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February 2015

  • EBSCO implements new interfaces to eventually replace Searchasaurus, Kids Search and Student Research Center. The latter interfaces will continue to be available until July 2015.

October 2014

  • Direct export of citations to EasyBib, RefWorks and EndNote Web

September 2014

August 2014

  • A flyer for the statewide library catalog (reQuest) was created
  • Southern Connecticut State University’s Digital Collections were added

July 2014

June 2014

  • Central Connecticut State University’s Digital Collections were added
  • A link to the iCONN OneSearch Video Tutorial was added to the OneSearch basic search page and on every search results page
  • Research Starter was added to the search results pages of all middle schools
  • iCONN OneSearch for Business was added to all high school resource menus

May 2014

  • 581 eBooks were added to the eAudio and eBooks collection
  • Enabled K-12 students to access the eAudio and eBooks collection using a username and password in lieu of a public library card
  • The barcode login screen was updated to further clarify how iCONN can be useful

April 2014

March 2014

February 2014

January 2014

November 2013

  • A "permalink" was added to every classic menu page
  • iCONN launched its OneClickdigital ebook service with 85 classic and 47 current titles
  • Navigation links were added from the public library landing page to the high school, middle school and elementary school classic menu pages to make it easier for students to access the page they are most familiar with from their public library.

October 31, 2013

A Request for Proposal (RFP) was issued for the statewide library catalog and associated services. A new system will be in place no later than July 1, 2015.

October 29, 2013 EBSCO Enhancements

iCONN-Specific Training (onsite and webinar)

Register for iCONN Announcement List (for timely updates)

iCONN-Specific EBSCO Training

EBSCO Support / Training Resources

EBSCO Title Lists

Common Core State Standards

Access from Mobile Devices

No special app is needed or recommended – all EBSCO resources are mobile-ready for both iOS and Android operating systems.

Technical Information

EBSCO browser suppport and configuration
iCONN firewall and server configuration
EBSCO firewall documents
How does EBSCO determine relevancy ranking?

 

Gale and EBSCO Cross-Reference Guide

Cengage Gale Databases

Corresponding EBSCO Databases

Notes

None

iCONN OneSearch

OneSearch searches via central index all EBSCO content, CT Digital Collections and downloadable audiobooks

PowerSearch

iCONN OneSearch

PowerSearch searches sequentially most Gale content and CT Digital Collections

 

EBSCOhost

Searches sequentially all EBSCO content (only)

Academic OneFile

Academic Search Premier

 

General OneFile

MasterFile Premier; MainFile; TOPICSearch

 

InfoTrac Student Edition

MAS Ultra:  School Edition, Student Research Center, MainFile; TOPICSearch

 

InfoTrac Junior Edition

Middle Search Plus; Kids Search; Student Research Center; TOPICSearch

 

Kids InfoBits

Primary Search + Searchasaurus

 

Discovering Collection

TOPICsearch

 

Biography in Context

Biography Reference Center (H.W. Wilson) & Biography Reference Bank

 

U.S. History in Context

History Reference Center

 

World History in Context

History Reference Center

 

Science in Context

Science Reference Center

 

LegalTrac

Legal Information Reference Center

 

Informé

Referencia Latina

 

Educators Reference Complete

Professional Development Collection & Teacher Reference Center

 

Gale Virtual Reference Library (144 titles)

3 Nonfiction Book Collections

Elementary (1,300 titles), Middle (3,200 titles) , High School (2,700 titles)

 

A Note Regarding iCONN Resource Changes Effective July 1, 2013
Pursuant to close consultations with the iCONN Database Committee, two longstanding categories of resources – Business and Health – are being dropped from the list of licensed resources effective July 1, 2013. The business category is being dropped because it was felt that what libraries really wanted in this category is not what we were offering but rather a business directory product, such as ReferenceUSA. Currently, due to budget constraints, that category of product is unaffordable but it remains at the top of our “wish list.” The Health category is being reconfigured as a public domain resource: MedlinePlus for public libraries and PubMed for academic libraries. We feel those public domain resources offer a better value for current, trustworthy health information than licensed resources. Regarding the Gale Virtual Reference Library, and after close consultation with the Database Committee, we have decided to discontinue this collection effective July 1, 2013. Although the State Library “owns” 52 of the titles in this collection, our budget cannot afford the fee that we would incur to access the titles using Cengage Gale’s platform and we do not have an alternative platform (yet) to access the titles.

