Filed Under: Databases
Posted September 29, 2011
eBooks Now Available for Download via eBooks on EBSCOhost (Formerly NetLibrary)
GALILEO is happy to announce that eBooks can now be checked out and downloaded onto many different devices from eBooks on EBSCOhost (formerly NetLibrary.) This functionality is available to all GALILEO institutions who have purchased Solinet/Lyrasis Shared Collections via GALILEO:
- University System of Georgia
- Technical College System of Georgia
- Public Libraries
Users will now see the option “Download (Offline)” appearing within the record for each eBook. When a user selects this option, they will be prompted to sign into their My EBSCOhost account. If the user does not have a My EBSCOhost account, they will be asked to create one. Once the user logs in, a screen will appear where the user can select the “Check out Period” and then download the eBook.
In order to view the eBook on their device, the user will need to download Adobe Digital Editions 1.7.1 or higher. This is necessary to manage the checkout process.
If you have any questions regarding this new functionality, please submit a comment to GALILEO Support Services via our Contact Us form.
Posted September 12, 2011
Public Library Trial Databases: We Need Your Input!
Public Library Colleagues,
In response to the recent survey on the needs for public libraries, the GALILEO Public Library Electronic Collection Development Group is providing several trial databases for the public library community to consider as potential resources for FY 2013 (which starts July 1, 2012). Based on areas of need identified by survey respondents, the group has decided to focus on the following areas for resources: Automotive Repair/Manuals, Job/Career/Small Business, Language Learning, Legal Forms/Legal Information, and Test Preparation.
It is critical that we receive input from all public library staff during the trial period, which extends from September 12 (today) to November 30.
How can you help?
1) Go to the GALILEO Database Trials page to request a username and password: http://help.galileo.usg.edu/librarians/galileo_database_trials/
2) Sign up for and attend upcoming vendor information sessions on the trial databases (Some are coming up this week, so check soon!)
3) Sign in to review trial databases listed on the Database Trials page
4) Complete a brief evaluation form for each resource you review: http://trialdatabaseevaluation.questionpro.com/
Below is a list of the trial databases in 5 subject areas are being considered.
If you have questions or comments or would like to recommend another resource for consideration, please use the GALILEO Contact Us form (http://www.galileo.usg.edu/contact) or contact a member of the electronic collection development group, Susan Cooley, Carolyn Fuller, Alan Harkness, Merryll Penson, or Helen Poyer.
Trial Resources for Review
* Auto Repair Reference Center (EBSCO)
* Chilton Library (Gale)
* Career Cruising
* Entrepreneurship (ProQuest)
* Job and Career Accelerator (LearningExpress Library)
* Optimal Resume
* Small Business Reference Center (EBSCO)
* Universal Class (from Recorded Books)
* English Language Learner (EBSCO)
* Mango Languages
* MUZZY Online (from Early Advantage)
* PowerSpeak Languages (Gale)
* TELL ME MORE
* Transparent Language (from Recorded Books)
Legal Forms/Legal Information
* Law Depot (from Recorded Books)
* Legal Information Reference Center (EBSCO)
* LegalForms (Gale)
* LexisNexis Library Express
* ePrep (from Recorded Books)
* LearningExpress Library
Posted September 9, 2011
Films on Demand - New Features and Training
Institutions who subscribe to Films on Demand (University System of Georgia and some Technical Colleges) may have noticed a slick new interface and some new features when accessing the database. Here are a few of highlights:
The new interface is designed to make it simpler to navigate the platform and easier to find and use the videos you need. The new streamlined interface includes a revised home page that displays a dynamic list of all of the individual subjects to which each institution subscribes, showcasing recently added videos for each. In addition, each subject now has a unique landing page. To access a subject page, you can click on the new “Subjects” drop-down menu at the top of any page. To view a complete index of all of the subjects in your institution’s collection, click on the new “Index” link at the bottom of any page.
New Video Player
The new video player provides dynamic bit-rate switching for the optimum viewing experience, automatically adjusting within a 200K-through-1.5mb-bitrate range depending on the type of device being used and available bandwidth; users no longer need to select their target bandwidth themselves from a drop-down menu. As a result of this new player, the Windows Media format is no longer available. Any users with Windows Media as their default setting will be automatically converted to the new embedded player. Now iPad Friendly All of the FOD videos have been re-encoded in H.264 format to allow playback on any iOS device. With the new video player, you can now watch any titles in your On Demand collection on an iPad, iTouch, or iPhone. And our new design is optimized to allow easy navigation of the On Demand platform from either a computer or an iPad with an Internet connection.
