Vol 56 No. 14 | Nov. 2004
Library Continues Remodeling, Adds New Databases
Remodeling of the University Library began in earnest this summer with the reorganization of a significant portion of the collections.
The redesign eventually will include converting the Library East wing to faculty offices and classrooms and constructing a state-of-the-art automated storage and retrieval system called Online Remote Collections Access (ORCA). Additionally, the first floor of the library “will include a streamlined circulation area, an Internet cafe, a state-of-the-art information commons and new bibliographic instruction centers,” said library Associate Dean Henry DuBois. The Proposition 47 education bond is funding the project.
To accommodate the remodeling, patrons will find certain materials in new locations.
The CSULB Thesis Collection is now located along the second floor perimeter and bound journals have been moved to Rooms 205 and 322 in call number order. For the time being, the 3rd floor of the East Library is now a quiet study area. The second floor east side is closed for the remainder of the remodel project. Construction updates are available online.
Meanwhile, the library's list of online databases continues to grow. Library patrons can now access these and others at www.csulb.edu/library/eref/eref-index.html. Some have a limit on the number of concurrent CSULB users.
Among the newest databases are:
- American Theological Library Association (ATLA) Religion Database: 1949-to date, which covers 600 scholarly periodicals, books, book reviews, and book chapters on Biblical studies, world religions, church history, and religion in social issues.
- Current Index to Statistics, a bibliographic index to publications in statistics and related fields referencing 162 core journals.
- Cochrane Library, a medicine literature search tool for reports on clinical trials, systematic reviews and meta-analyses of clinical data to aid in health care decision-making.
- Gale Literary Databases, a union of the electronic versions of Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Literary Criticism and the Dictionary of Literary Biography.
- Humanities and Social Sciences Index Retrospective: 1907-84, the electronic equivalent of the International Index, 1907-65; The Social Sciences and Humanities Index, 1965-73; the Social Sciences Index, 1974-83; and the Humanities Index, 1974-83.
- Human Relations Area Files Inc. (HRAF) eHRAF Collection of Ethnography, containing more than 350,000 pages of information on all aspects of cultural and social life, and eHRAF Collection of Archaeology, containing nearly 60,000 pages of information on the world's prehistory.
- Expanded access to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE) publications, including most IEEE journals, conference proceedings and current standards, and IEE journals and conference proceedings to 1988.
- Oxford English Dictionary, the equivalent of the 20-volume print second edition (1989) and subsequent revisions, and Oxford Reference Online, comprising more than a million dictionary definitions, facts, figures, people, places, sayings and dates from more than 120 of Oxford's English and bilingual dictionaries, usage, quotations and subject reference books.
- Safari Tech Books Online, providing the full text of more than 375 recent electronic books about computing, programming, operating systems, Web design, databases, security and more, from a variety of major IT publishers such as O'Reilly, Que, Sam's, Addison-Wesley, Prentice Hall and Peachpit Press.
- Additionally, the library's Special Collections art print collection, including original works from Durer and Brueghel to David Hockney and Andy Warhol, was digitized for the Web several years ago. This summer, the Web site was rebuilt and moved to http://artsimages.library.csulb.edu/index.html.
New business databases include:
- Dun and Bradstreet's Key Business Ratios, arranged by Standard Industrial Classification codes, which can be used to compare a company's performance against its industry or its competitors or see trends in industry performance over time, and Million Dollar Directory, providing information on more than 1.6 million U.S. and Canadian public and private companies with sales of $1 million or more.
- Mergent Online, upgraded access that provides data covering 10,000 U.S. and international public companies and their SEC filings, 20,000 foreign companies, as well as annual reports and archival information about merged or defunct companies.
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