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August 2009, Volume 1, Issue 8

Check Your Fall Calendars

September is
Library Card Sign-Up Month

Banned Books Week
Sept. 26 - Oct. 3

Indian Education Summit
Sept. 27-29

Festival of Books
Oct. 2-4 in Deadwood

SDLA Annual Conference
Oct. 7-9 in Aberdeen

Teen Read Week
Oct. 18-24


Featured e-Resources of the Month

Changes and enhancements to electronic resources

Take a fresh look at the changes and enhancements in the State Library’s electronic resources. As fall progresses, we will provide detailed articles. In the meantime, take advantage of webinars on the training calendar or schedule a training or inservice for your staff or colleagues. Here’s what’s new, what’s changed and what’s no longer available.

What’s new

World Book

World Book is providing their newly released public library edition and their differentiated learning encyclopedia World Book Discover at no additional charge.

World Book Discover is a great resource for reluctant readers, ESL patrons, patrons with learning disabilities and adults with learning challenges. This differentiated learning resource includes:

  • encyclopedia articles with text read-aloud
  • visual dictionary
  • World Book Explains videos
  • job and life skills section.

The World Book Public Library Edition targets public library patrons with its three modules—World Book Online for Kids, World Book Online Info Finder and World Book Online Reference Center. This edition offers different features than World Book School Edition (which we have had since 2008) including:

  • Educational games
  • Animal compare feature
  • Science fair projects
  • Computer and web tutorials
  • How to documents

You will notice a change in how World Book displays on our Databases Web site. You will find

  • World Book Kids, World Book Student, World Book Advanced and World Book Discover listed under World Book School Edition.
  • World Book Online Kids, World Book Online Info Finder and World Book Online Reference Center are listed under World Book Public Library Edition.
  • Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos (Spanish language encyclopedia) and Encyclopédie Découverte (French Language Encyclopedia) are listed under World Book Foreign Language Edition. Patrons and librarians are welcome to use any of the products, regardless of their library type.

WorldCat

WorldCat, your resource for books worldwide, expands your horizons with 12 more choices. Click on the drop-down menu beside “Search in database” to see them all. With these options, you will be able to search non-full-text indexes for content including journal articles, conference proceedings and e-books. You will also be able to search OAIster, a union catalog of digital resources that contains digital resources from open archive collections, including digitized books and articles, audio files, images, videos and more. Records link to full access. Watch for more complete information in a later article.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

What’s changed

Gale Virtual Reference Library’s new read-aloud function allows users to hear articles read to them.

ProQuest

ProQuest now offers copy and paste citations for all its articles. Click “Cite This” on the toolbar above the article and choose from AMA, APA, Chicago/Turabian/Harvard: Author-Date, Chicago/Turabian: Humanities, MLA or Vancouver. Proquest has also aligned their MLA citation with the 7th edition of MLA.

SIRS Researcher

SIRS Researcher has changed its name to SIRS Issues Researcher and has updated the content to include even more Leading Issues with more information like important dates, statistics, timelines and people.

What’s no longer available

As we announced in June, vendor changes and our process to comply with our legislative mandate to cut electronic resources led us to cancel Newsbank. No part of Newsbank has been available since August 1.

Access Newspaper Archive is no longer available. It had been provided at no charge by Heritage Microfilm and they discontinued access.

Recap

In spite of our losses, our vendors have been working hard to make their products more valuable than ever! Remember that we are available to answer your questions and to conduct in-person trainings and school in-services about the State Library Electronic Resources. Your West River contact is Julie Erickson, julie.erickson@state.sd.us, 605-295-1994. Your East River contact is Jane Healy, jane.healy@state.sd.us, 605-295-3174.

 

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