Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Films on Demand - New tools for Use

Films on Demand reports:

We are delighted to highlight some of the latest enhancements to the Films On Demand platform--an exciting new feature that allows users to create their own unique custom segments, plus new EasyBib integration, the transcript cross-search feature, Continuous Play option, an updated Support Center, and more.

NEW CUSTOM SEGMENT TOOL

First, you'll like the new Custom Segment tool that gives users the option to create their own unique custom segments. You can use the new Custom Segment tool to identify the start and end times, and provide a title and description, for a new segment that you create from any video that is part of your collection. Perfect for adding to a playlist and sharing with your students.

To learn more about the new Custom Segment tool, please visit the updated Films On Demand Support Center:

Using Custom Segments (video tutorial)
How to Use Custom Segments (article)

NEW EASYBIB INTEGRATION


Full integration with EasyBib is now here!:

1. Citation Creation: When you click on the Citation option below any video window, you'll always see the most current, correctly formatted version of the citation in MLA, Chicago, and APA.

2. Citation Export Tool: You now have the option of exporting citations from Films On Demand directly to EasyBib, if you choose. This allows you to create a bibliography under your EasyBib account and include your videos along with other references you may be using for a project or paper.

To learn more about the improved video citations, please visit the updated Films On Demand Support Center:

How to Cite a Video (article)
Using Citations (video tutorial)

TRANSCRIPT CROSS-SEARCH FEATURE


Users can now search Films On Demand by segments, titles, or transcripts. The ability to search not just within our interactive transcripts, but across the full transcripts of all the titles in your account provides extremely targeted, specific results that help you locate the exact piece of a video you are looking for.

To use this new search feature, simply select "Transcripts" from the drop-down menu next to the search bar, then enter your search term and click on "Search." Once you click on a title from the list of search results, you will be taken to that title's View Video page, where the Transcript tab will be displayed by default, and every instance of your search term will be automatically highlighted in the transcript.

To learn more about searching by transcript, please visit the updated Films On Demand Support Center:

How to Search by Transcript (article)


NEW CONTINUOUS PLAY AND LOOP PLAYLIST OPTIONS

Viewing a video or playlist has never been more convenient. By popular demand, we've added two new continuous play options for our users.

1. Continuous Play: Check off the Continuous Play box on any View Video page to enjoy continuous playback from segment to segment.

2. Loop Playlist: Select the Loop Playlist option on any Playlist page to watch the full playlist on a continuous loop.

To learn more about viewing playlists, please visit the updated Films On Demand Support Center:

How to View a Playlist (article)


ENHANCED SUPPORT CENTER

Help is always available from Films On Demand's updated Support Center. Visit now to view the new and improved features.
• More Than 150 Help Articles
• More Than 20 Tutorial Videos
• Live Help Chat
• New Sharing Options
• Enhanced Page Tools
• And More!






Monday, November 18, 2013

Update on Philippines, Library style

From: Michael Dowling >
Date: Monday, November 18, 2013 9:30 AM
To: "alacro-l@ala.org" >
Subject: [alacro-l] Donate to Philippines Library Relief Fund

To Chapters:
Please forward on to your lists. Thank you.
Donate to Philippines Library Relief Fund The American Library Association has set up a Library Relief Fund to take in donations that will be passed on to the Philippine Librarian’s Association (PLAI) for their effort to help rebuild libraries that were destroyed or damaged by Typhoon Haiyan.
http://www.ala.org/offices/philippines-library-relief
Thank you for your contribution.
Sincerely,
Michael
Michael Dowling
Director
International and Chapter Relations Offices American Library Association
50 E Huron St
Chicago, IL, USA
p +1 800-545-2433 ext 3200
f +1 312-280-4392
http://www.ala.org/iro

News from the Philippines

Friends of mine from Manila - he works in a seminary - wrote today of the devastation of his adopted country, and offers a way to help:

By now I'm sure you've all heard about Typhoon Haiyan, the storm that blasted its way through the central Philippines during the weekend of November 9-10. Haiyan made its initial landfall on the east coasts of Leyte and Samar, islands whose names will be familiar if you've read accounts of World War 2 in the Pacific. US troops' first landings in the Philippines, in October 1944, were on the beaches of Leyte, and that same month the central phase of the Battle of Leyte Gulf, the last major clash between the US and Japanese fleets, was the Battle off Samer, which pitted Japanese battleships against US escort carriers and destroyer escorts. Tacloban, Leyte's provincial capital, was even the provisional capital of the Philippines until the liberation of Manila the following spring.

Today Leyte and Samar look as though another war had just been fought on their beaches and in their streets and fields. Fishing boats and freighters have been beached, entire forests of trees flattened, their trunks snapped like matchsticks. The shocking photos of downtown Tacloban remind me of images of Hiroshima after the atomic bomb; in Tacloban as in Hiroshima, no more than a handful of structures are still standing. In the run-up to the storm, almost a million people were evacuated to emergency shelters with roofs designed to withstand 100-mph winds. Unfortunately, Haiyan was packing 200-mph winds, with gusts approaching 300 mph. As a result, many of those shelters lost their roofs and became traps for their occupants, quite a few of whom drowned.

