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April 24, 2014

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 nyslnovel@mail.nysed.gov.

June 7, 2013

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.

Gale

Webinars:

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.

Register at https://cengage.webex.com/cengage/onstage/g.php?p=0CTjN1kXU5RSh66is0zhsEKiidvuco37iiNVEFnIldJh70K39eg&t=m

If you have questions about the webinars please contact Gale at http://access.gale.com/noveltech/ (to submit questions online) or gale.technicalsupport@cengage.com or 1-800-877-4253 (press 4).

ProQuest

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:*
https://www.proquest.com/trials/trialSummary.action?view=subject&trialBean.token=F3ZUX6056RA3ONZYU6YZ

[*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.]

Webinars:

eLibrary Elementary and New York State: June 11 at 2 PM
Designed specifically for New York State, this one hour class covers the content, features and tips for using eLibrary Elementary as well as incorporating eLibrary Elementary into classroom curriculum.  Learn how young readers can use the colorful graphical search interface to find answers they need from magazines, newspapers, books, transcripts, maps, images, audio/video files and web links that are safe and appropriate for elementary school studies.  Your questions will be answered by an eLibrary Elementary training expert during this interactive session.

June 11 Webinar:

Register at https://proquestmeetings.webex.com/proquestmeetings/onstage/g.php?d=716615840&t=a
Event number: 716 615 840
Event password: welcome
Teleconference information:  Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada): 1-877-668-4490
Access code: 716 615 840

Gannett Newsstand and NY State:  June 12 at 10 AM and June 18 at 2 PM 
Over 85 local and regional full-text newspapers from the world-leading news and information provider Gannett Company, Inc. are now accessible on the award-winning ProQuest platform.  Titles include The Journal News (White Plains, N.Y.), Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, and the Press & Sun-Bulletin (Binghamton, N.Y.).  Join us to see how Gannett Newsstand provides unique coverage and perspectives for your library users, and learn more about how to search, find, use and share information. Please see training site to register:  http://prq.st/novelnytraining.

May 13, 2013

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.

BUSINESS

  • Business Insights: Essentials (Gale Cengage Learning):  Contains over 3,900 magazines and journals, nearly 25,000 industry reports, nearly 11,000 company histories and nearly 500,000 company profiles. 

ELEMENTARY LEVEL GENERAL PERIODICALS

  • eLibrary Elementary (ProQuest):  Contains over 140 magazines and books for elementary students.  Also includes the American Heritage Dictionary.
  • Kids InfoBits (Gale Cengage Learning):  Contains over 100 age-appropriate magazines for grades K-5.  Also includes Merriam-Webster's Elementary Dictionary, maps, flags, seals, charts and graphs.

ENCYCLOPEDIA

  • Encyclopedia Americana (Grolier/Scholastic):  Articles include links to further readings, a bibliography, selected full text articles, web page links, and links to related articles.  Includes maps, flags, tables and illustrations.
  • The New Book of Knowledge (Grolier/Scholastic):  Resource for middle grade students that includes literary selections, a timeline, projects and experiments, news, homework help and more.
  • Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia (Grolier/Scholastic):  Resource for upper middle school students through adults that includes encyclopedia articles, news, timelines, quizzes and games, and research starters. It also includes an atlas and dictionary. Articles can be grouped by lexile level and are aligned to standards.
  • La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre (Grolier/Scholastic):  Spanish language encyclopedia written from a Latin American perspective.  Includes timelines, maps and an events calendar.
  • Amazing Animals of the World (Grolier/Scholastic):  Resource for elementary school students that includes facts and photos for over 1,200 animals.
  • The New Book of Popular Science (Grolier/Scholastic):  Resource for middle and high school students that includes articles in the areas of science, technology and medicine.  Also includes photos, maps and technical illustrations.
  • America the Beautiful (Grolier/Scholastic):  Resource for elementary and middle school students that includes articles on US cities, states and Presidents.
  • Lands and Peoples (Grolier/Scholastic):  Resource for middle and high school students that includes articles on countries, cultures and current events. It also includes an atlas and almanacs.

GENERAL PERIODICALS

  • Academic OneFile (Gale Cengage Learning):  Contains over 13,000 peer-reviewed journals covering a wide variety of subjects.  Full text is available for over 6,000 journals. 
  • General OneFile (Gale Cengage Learning):  Contains over 13,000 popular magazines and periodicals covering a wide variety of subjects.  Full text is available for over 6,000 magazines and periodicals. 

HEALTH

  • Health Reference Center Academic (Gale Cengage Learning):  Contains almost 3,000 magazines and journals covering medicine, health and nursing, over 2,500 topical overviews, and videos of medical procedures. 

NEWSPAPERS

  • Gannett Newsstand Complete (ProQuest):  Contains over 85 Gannett newspapers, 6 of which are New York newspapers.  These include the Ithaca Journal, Poughkeepsie Journal, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Journal News (White Plains), Press and Sun-Bulletin (Binghamton) and Star-Gazette (Elmira).
  • InfoTrac Newsstand (Gale Cengage Learning):  Contains over 1,100 newspapers, 33 of which are New York State newspapers.
  • National Newspaper Index (Gale Cengage Learning):  Contains indexing of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, USA Today and The Washington Post.
  • New York State Newspapers (Gale Cengage Learning):  Subset of InfoTrac Newsstand which contains 33 New York State newspapers, including the Albany Times Union, New York Times, Newsday, Buffalo News, Post-Standard (Syracuse), Watertown Daily Times, Times Herald-Record (Middletown) and others.

