a.  A & I Database Transition “Canned” Answers

The CDL receives queries and complaints about the new vendor versions of the A & I journal article databases via CDL Feedback or from campus librarians.  Jayne Dickson, CDL Information Services Analyst, who so carefully and diplomatically answers these, has created a web page where these “canned answers” can be found.  Your campus library staff may adapt these, when a response to a puzzled (or unhappy) library user is needed.

Many thanks to Jayne.

b.  UC-eLinks Activated on NISC Databases

After a test period, and additional development on the part of NISC, UC-eLinks was activated Thursday, October 24, 2002, on the following CDL-licensed NISC databases:

–Family & Society Studies Worldwide
–Left Index
–RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (1967 – Present)
–RIPM: International Index to Nineteenth-Century Music Periodicals
–Sexual Diversity Studies: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Abstracts
–Women’s Resources International

It has not yet been activated on these NISC databases:
–African Studies
–Black Studies Database: Kaiser Index to Black Resources

Since these latter two databases have records drawn from a variety of sources, more development work must be completed on NISC’s part before the links will be reliable for linking to appropriate targets via UC-eLinks.

c.  El Mel Tells October Issue

See the latest October issue of El Mel Tells for articles on Command Searching in Melvyl-T, loading the campus snapshots, and continued profiles of CDL staff involved in the creation of Melvyl-T.