iCONN News

Friday, April 21, 2006

Discovering Collection's Timeline Feature

Did you know that 100 years ago, freeze drying was invented, C. W. Post perfected Post Toasties Corn Flakes, the term “Tinker to Evers to Chance” was coined and the U. S. population reached 85 million? Using the Timeline in the Discovering Collection makes finding information tidbits like those above easy.

You will find the Timeline link on the Tools menu (see the first picture) on the main search page of the Discovering Collection (you will need to enter you Connecticut public library barcode if you are outside the library). There are several ways to search the Timeline (see the second picture below):

Chronology Bar: You may scroll along the search bar and choose a specific time period by clicking on the time period box. This is a fun way to browse the Timeline. (Notice that some of the images change as you scroll over them.)

Enter a specific year or range of years: You may key in a date in which the event begins or ends in the boxes provided or key in a range of dates.

Search Timeline Event Text: You may enter a specific event into the text box and click on the "Search" button.

You may combine searches by entering a specific year and an event, for example, you may enter 1860 to 1865 and the terms civil war in the text box to get a timeline of major events that took place during the Civil War.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Gale PowerSearch webinars

Hi iCONNers --

These webinars are a great opportunity for libraries who haven't transitioned to Gale's PowerSearch interface to see what it's all about. When Gale announced PowerSearch last summer, iCONN held information sessions about the new interface. But if your library didn't opt to changeover, you may have forgotten all about this! The cut-over date to PowerSearch for InfoTrac databases is August 1st.

Take advantage of these webinars and prepare for this changeover so you're ready when it happens!

--Lorri Huddy

Here's Gale's notice about their webinars:

We here at Thomson Gale are happy to continue with a new set of free , online seminars called "PowerSearch Fridays ."

At these seminars, held at the very least every Friday, we will be demonstrating Thomson Gale's new platform -- Thomson Gale PowerSearch. This new platform allows for the cross-search of Gale databases -- more than 17,000 InfoTrac periodicals and hundreds of Thomson Gale and partner eBooks .

If you've never attended a webinar before, here's how it works:

1) Register using this link: http://www.gale.com/enewsletters/product_update/PowerSearch.htm

2) You will receive a confirmation email before the meeting time with another link that you click at the time of the meeting

3) Call into the teleconference (details provided in the confirmation email)

4) Sit back, watch the screen, listen and ask questions.

In the seminars, you will get a glimpse of the new technology, the unique content that Thomson Gale offers, and you will also be introduced to a new service called AccessMyLibrary . With this service, we will show you how you can bring users of popular search engines like Google and Yahoo back to your library!

Libraries across the world are migrating to PowerSearch. Please register for one of our April seminars. Sessions last approximately one hour.

Nader M. Qaimari
Director - InfoTrac and PowerSearch
Thomson Gale
Office: 248.699.8139

Friday, April 07, 2006

Happy Birthday iCONN

It's hard to believe, but iCONN is five years old! On April 9, 2001, Governor M. Jodi Rell (Lieutenant Governor at that time) and State Librarian Kendall Wiggin sent out a press release to formally announce iCONN.

iCONN planning actually began long before the public announcement. The Connecticut General Assembly provided funding for the purchase of licensed information databases for Connecticut's libraries, schools and colleges in 2000. Staff at the Connecticut State Library in conjunction with the Department of Higher Education worked to create and implement iCONN. The iCONN kickoff conference for librarians and media specialists was held on March 26, 2001. Since its public debut on April 9, 2001, iCONN use has grown dramatically over the past 5 years.

If you have an iCONN story or simply want to wish iCONN a happy birthday, please leave a comment!

Thursday, April 06, 2006

iCONN bid results

The following is from Bill Sullivan, iCONN Adminstrator:

The Connecticut State Library has completed a bid process in which vendors were invited to submit bids for iCONN: the Connecticut Digital Library in any or all of three categories: General Periodicals, Health Information, and Business Information. The bid for all three categories was awarded to Thomson Gale. As a result, iCONN will continue to offer all the Thomson Gale InfoTrac databases that we currently offer, as well as the health and business resource centers. The Thomson Gale proposal also included the following five multi-volume e-books:

- Encyclopedia of Population, 2V, 2003 (Macmillan)
- Encyclopedia of Espionage, Intelligence and Security, 3V, 2003 (Gale)
- Renaissance: An Encyclopedia for Students, 4V, 2004 (Scribner)
- U*X*L Encyclopedia of Landforms and Other Geologic Features, 3V, 2003
- U*X*L Fashion, Costume, and Culture: Clothing, Headwear, Body Decorations and Footwear through the Ages, 5V, 2003

The contract signed with Gale is a three-year contract (July 1, 2006 - June 30, 2009) with options for three one-year renewals.