Tuesday, December 20, 2005

new e-resource trial: xrefer

The following e-resource was recently added to the NER Trials page: xrefer

Online collection of reference books covering art, medicine, history, technology, and more. The collection features: over 2 million entries; 180,000 audio pronunciation files; 66,000 art, science, and medical images; and 90,000 atlas images of places and geographic features throughout the world." (from xrefer information)

Please share your comments with the ERC for this resource: Sarah Wenzel

Monday, December 19, 2005

desk telephone

Our policy regarding the reference desk telephone as I recall it is that no one but staff is to use it. There is a campus phone in the lobby for patron use.

This policy was documented in the first edition of the reference desk procedures manual. No one is expected to have memorized the manual or anything. I just wanted to let you know that this policy is documented at least back to August 2003.

no longer subscribing to Tablebase

Hi all-

Just a quick note to let you know that we are no longer subscribing to the
database, Tablebase. Databases that contain similar information are:

Business and Company Resource Center:
http://www.columbia.edu/cgi-bin/cul/resolve?AUZ7900 [provides rankings
through the Business Rankings publication]
Factiva: http://www.columbia.edu/cgi-bin/cul/resolve?AUQ3920 [excellent
source of trade journals]
Global Market Information Database:
http://www.columbia.edu/cgi-bin/cul/resolve?ATG2744 [great source for
consumer demographics]

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Kathleen M. Dreyer

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

RLIN system problems

All RLG databases except CAMIO, RLG Cultural Materials, RedLightGreen and Trove.net are currently unavailable. Our systems staff is investigating the problem and we hope to have it fixed very soon.

Users can connect to the RLG Union Catalog via z39.50 but records cannot be displayed. All other databases are available via Z39.50.

13 December 2005 6:10 a.m., PST

Thursday, December 08, 2005

the care and handling of zines

Hi All,

Just in case the questions start pouring in, I want to make sure you feel comfortable helping readers use the zine collection.
Thanks! Jenna

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Barnard Theses

I had a question today about whether or not we keep Barnard theses, and since I didn't know the answer right away, I thought I'd share it in case the rest of you didn't either.

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