COLUMNS & NEWS
SwetsWise Adds 10 Publishers
Swets Information Services announced that it has
signed an additional 10 publishers to SwetsWise Online
Content. SwetsWise is the Web-based, modular service
for the procurement, access, and management of subscriptions
and online information. It now carries a total of 7,813
full-text e-journals from 294 publishers, with participation
from more than 90 percent of the top STM publishers.
The following publishers have been added:
Ashley PublicationsProduces the
Expert Opinion series
BioMed CentralAn independent
online publishing house
British Institute of RadiologyA
multidisciplinary learned society and registered
Future MedicineA healthcare-focused
sister company to Ashley Publications
The International Association of Hydraulic
Engineering and Research A worldwide, independent
organization of engineers and water specialists
MA Healthcare, Ltd.Runs Internurse.com,
an online journal for nurses
Manchester University PressServes
the international academic community and promotes
the University of Manchester
Open Minds JournalsPublishes
10 peer-reviewed scientific journals
Royal College of Surgeons of EnglandPublishes The
Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
UK Serials GroupPublishes Serials,
the international journal for the serials community
Source: Swets Information Services, Lisse, Netherlands,
Thomson NETg Acquires Educational Training Systems,
NETg, part of Thomson Corp., announced that it has
acquired Educational Training Systems, Inc./financialcampus
(FinancialCampus), a provider of online training and
educational services to the financial services industry.
According to the announcement, this move strengthens
Thomson NETg's focus on the growing financial services
marketplace and provides its clients in the sector
with a focused learning solution centered on compliance
and regulatory management needs. Terms of the transaction
were not disclosed.
As a provider of training and development solutions
to the financial services industry for more than 32
years, FinancialCampus has delivered learning to more
than 1 million professionals. Financial Campus offers
more than 20,000 hours of approved insurance continuing
education credits in 50 states and various licensing
designations in securities insurance, CFP(R), CPA,
CLU, CPCU, IRS EA, and more.
Source: Thomson NETg, Naperville, IL, 630/369-3000;
Emerald Adopts COUNTER Code, Announces Statistics
Emerald announced its adoption of the COUNTER Code
of Practice in reporting usage data. The company also
announced its analysis of 7 million downloads.
Launched in March 2002, COUNTER (Counting Online
Usage of NeTworked Electronic Resources) is an international
initiative that governs the recording and exchange
of online usage data. It's designed to serve the needs
of both librarians and publishers/aggregators by providing
credible and consistent measurement standards.
According to the announcement, Emerald customers
will be able to make better-informed purchasing decisions,
while Emerald and its intermediaries will be able to
provide data to customers in a format they want and
learn more about genuine usage patterns.
Emerald statistics reveal that the top five subject
areas researched by its customers during 2003 were
innovation, organization, knowledge management, marketing,
and business intelligence. The article downloaded most
often from the Emerald database was "From Marketing
Mix to Relationship Marketing: Towards a Paradigm Shift
in Marketing," written by Christian Gronroos and published
in Management Decision.
The usage statistics are also valuable indicators
for journal editors and members of the research community.
Authors who wish to write articles for 2004 will benefit
from focusing their efforts on innovation, organization,
and knowledge management as well as marketing and business
Source: Emerald, Bradford, U.K., 011-44-274-777700;
Endeavor Announces Customer Task Force
Endeavor Information Systems announced the ongoing
work of an Endeavor customer task force that is set
to examine the issues in today's changing library.
This most recent group, Endeavor's Global Data Change
Task Force, examines the needs of libraries to manipulate
data in MARC records to better adapt to a changing
According to the company, this task force will help
Endeavor provide even more work-flow flexibility for
libraries using the Voyager integrated library management
Endeavor and the Global Data Change Task Force will
identify current work flows in the import and export
of bibliographic, holdings, item, and authority records
in a Voyager database, as well as best address the
advantages of Endeavor's technology to support these
necessary mass changes.
According to the announcement, the improved efficiencies
in the Voyager system will result in better work flows
for library technical staff using a safe and secure
Source: Endeavor Information Systems, Des Plaines,
IL, 847/296-2200; http://www.endinfosys.com.
Arnoud de Kemp Leaves Springer
Springer-Verlag announced that, after almost 20 years
with the company, Arnoud de Kemp has left to pursue
new projects. As deputy member of the board, he held
global responsibility for marketing and sales of both
print products and electronic information services.
