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Library System Downtime October 25

On October 25th, we have scheduled maintenance to our Library system and it will thus be down for most of the day.  This means that Self Checkout kiosks and the Library Catalog will be unavailable during this time.  However, you may still check out materials at the Circulation Desk or search the catalog through OneSearch.

This maintenance is the first phase in migrating the existing Library system to an improved version, which we hope will help us serve you better.

EBSCO Discovery Service Trial

EBSCO Discovery ServiceHave you ever wanted to look for journal articles AND  books from a single search box? The Greenwood Library invites you to try the “one-stop” EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) on trial through May 2011.

This search tool allows you to use the familiar EBSCOhost interface to search the Library’s catalog and many of our article databases at one time. Test it from the library home page.

EDS surveyWe hope you’ll also tell us your impressions. The Greenwood Library is considering purchasing this product.  Your feedback will help us determine if EDS is a useful tool for conducting research at Longwood University.

Here are a few things to note about the trial:

  • It searches many but not all of the Library’s databases.
  • All EBSCOhost databases are included.
  • It searches JSTOR and several other journal collections.
  • Many but not all of the Library’s electronic books are included.
  • Books, CDs and DVDs added after January 2011 are not included.
  • Results include both print and online resources.

If you have questions about the trial, which ends May 31, 2011, please contact the Learning Commons at x2435 or refdesk@longwood.edu.

Streaming Video and Online Catalog Upgrades

The Greenwood Library is pleased to announce two upgrades for our existing online catalog and streaming video services that expand their functionality and improve their ease of use.

Online Catalog RecordWhen viewing full item records in the online catalog, users will see the following improvements:

  • Larger book jackets and CD/DVD covers
  • Easily accessible tabs with additional information such as table of contents, first chapter, and book reviews
  • Redesigned interface

With the streaming video service, we’ve switched our delivery method from Quicktime to Flash and improved the interface to bring users the following benefits:

  • Logging in to PBS videos is simpler—it uses the same authentication system as our databases.
  • Integrated troubleshooting makes it easier to overcome any problems playing the videos.
  • Video playback and seeking are smoother and more stable.
  • Videos are more viewable, especially in a classroom, with full-screen support, automatic resizing, and backlight dimming features.
  • All major browsers are supported, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and Opera.
  • Extensible webpage and streaming server allow us to easily host other academic videos from around campus.

Streaming Video Display

New "My Account" features

Have you ever been browsing books or movies in the library’s catalog and wanted to make a note to checkout an item later? Now you can! The new “My Lists” feature lets you create personal lists in your library account. From your search results in the catalog, select the check box to the left of your desired item or items and then click the “Save to My Lists” button at the top of the results list. You will be prompted to login to your account and then to select a list in which to save your records. You can add the item to an existing list or create a new list.

You can also track your reading history with another new “My Account” feature. While logged in to your account, click the “Reading History” button. You will need to click the “Start Saving History” button for the system to begin recording the items you checkout. Then simply check back occasionally to see what you’ve read.

Let us know what you think!

Easy citations in the catalog

citation2 Need a quick citation for that last reference for your Works Cited page? Now it’s easy with the new citation feature in the catalog. Simply find your book in the online catalog, then click the link beneath the title that says “Cite this item (from WorldCat).” A new window should appear with your citation in several popular formats! It’s that easy.

Thousands of E-Books Now Available Through NetLibrary

The Greenwood Library now has access to over 11,000 e-books. Most of these are in the recently acquired NetLibrary Shared Collection V, which includes full-text versions of over 6,000 recent books such as reference works, scholarly monographs, literature and fiction as well as 3,400 titles from Project Gutenberg, BiblioBytes and other publicly-accessible digital libraries. Many of the NetLibrary titles are listed in the online catalog; all of the NetLibrary e-books can be searched by keyword, subject, author, title or full-text from the NetLibrary database interface. Longwood users may create a personal NetLibrary account to save favorite e-books with custom notes.

Other e-book collections available at the Greenwood Library include:

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library (a growing collection of online subject encyclopedias and reference works)
  • History E-Book Project (over 1,000 current and out-of-print books on American, Asian, European, Latin American, African, and Middle Eastern history)
  • Oxford Reference Online (over 140 Oxford University Press current reference books on a broad range of topics, including bilingual and subject-specific dictionaries as well as world maps and flags)
  • Safari Tech Books Online (200 recent technology books from major IT publishers, including O’Reilly and The Pearson Technology Group, browseable by category or search by keyword or code fragment)