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Vol. 24 No. 4 — April 2004

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IEEE Releases Millionth Online Tech Doc

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) announced that it has released its one-millionth online technical document. The milestone document, "Novel Frame Buffer Pixel Circuits for Liquid-Crystal-on-Silicon Microdisplays," written by IEEE members Sangrok Lee and James C. Morizio and IEEE fellow Kristina M. Johnson, was published in the January 2004 issue of the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits. IEEE Xplore, the delivery system for IEEE online publications, now offers more than 1,000,200 full-text technology papers,
articles, and standards documents.

Source: IEEE, Piscataway, NJ, 732/981-0060; http://www.ieee.org.

Bush Requests $32 Million Budget Increase for IMLS

The Institute of Museum and Library Service (IMLS) announced that President Bush's 2005 budget includes a request for $262,240,000 for the Institute. The IMLS allocation features allotments of $220,490,000 for library programs and $41,750,000 for museum programs, representing a total increase of $32,595,000 over last year's budget request for IMLS programs and administration. The total request is equal to the full FY 2004 IMLS appropriation, which included more than $30 million in congressionally directed grants.

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

GIS Announces I.MEASURE Results

GIS Information Systems, Inc. noted that its number of monthly support issues per customer site has dropped by 45 percent in the year since it introduced I.MEASURE, a quantifiable metrics system that records and tracks service to customers using the Polaris and GALAXY integrated library systems. I.MEASURE is made up of 15 daily and monthly metrics pulled from I.TRAC, a Web-based incident tracking and reporting tool accessible to GIS staff and customers.

Source: GIS Information Systems, Inc., Liverpool, NY, 800/272-3414; http://www.gisinfosystems.com.

PARTNERSHIPS

Dynix Partners with OCLC PICA, and with iTeam Resources

Dynix announced a technical cooperation program with OCLC PICA (a merged entity blending a unit of OCLC with the former Netherlands-based nonprofit Project for Integrated Catalogue Automation foundation) that will enhance the open systems interoperability among Dynix and OCLC PICA systems and services in the European library community. The project focuses on interaction between Dynix local systems incorporating the Horizon Information Portal (HIP) and the OCLC PICA Central Bibliographic System (CBS) used in many European countries and regions to manage bibliographic union catalogs.

The initial priority is to facilitate end-user access to OCLC PICA national and global bibliographic resources—including the union catalogs of GBV, Hebis and DDB, the GGC (Dutch Union Catalogue), and OCLC WorldCat—through pre-configuration of these resources in the Horizon Information Portal. An additional key priority is to exploit the link from the bibliographic records in the OCLC PICA CBS to the local catalog, using the Horizon Information Portal as the front-end user to get circulation status information. This will increase the efficiency of regional, national, and international interlibrary loans.

Dynix also announced a partnership with iTeam Resources, Inc. of Orlando, Fla., that will provide customers with access to iTeam's full line of cost-recovery solutions, including print management offerings, cash card systems, coin boxes, card readers, photo identification tools, and library cards. iTeam will provide Dynix customers with full customer service.

Source: Dynix, Provo, UT, 800/288-8020; http://www.dynix.com.

YOUR DIGITAL LIBRARY

Endeavor Creates ENCompass for Journals OnSite

Endeavor Information Systems announced the development of ENCompass for Journals OnSite (EJOS), providing a single point of access for storing, searching, and browsing of locally held journal content from multiple publishers. EJOS supports local storage of full-text content from more than 20 diverse publishers, and provides searching and collection management capabilities from the ENCompass system. EJOS is the next-generation system replacing the ScienceServer platform currently in place.

Source: Endeavor Information Systems, Des Plaines, IL, 847/296-2200; http://www.endinfosys.com.

Sirsi and SwiftKnowledge Develop Sirsi Director's Station

Sirsi Corp. announced that it has partnered with SwiftKnowledge to produce Sirsi Director's Station, an analytical tool that provides a customized view of an institution's activities and operations. Designed for nontechnical users, the Web-based tool offers a view-at-a-glance dashboard of the library's current key metrics and management-level data for in-depth analysis of the institution, its collections, and its users.

Source: Sirsi Corp., St. Louis, 800/325-0888, 314/432-1100; http://www.sirsi.com.

EBSCO A-to-Z Expands E-Journals Portfolio

EBSCO announced that EBSCO A-to-Z now offers access to hundreds of free online journals, such as those found in the Directory of Open Access Journals, PubMed Central, Scielo, and other portals. The A-to-Z master title database provides links to, and coverage of, information from more than 40,000 unique titles from more than 530 databases and e-journal packages. The content is supplied by 100 different providers and spans topics from language and literature to science and medicine. Libraries can add these titles to their lists, and make them available via the included interactive Title Wizard.

