Month: June 2013

New resource: JISC Journals Archive

Alongside the JISC MediaHub, the JISC e-Collections service also provides access to the JISC Journals Archive (and JISC Historic Books – see separate post). Access to the JISC Journals Archive is by university username and password from on-campus and off-campus. The resource is described as follows:

JISC Journal Archives, part of the JISC eCollections service, consolidates a number of separate journal archives to provide a single platform for simple and fast cross-searching and full-text access across more than 600 journal titles, from: Brill, the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institute of Physics, ProQuest, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press and the Royal Society of Chemistry.

At present, individual journal title records from the JISC Journals Archives are not available through SFX, but it is intended to add these to Library OneSearch and the ejournal A-Z list as soon as the record set is made available to subscribing institutions.

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New resource: JISC Historic Books

Alongside the JISC MediaHub, the JISC e-Collections service also provides access to the JISC Historic Books collection (and the JISC Journal Archive – see separate post). Access to JISC Historic eBooks is by university username and password from on-campus and off-campus. The resource is described as follows:

The JISC Historic Book collection provides access, through a single search interface, to the libraries of the British Library 19th Century eBook collection, ECCO (Eighteenth Century Collections Online) and EEBO (Early English Books Online). Each collection can be searched separately or in combination.

ECCO (Eighteenth Century Collections Online) features 150,000 printed volumes — English-language and foreign-language titles printed in the United Kingdom, along with thousands of important works from the Americas, with full-text search capabilities across all 26 million pages.

EEBO (Early English Books Online) contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700. EEBO gives users access to a huge range of primary resources, including many important literary and historical texts.

The British Library 19th Century eBook collection provides access to more than 25 million pages across discplines including philosophy, history, poetry and literature, with the original typeface, illustrations and fold-out pages for each book. Many rare or inaccessible books published between 1789 and 1914 are now digital, discoverable and searchable for the first time.

At present, individual eBook records from the JISC Historic Books collection are not made available by JISC but may be provided in future.

New resource: Box of Broadcasts (BoB)

The BoB (Box of Broadcasts) off-air recording and broadcast media archive service is now available through Library OneSearch. Access to BoB is by university username and password on-campus and off-campus (and, for licensing reasons, is only available within the UK). The resource is described as follows:

BoB is an off-air recording and media archive service. Its scheduling service allows you to record TV and radio programmes that are scheduled to be broadcast over the next seven days, as well as retrieving programmes from the last seven days from a selected list of recorded channels. BoB’s archive includes thousands of programmes.

Through the BoB service, it is possible to:

  • watch programmes from the BoB archive, (which currently offers tens of thousands of TV and radio programmes)
  • record programmes due to be broadcast in the next seven days
  • retrieve TV and radio programmes from selected channels, which have been broadcast in the previous seven days
  • create and share playlists of programmes
  • create clips from programmes
  • embed clips/whole programmes within NOW

A detailed BoB User Guide is available through the Find Databases listing for the resource in Library OneSearch.

At present there are some technical issues to be aware of when embedding BoB content in other web contexts. These are documented in the brief vid-cast below. It is expected that these issues will be improved in the forthcoming BoB upgrade scheduled for October 2013.
 

Box of Broadcasts (BoB) - embedded content

Box of Broadcasts (BoB) – embedded content


 
To further promote the visibility of the BoB service, a direct link to the BoB homepage is included in the description text for the ‘Books and Audio-Visual’ tab of Library OneSearch (see illustration below):
 
The BoB link in the 'Books and Audio-Visual' tab

The BoB link in the ‘Books and Audio-Visual’ tab