Entries in "OhioLINK" ( for this category only)

C&EN Online

The Case community now has online access to Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) from 1998 to present. Access was arranged by OhioLINK.

[About C&EN]

Chemical & Engineering News is a weekly magazine published by the American Chemical Society. C&EN editors and reporters based in Europe, the U.S., and Asia cover science and technology, business and industry, government and policy, education, and employment aspects of the chemistry field.

C&EN Online offers Latest News, supplementary material to C&EN print articles, back issues of the magazine since 1998, and special features such as Reel Science, NanoFocus, RSS feeds, and blogs.

Online Encyclopedia of Medical Images

Effective January 1st, the entire OhioLINK community has access to Images.MD.

Images.MD, the online encyclopedia of medical images, compiles more than 55,000 images from more than 90 collections ranging from allergy to urology, each accompanied by detailed and informative text contributed by more than 2,000 medical experts.

Members of OhioLink have free access to full-sized, high quality images in step with the latest developments in medicine. By filling out a simple registration form, you can also start your own image library, create PowerPoint® presentations of images in your library, and order customized CD-ROMs of your favorite slides.

Database Changes Initiated by OhioLINK

ohiolink_small.png From OhioLINK announcement on June 29, 2006:
OhioLINK is constantly striving to provide the strongest portfolio of research resources possible, within our budgetary limitations, to support Ohio higher education

OhioLINK Joins Google's Summer of Code

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From the OhioLINK announcement:

Are you a coder? Then check out Google's Summer of Code, a program designed to inspire young developers and provide students in computer science and related fields the opportunity to do work related to their academic pursuits during the summer, and to support existing open source projects and organizations. OhioLINK is pleased to participate in the Summer of Code program again this year as a mentoring organization.

If your application for the Summer of Code is accepted, you will receive a $4500 award ($500 to get started and $4000 once the project is completed). In addition, the mentoring organization will receive $500 for each student developer that completes a project.

OhioLINK has a page on the Digital Resource Commons development site which describes our participation and projects; take a look, augment or add your own (feel free to read the project documentation through the Wiki link above and suggest other ideas), and apply to participate beginning May 1st. Questions about the program? Take a look at Google's participant FAQ.

Dissertations Available Through Amazon.com

According to the ProQuest press release, certain dissertations from the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (PQDT) database have been made available through Amazon.com.

Remember, CASE students, staff, and Faculty have access to both ProQuest Digital Dissertations and OhioLINK's Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center from the Research Database list.

Trends from the Entertainment Industry -Translate to Libraries?

Aaron Shaffer brought my attention to a very interesting article, called The Long Tail (Wired Magazine, Issue 12.10, October 2004). Most of us believe that the entertainment industry is driven only by the hits, probably due to all the award shows, rankings, etc. The "long tail" is all of the other albums, songs, movies, and books that account for a super large volume of sales if provided to the public. Examples like Amazon, Rhapsody, NetFlix, and eBay show that people are interested in and will buy the non-#1 materials if the resources are available to see reviews, get recommendations, and have easy access.

I think this article has long reaching consequences on libraries. First, what role does copyright have in the development of future library resources and services? I believe the intentions of copyright, that "Congress shall have the power to promote the progress of science and useful arts by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries" (U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 8), is very important. As copyright protection limits are continually increased in length, are will still protecting "progress" or just monetary interests? Someone would argue that economic numbers demonstrate progress, but are we using this measure at the death of future educational, cultural, and scientific discoveries? Just look at the article I shared on the KSL Reference Weblog for an example.

It appears that the "long tail" examples also counteracts the statements by book and journal publishers that open access materials would mean death to their sales. The article showed that increased access, free or very cheap, only boosted sales drastically. As people gained access, they always wanted more and more.

I think in libraries we are seeing a similar fate with Google and other Internet resources. While people are going to Google first for their questions, it results in only more questions and curiosity. The type of questions I see in the library are becoming more complicated in nature and more inquisitive on the user's part.