New Special Collections for Key Producers
It is now easier to browse titles from some of our most popular producers. The “Special Collections” tab at the top of every screen lists these producers; just click on any producer’s logo to access a list of all their titles in your collection, organized by subject category.
Improved Browse & Search Options
Users can now navigate to the new Subject pages and Special Collections using an improved top navigation from any screen. Once on these pages, the new platform offers many additional sorting and filter options. The basic search has been enhanced with a new Search Assist autocomplete feature: when users type a keyword in the search box, suggested full titles or segment titles that contain that keyword appear. Users can now also cross-search multiple subjects and Special Collections using the Advanced Search tools.
My Playlists Has Folder
For FOD accounts, users can now create folders to better organize their playlists just as they can with favorites.
Enhanced Usage Statistics (Contact GALILEO Support for Access to your Administrative Module.)
Administrators will now be able to generate usage reports using the individual subjects in their collection. All of the usage data is collected and reported by individual title and subject.
Register for vendor training from Films on Demand at http://help.galileo.usg.edu/librarians/training/
Films On Demand: An Overview and Introduction — September 13, October 12
Films On Demand: Using Playlists, Favorites and Sharing — October 4
If you have any questions or need more information, please use the GALILEO Contact Us form or contact the ITS Help Desk at email@example.com or 1-888-875-3697.
Posted August 31, 2011
GOLD Database retired September 1, 2011
Due to the lack of available updates, low use, and non-currency, the GALILEO Steering Committee approved the retirement of the GOLD Database.The GOLD database will be removed from GALILEO menus tomorrow, September 1, 2011. You will want to remove any link to GOLD on your library or other institutional web pages.
Although the GOLD database has been an important tool for resource sharing for many years, there have been problems with the availability and reliability of the data since the early 2000’s. The last update of the GOLD database was in September 2005. Journal holdings and availability can be found through other resources like GeorgiaCat, GIL Universal Catalog, WorldCat/WorldCat.org, and PINES.
If you have any questions regarding the retirement of the GOLD database, please submit a comment to GALILEO Support.
Posted August 30, 2011
South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive Available in GALILEO
The South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive, which includes six newspaper titles published in four south Georgia cities (Albany, Americus, Thomasville, and Valdosta) from 1845 to 1922, is now available at http://www.galileo.usg.edu/express?link=sgan or through the GALILEO website.
This archive joins other historical newspaper collections in the Digital Library of Georgia. See a full list of newspapers.
An announcement from the Digital Library of Georgia describing the resource is available below.
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The Digital Library of Georgia is pleased to announce the availability of a new online resource: The South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive.
The South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive provides online access to six newspaper titles published in four south Georgia cities (Albany, Americus, Thomasville, and Valdosta) from 1845 to 1922. Consisting of over 81,000 newspaper pages, the archive provides historical images that are both full-text searchable and can be browsed by date.
The archive includes the following south Georgia newspaper titles: Albany News (1870-1883), Albany Patriot (1845-1866), Americus Times Recorder (1881-1921), Sumter Republican (1870-1885), Thomasville Times Enterprise (1873-1922), Valdosta Times (1908-1912).
The South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive is a project of the Digital Library of Georgia as part of the Georgia HomePLACE initiative. The project is supported with federal LSTA funds administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Georgia Public Library Service, a unit of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.
Other newspaper archives available through the Digital Library of Georgia include the Atlanta Historic Newspapers Archive (1847-1922), the Macon Telegraph Archive (1826-1908), the Athens Historic Newspapers Archive (1827-1922), the Columbus Enquirer Archive (1828-1890), the Milledgeville Historic Newspapers Archive (1808-1920), the Southern Israelite Archive (1929-1986), and the Red and Black Archive (1893-2006). These archives can be accessed at http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/MediaTypes/Newspapers.html
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If you have any questions or need more information, please use GALILEO’s Contact Us feature or contact the ITS Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org.