OpenOffice installed on Public Access machine

The OpenOffice suite has been installed on the Public Access machine. What is OpenOffice? It is a free, open source software suite containing a word processor, a spreadsheet editor, database software, presentation software, a picture editor and a graph editor. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read [...]

Another catalog enhancement: texting call numbers

You now have a new option in the catalog when looking at a particular item. Among the little icons underneath the location (the ones saying “Add”, “Print”, “Email”, etc), you will find a new one showing a cell phone and the wording “Text”. This can be used to text yourself the call number of a [...]

New name in the catalog

The USF Libraries catalog now sports the new name of the USFP Library as a location for items.

That means that if you do an advanced search and use the pull down menu for the Location field, you will see “USF LIBRARY – Polytechnic” as an option. As well, when search results are pulled up [...]

Totally new EBSCOhost interface

The long-awaited EBSCOhost 2.0 interface is now fully implemented. This is the first redesign of the EBSCOhost interface since 2002, and its functionality incorporates the latest technological advances.

You can find a wide range of tools and information to streamline your transition to the new design:

An overview of EBSCOhost 2.0 is provided in a Flash [...]

Problems with IngentaConnect

The USF Libraries are currently experiencing problems connecting to subscribed full-text resources (in the fields of physical and health sciences mostly) through IngentaConnect. We are working on getting the situation corrected. Thank you for your patience.

UPDATE: the problem now seems fixed. Please let the librarian know if you are still experimenting problems.

Library blog on Facebook

Facebook has a new application called Blog Networks. People can look up their favorite blogs, read them and rate them. Blog authors can list their blogs on the Blog Network and that is what I did with the USF Poly Library blog. If you are a Facebook member,please add this blog to your list by [...]

WilsonWeb improvements

Several improvements have recently been added to the WilsonWeb interface. They include:

“My WilsonWeb” profiles. Using their email address as their password, library users can create their own sub-account within WilsonWeb, where they can create and manage saved searches, search histories, email alerts, and RSS feeds.
RSS feed for new search results. Configure RSS updates [...]

Downtime scheduled for Informaworld/Taylor & Francis

A short period of downtime is scheduled on Informaworld on Tuesday July 15th 2008, from midnight through 2:00 a.m. July 15th to allow some essential maintenance completion. This replaces the downtime on July 12th.

The Informaworld site is all of the Taylor & Francis titles.

Some users may experience impaired performance for a short time after the [...]

Library name change

The Library, along with the rest of this USF campus, changed names on July 1st. The Library will now be known as the University of South Florida Polytechnic Library. Unofficial, shorter, names for everyday use will be USF Poly Library or USFP Library.

To learn more on what’s a Polytechnic or how we got there, please [...]