|Library of Congress and
OCLC Cooperate on the Collaborative Digital Reference Service
The Library of Congress
(LC) and OCLC have signed an agreement to develop a prototype for a new
reference service based on the Collaborative Digital Reference Service
(CDRS) pilot, begun last year by LC and 16 participating libraries. Now
in its third phase, the pilot project has expanded to include more than
60 libraries and other institutions internationally.
According to the announcement,
the 24/7 service will deliver the direct benefits of quality reference
service to a broad spectrumof users. The three main benefits will be a
reliable and authoritative knowledge navigation service, a large searchable
archive of authoritative answers, and increased visibility for libraries
everywhere. Libraries will assist their users by connecting to the CDRS
to send questions that are best answered by the expert staff and collections
of the participating institutions around the world.
According to the agreement,
OCLC will provide technical and developmental support to the CDRS pilot
by building and maintaining a database of profiles of participating institutions;
building and maintaining a question-and-answer database system that will
enable CDRS participants to catalog answers and store them in a searchable/browsable
database; and providing administrative support for CDRS, including marketing,
registration, training, and user support.
Source: Library of Congress,
Washington, DC, 202/707-2905; http://www.loc.gov.
Surpass Offers Pricing for
Surpass Software has announced
that it is now bundling Surpass Central with Surpass Safari and offering
them at a reduced price to libraries with 5,000 or fewer volumes. This
bundle will sell for $995 (regularly priced at $1,750), so a small library
can now have a fully automated system with both circulation and catalog
for under $1,000. The programs are only limited in the size of the collection
they will handle; otherwise they are fully functional.
Surpass Central encompasses
circulation, administration, cataloging, ID card creation, and report generation.
Surpass Safari is the Windows-based OPAC for the system. It has a browser-like
interface and features including simple and advanced searching, access
to recommended reading lists with optional photos or graphics, a book-bag
feature for creating and saving custom bibliographies, and more.
Source: Surpass Software,
Calhoun, GA, 877/625-2657; http://www.surpasssoftware.com.
Securityware Locks for Notebook
Securityware has introduced
a new lock for preventing the theft of laptop and notebook computers. The
Notebook Lock is designed to secure the notebook computer to a fixed object
to prevent it from being stolen. Simply loop the cable around a desk or
table and insert the lock into the security slot built into most notebook
computers. A key is required to release the device but not to lock it.
The lock features an extra secure aircraft type of steel-coated cable with
an overall diameter of 0.24 inches and a length of 6 feet. The Notebook
Lock kit contains a universal adapter that attaches to notebooks without
a security slot.
The Notebook Lock is priced
at $34.95 with a lifetime warranty. They can be ordered either keyed alike
or keyed differently.
Source: Securityware, Inc.,
San Diego, 800/681-5555, 619/467-9300; http://www.securityware.com.
ITI Acquires Detwiler's
Information Today, Inc.
(ITI) has announced that it has acquired Detwiler's Directory of Health
and Medical Resources from The Detwiler Group. ITI will be responsible
for producing all future editions of this annual directory.
of Health and Medical Resources, which has been published since 1992
and is constantly updated online, profiles more than 2,000 government agencies,
associations, research companies, publishers, and boards. The entire directory
is cross-referenced by more than 1,000 subjects and services, as well as
Source: Information Today,
Inc., Medford, NJ, 609/654-6266; http://www.infotoday.com.
Libraries Receives Funding for Archive
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded $145,000 to the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology (MIT) Libraries to plan the development of an archive of
dynamic journals--those newly emerging scholarly Web sites that provide
a broad range of dynamic content.
example of these is MIT Press' Cognet, which was launched in September
2000 to create a community for researchers and scholars in cognitive and
brain sciences. According to the announcement, the MIT Libraries will explore
and assess possible strategies and technologies, and will plan a model
for a safe repository for this new form of scholarly communication.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries, Cambridge, MA, 617/253-5686;
Stanford Univ. Libraries Collaborate to Archive Materials Published on
Microsystems, Inc. and the Stanford University Libraries have announced
that the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has provided continuation funding
for an online archiving program designed to provide reliable, persistent
access to academic materials published on the Internet. Begun as a collaboration
between Sun and Stanford, this project may provide a solution to the problem
of collecting and maintaining permanent access to electronic scholarly
publications and library collections, according to the announcement.
on Java technology, LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keeps Stuff Safe) is an open-source,
distributed system, designed to run on inexpensive PCs without central
administration. Participating library computers continually poll among
themselves to monitor files on the hard disks at random intervals. If the
files have been corrupted or altered, the autonomous caching system replaces
them with intact copies.
LOCKSS project was initiated in May 2000 and includes as test sites the
libraries at Stanford, Harvard, Columbia, University of CaliforniaBerkeley,
University of Tennessee, and the Los Alamos National Library. The new funding
will allow for testing at dozens of major libraries starting this month.
For more information see http://lockss.stanford.edu
Sun Microsystems, Inc., Palo Alto, CA, 650/960-1300; http://www.sun.com.
Launches Electronic Library Web Site
Corp. has announced http://www.infobistro.com, a Web site devoted exclusively
to familiarizing libraries and their users with electronic libraries.
addition to defining and describing the e-library concept, infoBistro.com
provides links to organizations across the country that have already created
their own e-libraries, answers to frequently asked questions, and a glossary
of terms used in the e-library setting. Visitors to infoBistro.com can
also experience a live electronic library, which can operate with any local
integrated library system.
SIRSI Corp., Huntsville, AL, 256/704-7000; http://www.sirsi.com.
Creates Web Site--FilteringInfo.org
Inc. has announced the launch of FilteringInfo.org, a new online resource
designed to provide teachers, librarians, administrators, and tech coordinators
with information and resources on how to comply with the new Children's
Internet Protection Act, how to receive funding, and where to go with questions.
FilteringInfo.org site is divided into five sections: About Filtering includes
an overview of the topic and steps for choosing the right solution. The
Compliance section is a step-by-step guide for determining requirements
for schools and libraries, along with information on federal funding. The
Resources area includes links to information about education technology
issues, with an emphasis on e-rate funding. Funding contains links to information
on school and library funding issues. Staying Informed reports on recent
N2H2, Inc., Seattle, 800/971-2622, 206/336-1501; http://www.n2h2.com.
Debuts Its Speaker Source
has announced a new free service for matching speakers to library organizations
seeking programs and presentations.
Source, at http://www.libraryhq.com/speakers,
enables library groups to locate and contact authors, library technology
experts, and other experienced speakers. Speakers provide a brief description
of their topics, qualifications, and requirements; those seeking speakers
can search for specific topics or browse the entire database. No fees are
charged by LibraryHQ.com to be listed in the database. Speakers set their
own requirements and fees, if any.
LibraryHQ.com, New York, 877/401-9535; http://www.libraryhq.com.
Library Joins with Lycos for StoryPlace
an animated story and activity site for children by the Public Library
of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County (PLCMC) in North Carolina, is being
co-branded as part of LycosZone (http://www.lycoszone.com),
the Lycos search engine's children's site. According to the announcement,
PLCMC is the first library to co-brand a Web site with a major Internet
is a children's digital library where youngsters can participate in interactive
activities that promote the joy of reading. In the Pre-School Library section,
children can watch and listen to animated stories, complete online and
"take home" activities, and locate "reading lists" related to a theme.
The recently added Elementary Library section allows students to interact
with "Topsy Turvy Tales" by customizing elements--such as names, places,
and endings of stories, in addition to print-out activities and reading
to the director of Web services in PLCMC, the original StoryPlace site
will remain the same, with the co-branded StoryPlace/Lycos site created
to mirror the original.
Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, Charlotte, NC, 704/336-2725;
Awards Sites of the Year
Mediaworks, Inc.'s LibrarySpot.com has announced that the Baltimore County
Public Library (http://www.bcplonline.org)
in Towson, Maryland, has been selected as Library Site of the Year for
2000. Also, yourDictionary.com of Danville, California, has been selected
as Reference Site of the Year.
to the announcement, LibrarySpot.com judges were impressed with Baltimore
County Public Library's attractive yet simple design, strong local content,
and breadth of coverage. Judges particularly enjoyed the site's InfoCenters
and Kid's Page, as well as its extensive resources for monthly celebrations
reports that its judges found the content on yourDictionary.com, which
provides access to more than 1,800 dictionaries in more than 250 languages,
exhaustive and intriguing. Judges also noted a delightful user interface
leading to practical tools and thought-provoking discoveries about words
and the societies they help describe.
StartSpot Mediaworks, Inc., Evanston, IL, 847/866-1830; http://www.startspot.com.
Press Upgrades IDEALAlert
Press has announced that it has upgraded IDEALAlert, the free news
service available through IDEAL, its online library for science, technology,
and medical researchers.
offers e-mailed notices regarding articles published electronically through
IDEALFirst. According to the announcement, the upgrade to the service
shortens the time between when an article is accepted for publication and
when an alert goes out about the article. Also, users can now view their
personalized lists of subscriptions and instantly see reflected there any
changes they have made.
Academic Press, San Diego, 619/231-6616; http://www.academicpress.com.
Enhances Two Existing Utilities
Information, Inc. has announced the availability of the newest version
of its Web interface, WebSPIRS 4.3. The new version, according to the announcement,
offers better performance, easier navigation, and fewer windows. A few
of the new features are the ability to run WebSPIRS either in an independent,
full-sized window or in a standard browser window, text link available
at the bottom of the screen for navigating to the Full/Complete Record
display, and support for other authentication services using referring
a separate announcement, SilverPlatter offers a new release of WebSTATS,
the statistics module for Internet Service subscribers, with new features.
For automatic monthly reports, reports now may be sent to multiple e-mail
addresses; monthly statistics files may be sent as HTML and/or CSV attachments;
and scheduled reports may be viewed, edited, and tested. Reporting options
for usage statistics include reports by desired date range; viewing data
broken out by day, month, or totaled; sorting statistics by user, date,
or database name; and viewing report on screen or save as a file and import
into a spreadsheet.
SilverPlatter Information, Inc., Norwood, MA, 781/769-2599; http://www.silverplatter.com.
Offers BiblioAlerts.com Service, Adds Full-Text Links to OCLC FirstSearch
a worldwide network of publishing partners, Cambridge Scientific Abstracts
(CSA) has announced its new BiblioAlerts.com service, which allows individual
researchers to acquire scientific and technical reports, all at a fraction
of the cost required for researching massive amounts of scientific data,
can choose from more than 1,500 bibliographic and technical reports dynamically
updated with new data from journals, books, reports, patents, conference
proceedings, and the Web. BiblioAlerts.com's reports cover "hot topics"
in aquatic science, biological science and biotechnology, engineering,
environmental science, information technology, linguistics, materials science
and technology, neuroscience, and sociology. The British Library and 18
other publishing partners will market the reports through their respective
Web sites. According to the announcement, subject-matter experts from the
CSA editorial staff research all reports. The reports summarize the contents
of up to 250 current references, including peer-reviewed literature and
relevant Web resources.
has also announced that users searching the company's Internet Database
Service (IDS) bibliographic databases can now link from their search results
to electronic full-text journals offered through the OCLC FirstSearch Electronic
Collections Online database if they are mutual subscribers.
Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, Bethesda, MD, 800/843-7751, 301/961-6700;
Online Offers Two New Features
Subscription Services has announced that article-level links to EBSCO Online
are now available from PubMed.
developed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information at the National
Library of Medicine, is a search tool for accessing literature citations
and linking to full-text journals at Web sites of participating publishers.
has also announced that EBSCO Online users can now purchase articles in
online journals that are viewable on EBSCO Online, even if they do not
have a subscription to the journal.
new pay-per-view feature is available to both registered users of EBSCO
Online as well as to users linking from its linking partners, including
proprietary and third-party databases available on EBSCO Publishing's EBSCOhost
service. Users can access the pay-per-view feature from results they obtain
using JOURNALSearch, ARTICLESearch, or browse features, or by following
a direct link to an article from a linking partner's service. The purchased
article is accessible online for 7 days and can be downloaded, saved to
disk, or printed as needed.
EBSCO Subscription Services, Birmingham, AL, 205/991-1276; http://www.ebsco.com.
Releases RetrievalWare 6.8 System
(formerly Excalibur Technologies) has released the latest version of RetrievalWare,
RetrievalWare is a high-performance intelligent search system that allows
broad flexibility and scalability across intranets and extranets. It enables
users to index and search a wide range of distributed information resources,
including text files, HTML, documents, relational database tables, over
200 proprietary document formats, and groupware repositories. Advanced
search capabilities include concept and keyword searching, pattern searching,
features found on RetrievalWare 6.8 include a Java Server Page Toolkit,
a new user interface for intranet searchers called SmartSearch, support
for HTTPS/SSL protocol, updated dictionaries, Spider support for automatic
URL redirection, and expanded platform and third-party support. RetrievalWare
6.8 is now available for Windows NT Intel, NT Alpha, and all major UNIX
Convera, Vienna, VA, 800/788-7758, 703/761-3700; http://www.convera.com.
Launches Economics Journals
Berkeley Electronic Press, bepress.com, has announced the launch of its
inaugural set of academic journals, The B.E. Journals in Theoretical Economics
and The B.E. Journals in Macroeconomics. Each set consists of four quality-rated
journals: Frontiers of ..., Advances in ..., Contributions to ..., and
Topics in.... They are available free for a limited time at http://www.bepress.com.
to the announcement, the bepress.com system offers a unique alternative
to traditional scholarly journals. The new economics journals provide the
following features: peer-reviewed publication within 10 weeks; quality
rating by prominent reviewers and editors; feedback and forums among authors
and readers; easy, anytime/anywhere access to information; e-mail notification
of new publications, tailored to readers' interests; links between and
among related articles; easy electronic submission and revision for authors;
and comprehensive tracking and publication system for editors.
Berkeley Electronic Press, Berkeley, CA, 510/981-0910; http://www.bepress.com.
Launches E-Book Collection
has announced that it has begun to publish e-book versions of its reference
sources simultaneously with the print versions.
reports that throughout this year, the company will also convert select
titles from its backlist into e-book form, with more than 135 titles to
be published by the end of 2001. ABC-CLIO's e-books are online-accessible,
full-text versions of the print titles. Customers will have personalized
home sites displaying their selection of titles. Special features include
unlimited simultaneous use; around-the-clock access; a full-text, cross-title
search function; usage statistics and MARC records; easy navigation; and
cross-links to related entries.
ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, CA, 800/368-6868, 805/968-1911; http://www.abc-clio.com.
Adds to Its Database Lineup
Information, Inc. has announced enhancements to Information Science Abstracts
Plus (ISAP), a worldwide library science and information science database.
For ISAP, SilverPlatter combines records from Information Today, Inc. with
library science records from the ERIC database and relevant abstracts from
Internet and Personal Computing Abstracts. Recently, Information Today
announced expanded coverage with the addition of electronic journal citations.
Functionality enhancements include the ability to browse journal and author
names, improved subject access with descriptor and subject heading indexes,
local holdings capabilities due to the addition of ISSNs, new limit options
that allow for narrowing a search, new fields to link to URLs and author
e-mail addresses, and the ability to link to electronic journals using
SilverPlatter's SilverLinker technology.
a separate announcement, SilverPlatter announced plans to add the RILM
Abstracts of Music Literature database to its humanities collection. According
to the company, RILM Abstracts of Music Literature is the premier international
bibliographic database of music scholarship, covering all areas of music
and interdisciplinary studies of music and various other fields. It includes
abstracts for the majority of citations, as well as records for current
citations before they are abstracted or indexed. The database covers writings
in over 100 languages; titles are given in both the original languages
and English translations.
also announced plans to release ATLAS Full Text Plus, the 1949-to-present
version of ATLA Religion Database with the addition of links from bibliographic
records to the full text of cited articles. American Theological Library
Association (ATLA), the publisher of the ATLA Religion Database, has already
digitized 50 years of the 30 top journals in religion. Shortly it will
have articles available from a total of more than 50 religion periodicals.
Article images look exactly as they appear in print, and include all graphics
and pictures from the print versions.
SilverPlatter Information, Inc., Norwood, MA, 800/343-0064, 781/769-2599;
Add Cahners Reviews to Portal
and CARL have announced that through a partnership with Cahners, they have
added a new "review" feature to the YouSeeMore personal Web portal product.
patrons conduct a search via TLC's or CARL's OPACs and view the results,
an icon indicates those selections for which a review is available. Users
simply point, click, and read.
250,000 reviews currently available from Publisher's Weekly, Library
Journal, and School Library Journal, patrons will have access
to fiction, nonfiction, and materials for adults, children, and young adults.
The reviews are available to YouSeeMore customers as an optional supplement.
The Library Corporation, Inwood, WV, 800/325-7759; http://www.tlcdelivers.com.
Releases Biography Reference Bank
Wilson has announced the release of Biography Reference Bank, now the largest
biographical database that the company offers. Published exclusively on
WilsonWeb, it covers 195,000 figures from antiquity through today.
Reference Bank features comprehensive profiles produced by Wilson, full-text
articles and article abstracts from a range of periodicals, book review
excerpts from Wilson's Book Review Digest, images of many biographical
subjects, links to information on Web sites, and select profiles from other
publishers' biographical sources.
H.W. Wilson, Bronx, NY, 800/367-6770, 718/588-8400; http://www.hwwilson.com.
Information Releases Alt-PressWatch
Information has announced the introduction of Alt-PressWatch, a new full-text
database comprising the newspapers, journals, and magazines of the alternative
and independent press.
database will contain current and ongoing coverage plus archival material
from the last 5 years. Additional retrospective data will continue to be
added over time.
sampling of the titles covered includes Athens News, Arkansas
Times, Colorado Springs Independent, Metroland New York,
Ragged Edge, and Native Americas.
SoftLine Information, Stamford, CT, 800/524-7922, 203/975-8292; http://www.slinfo.com.
PAIS Database on OCLC FirstSearch
has announced that it has enhanced the PAIS International public policy
database includes new indexing and record displays, which make searching
the database faster and more flexible. Users may now link to full text
from other databases and electronic journals within FirstSearch. In addition,
PAIS International on FirstSearch allows users easy access to library holdings
information and allows them to limit searches to items held by their own
library or to specific library collections. The link from FirstSearch to
the OCLC Interlibrary Loan service lets users submit loan requests for
materials they need. The database also integrates selected Web sites, as
well as directory information for the journals, publishers, and distributors
OCLC, Dublin, OH, 614/764-6000; http://www.oclc.org.
Adds to Its EBSCOhost Collection
Publishing has released the Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection,
which is designed for 4-year universities and colleges, junior and community
colleges, and biomedical libraries. It is updated weekly via EBSCOhost.
to the announcement, the collection is a comprehensive database with full
text of more than 400 journals. With EBSCO SmartLinks, users can link from
search results in citation-only databases to the corresponding full text
in other EBSCO databases or e-journals via EBSCO Online. It can be searched
independently, or users can link to full text from citations within the
PsycINFO and e-psyche databases. Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection
also features 350 peer-reviewed journals and Adobe PDF images.
has also released the Sociological Collection, which offers the same features
as the Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection. Users may search
it independently, or they may link to full text from citations within the
Sociological Abstracts database with EBSCO SmartLinks. The Sociological
Collection features more than 400 peer-reviewed journals and PDF images.
EBSCO Publishing, Ipswich, MA, 800/653-2726, 978/356-6500; http://www.epnet.com.
Johns Hopkins Universities Team Up to Develop Digital Library Initiatives
Sheridan Libraries of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and Oxford
University Library Services in the U.K. have formed an alliance to develop
digital library initiatives. Collaborative efforts will include activities
ranging from staff visits and exchanges to joint digitization and publishing
projects and combined development of instructional technology initiatives.
to the announcement, this alliance grew out of a highly successful earlier
collaborative effort associated with the Johns Hopkins Medieval Manuscripts
Project. The first phase digitized manuscripts of Le Roman de la Rose,
a principal medieval text, from three libraries: the Bodleian Library at
Oxford, the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York, and the Walters Art Museum
in Baltimore. Now in its second phase, the Medieval Manuscripts Project
will create new possibilities for digital library scholarly research and
services through the creation of digital surrogates.
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, 410/516-4930; http://www.jhu.edu.
Added to 'Meeting of Frontiers' Site
Library of Congress (LC) has announced that maps and photographs from the
Elmer E. Rasmuson Library at the University of AlaskaFairbanks, the
National Library of Russia in St. Petersburg, and the Russian State Library
in Moscow are now available online at the Meeting of Frontiers Web site
of Frontiers is a congressionally funded project to create a bilingual,
English/Russian digital library that chronicles the experiences of the
U.S. and Russia in exploring, developing, and settling their frontiers
and the meeting of those frontiers in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.
The items on the site--rare books, maps, manuscripts, photographs, films,
and sound recordings--tell the story of the explorers, fur traders, missionaries,
exiles, gold miners, and adventurers who peopled these frontiers and their
interactions with the native peoples of Siberia and the American West.
Library of Congress is lending high-resolution digitizing equipment to
libraries in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and several Siberian cities to use
in scanning unique and rare materials relating to the frontiers theme.
LC is also working with the University of AlaskaFairbanks to acquire
digital copies of rare materials relating to Alaska.
Library of Congress, Washington, DC, 202/707-2905; http://www.loc.gov.
Mann Library Offers Digital Collection of Rare Agricultural Texts
University's Albert R. Mann Library has announced its Web site devoted
to rare, historically significant books on agriculture. All books can be
read in full online.
library's Core Historical Literature of Agriculture (CHLA; http://chla.mannlib.cornell.edu)
site is an electronic collection of the most important agricultural texts
published between the early 19th century and the mid-20th century. The
collection includes 825 full-text monographs with over 300,000 scanned
pages, covering topics from agricultural economics and engineering to food
and soil science.
CHLA will have the full text of more than 2,000 monographs and 150 journal
titles. While there are currently no journal titles available, scanning
has already begun on titles such as Agricultural History, Journal
of Farm Economics, and Annals of the Entomological Society of America.
These should be available later this year.
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 607/255-4206; http://www.cornell.edu.