EBSCO A-to-Z is a locator tool for all of a library's e-resources, including e-journals, titles in full-text databases, and publisher packages. A library's print titles can also be included. A free trial is available online.

Source: EBSCO Information Services, Birmingham, AL, 205/991-6600; http://www.ebsco.com.

ACM Unveils New Portal Features

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) announced new features for the ACM Portal, including new search capabilities, greater visual clarity, and helpful hints. The Digital Library has been rebuilt to function like standard Internet search engines, using Boolean OR protocol on the default search, which posts results on a scale of relevance and displays search terms on a Search Results page. Additional new search capabilities include binders, advanced searches, links, and index terms. The ACM Portal home page offers links from the Digital Library and the Guide to expanded FAQs; posts news briefs and links from TechNews; and supplies the most popular courses from ACM's Professional Development Centre with links to the PD Centre's resource menu.

Source: Association for Computing Machinery, New York, 800/342-6626, 212/869-7440; http://www.acm.org.

Brown v. Board of Education Archive Debuts

The University of Michigan announced that its University Library has developed a Brown v. Board of Education digital archive, in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision. Targeted to teachers, students, and researchers, the archive focuses primarily on three areas: associated Supreme Court cases; public school integration efforts in the city of Ann Arbor, Mich., and the state of Michigan; and recent re-segregation trends in American schools.

Source: University of Michigan University Library, Ann Arbor, MI, 734/764-3166; http://www.lib.umich.edu/exhibits/brownarchive.

Naxos Introduces On-Demand Music Library

Naxos of America announced the launch of the Naxos Music Library, an online collection of classical music offering more than 75,000 tracks of music to libraries and educational institutions. The music can be accessed in the library at a listening station, or from any computer with Internet access via remote log-in options. The Naxos Music Library will offer the complete catalog of Naxos recordings, including the Naxos, Marco Polo, and Da Capo catalogs; Jazz and World music; educational products; and a growing range of historical recordings featuring renowned classical music performers. In total, the company will offer on demand more than 5,000 CDs worth of music, 64K streaming sound, and accompanying background and composer notes written by experts in the field.

Source: Naxos of America, Franklin, TN, 615/771-9393; http://www.naxosusa.com.

West Launches Westlaw StatutesPlus

West has gone live with Westlaw StatutesPlus, an online tool for finding, verifying, reading, and interpreting statutes. Finding tools are gathered in the Search Center, where researchers can find statutes by searching a book-like Index or by conducting searches by table of contents, popular name, citation, or word. KeyCite information is displayed in a white box at the top of the Links tab, and includes an explanation of the KeyCite status flags. Researchers will know instantly if a statute has been repealed, amended, or held unconstitutional, or when new legislation is pending that could affect the statute. Interpretation is aided with links to documents, including case law, American Law Reports (ALR), administrative codes, and other analytical materials. Links are displayed only when related information is available. For a Flash demo, visit http://www.westlaw.com, or call 800/762-5272.

Source: West, Eagan, MN, 651/687-7000; http://west.thomson.com.

NEW/ENHANCED DATABASES

ProQuest Adds Springer-Verlag Titles to Its ABI/INFORM

ProQuest Information and Learning announced that it will add 103 Springer-Verlag journal titles to the ABI/INFORM family of online business periodical databases; ProQuest Research Library; and ProQuest Science, Technology, and Medical databases. Key titles in science, technology, medicine, economics, and business are included in the licensing agreement, among them: The Journal of Economics, Economic Theory, Neurogenetics, Psychological Research, and Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology. Many of the journals are newly available online; other titles formerly available only through a single distributor now may be accessed in ProQuest as well.

Source: ProQuest Information and Learning, Ann Arbor, MI, 800/521-0600; http://www.il.proquest.com.

Dialog Appends Adverse Drug Event Data

Dialog announced that it has added comprehensive data on adverse drug events to the collection of pharmaceutical industry news and research available through its Dialog-branded online services. The new adverse drug reactions content, known as DIOGENES: Adverse Drug Events Database (File 181), is produced and supplied to Dialog by FOI Services, Inc., and is offered through a single searchable database format. The database contains records of patient experiences with commercially available drugs or combinations of drugs as reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Drug manufacturers, individuals, health professionals, and distributors generate the reports to the FDA. Each report includes data such as FDA numbers and receipt dates, manufacturer's report number, drug name, reaction date, patient age and sex, reported reactions, outcomes, and concomitant drugs used. The records, aligned with FDA reporting requirements, begin in 1969 and become more comprehensive from 1997 onward.

