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LR Digest Jan 10

  1. 1. LR Digest January 2010 Click arrows to link to article JORUM Launches OpenJorum e-Books for FE – New Features for Platform JISC TechDis Guides for Library and Learning Resources Staff Daily Telegraph Reports Boost for Library Use Due to eBooks JISC Makes Announcement on Future of Intute Federated Search – More Information Available Google Plans for Online Books Cause Controversy New BBC Democracy Live Service Computing Tips JORUM Launches OpenJorum JORUM – the free repository for learning materials for college and university staff – will launch its OpenJorum service on 19 January 2010. To support the new service, JORUM has created a set of videocasts. These videos cover everything you need to know about JorumOpen - from logging in and creating an initial profile prior to deposit, to searching and browsing resources (no log in is required to use the videos). To access the videos, go to: http://community.jorum.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=40 Go to Top e-Books for FE – New features for Platform Some changes to the ebrary platform have been made, the main enhancement being the integration of functionality previously found within the ebrary reader to a html based reader. In other words, users will no longer need to click on the ‘ebrary reader’ button or to install Java to use the advanced functionality. There have been a number of updates to the MARC records within the collection to reflect newer editions. So that catalogues list the correct edition listed this will require an update to MARC records. Non Heritage users can update their MARC records by logging into their Partner site (details were sent in your welcome letter by Sara Bowler) and completing the following steps: Click on the ‘get MARC records’ link; then click the button ‘update MARC data’. Any available MARC records will then be displayed by date and time. When prompted, save the file to your computer as required. (The MARC records include a unique URL to point users to each individual book title). Heritage Records for systems without the MARC import module will be made available as soon as
  2. 2. possible. If you have any issues with the MARC records or new interface please contact: jisc- support@ebrary.com Go to Top JISC TechDis Guides for Library and Learning Resources Staff The JISC TechDis support service for learners with particular educational needs is constantly reviewed and updated. The service acknowledges that library and learning resource staff are key influences on the learner in terms of developing independent study skills and that the accessibility of a library / learning resources centre (LRC) can be a barometer of the extent to which accessibility is embedded in an institution. For more details – see http://techdis.ac.uk/index.php?p=6_8 Go to Top Daily Telegraph Reports Boost for Library Use Due to eBooks After years of library membership declining and fears that the public no longer wanted to borrow books, some institutions are reporting a spike in interest since they started to offer e-books. Only a handful of libraries have started to offer the service, but many in the library world are hopeful that the revolution in digital reading can help transform libraries' fortunes, and that the majority of libraries will soon offer downloads as a matter of course, alongside the latest Dan Brown paperback. For the full article, see: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/6417660/E-books-helping-surge- in-library-members.html Go to Top JISC Makes Announcement on Future of Intute In the middle of December 2009, the JISC made an announcement on the future of the Intute resource service. Intute began its life as the Resource Discovery Network in 1996 and converted to its current form in 2006 but JISC now judges that the service in its current form is not considered viable beyond July 2010. For the full statement, see: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/Home/news/stories/2009/12/intute.aspx Go to Top Federated Search – More Information Available RSCni held a Federated Search Forum on the afternoon 20 November 2009 at the Dungannon Campus of South West College. The event contained a review of the main features or federated search tools and the factors to consider in making a purchase or using an open source solution. Federated search allows a more focused approach to finding resources by searching within the college’s own catalogues and online resources. For those wanting some background to the concepts of federated search can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federated_search. The presentation used on the day can be found on the RSCni TELe blog site at http://rscni.wordpress.com
  3. 3. Go to Top Google Plans for Online Books Cause Controversy Google has plans to put millions of the world's books online and create the world's largest virtual library by 2010. The company has already scanned 10 million out-of-print books as part of its Library Project and plans to charge people for access to its large online collection of books and to act as a selling agent of books through its Google Editions. Critics fear it is creating a monopoly over information, and are unhappy at the firm digitising titles against the wishes of many authors and publishers. While a US agreement may be in sight, Google is yet to come to a blanket legal arrangement with European authors and publishers. For more details, see: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/click_online/8357773.stm Go to Top New BBC Democracy Live Service Democracy Live – is the BBC's new website that gives a unique way into the proceedings of the UK's national political institutions and the European Parliament. The site covers the House of Commons, House of Lords, the Northern Ireland Assembly, Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly and business in Brussels and Strasbourg. Users can type a word into the site's search engine and be guided straight to the point in the video where the word was spoken. Democracy Live offers a range of background material explaining how the institutions work and the biographies of those people elected to them. Representatives can be followed and their appearances stored for viewing later. To view the site, go to: http://news.bbc.co.uk/democracylive/hi Go to Top Computing Tips Using Jump lists to Access Frequently Used Items in Windows 7 Finding a way to easily access recently used files, folders, and websites could be annoying in previous versions of Windows. Today we take a look at the new Jump List feature in Windows 7 that allows you to quickly access recently used items. To access jump lists Right-click a program icon on the Taskbar, as in this example of Internet Explorer. Notice too that you can pin those items to the Taskbar if you wish.
  4. 4. When you have the jump list open click the first letter of an item to jump between them. Here is an example of the Jump List feature in the Start Menu. This makes it easy to access recently opened items as well. Periodically you might want to clear out the jump list history, to do this Right-click on Start and choose Properties.
  5. 5. Now under the Start Menu tab uncheck one or both boxes under Privacy to clear the Taskbar or Start menu item history or both. This is a new feature in Windows 7 that makes navigating items a lot faster. Source: http://www.howtogeek.com/ Go to Top Third Party Websites RSCni is not responsible for the content and functioning of external internet sites. Unsubscribe If you would like to be removed from the circulation list for this bulletin – please email: m.moran@rsc-ni.ac.uk

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