Continued EBSCO accessibility issues

EBSCO services continue to experience reliability issues with its products. Below is the full text from the provider. We at Olin apologize for the continued inconvenience.

Due to recent software upgrades, some customers have encountered trouble accessing several EBSCO services, including, but not limited to Full-Text links, EBSCOadmin and EBSCOhost Collection Manager. In addition, customers have, at times, reported service degradation with EBSCOhost, EBSCO Discovery Service and the EBSCO Discovery Service API.  We apologize for the disruption in service and are working around the clock to resolve the issues.  We are aware that this is not the level of service you have come to expect from EBSCO and appreciate your patience while we work towards a resolution.

In order to stay updated with the latest information, you can sign-up for service notifications on the EBSCO Help website. This service will notify you of postings and updates to EBSCO System Alerts. We will provide regular updates as outstanding issues are resolved

New Trial Databases

The Olin Library is excited to share a new selection of trial databases with the Rollins community. We invite you to explore these new resources and share your thoughts with us here. Please check back soon, as we expect to trial more products this fall!

Films On Demand is a comprehensive, curriculum-focused video subscription providing unlimited access to thousands of videos. With over 26,000 titles and counting, Films on Demand includes Oscar, Emmy, and Peabody award–winning documentaries and A-list performances spanning the arts.

RDS TableBase covers more than 90 industries and is international in scope. Thousands of tables are added annually and covers the tabular data that is available in the world’s most authoritative business publications, including premier trade and business journals, leading industry newsletters, plus a broad collection of regional, national, and international newspapers. TableBase also contains historical tabular information from statistical annuals, brokerage reports, trade association reports, and governmental reports.

LegalTrac provides indexing for more than 1,200 major law reviews, legal newspapers, specialty publications, Bar Association journals, and international legal journals, including more than 200 titles in full text. The American Association of Law Libraries not only endorses LegalTrac, its special advisory committee selects, reviews, and enhances the content of this resource. The database offers coverage of federal and state cases, laws and regulations, legal practice and taxation, as well as British Commonwealth, European Union, and international law.

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts provides abstracts and indexing of the international literature of political science and international relations, along with complementary fields, including international law and public administration/policy. The database provides abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews drawn from over 750 core serials publications and also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, dissertations, and working papers.


EBSCO products service issues

We are currently investigating issues regarding intermittent service downtime with all EBSCO products, and are working closely with the vendor to reach a timely solution.

If you experience any problems accessing databases powered by EBSCO, please send an email to with details about your issue.

Updates will follow once we know more from the vendor.

We apologize for the inconvenience, and thank you for your patience in this matter.

Breaking News! Free Access to The New York Times

The Olin Library has improved our campus access to The New York Times, providing full access to the site, including mobile devices. To get started, all Rollins students, faculty, and staff will need to create an account by navigating to and selecting Rollins College from the Find School drop-down menu. Once your account is set up, you can access the full content from The New York Times website by clicking the link and using your login. Please note: if you already have your own existing NYT login, you will need to create a new login with an alternative email address. For questions or help with access, please contact

Playwright, Director and Actor Sam Shepard Passes Away at 73

Sam Shepard who wrote several plays including Fool for LoveOperation Sidewinder (a play in two acts), A lie of the mind (a play in three acts), Mad Dog Blues, Back Bog Beast Bait, Cowboy Mouth, The Tooth of Crime, Geography of a Horse Dreamer, Action, Angel City, Suicide in B Flat, Inacoma, Curse of the Starving Class, Buried Child, Tongues, True West, A Short Life of Trouble, Baby Boom, States of Shock, Simpatico, Tooth of Crime, Eyes for Consuela, The Late Henry Moss, The God of Hell, Kicking a Dead Horse, Ages of the Moon, Heartless and A Particle of Dread.

He also acted in several films including The Right Stuff for which he earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Chuck Yeager a former United States Air Force officer and record-setting test pilot.

Shepard was elected to both The American Academy of Arts and Letters and as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1986.  During his career he also spent considerable time on teaching and writing about plays and theater in general.

Roper Center Outage

Roper Center services, including Roper Center iPoll and the Dataset Search site will be taken down for maintenance on Thursday, July 27th from 11:00 PM to 2:00 AM.

You can check the status of the outage at

We appreciate your patience, and apologize for any inconvenience this maintenance causes.

Congratulations to Prof. Wenxian Zhang

Our Archivist, Prof. Wenxian Zhang, was honored at last week’s annual meeting of the Society of Florida Archivists, who presented him with the Society’s Award of Excellence.This award was given in recognition of his leadership and achievements in promoting the history of Central Florida and Rollins College. Congratulations, Wenxian! (Photo: Prof. Wenxian Zhang and our Digital Archivist, Prof. Rachel Walton.)