Computers in Libraries
Vol. 22, No. 2 • February 2002

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Library Association Votes to Unite with IIS
Members of the U.K.'s national Library Association (LA) have voted to combine with the Institute of Information Scientists (IIS) to form the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP). CILIP is scheduled to take over the functions of both organizations in April.

LA president Bernard Naylor said that the LA's vote "clears the last hurdle and allows us to create a body that is appropriate for the needs of a twenty-first century profession and can speak for all its members."

According to LA, formal negotiations have been going on between the two organizations for nearly 3 years, in the recognition that the artificial split in professional representation was hindering efforts to lobby effectively and exert influence on the profession's behalf.

Source: The Library Association, London, 011-44-20-7255-0500; Fax: 011-44-20-7255-0501; http://www.la-hq.org.uk.
 

Luminex Develops CD and DVD Storage
Luminex Software, Inc. has announced the development and shipment of its new CD and DVD data storage products, the PowerPlus Libraries, which will be added to its online data archival solutions, the Power Series. The new Luminex PowerPlus Library allows you to automate data creation and retrieval as well as network and Internet-enable your data to offer timely access. The PowerPlus connects to a UNIX server and is easy to install, use, and maintain, according to the company.

The PowerPlus Libraries can be configured with four drives and a 108-disc capacity, or with two drives and 144-disc capacity. CD and DVD media can be imported and exported with a mail slot or in bulk with magazines. The PowerPlus can be used for archiving, streaming media, transactions, project backup, and document imaging.

Prices for the PowerPlus Library start at $8,995.

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

OCLC to Present Videoconference Series
The OCLC Institute has announced that it will present a series of three satellite videoconferences to help librarians and other information professionals to understand and incorporate emerging knowledge-sharing standards. The audience will have the opportunity to interact with experts and practitioners during the approximately 2 1/2-hour programs, and the host will facilitate discussion and debate among all participants. Called "Steering by Standards," the videoconference series will include:

"A New Harvest: Revealing Hidden Resources With the Open Archives Metadata Harvesting Protocol"—12­2:30 p.m. (U.S. Eastern time), March 26.

"The OAIS Imperative: Enduring Record or Digital Dust?"—12­2:30 p.m. (U.S. Eastern time), April 19.

"Paper Past, Digital Future: Managing Metadata Standards in Transition"—12­2:30 p.m. (U.S. Eastern time), May 29.

More details on speakers, dates and times, pricing options, and a downlink license request form are available on the OCLC Institute Web site.

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

Final Report on E-Books Available on the Web
The final evaluative report on an electronic book project involving two college libraries and two English classes is available online at http://www.geocities.com/lbell927/index.htm. With funding from an Educate and Automate grant from the Illinois State Library, Spoon River College and Eureka College in Illinois participated in an 8-week study during September and October of 2001, in which students used hand-held, portable e-book devices to read primary literary texts assigned as part of their course reading.

The primary objective of the project was to learn what happens when a college library provides pre-loaded course-related content on hand-held, portable e-book devices directly to undergraduate students and their professors for their use in actual course-related readings. After actual integration of these devices into the classroom and the library, the experiences, impressions, and suggestions of students, professors, and librarians were collected and analyzed. The project team was interested not only in the overall acceptance and usefulness of the e-book devices, but also in the use of specific features and the real-life challenges of using e-books in higher education environments.

Source: Tom Peters, project evaluator, Center for Library Initiatives, Champaign, IL, 217/244-9239; tpeters@cic.uiuc.edu.
 

EBSCO Online Adds Ghost Card Feature
EBSCO Information Services has announced that the pay-per-view service on EBSCO Online now includes a ghost card feature that allows invoicing at the organizational level for articles purchased by library patrons.

The ghost card feature will eliminate the need for patrons to use an individual credit card to purchase pay-per-view articles via EBSCO Online. The new feature allows libraries to purchase the articles for the patron, and the company will invoice monthly for all articles purchased.

When Ghost Card is enabled for an organization, a customized message is displayed in place of the "Purchase Articles" button on the ARTICLESearch Results page, the Table of Contents page, and the Article Abstract page.

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

Coreintellect Launches Business Portal
Coreintellect, Inc. has announced the launch of its portal, Core360.

