Fall 2012 Survey Results
Kids InfoBits Upgrade Coming Soon
The New York State Library, in partnership with Gale, Cengage Learning, is pleased to provide New York libraries through NOVELny the new and improved Kids InfoBits. This exciting upgrade follows extensive user testing/research of the K-5 age group and librarians and educators. The new Kids InfoBits boasts an improved navigation experience on many platforms (including mobile devices) and improved utility with numerous tools including text translation to 12 languages, Lexile levels, ReadSpeaker technology that reads the text to the user and improved citation tools. In addition, new content has been added and much of the existing content has been updated including the Kids InfoBits Presents series. The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia content has been updated through 2013, with 2014 updates coming over the summer, ready for the fall semester.
The State Library expects to have all libraries switched over to the new Kids InfoBits interface on May 13. Until then a trial is available at http://galesites.com/menu/nyslt_trial . In addition to access to the new interface, the trial site includes guided tutorials, a flyer about the new Kids InfoBits and an FAQ. Gale will schedule webinars on the new interface in the coming months.
If you have any questions or comments about the upgrade, please contact the NOVELny Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gale and ProQuest trials and preview webinars
Gale and ProQuest are offering preview webinars for the new databases that will be added to NOVELNY as of July 1. Please see webinar information below.
Getting to Know Kids InfoBits: June 10 at 1:30 PM, June 12 at 10 AM and June 18 at 3 PM. Kids InfoBits is designed especially for students in kindergarten through grade five. Complete with an engaging, developmentally appropriate graphic interface, premier reference content and the best magazines for elementary students, Kids InfoBits addresses the way kids learn and conduct research — and makes it fun! Tune into this preview webinar to learn more about Kids InfoBits and what it can do for you and your elementary age users in the library. A continuing education certificate will be provided upon completion.
ProQuest has created a training page for NOVELNY at http://prq.st/novelnytraining. It lists upcoming webinars and includes registration and contact information.
Trial URL for eLibrary Elementary and Gannett Newsstand Complete:*
[*If your institution has been migrated to the new ProQuest platform, the Gannett database can also be accessed from within your existing ProQuest subscription. If you have any questions about accessing or using the trial, please contact ProQuest Support at www.proquest.com/go/contactsupport.]
eLibrary Elementary and New York State: June 11 at 2 PM
June 11 Webinar:
Gannett Newsstand and NY State: June 12 at 10 AM and June 18 at 2 PM
State Library Announces Electronic Products for NOVELny.
Bernard A. Margolis, Assistant Commissioner for Libraries and State Librarian, is pleased to announce a preliminary selection of e-resources for the NOVELny (New York Online Virtual Electronic Library) statewide collection for July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014.
In 2013/2014, NOVELny will offer free statewide access to an encyclopedia, strong general reference and periodicals content, business, news and health concentrations, and an interface and content for children. Products were competitively selected to provide the broadest array of desired content for the best value given current resources.
The databases listed below will be freely available to the nearly 5,600 public, school, academic and special libraries currently registered for NOVELny and to individuals who are residents of New York State that visit http://www.novelnewyork.org and log on with a driver license ID or a non-driver ID. If your library is not registered please see the For Librarians link on the website or contact the NOVELny Help Desk toll-free at 877-277-0250 or in the Capital District at 518-486-6012.
ELEMENTARY LEVEL GENERAL PERIODICALS
The New York State Education Department's EngageNY website, which includes information on New York State's P-12 Common Core Learning Standards, is also linked from the NOVELny website.
Look for future postings on NYLINE, NOVEL-DB and http://www.novelnewyork.org regarding database URLs, registration, training and educational tools. Any questions about the resources described above should be sent to: email@example.com.
Gale has created a support portal and training page for the NOVELny databases.
Support portal: http://galesupport.com/novelny/
The support portal contains a list of Gale databases and InfoTrac Collections available through NOVELny with links to title lists. URLs can be generated for each Gale NOVELny database by using the "Direct Database URLs" link and entering your Gale location id. Libraries can also choose the InfoTrac Collections available in their profile by using the "InfoTrac Collections Registration" link. The frequently asked questions cover Access My Library, authentication, browser support, configuring firewalls and proxies, database logos, direct database URLs, Gale admin, Gale communications, login problems, OpenURL, PowerSearch, schedule for Gale/NOVELNY database training and usage reporting. The support portal is also available through the NOVELny Help Desk page.
