Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Changes to State Library Databases

The subscriptions to the databases ProQuest Statistical Insight and ProQuest Congressional will cease on July 1.

The databases have been provided to USD by the South Dakota State Library.  The cancellation was a state library decision and not an action taken by USD.    If you have questions or concerns, please contact the South Dakota State Library.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

ProQuest Databases down

Update -  databases are now operational.
The ProQuest suite of databases provided by the State Library are having connectivity issues- AncestryLibrary, HeritageQuest, ProQuest Discovery and Research Library, SIRS Discoverer and Researcher, and US Major Dailies. ProQuest is aware of the problem and is working on it.
Thank you for your patience.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

July 12 Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality

The Federal Communications Commission has opened a public proceeding to roll back network neutrality protections instituted in 2015. Net neutrality is the principle that internet service providers (ISPs) must enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source and without favoring or blocking specific services or websites.

The ALA has been on the front lines of the net neutrality battle with the FCC, Congress and the federal courts for more than a decade, working in coalition with other library and higher education organizations as well as broader coalitions of net neutrality advocates.

The ALA is one of nearly 200 organizations participating in the July 12 Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality.

On July 12, websites, internet users and online communities will come together to sound the alarm about the FCC’s attack on net neutrality. Absent strong, enforceable net neutrality protections, ISPs have the financial incentive and opportunity to sell priority access to certain content providers. Enforceable rules are essential for libraries to fulfill our missions and serve our patrons. Tell the FCC to Save Net Neutrality.