Monday, September 28, 2009

New Califa Vendor: CQ Press

We are very happy to announce that we have an agreement with CQ Press, which will hopefully lead to large discounts for everyone based on an aggregated group purchase. While we have pricing available for most of their products, the one product we expect will be the most popular is the CQ Researcher, which starts at just over $900/year, but could get much less expensive if we get more participation from libraries. More information about CQ Researcher is below.

Trials are available, and if you'd like to learn more about the products, we will be hosting a webinar on Thursday, October 8th at 10am. If you would like to attend that webinar, please email us with your name, library name, and email address in the body of the message.

Also, we can offer discounted pricing on the CQ Press Online Collections, Political Reference Suite, and CQ Press Online Editions. For quotes for any of those, please email us.

The CQ Researcher Online is a primary source for original, comprehensive reporting and analysis on issues shaping our world. CQ Researcher is used by students, researchers, teachers, interested citizens, librarians, journalists, and more, who need to complete an assignment, prepare for a debate, or become a quick expert on a topic. Each 12,000-word report is a unique work, investigated and written by a seasoned journalist. Published 44 times a year, each single-themed CQ Researcher report offers in-depth, unbiased coverage of a pressing political or social issue. Reports features cover topics in health, international affairs, education, public policy, social trends, criminal justice, the environment, technology, and the U.S. economy. Online, you can read CQ Researcher in its entirety or conveniently navigate by section, including the issue “background,” “chronology,” “current situation,” and “pro-con” feature which provides statements from representatives of opposing positions. Easy-to-understand graphics including photographs, tables, maps, and charts help make sense of complex topics. CQ Researcher also offers bibliographies of key sources and links to resources for further information.

Authoritative Information
Balanced, comprehensive coverage of today's most important issues.
Recipient of American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award and the Society of Professional Journalists Award for Excellence.
Selected by Library Journal as a "Best Reference Database."
Access to reports from 1991 to present.
Original content guaranteed: The CQ Researcher is published by CQ Press and not available through any other source.

Valuable Features
CiteNow!, which provides a citation in APA, Bluebook, Chicago, or MLA style.
Directions on how to "Find a Topic" and "How to Cite," to aid students writing research reports.
"Your Profile" tools such as "Favorite Documents" and "Saved Searches."
"In the News," up-to-date information on issues covered in recent reports.
A redesigned report window, providing improved navigation within report sections.
The option to browse reports by date or topic or to download a PDF of the complete CQ Researcher index

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Text a Librarian update

A quick note about Text a Librarian – they were one of the most popular vendors at the recent Vendor Fair, and so they have sent us a few more links about them, as well as ordering information.

Please note that if you want to order their SMS Reference product, and you want to ensure that you get the Califa discount, you need to use the order page here: If you order directly through them, you may not get the best price, so please use that link. It’s also up on our website, in case you lose this email.

Also, they have regular webinars which you can sign up for here:

They also have a slideshow/movie up online here:

We look forward to feedback from our members on this product – I know there’s been a lot of buzz about it, but would love to hear from some of you who are actually using and/or considering it.

Monday, September 21, 2009

New Califa Vendor: Newspaper ARCHIVE

We are happy to announce an agreement with Access NewspaperARCHIVE from Heritage Microfilm for discounted pricing for our members. Access NewspaperARCHIVE is a program that gives public libraries and K-12 schools around the world access to's historical newspaper database. With this service, students and library patrons can browse tens of millions of newspaper pages in our archive through your institution. Access NewspaperARCHIVE will allow users to view, save and print full-page newspapers dating from 1759 to 1977.

Access NewspaperARCHIVE has a lot to offer your library or classroom, including:

Convenient online access to full-page historical newspapers from across the US, along with papers in the United Kingdom, Canada, Jamaica and other countries

Tens of millions of newspaper pages are available in the online database

Powerful browse tools allow researches to easily look through newspaper pages by date or location

Califa members will be given a 20% discount on their pricing. For a quote, please email me back at

Trials are available, and there will also be a webinar for interested libraries, next Tuesday, the 29th, at 10am. If you would like to attend the webinar, email with your name, library name, and email address in the body of the message. Login instructions will be sent the day before the webinar.

We look forward to feedback on this product. We could only find one Califa member already subscribing, so it's fairly new, and we are anxious to see what our members think about it.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Upcoming Marketing Workshops from EBSCO

We are happy to announce two upcoming marketing workshops in Southern California, hosted by EBSCO, on October 6 and 7 at 10am in Burbank and San Diego, respectively.

EBSCO will be sharing some of their new marketing tools as well as best practices and tips from other libraries on how to drive usage, and get the most out of your subscriptions. While the tools they will be presenting are from EBSCO, the advice and tips are applicable to any databases, whether they are from EBSCO or not.

There is no cost to attend these workshops, and refreshments will be provided.

To register for either of these workshops, use the links below - please note, you probably need to copy and paste the links rather than just click on them (my version of outlook does something wonky with links)...

October 6 in Burbank - the Buena Vista Branch 300 North Buena Vista St. Burbank, CA 91505
Register Here

October 7 in San Diego at the San Diego County Library headquarters: 5555 Overland Ave # 1511, San Diego, CA
Register Here

If you have any questions, please let us know.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

New Vendor: BookBrowse (and Webinar Info)

Many of you saw our newest vendor, Bookbrowse, at the Vendor Fair last week. We are happy to be working with this very cool new product, and have come up with a good discount structure.

See below for a description and trial information. We have also scheduled two webinars for members to learn more about the product: September 10 at 10am and September 15 at 10am. To RSVP for either of these webinars, please send a note to containing the following information, in this format:

Your Name:
Your Library:
Your Email Address:

You will receive log in information the day before the webinar.


One of the most popular internet destinations for book lovers now offers a customized subscription service for libraries.

A unique hybrid between a readers' advisory database and an online magazine, BookBrowse combines rich content with a user-friendly, fully searchable interface that links back to your library's catalog.

BookBrowse helps busy librarians stay on top of new books, while offering patrons an intuitive, easy-to-use readers' advisory service.

Key features include:

80+ previews and 30+ in-depth reviews each month.
Fully searchable archives of thousands of books, including excerpts, reviews & author biographies.
Read-alike suggestions from all recommended books.
Browse and cross-reference by more than 70 subjects and themes.
Summaries of reviews from multiple sources.
Resources and reading guides for book clubs.

For a trial, please email