bX Recommender trial: UC-eLinks goes social

From April through mid-June 2011, the University of California Libraries are experimenting with a 2-month trial of bX Recommender, a service that points users to relevant scholarly articles on the topics they’re researching.

How does it work?

bX Recommender is a tool embedded in UC-eLinks that leads you to other articles like the one you’ve found. It is similar to other recommender tools such as Amazon’s "Customers who bought this item also bought…"

Are all articles covered?

Recommendations will only appear for articles with full text available online. bX generates its recommendations based on actual use by researchers in academic libraries who use services like UC-eLinks all over the world. The service makes connections between articles as searchers discover and access them, so it is continually being refined and improved as more people use it and contribute their data to the system.

How do I use it?

Click on the UC-eLinks button when you find an article in an article database, or when you look up a specific citation using UC-eLinks Citation Linker (must use full exact article title), and scan down to find the recommended articles. It should look like this:

Things to note

Your feedback on this trial is important! Please use the “Feedback on bX BETA” link in the UC-eLinks window to make comments or report problems.

The UC-eLinks service is available to anyone using computers on the UC Berkeley campus network. Off-campus use of UC-eLinks is open only to UC Berkeley students, faculty and staff members, using our proxy server or VPN system.

Originally posted in the What’s New in the Library news blog.

After you leave UCB … How to access journals, databases, and more!

After you leave UCB with your Public Health degree …

… How will you access online journals?
… Can you still search for articles using online databases?
… How will you keep track of citations you find?
… How do you find good sources of public health data and statistics?
… Do you know where to take free online public health classes?
… How do you collaborate with others?

4/27/2011 UPDATE: A web guide has been created on this topic: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/PUBL/SPH/AfterGrad.html.

For the answers to questions and more,
please come to the Public Health Library’s one hour session, After You Graduate: How to access online journals, databases, and more.

Date/Time: Thursday April 21, 3-4 pm

Room: 440 University Hall (Conference Room)

No RSVP needed

A librarian from the Public Health Library will show you that leaving UCB does not mean an end to accessing databases and online journals. You will learn about several free sources of citations and articles, as well as "grey" literature, and statistics/data. You will also hear about special programs for online journal access for folks working in developing countries. Also discussed will be citation management software, productivity software, continuing education, how to keep up-to-date in your field, and more.

“Celebrating Mexico” exhibit catalog wins award from RBMS

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) has selected five winners and one honorable mention for the 2011 Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab ‘American Book Prices Current’ Exhibition Awards.

The awards, funded by an endowment established by Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab, editors of ‘American Book Prices Current,’ recognize outstanding exhibition catalogues issued by American or Canadian institutions in conjunction with library exhibitions as well as electronic exhibition catalogues of outstanding merit issued within the digital/Web environment. Certificates will be presented to each winner at 4 p.m. CDT on Sunday, June 26, during the RBMS Membership Meeting and Information Exchange at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

The Division Two (moderately expensive) winners are the Stanford University Libraries Department of Special Collections and the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley for ‘Celebrating Mexico: The Grito de Dolores and the Mexican Revolution, 1810 | 1910 | 2010.’

This volume celebrating the anniversary of the Mexican Revolution is also an implicit celebration of inter-institutional collaboration,’ said Schwartzburg. ‘Documenting concurrent exhibitions mounted at the University of California at Berkeley and Stanford University, it reveals to audiences the complementary resources of these institutions through twin checklists and essays by library staff and faculty at both universities. Bilingual text – in English and Spanish – makes the volume accessible to a wide audience, and a careful integration of text, images and the checklist offers readers a fully unified reading experience. Richly illustrated with extensive commentary, the volume serves not just to document the exhibitions but to provide an excellent introduction to the Mexican Revolution more generally. The use of historic typefaces and colorful section dividers throughout the volume confirms the volume’s welcoming, celebratory success.'” – David Free, American Libraries Magazine

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