Training page: https://cengage.webex.com/cengage/onstage/g.php?p=61&t=m
The training page lists upcoming NOVELny training on the Gale resources and provides links for registration. It also contains links to recorded webinars. The training page is also available through the NOVELny Training page.
Access to Business and Company ASAP and Business Index ASAP will cease at midnight on March 31, 2013; all content in these databases included in Business Insights: Essentials
Business and Company ASAP and Business Index ASAP have been available from Gale through NOVELny. All of the content in these databases is included in Gale's Business Insights: Essentials, which is currently a NOVELny database. Access to Business and Company ASAP and Business Index ASAP will cease at midnight on March 31, 2013. For more information about Business Insights: Essentials, please see
http://www.gale.cengage.com/pdf/facts/12L-RF0729BIEOnesheetHR.pdf and/or attend the webinar listed below.
The link to Business Insights: Essentials is as follows. Please substitute your library's Location ID for the text "xx_xxxx".
Webinar: Business Insights: Essentials: 3/21 at 3:00 p.m.
While other business resources are merely aggregations of articles, Gale Business Insights: Essentials is a user-friendly business tool. In addition to providing authoritative information and statistical data, Gale Business Insights: Essentials enables researchers to explore real world application and develop analytical skills. Perfect for libraries requiring a comprehensive resource that can satisfy the needs of owners, entrepreneurs, marketing professionals, academics, investors, students and general researchers alike, Gale Business Insights: Essentials features rich content, a user-friendly interface, robust analytical tools and a vastly improved research experience. Join us for this one-hour webinar to explore its content and features. A continuing education certificate will be provided upon completion.
NOVELNY databases survey
The New York State Library is seeking your feedback on the NOVELNY databases. This survey is composed of only 14 questions. [NOTE: The deadline for completing the survey was 11/20/2012.]
Your participation is important as your feedback is an integral part of the selection of NOVELNY content.
Thank you for your time!
If you have questions regarding the survey please contact Amy Heebner, Division of Library Development, New York State Library at 518-474-4883.
NOVELNY databases for 2012-2013; five new encyclopedias
Bernard A. Margolis, Assistant Commissioner for Libraries and State Librarian, is pleased to announce the selection of electronic products to constitute the NOVELNY statewide collection through June 30, 2013.
In 2012/2013, NOVELNY offers an encyclopedia, strong general reference and periodicals content, business, news and health concentrations, an interface and content for children, and author information. Products were competitively selected to provide the broadest array of desired content for the best value given current resources.
From GALE CENGAGE LEARNING:
From GROLIER ONLINE (Scholastic):
* Available September 25, 2012; details on the new databases
JobNow, also available through the NOVELNY Portal and funded by federal ARRA funds through the State Library's Broadbandexpress@yourlibrary BTOP Project, is an online service for job seekers that features the following services: live interview coaching; resume/cover letter assistance, and access to both statewide and nationwide job resources.
Look for future postings here and on NYLINE, NOVEL-DB and the NOVELNY Facebook page regarding registration, training and educational tools.
Business Insights: Essentials webinars
The NOVELNY instance of Gale's Business and Company Resource Center will be switched over to Business Insights: Essentials at 9 am on Friday, August 31. The URL will remain the same. More information about Business Insights: EssentialsBusiness Insights: Essentials webinars will take place on the dates below. See the corresponding URLs to register.
Free training webinars for JobNow
Bernard A. Margolis, New York State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries, is pleased to announce a series of free training webinars for JobNow, an online workforce development tool offered through the NOVELny Portal or through your local library.
JobNow is funded by federal ARRA funds through the State Library's Broadbandexpress@YourLibrary Project and is an online resource tool for job seekers that features the following services: live interview coaching, resume/cover letter assistance, and access to both statewide and nationwide job resources. It includes an Adult Learning Center that offers test preparation (including the GED and the U.S. Citizen Test), an expert writing lab, study tools, and a unique academic skills center featuring live, online tutors.
