30 August 2012

JISC Historic Books - recent enhancements

Recent enhancements have been made to JISC Historic Books to make book viewing more easy.  They include: 
  • Next/Previous book - allows you to move to the next or previous book in the Results list, without closing the viewer
  • New thumbnail view - thumbnails on the Results screen enable quick access to the text and selection of pages for more detailed viewing
  • Improved Zoom - you can now zoom up to 400% in variable zoom
  • Full Screen view - removes all additional on-screen information about the book, search results etc.
  • Improved PDFs - higher quality searchable PDF images are now available

29 August 2012

Weekly Top 5 TV and Radio Programme Requests

Each week, the most requested titles from Bob (Box of Broadcasts) National and the BUFVC's Off-Air Back-Up Service serve to illustrate the wide range of programmes available to subscribers in the UK.

In a recent week, the most popular programmes included the new BBC Shakespeare adaptation, as well as documentaries on social housing, aging and the British legal system: 

1. THE HOLLOW CROWN (BBC2)  More info
- watch on * BoB National

  - watch on * BoB National

3.  CAPITAL JUSTICE (BBC Radio 4)  More info
  - listen on * BoB National

4. THE MEN WHO MADE US FAT (BBC2)  More info
  - watch on * BoB National 

5. WHEN I GET OLDER (BBC2)  More info
  - watch on *  BoB National

* = login with your University of St Andrews Username and Password; University staff and students only

28 August 2012

New e-Resources - Elsevier Medical e-Textbooks

We now have 24/7 unlimited access to 11 important Elsevier medical e-textbooks, including access to 5 new titles:
  • Basic Medical Sciences: Naish
  • Clinical Medicine: Kumar and Clark  
  • Communication Skills for Medicine: Lloyd  
  • General and Systematic Pathology: Underwood 
  • Gray's Anatomy for Students: Drake
  • Human Histology: Stevens/Lowe NEW
  • Imaging Atlas of Human Anatomy: Weir and Abrahams NEW
  • Medical Physiology: Boron and Boulpaep NEW
  • Pharmacology: Rang and Dale
  • Textbook of Medical Physiology: Guyton and Hall NEW
  • Wheater's Functional Histology: Young et al NEW
Links into the individual titles have been added to SAULCAT, the Library catalogue.

Off-campus access: use your University Username and Password.

21 August 2012

ScienceDirect and Scopus maintenance - Saturday 25 August

ScienceDirect and Scopus are expected to be unavailable for some hours beginning Saturday 25 August 2012.  

This is to allow scheduled maintenance for a new release to take place.

The downtime is expected to be between: 

12:30 pm Saturday 25 August - 7:30 am Sunday 26 August

Details of the changes you will see are given below:

ScienceDirect - new design for journal article and book chapter pages as well as improved RSS feeds, image search, etc 

Scopus - improved Alerts functionality

17 August 2012

BoB (Box of Broadcasts) maintenance - Monday 20 August

BoB (Box of Broadcasts) National) is undergoing planned maintenance on Monday 20 August. 

Additional servers are being added to ensure that BoB's increasing popularity will not cause the website to grind to a halt, as the load can be shared across multiple servers, and served from a back-up location.

The providers will try to keep disruption to a minimum,  but the whole website has to be taken offline, to install the servers.

BoB National should therefore be considered at risk of intermittent breaks all day on Monday, but especially between 11.00 am -3.00 pm. 

The BUFVC apologises for any inconvenience that this will cause.  BoB will be back as soon as possible after that.

16 August 2012

Cambridge Books Online trial has now ended

Our 6-month Cambridge Books Online trial (of over 12,000 e-books from Cambridge University Press) has now ended.

The trial was very successful, with significant use made of this collection.  We also received very useful comments about valuable titles, and recommendations for continued access, through SAULCAT links to a Feedback Form.

Trial titles will now be removed from SAULCAT as the full-text is no longer accessible.

Post-trial discussions between Scottish University libraries and Cambridge University Press are ongoing.  We have no further information about long-term access yet, but will post an update here, as soon as we know more.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the trial and took time to comment and provide opinions - your feedback was extremely helpful.

[Please note that we continue to have perpetual access to:

15 August 2012

Proquest databases - planned maintenance 19 August

The Proquest database platform will be subject to maintenance from Sunday 19 August at 03.00 for 12 hours. This may affect the performance and accessibility of content.

This is essential maintenance required for the next release of the Proquest platform.