According to the company, Coreintellect provides the first business intelligence portal to deliver a 360-degree view of industries, technologies, and vertical markets combined with a vast library of online content about organizations, technologies, industries, products, people, and events.

Core360 subscribers receive personalized delivery of premium business content via intelligent agents for up-to-the-minute information; in-depth organization profiles; business, technology, and world headlines; comprehensive financial, industry, and marketing research; along with answers to precise business questions. Subscribers can use the portal's natural language query system to ask a question in plain English and receive an answer in seconds from thousands of sources, the company says.

Source: Coreintellect, Inc., Dallas, 877/497-6898, 972/246-8200; http://www.coreintellect.com.
 

Foundation Center Releases Grants Resource
The Foundation Center has released its annual Foundation Grants Index on CD-ROM ($165). This fundraising tool enables researchers to search through a database of more than 100,000 grants of $10,000 or more awarded by the largest 1,000 U.S. foundations.

This resource helps grant seekers quickly discover potential funders based on the grants they have already made, one indication of the foundations' funding priorities. The CD-ROM's search capability lets users select multiple criteria from up to 12 different search field options and generate results lists. Each record includes such information as the amount of the grant, when it was awarded, and the foundation's name and contact information.

According to the company, users have flexible print and search options, and can create personalized notes to append grant records.

Source: The Foundation Center, New York, 800/424-9836, 212/620-4230; http://www.fdncenter.org.
 
Automation

Ingram Library Services Provides Evaluative Content and New Records in OCLC WorldCat
Ingram Library Services has begun adding evaluative content and bibliographic records to WorldCat (the OCLC Online Union Catalog). Through a recent agreement, Ingram is doing three things: 1) supplying OCLC with descriptive content to enhance WorldCat records in the OCLC FirstSearch service, including cover images, book summaries and author notes from publisher catalogs, and tables of contents data; 2) providing cataloging information to OCLC for the creation of new bibliographic records in WorldCat for Print-on-Demand titles available through an Ingram affiliate, Lightning Source (Print-on-Demand is a digital fulfillment service offered by Lightning Source.); and 3) providing an estimated 3,000 high-quality cataloging records per month to be added to WorldCat for newly released titles that Ingram sells to libraries.

OCLC has also announced that Ingram Library Services is providing early cataloging information to OCLC on videos and DVDs, making the metadata available before the materials are released.

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

Follett Releases K-12 Find-It-All Collection
Follett Software Co. has announced a new solution that claims to make finding information from a variety of sources fast and easy.The new Find-It-All Collection offers students 24-hour, one-stop searching of multiple resources and access to thousands of "safe," high-quality K-12 Web sites. Follett Software's One Search component of its new Find-It-All Collection enables students to search multiple online resources, such as the library catalog, subscription-based electronic databases (such as Britannica, Microsoft Encarta, and InfoTrac), and even remote Z39.50-posted library collections all at once via the Internet.

Knowledge Links, a second component of the Find-It-All Collection, gives students direct access to more than 160,000 Web sites that have been reviewed for academic integrity and age-appropriateness by teachers, making it easier to find only the most relevant information on the Web. According to the announcement, Knowledge Links' easy searching options link students to high-quality Web sites that are organized by subject areas, easily integrated into the classroom, and always operational, as links are continually checked.

Source: Follett Software Co., McHenry, IL, 800/323-3397, 815/344-8700; http://www.fsc.follett.com.
 

Sagebrush Announces Release of Athena 9.1
Sagebrush Corp., a solutions provider for the K-12 library market, announced the release of Athena 9.1, the latest update to its library automation program. Highlights of the latest version include booking titles in advance to ensure availability of materials, automatic spell checking, and overall improved performance.

New features and innovations of Athena 9.1 include hourly checkouts; setting hourly loan periods; generating and e-mailing patron status reports and circulation summaries when an item is placed on hold, booked in advance, checked out, or a fine payment is made; renewing items by bar code number; spell checking text entered in the Easy Entry or MARC Entry screens and while searching the online catalog; extracting patron or catalog data along with current or statistical circulation data; enhanced reading program searches that can limit quick, advanced, or visual searches to reading program levels and point values; specifying a search term range to better limit search results; and printing reports to a tab-delimited text file than can be viewed and modified in most word processing and spreadsheet programs.

Source: Sagebrush Corp., Minneapolis, 800/533-5430; http://www.sagebrushcorp.com.
 

