Thursday, June 02, 2005

Privileges of the Cards

As of June 22, 2004, all New York State residents, 18 years and older, are eligible to receive a NYS Resident's Borrower's card for the New York State Library (NYSL). This card will allow those individuals to directly borrow items from the NYS Library and to remotely access NOVEL databases. This program gives New York State residents onsite borrowing privileges; materials will not be mailed to individuals under this program. What are the NOVEL databases, you ask? Some of the same tools your librarians at the Research Network use every day:
  • Business & Company ASAP (database of full-text articles on companies, markets and industries)
  • Business & Company Resource Center (database of company profiles, brand information, company histories, SEC reports, and periodical articles)
  • Business Plans Handbooks volumes 5-10 (print out sample plans in PDF format)
  • InfoTrac Custom Newspapers (contains the New York Times from 2000 on, 7 New York newspapers and more!)

This list is just a sampling of what's available. There is also a database in Spanish: Informe Revistas en Espanol.

At the New York Public Library (NYPL), a Branch Libraries' card is free to anyone who lives, works, pays property taxes, or attends school in New York State. Others may apply, with payment of a $100 annual fee, for a nonresident library card. You will need a Branch Libraries' card if you wish to borrow materials from any NYPL branch, or use the online databases from outside the Library.

Of the NYPL databases, you might enjoy:

  • Auto Repair Reference Center (covers 33 categories of automotive care and maintenance, plus glossary of automotive terminology)
  • Business Source Premier (full-text for over 2,470 scholarly business journals covering management, economics, finance, accounting, international business and much more)
  • Encyclopedia of Associations (includes nonprofit voluntary membership organizations, such as professional societies, trade associations, labor unions, cultural and religious organizations)
  • Newspaper Source (provides fulltext access to many national and international newspapers, newswires, and indexes an additional four national newspapers.)
  • Regional Business News (coverage of 75 business journals, newspapers and newswires from all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States)

There is some overlap between the databases available from NYSL and NYPL, but enough varied options to make it worthwhile to get both cards.

Of course, you can still call the Research Network at x.149 and we will be happy to search the databases to help answer your clients' questions. :)

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