Monthly Archives: March 2008

v18 update notes

Hello everyone

Here are a few clarifications regarding the v18 upgrade announcement that I sent out earlier today:

1.  The information about not updating tables in v16 PROD refers to Aleph configuration tables.  You can continue all work done through the Aleph Staff GUI such as adding and editing bibliographic records and functions associated with circulation, course reserves, acquisitions and serials.

2.  Regarding the time the DEV regions will be unavailable – the statement in the Aleph Version 18 Upgrade Schedule, drafted in early February, indicated “one week or more.”  Over the past 2 months the OLIS has realized that more time would be needed.  Consequently, I edited the Aleph Version 18 Upgrade Schedule to reflect the statement made in my earlier announcement.  As we go through the upgrade process it will become clearer as to how long the upgrade activities will take.  This may mean that campuses have a month, rather than two months, to review their DEV regions.  The only way to allow for longer review time for the DEVs would be to push the PROD upgrades into Fall semester 2008.

Maureen

v18 DEV upgrade SENECA – BCC, CAY, COR, HER, OSW, TCC

Hello everyone

TO:   The following campuses with Aleph regions housed on the SENECA
server: BCC, CAY, COR, HER, OSW, TCC.  This message is also being sent directly to the Aleph campus contacts at these sites.

RE:  v18 upgrade of campus DEV regions for SENECA – BCC, CAY, COR, HER, OSW, TCC

Your Aleph v16 DEV region will be taken March 31 prior to 5:00am.  The v18 upgrade activities will then begin.  Please review the Upgrade Process Summary for the DEV region that is available on the Version 18 Upgrade Schedule.  The schedule is available at: http://www.sunyconnect.suny.edu/olisdocs/public/Aleph/Version_18_Campus_Upgrade_Information/

**********IMPORTANT**********

The v18 updates to the Aleph tables on the DEV side will become the basis for v18 tables updates on the PROD side.  Once your v16 DEV side is shutdown, DO NOT make changes to your v16 PROD side Aleph tables.  If you do continue to make changes on your v16 PROD side AFTER your v16 DEV sides is shutdown, you ****MUST**** keep track of those changes and redo them again once your v18 PROD side becomes available

**********IMPORTANT**********

The v18 DEV region will be available in three to four weeks minimally. This time is needed to create the v18 environment that will be the basis for the v18 updates to the campus PROD region.  Please note that in the v14 to v16 upgrade, new hardware servers were installed for v16. Consequently, building the v16 DEV regions was done outside of the v14 DEV/PROD server environment.  With the v18 migration, all upgrade work must be done on the current v16 servers.  The ITEC and OLIS staff will work diligently to create the v18 DEV regions within this constraint.

When the v18 DEV side becomes available for review, a message will be posted to SUNYLMS and a direct email will be sent to the campus Aleph contact.  Go to the URL noted above for a list of contacts. At this time the Aleph campus contact will receive a packet of information related to installing the v18 client, using Angel for Aleph v18 update training, the WebOPAC environment, use of Sandbox, lists of any Aleph tables that campuses might need to review, and other pertinent material.

Information on what is new in v18, Ex Libris v18 documentation, and Interwise sessions are available at http://www.sunyconnect.suny.edu/olisdocs/public/Aleph/ for your review.

Maureen
_________________________
Maureen Zajkowski
SUNYConnect Program Manager
Office of Library and Information Services
State University Plaza
Albany, New York  12246
voice:  518-443-5577
fax:  518-443-5358

PLIF – v18 Updates

Everyone

This is addressed to campuses housed on Delaware, Saranac, and Seneca. Ex Libris has made changes to the v18 patron loader interface format (PLIF).  There is information noted below for BOTH BANNER sites and campuses that DO NOT use BANNER as the source of their patron data.

TO:  BANNER SITES – The OLIS has contacted SICAS with information needed to update the v16 SORYALD program that provides SICAS loads from Banner to Aleph.  The OLIS will be in contact with SICAS as to when the updated SORYALD program will be available for v18.  The SICAS web site at http://external.oneonta.edu/sicas/ provides a list of member campuses.

