iCONN News

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

CT Web Librarians

CT Web Librarians - is a new blog set up by the intrepid leader of our CT Web Librarians' Roundtable (yes, Cecelia, you qualify as intrepid!) Take a look and add your comments, as you desire. It's a safe space for webrarians in CT to experiment with posting to blogs and for these librarians to see what blogs can do for building online communities. Enjoy!

New Professional Titles at Library Service Center

WebJunction - CT
Just a reminder for library staff, the library service centers' collection of professional titles continues to expand and -- if you go to WebJunction-CT -- you can view the list of new acquisitions. Enjoy!

Another loss - Playwright Wendy Wasserstein

Wendy understood that being considerate in a society of self-involved strivers was not for wimps. It required a steely inner toughness that was the hallmark of many of her heroines.

She also knew her own nature. ''Frankly, I never want to leave a room and be thought of as a horrible person,'' she admitted. But Wendy never explained what the rest of us were supposed to do when she left the room before us.

-- Gail Collins, Copyright New York Times Company Jan 31, 2006 (http://proquest.umi.com/pqdweb?did=978529471&Fmt=3&clientId=20549&RQT=309&VName=PQD)

This is the conclusion of an article about the loss of playwright Wendy Wasserstein - a Pulitzer Prize winning author and someone whom I mourn on a more personal level than I do most celebrities because of my connection to her through our respective alma mater - Mt. Holyoke College. She was one of several "favorite daughters", along with Emily Dickinson and an array of other luminaries who shone the way for those of us struggling to achieve in a lovely but sometimes intensely competitive scholarly environment.

You can find information about her throughout the iCONN databases, often in The New York Times as many of her plays were performed in NYC. Her biography is available in Wilson biographies and her photo is available at the AP Photo Archive.

Here's the beginning of the Wilson bio of the late Ms. Wasserstein:
WASSERSTEIN, WENDY (October 18, 1950-), American playwright, was born in Brooklyn, New York, the youngest of four children of Morris Wasserstein, a prosperous textile manufacturer, and the former Lola Schleifer, who had both arrived in the United States as children in the 1920s. She was raised on Manhattan's Upper East Side, attended the exclusive Calhoun School, took dancing lessons every Saturday morning at a class run by the famous choreographer June Taylor, and was afterwards permitted to attend a Broadway matinee performance every Saturday afternoon. She moved on to Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, majoring in history; she took her bachelor's degree in 1971.

King forged a legacy in pushing her husband's | csmonitor.com

King forged a legacy in pushing her husband's | csmonitor.com
How sad and ironic that it was just a couple of weeks ago that I blogged the photo of Martin Luther King, Jr., from iCONN's AP Photo Archive to celebrate MLK day and that I'm now blogging the obituary for Coretta Scott King.

Photos of the late Mrs. King are available at the AP Photo Archive. She is also featured in our Wilson Biographies database. More information about Mrs. King can also be found in our other databases, such as the newspapers and the general reference databases (e.g., InfoTrac OneFile). I'm including but one picture from the AP Photo Archive for you.

And to tempt you to look into this amazing woman's life further, using iCONN resources, here is an excerpt from Wilson Biographies:
Civil rights leader; singer
Unbowed by grief and undaunted in her dedication to the civil rights and peace movements so eloquently championed by her late husband, Mrs. Coretta King has since his death shown herself to be an effective and forceful public figure in her own right. Although active behind the scenes for years, Mrs. King emerged into the public spotlight after Martin Luther King's assassination on April 4, 1968 to help bridge the void created by his sudden death. At that time her simple dignity and deep religious faith earned Dr. King's widow the sympathy and admiration of millions of persons around the world....

Thursday, January 26, 2006

System Notes/Updates

  • iCONN, including reQuest, will be down from 1 a.m. to approximately 1:30 a.m. early morning Friday, January 27 for emergency maintenance

  • Hartford Courant Historical is live on the federated search menu now - so it's available to everyone (we still have some missing issues & quality control is going through and dealing with poor scans of some pages)

  • We've gotten some spotty reports from some LION libraries about not being able to get to www.iconn.org; the symptoms appear to be network-related and do not appear to affect non-LION libraries.

  • The new additions to the Health resources section of the federated search menu have been in place since earlier this month - but if you haven't looked at them, you may want to - they include MedlinePlus for public libraries/PubMed for academics; 2-1-1 Community Resources Directory; Connecticut Consumer Health Information; and Connecticut Physician Profiles. Medline/PubMed are now part of the federated searches for public/academic libraries, respectively, but the other resources are just links off the federated search page.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Hartford Courant Historical Available at iCONN portal

The CT Digital Library is excited to announce that the Historical Hartford Courant is now available through the iCONN portal.

The Connecticut State Library wishes to thank all the donors who helped make this resource possible. If your library hasn't pledged its support yet, please contact the State Librarian, Kendall Wiggin, at kwiggin@csib.org.

