Monday, September 11, 2006

A quick summary of interesting links and items from the past few months. PART I

I am doing this so I can get them out of my email and somewhere I can find them again!!

  • Site24x7 is a web page monitoring service
  • Library Branding resources - by David Dillard. Found via "librarian in black" via "resourceshelf"
  • WorldCat Open for Searching -- found multiple places
  • SirsiDynix TechTalk via Stephen's Lighthouse
  • CUFTS Journal Search via Phil Bradley's Weblog
  • 1901 UK Census Free Access via Peter Scott's Library Blog
  • Google Calendar Gadget
  • Linda Hall has a blog

    CAS Press Release -- SciFinder® 2007 Will Deliver Researchers' Most Requested Feature, "Combine Answers"

    San Francisco, CA, September 10, 2006 - With the release of SciFinder 2007 in fourth quarter 2006, Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) will make it easier for scientists to fine-tune their answer sets for chemistry-related literature, substances and reactions. Other features of SciFinder 2007 will enable users to process records more conveniently, including those for commercially available chemicals. CAS demonstrated the SciFinder enhancements during the American Chemical Society national meeting occurring September 10 through 14 in San Francisco.

    "Our soon to be released SciFinder 2007 will give users the capability they have asked for most often, permitting them to combine answer sets to arrive at the optimal results," said Dr. Catharina Maulbecker, CAS Vice President, Marketing and Sales. "This latest edition of SciFinder increases its value as part of the process in drug discovery and many other research fields."

    SciFinder 2007 will introduce a slate of new options and features to enhance the exploration of CAS' extensive information resources:

    * Combining answer sets for substances, reactions, and references - users will be able to combine a saved answer set with an "active" set of answers in SciFinder, to arrive at a focused set of answers; for example, references for a given research topic can be combined with the results of a saved author search; options to "Combine, "Intersect," or "Remove" answer sets allow the user to include only the desired references from the saved and active sets;
    * Export of commercial chemical records from CHEMCATS® into Excel - users can move catalog information for commercially available chemicals into spreadsheets for sorting and manipulation;
    * Explore from substance display - for added convenience, users will be able to easily capture a chemical structure from a substance answer display, then use it to search by structure in the massive CAS RegistrySM database;
    * Printing structures in thumbnail display format - multiple chemical structures can be printed in a grid arrangement for an efficient comparative view; and
    * More value from journal titles - SciFinder users will derive added value from journal literature searches, using new options to view full journal titles and use the full or abbreviated titles in the bibliographic software packages Reference Manager, EndNote and ProCite.

    SciFinder was created with the vision of providing scientists easy, point-and-click access to chemical information. The new intelligent research tool for the desktop was an immediate hit with scientists, assisting them and other researchers worldwide with access to the multidisciplinary CAS databases. Today, scientists at pharmaceutical, biotech and chemical companies around the world use SciFinder as "part of the process" in their daily work to explore research topics, browse scientific journals and stay up-to-date on the latest scientific developments.

    CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society, provides the world's largest and most current collection of chemical and related scientific information, including the most authoritative database of chemical substances, the CAS RegistrySM. CAS combines these databases with advanced search and analysis technologies to deliver the most complete, crosslinked and effective digital information environment for scientific research and discovery, including such products as SciFinder®, SciFinder Scholar™, STN®, STN Express® and STN AnaVist™, among others. The CAS web site is at

    Press Releases Index


    Eric Shively
    Public Relations Group Leader

    Thursday, September 07, 2006

    SLA Toronto Chapter West Programming Committee presents Ulla de Stricker "Building a Healthy Workplace Culture : Simple Guidelines Anyone can Use"

    Building a Healthy Workplace Culture : Simple Guidelines Anyone can Use

    Thursday September 28, 2006

    When a workplace "works", key success factors go far beyond technical and professional competencies. Leaders and team members alike need to manage interpersonal interactions, handle unforeseen events, deal with potential conflicts of priorities and interests, cope with changes imposed by technology and staff turnover (etc), find ways to survive stressful times, and so on. Ulla de Stricker outlines some simple yet effective approaches to building a workplace culture in which everyone is supported and gains maximum job satisfaction (based on the simple fact that people want to feel respected, appreciated, useful, and proud). Regardless of the organizational structure and formal practices governing a workplace, everyone in it can -- and should be encouraged to -- contribute to a trusting and healthy environment.