iCONN Resources Effective July 1, 2013

   

Licensed To:

Database

Vendor

Academic

Public

School

ABI/Inform Complete (Includes Hoover's)

ProQuest

Yes

No

No

Academic Search Premier

EBSCO

Yes

Yes

Yes

Biography Reference Bank (H.W. Wilson)

EBSCO

Yes

Yes

Yes

Biography Reference Center

EBSCO

Yes

Yes

Yes

CINAHL with Full Text

EBSCO

Yes

No

No

Connecticut Digital Collections (discoverable via OneSearch)

CT Libraries

Yes

Yes

Yes

Downloadable Audio Books (discoverable via OneSearch)

Recorded Books

Yes - with public library card

EBSCOhost

EBSCO

Yes

Yes

Yes

ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center)

EBSCO

Yes

Yes

Yes

GreenFILE (Environmental)

EBSCO

Yes

Yes

Yes

Hartford Courant - Historical

ProQuest

Yes

Yes

Yes

HeritageQuest Online

ProQuest

No

Yes

No

History Reference Center

EBSCO

Yes

Yes

Yes

iCONN OneSearch (using EBSCO Discovery Service platform)* EBSCO

Yes

Yes

Yes

Kids Search (grades 3-8) (search interface to Middle Search Plus)

EBSCO

Yes

Yes

Yes

Legal Information Reference Center

EBSCO

Yes

Yes

Yes

LISTA (Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts)

EBSCO

Yes

Yes

Yes

MainFile (multi-disciplinary)

EBSCO

Yes

Yes

Yes

MAS Ultra: School Edition (high schools)

EBSCO

Yes

Yes

Yes

MasterFILE Premier (includes Consumer Reports)

EBSCO

Yes

Yes

Yes

Middle Search Plus (middle schools)

EBSCO

Yes

Yes

Yes

Newspapers (National Newspapers Core, Hartford Courant)

ProQuest

Yes

Yes

Yes

Newspaper Source Plus

EBSCO

Yes

Yes

Yes

Nonfiction Book Collection – High Schools (2,700 titles)

EBSCO

Yes

Yes

Yes

Nonfiction Book Collection – Middle Schools (3,200 titles)

EBSCO

Yes

Yes

Yes

Nonfiction Book Collection  – Elementary Schools (1,300 titles)

EBSCO

Yes

Yes

Yes

Primary Search (elementary schools)

EBSCO

Yes

Yes

Yes

Professional Development Collection

EBSCO

Yes

Yes

Yes

PsycINFO

EBSCO

Yes

No

No

Referencia Latina

EBSCO

Yes

Yes

Yes

Science Reference Center

EBSCO

Yes

Yes

Yes

Searchasaurus (grades K-3) (search interface to Primary Search)

EBSCO

Yes

Yes

Yes

Student Research Center (grades 6-12) (search interface to
Nonfiction Book Collections, History Reference Center,
MAS Ultra – School Edition, Science Reference Center and TOPICSearch
)

EBSCO

Yes

Yes

Yes

Teacher Reference Center

EBSCO

Yes

Yes

Yes

TOPICsearch

EBSCO

Yes

Yes

Yes

*Connecticut Digital Collections, ProQuest Newspapers (National Newspapers, Hartford Courant, Historical Hartford Courant)
and all EBSCO content licensed through iCONN are discoverable through iCONN OneSearch.

