February 27, 2009

Annenberg Media: Free Resources

Annenberg Media has free video on demand, as well as other multimedia resources, on their website Learner.org.

"Annenberg Media's multimedia resources help teachers increase their expertise in their fields and assist them in improving their teaching methods. Many programs are also intended for students in the classroom and viewers at home. All Annenberg Media videos exemplify excellent teaching." -- About Us, Learner.org

Many of the media teacher resources may be viewed with a broadband connection. A one time service registration is required, but it is free. For more information, browse the available teacher resources on their website.

This information originally posted on the IRC blog - Free Video Resources.

February 25, 2009

EJC Restoration Update

From the OhioLINK What's New blog post, EJC Restoration Update: Emerald, Institute of Physics, Muse, and Oxford University Press Restored

"OhioLINK staff have restored all Electronic Journal Center content from four more publishers: Emerald, the Institute of Physics, Project Muse (except for some very old Muse content) and Oxford University Press. A complete list of restored publishers is posted on the EJC home page." -- Candi Clevenger, OhioLINK

February 24, 2009

EJC Update

From the OhioLINK What's New Blog, an update on the EJC Restoration:

OhioLINK staff have restored all Electronic Journal Center content from:

American Psychological Association
Cambridge University
The Optical Society of America
The Royal Society of

"You can access this content directly from the EJC. To access content from other EJC publishers, please continue to visit the publishers’ Web sites from the links provided on the EJC home page."

"We continue to reload content from other publishers and will keep you updated on our progress." -- Candi Clevenger, OhioLINK

February 18, 2009

OhioLINK: EJC Restoration Update

Another update from the OhioLINK What's New blog:

The EJC restoration process continues. OhioLINK staff have now restored EJC content from 2005 to the present for most publishers, except Elsevier, Springer and Blackwell. Students, faculty and staff at OhioLINK member institutions can access the currently available EJC content via the alphabetical links on the EJC home page. The alphabetical links show only those journals that are currently available in the EJC, for other journals or issues please continue to visit the publishers’ sites directly.

We are also making progress in the background on restoring the larger EJC publishers, Elsevier, Springer and Blackwell. -- Candi Clevenger, OhioLINK

February 17, 2009

OhioLINK: EJC Update

The latest update from OhioLINK regarding EJC:

While content in the Electronic Journal Center remains unavailable, OhioLINK is working diligently to provide access to the same content on each publisher's Web site. Available publishers’ sites are listed here and we continue to update this list as needed. Project Muse has been added to the list today and their content is now available. Links to the listed publisher sites work for both on and off campus users.

Over the weekend OhioLINK staff were able to restore EJC content from 2008-2009 for most publishers, except Elsevier, Springer and Blackwell. We continue to work to restore the remaining EJC content as quickly as possible, but do not have all the reload processes in place yet nor the experience to provide a useful time line for full EJC restoration. We hope to be able to share a schedule in the near future.

Since we have a growing body of available content, we restored the alphabetical title links on the EJC home page. These links show only those journals that are currently available, for other journals or issues please continue to visit the publishers’ sites. -- Candi Clevenger, Communications Manager, OhioLINK

February 16, 2009

Library Spotlight: New Books

AU library adds new books to it's collection throughout the academic year. When shelf ready, new books are featured on the book shelf located on the main floor, adjacent to the reference and circulation area.

All titles have been selected by AU librarians and are subject to the library's collection development policy which includes professional reviews and recommendations by faculty members. Recent additions to the collection include:

Interested in recommending a book for the library? Contact your library liason for more information.

February 11, 2009

Update: OhioLINK

As of 8:44 pm yesterday, an update on resource availability:

Available OhioLINK resources: Library Catalog, Electronic Journal Center redirect page (redirects to publisher sites), Digital Media Center (all content is available), OSearch databases, Electronic Theses and Dissertation Center, Quick Search @ OhioLINK and the OhioLINK Web site, Electronic Books Center, the EAD, and Satellite images.

Unavailable OhioLINK resources: Most of the DRC instances are still unavailable. Data on those instances was corrupted but can be recovered from backup. We expect to have all of the data recovered by tomorrow afternoon.

Thank you for your continued patience during this process. -- Anita Cook, OhioLINK

February 10, 2009

Update: OhioLINK Outage

Update regarding resources going off-line today:

" ... all OhioLINK resources, except for the OhioLINK Library Catalog, (will be taken) offline sometime between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. The OhioLINK Web site will also be down during this period. Resources will come back online in stages, and we estimate that it may take up to an hour for all resources to come back up. We’ll keep you posted if plans change again." - Candi Clevenger, OhioLINK

OhioLINK Resources

More news from OhioLINK:

"All OhioLINK resources, except for the OhioLINK Library Catalog, will go offline at noon. The OhioLINK Web site will also be down during this period. Resources will come back online in stages, and we estimate that it may take up to an hour for all resources to come back up."

