Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Current Issue of Charleston Advisor

Califa member libraries have free online access to the Charleston Advisor's critical reviews of online resources. Reviews contain thorough product descriptions and considers factors such as strength and weakness, searchability, content, etc.

April's issue includes a look at the following products: ReferenceUSA, CQ Political Reference Suite, Value Line Research Center, and WorldCat.

Log onto the Califa Web site and find the Charleston Advisor on the left-hand menu. Instructions for signing in to this resource are also posted.

Friday, April 18, 2008

New Poll for Members

Over to the right, there is a new poll for our members asking whether we should work with any of the listed business database vendors. Please take a moment to let us know your opinion on these companies, and whether we should negotiate a Califa discount with any of them.

Thanks so much for your time and effort!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Free offer from Ebrary for National Library Week

In support of U.S. National Library Week, April 13 to 19, 2008, ebrary would like to offer librarians as well as students and faculty in library science and related programs complimentary access to their Library Center for one year. Non-U.S. libraries are welcome to participate as well.

Subsidized by ebrary, the Library Center includes more than 85 full-text e-books covering topics such as digital library development, general collection development, and the history of libraries and librarianship, as well as illustrated guides from the U.S. Library of Congress. Contributing publishers include Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Idea Group, Inc., Greenwood Publishing Group, Library of Congress, and MIT Press.

To receive complimentary access, students,faculty, and librarians may register at

For more information, please read the ebrary press release at

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Gale Books and Authors Trial Available

Trials are now available for Books and Authors, the new Readers Advisory product from Gale. To sign up for a trial, or to get a quote with introductory pricing (through May 31), please email

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Mango Languages Review Team Forming

We are forming a Review Team for our members to evaluate Mango Languages, a competing product to Rosetta Stone. If you have an interest in languages, or have experience with Rosetta Stone, we would love for your input, and would ask that you consider taking part in the review. If you would like more information, or Review Guidelines, please email