 

iCONN Resources by Audience Effective July 1, 2013

Database

Best for
Adult Public Library Patrons

Best for
College and University Students and Faculty

Best for
High School Students and Teachers

Best for
Middle School Students and Teachers

Best for
Elementary School Students and Teachers

ABI/Inform Complete

 

x

 

   

Academic Search Premier

x

x

x

x  

Biography Reference Bank (H.W. Wilson)

x

x

x

x  

Biography Reference Center

x

x

x

x  

CINAHL with Full Text

 

x

 

   

Connecticut Digital Collections (discoverable via OneSearch)

x

x

x

x  

Downloadable Audio Books (discoverable via OneSearch)

x

 

 

   

EBSCOhost

x

x

x

x  

ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center)

x

Educators

Educators

Educators Educators

GreenFILE (Environmental)

x

x

x

x  

Hartford Courant - Historical

x

x

x

x  

HeritageQuest Online

x

 

 

   

History Reference Center

x

x

x

x upper grades
iCONN OneSearch (using EBSCO Discovery Service platform)*

x

x

x

x  

Kids Search (grades 3-8) (search interface to Middle Search Plus)

 

Educators

 

x x

Legal Information Reference Center

x

x

 

   

LISTA (Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts)

x

x

Educators

Educators Educators

MainFile (multi-disciplinary)

x

x

x

x  

MAS Ultra: School Edition (high schools)

 

Educators

x

x  

MasterFILE Premier (includes Consumer Reports)

x

x

x

x  

Middle Search Plus (middle schools)

 

Educators

 

x x

Newspapers (National Newspapers Core, Hartford Courant)

x

x

x

x  

Newspaper Source Plus

x

x

x

x  

Nonfiction Book Collection – High Schools (2,700 titles)

 

Educators

x

   

Nonfiction Book Collection – Middle Schools (3,200 titles)

 

Educators

 

x  

Nonfiction Book Collection  – Elementary Schools (1,300 titles)

 

Educators

 

  x

Primary Search (elementary schools)

 

Educators

 

  x

Professional Development Collection

x

Educators

Educators

Educators Educators

PsycINFO

 

x

 

   

Referencia Latina

x

x

x

x upper grades

Science Reference Center

x

x

x

x x

Searchasaurus (grades K-3) (search interface to Primary Search)

 

Educators

 

  x

Student Research Center (grades 6-12) (search interface to
Nonfiction Book Collections, History Reference Center,
MAS Ultra – School Edition, Science Reference Center and TOPICSearch
)

 

Educators

x

x  

Teacher Reference Center

x

Educators

Educators

Educators Educators

TOPICsearch

x

x

x

x  

*Connecticut Digital Collections, ProQuest Newspapers (National Newspapers, Hartford Courant, Historical Hartford Courant)
and all EBSCO content licensed through iCONN are discoverable through iCONN OneSearch.

 

iCONN.org will not be available from Friday, December 28 at 7 pm ET until Monday, December 31 at 7 am ET.

  1. reQuest – the Statewide Library Catalog will be unavailable during this time. Users will not be able to search the catalog or place and track their ILL requests.

  2. During this downtime, users will be redirected to a webpage that provides temporary access to the iCONN databases (i.e. articles, newspapers, HeritageQuest, iCONN’s audio book collection, etc.).

Further details:

The vendor that hosts iCONN.org is making a major change to its hosting service that will require a weekend to complete. As a result, iCONN.org will not be available from Friday, December 28 at 7 pm ET until Monday, December 31 at 7 am ET. We requested that weekend because we thought it would have the least impact on users. To further minimize the impact, at our request Auto-Graphics will implement a redirect link so that when users go to either iCONN.org, or to any of the classic menu pages, or directly to any individual database using a direct link provided by Auto-Graphics) (all links preceded by “rqst”), the user will be redirected to a temporary access page. The temporary access page will provide an alternate path to all the databases we are licensing from Cengage Gale, EBSCO and ProQuest using the database vendors’ own links. Libraries that already routinely use the database vendors’ own links will not be affected by this outage. The E-Journal Finder (for public/school libraries and for academic libraries) will not be affected by this outage because it also uses the database vendors’ own links. Likewise, access to Downloadable Audiobooks will not be affected by this outage.
 
Between now and December 28, we will be testing the alternate access method being set up for iCONN databases for that weekend. Regrettably, we are not able to offer a workaround for the statewide library catalog service because that service is hosted exclusively by Auto-Graphics.
 
