Thursday, December 21, 2006

Infoshare Database down

On Dec. 21, Loren Mendelson at CCNY reported on CULIBS that the Infoshare database is not working. Their server crashed a couple of days ago and they're have problems bringing it back up.

UPDATE: Infoshare is now working again.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Firefox at the reference desk

My article in Library Journal, "Firefox at the Reference Desk," was just published today in the December 15th issue. You can read it online at the Library Journal web site. One thing that didn't make it into the final version of the article was a list of links to the resources discussed in my article:


Book Borough

Firefox 1.5

Firefox 2

IE Tab

Internet Explorer 7



OpenURL Referrer

Pearl Crescent Page Saver


If you'd like to try some of these things out, the staff PC at the front right corner of the reference desk has Firefox installed with these extensions: Book Burro, L2, IE Tab, OpenURL Referrer, Pearl Crescent Page Saver, and Snapper.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Vendor Printer

The vendor printer was reading "service required" at 7pm Wednesday evening and wasn't working. I sent a request for service to the Help Desk.

Paper for Printers in room 238

The paper supply is running low in room 238. Nelson has been notified. He stated that the suppliers are scheduled to arrive today (Dec. 13th) to save the day.

Preview LexisNexis Academic redesign

There's a bit of information available on the LexisNexis Redesign 2007 page about the upcoming changes. (Thanks to Rita for sharing this with me.)

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Databases that require patrons to set up free accounts

A handful of our databases require patrons to register for a free account before they can access the database at all:
  • Audit Analytics
  • Books24x7
  • Gartner (you have to have a CUNY Portal login to get to this database)
  • MRI+
  • netLibrary
  • RefWorks (no remote access yet)
Some databases don't require registration but offer it (or request an e-mail address at the outset) so that you can get useful personalization:
  • CCH Business & Finance
  • CCH Capital Changes
  • CCH Tax Research
  • ebrary
If I forgot a database, please add it in the comments section of this blog post.

Wilson to offer retrospective Library Literature databases

Just saw an announcement that next January H.W. Wilson will launch Library Literature; Information Science Retrospective: 1905 -1983.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Do not read this posting while sharing the monitor with the students at the Reference Desk.
We do not want them to see the user ID /password below from our wiki.

There will be students coming in asking to be logged on to

Please do NOT distribute the User ID and Password to the students.
Just walk the student over to a public PC and log on for them at
Baruch alumni do not have access to

Go to this URL for the user ID and password:

Monday, December 04, 2006

New Videocamera Loan Service

I've just created a videocameras page in the wiki that details everything I know about this new service. Please add any other details to the wiki page that you think should be there (just click the "Edit page" link on the videocameras page, login using the password that we've always used for logging in to the wiki, type in your corrections or additions, and then click "Save.")

Investigative Journalism Web Links

Barbara Oliver, Director of Research for the NY Times, was a guest lecturer at my Research Methods course at the Graduate Journalism School last week and was kind enough to share the following list of links used at the Times for investigative stories.

The sites might be useful for helping students at the reference desk and for updating online subject guides.


Here are the links:

Public record finder

State Courts

Incarceration records by state

National Sex Offender registry

Updates on law, media and technology

Targeted leagl research

CT case lookup

CT professional licenses

NJ Civil Motion calendar

NJ Professional licenses

NY Professional licenses

Federal Tax Court

NYS Attorney look-up

NYC Civil Servants



Evaluating Risk

Questionnable Doctors

The Cost of Poverty


Public Company Information

Business filings by state

Friday, December 01, 2006

Simmons Choices III and Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy available again!

Saad has set up a new CD-ROM server, thereby returning access to Simmons Choices III and the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy. These two databases may only be accessed from selected PCs in the library.