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Information Today

Vol. 21 No. 11 — December 2004

COLUMNS & NEWS
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EBSCO Publishing Partners with All Academic

EBSCO Publishing has entered into an agreement with All Academic, Inc. that will provide researchers with access to a growing collection of full-text conference papers from top scholarly societies.

EBSCO's recent partnership with All Academic will bring nearly 25,000 full-text conference papers into appropriate EBSCOhost databases including Academic Search Premier, Business Source Premier, and Communication Mass Media Complete. The companies anticipate that approximately 20,000 records will be added to EBSCOhost databases on an annual basis beginning in 2005.

According to Tim Collins, EBSCO's vice president and division general manager, this partnership represents an important step for EBSCOhost researchers as well as authors contributing their works as part of conference proceedings. "With content from All Academic, EBSCO is providing an avenue for societies dedicated to virtually any area of study to share their associated papers with a larger audience outside the realm of their individual conferences." Collins continued, "With so many highly regarded associations participating with All Academic, the quality of this content is outstanding. We anticipate and encourage other societies to consider the possibility of working with All Academic to continue to enhance access to their members' important research."

Source: EBSCO Publishing, Ipswich, MA, (978) 356-6500; http://www.ebsco.com.

Thomson Signs Distribution Agreement with Universal Technical Systems

Thomson announced that it has signed an agreement with Universal Technical Systems, Inc. (UTS) to sell its mathematical problem-solving software products through Techstreet. UTS is a developer of high-productivity, problem-solving software products and custom-developed solutions.

The initial launch will feature three UTS products under the umbrella title "Technology Tools for Engineers." Now available on the Techstreet Web site (http://www.techstreet.com/uts.html), the products include TK Solver, Interactive Roark's Formulas, and MathLook for Excel.

"In addition to offering our engineering customers these valuable time-saving tools, this agreement allows us to explore the development of software line extensions with the Standards Developing Organizations (SDOs) that we represent," said Gregg Hammerman, Techstreet founder and current director of operations and technology. "UTS can do for other organizations what it did for Roark's: develop interactive software products that save engineers thousands of hours in research development, design, and rework time. We see the potential for a lot of new software products, some in the form of applets, which are actually just line extensions to existing formulas currently only available in print or PDF."

Source: Thomson Scientific, Philadelphia, (215) 386-0100;
http://www.thomsonscientific.com.

netLibrary Teams with Recorded Books

netLibrary has teamed with Recorded Books, LLC to create a new program for delivering audiobooks to libraries through the Web.

Key elements of the program include an innovative pricing structure, unlimited access, the ability for patrons to download to a range of portable devices, and a technology solution that supports download via broadband or dial-up capabilities.

Library users will be able to search for, preview, check out, and listen to audiobooks via the Internet and the netLibrary platform. They can focus their search on audio titles only or take advantage of search functionality that integrates audio titles with all electronic content their library may have in its netLibrary collection.

Web-based collections of Recorded Books titles will be available for purchase through either Recorded Books or netLibrary and will be delivered via the netLibrary interface. Library patrons will be able to search for audiobooks just as they would for any type of e-content in their library's netLibrary collection. The program formally launches this month. Libraries can view demos of the program upon request.

Source: netLibrary, Inc., Boulder, CO, (303) 544-9692; http://www.netlibrary.com.

Blackwell Publishing Purchases Food and Nutrition Press, Inc.

Blackwell Publishing announced its purchase of Food and Nutrition Press, Inc. The acquisition adds 11 journal titles and 50 books to Blackwell's food science list. As part of the agreement, Blackwell will now publish Foodservice Research
International
, Journal of Food Biochemistry, Journal of Food Lipids, Journal of Food Process Engineering, Journal of Food Processing and Preservation, Journal of Food Quality, Journal of Food Safety, Journal of Muscle Foods, Journal of Rapid Methods and Automation in Microbiology, Journal of Sensory Studies, and Journal of Texture Studies.

"Blackwell Publishing has invested heavily in food science and technology over the last few years, and this represents a major step toward our goal to be the leading publisher in this area," commented Gordon Tibbitts, Blackwell's U.S. president. "We will work with the editors, authors, and reviewers to enhance the quality of these journals, building upon the fine reputation of the publications. Blackwell is committed to providing the highest-quality products that foster important interchanges among food science researchers and technologists worldwide," said Tibbitts.

