Friday, July 29, 2011

ASME eBook Collection purchased

We have purchased the ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) eBook collection on the ASME Digital Library platform (the same place where ASME journals are hosted). The collection contains just over 100 titles covering all areas of mechanical engineering published between 1993 and 2011. The books are presented as DRM-free PDF chapters.

Access is available now. We have activated them in SFX / find it @ liverpool so they can be found via Google Books and WorldCat, and they will be added to our catalogue and DISCOVER very soon.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Taylor & Francis eBooks now on Myilibrary

Following the sudden (but not unwelcome) demise of the Taylor & Francis eBooks platform, our 6,600+ Taylor & Francis eBooks are now available on the Myilibrary platform. We have received a new set of catalogue records and we have also been able to activate them in SFX / find it @ liverpool so that they can be reached via Google Book Search and WorldCat. As with our other Myilibrary eBooks, we access these books via UK Federation login both on- and off-campus. In practice this means that the first time you access one of these books in a session you will be prompted to login with your usual (i.e. Managed Windows Service) username and password.

Note that for a long time we have had trial access to a large number of T&F eBooks, but this access has now ceased. Actually, we have been able to keep access to the best-used of those titles (47 of them) and these will appear in the catalogue (and SFX) next week. If you find that you cannot access a title that you have come to depend on just get in touch and we should be able to purchase it to restore access within a day or two.

Two Black American Newspaper Archives purchased

We have purchased the archives of two black American newspapers: The Baltimore Afro-American (1893-1988) and New York Amsterdam News (1922-1993). Both appear in the library catalogue and LibGuides (including our A-Z list of databases).

Founded by former slave John Henry Murphy, Sr. when he merged three church publications, The Baltimore Afro-American became one of the most widely circulated African-American newspapers on the Atlantic Coast. In addition to featuring the first black female reporter (Murphy's daughter) and female sportswriters, the papers contributors have included writer Langston Hughes, intellectual J. Saunders Redding, artist Romare Bearden, and sports editor Sam Lacy, whose column influenced the desegregation of professional sports. Through the decades, the newspaper fought for equal employment rights, urged African-American participation in politics, and advocated state-funded higher education for blacks. In the 1930s, The Afro-American launched The Clean Block campaign, which is still in existence today, to clean up inner-city neighbourhoods and fight crime. It stationed correspondents in Europe and the Pacific during World War II, providing first-hand reports to readers. In the 1950s, working with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the newspapers efforts contributed to the outlawing of public school segregation.

From an initial $10 investment, the New York Amsterdam News grew to become one of the nations leading black newspapers and one of New Yorks most influential black-owned institutions. For nearly a century, it has helped influence and promote the causes and aspirations of African-Americans. The New York Amsterdam News captured the vibrancy and cultural richness of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s, advocated for the desegregation of the U.S. military during World War II, and fought against discriminatory employment practices and other civil rights abuses in the 1960s.

Mass Observation Online Update II now available

We have purchased Mass Observation Online Update II . Access is available now and updates records will soon appear in the library catalogue and LibGuides (including our A-Z list of databases).

This second update brings the following new content:

Diaries, 1943-1945
Completing the series of personal diaries submissions during the war period and up to December 1945.

Directives, 1943-1945
Completing the series of directive responses during the war period and up to December 1945.

Topic Collections
Three investigations of habits regarding Smoking, Drinking and Gambling. It also covers a survey of wartime attitudes to Posters used for public information from 1939-1947 and a study of the 'Britain Can Make It' design exhibition which took place in the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1946.

Worktown Collection
The Worktown Project was a major Mass Observation study carried out in Bolton and Blackpool during the period 1937-1940 and is complemented by the collection of 100 photographs from the Worktown Project already available in the resource.

Essays
"Think of desserts while the bombs fall around you: Nella Last and the Mass Observation diarists during World War II" plus two further essays.

The Making of the Modern World, Part II: 1851-1914 now available

We have purchased The Making of the Modern World, Part II: 1851-1914. Access is available now and updates records will soon appear in the library catalogue and LibGuides (including our A-Z list of databases).

Following on from the acclaimed The Making of the Modern World: Goldsmiths'-Kress Library of Economic Literature, 1450-1850 (which we already own), The Making of the Modern World, Part II: 1851-1914 takes The Making of Modern World series to the end of the 19th century with approx. 5,000 additional titles. Combined, the two collections give students and researchers unprecedented access to nearly 500 years of primary sources detailing the social, political and economic formation of the modern world.

Comprised mainly of monographs, reports, correspondence, speeches and surveys, MOMW Part II: 1851-1914 can be cross-searched with the original MOMW through an enhanced user interface. Part II extends and deepens researchers' access to international coverage of 19th century social, economic and business history as well as political science, technology, industrialisation and the birth of the modern corporation.

MOMW Part II: 1851-1914 consists of approx. 1.2 million pages (approx. 5,000 titles) of digitised microfilm and newly sourced original documents from the world's key collections of economic literature.