We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we work through this change that will provide a more stable and secure platform for iCONN.org

August 2012

Gale's Business & Company Resource Center (BCRC) changed to Business Insights: Essentials (BI:E) on Friday, August 24, 2012. Gale assured iCONN of the following:

  1. All existing links to BCRC will continue to function in BI:E.

  2. All existing article level links in BCRC will continue to function in BI:E.

  3. All existing titles in BCRC will continue to be available in BI:E.

Information on how to use BI:E can be found at:
 
http://www.cslib.org/iconnsitemap/staff/OnlineTrainingPublicSchool.aspxx
 
This cut-over date made the new platform available just prior to the start of the new academic year.
 
We hope you will enjoy using Gale's new business directory platform.

July 2012

Due to a 5% cut in our FY 2013 budget starting July 1, 2012:

  1. Books & Authors was discontinued. Instead, we encourage you to visit our freely accessible readers advisory resources

  2. All licensed

October 2011

  1. Access to CINAHL Full Text through iCONN was restored for all academic library users. 

  2. ProQuest National Newspapers was restored in iCONN for all public, school and academic library users on October 1, 2011:

    • Christian Science Monitor

    • Los Angeles Times

    • New York Times

    • Wall Street Journal

    • Washington Post

  3. Trial access to ProQuest National Newspapers was made available prior to October 1 and continued until October 15.

  4. Cover art and professional reviews was restored in the statewide library catalog on October 1, 2011.

August 2011

Following CONN's Database Committee recommendation, iCONN has added the following titles from those added to iCONN's Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) to our GVRL Middle School e-Reference Book Collection:

  • American History Through Literature 1870-1920

  • American Revolution Reference Library

  • American Social Reform Movements Reference Library

  • American Women Writers: A Critical Reference Guide from Colonial Times to the Present

  • Biographical Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa

  • Dictionary of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

  • Elizabethan World Reference Library

  • Encyclopaedia Judaica

  • Encyclopedia of American Industries

  • Encyclopedia of Bioethics

  • Encyclopedia of Buddhism

  • Encyclopedia of Food and Culture

  • Encyclopedia of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity

  • Encyclopedia of India

  • Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World

  • Endangered Species

  • Gale Encyclopedia of Diets, A Guide to Health and Nutrition

  • Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health

  • Gale Encyclopedia of Science

  • Gale Library of Daily Life, American Civil War

  • Gale Library of Daily Life, Slavery and America

  • Government, Politics, and Protest: Essential Primary Sources

  • Human and Civil Rights: Essential Primary Sources

  • New Encyclopedia of Africa

  • Presidents: A Reference History

  • Psychology of Classroom Learning, An Encyclopedia

  • Social Policy: Essential Primary Sources

  • U*X*L Encyclopedia of Weather and Natural Disasters

  • World Eras

 
As the final step in iCONN's special agreement with Gale for e-reference books, we have added the following titles to iCONN's Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) collection:

  • American History Through Literature 1870-1920

  • American Revolution Reference Library

  • American Social Reform Movements Reference Library

  • American Women Writers: A Critical Reference Guide from Colonial Times to the Present

  • Biographical Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa

  • Black Literature Criticism, Classic and Emerging Authors since 1950

  • Dictionary of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

  • Elizabethan World Reference Library

  • Encyclopaedia Judaica

  • Encyclopedia of American Industries

  • Encyclopedia of Bioethics

  • Encyclopedia of Buddhism

  • Encyclopedia of Emerging Industries

  • Encyclopedia of Food and Culture

  • Encyclopedia of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity

  • Encyclopedia of India

  • Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World

  • Encyclopedia of Race and Racism

  • Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender

  • Endangered Species

  • Everyday Finance, Economics, Personal Money Management, and Entrepreneurship

  • Gale Encyclopedia of Diets, A Guide to Health and Nutrition

  • Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health

  • Gale Encyclopedia of Science

  • Gale Library of Daily Life, American Civil War

  • Gale Library of Daily Life, Slavery and America

  • Gothic Literature: A Gale Critical Companion

  • Government, Politics, and Protest: Essential Primary Sources

  • Human and Civil Rights: Essential Primary Sources

  • International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences

  • New Encyclopedia of Africa

  • Presidents: A Reference History

  • Psychology of Classroom Learning, An Encyclopedia

  • Shakespeare for Students, Critical Interpretations of Shakespeare's Plays and Poetry