In a typical year about 20 tropical storms and typhoons enter Philippine waters, with eight or nine of those making landfall, the last of them sometime in October. This year, obviously, things have been very different. Haiyan was the 24th named storm to come our way, and already it has been followed by two more. With most of these storms the real damage is done by landslides triggered by torrential rainfall on slopes that illegal logging has often left denuded of trees and vegetation. Not so with Haiyan, whose ground speed of 25 mph, twice the speed of most storms, meant that it didn't linger long enough to deposit much rain in any one spot. What made Haiyan so deadly for coastal communities like Tacloban was the storm surge generated by its high winds. The water's height reached 10 feet, 15 feet, even 30 feet in some places, and it swept inland with bulldozer force. It might as well have been a tsunami.

The Philippine government had plenty of warning that Haiyan was on the way, and it made preparations that would have been appropriate for an ordinary typhoon. But there was nothing ordinary about Haiyan. Transportation and communication infrastructure that's barely adequate at the best of times proved completely inadequate to the challenge. Airports that might have served as staging grounds for relief workers were put out of commission by high winds that swept away their control towers. Roads that might have carried emergency provisions in and evacuees out were blocked by mountains of debris and lined with the bodies of the dead. How many have died? It will probably be a long time before the government issues a complete tally, but current estimates start at 4,000. Parents have lost their children, children have been orphaned, and entire families have been wiped out. Twenty-five thousand are missing. Two million are homeless.

What's next? Rescue and emergency relief operations will continue for some time, I'm sure. In the central Philippines, along with larger islands like Leyte and Samar, there are dozens of smaller islands with significant populations, and many of those have been out of touch since the storm hit. Eventually, of course, communities will begin to rebuild -- though I'm not sure how one does that with a community like Tacloban, which had a population of more than 200,000 and has lost 95 percent of its structures. Filipinos are known for their indomitable spirit, and their country is often described as "the land of smiles," but this week I've seen a lot of tears. They'll need a great deal of help to get back on their feet. Some of that help is coming from the governments of other nations. The US has sent an aircraft carrier, Marines, and hundreds of tons of supplies, among other things. The British have sent an aircraft carrier with more supplies and a pledge of $75 million in emergency aid. The European Union has pledged more than $25 million in aid. Even the government of China has offered a pledge, though initially theirs was so small that the Chinese press made a joke of it.

But much of the help is coming from non-governmental organizations. The Philippine Red Cross has deployed thousands of volunteers to assist with search and rescue. The American Red Cross is sending its own emergency response teams as well as millions of dollars' worth of vital equipment. World Vision is sending food, blankets, emergency shelters, water purification kits, and an arsenal of relief items. Other organizations are here as well. For example, our old friend Beth Allen, a longtime staffer with Food for the Hungry, has flown in to work with FH's Philippine team -- we're hoping to get together with her for dinner one night this week. Our own mission agency, Action International Ministries, is working directly with partner churches in the central Philippines. Of course, all of this takes money. None of these NGOs can continue their ministry without your generous financial support. Several of you have asked how you can contribute to the post-typhoon relief effort, so here are links to web pages that will allow you to make a secure donation for that purpose:

Action International Ministries:
https://www.gifttool.com/donations/Donate?ID=114&VER=1&LNG=EN&PID=2062&T=N&CC=USD,CAD

Food for the Hungry:
http://fh.org/storm

World Vision:
http://donate.worldvision.org/OA_HTML/xxwv2ibeCCtpItmDspRte.jsp?funnel=dn&item=2639566&go=item%C2%A7=10339&

American Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org/donate/index.jsp?donateStep=2&itemId=prod4650031

Above all, please keep the Philippines in your prayers. --George Harper

Monday, November 04, 2013

Newsbank November Special Reports

NewsBank’s Special Reports are news articles, images, videos, maps and other useful content grouped for convenience under specific topics and themes. Easily accessible within NewsBank resources, they enable users to quickly locate information on a specific subject while helping them gain better insight into current global issues and events. Each Report features current and retrospective coverage, and new articles are added daily. Special Reports constitute a unique value to your users, and are included with your NewsBank subscription.There are over 50 Reports to be sure the information you need is always available.

All Special Reports are accessed from the left side bar on your online resource menu page. Get to it using your Butler Pipeline credentials from the Library website Databases tab. Watch for the release of additional current events and issues featured throughout the month as news happens.

November Topics and Monthly Themes


People in the News - John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 50th Anniversary


Indigenous Cultures – Issues in the News


World Health – National Epilepsy Month


Additional featured Reports covering current issues and events
Education Around the World
Mental Health
Natural Disasters
Terrorism and Conflict
World Politics and Government
World Economics