Voices from Wartime France 1939-1945 now available

We have purchased Voices from Wartime France 1939-1945: Clandestine Resistance and Vichy Newspapers on the Archives Unbound platform (where we also have East Germany from Stalinization to the New Economic Policy, 1950-1963). Access is available now and it will appear in the library catalogue and LibGuides (including our A-Z list of databases) very soon.

Voices from Wartime France, 1939-45: Clandestine Resistance and Vichy Newspapers constitutes the sum of the French press that actually reached Britain during the Occupation of 1940-44. It is the record of what was known by the British about the hearts and minds of the French people at the most dramatic period of their shared history. This unique collection offers the complete French holdings of the British Library, acquired through a variety of intelligence, clandestine and neutral sources, offering as full a view of life during the War as was possible at the time.

The British Library holds many resistance titles never acquired by the Bibliothèque Nationale, because it was under German occupation. Indeed this is the biggest and most important collection of titles from Occupied France anywhere outside France, and has remained almost unknown to the scholarly community. Offering a full picture of the basis on which many key political decisions were made in Britain about the conduct of the war in France, this significant discovery will offer new light on a much studied period.

Resistance papers were produced anonymously by the Maquis, deep in the provinces, and smuggled to Britain to be used by the Foreign Office Intelligence Division.

The Listener Historical Archive 1929-1991 now available

Following a successful trial we are delighted to announce that we have now purchased The Listener Historical Archive 1929-1991. Access is available now and it will appear in the library catalogue and LibGuides (including our A-Z list of databases) very soon.

Developed as the medium for reproducing broadcasts, The Listener (1929-1991) was the weekly newspaper published by the BBC. The complete archive of this landmark publication is an essential witness to the intellectual and cultural history of the twentieth century, and also to the golden years of radio and television.

Picture Post Historical Archive now available

Following a successful trial we are delighted to announce that we have now purchased the Picture Post Historical Archive. Access is available now and it will appear in the library catalogue and LibGuides (including our A-Z list of databases) very soon.

The Picture Post Historical Archive contains every issue of the pioneering photojournalism newspaper. High-principled yet entertaining, and featuring a whole stable of extraordinarily talented photographers, Picture Post (1938-1957) was read by an estimated 80% of the British population at its peak. It is an essential resource for studying international social and political issues of the day, and how they were brought into popular consciousness.

ICE Virtual Library Civil Engineering eBooks updated

We have purchased all available updates to the Institution of Civil Engineers' collections on the ICE Vitual Library platform.

As well as all the books that ICE Publishing have published since we first bought their eBooks collection in July 2009, this also includes around 950 earlier books that have now been digitised.

Among the additional titles now available to use are:

ICE Manual of Highway Design and Management
ICE Manual of Bridge Engineering, 2nd edition


as well as several more Eurocode guides.

Access is available now. We are waiting for the publisher to supply data about the books to our SFX / find it @ liverpool so they can be found via Google Books and WorldCat, and they will be added to our catalogue and DISCOVER very soon.

Translated Texts for Historians E-Library purchased

We have purchased the complete Translated Texts for Historians E-Library from our good friends on the other side of Abercromby Square, Liverpool University Press, on their MetaPress platform.

Access is available now. We will endeavour to activate them in SFX / find it @ liverpool so they can be found via Google Books and WorldCat, and they will be added to our catalogue and DISCOVER soon.

Translated Texts for Historians makes available sources translated from Greek, Latin, Syriac, Coptic, Arabic, Georgian and Armenian, published between 300 and 800 AD.  This period, from late antiquity to the early middle ages saw the transformation of the classical world, the beginnings of Europe and of Islam, and the evolution of Byzantium.  Each volume provides an expert scholarly translation, with an introduction setting texts and authors in context, and with notes on content, interpretation and debates.

Martinus Nijhoff 2010 eBook collections purchased

We have purchased the 2010 updates to the Martinus Nijhoff Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, and International Law eBooks collections on the Martinus Nijhoff Online platform.

Access is available now. We have activated them in SFX / find it @ liverpool so they can be found via Google Books and WorldCat, and they will be added to our catalogue and DISCOVER very soon.

DISCOVER now works in Chrome

The recent upgrade to DISCOVER included numerous fixes to accommodate Google’s "surprise major version update". Issues with links, the PDF viewer, etc have been addressed. EBSCO say that official quality assurance support for Google Chrome as a supported browser will be coming in September.

IEEE-Wiley 2011 eBook collection purchased

We have purchased the 2011 update to the IEEE-Wiley eBooks collection on the IEEE Xplore platform.

Access is available now. We have activated them in SFX / find it @ liverpool so they can be found via Google Books and WorldCat, and they will be added to our catalogue and DISCOVER very soon.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

More Palgrave eBooks in Business, Economics, History

We have purchased all of the available Palgrave Connect eBooks in three subject areas:

Business and Management (662 additional titles)
Economics and Finance (726 additional titles)
History (836 additional titles)

Access is available now. We have activated them in SFX / find it @ liverpool so they can be found via Google Books and WorldCat, and they will be added to our catalogue and DISCOVER very soon.