  • Social Policy: Essential Primary Sources

  • U*X*L Encyclopedia of Weather and Natural Disasters

  • World Eras

On August 1, Gale's Power Search will automatically search all "In Context" resources (Biography, History and Science). In addition, the following enhancements will be made:

  • Most viewed articles and searches are presented up front

  • Additional interface language translation options (Korean, Japanese and Simplified Chinese) and document level translation now includes Traditional Chinese

  • Search Assist - a drop down menu of suggested search terms displays as the user keys in search terms to help with search term selection

  • Content types will appear to the left, videos on the right

  • More search limiter choices

  • Results list date limiter

  • Enhanced subject guide and publication searching, with additional limiters

  • Advanced search will include search assist and more limiters

July — update

iCONN must postpone the restoration of CINAHL Full Text and ProQuest Newsstand pending resolution of the FY 2012 budget and assurance that the State Library will have the funds needed to restore these resources.

July 2011

If the current budget approved by the Governor stands, we will restore the following resources that had been previously lost due to budget cuts:

ProQuest Newspapers (for all libraries):

  • Christian Science Monitorr

  • Los Angeles Times

  • New York Times

  • Wall Street Journal

  • Washington Post

CINAHL Full Text (for academic libraries)

June 2011

ProQuest redesigned the user interface and enhanced the functionality of: ABI/Inform, Hoover's Company Records, The Hartford Courant, and the Historical Hartford Courant. HeritageQuest was not affected by these changes. In the new interface, users can create their own My Research accounts for bookmarking, tagging, alerts, RSS feeds and setting preferences. Searching now includes auto-complete, spell check, and keyword in context. Search results sets are sorted according to relevance (by default). Other enhancements include article preview, faceted navigation, filtering by date slider, and more. For a more complete list of new functions, visit: All-New ProQuest Platform Highlights for Library Users.

April 2011

Added American Civil War Resources

January 2011

Added links to major repositories of Free E-Books to address the growing demand for e-books at a time when budget constraints preclude licensing the most popular e-Books.

Added the following e-Reference Books:

  • Alternative Energy

  • Crime and Punishment: Essential Primary Sources

  • Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture

  • Encyclopedia of Products & Industries - Manufacturing

  • Encyclopedia of Western Colonialism since 1450

  • Gale Encyclopedia of U.S. History, Government and Politics

  • Gale Encyclopedia of U.S. History, War

Added the following titles that are part of the Diseases and Disorders Series:

  • Acne

  • AIDS

  • Anthrax

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

  • Headaches

  • Hemophilia

  • Obesity

  • SARS

  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases

  • West Nile Virus

Due to a recently negotiated exclusive contract between Time, Inc. and another company, the following periodical titles and their back issues became unavailable through iCONN effective January 1, 2011:

  • Entertainment Weekly

  • Entrepreneur*

  • Essence

  • Fortune*

  • Golf Magazine

  • In Style

  • Money

  • People*

  • People en Espanol

  • Real Simple

  • Sports Illustrated*

  • Sports Illustrated Kids

  • Time*

  • Time Canada

  • Time for Kids*

*Full content of these publications, and their archives and images, can be found via their independent websites for no additional charge - see Popular Magazines on the Web. Gale is working to identify ways to facilitate access to this content through iCONN. Further, iCONN will still maintain access to thousands of general interest magazines and newspapers covering the same topics as these publications with more than 3,000 new publications added by Gale in the past 12 months.

October 2010

Added the ability to search all three Connecticut Digital Collections at once

September 2010

Biography Resource Center was replaced by Biography in Context.
Books & Authors was added (it will replace What Do I Read Next? in December).

August 2010

The current History (U.S. and World), and Science Resource Centers were replaced with new versions called U.S. History in Context, World History in Context, and Science in Context.

May 2010

Due to a recently negotiated exclusive contract between Forbes, Inc. and another company, Forbes magazine and its back issues are no longer available through iCONN. You can now access Forbes magazine and many other popular magazines at Popular Magazines on the Web.

