Sunday, November 23, 2008


There is a blog available for users of IBSS (International Bibliography of the Social Sciences) which can be found at IBSS Blog

Friday, November 14, 2008

How to compete with Google Powerpoints

Yesterday, JIBS hosted an event asking 'how can library services can compete with Google?' Speakers described research relating to user information seeking strategies and their experiences of information literacy education before attendees had a chance to see how institutions have applied new 'one-stop shop' library products: Primo, Aquabrowser, ELIN and Encore in their institutions.

All the powerpoint slideshows from the workshop are now available from the JIBS web pages for those who missed the session or want to review the information presented.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Scholarly Communications website - survey

Dear colleagues,

Work is now underway on the Discovery to Delivery project, creating a more coherent presentation of associated bibliographic resources by EDINA and Mimas.

One element of the project is to create a Scholarly Communications website, and a number of stakeholders have been interviewed as part of the needs-analysis process.We are now seeking input from the wider community.

The following short survey invites you to add your comments to those already gathered and should take no more than ten minutes to complete. Feel free to complete it yourself, as librarians supporting research, and/or to pass on to researchers directly.

Thanks in advance for your participation.

The comments will help the final shaping of website elements. We are aiming to have an initial version ready in January. Further work, including scoping a portal,will then take place up until next July.

The survey is live until 17th November at:
The project site is:


Andrew Bevan
EDINA User Support
Causewayside House
158-162 Causewayside
Tel: 0131 650 3302


Friday, November 07, 2008

OvidSP Universal Search

You may be able to trial the new "Universal Search". Contact Ovid for details of trials and demos.

"Ovid Universal Search, a cross-platform search solution available to OvidSP users. The search system adds the ability to access up to 10 web connections selected by the customer". More channels if you pay more.

See Miriam Drake:
"a new, premium cross-platform search solution now made available on OvidSP"