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Posted on Wednesday March 24, 2010 at 03:52PM

The Weekly Blurb – Bits and Bytes


1.    Online TRACpac Survey


TRAC Bibliographic Services Group has created a survey for anyone, especially library patrons, to find out about how the users prefer to search in TRACpac.  They are asking that all libraries promote this survey to all their library users, since the more feedback we get, the better we can make the catalogue!  If you could post a sign, something like: “Have you taken our online survey?”, just to raise awareness, that would be great.  There is no way to have the survey “pop up” when people use the catalogue (at least not with the software we have)….so we will have to rely on people seeing it, or having it pointed out to them, and just trying it out. 


The survey is six questions long and deals with formats in the catalogue and how these items display.  The survey will collect for the next month or so. It is located at under TRAC News (last item on the left menu bar of the new portal page).  Take the survey yourself as well.  That way you provide your input, and can better promote how fast and easy it is to your patrons (it took me about 2 minutes!).

2.    Free Database Training Sessions

EBSCOhost Integrated Search invites you to participate in a series of four free online training sessions customized for librarians and focusing on specific features and functionality of EBSCOhost Integrated Search.

Sessions will be held on the third Friday of the month at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time, for approximately 45 minutes.   Click the link following the session title to register. Your registration will be confirmed via email with connection information.

Friday, March 19: Overview of EBSCOhost Integrated Search
A general overview of the features and functionality of EBSCOhost Integrated Search
Friday, April 16:
Using Search History and Folders with EBSCOhost Integrated Search
During this session, an overview of advanced searching, using limiters, search history and My EBSCOhost Folder features will be covered.
Friday, May 21:
Customizing and Branding EBSCOhost Integrated Search
 Using EBSCOadmin, this session will provide a review of customization options for EBSCOhost Integrated Search. Branding customizations will also be reviewed.
Friday, June 18:
Evaluating and Implementing EBSCOhost Integrated Search

This session will review over evaluating connectors and adjusting connector tier assignments. An overview of options and examples of how to implement EBSCOhost Intergrated Search will also be included.


3.     Alberta Readers’ Choice Award


Voting opens on March 15th for the Alberta Readers’ Choice Awards.  The finalists for this year are:

·         Bomb Canada and Other Unkind Remarks in the American Media by Chantal Allan

·         Buying Cigarettes for the Dog by Stuart Ross

·         Fishing for Bacon by Michael Davie;

·         The Forgotten Explorer: Samuel Prescott Fay's 1914 Expedition to the Northern Rockies by Samuel Fay

·         The Frog Lake Reader by Myrna Kostash


This is a great way to promote the work of Canadian authors.  If you have any of these titles in your collections, why not display them as finalists in this competition?  Voting is open to the general public, and more information can be found at



N.B.  If you have problems opening any of the links in this article, email me and I’ll send you the URL.

Author: Northern Lights Library System


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