Wednesday, August 27, 2008

News from SDLN

Last night I began some system maintenance to prepare our production environment for the installation of ILL2. In order to do this I had to shutdown Aleph so I could perform a cold backup of the database. The backup is still running and is a little over 2/3 complete. I estimate that it will take another 3-4 hours to complete but if it should finish sooner than that the system will be brought up immediately and a notice sent out. Once again, I apologize for the downtime but we are doing our best to fix ILL as quickly as possible and unfortunately, taking the system back down is our first step. If there are any changes I will make sure to update everyone.


Sean Crooks
Systems Administrator/Network Security
South Dakota Library Network

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

SDLN update - Important information for ILL users

The migration to the new software for the library catalog is mostly complete.

The one exception to a successful migration was the Inter Library Loan (ILL) function. This part of the system is aparently badly broken. We anticipate the ILL functionality of the catalog will not be available for several weeks.

The good news is, we have a backup system that on campus users can access.

To place your interlibrary loan request go to find the record for the item that you would like us to borrow for you. Click on request item, fill out the form that opens. You will need to fill in only the fields marked with an * for books.

For copies of journal articles find the record for the journal, fill out the form and enter the vol, number, and pages desired into the Comments field.

If you have questions or problems please contact Scott (

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Library Catalog Update - Message from SDLN

While we have made very good progress today, we feel there are still a few issues on the system that need to be resolved before we can open it for library use. We will update everyone again as we near the completion of this upgrade process.

Also, please be reminded that due to a scheduled power outage on the campus of BHSU occurring on Thursday, August 21 during the hours of 5 am – 6 am and 5 pm – 6 pm Mountain Time, SDLN services will not be accessible. Once power has been restored, all connections to SDLN should be reestablished.

This impacts most of these databases However, WorldCat, Goodreads, Ingenta, NetLibrary, SoDakLIVE, or South Dakota Grant Directory will not be impacted.

All of these except Ancestry should be available (as always on campus only)

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Library Catalog update from Warren Wison

Good morning, well actually, not so good.

The conversion is still progressing, although slowly. There was an error in the process (which we believe should have be caught in Test) but which Ex Libris says did not slow up the process much. The Ex Libris programmer working on our conversion is contacting Israel to have them review our process to see if they can see why it is taking so long. Also the programmer will be working with their Oracle DBA. The Programmer does not have an estimated time of completion.

Sean will have a call with this programmer mid-day and will give us an update then.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Library Catalog update

From: Wilson, Warren

Ex Libris continues to make progress but they are in the midst of updating a million line table. We’ll continue to send updates as we receive them.

Library Catalog upgrade

The SDLN and Ex Libris staff have worked over the week-end and are making good progress but the Aleph System is not ready to turn over to libraries yet. We tried about an hour ago to get a revised time schedule but have not heard back from Ex Libris. We will keep you posted.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Message from the SDLN staff

We were updated by ExLibris a short time ago as to the status of the Aleph version 18 conversion. They have encountered unexpected difficulties which is causing the upgrade process to run much longer than anticipated. What this means is that the system is still inaccessible and libraries will still need to utilize offline circulation. At this time, we do not have an estimated time of completion but the SDLN staff is monitoring the process and will make every effort to make the system available as soon as possible. We apologize for this inconvenience. If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

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Monday, August 11, 2008

Exploring What's New with the Web Version of SciFinder®

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Exploring What's New with the Web Version of SciFinder®

SciFinder continues to evolve to increase research productivity. In this session, we will explore the new web version and show you the latest and greatest that SciFinder has to offer. We will introduce you to the web version by:

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August 12, 2008
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October 14, 2008
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Please note: The web version of SciFinder is available for subscription customers only. Access to the web version of SciFinder is being launched to subscription customers in phases throughout 2008. CAS will notify Key Contacts when access to the web version of SciFinder is available for your organization.

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