Source: The Dialog Corporation, Cary, NC, 800/3-DIALOG, 919/462-8600; http://www.dialog.com.

Thomson ISIHighlyCited.com Expands Coverage

Thomson ISI announced that, throughout 2004, it will add up to 1,100 new researchers to ISIHighlyCited.com, its free online gateway to scientific authors. From 30 to 60 new researchers will be added per category, via articles indexed in the ISI citation database covering 1983­2002. Each author record will contain biographical data (education, faculty or professional posts, society memberships and/or offices) and publication information (journal articles, books or book chapters, conference presentations, Web sites, and other Internet resources) as supplied by the researcher. This data can be searched by name and browsed by individual, category, country, or institutional affiliation.

Each ISIHighlyCited.com bibliography has been integrated with Web of Science, a Web-based resource that enables users to search current and historical information from scholarly journals worldwide.

Source: Thomson ISI, Philadelphia, 800/336-4474; http://www.isinet.com.

CSA Rolls Out Technology Research Database

Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (CSA) announced the launch of the new online CSA Technology Research Database. The multidisciplinary resource offers more than 5.5 million records covering serial and non-serial literature, biweekly updates, and backfiles to 1962. Features include common indexing and removal of duplicates, journal coverage, controlled vocabulary and searchable thesauri, and classification codes enabling subdiscipline retrieval. Three area-specific components are available separately: CSA Materials Research Database with METADEX, CSA High Technology Research Database with Aerospace, and CSA Engineering Research Database.

Source: Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, Bethesda, MD, 301/961-6700; http://www.csa.com.

Marcel Dekker Ships Plant and Crop Science Encyclopedia

Marcel Dekker, Inc. released the new Encyclopedia of Plant and Crop Science, available in print form and as an online database. The encyclopedia covers both classic and modern studies, from fundamentals of plant growth and reproduction to developments in agronomy and agricultural science. The online edition includes quarterly updates, links to bibliographic citations, full-color illustrations, and customized content views for the life of the edition (minimum 4-year access).

Source: Marcel Dekker, Inc., New York, 800/228-1160, 212/696-9000; http://www.dekker.com.

Thomson Delphion Enhances European Patent Searching

Thomson Delphion has extended its partnership with CHI Research, Inc. to add European corporate hierarchy data to its existing U.S. data for expanded patent search capabilities. Delphion analyzes European patent data and corporate hierarchy data to standardize corporate names and to incorporate merger and acquisition activity, making it possible to find all patents from a corporate entity, even when names are misspelled. The Delphion coverage of corporate hierarchy data now includes the top 1,900 patent holders, representing 45,000 separate entities.

Source: Thomson Delphion, Lisle, IL, 800/411-4811, 630/799-0600; http://www.delphion.com.

Oxford Builds Out Reference Online Service

The Oxford University Press released the Oxford Reference Online: Premium Collection, which builds upon its Core Collection of more than 100 books to add the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations as well as several new Oxford Companion series titles. The Premium Collection database now includes New Oxford Companion series content on American law, American literature, American military history, Australian history, the Bible, British history, classical civilization, the Earth, English literature, the history of modern science, music, philosophy, Shakespeare, U.S. history, Western art, and World War II, among other topics.

The new database also includes new display functionality that enables users to reindex search results by category, and the service will add new timeline, map, illustration, and bibliography features in the next few months. Marketed globally to academic, corporate, and special libraries, Premium Collection service subscriptions start at $550 annually, with reduced rates available to K-12 school libraries. Oxford University Press also offers the service to individuals for a fee of $139 per year.

Source: Oxford University Press, New York, 212/726-6000; http://www.oup.com.

Dialog Enhances BIOSIS Previews

Dialog announced that it has enhanced the BIOSIS Previews database available through its Dialog and Dialog DataStar online services. The most significant enhancements to the database include: the addition of CAS Registry Numbers to more than 9 million BIOSIS Previews records, the addition of more than 6,300 sequence-data-accession numbers, and the addition of BIOSIS Major Concepts (an indexing field that enables researchers to identify and retrieve targeted information by conceptual terms) now appended to every citation back to 1969. Other improvements include additional revisions to indexing fields, such as newly added taxonomical terms, revised biosystematic codes, and revised mapping of Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) disease terms. In addition, the bibliographic data has been standardized and the patent-indexing feature streamlined.