January 2010

In accordance with iCONN's license agreement with Gale, the Database Committee selected the following titles to be dropped from and added to our e-reference book collection. The Committee made its decision based on usage and currency.

Dropped
American Women Writers: A Critical Reference Guide from Colonial Times to the Present
Biology
CDs, Super Glue, and Salsa: How Everyday Products Are Made: Series 3
Chemical Elements: From Carbon to Krypton
Child Development
Colonial America Reference Library
Countries of the World and Their Leaders Yearbook 2010
Crime and Punishment in America Reference Library
Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice
Encyclopedia of Espionage, Intelligence and Security
Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders
Fashion, Costume, and Culture: Clothing, Headwear, Body Decorations, and Footwear Through the Ages
Genetics
Harlem Renaissance
International Encyclopedia of Marriage and Family
Nonfiction Classics for Students
Psychologists and Their Theories For Students
Terrorism: Essential Primary Sources
The Crusades Reference Library
The Middle Ages: An Encyclopedia for Students
The Sixties in America Reference Library
UXL Encyclopedia of Landforms and Other Geologic Features
UXL Encyclopedia of World Biography
Witchcraft in America
World War I Reference Library

Added
African-American Years: Chronologies of American History and Experience
American History Through Literature 1870-1920
American Home Front in World War II
Drugs, Alcohol, and Tobacco: Learning about Addictive Behavior
Early Civilizations in the Americas Reference Library
Encyclopedia of Aging
Encyclopedia of Education
Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology
Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2nd ed.
Encyclopedia of Science and Religion
Encyclopedia of the Great Depression
Feminism in Literature: A Gale Critical Companion
Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders, 2nd ed.
Gale Encyclopedia of Psychology
Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia
Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of World Holidays
Korean War Reference Library, 2v, 2002
Lucent Library of Science and Technology 1
Major Acts of Congress, 3v, 2004
Nutrition and Well-Being A to Z
Plant Sciences
Terrorism Reference Library
UXL American Decades
UXL Complete Health Resource
UXL Encyclopedia of Water Science
Vietnam War Reference Library, 5v, 2001
World of Microbiology and Immunology

January 1, 2010

Due to insufficient funds, the following features were discontinued in reQuest:

  • Cover images for books, DVDs and CDs

  • Professional reviews (Library Journal, Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Choice, School Library Journal)

  • First Chapters and Excerpts

  • Tables of Content

  • Summaries

  • Author Notes

December 2009

iCONN widgets (downloadable) were made available from the main iCONN start page for school libraries on December 29. The widgets are customized for elementary, middle and high schools.

Gale enhanced the initial display of search results in PowerSearch by:

  • appending text snippets to each citation returned so that users can more accurately judge which article(s) to select for viewing*; and

  • changing the color of citations already selected for full text viewing so that users don't have to remember which full-text articles were already viewed.

*This keyword-in-context feature looks for the first time the keyword appears in the article and shows the first 200 characters from that sentence/paragraph.

Starting December 4, academic libraries can use federated searching on the Newspapers page to search all or any combination of newspapers at the same time.

iCONN widgets (downloadable) were made available from the main iCONN start page for public and academic libraries on December 1.

Resources Removed November 1, 2009 Due to Insufficient Funding:

  • News Photos (AP Images)

  • Newspapers - Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal*, Washington Post

*The Wall Street Journal continues to be available to academic libraries as part of ABI Inform.

Resources Removed October 1, 2009 Due to Insufficient Funding:

  • Boston Globe (all libraries)

  • CINAHL Full Text (licensed to academic libraries)

  • Westlaw Campus Research (licensed to academic libraries)

iCONN Loses Full Text Access to Consumer Reports

iCONN's full text access to Consumer Reports by way of Gale ended on July 1, 2009.

iCONN - Next Generation System (July 1 and October 27, 2009)

London Times (Gale)

A direct link to this newspaper (with full-text coverage from July 1, 1985 to the present) was added on September 24, 2009. It is also automatically searched in PowerSearch.

iCONN-branded link to Info Anytime

Gale had recently provided an iCONN-branded link to Info Anytime ("Ask A Librarian") from all search results pages (including "no hits" pages), but we had to remove the link when the Info Anytime service ended (due to insufficient funding).