The following is a list of webinar dates and times, with a link to registration information for each session. Space is limited, but registrations will be accepted up to the day of each webinar. Registrants will receive an email confirmation and webinar information.
Computer System Requirements:
Business & Company Resource Center to become Business Insights™: Essentials
Gale/Cengage Learning presents the webinar invitation below which has been arranged for you to experience an overview of Business Insights: Essentials before the transition from Business & Company Resource Center takes place.
General session: Thursday, June 14, 2012, 1:00-2:00 p.m., EDT
Join the Audio Conference
Join the Web Conference
Users will have until September 7, 2012, to make the switch from Business & Company Resource Center to Business Insights: Essentials.
Have questions? Contact Gale technical support or call 1-800-877-GALE (option 4).
NOVELny Steering Committee Concludes its Decade of Outstanding Leadership
Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education and Acting State Librarian Jeffrey W. Cannell extends his warm appreciation to Chairperson Sarah Conrad Weisman and all current and former members of the NOVELNY Steering Committee as the work of the committee comes to a close effective May 15, 2012.
“The New York State Library is committed to building on the outstanding work of the Steering Committee going forward and will seek to continuously improve and expand the e-resources available to New Yorkers through this high value/high impact statewide program in the coming years,” said Cannell.
Announcement of New York Online Virtual Electronic Library (NOVELNY) electronic resource offerings for 2012-2013 will be made in the near future.
On April 24, the Board of Regents enthusiastically accepted a new statewide policy document for library services: Creating the Future: A 2020 Vision and Plan for Library Service in New York State; Recommendations of the New York State Regents Advisory Council on Libraries to the New York State Board of Regents.
“With the adoption of a new statewide vision and plan for library services, this seems like a good time to bring the work of the NOVELNY Steering Committee to conclusion,” said Weisman. “The Board of Regents has directed the State Librarian to work with the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries and others to develop implementation strategies and an action plan,” said Weisman, “and I anticipate that there will be numerous opportunities for the library community to contribute ideas, time and talent going forward.”
Leaders from all types of libraries have participated in the Steering Committee’s work since then State Librarian Janet Martin Welch appointed the first NOVELNY Steering Committee in 2002. The Steering Committee played a key role in assisting the State Library with implementation of NOVEL New York Online Virtual Electronic Library: Libraries Expanding Information Access for New Yorkers in the New Century. The creation of NOVEL was the first recommendation in the 2000 Regents Commission on Libraries report Meeting the Needs of All New Yorkers.
The Steering Committee worked tirelessly to evaluate database products, survey users for feedback and represent the interests of New York’s diverse library community. Several notable efforts were conducted with the advice and assistance of the Committee, including, but not limited to:
Links and a New "Job Seekers" Page AddedThe site has been enhanced with a new page for job seekers and a link to the Internet bibliographies of the New York State Library for the job seeker and current events pages. The Job Seekers page, featuring the JobNow product, has connections to the NYS Department of Labor's Career Zone, a resource page to job and career information in New York’s public libraries and the bibliography.
Webinars for new GVRL Interface with Twayne's Authors SeriesThe Gale eReference tool that houses Twayne’s collection, Gale Virtual Reference Library, has a new interface available – it’s got several new features along with a fresh look. Tune into either of the one-hour NOVELny/Gale webinars to learn all about it including:
Thursday, March 22nd, 10:30am – 11:30am
Tuesday, April 3rd at 3:00pm – 4:00pm
1. TO JOIN AUDIO CONFERENCE
Dial-In: 1 (866) 635-4644
2. TO JOIN WEB CONFERENCE
Please use the list of touch-tone commands below to help facilitate your audio conference:
To prepare your computer for the webinar in advance, please visit:
WINDOWS OPERATING SYSTEM
MAC OPERATING SYSTEM
Change in GVRL Interface with Twayne's Authors Series
Twayne's Authors Series is delivered via the Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) interface. The GVRL interface will change as of Wednesday, March 14. This change will not require any URL changes on your part. If you subscribe to other GVRL titles you will also notice the change when accessing those titles through GVRL.
