Vermont Department of Libraries

January 9, 2010

Vermont Online Library News

Filed under: VOL--Vermont Online Library — vtdeptlib @ 2:25 pm

If you’ve visited the Vermont Online Library recently, you’ll notice it has a new look. Gale’s newly enhanced PowerSearch platform provides users a Web-like experience and includes added features.

From Gale Cengage Learning’s press release:

Key enhancements provide more customization options for the user, allowing them to create their own custom profile.  Users can modify the home page so that the topics and publications they are interested in are fed through RSS feeds directly to the page at login.  In addition, users have better navigation options such as the new Publication Browse with hover technology which allows users to see more publication details without clicking through.

Other Improvements include –

  • Web 2.0 sharing tools including Del.icio.us, MySpace, Reddit, Digg, Facebook, Newsvine, Twitter and others to connect users with their community.  These tools allow users to push interesting articles out to the Web to share with others.
  • ReadSpeaker (text-to-speech technology), allowing users to have all articles available from within the platform read aloud.  All articles are fully  downloadable in MP3 file format and can be played on an iPod or other audio devices.
  • Addition of “named user” functionality, allowing researchers to create custom profiles, name and save any search and modify RSS feed on the product’s homepage, thus facilitating ongoing research and supporting user’s interests.
  • Search results that incorporate portals of context sensitive multimedia (images, video and podcasts).
  • On-demand translation of documents into 11 different languages, helping institutions support a global community of users.

If you are interested in learning about the new interface, Gale Cengage will be offering a free webinar on January 20, 2010 from 10:00 am-11:00 am. For more information and to register click on PowerSearch 2.0 Training. The Vermont Department of Libraries will be planning additional training.

Other training resources:

Fact sheet [pdf, 3.7 MB]

Brochure [pdf, 3.64 MB]

Overview [ppt]

FAQs [doc, 86 KB ]

Webcasts:

Search Tips [pdf, 429 KB]

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