TO:  Campuses that use systems other than Banner for patron data – Please contact your campus IT staff to let them know that the v16 PLIF used for your campus should be updated to accommodate changes in v18. Nathan Fixler has created a one page document that describes the specific changes that have been made in the v18 Aleph PLIF format.  This document, along with the v18 PLIF documentation from Ex Libris, is available at: http://www.sunyconnect.suny.edu/olisdocs/public/Aleph/PLIF_v18/.  Please make this information available to your IT staff.

Please submit questions or clarifications on the updated PLIF format to Footprints.

Thanks
Maureen
_________________________
Maureen Zajkowski
SUNYConnect Program Manager
Office of Library and Information Services
State University Plaza
Albany, New York  12246
voice:  518-443-5577
fax:  518-443-5358

new SUNYConnect database available – GreenFILE (via EBSCO)

Hi John,
I wanted to let you know that we have added a new (free) database, GreenFILE, to the EBSCOhost profile for all SUNY campuses.  GreenFILE is a free resource via EBSCOhost that addresses human impact on the environment. 

This is the direct URL to GreenFILE:

http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=8gh

Below, I am also including the press release regarding GreenFILE.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  Thank you – have a great afternoon!

 

Sincerely,

Amy Levine
Academic Account Executive
EBSCO Publishing
Email:
alevine@ebscohost.com
Phone: 800-653-2726 Ext. 2461
Fax: 978-356-5640

Website: http://www.ebscohost.com
Tech Support: 800-758-5995
Training & Tutorials:
http://support.ebscohost.com

 

Information Provider Creates Free Resource to Help Minimize the Impact Humans Have on the Environment

~ EBSCO Publishing Releases GreenFILE; Making it Easy to

Research Environmental Impact and Green Alternatives ~

 

 

IPSWICH, Mass. — February 26, 2008 — EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) is one of the best-known aggregators of information, and as a company that has explored its own environmental impact; EBSCO has decided to use its expertise to make it easier for others to go green.  As such, GreenFILE, a bibliographic database of information about environmental concerns, is being made freely available at www.greeninfoonline.com.  Global warming, energy conservation, natural resources, and pollution are important issues for global citizens, and there is a growing awareness that the way people treat the environment today will have far-reaching effects in the future. GreenFILE allows anyone on the Web to access information about these important topics and many more.

 

GreenFILE is available on EBSCOhost®, one of the most-used research services available in libraries, universities, corporations, schools, medical institutions and government agencies around the world.  EBSCOhost databases are usually available by institution-level subscription only, but EBSCO is making GreenFILE available to anyone interested in resources related to the impact that humans have on the environment.  

 

GreenFILE covers content going back more than 35 years and contains backfiles to volume one, issue one for Bioscience, Journal of Environmental Planning & Management , Journal of Ecology, and Conservation Biology and these backfiles are unique to GreenFILE.  The database also contains bibliographic information for key non-scholarly titles such as: E -The Environmental Magazine, Natural Life, and Mother Earth News. The database contains nearly 300,000 records, full text for certain titles and searchable sited references for more than 200 titles as well. 

GreenFILE is a resource designed to help individuals and organizations interested in reducing the negative impact and increasing the positive impact they have on the environment. The database includes information for individuals, such as installing solar panels and recycling; for corporation needing information on green agriculture, hybrid cars or waste management; as well as, environmental laws, regulations and studies.  The goal is for GreenFILE to be a practical tool for everyday information and a resource for academic study and classroom activities.

Tim Collins, president of EBSCO Publishing, says after taking steps to improve EBSCO’s environmental awareness, it made sense to leverage the company’s expertise as a content provider to make this important information available. “The hope is that GreenFILE will be a resource for people who are concerned about the environment and want well-researched but accessible information about how to reduce their own impact.  We are committed to actively adding content to the database to methodically increase its value over time because we want people to have the best information to use when making decisions about their impact on the environment.” 

