Library server will be down again Friday morning

UPDATE: The new maintenance work has been reported to FRIDAY, MAY 2nd.

Additional work needs to be done with the library servers after the other morning’s brief maintenance-related outage. There will be a new outage on Friday May 2nd , between 5:00am and 5:30am (everything should be back up at 6:30am at the latest). [...]

Library server down

There will be a brief outage for the library servers on April 30th, between 5:00am and 5:30am (everything should be back up no later than 6:00am). A new power system will be installed.

The following services will be impacted:

the main library website, which will affect some links from the Lakeland Library website
EZProxy (one of the [...]

ScienceDirect enhancements

Elsevier, the publisher of the multidisciplinary database ScienceDirect, has announced new features:

New to ScienceDirect are features that make the platform more user friendly and deliver better, clearer results in fewer clicks.

Researchers like to quickly evaluate articles before reading them

Researchers will find preview tabs that provide quick access to the important article assessment components: [...]

Trial database: Ward’s Business Directory of U.S. Private and Public Companies

We are announcing trial access to Ward’s Business Directory of U.S. Private and Public Companies. This trial ends May 15, 2008.

Ward’s Business Directory of U.S. Private and Public Companies covers domestic private and public companies. Up to twenty items of information are provided for each company listed. Includes names, addresses, telephone numbers, e-mails, [...]

Catalog enhancements

If you used the USF Libraries catalog today, you may have noticed some enhancements:

the cover of the book is presented when available, on the right hand side
on the right hand side as well, you will find a link to Google Books giving you more information on the title. In some cases, you will be able [...]

National Library Week

April 13 to the 19 is National Library Week. Actress and author Julie Andrews is the Honorary Chair this year.

Tuesday the 15th is National Library Workers Day, a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.

The USF Lakeland Library and its staff are [...]

Slowdown on the CSA databases

The Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (CSA) databases are being very slow these past few days. The slowdown is due “enhancements” that they rolled out on Monday (4/7) that are having a negative impact on their servers. This is affecting all U.S. customers. The problem is being worked on.

Some databases affected include Sociological Abstracts, Health [...]

Wiley InterScience is down

The Wiley InterScience database is down since this morning. Efforts are being made to reinstate the database.

Book Donation Challenge

For fun and a good cause:
First Book is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to give children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books. They partenered with cereal-brand Cheerios and actor/author John Lithgow in a book donation challenge. Cheerios will be distributing 100,000 children’s books by John Lithgow [...]

New reference electronic books

The USF Libraries have acquired the following three online reference works from the publisher, John Wiley & Sons.

The Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science

The Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science captures contemporary thinking about the workings of the mind and brain with approaches and techniques that have emerged since the 1980′s. This reference work covers the [...]