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: nyslnovel@mail.nysed.gov.

April 15, 2013

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.

If you have questions about either page please contact Gale at http://access.gale.com/noveltech/ (to submit questions online) or gale.technicalsupport@cengage.com or 1-800-877-4253 (press 4).

March 8 , 2013

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".
http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/nysl_xx xxxx?db=BIE

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.

Register for this webinar

If you have questions about the database, please contact Gale at http://access.gale.com/noveltech/ (to submit questions online) or gale.technicalsupport@cengage.com or 1-800-877-4253 (press 4).

November 5 , 2012

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.

September 18 , 2012

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 EBSCO:

Primary Search

From GALE CENGAGE LEARNING:

Academic OneFile
Business Insights: Essentials
General OneFile
Health Reference Center Academic
InfoTrac Newsstand
National Newspaper Index
New York State Newspapers
Twayne’s Authors Series

From GROLIER ONLINE (Scholastic):

Encyclopedia Americana
The New Book of Knowledge
Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia
La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre*
Amazing Animals of the World*
The New Book of Popular Science*
America the Beautiful*
Lands and Peoples*

* 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.

August 29, 2012

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: Essentials

Business Insights: Essentials webinars will take place on the dates below. See the corresponding URLs to register.

If you have questions about the database please contact Gale at http://access.gale.com/noveltech/ (to submit questions online) or gale.technicalsupport@cengage.com or 1-800-877-4253 (press 4).

July 24, 2012

Free training webinars for JobNow

JobNow logoBernard 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.

1) https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/221150457
Date: Tuesday, July 31, 2012, Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT

2) https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/240181097
Date: Thursday, August 2, 2012, Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

3) https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/716368225
Date: Monday, August 6, 2012, Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

4) https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/906106584
Date: Wednesday, August 8, 2012, Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT

5) https://www4.gotomeeting.com/join/161065151
Date: Tuesday, August 14, 2012, Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT
Dial +1 (215) 383-1013 Access Code: 161-065-151; Meeting ID: 161-065-151

6) https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/453929256
Date: Thursday, August 16, 2012, Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

7) https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/388558777
Date: Monday, August 20, 2012, Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

8) https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/802799305
Date: Wednesday, August 22, 2012, Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT

9) https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/724441721
Date: Tuesday, August 28, 2012, Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT

10) https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/164954648
Date: Thursday, August 30, 2012, Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

Computer System Requirements:

PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

 
June 7, 2012

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

Dial-In: 1 (888) 307-3843 US Toll Free; 1 (847) 619-6770 US Toll

Passcode: 6151 684#

For a current list of available local and international freephone telephone numbers, CLICK HERE

Join the Web Conference

To join the web conference, CLICK HERE

TEST SYSTEM: To verify you can enter the web conference prior to your meeting, CLICK HERE

REMINDER: Once the meeting has ended, please exit your web conference. For more information, CLICK HERE

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).

May 18, 2012

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:

  • development of a statewide communications plan and publicity toolkit materials  for the database program;
  • driver license access and fashioning of the NOVELNY portal;
  • testing of federated search; and
  • the creation and revision of the NOVELNY -Ready Levels Table.
April 5 , 2012

Links and a New "Job Seekers" Page Added

The 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.
March 19, 2012

Webinars for new GVRL Interface with Twayne's Authors Series

The 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:
  • A completely updated, engaging user interface available in more than 35 languages
  • Improved user-focused navigation and organization
  • Eye catching book covers and interactive online book experience with two-page view and page flipper
  • ReadSpeaker text-to-speech technology in 19 languages
  • Cross-search and browse easily across series
  • And much more!
  Webinars offered:
Thursday, March 22nd, 10:30am – 11:30am
or
Tuesday, April 3rd at 3:00pm – 4:00pm  


Follow these instructions a few minutes before the webinar start time.  Please note, you must use both a computer with internet access and a telephone to participate in the webinar.

1.  TO JOIN AUDIO CONFERENCE

Dial-In:                 1 (866) 635-4644
Passcode:            7726 078#
You will be on hold with music until the host opens the conference call.  Contact your host for international dial-in instructions.

2.  TO JOIN WEB CONFERENCE

  1. Dial the audio conference dial-in number noted above and enter the passcode as prompted.
  2. Click on this meeting URL:   http://web.meetme.net/r.aspx?p=2&a=70542594350363
  3. On the Meeting Center page, enter your name and e-mail address.
  4. Click on the "Sign-in" button.
  5. Accept the Terms and Conditions and click "Join" to enter your conference.
  6. Should your computer require any updates to accommodate web conferencing, an additional message will be displayed.
IF THE ABOVE URL DOES NOT ALLOW YOU TO JOIN THE WEB CONFERENCE, PLEASE FOLLOW THE PROCEDURE NOTED BELOW.  
  1. Copy and paste the following URL in your web browser:   http://web.meetme.net/audience
  2. Copy and paste this Meeting Key:  70542594350363
  3. Click on the "Sign-in" button
  4. On the Meeting Center page, enter your name and e-mail address.
  5. Click on the "Sign-in" button.
  6. Accept the Terms and Conditions and click "Join" to enter your conference.
 

