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November 2014

New York State Library Announces Continuation of Electronic Products for NOVELny

Bernard A. Margolis, Assistant Commissioner for Libraries and State Librarian, is pleased to announce the continuation of the current NOVELNY (New York Online Virtual Electronic Library) databases. NOVELny is an online virtual library connecting New Yorkers to 21st century information via libraries and library systems statewide. NOVELny is an electronic resource access project that enables libraries across New York State to give their communities online access to the full text of thousands of journals, newspapers and other references.

NOVELny offers free statewide access to an encyclopedia, strong general reference and periodicals content, issues, 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 are freely available to over 5,600 public, school, academic and special libraries currently registered for NOVELny and to individuals who are residents of New York State. If your library is not registered please see the For Librarians link or contact the NOVELny Help Desk.

The databases are available through geoIP authentication (also referred to as geolocation). Geolocation is a method to allow or disallow a user access to a database based on his/her geographic location as determined from their IP address. If a patron is accessing the databases through a library website or the NOVELny portal while in New York he/she will be able to enter the database without entering a username/password, library card number or a driver license number.

Barring unforeseen circumstances and/or cuts in funding, the following database will be available through July 31, 2016:

    • Opposing Viewpoints in Context (Gale Cengage Learning)

Barring unforeseen circumstances and/or cuts in funding, the following databases will be available through June 30, 2017:

    • Academic OneFile (Gale Cengage Learning)
    • Business Insights: Essentials (Gale Cengage Learning)
    • eLibrary Elementary (ProQuest)
    • Gannett Newsstand Complete (ProQuest)
    • General OneFile (Gale Cengage Learning)
    • Health Reference Center Academic (Gale Cengage Learning)
    • InfoTrac Newsstand (Gale Cengage Learning)
    • Kids InfoBits (Gale Cengage Learning)
    • National Newspaper Index (Gale Cengage Learning)
    • New York State Newspapers (Gale Cengage Learning)
    • Scholastic GO! -- includes 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, and Lands and Peoples (Scholastic)
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.

January 3, 2014

New York State Library Announces 2014-2015 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, 2014 through June 30, 2015. NOVELny is an online virtual library connecting New Yorkers to 21st century information via libraries and library systems statewide. NOVELny is an electronic resource access project that enables libraries across New York State to give their communities online access to the full text of thousands of journals, newspapers and other references. The final purchase of 2014-2015 NOVELny products is dependent on the continued availability of federal funds and successful completion of the State's purchasing process.

In 2014/2015, NOVELny will offer free statewide access to an encyclopedia, strong general reference and periodicals content, issues, 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 over 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. 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.

The databases will be available through geoIP authentication (also referred to as geolocation). Geolocation is a method to allow or disallow a user access to a database based on his/her geographic location as determined from their IP address. If a patron is accessing the databases through a library website or the NOVELny portal while in New York he/she will be able to enter the database without entering a username/password, library card number or a driver license number.

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 (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 (Scholastic): Resource for middle grade students that includes literary selections, a timeline, projects and experiments, news, homework help and more.
  • Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia (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 (Scholastic): Spanish language encyclopedia written from a Latin American perspective. Includes timelines, maps and an events calendar.
  • Amazing Animals of the World (Scholastic): Resource for elementary school students that includes facts and photos for over 1,200 animals.
  • The New Book of Popular Science (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 (Scholastic): Resource for elementary and middle school students that includes articles on US cities, states and Presidents.
  • Lands and Peoples (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.

ISSUES

  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context (Gale Cengage Learning): This database, which develops research skills and promotes issue awareness, information literacy and critical thinking, will support the new Common Core Curriculum Standards adopted by New York State. It contains a range of perspectives on many important issues, with over 13,000 pro/con viewpoints. Students of all levels will benefit from a variety of resource types: reference, news, primary sources, multimedia and more.

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 the novelnewyork.org website regarding database URLs, registration, training and educational tools. Any questions about the resources described above should be sent to: nyslnovel@mail.nysed.gov.

Provided by the New York State Library, NOVELny is a Statewide Internet Library connecting New Yorkers to 21st Century information. NOVELny is supported with temporary federal Library Services and Technology Act funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

July 31, 2013

Addition to Electronic Products for NOVELny

Bernard A. Margolis, Assistant Commissioner for Libraries and State Librarian, is pleased to announce an exciting addition to the selection of NOVELny e-resources which were announced in May. As of August 1, Opposing Viewpoints in Context will be added to NOVELny for the 2013/2014 year. This database was the top requested database in the fall NOVELny survey.

The database 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. It will be available via geolocation (no username/password or driver license required) for those who are in New York State. 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.

ISSUES

Opposing Viewpoints in Context (Gale Cengage Learning)

This database, which develops research skills and promotes issue awareness, information literacy and critical thinking, will support the new Common Core Curriculum Standards adopted by New York State. It contains a range of perspectives on many important issues, with over 13,000 pro/con viewpoints. Students of all levels will benefit from a variety of resource types: reference, news, primary sources, multimedia and more.

The URL will be posted on Gale's support portal sometime within the next week. Visit http://galesupport.com/novelny and click on "Direct Database URLs."

All libraries who are already subscribed to Opposing Viewpoints in Context will receive a prorated credit from Gale Cengage Learning. Your Gale representative will contact you with further details.

Look for future postings on NYLINE, NOVEL-DB and the novelnewyork.org website regarding training and educational tools. Any questions about Opposing Viewpoints in Context should be sent to: nyslnovel@mail.nysed.gov.

July 3, 2013

NOVELny Database Statistics

NOVELny database statistics are now available for 2010, 2011 and 2012, both by subject and by database. All statistics are vendor-reported. The usage statistics were used in conjunction with database content, the database survey, and pricing when selecting NOVELny databases for this year. Please contact Amy Heebner at nyslnovel@mail.nysed.gov if you have any questions about the statistics.

 

July 1, 2013

Geolocation and NOVELny Databases

The State Library is pleased to announce that many of the NOVELny databases are available through geoIP authentication (also referred to as geolocation) as of July 1.  Geolocation is a method to allow or disallow a user access to a database based on his/her geographic location as determined from their IP address.  If a patron is accessing the databases through a library website or the NOVELny portal while in New York he/she will be able to enter the database without entering a username/password, library card number or a driver license number.

The State Library is implementing geolocation for all NOVELny databases with assistance from Gale.  Recently, the State Library and Gale hosted a webinar for library system directors and staff.  The webinar explained geolocation and how it will be implemented for the NOVELny databases.  Links to the webinar are included below.  The links will also be posted on Gale's support page.

Streaming recording link:
https://cengage.webex.com/cengage/ldr.php?AT=pb&SP=MC&rID=68427537&rKey=535b047821c759fb

Download recording link:
https://cengage.webex.com/cengage/lsr.php?AT=dw&SP=MC&rID=68427537&rKey=e92e257a7d9b689e

URLs for the Gale databases are available on Gale's support portal.  At this time the site includes current NOVELny databases and  Kids InfoBits.  Visit http://galesupport.com/novelny and click on "Direct Database URLs."  The State Library and Gale are working on implementing geolocation for both Grolier Online and the ProQuest databases.  We hope to have these databases similarly accessible sometime soon.  In the meantime the current Grolier Online link and usernames/passwords will work. 

If you have any questions about geolocation implementation please contact Gale at Gale.Consortium.Installs@cengage.com.  If you have questions about the recordings or the NOVELny program please contact Amy Heebner, Library Development Specialist at the New York State Library, 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).


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