Source: The Dialog Corporation, Cary, NC, 800/3-DIALOG, 919/462-8600; http://www.dialog.com.

LexisNexis Launches Campaign 2004 Coverage

LexisNexis announced that it has bundled relevant information from some of its more than 32,000 news, business, and legal sources into a one-stop resource for U.S. election coverage. Current LexisNexis flat-rate subscribers to news content can access the new Campaign 2004 file on the lexis.com and nexis.com services at no additional charge. This file contains information from top news sources, including ABC News, CNN, Gallup Poll News Service, National Journal, National Public Radio, NBC News, The Hotline, The New York Times, USA TODAY, The Washington Post, and The Washington Times. Coverage begins with stories from Oct. 1, 2003, and will be updated daily. A search form on the nexis.com service includes the option to select specific topics using LexisNexis SmartIndexing Technology. Subscribers can search by topics such as healthcare policy, immigration, and foreign policy; select from a list of candidate names to uncover stories that reveal candidate positions; and set up news alerts in Personal News on the nexis.com service, or ECLIPSE on the lexis.com service.

Source: LexisNexis, Dayton, OH, 800/253-5624, 937/865-6800; http://www.lexisnexis.com.

ContentScan Introduces CancerDome

ContentScan announced the addition of CancerDome to its stable of discipline-specific Dome database products. Dedicated solely to the information needs of professionals and students in the fields of clinical and research oncology, CancerDome covers books, journal articles, grants, research and academic institution profiles, author profiles, and expert-selected Web sites. The information is continuously updated and can be accessed either from a library's local collection via OpenURL linking, or from direct links to content providers. A Save & Share management feature allows patrons to save, annotate, and share research results. CancerDome is available to libraries through an annual subscription site license program, and to professionals through an online subscription.

ContentScan also announced an agreement with Matthews Medical Books to distribute ContentScan's line of health science Dome services to medical and hospital libraries.

Source: ContentScan, Inc., San Diego, 858/452-1264; http://www.contentscan.com.

USEFUL TOOLS

Endeavor Creates ENCompass for Journals OnSite

Endeavor Information Systems announced the development of ENCompass for Journals OnSite (EJOS), providing a single point of access for storing, searching, and browsing of locally held journal content from multiple publishers. EJOS supports local storage of full-text content from more than 20 diverse publishers, and provides searching and collection management capabilities from the ENCompass system. EJOS is the next-generation system replacing the ScienceServer platform currently in place.

Source: Endeavor Information Systems, Des Plaines, IL, 847/296-2200; http://www.endinfosys.com.

Sirsi and SwiftKnowledge Develop Sirsi Director's Station

Sirsi Corp. announced that it has partnered with SwiftKnowledge to produce Sirsi Director's Station, an analytical tool that provides a customized view of an institution's activities and operations. Designed for nontechnical users, the Web-based tool offers a view-at-a-glance dashboard of the library's current key metrics and management-level data for in-depth analysis of the institution, its collections, and its users.

Source: Sirsi Corp., St. Louis, 800/325-0888, 314/432-1100; http://www.sirsi.com.

Endeavor Launches Scirus XML Gateway

Endeavor Information Systems announced the development of an XML gateway for access to the Scirus science-specific search engine via the ENCompass system for managing, searching, and linking Web and journal collections. The gateway allows ENCompass to search and display results from Scirus, a free Internet search tool developed for finding scientific information. The path allows interaction between Web and journal citations available through Scirus and ENCompass.

Source: Endeavor Information Systems, Des Plaines, IL, 847/296-2200; http://www.endinfosys.com or http://www.scirus.com.

H.W. Wilson Releases Online User's Guide to the 'Green Books'

H.W. Wilson announced the release of an online user's guide for the print version of the Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature. The updated handbook, How to Use the Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature, is posted in PDF on the H.W. Wilson Web site, where it can be printed as needed without charge. The guide includes updated instructions, such as new ways to find information in the print edition based on indexing enhancements, and offers sample searches and citations that reflect student interests. A new quiz tests student mastery of the Readers' Guide. The Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature is available in a variety of Web-based database versions, as well as in print.

Source: H.W. Wilson, New York, 800/367-6770, 718/588-8400; http://www.hwwilson.com.