Computers By Design Adds CybraryN Server
Computers By Design, Inc. has announced the release of CybraryN Server, the newest addition to the CybraryN line of library management software products. The new server is designed to streamline the centralized administration and setup of computers that are running CybraryN. The server provides a single point of control that allows systems administrators to configure their CybraryN computers using the Internet.

According to the announcement, CybraryN Server was designed to simplify CybraryN network setup and is geared to large library systems or consortia that have multiple branches and locations. Using this server, a systems administrator can create and modify CybraryN settings for all of the branch libraries. Within each branch, the administrator also has the ability to create different groups (e.g., children's computers, Internet computers, online database computers, etc.), each with its own settings.

Source: Computers By Design, Inc., Nesconset, NY, 800/THE-TOWN; http://www.CybraryN.com.
 

Inmagic Announces Relationship with Majors
Inmagic, Inc. has announced a new addition to its roster of Inmagic.net vendors. Majors, Inc., of Dallas, a distributor of scientific, business, and technical publications, is now accessible to Inmagic.net users, allowing them to purchase books online and eliminate manual data entry by downloading core bibliographic data directly into the catalog.

Inmagic.net has been helping Inmagic's DB/TextWorks customers eliminate the manual cataloging of core bibliographic information since it was originally announced in December 2000. By clicking on the Inmagic.net menu item in the menu bar of any open DB/TextWorks database, users can select Majors as their information vendor, purchase books, and use a secure two-step process to download the core bibliographic data for each book into the database.

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

Follett Expands Access to WebCollection Plus
Follett Software Co. has expanded the functionality of its WebCollection Plus online library collection access software, making it available for Novell NetWare v5.1 servers.

WebCollection Plus makes it possible for students, staff, parents, and others to search library collections from any location, 24 hours a day, by making the collection accessible through the school's intranet, or accessible from outside the school via the Internet.

The upgraded software allows students to search by title, author, subject, keyword, call number, series, and Boolean terms. With it, students can submit interlibrary loan and hold requests, check item availability, create custom bibliographies, and view information about the library.

Source: Follett Software Co., McHenry, IL, 800/323-3397, 815/344-8700; http://www.fsc.follett.com.
 

Innovative Adds Remote Patron Authentication
Innovative Interfaces has announced a new development to Web Access Management: the ability to provide verified remote patron access to licensed resources without requiring browser proxy configuration.

Web Access Management, a component of Millennium Access Plus (MAP), is a remote patron authentication product that enables library users from any place to access Web-based licensed databases. Most remote patron authentication products use a proxy to perform this function. By transferring the user through a proxy, a valid user gains access to licensed information resources that otherwise would deny access to that user because he or she is coming from an unknown IP address. The new Web Access Management enhancement will still use a proxy, but instead of the browser specifying the proxy, the URL itself will redirect the user through the proxy.

MAP is an integrated solution that manages access to information resources, guiding patrons and staff to Internet content quickly, while protecting the rights of the library and content providers. It includes three independent components: Web Access Management, MetaFind, and WebBridge.

Source: Innovative Interfaces, Inc., Emeryville, CA, 510/655-6200; http://www.iii.com.
 
Enhanced Databases

CAS Provides Access to Nearly 100 Years of Science Research in Chemical Abstracts
Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) has announced that it has made the bibliographic and abstract information from the entire Chemical Abstracts (CA) collection back to 1907 available for searching through STN, SciFinder, and SciFinder Scholar research tools.

CAS has made the historic literature available in the same online databases that cover the latest research. Now available in the CA and CAplus files are 3.8 million records from CA issues prior to 1967. According to the announcement, this material brings the total number of online records to 20.5 million spanning 1907 to the present.

Among the pre-1967 scientific literature for which records are now accessible online in CAS files are many studies in fields other than chemistry, e.g., more than 100 papers by Enrico Fermi, winner of the 1938 Nobel Prize in physics, and more than 50 articles by Albert Einstein.

"We have opened the door to a little-used storeroom of information from the first half of the twentieth century," a company representative said.

Source: Chemical Abstracts Service, Columbus, OH, 800/753-4227, 614/447-3600; http://www.cas.org.
 

FIZ Karlsruhe Upgrades STN on the Web
FIZ Karlsruhe, STN Europe, has announced that STN International has upgraded its Web service for professional users, STN on the Web.

