|R.R. Bowker, a publisher of bibliographic information,
has announced new content enhancements to ulrichsweb.com, a global Web-based
source for detailed information about periodicals. According to the announcement,
ulrichsweb.com users can now take advantage of one-click linking arrangements
with ScienceDirect, a service of Elsevier Science that is the world's largest
provider of scientific, technical, and medical information, and SFX, a
new service from Ex Libris that permits context-sensitive linking between
various Web-based resources within electronic library collections.
The alliance with ScienceDirect, which offers
desktop access to the full text of more than 1,200 journals, enables users
of ulrichsweb.com to link from an ISSN or journal-level record in Ulrich's
to the corresponding ISSN or journal on ScienceDirect. ulrichsweb.com customers
must also be ScienceDirect subscribers to use this new linking service.
R.R. Bowker has also developed a new interface
to facilitate linking through SFX, an OpenURL-compliant link server that
allows libraries to define their own rules for fully integrating external
information resources (e.g., full-text repositories, abstracting databases,
online library catalogs, etc.) into their own electronic collections. The
SFX linking arrangement lets ulrichsweb.com customers define ulrichsweb.com
to be both the source of links to the other resources and also the target
of links coming from third-party resources.
"We are very pleased to introduce these important
new linking arrangements that will make the ulrichsweb.com content more
accessible to librarians worldwide," said Michael Cairns, executive vice
president and general manager for R.R. Bowker. "Our product-development
team built these and a series of additional enhancements to ulrichsweb.com
in response to customer surveys and requests for us to integrate our content
with other important Web-based information resources."
The new release of ulrichsweb.com also includes
new features to improve the ability of license administrators to manage
use of the service. For instance, administrators can now control the linking
access for their institution through a new page in the site's "My Account"
section. This enables them to turn off a link on the site for something
to which they don't wish their patrons to have access.
In addition, there are a number of enhancements
to the "List" feature on ulrichsweb.com, including the ability for license
administrators to access and delete lists and the ability for users to
view up to 50 titles per page. According to the announcement, these enhancements
improve the functionality of the site by making it more efficient to operate
ulrichsweb.com is a library reference tool that
provides access to detailed and authoritative information for nearly 250,000
serials from 80,000 publishers in more than 200 countries. It includes
data on approximately 26,000 electronic full-text sources, over 21,000
refereed serials, and 56,800 titles that have ceased publication.
Source: R.R. Bowker, New Providence, NJ, 888/269-5372;