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Preview new look Britannica Library site

1 October 2013

Encyclopaedia Britannica are launching a new look Britannica Library site in January 2014 and are giving all EPIC member libraries the opportunity to preview it.

Britannica Library is the version of Encyclopaedia Britannica Online that is currently available to New Zealand public libraries through EPIC.(Academic and Special Libraries have access to Britannica Academic Edition and school libraries have access to Britannica School Edition.)


12 August 2013

You may remember that in an e-mail that I sent out in February about EPIC re-subscription for 2013 I indicated that EPIC would be undertaking a full market approach this year with the intention of re-aligning the offerings to the membership for 2014. Well, this e-mail is to let you know that we have begun the process and to enlist your help to ensure that we reach as many potential suppliers as possible.

Review of the EPIC service

25 June 2013

This is to let you know that the National Library of New Zealand (NLNZ) has contracted Michael Dunn, Principal Economist with the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) to conduct an independent review of the EPIC consortium. The purpose of the review is to assess the existing EPIC service model and provide recommendations for sustainable options for the delivery of consortium e-resource services of benefit to New Zealand libraries going forward.

PressDisplay access problems

6 June 2013

I have been contacted by a number of libraries that are experiencing access isssues with PressDisplay.

This email is to let the EPIC Member libraries that subscribe to this resource know that NewspaperDirect have been contacted about the issue and are in the process of working on a fix.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Paula Banks

EPIC Manager

ph (04) 474 3058


EPIC invoicing for 2013

16 May 2013

Just letting you all know that I have had word from the person from the Department of Internal Affairs finance team that looks after the annual EPIC billing run for me (bless her) that this has now been completed for 2013. So you should all be receiving your invoices within the next couple of days.

If you have any queries or notice any issues with your invoice once you receive it, please either email me or give me a call so that we can get it sorted ASAP.

Thank you again for your support of EPIC in 2013.

Serials Solutions Summon 2.0 Launch Roadshow

15 May 2013

Nick Mole from Serials Solutions has asked me to forward on the following invitation to the launch of Summon 2.0 to all EPIC Member Libraries...

Oxford access problems

7 May 2013

I have had reports from some libraries that are experiencing access issues with Oxford Art Online, Oxford Music Online & the Oxford English Dictionary.

I have contacted Oxford University Press to make them aware of the problem, but as their technical support people are based in the UK there may be a slight delay in getting the issue resolved.

With this in mind, OUP have provided temporary logins which can be used to access these resources until the issue is resolved.

These are:

username: conferencemay

password: hammer

Business Insights: Global - FREE subscription addition from Gale Cengage

30 April 2013

Gale Cengage are kindly offering FREE access to an additional Gale Cengage product to all EPIC libraries that subscribe to any of the EPIC Packages (EPIC Packages 1-8) that include Gale Cengage products for the 2013-14 EPIC subscription year.

South Island PressDisplay/Ancestry Training - expressions of interest

15 April 2013

As some of you may remember Clare Bristow (the training specialist from ProQuest) did a tour of the North Island in February providing training on PressDisplay and Ancestry Library Edition. She had hoped to do a full New Zealand tour at that time, but we were so inundated with expressions of interest for training that she decided that she would come back and do the South Island separately in June. 

Gale Cengage outage resolved

3 April 2013

The Gale Cengage databases are up and running again. Apologies for any inconvenience caused by this outage.

Paula Banks

EPIC Manager

ph 04 474 3058

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