 

EBSCO Publishing has taken steps small and large to lessen its environmental impact. It has installed two separate solar electric arrays at its Ipswich headquarters; it is converting its fleet of cars to hybrids and has installed energy management systems in its buildings and data centers. The company is a member of The Green Grid.  The Ipswich Company has also created a Green Team of employees which has led to larger recycling programs, lunchtime seminars and a full public transportation reimbursement program for employees.

 

OLIS ScienceDirect stats site updated

The OLIS-provided ScienceDirect statistics/subscription site has been updated with additional ScienceDirect usage information.

The system (http://scidir.sunyconnect.suny.edu/ ) now includes usage information from 2005 through January 2008 for all campuses.

FYI – new JSTOR interface (week of March 17, 2008) [see update at bottom of posting]

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Dear JSTOR Participant: [Wed 3/12/2008 6:55 PM]We would like to provide you with an update on the approaching release of the new JSTOR platform. We are in final testing stages, and at this time we anticipate the new platform will replace the current JSTOR site during the week of March 17, 2008. We are excited about the new platform, which we believe will enhance navigation and ease of use, as well as provide more tools and capabilities for JSTOR users. The new system will also provide a more flexible foundation for future development, allowing us to more easily add new features and a greater array of scholarly content.

We urge you to continue to try out the preview of the new site before the end of this week, at which time we plan to close preview as we prepare for the launch itself. Until then, you may access the preview, as well as up-to-date information about its status, via the JSTOR Sandbox, at http://sandbox.jstor.org.

Some points to note about the upcoming new JSTOR platform:

  • When the launch takes place, individual and organizational access to JSTOR will automatically transition to the new platform. We are testing thoroughly our various access mechanisms in an effort to ensure that this transition is as smooth as possible for all users, and we have already contacted those institutions who may need alternate methods. If your site access is primarily IP-based you shouldn’t need to make any changes. Please let us know immediately, though, if you do experience any problems with access after the launch.
  • The main address for the site will continue to be http://www.jstor.org. We will continue to maintain critical top-level links to the JSTOR search forms, browse page, and journal information pages, as well as those article-level links that have been identified as stable URLs throughout the current JSTOR site (i.e., those prefaced by “Stable URL: http://links.jstor.org/…”).
  • We have begun scheduling webinars focused on “Highlights of the New JSTOR Interface.” To register for a scheduled webinar, please visit the JSTOR Training page at http://www.jstor.org/resources/training.html.
  • Release notes about the new system will be distributed shortly before launch and will be posted on the new site. These notes will highlight key improvements to JSTOR, while providing a forward look at features still being developed.

We would like to extend thanks to all of you for the feedback we have received so far during our preview period. We are working hard to correct problems that have been identified, and are taking note of suggestions for future enhancements. We also want to thank those of you who participated in the load testing exercise we held on Tuesday, March 4. The information we gathered from the thousands of accesses during the testing hour was extremely valuable for us as we finalized the system.

If you have any questions or comments at all about the upcoming release, please contact support@jstor.org. We will be happy to provide further information.

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March 20, 2008 update from the vendor – new interface and its use by JSTOR customers has been delayed.  See http://www.jstor.org for more information

SENECA – March 12 Downtime and Maintenance

TO:  Campuses with Aleph regions housed on the SENECA server

ITEC will be migrating Seneca to a new disk storage system.  The work will start at 12:00am on Wednesday, March 12, 2008.  This means Aleph will be shut down as of midnight.  The process is expected to take 8 – 9 hours.  The Aleph regions on Seneca are expected to be back up between 8:00am and 9:00am on Wednesday morning.

Please note:  activities (overdues, call slips, etc.) scheduled in the job_list during this timeframe will not run while Aleph is shutdown. Campuses can wait until the following day for the jobs to run or submit a Footprints request.

This work concludes the move of the Aleph shared servers to a new disk storage system.

Maureen
_________________________
Maureen Zajkowski
SUNYConnect Program Manager
Office of Library and Information Services
State University Plaza
Albany, New York  12246
voice:  518-443-5577
fax:  518-443-5358