Saturday, March 18, 2006

QuickSearch Library Toolbar : progress report 2

The last progress report was on December 20th 2005. Now also on Windows '98. Since then the QuickSearch CMB Library Toolbar has become also available for UMCG staff using Windows '98, BUT they have to use the Firefox Internet Browser to make the Toolbar work. Not yet on UMCG WNS Unfortunately I still do not have permission to offer the Toolbar in the new UMCG desktop WNS ("Workplace New Style") as an application the users can choose to work with. The only workaround would be to launch Portable Firefox from a usb-stick and run it from there..... Usage and downloads Last week the number of downloads has reached the : 360, Active users has risen to a concurrent max of :91 per day. Actions taken from the Toolbar add up to almost : 20.000 from the start and about : 170 per day. The total amount of searches : 12.712( Thanks to a specific report from EffectiveBrand) So the Toolbar is now available since November 1st 2005 and on 5 different ways: 1. IE installation within standard student network of the University, section Medicine. Available in Library Services. Windows XP with NAL 2. IE installation within standard staff network of the UMCG (former Faculty of Medicine). Available in Library Services. Windows XP with NAL 3. IE Download from website for use OUTSIDE student or staff network 4. FireFox download from website for use OUTSIDE student or staff network 5. for UMCG staff download from website using Windows '98, BUT they have to use the Firefox Internet Browser to make the Toolbar work. (6. for UMCG Staff WNS to launch Portable Firefox from a usb-stick and run it from there..... , but I advise to wait for the official approval and application via the network.) Latest changes? PODCAST via Radio To demonstrate the possibilities of the Toolbar I included the Radio option and added the following Podcast Feeds to the Toolbar: - NEJM Audio Issue Summary - NEJM Interview - Nature Podcast - Conversations in Medicine and - Anatomy Podcast Resources / Search Options * Faculty of 1000 Medicine trial till April 15th 2006 * Midwifery and Infant Care (MIDIRS) QuickLinks for Staff and Students The section Go! now contains a sub-menu with quicklinks for students and staff of the University to -for instance- the central: - Electronic Learning Environment (NESTOR) - email facilities - Oracle Calendar - Off Campus access to network drives (NetStorage) - MSN Messenger and Hotmail The number of available resources for searching is still increasing, as is the total amount of e-Books. The E-Books section, the Tips & tricks and the Info-section offer now a very useful sub-menu option. It is now possible to include the complete content -as in links to- of the Library website. The three RSS news feeds that are available: Library News. As soon as there is a newsitem put on the Library Website, it will show in the Toolbar UMCG Publications in PubMed. As soon as there is a new article of an author from the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) entered INTO PUBMED, it will show in the Toolbar! Tables of Content of BMJ, LANCET, NEJM, JAMA and NATURE. As soon as there are new articles of these journals entered INTO PUBMED, it will show in the Toolbar! The promised short user survey has to wait,due to physical mishap. Any questions? Please comment!
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