Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Spring order time for AWE

It's time for our seventh (time flies!) bulk order of the AWE Early Literacy Stations. For more info, view this flyer. And let us know if you have any questions.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Interesting article in the Wall Street Journal on the future of books and ebooks.

Monday, April 27, 2009

An easy way to sign up for the free deskstats trial

For those of you who haven't heard, Altarama is graciously allowing each Califa member to use DeskStats free for the rest of the calendar year, so till December 31, 2009. To sign up, use this form.

Let us know if you have any questions.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Newsbank offer

Newsbank is offering special pricing again on their LA Metro Collection and Bay Area Mero Collection. Details and trial information are below; the source list is attached. If you would like more information, or a quote, please let me know.

NewsBank Spring Offer Subscription period – July 2009 – June 2010

LA Metro Collection
Bay Area Metro Collection

The trial will run through May 15th - please contact us for trial login information.

For demonstrations, questions or to set a live meeting contact Samantha Hobbs 800-762-8182 or

Important Notes for Orders:

Upon placement of orders access will be given at no charge through June 31, 2009
Subscriptions will run from July 1, 2009 – June 31.2010

Note: NewsBank offers 50+ Domestic and International E.Image Edtions including the San Francisco Chronicle, New York Times and Barron’ Financial. Please contact Samantha Hobbs for details and price. Orders will run through the league.

Larger packages of CA, United States and International Coverage are available upon request.

Option #1 Bay Area Metro Collection – This is a subset of the California Collection and includes 64 Sources from San Francisco Bay area to San Jose along with the San Francisco Chronicle Electronic Image Edition.

Option #2The LA Metro Collection plus – This is a subset of the California Collection and includes 96 sources from the LA and surrounding counties - this includes the E. Image Edtions of the LA Times.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Regular webinars from Credo Reference

For those of you interested in Credo Reference, they have now scheduled free webinar sessions twice each week. The full schedule can be found at

Check one out and let us know what you think.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Upcoming Webinar from Booklist

We just got this from Booklist Online:
Free Webinar..
Using Booklist Online for Collection Development

Space is limited.Reserve your Webinar Seat Now at:
Streamline collection development at your library with Booklist Online. Reference Books Bulletin Editor and Booklist Online Managing Editor Mary Ellen Quinn will walk you through all of Booklist Online's collection development features and functions and share tips and tricks for maximizing your use of this powerful collection development tool.
Reserve your seat today!

Using Booklist Online for Collection Development
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM CDT

System RequirementsPC-based attendeesRequired: Windows® 2000, XP Home, XP Pro, 2003 Server, Vista
Macintosh®-based attendeesRequired: Mac OS® X 10.3.9 (Panther®) or newer

Friday, April 10, 2009

Upcoming workshop in NorCal

Protecting Library & Archive Collections:
Disaster Preparedness, Response & Recovery
Part 1: Planning & Response – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Richmond: Monday, May 4, 2009 – Richmond Public Library
Oroville: Tuesday, May 5, 2009 – Butte County Library
Part 2: Recovery & Training – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Richmond: Monday, June 1, 2009 – Richmond Public Library
Oroville: Wednesday, June 3, 2009 – Butte County Library

Sponsored by Western States & Territories Preservation Assistance Service (WESTPAS)
Workshop instructor: Julie Page is the Co-Coordinator of the California Preservation Program & WESTPAS
The “Protecting Library & Archive Collections” workshops are presented in a 2-part sequence to produce the following outcomes for disaster preparedness activities:
Complete a disaster plan by the end of Part 2.
Learn how to train staff to implement your plan effectively.
Set pre- and post-disaster action priorities for your collections.
Learn how to use practical decision-making skills during an emergency.
Experience salvage procedures for books, documents, and non-print media.

The workshop days are scheduled 4 weeks apart. Participants will prepare short assignments prior to the first session; between sessions, they will undertake additional assignments resulting in a completed disaster plan at the end of Part 2. Upon completion, the institution will be invited to join an informal network of WESTPAS trained personnel to provide mutual aid in the event of emergencies involving collections in the region.

Who should attend: Administrators and staff responsible for emergency preparedness, response and decision-making, in all types of libraries and archives. By registering for the workshop, the institution commits to supporting the attendee(s) to achieve the workshop's disaster preparedness goals. When possible, please send two attendees from a library or archive so they can work together on the disaster preparedness activities.

Cost: No charge to the institution. Funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Co-sponsored by the California State Library & California State Archives.

Registration: Pre-registration required. Register online at: WESTPAS workshop
For registration assistance contact: Kathy Krause
For general & content information contact: Julie Page

Monday, April 6, 2009

New Offer on Ulrich's Online Services

Serials Solutions now offers the Ulrich’s Online Services to Califa members at a discount. And for a limited time (through May 26th), Califa libraries will receive an additional 15% discount and up to two months of free service on new subscriptions to and the Ulrich’s Serials Analysis System. is an upgrade or complement to the print edition of the Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory, long the authoritative source for information about serials. The electronic version is a user-friendly and up-to-date one-stop shop for all the library’s information needs when it comes to periodicals.

A few of the features of are:
· Ability to link to Serials Solutions A-Z list, reviews, JCR web, Library Catalog, OCLC and other outside sources
· The online edition of Ulrich’s is updated on a weekly basis
· Multiple users at one time and subscriptions based on unlimited users
· Enhanced information on A&I coverage
· Table of Contents links
· The personalization tools in – such as Lists – let users create and share list of titles they’ve located in Ulrich’s. This is a time-saving workflow tool. Users may also set up personalized alerts based on changes in a particular subject category.

Ulrich’s Serials Analysis System offers the library a number of tools, supported by the qualitative information in, for assessing your collection and accomplishing a wide variety of serials analysis projects -- from print-to-electronic migrations to identifying the last available copy – more efficiently and effectively, a task more critical than ever in today’s economy. A subscription to the Analysis System includes for free.
Pricing for these products is based on population served and starts as low as $917 with the Califa discounts and current special offers.

For pricing, to request a trial or to sign up for a webinar to be held on April 21st at 10:30 am, please email
You may also contact the Serials Solutions sales representatives with any specific questions at 866-737-4257, x. 1048 or
More information about the Ulrich’s online services is available at