Monthly Archives: September 2007

Trial access to Gale databases extended through October

Free trial access to various Gale databases has been extended through October 2007.

Those resources are


Biography Resource Center


Nursing Resource Center

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center (OVRC) Critical Thinking Module

Small Business Resource Center

If there are questions related to accessing these resources, let me know.

Campus-specific pricing

SUNYConnect pricing


John Schumacher
Office of Library and Information Services
SUNY System Administration
SUNY Plaza
Albany, NY 12246
SUNYConnect database trials
and offers are listed at

New York Times (free) archive; “TimesSelect” ending

September 18, 2007

Times to Stop Charging for Parts of Its Web Site

The New York Times will stop charging for access to parts of its Web site, effective at midnight Tuesday night.

The move comes two years to the day after The Times began the subscription program, TimesSelect, which has charged $49.95 a year, or $7.95 a month, for online access to the work of its columnists and to the newspaper’s archives. TimesSelect has been free to print subscribers to The Times and to some students and educators.

In addition to opening the entire site to all readers, The Times will also make available its archives from 1987 to the present without charge, as well as those from 1851 to 1922, which are in the public domain. There will be charges for some material from the period 1923 to 1986, and some will be free.

The Times said the project had met expectations, drawing 227,000 paying subscribers — out of 787,000 over all — and generating about $10 million a year in revenue.

“But our projections for growth on that paid subscriber base were low, compared to the growth of online advertising,” said Vivian L. Schiller, senior vice president and general manager of the site,

Copyright 2007 New York Times

Saranac: PROD and DEV regions reboot

The reboot of Saranac is complete (1:19pm).  Both DEV and PROD are back up for all campuses.  Servers, background processes and job daemons appear to be functioning.  If you experience continued problems please report them via Footprints.

Thank you for your patience. –Valerie

New in Footprints – View Site

Those of you who use Footprints will see a new link on your left side bar: View Site. This link allows you to see all the issues associated with your campus, whether or not you personally submitted them. You cannot edit others’ issues, but you can read them.

We hope this is a helpful feature for you.

Laura K. Murray
Library Implementation Specialist
Office of Library and Information Services
State University of New York
SUNY Plaza
Albany, N.Y. 12246

Aleph Item Booking Web cast registration

Mona Ridley from Ex Libris will be providing a Web cast to review the Aleph Item Booking functionality on November 1, 2007 at 2:00pm.  It is scheduled to last about 45 minutes.  There is no fee to register.  Ex Libris does request the following information for each participant: name, title, campus affiliation, phone number and email address.  If you are interested in registering, please link to this URL and provide the information requested:

The closing date for registering is October 4, 2007.

Per Ex Libris, the Web cast requires the use of Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher.  The audio portion will be done using a phone conference number that will be provided to participants who register via this Zoomerang survey.  A recording of the session will be made available.  Upon receipt of the list of participants, Ex Libris will send out emails to each participant with the Web cast connection/logon information.  Each participant should connect 5 to 10 minutes before the Web cast in order to download the Interwise web casting software that will be provided upon logon.


Version 18 – 9/10/2007 Status Update

TO:  Campuses in the shared server environment.

At the end of August, Ex Libris installed a default Ex Libris v18 environment on “Mohawk” the test server at ITEC.  During September the ITEC and OLIS staff will develop a v18 training database for OLIS.  Once this training database is completed the OLIS staff will have the opportunity to begin investigating version 18 within the context of the SUNY Aleph configuration.  This investigation, in conjunction with the testing of the Ex Libris Upgrade Express scripts will result in a better understanding of how the SUNY Aleph configuration needs to be modified for v18 and will help determine possible training needs.

The OLIS and ITEC expect to work through December 2007 on testing and creating the SUNY v18 environment.  The actual campus upgrades would then begin sometime in 2008.  By the end of 2007 the OLIS will have a better idea when the campus migrations might be scheduled.

For the v14 to v16 upgrade, the Aleph GUI client changed significantly, impacting all staff modules.  Given the extent of the changes, Ex Libris provided regional demos to highlight the updates between the two versions.  The v16 to v18 changes are not nearly as dramatic.  Many of the updates will not impact SUNY because of our type of shared server environment.  Consequently, there will not be any regional demos for the v16 to v18 upgrade.

One area that will be new to SUNY is Item Booking (Ex Libris terminology for Materials Booking).  Ex Libris will be offering SUNY an Item Booking web cast on November 1, 2007 at 2:00pm.  The web cast is scheduled to run 45 minutes.  I will send out a separate email asking who would be interested in participating.  The web cast is offered at no cost, but Ex Libris did request that participants sign-up ahead of time.  It will be recorded.

For those of you attending the October 5 SUNYLA LiSUG meeting at Cobleskill, please note that there are various sessions related to Aleph v17/18.  One in particular is on __Getting Started with Materials Booking__ that will be presented by Jennifer Murray and Susan Dow from the University at Buffalo.