The latest version comes with two new electronic assistants. When a user enters a query, the Search Assistant provides a list containing the names of all databases where answers to the query can be found. The subsequent search is completely menu-guided. Search fields, search options, and Boolean operators are available in pull-down menus and check boxes. After the search, the Results Assistant can be automatically activated. According to the company, this assistant "knows" all display formats available for each of the service's 217 online databases and walks users through the display of the search results.

With the new version, searchers can choose whether to use the two assistants or to use the STN command language directly.

Source: FIZ Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany, 011-49-7247-808-513; Fax: 011-49-7247-808-136; http://www.fiz-karlsruhe.de.
 

Endeavor Partners with Openly Informatics
Endeavor Information Systems has entered into a partnership with Openly Informatics, Inc. to provide enhanced access to resources through Endeavor's LinkFinderPlus comprehensive linking system.

JournalSeek, a knowledge database that facilitates links to over 7,700 electronic journals in the sciences and humanities, and Link.Openly, a system for generating links from bibliographic citation data, will be integrated into LinkFinderPlus. This combination of data, software, and XML linking formulas provides more flexible linking capabilities and an expanded network of linking targets, increasing access and decreasing effort for libraries employing LinkFinderPlus.

Available in early 2002, LinkFinderPlus will be Endeavor's solution to provide comprehensive linking for all of the library's resources, regardless of the software or information vendor. LinkFinderPlus is available as a stand-alone product to work with any library system and is also available as a module of ENCompass, Endeavor's system for managing, searching, and linking collections.

Source: Endeavor Information Systems, Inc., Des Plaines, IL, 800/762-6300, 847/296-2200; http://www.endinfosys.com.
 

Factiva Adds New German Content and French- and German-Language Interfaces
Factiva has announced a joint marketing and content agreement with GENIOS, Economic Databases, a division of the Handelsblatt Publishing Group (an online business information service in Germany) that will enrich Factiva's offering of top German sources. In addition to the new content, Factiva is announcing the availability of French- and German-language user interfaces for Factiva.com, the recently launched Web-based global news and business information service.

Through the content partnership with GENIOS, Factiva will acquire key German business newspapers, business periodicals, and regional newspapers, as well as Handelsblatt, the leading German-language business newspaper, which will be available through Factiva on the day of publication.

Users of the French and German interfaces will have access to the full range of product features available through the English Factiva.com interface. Now French, German, and English interfaces are available for three Factiva products: Factiva.com, Factiva Search Module, and Factiva Track Module.

Source: Factiva, Princeton, NJ, 800/369-7466, 609/627-2000; http://www.factiva.com.
 

Practice-Area Content Added to lexisONE
LexisNexis has announced that it has added five practice-area-specific sections to lexisONE, a Web-based resource for solo and small firm attorneys. It offers legal professionals research, lifestyle, and practice-management information. According to the company, approximately 93,000 users are currently registered with the site.

The new practice area sections are: Business Litigation & Bankruptcy; Criminal Law; Estates, Trust, and Tax Law; Family Law; and Intellectual Property Law. The five new sections will help attorneys specializing in those areas to stay current on new developments and on results of specific cases. The new sections expand lexisONE's existing Breaking Legal News and Newsworthy Decisions coverage.

According to the announcement, content for the additional sections will be derived from more than 2,500 of LexisNexis' domestic and international news sources. The content will be updated regularly. The new areas will be easily accessible from drop-down menus within the Breaking Legal News section of the site.

Source: LexisNexis, Dayton, OH, 800/227-4908; http://www.lexisnexis.com.
 

LexisNexis Enhances Its Scholastic Universe
LexisNexis Academic & Library Solutions has announced enhancements to LexisNexis Scholastic Universe—a service that provides secondary school librarians, students, and teachers with Web-based desktop access to many authoritative sources of recent and archival information.

According to the announcement, the new version comes with a more than 400-percent increase in newspaper sources and includes approximately 250 U.S. regional newspaper sources. It also provides simplified subscription options, offering all four content subjects for one price, as well as lower prices overall. Sources are grouped into four subject areas—news, legal, legislative, and statistical. Students in foreign language classes can read articles in the languages in which they were originally published, including French, German, and Spanish.