TOUCH-TONE COMMANDS:

Please use the list of touch-tone commands below to help facilitate your audio conference:

  • Press ** for a menu of touch tone commands.
  • Press *0 to speak to an operator (once the host has joined).
  • Press *6 to mute your own line.
  • Press #6 to unmute your own line.
Should you have any questions or require additional assistance, please contact Stacey Knibloe, stacey.knibloe@cengage.com<mailto:stacey.knibloe@cengage.com> or 1-800-877-4253 x1919.  

To prepare your computer for the webinar in advance, please visit:

WINDOWS OPERATING SYSTEM

Internet Explorer
https://cpi.webex.com/client/T27L/atmcie.msi

Firefox
https://cpi.webex.com/client/T27L/atmcns.msi

MAC OPERATING SYSTEM
Intel Processor:
https://cpi.webex.com/client/T27L/mac/intel/webexmc_intel.dmg

PowerPC Processor:
https://cpi.webex.com/client/T27L/mac/powerpc/webexmc_ppc.dmg

 

March 13, 2012

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:

  • A completely updated, engaging user interface available in more than 35 languages
  • Improved user-focused navigation and organization
  • Eye catching book covers and interactive online book experience with two-page view and page flipper
  • ReadSpeaker text-to-speech technology in 19 languages
  • Cross-search and browse easily across series
  • And much more!

For a quick preview in video format:
http://www.gale.cengage.com/media/training/GVRL/basics.htm

September 9, 2011

JobNow™ Available

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 info@brainfuse.com or phone 1-866-272-4638 if you have problems linking.

July 18, 2011

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

May 27, 2011

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:

  • EBSCO’s Primary Search (including Searchasaurus and Kids Search interfaces)
  • Gale’s Academic OneFile
  • Gale’s Business and Company Resource Center
  • Gale’s Health Reference Center Academic
  • Gale’s General OneFile
  • Gale’s InfoTrac Custom Newspapers
  • Gale’s National Newspaper Index
  • Gale’s New York State Newspapers
  • Gale’s Twayne Authors Series
  • Grolier Online (includes Encyclopedia Americana, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, and the New Book of Knowledge)

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.

April 29, 2011

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.

    To adjust any direct links to Twayne's to the new format, see the example here.

    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 available at:
Twayne's Authors Migration FAQ page.

October 29, 2010

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.

www.surveymonkey.com/s/novelny

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.

Christina Ryan-Linder Member, NOVELNY Steering Committee, clinder@midhudson.org

October 22, 2010

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 nyslnovel@mail.nysed.gov.

September 14, 2010

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:
http://novelnewyork.org/hottopicsearch.php

September 9, 2010

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, dfiske@mail.nysed.gov.

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.

June 15, 2010

2010/2011 NOVELNY DATABASES AS OF JULY 1, 2010

  • EBSCO's Primary Search (including Searchasaurus and Kids Search interfaces)
  • Gale's Academic OneFile *
  • Gale's Business and Company Resource Center
  • Gale's General OneFile *
  • Gale's Health Reference Center Academic *
  • Gale's InfoTrac Custom Newspapers
  • Gale's National Newspaper Index
  • Gale's New York State Newspapers
  • Gale's Twayne Authors Series
  • Grolier Online (includes Encyclopedia Americana, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, and the New Book of Knowledge)
* New for 2010/2011

Databases that will no longer be available on NOVELNY starting July 1, 2010

  • ProQuest Platinum
  • Health and Wellness Resource Center

More information is available at 2010dbfaq.php

February 26, 2010

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 nyslnovel@mail.nysed.gov. 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.

January 15, 2010

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:
www.proquestk12.com/bulletins/archive/1209_NY.html

To sign up to receive the newsletter via e-mail click here:
www.proquestk12.com/signup
You will begin to receive the new version with the next issue.

Current and back issues of the full line of newsletters can be viewed here:
www.proquestk12.com/news

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.

December 3, 2009

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:

  • Registration
  • General how-to's
  • Questions about the NOVELNY program and databases

The following types of questions should be directed to the individual vendors:

  • Updates in contact information (contact person, e-mail address, phone number, etc.)
  • IP updates
  • Requests for URLs, usernames and passwords
  • Statistics
  • Remote access

Vendor contact information:

EBSCO: eptech@ebscohost.com or 1-800-758-5995

Gale: access.gale.com/noveltech/ (to submit questions online) or gale.technicalsupport@cengage.com or 1-800-877-4253 (press 4)

ProQuest: customer_service@proquest.com or 1-800-521-0600 x2971

Scholastic (Grolier): scholasticcustomersupport@scholastic.com or 1-888-326-6546 option 4


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