SCISWeb enhancements

We are delighted to let you know about some recent enhancements to SCISWeb.

  1. Book cover images are now supplied by a daily online process rather than in monthly batches. This enhancement makes it more likely that you will get matching cover images for recently catalogued items when an order is first placed.
  2. Some SCIS subscribers like to print out the results of their orders and we had requests for the print format to be improved from Internet Explorer. An enhancement has been made so the print output is now in a clear readable font.
  3. Another change is to the link colours. These are now consistent with link colours on the SCIS public web pages. This enhancement will be particularly useful in keeping track of activity on the create orders page, as links that you have followed will be a different colour and the fonts are easier to read.

Many enhancements have been made as a result of our subscribers suggestions. Using Contact SCIS  from any SCIS web page provides an opportunity for you to let us know if there is a change you would like to see, or you can add your comments to this blog.

Now you can use SCIS cover images on your blog!

book cover imageWe’re pleased to announce that ESA and Thorpe-Bowker have recently upgraded their licence to extend the use by SCISWeb subscribers of the bookcover images provided with SCIS records. Schools may now use the book cover images not only within their library catalogues, but also on the school website, including in blogs, wikis, online newsletters and intranets.  Unfortunately this extension applies to online use only, and does not permit schools to print off these images and use them in book displays etc.  So while, for example, it may be tempting to print off that SCIS book cover image, turn it into a poster and laminate it, then use it to advertise Book Week, this does not fall within the licence agreement for the use of SCIS book cover images.  But hey, the artist who created that nice piece of artwork deserves a few royalties too!

Book cover images are also available on other web pages, including publishers’ web pages, but you would need to look at the terms of usage of that web page to see if they are freely available to be printed off. Contacting the  publisher to ask permission would be the safest way to go, or you could try asking your local bookshops if they could hang on to some of the promotional posters they receive for children’s and YA fiction.  For more information about this  and other copyright questions, a good place to refer to is the Smartcopying website, at http://www.smartcopying.edu.au.

This post was contributed by Mary Gough, who provides SCIS cataloguing services for Queensland schools.