ERIC, the primary education database from the U.S. Department
of Education, has undergone significant changes during 2004. The ERIC system has
closed all of its subject-oriented clearinghouses and has consolidated journal and
non-journal materials into a central repository/database. September 1st marked the
introduction of the new ERIC website at http://www.eric.ed.gov/.
The AskEric website and the ERIC Digests are no longer available.
October 1, 2004, ERIC introduced free full-text non-journal ERIC resources. These
materials include more than 107,000 full-text documents authorized for electronic
ERIC distribution during 1993 - July 2004, that were previously sold through the
ERIC Document Reproduction Service (EDRS), E*Subscribe. In December, ERIC will add
new bibliographic records and full-text journal and non-journal resources published
Similar to the earlier version, the new ERIC does not
offer 100% full-text availability. Newly indexed materials that are not available
free-of-charge will be made accessible through database links to commercial sources.
Older materials may have a link “Full text from ERIC,” but may lead to a page that
says “The document you requested is not available in the ERIC Online system.” In
those instances, we will most likely have the document on microfiche in the Alice
Hagar Curriculum Resource Center on the second floor of Murphy Library.
Via the new Website, journal articles (identified as
such by an EJ number, i.e. EJ154987) are currently indexed only. However, ERIC will
begin to include links to external sources of full-text articles in December 2004.
For enhanced access to education articles, use the
ERIC database available through EBSCOhost or select
EBSCOhost’s Professional Development Collection, where you will find links to
full-text for many articles.
Dale Montgomery, who was the Director of Murphy Library for 20 years, Interim
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Services (1998 - 99), and Interim
Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Technology Services (1996-1998) at UW-La Crosse,
has not let the grass grow under his feet. Becoming an artist is only one of the
things he identified as "projects for retirement."
Dale began his art studies 5 years ago by taking workshops in drawing and watercolor
painting. Upon the completion of several painting courses at UW-La Crosse, he focused
on abstract painting. He received a Wisconsin Regional Art Program Honorable Mention
in 2002 for his work “Study in Black.” In 2003, “Receding Glacier” was selected
from a regional art exhibit to be exhibited in the Pyle Center at the University
of Wisconsin in Madison.
Last summer, Dale's works were on display in Murphy Library. His works have also
been displayed at the La Crosse Public Library Gallery, Pump House Western Wisconsin
Regional Art Center (La Crosse), The Black River Falls Public Library, the Pyle
Center on the University of Wisconsin Madison Campus, the Odin Gallery (La Crosse),
Gundersen-Lutheran Medical Clinic 4th Floor Gallery (La Crosse).
Congratulations to Dale Montgomery on this successful new career, and best wishes
for his next!