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EPIC at the LIANZA Conference - win an iPad

8 September 2010

Come along to the EPIC lunchtime session at the LIANZA Conference on Wednesday 1 December 12.30pm - 1.15pm and you will get to hear about what's happening at EPIC and what to expect in 2011. There will also be a chance to meet representatives from the EPIC vendors...but most importantly, you will have to chance to win our spot prize giveaway - an iPad - kindly donated by Oxford University Press.


EBSCO Webex training for EPIC Member Libraries

20 August 2010

EBSCO Publishing have kindly put together a series of WebEx training sessions especially for EPIC libraries.

The sessions are:

EBSCOhost - a one hour overview of the EBSCOhost interface (this is the search interface for ANZ Reference Centre and MasterFILE Premier) and basic searching techniques including available search modes, use of limiters and expanders, review of the results page, as well as printing, emailing, saving, and citing results.
This would be a good introduction to database searching for all interested library staff.
There are 3 opportunities to attend this session:
Monday, 13 September - 1pm - 2pm
Tuesday, 14 September - 3pm - 4pm
Monday, 4 October - 1pm - 2pm
EBSCOadmin Basics - This one hour session is aimed at library database administrators, and covers basic features and functionality of EBSCOadmin, including Customising Services; Reports & Statistics; and Database Title lists.
If your library subscribes to the EBSCO products, I would recommend that if you are the person that looks after your electronic resource subscriptions and you have not used EBSCOadmin - then this session is a MUST!

There are 2 opportunities to attend this session:

Thursday, 16 September - 1pm - 2pm
Tuesday, 5 October - 1pm - 2pm


Best Practice - Promoting & Marketing your Library Databases - This one hour session for librarians provides hints and tips on how to promote your library’s electronic resources. Recommended for any staff who are interested in tips on promoting the usage of online resources.

Friday, 17 September - 1pm -2pm

For instruction on how to attend any of these session e-mail the EPIC Manager

Invitation to the ProQuest 2010 ANZ Roadshow

2 August 2010

EPIC Member libraries are invited to attend the ProQuest 2010 ANZ Roadshow. The Roadshow is your opportunity to find out more about ProQuest's latest product highlights and recent developments in new products. Complimentary morning tea and lunch are prod

There are 2 opportunities to catch the roadshow in NZ:

Auckland -  Tuesday 31st August - University of Auckland 9.30am - 1.30pm
Wellington - Wednesday 1st September - Victoria University of Wellington 9.30am - 1.30pm

If you are interested in attending either of these sessions RSVP to Reuben Sonn indicating the date and venue you would like to attend by 13 August.


Bibliography of Published New Zealand Family Histories - new addition to the New Zealand Index

16 July 2010

The Bibliography of Published New Zealand Family Histories is a listing of separately-published histories of families with descendants in New Zealand. All of the histories are indexed by author, title, keyword and family names; many are also indexed by founder names; country, county and town of origin; ship on which the family arrived in New Zealand; year of arrival; and region and place of main settlement in New Zealand. Some records also include the surnames of the families into which the first generation of descendants married. The bibliography is compiled by Tony Millett. There are 3350+ records in the collection, which has been added to the New Zealand Index. It is updated periodically by Tony.

If you would like further information about The Bibliography of Published New Zealand Family Histories  or any other developments to the New Zealand Index, please visit the Knowledge-Basket website or contact Lindy Winterburn 


Gale Cengage Resource Centers upgrade to the new In Context Experience

13 July 2010

From 1 August 2010 selected Gale Cengage Resource Centers move over to make way for the new In Context suite of products.

The Resource Centers being upgraded to the new In Context experience are:

  • Biography Resource Center
  • History Resource Center
  • Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center
  • Student Resource Center

For further information please contact Liza Fisher or visit http://www.gale.cengage.com/InContext/index.htm


Alexander Street Press - Music Online offer

28 June 2010

Alexander Street Press is offering special pricing to provide Music Online: listening to EPIC Libraries.

If you are interested in further details or a trial, please contact Dan Hamid from Alexander Street Press


Ancestry Library Edition / PressDisplay Training

9 June 2010

Proquest's Customer Education & Training Specialist, Clare Bristow is going to be in Wellington on Monday 12 July to run some training sessions for EPIC member libraries on Ancestry Library Edition and PressDisplay.
There will be two training sessions will be held at Wellington City Libraries.
Session 1  - 12.30pm - 2.30pm
12.30pm - 1.30pm Ancestry Library Edition
1.30pm - 2.30pm PressDisplay
Session 2 - 3.00pm - 5.00pm
3.00pm - 4.00pm Ancestry Library Edition
4.00pm - 5.00pm PressDisplay
If you or your staff would like to attend either of these sessions please register by e-mailing the EPIC Manager indicating your preferred session by Monday 28 June.


MarketLine Subscription offer

4 June 2010

Research for Libraries have put together a subscription offer to MarketLine for EPIC member libraries. Registrations of interest to take up the offer close on Friday 18 June 2010. Please contact the EPIC Manager for further details.


MarketLine Trial  

18 May 2010

Research for Libraries would like to offer EPIC member libraries free 2 week trials of MarketLine

MarketLine is a comprehensive collection of company, industry and country information, extending across 200+ countries and every major industry section, updated on a daily basis.

If you would like to take up the offer of a 2 week trial of MarketLine, contact the EPIC Manager by May 31, 2010 for further details.


New EPIC Resources in 2010

18 May 2010

EPIC is now offering access to 2 new Opt-in Products in 2010; Ancestry Library Edition and PressDisplay. If you are interested in adding either of these resources to your library e-resource collection contact the EPIC Manager for subscription and pricing details.


NZ Schools' access to EPIC

18 May 2010

EPIC is pleased to announce that the Ministry of Education has renewed funding to provide access to all registered New Zealand schools to EPIC resources through to March 31, 2011. Access and further information is provided through Te Kete Ipurangi (TKI) website.