Last year we purchased the 2009 and 2010 collections in all subject areas of Palgrave Connect. This year we analysed the usage statistics from those collections and bought those subjects where the greatest proportion of titles had been used.

Palgrave Connect eBooks are presented as DRM-free PDFs. All the 2011 collections, and the 2010 Business and Management collection are also available to download in EPUB format for use on EPUB-compatible devices. see the Palgrave Connect FAQ for more details.

Problem with EBSCO via EZproxy - resolved

This problem of article-level and journal-level links to EBSCO leading to the EBSCOhost advanced search instead has been resolved.

If you are still experiencing problems please contact us.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

QR Codes in DISCOVER and EBSCOhost

We have now added QR Codes to DISCOVER and to EBSCOhost databases (like Cinahl and Historical Abstracts). You will see them in results lists (in our main profile only) and in Full Record view.

What are QR Codes?

QR Codes are those little patterns of squares you see in more and more adverts, among other places. They are a two-dimensional barcode. The idea is that you take a picture of them on your smartphone (or other mobile device) and then use an app (a free one if you have any sense) to decode the QR Code, which usually means taking you to a web page encoded in the pattern.

Why would I use them?

Here are 3 examples of QR Codes in DISCOVER and why you might find them useful:

1. Search results page

Here's what you'll see on the DISCOVER search results page when you search for 'san andreas fault':





The QR code encodes the 'Permalink' for that search (http://search.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.liv.ac.uk/login.aspx?direct=true&bquery=((san+AND+andreas+AND+fault))&type=0&site=eds-live&scope=site) which you find under 'Alert/Save/Share' at the top of the search results.

If you take a photo of that QR code and have a QR code reader on your mobile device then it will re-run that search for you whenever you like, without having to write anything down or create a bookmark.

2. E-journal article

If you view the full record for any e-journal article it has a QR Code at the end:





Again, the QR Code encodes the Permalink of that article. So if you find a really useful article but don't have time to read it there and then, just snap the QR Code and then load the article via the QR Code whenever convenient.

3. Books and journals in the library

If you view the full record for any book or journal it has a QR Code at the end:





Rather than having to write down or memorise the classmark, just snap the QR Code on your mobile device and take the catalogue record with you as you search the shelves. You can link from the DISCOVER record to the library catalogue record, and then on to our web pages that explain where things are shelved.

Caveats: a search Permalink will always run searches in our main DISCOVER profile, so that is why we don't offer that sort of QR Code in our other profiles (medicine, humanities, etc). And Permalinks will always lead to the full version of the DISCOVER site which might not work too well on a mobile phone. So some of these probably work better on an iPad than for an iPhone for example.

Here are the 3 QR Codes above in full size. Try them out...


search for 'san adreas fault'


e-journal record


book record

The code for this feature was written by Eric Frierson, Digital Services Manager at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. Thanks, Eric. We'll keep an eye on the other ideas he comes up with on his http://thirdpartylibrarian.wordpress.com/ blog.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Index to Legal Periodicals and Books now on EBSCO

Following the acquisition of the HW Wilson Company by (or is that the merger with?) EBSCO, we now have access to Index to Legal Periodicals and Books on the EBSCOhost platform, and it is included in DISCOVER searches (main profile and the Social Sciences profile).

We've updated the links in our catalogue and LibGuides. You'll find it at http://search.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.liv.ac.uk/login.aspx?authtype=ip&profile=EHOST&defaultdb=ilh.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Taylor & Francis eBooks: They'll Be Back!

Due to 'unforeseen circumstances' with the Taylor & Francis eBooks platform we currently cannot access eBooks on that platform, and we have taken those eBooks out of the Library catalogue.

The good news is that next week we should be granted access to the titles on the Myilibrary platform instead, and this will just be a temporary measure until they finally transition to the new Taylor & Francis Online platform (which recently took over the hosting of T&F e-journals from Informaworld).

Note that for a long time we have had trial access to a large number of T&F eBooks, but we will not have access to those titles on Myilibrary (or on Taylor & Francis Online). Actually, we will be able to keep access to the best-used of those titles (around 50 at a guess). But that still means that we will have access to well over 6,000 T&F eBooks, which isn't bad.

Once access has been granted to the titles on Myilibrary, if you find that you cannot access a title that you have come to depend on just get in touch and we should be able to purchase it to restore access within a day or two.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Book moves - Medical, Vet PBL & Euro collections

Some of the books in the Harold Cohen Library have been moved to accommodate new stock.

The Vet PBL (Problem Based Learning) material has moved from Stack 5 to the Recently Returned Area.

The “Euro” material has also moved from Stack 5 to the Recently Returned Area.

Most of the books starting at class mark QA152 have been moved along, so Stack 5 now ends at class mark RB and Stack 6 starts at class mark RC.

For full information see Find items in the Library and look out for a similar move of Harold Cohen journals in coming weeks, again to make space for new additions.

Friday, July 01, 2011

Scopus available again

Scopus is now available again. You may need to quit your browser and start afresh. Apologies again.