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Mar 26 2014

EBSCOhost maintenance and downtime

On Saturday 29 March 2014 from 9am to 11am, the library’s EBSCOhost databases may be
intermittently unavailable while EBSCO performs network upgrades.

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Mar 21 2014

Wisenews systems downtime 29 March 2014

Systems maintenance of the Wisenews database has been scheduled on Saturday, 29 Mar 2014 from 18:00 to 24:00 (Hong Kong Time GMT+8). During this period, all Wisenews database services will be temporarily unavailable.

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Feb 20 2014

EBL Scheduled Downtime March 2014

EBL platform will be unavailable during March 2, 2014 from 8 am to 12 at noon as the vendor performs enhancements and updates to their system.

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Feb 04 2014

ProQuest downtime for system enhancements

ProQuest will not be available Sunday, February 16 at 10:00 for eight (8) hours (China Standard Time ) for system enhancements.

We apologise for the inconvenience caused.

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Jan 18 2014

New publications are available at the Scout Report!

Antislavery Collection

The digital collections at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst are top-flight and this collection continues that grand tradition. The Antislavery Collection contains several hundred pamphlets and books pertaining to slavery and antislavery in New England from 1725-1911. These items include speeches, sermons, proceedings, and other publications from organizations such as the American Anti-Slavery Society, the American Colonization Society, and a small number of pro-slavery tracts. Visitors can browse the selected titles alphabetically or perform a more detailed search across all of the items. Several documents should not be missed, including speeches by Horace Mann and Ezra Gannett’s “Relation of the North to Slavery” delivered in Boston in 1854.

Digital Curation Centre

The Digital Curation Centre (DCC) states as its motto: “because good research needs good data.” Based in the United Kingdom, the DCC provides expert advice and helps those in the UK higher education and research communities store, manage, protect, and share digital research data. As such, the site is a great resource for information specialists, particularly librarians and academics. Visitors should make sure to check out the Digital Curation area which provides a bit of background on the field, along with information for newcomers to the field. The homepage also contains a neat feature entitled Editor’s Choice, which brings together reports on digital preservation, information on new books, and much more. Also, visitors can sign up for the DCC’s newsletter and take a look at its tag cloud. The Resources area should also not be missed as it features how-to guides, data management plans, case studies, and white papers.

NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory

The Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) works with a range of public sector and industry partners to “conduct innovative research on the dynamic environments and ecosystems of the Great Lakes” in order to produce information for resource use and management decisions. From its homepage, visitors can explore the CoastWatch program which includes large data sets about the Great Lakes, sophisticated images, and contour maps. Moving on, the Publications area contains annual reports, fact sheets, poster presentations, and more. The site is rounded out by a host of photo galleries and web cams placed in various locations, including Muskegon, Alpena, and Michigan City.

Moment of Indiana History

If you’ve ever wondered about Indiana history, wonder no more. This rather engaging website created by the diligent staff at Indiana Public Media brings together compelling moments from the Hoosier State’s rich past. On the site, visitors can wander through the About area and then dig through some of the more recent moments. These short and eminently listenable audio features include “A Sunday School Spectacular” and “Pulpit or Politics: An Indiana Minister in Congress.” The diversity of topics covered here is impressive, as visitors can listen to heartland tales of public health initiatives, architecture, and of course, small town basketball.

[Source: Scout Report, Volume 20, Number 2, January 17, 2014]

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Jan 13 2014

New publications are available at the Scout Report!

The Annotated Newspapers of Harbottle Dorr, Jr.

Boston merchant Harbottle Dorr, Jr. (1730-1794) was a noted merchant and member of the Sons of Liberty. He was also an avid newspaper reader. Beginning in 1765, Dorr spent more than a dozen years purchasing newspapers, writing comments in margins, inserting reference marks in articles, and assembling his own indexes. His papers of interest included the Boston Evening-Post, the Boston-Gazette, and the Boston Weekly News-Letter. This remarkable digital collection has been put together by the Massachusetts Historical Society in order to bring together these items for historians as well as the general public. Visitors can learn about Dorr and his process via the About the Website area and then move on to browse through the volumes at their leisure. The site is rounded out by the For Further Reading area, which features online news articles and essays about this most fascinating collection.