Changes Implemented On July 1, 2009

"Remember Me" Checkbox on ILL Request Form

A "Remember my information on this computer" check box will be added to the "Request this item" ILL Request form. When checked, the system will remember the Patron Information (including password) that the patron typed into the form.

Persistent Links to Records in reQuest

Under "What Would You Like to Do Next?" we will add a Link To This Item button. This would create a persistent link to the full record being displayed. The link would enable the system to identify the patron’s library for the purpose of submitting ILL requests. The link can also be copied and pasted into another web site. The link will allow a user to login as a guest and locate the full bibliographic record directly using the link.

E-Mail Records with Persistent Links and Holdings

From the full record display in reQuest, users will be able to e-mail the text of the bibliographic record along with a persistent link to the record. The user will have the option to email the record with or without its associated holdings. The link would enable the system to identify the patron's library for the purpose of submitting ILL requests.

Spanish Language Classic Menu

A-G will develop a Spanish Language classic menu page that provides links to all iCONN resources that have Spanish language user interfaces. The classic menu page will be linked to from the current classic menu page for public libraries and can be directly bookmarked.

Creating Lists

Patrons can establish a password-protected account where they can easily create lists of items in reQuest they would like to read, have read, or would like to request through ILL. This feature is now available to guest users.

RSS Feeds for specific catalog searches

Users can set up an RSS feed to be alerted of new titles by favorite authors or topics of interest as soon as they become available in reQuest.

Mapping Library Locations Information

Locations information in reQuest will be integrated with Google maps so that users can press a button next to each holding to see that library's location on a map.

Map Screenshots:

An iCONN search box to be added to the elementary and middle school classic menus

The search box will be customized to search only the resources that appear on its respective classic menu.

Screenshots:

Keyword Search Screen - Additional Buttons

Public library users will see a button for HeritageQuest, the most heavily used database in iCONN.

Public and school users will see a button called Popular Magazines that will take them to a page where they can access directly a selection of the most heavily used titles. There will be separate pages for public and school library users.

Screenshots:

Patron Interlibrary Loan Request Tracking

The note "You may track the status of your interlibrary loan request using the ILL Request Tracking option from the Patron Menu" will be added to the "Your Library Loan request has been submitted" page. This will let patrons know about the tracking feature.

New barcode login page

[ Screenshot ]

This re-design was prompted by many users who thought that the current design, though very visually appealing, does not clearly show where to log in.

Improved Keyword and Advanced Search:

In order to simplify the search results that are presented by default when using Keyword Search and Advanced Search, especially for new users, the system now automatically searches and displays results for just three resources that together comprise most of the content in iCONN:

For Public and School libraries:

  • General OneFile (sorted by recency) – searches over 25 million articles

  • iCONN Newsstand (sorted by relevance) – includes all national newspapers and The Hartford Courant

  • History & Science Reference Centers (all sorted by relevance)

For College libraries:

  • Academic OneFile (sorted by recency)

  • iCONN Newsstand + ABI/Inform (sorted by relevance)

  • History & Science Reference Centers + CINAHL with Full Text + Pre-CINAHL + PsycINFO (all sorted by relevance)

The goal is to return all results sorted by relevance. Long term, the goal is to reduce the number of results lists to just one list that presents results from all databases sorted by relevance.

 

reQuest - the Statewide Library Catalog:

As shown above, reQuest - the Statewide Library Catalog is no longer searched by default. To search reQuest only, click on Find Books, DVDs and more in CT Libraries (reQuest).

New Classic Menus for Schools:

These menus replace the previous "one-size-fits-all" school menu that listed all databases. There is a link from each classic menu to the next level classic menu. In addition, the high school classic menu has a search box that allows students to "quick search" (see above) multiple resources at once. We are exploring whether the search box can also be added to the middle and elementary school classic menus. The default menu when using the "Link to Individual Resources" link on the Keyword Search Screen is the High School menu.

 

 

 

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