT be required to pay for either the content or an access fee for at least the first five years of the agreement.

The Twentieth Century House of Commons Parliamentary Papers (20C HCPP) includes the complete file of twentieth century papers, filmed images of 104,902 papers, covering 5.2 million pages of working documents of the British Government from 1901-2004. The digitised collection is based on Chadwyck-Healey’s microfiche collection. This resource can be used across a range of subject areas including history, political sciences, economics, international relations, philosophy, political economy, sociology, urban studies, area studies, geography/demography, law, English and women’s studies. To request a trial for this resource please use this link: http://www.proquest.co.uk/products/trial.html.

Investigating music journalism with Rock's Backpages is available

Sourced from the pages of the music and mainstream press, Rock's Backpages is a library of articles (reviews, interviews, features and more) from the early 1960s right up to the present day. There are currently twelve thousand articles on the site. These feature over two thousand artists and range from 500-word album (or concert) reviews to 10,000-word interviews and features.

Written by over three hundred rock music journalists, articles are taken from a wide range of publications in the US and UK: from Creem and Trouser Press to Rolling Stone, and from New Musical Express and Melody Maker to Mojo.

Further details can be found here.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Ebsco enhancement group - 1st meeting

The Jibs committee have set up an enhancement group with Ebsco to look at their databases and discuss any issues we might have and will allow us to provide feedback to Ebsco staff. It will also give the Ebsco staff an opportunity to let us know about future plans. The first meeting will be held on Nov 6th.

If members of jibs users would like to give feedback/ask questions before the meeting, Ebsco staff might be able to get technical answers etc before the meeting and also gives us (the group) time to get back to you to clarify issues. Please send any comments to Maureen Richardson (richardm@edgehill.ac.uk)

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Online bilingual language resource is now available

Oxford Language Dictionaries Online offers up-to-date, accurate, and authoritative translations for millions of words and phrases in French, German, Spanish, and Italian, from and into English.

Over 1.2 million words and phrases, and over 2 million translations in French, German, Spanish, and Italian, into and out of English are included. Additional language modules (including Russian and Chinese) will be launched during 2008 along with pronunciation software enabling users to hear how words sound.

Further details can be found here.

JISC Collections’ event for librarians and information specialists, 20th November 2007 in London

JISC Collections’ Training Day – NESLi2 and the JISC Model Licence
Date: 20th November 2007
Venue: JISC Collections, Brettenham House, 5 Lancaster Place, London WC2E 7EN

Central to the work of JISC Collections is the JISC Model Licence and the NESLi2 Model Licence for electronic journals. The training day aims to introduce librarians new to online resources and electronic journals to the principles embedded in the JISC Model Licence and the NESLi2 Model Licence respectively. It will also provide an update on the changes made to these licences in the past year in response to both the evolving information environment and to meeting the requirements of the JISC Collections’ community for wider user access.

There will be plenty of opportunity to ask those pressing licensing questions on behalf of your colleagues and yourself. If you would like to attend, please complete the online registration form.

Further details can be found here.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Finding the latest news about Scopus & other Elsevier services

Details of all the alerts and newsletters offered by Elsevier to cover Scopus, ScienceDirect,
Engineering Village and Elsevier MDL are collected together on one page


Promoting your repository with Scopus

Did you know your repository could be searchable via Scopus?

The following UK repositories are now indexed by Scirus and can be selected to appear on the Scopus Selected Sources tab

oro (Open Research Online, Open University, UK)
pscn (Pascal, UK)
ucl (University College London, UK)
whr (White Rose Consortium, UK= Sheffield, Leeds & York)
lbro (loughborough, UK)
leic (Leicester, UK)
mmu (Manchester Metropolitan U, UK)
uost (Strathclyde, UK)

for more information about Selected Sources go to

To consider having your institutional repository indexed by Scirus and available to display on the Scopus Selected Sources tab, please speak with your Account Manager