New features include:
For a quick preview in video format:
The New York State Library is pleased to announce the addition of JobNow™, including the Adult Learning Center, to the online resources available through the NOVELny platform. All libraries and library systems in New York may link to JobNow™ and the Adult Learning Center product through the novelnewyork.org site. Libraries have received linking information through the NOVEL-DB list. All New Yorkers also have access directly through the novelnewyork.org site by using their New York State driver license or non-driver ID.
JobNow™ is an innovative online service that provides expert resume help, real-time interview coaching and career advice. There are services to help with every step of a job search. The Adult Learning Center features test preparation (including GED and U.S. citizenship preparation), writing assistance, and study tools for math, reading and writing. Live, online one-on-one interaction with a tutor or job coach is available as part of JobNow™ and the Adult Learning Center. Live sessions can be conducted in English or Spanish. JobNow™ and the Adult Learning Center are products of Brainfuse.
JobNow™ is made possible through a federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) award funded through the New York State Education Department/New York State Library. See Broadbandexpress@yourlibrary for more information.
Contact Brainfuse at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1-866-272-4638 if you have problems linking.
Statewide Internet Library Levels history page updated
A Timeline, summarizing the changes to the Statewide Internet Library Levels (formerly NOVELNY-Ready Levels) has been added to the History and Information page at: www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/nvlready/thirdpln.htm
State Library Announces 2011-12 Electronic Products for NOVELNY
Jeffrey Cannell, Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education, is pleased to announce the electronic products constituting the NOVELNY (New York Online Virtual Electronic Library) statewide collection for July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012. All products from the 2010/11 year are continued.
2011/2012 NOVELNY Databases:
The above databases will be available through more than 5,500 public, school, academic and special libraries registered for NOVELNY and to individuals who are residents of New York State that visit novelnewyork.org and log on with a NYS driver license ID or a non-driver ID number.
The NOVELNY Steering Committee subgroup charged with database evaluation provided advice and consultation throughout the process. In 2011/2012, NOVELNY continues to offer an encyclopedia, strong general reference and periodicals content, business, news and health concentrations, an interface and content for children, and author information.
Any questions regarding the resources described above should be sent to: NYSLNOVEL@mail.nysed.gov.
Twayne's Authors Moved to e-Book Platform
Gale-Cengage Learning is moving Twayne’s Authors Series from a database format to the Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) eBook platform. Though the change will be effective after April 29, 2011, links to the previous format will continue to work until June 30.
1. If your library has direct links to the Twayne’s database in your catalog or on
your web site, the old links will continue to work through the end of June.
2. If your library does not link to Twayne's directly, nothing needs to be done. The new version will show up in the available databases when using a Gale product.
Webinars regarding this change are scheduled in May and June. See the NOVELNY training page for a list of the sessions and instructions for participating.
Further details on this change, including Gale-Cengage support information, is
Seeking NOVELNY Success Stories
The NOVELNY Steering Committee is collecting success stories about library staff and patrons and their use of the NOVELNY databases. Our shared electronic resources provide high-quality, timely and round-the-clock information to people across the state. This survey is designed to capture some of those everyday successes accomplished in all types of libraries using NOVELNY. We hope that you will take a few minutes to answer these 6 questions and then pass the survey on to others working with the NOVELNY Databases so they too, can participate.
Thank you for your contribution in this process. Feedback from library communities is extremely important for NOVELNY to remain fresh and to continue to ensure that local informational needs are fully considered and met. If you have any questions or comments or just want to provide information that has not been covered by the survey, please feel free to contact me.
Quick Database Search Is Changing
Access to federated searching on the NOVELNY website (searching multiple NOVELNY journals and databases at the same time) will cease as of Monday, October 25. If you use the "Search All Resources" box under Quick Database Search on the home page, you will be taken to a page with options to search each database separately. The individual databases can also be accessed by clicking on "What's Included" at the top of the novelnewyork.org homepage. This decision was made after examining use of this feature on novelnewyork.org, and in consultation with the NOVELNY Steering Committee.