 

Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys

Created by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Muslim Journeys project “presents to the American public resources representing diverse perspectives on the people, places, histories, beliefs, practices, and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world.” The cornerstone of this ambitious project is a carefully curated collection of resources recommended and reviewed by distinguished scholars across a range of fields. First-time visitors should look over the six thematic sections on the homepage that provide brief narrative essays on topics such as Literary Reflections and Pathways of Faith. The Bookshelf area contains links to 25 books and 3 films contributing to new and diverse perspectives. Additionally, the Conversation Toolkit area contains tools and tips for organizing, publicizing, and hosting information and respectful discussions based on the collection of resources found here.

 

Cambridge Public Libraries: Directories

The Cambridge Room at the Cambridge Public Library has a vast storehouse of material related to the history of this most historic American city. Recently, they have allowed the staff at the Internet Archive access to a variety of materials, resulting in a number of primary documents that now reside on this site. Here, users can access the annual Cambridge business directories which profile local business leaders, institutions, organizations, and much more. These very substantial volumes contain advertisements, address directories, and other pieces of information that document the ebbs and flows of the business community throughout the area. The dates range from 1884 to 1931 and users can search through each volume for key words, addresses, names, and dates.

[Source: Scout Report, Volume 20, Number 1, January 10, 2014]

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Dec 30 2013

New publications are available at the Scout Report!

Historic Pittsburgh Census Schedules

Have you ever wanted to know more about the residents of 19th century Pittsburgh? Then you’re in luck, the Historic Pittsburgh Census Schedule lets you do just that. Hosted by the University of Pittsburgh’s Digital Research Library, the schedules found on this website include census data collected from 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880. Visitors can search the census schedule by individual name, street, or even city of birth, occupation, or gender. It’s a rather nifty way to learn about the cultural and geographical milieu of the Steel City during this period of dramatic growth. Historians and geographers will find it particularly useful and it’s easy to see how spending time on the site could be a regular part of their research. The site also includes access to other components of the Historic Pittsburgh site, such as Maps, Finding Aids, and a Chronology of key events from the city’s unique history.

 

Environmental Ethics Case Studies

The American Physiological Society (APS) has created a wide range of teaching resources through its collaborative digital library over the past several years. This particular corner of the site brings together a number of environmental ethics case studies which cover everything from GMOS to the fluoridation of drinking water. Currently, the site contains a dozen different resources, including “Food Aid and Population Control,” “Reviving Extinct Species,” and “Progress vs. Family Tradition.” Resources can be filtered by Grade/Age level or even Pedagogy. Additionally, users are encouraged to craft their own resources and submit them for possible inclusion.

 

Maryland Geological Survey

The Maryland Geological Survey (MGS) provides excellent information about the geology of the Old Line State, along with public reports and updates on various ongoing projects. The homepage features live earthquake data and maps that deal with oyster habitat restoration projects, fact sheets, and new reports on lead concentrations in well water across the state. The Publications area contains dozens of maps (such as that of the “Maryland Gold District”) and links to Popular Publications such as “Caves of Maryland” and “Baltimore Building Stones Tour.” The Data section is also quite useful, offering a number of informative data sets on sediment distribution in the Chesapeake Bay and Baltimore Harbor. Finally, the Education area contains an “Ask a Geologist” link that’s quite useful for getting answers to Earth-based queries.

[Source: Scout Report, Volume 19, Number 51, December 20, 2013]

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Dec 20 2013

Trial Access to Environmental Studies in Video and Meet the Press

The following databases are now available for trial access:

Environmental Studies in Video
Environmental Studies in Video contains 500 hours of film covering all realms of environmental studies, particularly ethics, policy, economics, law, sociology, planning, and environmental science. Films were produced from 1970 to the present, and address specific topics including alternative energy, pollution control, eco-design, sustainability, farming and agriculture, the food industry, LEED certification, waste issues, and climate change. Production partners include A&E Television Networks, Chip Taylor Communications, Filmakers Library, MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, National Geographic, Pumpkin Interactive, and TVF International.

The trial is valid until 10 January 2014.

Meet the Press
Meet the Press has been one of the most important televised public affairs program. This collection makes available 1,500 hours of footage—nearly the full broadcast run to date, and is a valuable resource for scholars seeking firsthand perspectives of history’s biggest players.

The trial is valid until 10 January 2014. 

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Dec 16 2013

New publications are available at the Scout Report!