    The presentation is based on a lecture given previously at a Symposium in Mexico and through the Dynix Institute, with extremely positive feedback.

    Ulla de Stricker — President, de Stricker Associates --

    Ulla de Stricker, in consulting practice since 1992, helps clients deal with the full gamut of knowledge management challenges, bringing to bear decades of experience. Since the late 1970s, Ulla held information industry positions with responsibility in the areas of strategy, design, and market client relations. She managed the Canadian operations for DIALOG in the 1980s and built the electronic publishing venture for a Canadian unit of Thomson in the early 1990s. She is well known for her bold vision of the future of the library profession and is a popular speaker at information conferences internationally. In recent years, her consulting focus has been strategic planning for information-centric operations.

    5:30 pm: Check-in and pick up badge
    6:15 p.m. : Meeting / Presentation

    Light dinner will be available.

    Oakville Public Library Auditorium
    120 Navy Street
    Oakville, ON
    (parking – free after 5 pm - at library accessible from Water Street (lower level around the back)

    The SLA Toronto Chapter requires payment with registration. Payment must be made via PayPal no later than Thursday September 21. To register, please submit your registration form electronically via the website .

    PayPal is a free electronic service which offers a simple and straightforward process for electronic payments. To use this free service, you will need to establish an account with PayPal. PayPal can be accessed on the Internet at Select New User? and then choose Personal Account [in Canada] and fill in the boxes. The PayPal email address for the Chapter is If you have questions about using the PayPal service, contact Helle Arro, Treasurer, SLA Toronto Chapter.

    SLA Members $20.00

    Non-members $25.00

    Students $15.00

    Contact for this meeting
    Susan Salhia

    Library programming in the area just West of Toronto

    SLA Toronto Chapter
    West Programming Committee
    Call for Volunteers for 2007 Executive
    Keep excellent professional development programs and networking opportunities alive in the Mississauga-Oakville-Hamilton area!

    The SLA Toronto Chapter West Programming Committee has had a successful year and a half since its inception. The Committee executive have fine tuned the mechanics of running professional development programmes in the Mississauga to Hamilton area.

    Come January 2007 it will be time to pass the torch to a new Committee executive for the 2007 year. We need people to step forward to fill the following positions:
    • Program Sub-Committee Chair: This position is responsible for co-ordinating the planning and budgeting of programmes; promoting the programmes; facilitating the programme meetings; communicating with the SLA Toronto executive.
    • Program Sub-Committee Convenors (2 positions): these volunteers are responsible for helping develop the year’s programme plan and making all the arrangements for the programmes (eg. arranging speaker, facility, food; setup and running the programme). The convenors also distribute and summarize programme evaluations.

    There are five programmes per year, with the majority being held in the evening at the Oakville Public Library.

    We would like to have these positions filled by the end of October 2006 to allow the existing Committee an opportunity to support the incoming Committee with the transition of responsibilities.

    Commitment to volunteer or any questions should be directed to:
    Linda Pauloski
    905-548-7200, ext 2794

    Wednesday, September 06, 2006

    E-resources designed for institutions with small print collections -- not

    E-resources: "ScienceDirect Logo
    Specifically designed for institutions with small print journal collections, E-Select™: E-journals from Elsevier, provides individual online-title access to more than 1,300 titles in the areas of social sciences and STM.

    With E-Select: E-journals from Elsevier, you can:

    * access a backfile of subscribed content dating back to January 1995
    * search all articles available on the ScienceDirect® platform, including access to nearly eight million abstracts
    * arrange to receive alert notifications for new issues as soon as these titles are available electronically (often prior to print)
    * use individual password access for up to five unique users
    * benefit from unlimited viewing, downloading and printing of subscribed e-journals."

    It all sounds good until you read the pdf "Fact Sheet" and there you find out that an institution is defined as academic or government. So, not mine.

    I need to talk to a representative to see if they have a package for me. I have. I cannot afford it.

    Monday, September 04, 2006

    Back from Vacation and now have a cold

    Back home with a terrible summer cold. I have not been sick with a cold for years. I remember why I hate colds. I will be catching up with a lot of things from over the last few weeks.

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