The Historical Hartford Courant database will include full-page coverage from issue 1, volume 1 of the newspaper starting in 1764 with coverage to December 31, 1922. This searchable digital archive of more than 280,000 pages of important historical content will offer article-level search results, article zoning and edited metadata, including headlines, bylines and first paragraphs.

All academic libraries, all public libraries and branches, historical society libraries, and all schools will have statewide access, as well as any Connecticut government department. There will be remote access for anyone with a public library card.

In an effort to improve the quality of the Hartford Courant images, ProQuest and the Connecticut State Library will source and film from paper any issues that do not meet ProQuest's rigorous quality standard. Issues will be added to this database as better originals are found. We appreciate your patience during this effort to improve the product. For a complete list of issues noted as missing or marked for re-filming, please go to: http://www.iconn.org/HartfordCourantMissingIssuesList.pdf

Libraries that wish to create links directly to the Historical Hartford Courant may use: http://rqst-agent.auto-graphics.com/LoginModule/Goto.aspx?cuid=rqst&dataid=765

Due to ALA, there is a delay adding this new resource to iCONN's "Direct Links to Resources" pages, but it will be added as soon as possible.

Training sessions will be set up soon. Watch for announcements regarding these - they're bound to fill up fast! In the meantime, please use ProQuest's Guide for their Historical Newspaper interface: http://training.proquest.com/trc/training/en/hnp.pdf

Lorraine Huddy
Electronic Resources Coordinator
Connecticut Digital Library
786 South Main Street
Middletown, CT 06457-5101
Tel 860.344.2521
Fax 860.344.2556

Friday, January 20, 2006

It's a Google World...

I think we're getting through to Google (or maybe Google's getting through to us)... The reason I say this is two-fold - first, the Google newsletters for librarians, lean though they may be, show a level of involvement/interest in our profession that we hadn't seen so clearly articulated by Google until they began the endeavor last month.

The second newsletter is now available at http://www.google.com/newsletter/librarian/librarian_2006_01/newsletter.html. It's got an article by one of the Google software engineers on how Google determines which sites are most "trusted". It's worth a look!

Also, we're hearing a lot - some of it on the confidential side, so I won't comment too much - from databases and Google themselves about attempts to get library resources into the mix. Wouldn't it be great if our users were able to search for articles found in iCONN databases from Google itself? What a promotional tool that would be! Talk about raising the public awareness numbers.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Martin Luther King

A little belated for MLK day, but still worthwhile, I found this photo from the AP archive by searching on: King and "civil rights".

Friday, January 13, 2006

Google Scholar & Libraries

Five College DEDCC : DEDCC brown bag discussion 09/23/05

Bill & Lorri (our new Electronic Resources Coordinator) went to yesterday's Google Scholar workshop up at Mt. Holyoke. I've put the link here for everyone else (myself included!)to get to the program's page & references. Take a look to see what's happening. It's pretty exciting - librarians are trying desperately to figure out how to get into the Google-dominated web world. Our patrons are out there Googling regularly, but both the OCLC survey & our own UCONN-run survey indicate that only 20-30% of the general public have ever gone to their library's website!

The Gale folks came today, as well, to talk about the same issue with a different approach - AccessMyLibrary.com, which is a gateway to Gale content that guides users who find interesting-looking articles through web searching back into their library (it runs appropriate authentication measures to allow the user to get the full-text of the article they've found via their library's subscription). It's still in Beta, but should be out by ALA. More on this later - or see them at ALA MidWinter & ask about it.

Have a great weekend all! I'm happy to report that my contract's been renewed & that I'll be able to continue to work with the good folks at iCONN for a while longer.

ProQuest Information and Learning :: Press Release

ProQuest Information and Learning :: Press Release on Hartford Courant Historical

For those of you on the iCONN listserv (if you aren't & want to subscribe, go to http://lists.auto-graphics.com/mailman/listinfo/iconn), I wanted to remind you all that we're nearly "live" with the Hartford Courant Historical project, which will bring us a searchable digitized archive of the state's paper of record (and the oldest continuously published paper in the nation) from its inception in 1764 up to the cutoff for out of copyright material 1922... (the gap between 1922 and 1992 will probably be something CT libraries will want to address in the future... for now, I know that funding this digital archive itself has been a challenge & is still our focus).

It's all very exciting - you can already see some of the results in the archive's not-quite-ready for primetime state by going into a ProQuest database (e.g., The Hartford Courant), then choosing the historical newspapers from the dropdown list of available databases. I've already enjoyed reading about the end of the Civil War from that era's reporters and ads for "snake oil", and so on.

When we go live, we'll be sure to announce it. As I said, my understanding is that funding is not quite a done deal, but we're extremely close. This will be an invaluable resource for all CT libraries and their patrons - of that I have no doubt!