Alliance for Financial Inclusion
The Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI) works to provide “its members with the tools and resources to share and implement their knowledge of policies that increase access to financial services for the poor.” This peer-to-peer learning model is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and works closely with many partners around the world. On its website, visitors can look over six different areas, such as the Global Policy Forum, News & Events, and Policy Areas. This last area provides highlights of AFI’s work and policy outreach efforts concerning consumer protection, microcredit lending programs, and the metrics behind financial inclusion. The Global Policy Forum, AFI’s keystone event, is hosted each year by a different member institution, in a different region of the world. Within this section, visitors will find links to past meetings and information sessions, previously held in such locations as Kuala Lumpur, Cape Town, and Bali. The site’s Library is another great addition, including dozens of case studies, policy notes, special reports and video updates on how policymakers in developing countries are working on financial inclusion policy.

 

Subjective Well-Being: Measuring Happiness, Suffering, and Other Dimensions of Experience 

How do we measure happiness? Is it through the strength of our relationships with others? Is it by the number of material possessions we have? This remarkable book, edited by Arthur A. Stone and Christopher Mackie, looks at “the current state of research and evaluates methods for the measurement of happiness.” Additionally, the report “offers guidance about adopting subjective well-being measures in official government surveys to inform social and economic policies.” The report is divided into six chapters, three appendices, and a set of references. These chapters include “Measuring Experienced Well-Being” and “Subjective Well-Being and Policy.” It’s a compelling piece, stirring meditations on an important aspect of human behavior. For those interested, a paperback version can be pre-ordered and purchased from the National Academies Press.

  

Conserving the Future: Wildlife Refuges and the Next Generation

This thoughtful policy document from the National Wildlife Refuge System “sets forth a path for the next decade.” Illuminating the Refuge System’s vision, Conserving the Future highlights the best ways to continue the organization’s mission of preserving and enhancing unique habitats and recreation areas for future generations. On the homepage, visitors can learn about the implementation team, read through their 24 recommendations, and check up on their stated goals over the coming years. Users can also read the entire Vision Document online or look over the complete Implementation Plan. Additionally, the homepage offers a Recommendations drop down menu (not to be confused with The Recommendations PDF) that offers brief synopses around themes such as “Conservation Plans,” “Access to Data,” and “Hunting/Fishing.”

 

South Carolina Digital Newspaper Program

Based at the University of South Carolina Libraries, the South Carolina Digital Newspaper Program (SCDNP) is part of a concerted effort to preserve the printed culture and record of the palmetto state for future generations. Since 2009, the SCDNP has digitized a number of key newspapers with the assistance of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. An interactive map chronicles the digitization progress and allows visitors to explore over three dozen newspapers by location and years of publication. Notable periodicals include the Charleston Daily News, the South Carolina Leader, and the Southern Indicator. Users can scan through each newspaper using the embedded image reader or view complete holdings information about each publication. Make sure to check back regularly as new titles become digitally available.

 

Braceros in Oregon

In 1942, the Braceros Program was forged when the United States entered a labor agreement with Mexico allowing male citizens to work as farm laborers throughout the United States. During this time, over 15,000 Mexican men came to Oregon, working on farms and forming small and distinct communities from 1942 to 1947. This remarkable collection brings together 102 photographs that document the Braceros activities, courtesy of the Oregon State University Libraries. These unique visual items were originally taken by Oregon State College Extension staff members as part of a larger effort to document the various groups working to alleviate the state’s farm labor shortage. Visitors can browse through the photos at their leisure or look through the items by county. This is a unique and rare offering, and should be credited for highlighting an important period in American history.

 

Oklahoma Digital Maps

A team of talented librarians at the Oklahoma State University Library have created this collection of 3,600 maps, a true find for those with an interest in Sooner history, geography, culture, and more. The cartographic resources are divided into four collections, including the WPA Collection and the USGS Collection. This first collection consists of almost 2,400 detailed county maps produced in the 1930s by the Works Progress Administration and the Oklahoma Tax Commission to determine real estate values. Moving on, the USGS Collection is made up of 300 detailed maps generated from 1892 to the 1950s documenting topographical conditions throughout the state. Interested parties can view all of the maps here via a nice digital image tool and are also welcome to search across the entire collection by keyword.

[Source: Scout Report, Volume 19, Number 50, December 13, 2013]

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Oct 10 2013

ARTstor down for maintenance October 10th between 6:00 PM and 10:00 PM

ARTstor will be performing temporary scheduled maintenance on Thursday, October 10th between 6:00 PM and 10:00 PM. Access to the ARTstor Digital Library will be suspended during this time.

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