"We apologize for the inconvenience and the late notice of this outage, but it is necessary to fix the cause of the massive hardware failure that took place on February 4. This outagewon’t address the EJC, that is a separate problem which we continue to work diligently on." - Candi Clevenger, OhioLINK

February 8, 2009

EJC Update

From the OhioLINK What's New Page:

EJC update to the OhioLINK community

Beginning Wednesday afternoon, February 4, the OhioLINK computer disk storage system suffered a widespread, and supposedly not possible, multiple component failure affecting all major services with the exception of the OhioLINK Library Catalog. We have restored all services except the Electronic Journal Center (EJC). Restoration of the EJC remains under vigorous analysis, but unfortunately we know that any solution will not be immediate. In light of this, we are taking immediate steps to provide alternative access to the resources of the EJC through the various Web sites of the EJC journal publishers.

As noted on this page, we have immediate access to many EJC publisher sites and are working to expand access to the rest as quickly as possible. While the EJC is down, we will continue to improve this site to direct you to the proper publishers. We will also work to adjust our systems that link article citations to full text in the EJC by redirecting links to the publisher sites. We are examining every possibility to keep you connected to resources you need and to improve that connectivity as quickly as possible, while the EJC is not available.

We will keep you up to date through this EJC Web page and the “New at OhioLINK” announcements at www.ohiolink.edu. Your local library will also always know the latest news. The OhioLINK staff is sincerely sorry for this significant disruption in services. We remain committed, as we have since 1992, to providing high quality information resources on a consistent and reliable basis to the Ohio higher education community. -- Tom Sanville,

Please note that Elsiver access is available for Ashland University. If accessing EJC, be sure to use this page. If you have further questions concerning EJC and it's usage, please

February 7, 2009

OhioLINK: EJC Still Down

As of 10:00 am this morning, all OhioLINK databases, with the exception of The Electronic Journal Center (EJC).

"We expect the recovery process continue throughout today into the evening sometime and we will then know where we stand." -- Anita Cook, OhioLINK

February 6, 2009

OhioLINK Update- More Bad News

"The massive failure and the subsequent rebuilding of a controllerwiped out some key directories for the EJC (Electronic Journal Center), EBC (Electronic Book Center), and DMC (Digital Media Center). In other words, these machines are up and running and you can search or browse the metadata for the EJC and DMC but no objects areattached to them. This means no abstracts, no full text for the EJC and no digital objects of any kind forthe DMC. Ebooks is getting a "Service Temporarily Unavailable" message. The directories have to be rebuilt which is an arduous task. The engineers, after being up for 48 hours needed to get some sleep before they start this process, so they are sleeping this morning and will start this task later today. We don't know how long this will take. The OSearch databases are up, but you will not get a link to full text since the EJC is down." - Anita Cook, OhioLINK

February 5, 2009

OhioLINK Update

Good news from OhioLINK @ noon today:

"OSearch databases on olc3 are now back online. This includes PyscINFO and ERIC. The EJC, EBC, and other OSearch databases are still offline though we are getting closer to having them fixed." - Anita Cook, OhioLINK

OhioLINK Update

It appears as of 7:35 am this morning there are still some residual issues with OhioLINK:

"... engineers are still in the stage of recovery after a really nasty SAN failure. We need to do this carefully to make sure data is not corrupted and we don't cause further problems by bringing the systems up. The SAN is fixed now and we hope to have all the systems up one by one as we go later into the day."

"... the Central Catalog has not been effected by this and is up and running. The Central Web site is now unavailable, but you can reach the Central Catalog directly through your local catalogs and by going to http://olc1.ohiolink.edu/search" - Anita Cook, OhioLINK

Information will be posted as it becomes available.

February 4, 2009

OhioLINK Outage

If you are experiencing problems with OhioLINK (databases and/or catalog), please note the following message from Anita Cook @ OhioLINK.

"We have lost 19 out of 28 storage arrays on our Storage Area Network. This has knocked out almost everything except the Central Catalog, the OhioLINK central Web server, and email. IBM WILL be scrambling to get here to fix the problem tonight."

"But the things that are offline now or giving quirky results will remain so for at least the next 2 to 3 hours (and possibly longer)."

Please be patient when using the OhioLINK interface and as always, ask at the reference / circulation desk for help.

February 3, 2009

Pamphlets added to JSTOR

For those with interests in 19th Century British pamphlets please note the following recent addition to the JSTOR Journals database. To view, choose "advanced search" and limit your search to "Pamphlet."


Pamphlets were an important means of public debate in the 19th century, covering the key political, social, technological, and environmental issues of their day. They are a valuable primary resource relevant to a wide range of disciplines. They have been underutilized within research and teaching because they are generally quite difficult to access – often bound together in large numbers or otherwise hard to find in the few research libraries that hold them. The digitization of more than 20,000 pamphlets will provide researchers, students, and teachers with an immensely rich and coherent corpus of primary sources with which to study the socio-political and economic landscape of 19th century Britain.

Pamphlets by and about: Charles Babbage, W.E. Gladstone, Florence Nightingale, Charles Bradlaugh, Joseph Hume, Thomas Paine, John Bright, John Stuart Mill, Robert PeelValuable content inside and appended to pamphlets: Advertisements, diagrams and maps, petitions, annotations, engravings, portraits, cartoons, letters. 7 Collections represented, including Selections from the London School of Economics and Political Science, the Earl Grey Pamphlets Collection, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Collection

Interested? Download a PDF handout about the 19th Century British Pamphlets

A complete listing of library databases is available on the Library Databases by Title web page.