Learned something new-to-me today: Newsbank apparently has a freely available index of thier newspapers http://www.newslibrary.com
The results provide a direct link for users to buy the article for $2.95 ... but hey, it's a free indexing service
As you might imagine (since I work for Springshare), I see a lot of LibGuides and a lot of people's profile images. I just saw a very cute one of a librarian and her cat. I like profile pics with pets, and maybe patrons will feel a librarian is more approachable because they have a pet. Thoughts?
Reading "Evaluation and Comparison of Discovery Tools:An Update" from a couple of months ago. It states that there are 5 discovery tools that can be placed above the rest: "Encore, Ebsco Discovery Service, Primo, summon, and WorldCatLocal" Do you agree? Are there any others you would consider to be in their league?
PSA: An undetermined number of Ebrary and EBL e-books are not actually entire e-books. At a faculty member's request, we purchased an e-book via Ebrary, only to discover that some of the pages in said book are not available.
Is anyone holding off on migrating to the LibGuides v2 because it's "too beta"? (Rather than because e.g. it's a big job that requires extra care.) I was planning on just doing it, and now getting a little worried that so much is not quite there yet...
In the course of things, I came across a great assignment suggestion which indicated that Academic Search Premier had "cited reference" searching. Try as I might, I'm not finding it. I'm not even seeing linked citations, which I know are in other EBSCO databases. Am I missing something here? Have you done cited reference searching in ASP?
Trialing browzine again for the second time, since they are now supporting aggregators like ebsco, proquest and Ovid. Any of you who have this for a while? How are users taking it? I got the impression it's quite well received on the medical side.
Y'all with Primo or similar discovery layers: Have you noticed any difficulties with linking from metadata supplied by Gale? Am trying to decide whether I've got confirmation bias. Seem to be seeing lots of issues with them having odd parentheticals at end of titles, making EBSCO and other FT suppliers unable to find the articles in question.
do you use pro-active chat boxes. We just got the ability to implement it and are considering how to approach a pilot study (This is where the user sees a popup chat box if there is a period of inactivity on a web page asking them if they need help)