According to the announcement, de Kemp has become
internationally renowned for his pioneering work in
electronic publishing, especially in the area of STM
publishing. At Springer, he created the electronic
media department. Having participated in a variety
of electronic information projects, he was also responsible
for the creation of SpringerLink, one of the first
online full-text archives.
Source: Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 011-49-30-827-870;
CISTI Extends Secure Desktop Delivery to Entire Collection
The Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical
Information (CISTI) announced that its entire journal
collection is now available for document delivery through
Secure Desktop Delivery (SDD).
The SDD method, first launched in December 2003,
allows CISTI to deliver copyright-cleared documents
to its customers in electronic format. SDD uses a customized
Acrobat Reader plug-in to enable customers to view
and print their documents using a simple Web interface.
The plug-in is downloaded only once by each user, usually
in seconds, and works for all subsequent deliveries.
SDD is available at the same service fees as for
Ariel or fax. Copyright charges are negotiated with
publishers. Some copyright fees differ from those applied
for other delivery methods.
More information is available at
Source: Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical
Information, Ottawa, 613/998-8544; http://cisti.nrc.gc.ca.
ProQuest Acquires Copley, Adopts COUNTER
ProQuest Information and Learning announced that
it has acquired Copley Publishing Group, Inc. The company
also announced that it has adopted the COUNTER Code
Copley Publishing Group
Copley publishes customized textbooks for academic
use. The new product line will become part of ProQuest's
XanEdu faculty and student resources for the higher
Copley Publishing Group, based in Acton, Mass., was
founded in 1984 to meet a growing need for customized
texts. Custom textbooks contain copyright-cleared material
selected by faculty, as well as faculty-written sections,
for all disciplines. They are often used for interdisciplinary
courses and humanities survey courses, such as Western
Launched in March 2002, COUNTER (Counting Online
Usage of NeTworked Electronic Resources) is a U.K.-based
international initiative that governs the recording
and exchange of online usage data. It is designed to
serve the needs of both librarians and publishers/aggregators
by providing credible and consistent measurement of
usage data across online resources. Mike Hoover, ProQuest
product manager, is a member of COUNTER's International
Source: ProQuest Information and Learning, Ann Arbor,
MI, 734/761-4700; http://il.proquest.com.
LexisNexis Reaches 3 Million Case Summaries
LexisNexis announced that its legal editors have
yielded 3 million case-law summaries in a multiyear
project to provide customers with comprehensive and
authoritative coverage of cases from all federal and
Since the project began in 2001, LexisNexis case-law
editors have written 425,000 prospective case-law summaries
and more than 2.6 million retrospective case summaries.
The team, composed primarily of attorneys, has finished
70 percent of the nearly 4 million retrospective case
summaries for the project, which will be completed
sometime next year.
In the early going, case-law editors concentrated
on providing summaries that customers most often research
on the lexis
.com service. Most recently, they delivered comprehensive coverage by jurisdiction
for the eight largest U.S. states: New York, California, Florida, Texas, Ohio,
Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Illinois.
Source: LexisNexis, Dayton, OH, 937/865-6800; http://www.lexisnexis.com.
MuseGlobal Announces Partnership with GIST
MuseGlobal announced a new, exclusive partnership
with Global Information Systems Technology (GIST).
Part of Universal Subscription Agency (USAPL), the
organization has served more than 3,500 customers in
India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh since 1980.
GIST/USAPL markets internationally published journals
and databases to government, private, academic, and
research institutions, with GIST supplying the technology-integration
services for access to a wide spectrum of online information.
According to the announcement, MuseGlobal's mission
is to optimize the productivity of information users
and knowledge workers by enabling the discovery, integration,
and delivery of information and services from disparate
Source: MuseGlobal, Salt Lake City, 801/208-1880;
BioOne Designated as COUNTER-Compliant
Amigos Library Services announced that BioOne has
received formal notice from COUNTER (Counting Online
Usage of NeTworked Electronic Resources) of its compliancy
with the organization's standards for measuring online
usage data. As a result, BioOne users will be better
able to compare BioOne statistics with other electronic
Statistics generated from the BioOne Web site from
November 2003 forward are in the COUNTER format. Heather
Joseph, BioOne president, chief operating officer,
and member of COUNTER's International Advisory Board,
said: "BioOne's COUNTER-compliancy allows librarians
analyzing BioOne statistics to compare those statistics
against other electronic databases in an accurate and
consistent manner. BioOne's designation as a COUNTER-compliant
organization is a major step forward for BioOne and
the libraries we serve worldwide."
Source: Amigos Library Services, Dallas, 972/851-8000;