Thursday, January 29, 2009

ACLS Humanities Ebooks - 500 new titles

The Winter 2009 ACLS Newsletter announced the addition of 500 titles in history, the humanities, and the social sciences. They now comprise roughly 23% of the database. Here are some titles to illustrate the range of new offerings:

To see the rest of their 2200 titles, browse or search the ACLS database. Another noteworthy change detailed in the newsletter is the addition of a page text view (useful for locating search terms or cutting and pasting block quotes) and a pdf view (useful for printing).

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Add Mailbox in Outlook

Note: This instruction is for library staff only.

1. From the Tools menu, select Accounts Settings..The Email Accounts wizard opens.
2. In the Email section, select Change … and click Next.
3. Click More Settings... in the next E-mail Accounts window.
4. Click Advanced tab and click Add... The Add Mailbox dialog box appears
5. In the Add Mailbox text box, type library.
6. Click OK.
7. Double click the Library account.
8. Click Apply/OK/Next then Finish in the E-Mail Accounts window.The new mailbox should appear in yourFolder List, identified by name.If you don't see any folders, click the plus (+) sign next to the mailbox.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

PC Magazine

January 2009 is the last print edition of PC Magazine. Content will now be available exclusively online. The library will not subscribe to the digital edition, which repackages the free online content.


The most recent five years of JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, are available in print at the Richland campus and online at the Pasco campus on one computer, Reference 1, located in the alcove between the computer assistance and senior secretary's desks. This is a reduction in online availability due to more restrictive licensing from the publisher. Older issues continue to be available for free online.

Ebrary - New Interface

"For a list of key features and additional information, please view our fact sheet...view our Flash video...Additionally, we offer live, web-based training...Additional support and training materials are available at" Email to customers Wed 1/21/2009 1:19 AM

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

WSU Tri-Cities reduced hours

Fall and Spring Semesters

Monday - Thursday, 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM, Fridays 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Saturdays 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Summer Semester Sessions

Monday - Thursday, 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM and on Fridays 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. No weekend hours.

Between Semesters

Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM only. No weekend hours.

~Melissa Mon 1/12/2009 3:22 PM
Note: not reflected on their web page as of 1/14/09

Friday, January 9, 2009


The student's WebCT ID will (mostly) be in the format firstname.mi.lastname, e.g. john.q.public, as detailed in the WebCT Login Info page
  • The ID must be entered in all lowercase. Any capitalization will cause the logon to fail
  • If the student has more than one middle name, there will be additional middle initials, e.g. george.h.w.bush
  • If there is already a student with the same WebCT ID, ".2" is added to their ID, e.g. john.smith.2
  • If a name has a suffix, such as JR, SR, I, II, III or IV (not absolutely sure about the last one), those will be discarded and not used. so PUBLIC JOHN Q SR and PUBLIC JOHN Q JR will result in the same ID, and if they are both enrolled, one will have ".2" as a suffix
  • A problem mainly with last names separated by spaces - it takes the first 'word' as the last name:. So VAN DAMME JEAN CLAUDE would become damme.j.c.van - VAN, the second 'word' as the first name: DAMME and any additional 'words' as middle names or initials.

per J. Lewis, January 09, 2009 2:06 PM

Blog Backup

Library blogs are routinely backed up to the local library network data drive using the Blogger export tool, Settings / Basic / Blog Tools / Export Blog.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

ProQuest - Expanded Newspaper Coverage

The Washington State Library has renegotiated our ProQuest contract so that *at no additional cost* our ProQuest Newspapers database has been expanded from roughly a dozen Washington State and 9 national newspapers to over 350 full text newspapers from around the world. Browse the list of publications and you will see papers from London, Tokyo, Belfast, Kuala Lumpur, Madrid, Cairo, Jerusalem, Seoul and hundreds of other cities. As a bonus, there are now well over a million articles in Spanish from papers in Spain, Mexico, and the United States, and thousands of articles in German from Berlin’s Die Tageszeitung.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Public Libraries - Non-resident borrowers

Here are the policies for non-residents at Mid-Columbia (students and instructors with proof of current enrollment/employment) and Richland (students and CBC identified instructors with proof of current enrollment/employment). While both have application forms online, they will not issue patron IDs online, only in person.