CONTENT/LINKING AGREEMENTS

CAS and CSA Provide Additional Databases on STN International

Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) and CSA, a Cambridge Information Group company, announced an agreement to add eight CSA databases to the STN International online network during 2004. The newly added CSA databases cover biotechnology, engineering specialties, earth and environmental studies, and library and information science.

STN is operated by CAS in North America, FIZ Karlsruhe in Europe, and JST in Japan.

Source: Chemical Abstracts Service, Columbus, OH, 614/447-3600; http://www.cas.org.

APA Licenses Content from Former e-psyche Database

The American Psychological Association (APA) announced that it will license content contained in the former e-psyche database from EBSCO, the new owner of the content. APA will use most of the licensed content in its new gray literature database, PsycEXTRA, scheduled for launch in early 2004. In addition, APA will license some newspaper, magazine, and book content from EBSCO for the database. Initially, PsycEXTRA will be available solely on a site-license basis from APA and EBSCO.

Source: American Psychological Association, Washington, DC, 800/374-2721, 202/336-5510; http://www.apa.org/psycinfo.

Swets and ACS Offer Access via SwetsWise

Swets Information Services announced that it has concluded negotiations with the American Chemical Society (ACS) to provide full-text access to ACS Web Editions, current online content of ACS journals, via SwetsWise. The SwetsWise Web-based service now carries a total of 7,787 full-text publications from 295 publishers.

Source: Swets Information Services, Lisse, Netherlands, 011-31-252-435-584; http://www.swets.com and American Chemical Society, Washington, DC, 800/227-5558, 202/872-4600; http://www.chemistry.org/portal/a/c/s/1/home.html.

NEW BOOKS

ABC-CLIO Releases Reference Sources in History

ABC-CLIO shipped Reference Sources in History: An Introductory Guide (ISBN: 0-87436-883-9, $85), a 360-page reference to print and electronic history resources. The book's 14 chapters are organized by country, time period, and topic. The material covers more than 900 reference works, including encyclopedias, journals, book reviews, biographies, handbooks, newspapers, bibliographies, dictionaries, atlases, and maps. Annotated descriptions summarize the contents of each work and evaluate its usefulness for the study of history. CD-ROM sources, listservs, and Web sites are included in the evaluations.

Source: ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, CA, 800/368-6868;
http://www.abc-clio.com.

ITI Publishes Web Research Tool

Information Today, Inc. (ITI) is now shipping copies of The Extreme Searcher's Internet Handbook (ISBN 0-910965-68-4, $24.95) by Randolph Hock. Addressing research novices and information professionals alike, Ran Hock leverages years of experience as an Internet trainer to explain search technology options and to provide tips on streamlining the process of locating content on the Web. Hock discusses efficient use of strategies and tools, such as search engines, portals, and directories, for winnowing desired results for all major Internet content areas. The handbook functions as both a reference for research and a guide for teaching Internet skills, and Hock complements the material by maintaining The Extreme Searcher's Web Page as an online resource for related links, updates, and news.

Source: Information Today, Inc., Medford, NJ, 609/654-6266; http://www.infotoday.com or http://www.extremesearcher.com.

Facet's New Guide Supports Information Literacy Training

Facet Publishing released The Internet and Information Skills: A Guide for Teachers and School Librarians by James E. Herring (available in the U.S. through Neal-Schuman Publishers, ISBN: 1-85604-493-9, $65). The 224-page manual is designed to help educators and media specialists effectively use the Web and other digital resources to develop innovative teaching methods and curricula. In addition to guidance on school Web site and Web activity page development, it details Internet technologies, search strategies, Web site optimization, curricular subject gateways, and the PLUS (Purpose, Location, Use, and Self-Evaluation) model for building research skills. The book also provides instructional organization tools, such as sample lesson and search planning forms, Web workshop exercises, keyword strategy advice, and search engine comparison sheets.

Source: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc., New York, 212/925-8650; http://www.neal-schuman.com.

ALA Tackles Patron-Focused Web Design

ALA's publishing arm, ALA Editions, released Web Site Design with the Patron in Mind: A Step-by-Step Guide for Libraries (ISBN: 0-8389-0869-1, $40) by Susanna Davidsen and Everyl Yankee. Targeted toward librarians who find themselves thrust into Webmaster roles, the nontechnical, systematic guide maps out data development and Web site design and redesign approaches that center on user needs and behaviors. Its step-by-step design process is meant to allow a Web developer from a library of any size and type to experience its online presence from the patron's perspective, and to apply resulting insights to craft a more intuitive site.

Source: ALA Editions, Chicago, 312/280-1537; http://www.ala.org/editions.


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