I think the academic libraries in Ohio have been very lucky with OhioLINK. It has allowed individual libraries more freedom (i.e. money) to maybe focus on what could be considered items that fall into the "long tail." In addition to consortia, libraries need to find the other processes that allow users access to everything and anything. It appears CASE is headed in the right direction with the increasing amount of electronic resources and collections, such as Digital Case.

OhioLINK - Your Story and Its Story

OhioLINK is looking for user stories in order to provide a clear picture of the value of OhioLINK. Please share your story about your success.

Watch This Is OhioLINK: An Introductory Video (RealPlayer) to learn more about OhioLINK.

New Safari Tech Books Available

Case Western Reserve University is a member of OhioLINK and shares in all the resources of this academic consortium.

From What's New at OhioLINK (August 10, 2005):

Twenty-nine e-books have been added to Safari Tech Books Online, a collection of more than 3,150 e-books covering computer science, information technology and related fields. In addition, Safari now offers standard and customizable RSS feeds for new and top titles. Users can find out when a new title is added to the collection, when a new title is added to a specific e-book category in the Safari Tech Books Online Collection or you can create a custom feed. See http://proquest.safaribooksonline.com/?mode=tools for details.

Some of the latest additions to the Safari Tech Books Online collection include:

  • Adobe Reader 7 Revealed: Working Effectively with Acrobat PDF Files
  • Novell ZENworks 6.5 Suite Administrator’s Handbook
  • SAMS Teach Yourself C++ in 21 Days Fifth Edition
  • Cascading Style Sheets: Designing for the Web, Third Edition
  • 802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide
  • Adobe® Creative Suite 2 Classroom in a Book®
  • Killer Game Programming in Java
  • Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Computer Basics, Third Edition
  • Java Puzzlers: Traps, Pitfalls, and Corner Cases
  • Robin Williams Cool Mac Apps, Second Edition: A guide to iLife ’05, .Mac, and More!
  • iPod & iTunes: The Missing Manual, 3rd Edition
  • Perl Testing: A Developer’s Notebook
  • Making a Movie in Premiere Elements: Visual QuickProject Guide
  • Microsoft® Office Project Server 2003 Unleashed
  • Show Me! QuickBooks® 2005
  • eBay Hacks, 2nd Edition
  • A Practical Guide to Linux® Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming
  • Service-Oriented Architecture: Concepts, Technology, and Design
  • .Net Gotchas
  • Visual Quickpro Guide PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites, Second Edition
Whether you need a quick tech tip or have an immediate hardware or software problem to solve, turn to Safari Tech Books Online for e-books from 15 top tech publishers. This collection is available to all students, faculty and staff at OhioLINK member institutions and is accessible via any Web-enabled computer.

Google Scholar and OhioLINK

OhioLINK Library Resources are now linked to Google Scholar. See the announcement on the KSL Reference Weblog.

OhioLINK Budget Update

From What's New at OhioLINK, July 15, 2005:

OhioLINK Budget Update
On behalf of myself and the entire OhioLINK community, thank you to everyone who shared their story, wrote their legislators, and spread the word about the need to support OhioLINK and library funding.

As you may know, higher education funding in the final state operating budget for fiscal years 2006-2007 increases 0.97% in FY2006 and 3.2% in FY2007. OhioLINK funding remains flat for both years. This means the cuts that were made to OhioLINK resources were necessary.

In 2006 and beyond, as long as OhioLINK funding remains flat it is likely that we will need to reduce the central share of content costs meaning the Electronic Journal Center titles and other OhioLINK resources and services again may be threatened.

This winter, the Ohio General Assembly will begin work on the next two-year capital appropriation. This will provide another opportunity for us to help legislators understand how OhioLINK benefits higher education and our state as a whole. We will undoubtedly need your help with that effort. Stay tuned to the What