As the co-chair of the Public Services Committee, I’d like to invite any suggestions for agenda items for the committee’s next meeting (July 26). The committee is charged with advising CUNY OLS on needed changes to the display and functionality of OneSearch (we used to focus on the catalog as well, but work on that has halted as we prepare to move from an ILS to a library services platform).
A draft of the minutes from the previous meeting and a draft of the agenda for the next meeting are available. If you have any suggestions for things the committee should focus on, please add a comment to this blog post or contact me directly.
Using the API from Browzine, we were able to customize the Serials Solutions e-journal portal so that search results will display links to tables of contents for scholarly journals.
Example: search results page for American Quarterly
Example: table of contents display in Browzine for American Quarterly
- Browzine only provides tables of contents for scholarly journals (and not every single one).
- Browzine does not provide tables of contents for magazines (including Harvard Business Review)
- The tables of content available usually go back to 2005; if you need older issues, the “All” link on the Browzine page for the journal will take you back to the Serials Solutions page for the journal so you can navigate into a landing page in a database to browse issues there.
In the coming months, we’ll explore integration of the Browzine elsewhere in our systems.
At the request of the director of the First Year Initiative (formerly known as FRO), I’ve put together a research guide for this year’s text, Russell Shorto’s The Island at the Center of the World.
More info about the program for First Year Students can be found on the Student Affairs website.
If there isn’t a lab staff member from BCTC around on the 2nd floor, try calling x1102 (the front desk at the entrance to the 6th floor lab) or x1010 to see if someone can come down.
The printing allotment for students in summer sessions is 150 credits.
We’ve added two new databases from Adam Matthew Digital that feature recently digitized, historical source material.
Global Commodities: Trade, Exploration, and Cultural Exchange
- Primary documents and sources about the history of 15 key commodities: chocolate, coffee, cotton, fur, opium, oil, porcelain, silver and gold, spices, sugar, tea, timber, tobacco, wheat, and wine and spirits.
- Links to it can be found on the following database pages: A-Z, industry information, history
J. Walter Thompson: Advertising America
- Publications, reports, research, memoranda, correspondence, meeting minutes, creative briefs, scripts, speeches, newsletters, artwork and advertisements created by the staff of the advertising firm J. Walter Thompson.
- Links to it can be found on the following database pages: A-Z, advertising, and marketing
A change was made by BCTC to the EZproxy server that restored off campus access to Factiva.
We’ve lost remote access to Factiva due to some unknown technical problem (the vendor, ProQuest, thinks it may either be an issue that our campus IT can help diagnose or that OCLC, the vendor for EZproxy, can figure out).
On campus access to Factiva is working fine, though. I’ll update this blog when we figure out a fix.
Zicklin is planning more hybrid course offerings for the Fall semester. At the request of one of the Management faculty we now have a Research Guide for Business: Open Educational Resources (OER). This will complement our guide to Open Access and OER.
ProQuest recently shut down the MyiLibrary ebook platform. All of the ebooks we had there are now found in Ebook Central.
If you have any featured book boxes in your LibGuides that have URLs going straight into the MyiLibrary platform, you will want to update them. The new link can either go to a permalink for the book record in OneSearch or to a permalink to the book in Ebook Central.