Monthly Archives: November 2008

Royal Society digital archive – free access through Jan.2009

The Royal Society Digital Journal Archive (http://journals.royalsociety.org) is now free to access until 1 February 2009.

The Royal Society Digital Archive is easily the most
comprehensive journal archive in science and contains some of the
most significant scientific papers ever published. Covering
almost 350 years of scientific research across the disciplines it
is a priceless academic resource. The Royal Society Digital
Journal Archive, dating back to 1665 and containing approximately
52,000 articles, is available online and is FREE for a three
month period.

The development of this digital resource means that the Society’s
online collection now contains every paper ever published in the
Royal Society’s journals – from the very first peer-reviewed
paper in Philosophical Transactions in 1665 to the most recent
interdisciplinary article in Journal of the Royal Society
Interface.

Seminal research papers include accounts of Michael Faraday’s
groundbreaking series of electrical experiments, Isaac Newton’s
invention of the reflecting telescope and the first research
paper published by Stephen Hawking. The Archive provides a record
of some key scientific discoveries from the last 343 years
including: Halley’s description of ‘his comet’ in 1705; details
of the double Helix of DNA by James Watson and Francis Crick in
1954; and Edmond Stone’s breakthrough in 1763 that willow bark
cured fevers, leading to the discovery of salicylic acid and
later the development of aspirin.

During this three month period, librarians and academics will be
able to access and download any article from this comprehensive
scientific publishing resource completely free of charge. Find
out more about the Archive at
http://publishing.royalsociety.org/archive or access the Archive
directly at http://journals.royalsociety.org.

Charles Lusty
The Royal Society, London

Widget/search box – Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale/Cengage has provided html/code for creating a Virtual Reference Library search box that can be embedded in web pages, etc.

http://access.gale.com/widgets/ for more information

http://galesupport.com/ew/ to build the widget

Q: HOW DO I LOCATE MY LOCATION ID?

When you create a widget using the link we’ve provided, you’ll be asked for your username/location ID. Mary Panek of Jamesville-DeWitt High School in DeWitt, New York was one of several readers who weren’t sure where to locate that information.

A: Your username/location ID can be found in the URL you use to access Gale databases.

Here are examples of URLs which contain username/location ID.

This is how the link to all your Gale InfoTrac databases will look, with your Location ID at the very end:
http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/(LocationID)

Here’s how the link appears if you link directly to your Gale Virtual Reference Library menu – in this example the Location ID is followed by a few more characters:

http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/(LocationID)? db=GVRL

The full article can be found at: http://support.gale.com/gale/article.html?article=1163

Q: HOW DO I LOCATE MY LOCATION ID?

When you create a widget using the link we’ve provided, you’ll be asked for your username/location ID. Mary Panek of Jamesville-DeWitt High School in DeWitt, New York was one of several readers who weren’t sure where to locate that information.

A: Your username/location ID can be found in the URL you use to access Gale databases.

Here are examples of URLs which contain username/location ID.

This is how the link to all your Gale InfoTrac databases will look, with your Location ID at the very end:
http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/(LocationID)

Here’s how the link appears if you link directly to your Gale Virtual Reference Library menu – in this example the Location ID is followed by a few more characters:

http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/(LocationID)? db=GVRL

The full article can be found at: http://support.gale.com/gale/article.html?article=1163

p-custom-50 available again

p-custom-50, Circulation Statistics by Item, is once again available in Aleph. I want to thank the Oracle database administrators ITEC for their expertise in diagnosing the problem and modifying the sql so that it runs more efficiently. Thank you for your patience while we worked on this matter.

 — Natalie

ScienceDirect offline Saturday 11/15/08

On Saturday, 15 November, Scopus, ScienceDirect and the Admin Tool will be unavailable for scheduled upgrades during the following periods:

Scopus: For eight hours – 1:00 p.m. UTC/GMT (8:00 a.m. EST) until 9:00 p.m. UTC/GMT (4:00 p.m. EST).

ScienceDirect and Admin Tool: For nine hours – 1:00 p.m. UTC/GMT (8:00 a.m. EST) until 10:00 p.m. UTC/GMT (5:00 p.m. EST).

We apologize for the inconvenience,

Regards,

The Elsevier Team.

p-custom-50 temporarily unavailable

p-custom-50, Circulation Statistics by Item, has been temporarily removed from Aleph due to oracle errors.  ITEC will be helping me modify the program.  In the meantime, you might try using ret-adm-01, Items / General Retrieval Form.  That may be useful in some situations.  My apologies for the inconvenience.

  — Natalie

Footprints Priority Guidelines

Footprints is your tool for reporting problems between the hours of 9 am – 5 pm M-F. Problems meeting the Prod Down criteria and occurring outside these hours, or on holidays, should be reported to ITEC by phoning: (716) 878-4832.

See the OLIS Service Portal (http://www.sunyconnect.suny.edu/service) for more support details.

What Footprints Priorities Mean

Prod Down - OLIS and/or ITEC staff will acknowledge within an hour (if the Prod Down criteria is met); review will take place within one hour; resolution is sought within 8 hours.  Use this priority for problems affecting access to the Aleph Production servers, for example:

  • the Aleph server is not responding via any connection method
  • the web OPAC is not functioning on the Prod side
  • searching is broken in both the web and GUI OPACs

High – OLIS and/or ITEC staff will acknowledge within 5 hours; review will take place within one working day; resolution is sought within 1 work week.  Use this priority for problems affecting staff work that will adversely affect other library functions if the problems continue for more than a day or two, for example:

  • the Circulation module is not allowing items to be checked out
  • cannot circulate most/any items without override by staff
  • the OCLC record loader is not working
  • can’t check in ANY serials title

Medium - OLIS and/or ITEC staff will acknowledge within 3 business days; review will take place within 4 working days; resolution is sought within 2 work weeks.  Use this priority for problems with current functionality that can be worked around for approximately one week, for example:

  • overdue letters will not print, or will not print correctly
  • patrons cannot perform circulation functions through the web OPAC
  • the Circulation module is not allowing holds to be placed, but items can still be checked out
  • indexing is producing undesired results
  • table16 & 17 changes
  • PLIF loads
  • client not working properly
  • staff account problems
  • existing indexes not working “properly”
  • difficulty checking in a particular serial title
  • the web OPAC is sending confusing errors, but is still returning searches

Low – OLIS and/or ITEC staff will acknowledge within 1 work week; review will take place within 5 working days; resolution is sought within 4 work weeks.  Use this priority for questions regarding new functionality, for example:

  • add Patron circulation functions to the web OPAC
  • new reports are required
  • a new index is required
  • re-indexing
  • new book list
  • assistance needed with printed products
  • need for statistics/reports