In addition to print copies, the journals will soon be available in electronic versions via Blackwell Synergy, the company's online delivery platform.

Source: Blackwell Publishing, Inc., Malden, MA, (781) 388-8200;
http://www.blackwellpublishing.com.

 

ICOLC Updates Statement of Current Perspective and Preferred Practices

The International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC) announced a second update to its 1998 Statement of Current Perspective and Preferred Practices for the Selection and Purchase of Electronic Information. Last updated in 2001, this statement continues to address issues vital to libraries.

Update No. 2, Pricing and Economics, is now available on the ICOLC Web site. It focuses predominantly on financial topics, while updating and reaffirming the broad goals of library
consortia as expressed in the previous ICOLC statements.

This update is initially endorsed by more than 50 consortia in 12 countries. More are expected as consortia complete their review and approval processes. The complete update and endorsers' list can be found at
http://www.library.yale.edu/consortia/2004currentpractices.html. The complete set of original and updated ICOLC statements and guidelines with endorsing library consortia and additional information about the ICOLC can be found at http://www.library.yale.edu/consortia.

Source: The International Coalition of Library Consortia, Yale University Library, New Haven, CT, (203) 432-1810; http://www.library.yale.edu/consortia.

U. of I. Plays Role in Digital Preservation Project

The University of Illinois­Urbana-Champaign has been chosen as one of the lead institutions in a new Library of Congress (LC) project to save at-risk digital materials nationwide.

The U. of I. Library and the U. of I. Graduate School of Library and Information Science will receive nearly $3 million over 3 years for their role in the LC preservation project, called the National Digital Information Infrastucture and Preservation Program.

The U. of I.'s nationwide partners are OCLC in Dublin, Ohio; Tufts University's Perseus Project; the Michigan State University Library; and an alliance of state libraries from Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois, North Carolina, and Wisconsin. Partners on the Illinois campus include WILL-AM, -FM, and -TV (public radio and television stations); the Division of Management Information; and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA).

Illinois' project will develop criteria for selecting digital material for capture and preservation, with OCLC building software to help automate the process. Illinois, OCLC, and NCSA will jointly provide storage for the digital content collected in the project in databases called "repositories" and will test real-world problems that are encountered in the process of digital archiving.

Illinois also will explore ways for libraries and repositories to share and preserve digital information existing in a wide variety of formats, including Web-based government publications, historical documents and photos, sound and video recordings, Web sites, and other varied digital resources that will be of historical interest to future generations.

Source: University of Illinois­Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL, (217) 333-1085; http://www.uiuc.edu.

LexisNexis Content Available via BlackBerry

LexisNexis U.S. announced the availability of LexisNexis content to attorneys and law firms through the BlackBerry wireless platform.

With this latest phase of wireless delivery options, legal professionals now can search the LexisNexis service and access LexisNexis Publisher topics from their BlackBerry wireless handhelds. Available LexisNexis information includes full-text news; business, legal, and public records; and regulatory and legislative information sources.

For current LexisNexis subscribers, there is no additional charge to access LexisNexis content via BlackBerry. In addition, special search interfaces created for BlackBerry are customized by task for ease of display when getting a case, searching news content, etc.

Source: LexisNexis Group, Dayton, OH, (937) 865-6800;
http://www.lexisnexis.com.

WilsonWeb Offers Project COUNTER Statistical Reports

WilsonWeb has passed an audit of its usage statistics reports by Project COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of NeTworked Electronic Resources). Standardized database usage statistics through COUNTER compliancy is an issue of
increasing importance to librarians. In response, HW Wilson has made COUNTER reports standard to the WilsonWeb statistical interface. WilsonWeb will continue to offer other reports based on the earlier ICOC-compliant requirements.

WilsonWeb statistics reports include Database Usage, Session Usage, Peak Usage, Journal Usage, IP Usage, and Turnaways. All can be downloaded as needed, or they may be automatically downloaded each week or month.

Source: HW Wilson Co., New York, (718) 588-8400; http://www.hwwilson.com.

 

 


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