If you have any questions about this change please contact the NOVELNY Help Desk at 877-277-0250, 486-6012 [Capital District], or via e-mail at email@example.com.
NOVELNY has a new feature: "Hot Topic Search"
Every few weeks, Hot Topic Search will offer "canned" searches that will retrieve articles on timely topics from NOVELNY databases. With just a few clicks, users can perform the search, choosing to query all NOVELNY databases or specific databases. (Note that this feature requires a NYS Driver License or Non-Photo ID number.)
The first offering, commemorating Constitution Day on September 17, finds information relating to the United States Constitution.
Try Hot Topic Search at:
Facebook Page for NOVELNY
The New York State Library is pleased to announce the creation of a Facebook page dedicated to the NOVELNY statewide database pilot program. This program provides all New York State residents with free access to commercial databases containing information on various subjects, including health, business, and news. NOVELNY databases can be accessed through participating public, school, special and academic libraries, or directly using a New York State Driver License or Non-Driver Photo ID number.
On the Facebook page, the Wall and Links tabs highlight training opportunities, new database features, database changes, and other news related to NOVELNY.
The Info tab has links to background information on this statewide program, lists of databases by subject area, relevant information for students, educators, consumers and librarians, and how to get assistance with searching or database access.
The Discussion area provides a forum for questions and comments relating to the program, and especially "success stories," featuring specific examples of how access to NOVELNY resources has benefited New York State residents.
The Search! tab includes a search box for finding information in all the NOVELNY databases, as well as links to databases according to subject and vendor.
The Facebook page can be accessed at: www.facebook.com/NOVELny
All New York State residents are encouraged to 'Like' the page, make comments, and provide other feedback on the program. Libraries and library systems are encouraged to publicize this page. Consider making the NOVELNY Facebook page a 'Favorite Page' of your library or system's Facebook page! (Instructions available at: www.facebook.com/help/?faq=13079 )
More information on the NOVELNY Facebook page can be obtained from David Fiske, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The NOVELNY pilot program is supported with temporary federal Library Services and Technology Act funds awarded to the New York State Library by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
2010/2011 NOVELNY DATABASES AS OF JULY 1, 2010
* New for 2010/2011
Databases that will no longer be available on NOVELNY starting July 1, 2010
More information is available at 2010dbfaq.php
THREE MONTH EXTENSION TO NOVELNY LICENSE AGREEMENTS
The New York State Library is pleased to announce that all of the products in the current NOVELNY initiative will be continued through June 30, 2010. This is a response to recommendations last year about improving the alignment of NOVELNY license agreements with the academic and school years. Passwords and URL addresses for individual library accounts will not change.
State Library staff and the NOVELNY Electronic Collections Advisory Team of the Steering Committee are currently reviewing possible options for the 2010-2011 year (July 1, 2010-June 30, 2011). A separate announcement of 2010/11 products in NOVELNY will be made shortly.
If you have any questions on this message, please send them to email@example.com. The NOVELNY Help Desk is available from 9:00am to 4:00pm Monday thru Friday by calling 877-277-0250 or, in the Capital District, 518-486-6012.
PROQUEST NEWSLETTER FOR NEW YORK USERS
ProQuest has created a New York e-mail newsletter to help you make the most out of ProQuest Platinum at your library or school.
You can access the first issue here:
To sign up to receive the newsletter via e-mail click here:
Current and back issues of the full line of newsletters can be viewed here:
If you have any questions about the newsletter, please call the NOVELNY Help Desk at 1-877-277-0250 or, in the Capital District, 518-486-6012.
NOVELNY HELP DESK CHANGE
In order to better serve NOVELNY customers, the NOVELNY vendors (EBSCO, Gale, ProQuest and Scholastic) will be expanding their support by answering questions directly related to their own products, as of Monday, December 7.
Starting December 7:
The following types of questions will continue to be answered by the NOVELNY Help Desk:
The following types of questions should be directed to the individual vendors:
Vendor contact information: