Computers in Libraries
Vol. 22, No. 4 • April 2002

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President's Budget Requests $210.7 Million for Institute of Museum and Library Services
The president's budget for FY2003 contains $210,742,000 for the Institute of Museum and Library Services, reflecting an increaseof $15,765,000. The request for the Office of Museum Services is $29,022,000. The request for the Office of Library Services is $181,720,000. According to the announcement, increased funding will support an initiative to recruit and train a new generation of librarians and to expand core services of libraries and museums nationwide.

Of the increase, $10 million will go toward the new IMLS initiative 21st Century Librarians. This program will help fund scholarships and fellowships in support of masters' programs; doctoral students, who will be the professors teaching the next generation of librarians; distance learning technology to support training programs for librarians in underserved rural areas; and recruitment of a diverse and skilled workforce including librarians with diverse language skills and with up-to-date technical knowledge.

Source: The Institute of Museum and Library Services, Washington, DC, 202/606-8536; http://www.imls.gov.
 

'Experience Library' Opens in S. California
The City of Cerritos in Southern California held a grand opening of the "Experience Library," a new model for public library service in the 21st century, on March 16.

According to the announcement, the new $40-million, 88,500-square-foot library is the first titanium-clad building in the U.S., with a golden skin that changes color with atmospheric conditions. From the 15,000-gallon saltwater aquarium at the entrance to the multimedia learning centers, this new facility encourages intellectual exploration. Museum-quality exhibits—including Dale Chihuly glass sculptures and a full-size replica of a Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil in the Children's Library—illustrate subject areas throughout the library.

Technology supports all areas of library service and functions. A new generation of the library's intranet, called MyClio, will allow individual users to customize the display of electronic resources and will feature extensive locally developed content. Multimedia learning centers reinforce the importance of books and reading by combining print materials with Web resources, in-house original content, and the latest in computer graphics. Public areas house 200 computer workstations and seating with 1,200 laptop ports. Staff technology includes wireless headsets and hand-held computers for librarians, and a circulation system that uses radio frequency to track books.

Source: Cerritos Library, Cerritos, CA, 562/916-1340; http://cml.ci.cerritos.ca.us.
 

Luminex Announces New Data/Ware CD 4.0
Luminex Software, Inc. has announced the development and shipment of Data/Ware CD 4.0, which includes several new features.

With new automated operational upgrades, labeling, and packing list functions, version 4.0 is tailored to convert mainframe, data center, and enterprise information (print files, databases, images, etc.) onto CD-ROMs. The company has added additional CD-viewer support for CD libraries, called the Data/Bank Library product, to enhance the storage and retrieval capacity of archived data.

Some of the new Data/Ware CD enhancements include bar code labeling for media tracking, disaster recovery and fault-tolerant features, print quality options, flexible job creation and scheduling, and enhanced job verification options.

Source: Luminex Software, Inc., Riverside, CA, 888-LUMINEX, 909/781-4100; http://www.luminex.com.
 

iManage and West Group Integrate Products
iManage, Inc., a provider of collaborative content management software for global enterprises, and West Group have announced further integrations between their product suites.

West Group has developed a suite of Westlaw enterprise portal components that can be integrated into the iManage WorkPortal, an application within the iManage Worksite suite. Part of the Westlaw Integration Solutions suite, these components allow customers to add customizable access points to their favorite information and services on Westlaw.

WestCheck, West Group's citation verification product, has been integrated into iManage's Desktop Module, DeskSite 6.0. Now, users can click an icon on their desktops to perform citation verification for cases, statutes, and quotations in a document without leaving the iManage document management and collaboration system.

Source: West Group, Eagan, MN, 800/328-4880, 651/687-7000; http://www.westgroup.com.
 

Jones Releases 'Life and Leisure' Guides
Jones e-global library, Inc. has announced that it has created a line of "Life and Leisure" research guides developed specifically to address the broad needs of public librarians and their patrons.

The new guides cover special topics for consumers that relate to individuality, creativity, life events, leisure pursuits, personal business, and more. Currently available are guides for leisure (gardening, volunteerism, genealogy, and travel), health (food and cooking, women's health, and consumer health), life events (death and dying, pregnancy/childbirth, and eldercare), and personal business (consumer law, tax law, small business law, criminal law, bankruptcy law, and personal finance).

Under development are additional research guides covering arts and crafts; collecting; adoption; childcare/child safety; child psychology; home schooling and homework help; marriage and divorce; fitness; event planning; pets; and retirement planning.

Source: Jones Knowledge, Inc., Englewood, CO, 800/453-5663; http://www.jonesknowledge.com.
 
Conferences

ITI Announces InfoToday 2002 Conference
Information Today, Inc. has announced programming for InfoToday 2002, the global conference and exhibition on electronic information and knowledge management. This year's event is scheduled for May 14­16, 2002, at the New York Hilton and Towers. The complete program is available online at http://www.infotoday.com/it2002.

Three core conferences, running concurrently across six tracks, are featured daily. NationalOnline 2002 focuses on information content and information delivery technologies; KnowledgeNets 2002 provides complete coverage of knowledge management and its applications within today's organization; and, E-Libraries2002 covers the latest developments in library and information center systems and services. Attendees can register for only one core conference or they can purchase a gold pass and choose from all six tracks and featured presentations.

InfoToday 2002 will also feature pre- and post-conference workshops. Full or half-day in length, these sessions will take place Monday, May 13, and Friday, May 17, and will cover a range of topics, from personal knowledge management to creating and using taxonomies. In addition to programming, the conference also offers an exhibition of electronic information and knowledge-based products and services.

Source: Information Today, Inc., Medford, NJ, 800/300-9868, 609/654-6266; http://www.infotoday.com.
 

Medical Libraries Receive LSTA Grant, Plan Conference on PDAs for Librarians
OSF Saint Francis Medical Center Library & Resource Center and the University of Illinois at Chicago Library of the Health Sciences­Peoria have been awarded a partnership grant from the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) program to provide quick and instantaneous access to critical knowledge resources to medical professionals to improve point-of-care services.

Through this grant, the libraries propose to do three things: 1) to provide access to hand-held computers to attending physicians, residents, students, and other medical professionals; 2) to train them on the use of these devices; and 3) to provide access to critical content that will become crucial to medical professionals in their work.

The libraries will also host a conference on PDAs for librarians, scheduled for June 7, 2002, featuring Mari Stoddard of Arizona Health Sciences Library as the keynote speaker. For more information, hotsync to http://pdagrant.osfsaintfrancis.org or contact Carol Galganski at carol.galganski@osfhealthcare.org, 309/655-2268.

Source: OSF Saint Francis Medical Center Library & Resource Center, Peoria, IL, 309/655-2269; http://library.osfsaintfrancis.org.
 

IFLA Announces 68th General Conference
The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) has announced that its 68th General Conference and Exhibition will take place August 18­24, 2002, at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow, Scotland.

This year's theme is Libraries for Life: democracy, diversity, delivery. It will feature a full program of lectures, workshops, library visits, and poster sessions. Special features include a Carnegie Librarians worldmeet, Mobilemeet, and social events.

For information about attending the conference, contact Clare Tandy, The Library Association, 7 Ridgmount St., London WC1E 7AE, U.K.; 011-44-20-7255-0543; ifla@la-hq.org.uk.

Source: The Library Association, London, 011-44-20-7255-0543; Fax: 011-44-7255-0541; http://www.ifla.org.
 

O'Reilly Technology Conference Dates Set
O'Reilly & Associates has announced the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference May 13­16, 2002, in Santa Clara, California. The conference delves beyond the peer-to-peer (P2P) label to draft a blueprint of a distributed Internet operating system—a new foundation that integrates next-generation applications that are device- and location-independent, and that provides increasingly transparent services that transcend the features and capabilities of today's Web sites.

Entrepreneurs, technologists, programmers, business developers, policymakers, and Internet strategists, will examine innovative projects, approaches, and technologies, all targeting three aspects: distributed, unfettered, and adaptive systems. Conference participants will spotlight the projects, people, and cost-conscious business models that are geared toward the future of Internet computing.

To get more complete conference details and to register, visit http://conferences.oreilly.com/etcon.

Source: O'Reilly & Associates, Inc., Sebastopol, CA, 800/998-9938; http://www.oreilly.com.
 
New Tools

The New Citation Bridge Utility from Metrics Group Searches Patents for Free
Metrics Group has announced Citation Bridge, a free Web-based service to help university, business, and government researchers use the intellectual property they own to its potential.

Citation Bridge is a free tool that uses Metrics Group's Citation Indicator Analytics database, which analyzes over 14 million references on more than 2 million patents. With Citation Bridge, available through http://www.patentcitations.com, anyone who has a patent can see if other companies are building on his or her technology. It can help to spot potential infringement, find potential patent licensees, and conduct competitive intelligence. Citation Bridge may also provide a baseline indication of a patent's value, as, according to Metrics Group, research has shown that frequently referenced patents are more valuable than those referenced less often.

To access the free tool, customers should register and log in. At that point, they can enter a U.S. patent number in the search box and click "Search." A Citation Bridge will be displayed that lists all of the U.S. patents that reference the initial patent (forward references) and all of the patents that the initial patent references (backward references).Any forward or backward references can become the center of the Citation Bridge by clicking on that patent's reference number.

Source: Metrics Group, Falls Church, VA, 866/PAT-CITE; http://www.metricsgroup.com.
 

New WebDewey Services Available from OCLC
OCLC Forest Press has released new WebDewey and Abridged WebDewey services. Both are available to libraries via annual subscription for single-user or site licenses.

WebDewey is a Web-based version of the enhanced DDC 21 database. Its features include thousands of Relative Index terms and built numbers not available in the print version of the DDC; Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) that have been statistically mapped to Dewey numbers from records in WorldCat and intellectually mapped by the DDC's editors; 35,000 of the over 50,000 LCSH found in the OCLC Forest Press publication People, Places & Things; links from mapped LCSH to the LCSH authority records; and quarterly database updates that incorporate the latest changes to the DDC, LCSH mappings, index terms, and built numbers.

Abridged Dewey is a Web-based version of the enhanced Abridged 13 database. Its features include LCSH that have been intellectually mapped to Dewey headings by DDC editors, including many from the OCLC Forest Press publication Subject Headings for Children; links from mapped LCSH to the LCSH authority records; mappings between abridged Dewey numbers and subject headings from the latest edition of H.W. Wilson's Sears List of Subject Headings; and quarterly database updates that incorporate the latest changes to the DDC, LCSH mappings, Sears mappings, index terms, and built numbers.

Both services include a new functionality that lets libraries add their own notes. Subscribers can make institutional notes, which are accessible by all users sharing the same OCLC symbol, and personal notes, which are associated with the authorization number used to log on to the service.

Source: OCLC Forest Press, Dublin, OH, 800/848-5878, 614/764-6000; http://www.oclc.org.
 
Systems Tools

Network Instruments, Symbol Technologies to Develop Wireless Network Analysis Tools
Network Instruments, LLC, has announced that it has entered into an agreement with Symbol Technologies, Inc. to co-develop wireless network analysis tools. These new tools will provide network analysis and troubleshooting for WLAN (wireless local-area network) management, based on the IEEE 802.11b protocol standard for wireless communications.

According to the announcement, the agreement will join 802.11b wireless protocol decoding with Network Instruments Observer 8 network analysis software, a Windows-based real-time network monitoring and troubleshooting tool. Network managers will be able to use the software to manage wireless traffic, to analyze higher-level protocols, to design wireless infrastructures, and to identify security risks and other potential network problems.

Source: Network Instruments, LLC, Minneapolis, 952/932-9899; http://www.networkinstruments.com.
 

Vericept Unveils CIPA-Compliant Solution
Vericept Corp. (formerly eSniff, Inc.) has announced the availability of its first monitoring product designed for K-12 school environments, Vericept Solutions for Education. This new product can help schools comply with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA).

The Vericept Solutions for Education does not actively block access to "objectionable" areas of the Internet. Rather, Vericept's monitoring technology uses linguistic and mathematical analysis to analyze all network traffic (including Internet, intranet, e-mail, instant messaging, chat, FTP, telnet, and network print jobs) and captures and reports activity predefined by the school as inappropriate. In addition to Vericept's previously available categories such as pornography, conflict, racism, and substance abuse, Vericept's Solutions for Education includes three new categories: plagiarism, violent acts, and weapons.

The Vericept Solutions for Education is a Linux-based hardware device that runs on any 10BaseT or 100BaseT network.

Source: Vericept Corp., Denver, 800/262-0274; http://www.vericept.com.
 
Digital Collections

Luna Offers New Imperial China Collection
Luna Imaging, along with Lee and Lee Communications, announced that more than 9,000 images from the National Palace Museum, Taipei, Taiwan, are now available for use with Luna's Insight software. The images, representing key paintings, jade, bronze, porcelain, and other objects from the Shang through the Qing dynasties (1600 B.C.­1912 A.D.), are available digitally for the first time.

Through Insight, users can dynamically view and work online with these images, which are fully cataloged in Chinese and are currently being translated into English. Instructors of art, history, and Chinese can prepare "image lectures" virtually anywhere and display Insight presentations with digital projectors or monitors.

A limited set of Insight-ready images is currently viewable at Lee and Lee Communications' site (http://www.culturalcafe.com). Soon, the site will offer access to the complete collection.

Source: Luna Imaging, Inc., Culver City, CA, 800/452-LUNA, 310/452-8370; http://www.lunaimaging.com.
 

OCLC Introduces New Digital Initiatives
OCLC announced a new Digital & Preservation Co-Op, the Digital & Preservation Resources Centers, and the DigitalArchive at the ALA Midwinter meeting.

The Digital Co-Op will provide libraries, publishers, museums, historical societies, cultural heritage institutions, and government agencies access to a global network of resources for digital collection management, coordinated access to grants, and collaborative implementation. The Digital & Preservation Resource Centers will assist collection managers by providing options for preserving and enhancing access to collections.

The Digital Archive will be a part of the growing network of digital repositories accessible via the Web. The first implementation of this initiative is the Web Document Digital Archive project, which is currently entering its second phase of testing.According to the company, the project's goal is to provide a fully functioning archive with tools for capture, metadata creation, administration of objects in the archive, and access. The Digital Archive will be generally available in mid-2002.

Source: OCLC, Dublin, OH, 800/848-5878, 614/764-6000; http://www.oclc.org.
 

Company News

OCLC Partnerships Broaden WorldCat Access
OCLC has announced new partnerships with library service providers, online reference services, publishers, and Web-based booksellers in order to create a hub via WorldCat that links library collections to those partners and expands the availability of information. Users can access the WorldCat database through OCLC FirstSearch and through the providers' Web sites.

According to OCLC, libraries will have greater visibility on the Web and provide a wider range of services and materials to their users because of partnerships with abebooks, the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, R.R. Bowker's booksinprint.com, and Gale Group's InfoTrac. As a result, users of abebooks (a supplier of rare and out-of-print books) and the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America Web sites can link to WorldCat to find library holdings, and libraries subscribing to OCLC FirstSearch have the option of enabling links to the partner services to purchase items. Soon, libraries and their users will also be able to follow links to WorldCat records and holdings information from two online partners, R.R. Bowker's booksinprint.com and Gale Group's InfoTrac.

Source: OCLC, Dublin, OH, 800/848-5878, 614/764-6000; http://www.oclc.org.
 

ProQuest Acquires Micromedia, Ltd. and More Content, Also Upgrades Interface
As a result of several recent agreements, ProQuest Information and Learning expanded its collection with books, manuals, and periodical titles. Also, ProQuest, Inc. announced that it acquired Micromedia, Ltd., a digital information service, from IHS.

Located in Toronto, Micromedia licenses information from media, government, and other sources; generates abstracts; and delivers in formats such as print, microform, CD-ROM, and the Web.

In a separate release, ProQuest has announced exclusive distribution of Safari Tech Books Online to academic, public, and school libraries. Safari Tech Books Online is a Web-based service covering technical books and manuals, and is a joint venture of O'Reilly & Associates and the Pearson Technology Group.

From Henry Stewart Publications, ProQuest has acquired the rights to 27 new business periodical titles, includingJournal of Change Management, Journal of Financial Services Marketing, Journal of Financial Crime, and Journal of Public Affairs.

ProQuest has also gained access to 80 more full-text titles from Aspen Publishers. The company says it plans to add the publications to its Serials in Microform and online curricular products as well as to its general online services.

In other news from ProQuest, the latest version of its online service, ProQuest 5.1, debuted at the end of January. It incorporates a Spanish-language interface on the main and help screens, plus a Spanish version of the Topic Finder section and the Thesaurus.Also, in keeping with the guidelines in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), it offers a text-based alternative interface that works with screen readers to assist the visually and manually handicapped.

Source: ProQuest, Inc., Ann Arbor, MI, 800/521-0600, 734/761-4700; http://www.proquest.com.
 

Automation

Surpass Releases Serials Management Software
Surpass Software has released its new Surpass Serials periodical management software, which is compatible with Surpass, as well as other library automation systems.

According to the company, Surpass Serials offers easy entry of regular subscriptions and special issues to a materials database, printed routing lists to easily distribute an issue within a selected group, issues receivable by scanning UPC code when available, customizable claims notices to send to suppliers, the option to automatically generate MARC records, and a variety of reports.

Surpass Serials tracks receipt of periodicals and subscription information. Users only have to enter subscription information once for each periodical. When an issue is late, the software creates a customized claim notice to the supplier, which can be printed for mailing or e-mailed. The Vendor History report shows which vendors do best in providing issues on time. To receive issues, users may simply scan the UPC or check off the issue from a list of materials due to arrive. For libraries that circulate periodicals, Surpass Serials offers extra features such as MARC record generation and customization.

Surpass Software is offering early-purchase pricing through July 31, 2002, at $425. After that date, Surpass Serials is full price, $475.

Source: Surpass Software, Calhoun, GA, 877/625-2657, 706/625-5399; http://www.surpasssoftware.com.
 

Inmagic's New DB/TextWorks Has New Security Features and Supports XML
Inmagic, Inc. has announced the release of version 5.2 of its flagship product, DB/TextWorks, which includes the Web publishing components DB/Text WebPublisher and WebPublisher Lite. Version 5.2 now features record-level security, support for XML, and other enhancements.

According to the company, record-level security "allows knowledge workers to customize access to particular sets of information." An example is the implementation of a union catalog, wherein each library is able to make changes to its own set of records while being denied permission to change the records of other libraries. Also with the release of version 5.2, Inmagic databases have the ability to import XML file formats. XML tagging allows information to be manipulated easily.

Version 5.2 of DB/TextWorks is available to those who have enrolled in Inmagic's InmagicADVANTAGE maintenance program.

Source: Inmagic, Inc., Woburn, MA, 800/229-8398, 781/938-4442; http://www.inmagic.com.
 

New/Enhanced Databases

Distance Learning Reference Center Being Developed by EBSCO Publishing and Lguide
EBSCO Publishing has announced a partnership with Lguide, an independent provider of e-learning research, to develop an online resource covering e-learning, the Distance Learning Reference Center. This resource will contain content from trade publications and scholarly journals, plus course reviews and research materials from Lguide.

According to the announcement, at the core of the new database will be a growing collection of more than 1,000 reviews from Lguide, covering such topics as business, technology, and personal development skills. In addition, Lguide is supplying comparative reviews of e-learning courses in a variety of subject areas, evaluative profiles of e-learning course publishers, and original articles and research analyses on related subjects.

The new database will also include access to the full text of selected publications covering distance education and e-learning, which will be updated daily, and select articles from thousands of other periodicals, government documents, and Web sites.

Source: EBSCO Publishing, Ipswich, MA, 800/653-2726; http://www.ebnet.com.
 

References to Nuclear Issues Available Online
Washington and Lee University has announced the Alsos Digital Library for Nuclear Issues (http://alsos.wlu.edu), a new source of information on nuclear topics that is now accessible on the World Wide Web. Alsos provides annotations of references to the origins, applications, and consequences of nuclear energy. It is a resource for students and teachers from middle school through college and for the general public.

The Alsos library currently consists of approximately 350 annotations of books, articles, videos, CD-ROMs, and Web sites. It provides references for a variety of disciplines ranging from physics to literature. By the end of 2002, the library will contain more than 1,000 vetted, indexed annotations from diverse sources dealing with nuclear energy.

The library project is funded by a $225,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). It is a component of the larger NSF National Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology Education Digital Library (NSDL), a $40 million program (http://www.smete.org/nsdl).

Source: Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA, 540/463-8616; http://alsos.wlu.edu.
 

EBSCO Increases Content by Forging New Partnerships with IEE, BIOSIS, Salem Press
EBSCO has announced three agreements that will increase content available via its service.

Now available through EBSCO is INSPEC, a database produced by the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE). The databaseis an English-language bibliographic information service that provides access to scientific and technical literature in physics, electrical engineering, electronics, communications, control engineering, computers and computing, and information technology.

When accessed via EBSCOhost, INSPEC offers technical researchers a collection of information that includes international journals and other periodicals, conference proceedings, reports,dissertations, and books, as well as the ability to link to other sources directly from citations in the database. Upon searching the database, EBSCO's linking allows subscribing institutions to access information in other EBSCOhost databases, e-journals, document delivery services, OPACs, and other resources.

In another agreement, EBSCO Publishing and BIOSIS jointly announced the release of additional Biological Abstracts (BA)back years on EBSCOhost.

According to the announcement, BA, a BIOSIS database that indexes articles from more than 4,000 international life sciences serials, is now available back to 1980, tripling the number of BA records EBSCOhost users can access.

EBSCO also announced that it will collaborate with Salem Press to produce a companion database to MagillOnLiterature, the literary database the two companies created together. According to the announcement, the new database will be MagillOnAuthors, providing unlimited access to information on notable authors from 15 complete Salem Press sets containing a total of 62 volumes.

Source: EBSCO Publishing, Ipswich, MA, 800/653-2726; http://www.epnet.com.
 

Canadian Literacy Centre Combines Contents of Three Literary Reference Series Resources
EBSCO Canada has announced that it has combined the entire contents of three literary reference series with numerous book reviews, essays, works of literary criticism, author biographies, and current periodical articles to form the Canadian Literary Centre.

The three reference series are The Annotated Bibliography of Canada's Major Authors, an eight-volume set that provides access to primary and secondary author information, complete annotations on all secondary information, an index of critics listed, and a list of audio-video materials available for the author; the Canadian Fiction Series, 32 books that each refer to a major Canadian author; and Canadian Writers and Their Works, a 24-volume set organized chronologically with individual essays on 120 authors covering both poets and fiction writers.

The new database also contains other reviews, essays, works of literary criticism, author biographies, and periodical content focusing on Canadian literature.

Source: EBSCO Publishing, Ipswich, MA, 800/653-2726; http://www.epnet.com.
 

Linking Agreements

EBSCOhost Links to British Library for ILL
EBSCO Publishing has announced that EBSCOhost can now providea direct link to The British Library's ArticlesDirect document delivery service in its search results. This service is intended for individuals and organizations that have only an occasional need for documents and prefer ordering articles without registration. According to the announcement, ArticlesDirect will be followed by the release of ARTWeb, The British Library's document order form for registered customers. These links are in addition to those EBSCOhost offers to Infotrieve, CISTI, and FIZ-AutoDoc, providing a variety of document delivery services that customers can choose from.

The links are made available via EBSCOadmin, so each library can decide on its own whether it wants to offer this service to its end-users. A library can choose to display links to The British Library on every applicable search result or only when full text is not available. This means that, at the library's discretion, the system can look for full text in EBSCOhost databases, e-journal collections, and other local holdings prior to alerting a user to the fact that an article can be purchased via any of the affiliated document delivery services.

Source: EBSCO Publishing, Ipswich, MA, 800/653-2726; http://www.epnet.com.
 

ebrary, Princeton University Press Partner
ebrary has announced that Princeton University Press will make hundreds of frontlist and backlist titles available through its online channels. Among other benefits, the agreement will enable libraries to give their patrons multiuser access to professional, scholarly, and general nonfiction titles from the convenience of their computers, while presenting new distribution opportunities for Princeton.

Princeton University Press publishes professional, scholarly, and general interest titles spanning more than 40 academic subject areas. The press' titles include those appealing to a broad range of scholars and professionals; interdisciplinary academic works intended for readers in more than one subject area; and works by scholars designed to bring ideas to the larger, well-educated reading public.

Source: ebrary, Mountain View, CA, 650/230-0700; http://www.ebrary.com.
 

SIRSI's e-Library Links to Wilson Reviews
SIRSI Corp. has announced that the H.W. Wilson Co., a provider of online and print bibliographic and biographical reference materials to libraries worldwide, will provide SIRSI's iBistro Electronic Library with Wilson's Book Review Digest, a complete database of fiction and nonfiction book review excerpts that date back to 1984. The Book Review Digest includes review excerpts and abstracts from a variety of sources, including The New York Times Book Review, Harper's, The New Yorker, People, the Chicago Tribune, The New Republic, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

The SIRSI-Wilson alliance enables libraries to supply users with online access to reviews and abstracts of a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction. When iBistro users open a bibliographic record of possible interest, they will be able to immediately read reviews of works they are considering rather than searching separate publications for information.

Source: SIRSI Corp., Huntsville, AL, 256/704-7000; http://www.sirsi.com.
 

EBSCOhost Increases Resource Accessibility
EBSCO has announced two linking agreements that will increase resources available through its EBSCOhost databases.

According to the company, hospital libraries can now access full text from the American Medical Association Collectionthrough EBSCOhost. This database of American Medical Association (AMA) journals includes JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association, Archives of Internal Medicine, and other AMA publications.

All of the AMA journals included in this database are indexed in MEDLINE, and many are indexed in CINAHL. When American Medical Association Collectioncustomers search these databases on EBSCOhost, the resulting citations from AMA journal articles will link directly to the full text.

EBSCO Publishing also announced an arrangement with LinkFinderPlus, Endeavor Information Systems' linking system. Subscribers to EBSCOhost can now initiate searches in that database and retrieve results from other services via LinkFinderPlus. Similarly, when users search other Web-based resources, they may find full text in an EBSCOhost database to which they subscribe.

This bidirectional linking, facilitated by LinkFinderPlus, makes EBSCOhost databases both a source for searching and a target for retrieving information.

Source: EBSCO Publishing, Ipswich, MA, 800/653-2726; http://www.epnet.com.
 

Books

ALA Editions Book Explains Digital Licensing
ALA Editions has published Licensing Digital Content: A Practical Guide for Librarians (ISBN: 0-8389-0815-2, $45), by Lesley Ellen Harris. According to the publisher, this guide offers a practical, plain-language approach that demystifies the process.

The author explains what it takes to negotiate and interpret solid licensing agreements with confidence, whether you're buying rights to data for library customers or selling rights to images or information from the library's collection. Breaking the process down into steps and checklists, the book covers steps to negotiating a license and creating a licensing policy, misconceptions about license agreements, licensing concerns, and how to negotiate.

Entire chapters are devoted to frequently asked questions and the lingo of licensing, and "licensing tips" throughout teach you to think like a negotiator while learning the basics.

Source: ALA Editions, American Library Association, Chicago, 800/545-2433; http://www.alastore.ala.org.
 

O'Reilly Publishes Three New Books to Help Systems Administrators Keep Up with Trends
O'Reilly has published several new books for systems administrators.

IP Routing (ISBN: 0-596-00275-0, $34.95), by Ravi Malhotra, introduces IP routing as it is implemented using Cisco routers. Each section of the book leads the reader through the basics of configuring routing protocols, beginning with the simplest, Routing Information Protocol (RIP). Malhotra moves on to more complex routing protocols in subsequent chapters, including the Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (IGRP), the Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), Routing Information Protocol Version 2 (RIP-2), and Open Shortest Path First (OSPF).

Among the questions Malhotra addresses are: What is the packet-forwarding process? How is the routing table maintained? How do Distance Vector algorithms work? How do classful and classless route lookups differ? These and other concepts are illustrated in Malhotra's discussions of traditional routing protocols. Malhotra also provides a detailed presentation of Border Gateway Protocol 4 (BGP-4).

Another recent O'Reilly publication, Programming with Qt, second edition (ISBN: 0-596-00064-2, $39.95), by Matthias Kalle Dalheimer, is an update to his tutorial-style manual.

The book shows how to use all of the Qt GUI elements, and covers advanced topics like 2-D transformations and drag-and-drop. The book contains exercises and fully worked out answers to make learning easy, debugging hints, and instructions for reading and writing XML documents. Among the new features in the second edition is a new chapter on network programming.

Also recently published by O'Reilly is Windows 2000 Performance Guide (ISBN: 0-56592-466-5, $44.95), by Mark Friedman and Odysseas Pentakalos.

This book explains how Windows 2000 and its associated hardware components work, how to tell when the performance of an application running under Windows 2000 is not optimal, and what can be done about it. The authors focus on practical problem solving, with an emphasis on understanding and interpreting performance measurement data. The book includes information on processor performance, application profiling and hardware considerations, multiprocessing, memory and paging, file cache, disk performance, networking, and IIS.

Source: O'Reilly & Associates, Inc., Sebastopol, CA, 800/998-9938; http://www.oreilly.com.
 

ALA Editions Releases Teen E-Services Guide
ALA Editions has announced publication of Teens.library: Developing InternetServices for Young Adults(ISBN: 0-8389-0824-1, $28),by Linda W. Braun. In this book, the author gives you strategies to harness teens' interest in the Internet through Web-based services in the library.

Teens.library answers such questions as Why do teenagers like the Internet? Are there ways to providetraditional library services with teen appeal via the Internet? and What are the technical considerations for incorporating new technologies?

The book also contains examples of teen-driven library Web sites, planning and project management advice, and site maintenance tips.

Source: ALA Editions, American Library Association, Chicago, 800/545-2433; http://www.alastore.ala.org.
 

ITI Publishes Analysis of Information Science
Information Today, Inc. has announced publication of Historical Information Science: An Emerging Unidiscipline (ISBN:1-57387-071-4, $149.95) by Lawrence J. McCrank.

This review and bibliographic essay discusses developments in information technology since the adventof personal computing, the discipline of history and its convergence with other disciplines, and both qualitativeand quantitative research methodologies. Its focus is on the access, preservation, and analysis of historical information (primarily in electronic form), and the relationship between new methodologies and instructional media, techniques and research trends in library special collections, digital libraries, electronic and data archives, and museums.

Source: Information Today, Inc., Medford, NJ, 800/300-9868, 609/654-6266; http://www.infotoday.com.

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