Databases which could be affected, include:
 Proquest apologises for any inconvenience that this maintenance may cause.

11,000 Computer Science/IT e-books in Books24x7 ITPro

A reminder that we have unlimited access to 11,000 computer science e-books through our subscription to the Books 24x7 ITPro e-book collection. 

Links into each individual e-book have been added to SAULCAT, our online catalogue, for easy access.

Books 24x7 contains full-text e-books covering a wide range of technology topics and skill levels, and is updated weekly.  Just some of the subjects included, are:
  • artifical intelligence and symbolic computation
  • enterprise computing
  • graphic design and multimedia
  • hardware and software
  • human computer interaction
  • Internet and Web development
  • networks and distributed systems
  • software and systems engineering, etc  (Flyer)
NB:  on- and off-campus access: use University Computer Account Username and Password (Shibbolised access)

14 August 2012

New e-Resource - two new JSTOR e-journal collections

The Library has added perpetual access to two new JSTOR e-journal collections to its e-resources.

This gives us access to the complete JSTOR (Journal STORage) database which archives over 2,518 leading scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, from volume 1 onward.

The two new collections are:
features broad coverage in the Business & Social Sciences, Sociology, Education, Public Policy & Administration, and the History of Science, Technology & Medicine, as well as Transportation and Development Studies
expands coverage in Language & Literature, History, Art & Art History, Classical Studies, Architecture & Architectural History, and Music

Most journals have a 3-5 year moving wall between the content in JSTOR and the current published issue, designed to protect the revenue publishers make from the sales of current issues.

NB: links into the individual e-journals will shortly appear on the A-Z e-Journal pages, and in SAULCAT, the Library catalogue

13 August 2012

New e-Resource - Opera in Video

Following a successful earlier trial, a subscription to the Opera in Video database has been taken out.

Opera in Video is a comprehensive video collection of operatic performances covering the most commonly studied operas in music history, opera literature, and performance classes. 

It currently contains 500 hours of video comprising 292 operatic works.

Selections represent the world’s best performers, conductors, and opera houses, and cover the full range of operatic composition, from the Baroque to the 20th century. 

See the earlier blog entry for more information.
NB:  you can stream the videos to your mobile! - just click on the mobile phone icon next to each video to stream to an Android, or an iPhone operating on a 3G network

9 August 2012

Interested in shared streaming service for uploading videos/sound files?

University of St Andrews staff - would you be interested in a shared national streaming service to upload your own videos and sound files?

The BUFVC (British Universities Film and Video Council) is currently running a short survey to examine the feasibility of a shared streaming service for HE/FE institutions.

This would allow locally-produced videos and sound files to be uploaded and made easily accessible.  

Potentially, it would also allow recordings of lectures which include off-air recorded material within them, to be uploaded. 

They envisage that such a service would work in a similar way to BoB (Box of Broadcasts) National, our very popular online TV and radio streaming service subscription.

At present, there is no funding for this service but the BUFVC is very keen to gauge interest, and gather opinions, from users within HE.

Your responses would be much appreciated - the survey is at:

6 August 2012

New - Scottish Post Office Directories 1773-1911

The National Library of Scotland has launched a website for their popular collection of over 700 digitised Scottish Post Office directories, dating from 1773 to 1911. 
  • browse and search through all the directories at once, by title, year and residents' names
  • find out where people lived at a certain time and how they earned their living
  • discover interesting facts and figures about local statistics, the beginning of commercial photography, Dundee's whale fishing industry, the development of Scotland's shipping industry, etc
NB: this is a valuable resource for anyone researching family, trade and social history - especially for the years not covered by the Census which began in 1841, and was carried out at 10-year intervals

3 August 2012

50,000 e-books from Eighteenth Century Collections II now available

The 50,000 e-book titles that comprise ECCO II (Eighteenth Century Collection Online), have now been fully indexed and integrated into JISC Historic Books.  They are discoverable with ECCO I titles, and other JISC Historic Books content.

ECCO covers every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in Great Britain during the 18th Century, along with thousands of important works from the Americas.

ECCO forms part of
JISC Historic Books, which enables you to cross-search over 300,000 books from the following significant collections:
  • Early English Books Online (EEBO)
  • Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)
  • 19th Century books from the British Library collection
JISC Historic Books is included in the new JISC eCollections service, along with JISC Journal Archives and JISC MediaHub

NB: for details of planned improvements to JISC Historic Books, please see the development roadmap