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Informaworld down intermittently Sat. Sept. 27th

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Customers may experience intermittent access to informaworld on Saturday 27th September 2008 as the company completes some essential maintenance. We are expecting two short periods of downtime throughout the day which will last a maximum of thirty minutes.


New Library Website Launched!

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Welcome to the new Library website! The redesign, which has been in the works for about a year, was undertaken for a few reasons:


MacConnect (wireless) - Users must update Clean Access

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Due to an upgrade to the wireless network by University Technology Services (UTS), users with a previous version of Clean Access will be asked to update to the latest version when they access the wireless network on campus.

For more information about Clean Access, see:

http://www.mcmaster.ca/uts/network/wireless/CCAfaq.htm

For more information, contact UTS.


Library Events Calendar

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Wondering what's happening at the Libraries on campus? Check out the Library Events Calendar! Browse the calendar by month or filter by library to find out about the events and drop-in sessions happening at that library. You can also subscribe to the RSS feed for the calendar or download the events in iCal format.


New to Mac?

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Check out the First Year Experience wiki! The FYE Wiki is a great place to get oriented to library resources and services.


Announcement about CINAHL

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As of August 31st, 2008, CINAHL will have a different look and feel as it moves from Ovid to EBSCO. The EBSCO search interface is different from Ovid, but the content of CINAHL itself will not change.

This change is a result of EBSCO purchasing the CINAHL database.

To try the new interface, click here: CINAHL through EBSCO

From now through the end of August, we will have access to CINAHL through both Ovid and EBSCO, so you can test out the EBSCO interface before the Ovid one is gone.


Internet and ORION network interruption July 25-26

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Internet and ORION networks will be inaccessible due to ORION (Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network) network maintenance. During this timeframe McMaster will be completely inaccessible via Internet from anywhere outside of McMaster; however, access to McMaster resources, including DTC and MIP, from within McMaster will remain unaffected.

This maintenance is being initiated by ORION and can not be rescheduled. UTS will be monitoring and assisting with testing after the maintenance to ensure all services have been re-established.

Start Date: Friday July 25, 2008


Library Receives Grant to Develop Website on the History of Canadian Publishing

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The William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections is pleased to announce that it has been awarded almost $100,000 to develop a state-of-the-art, interactive website on the history of Canadian publishing. The grant was provided by the Canadian Memory Fund through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Canadian Culture Online (CCO) Program.


McMaster Libraries to help build world’s largest newspaper archive

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McMaster University Libraries are the first Canadian institution to agree to participate in the creation of the world's largest, fully searchable digital archive of international newspapers, called The World Newspaper Archive.

"We're thrilled to participate in this important initiative and ensure that these resources will be preserved and easily accessible to future generations," explains University Librarian Jeff Trzeciak. "Libraries have always been stewards of our local institutional resources. In the digital environment it is important for us to work collaboratively to expand access to our unique collections."

McMaster's collaboration with other North American research libraries will expand the library's access to a rich array of primary source materials, providing electronic access to an internationally significant collection of historical resources.

The first newspapers to be added to the collection will include 35 Latin American newspapers, a total of one million pages of newspaper text published between 1805 and 1922 in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela and other countries. The focus of the project will then turn to adding newspapers published in Africa, South Asia and other regions around the world.

The World Newspaper Archive project is a collaborative effort between Readex, well known for its focus on historical materials and government documents, and the Center for Research Libraries, an international partnership of over 240 universities, colleges and independent research libraries of which McMaster is a member.

Readex press release
Center for Research Libraries press release

This story also appeared in the Daily News.


CRKN and CFI expand access to digital content in Social Sciences and Humanities

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Vancouver, June 3, 2008

Thanks to a joint $47 million investment by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), eight provinces and 67 universities, nearly 900,000 researchers, scholars and students in Canadian universities will gain desktop access to an extensive body of national and international material.

With the click of a button, researchers and students in Canada will be able to access, search, sort and consult a rich digital collection of scholarly content, ranging from books, letters and historical documents to music scores, maps, artworks and visual materials. Many of these were not previously accessible to Canadians, or were only offered with limited access in print version.

This investment is the work of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), a consortium of universities dedicated to expanding digital content in support of the academic research enterprise in Canada.

"Providing access to this wealth of scholarly material is a critical step in enabling researchers and students across the nation to further understand our society and how Canadians are shaping the world we live in" said Dr. David Turpin, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Victoria and Chair of the CRKN Board of Directors. "The newly-gained access to this material will have a profound impact on the way Canadians conduct research, collaborate and turn ideas into a better, more innovative society."

Increased access to social sciences and humanities knowledge is essential to enhancing the capacity of nations to tackle complex, global issues that are, by their very nature, interdisciplinary. By creating a national infrastructure to access digital knowledge in many areas of social and human activity, the investment will greatly improve the ability of Canadians to undertake interdisciplinary research and contribute to the search for solutions to these pressing issues.

"The Canada Foundation for Innovation recognizes the critical contribution that researchers in the social sciences and humanities make to Canada and the world," said Dr. Elliot Phillipson, President and CEO of the CFI. "These world-class knowledge management tools provide a partnership that is essential to Canada's ongoing success in the knowledge-based economy, enabling institutions and researchers to conduct the leading-edge research that will benefit all Canadians."

The funding allowed CRKN to negotiate with international and Canadian scholarly publishers of 14 major collections, bringing global knowledge to Canada and making accessible in digital form some of the finest in Canadian published scholarly material. Acquired both as one-time only purchases as well as through multi-year license agreements, this rich knowledge base will be delivered to the desktop of every Canadian researcher, wherever in this nation they may be found.

"This is a major advancement for Canada's academic community in the digital age," said Deb deBruijn, CRKN Executive Director. "The partnership of the CFI, the provinces and the universities has helped reshape the very marketplace for digital scholarly materials. As a result, Canadian researchers and students will now be able to access materials that would otherwise not have become widely available in digital form."

Social sciences and humanities researchers and students at 67 Canadian universities will have access to the new content by Fall 2008.

About CRKN: The Canadian Research Knowledge Network is a partnership of Canadian universities, dedicated to expanding digital content for the academic research enterprise in Canada. Through the coordinated leadership of librarians, researchers and administrators, CRKN undertakes large-scale content acquisition and licensing initiatives in order to build knowledge infrastructure and research capacity in Canada's universities. For more information on CRKN visit our website at www.ResearchKnowledge.ca


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