Source: LexisNexis, Dayton, OH, 800/227-4908; http://www.lexisnexis.com.
 

CAS Links Scientific Publishers' Web Journal Citations to Related Database Information
CAS has announced ChemPort's new Enhanced Reference Linking service. With the new service, researchers can view a CAS record for the article or its full text, and can choose to see the chemical substances discussed in the cited article and indexed by CAS scientists or a list of the "citing" documents that refer to the article.

According to the company, the new service "demonstrates the true synergism between primary and secondary literature."

Enhanced Reference Linking includes several payment options for the additional information. After clicking on a linked reference, the researcher sees a revised ChemPort Reference Linking page with the option to view all of the substances indexed by CAS scientists for the referenced document or a list of documents citing that document. Users can purchase the CAS information by credit card or via their STN accounts.

Publishers for which Enhanced Reference Linking is now available are ACS Publications, Academic Press, Blackwell Publishers, the American Institute of Physics (AIP), Institute of Physics (IOP), International Union of Crystallography (IUCr), the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), Springer-Verlag, and CatchWord. In total, 135 publishers and more than 2,700 journals participate in ChemPort.

Source: Chemical Abstracts Service, Columbus, OH, 800/753-4227, 614/447-3600; http://www.cas.org.
 

Elsevier Launches Biotechnology Database
Elsevier Science Bibliographic Databases (ESBD) has announced the release of BIOTECHNOBASE.com, the second of its bibliographic databases available via a Web interface.

The new database provides direct access to the citations and abstracts of thousands of international scientific journals in biotechnology and the life sciences.

It covers a range of sectors, such as biomedical developments, functional genomics and gene analyses, proteomics, diagnosis and diagnostics, molecular cellular monitoring, medical microbiology; (bio-)pharmaceutics (novel therapeutics, vaccines, gene therapy); foods and beverages (novel foods, nutriceuticals, functional foods); agri- and horticulture (plant and animal breeding, plant resistance and tolerance, biopesticides and bio-insecticides); and environmental protection and control (bioremediation and biodegradation, biomonitoring and control, waste (water) and air pollution treatment, ecological risks and hazards assessment).

To set up a free trial contact help@biotechnobase.com or visit http://www.biotechnobase.com.

Source: Elsevier Science Bibliographic Databases, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 011-31-20-485-3261; http://www.elsevier.com.
 

LexisNexis Adds SchoolMatch Data to Service
LexisNexis has announced the addition of SchoolMatch to its service, creating a database of demographic and evaluative information about our nation's public and private schools. SchoolMatch is an educational research, database, and auditing firm specializing in rating schools from grades K-12.

According to the release, SchoolMatch has maintained databases on each of the 15,820 operating public school systems in the U.S. and over 14,000 U.S. accredited private schools since 1986. Site-based "Audits of Educational Effectiveness" have been conducted in nearly 1,000 school systems nationwide. SchoolMatch data provide evidence in determining proper placement in child custody cases and in litigation pertaining to standards of care and school accountability. The databases have also been valuable in corporate relocation, business site selection, consumer home purchases, and public policy decision making.

Source: LexisNexis, Dayton, OH, 800/227-4908; http://www.lexisnexis.com.
 

Gale Group Releases 'Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center' for High School Students
Gale Group has announced the release of its Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center, a new online database that will help high school students to explore both sides of important social issues. It will draw content from Greenhaven Press' Opposing Viewpoints book series.

In addition to Greenhaven content, the new database will include core reference from other Gale Group and Macmillan Reference USA sources, including Bioethics for Students. Subscribers to this resource will also have electronic access to Gale Group's Information Plus reference program of statistics, government data, and legislation.

Source: Gale Group, Farmington Hills, MI, 800/877-4253; http://www.galegroup.com.
 

Ovid Announces Addition of Kluwer's Journals
Ovid Technologies has announced that more than 700 Kluwer journals will be made available via its powerful search software.

The Kluwer Collection will provide direct bibliographic and Adobe PDF access to key titles in a broad range of subject areas, including engineering (electronic, physics, and electrical), medicine, psychology and social sciences, agriculture, animal sciences and fisheries, biotechnology, chemistry and pharmaceuticals, geoscience, religion and philosophy, and linguistics. Both Ovid and SilverPlatter databases will link to the journals, which can be purchased on an individual title basis or in subject-specific packages.

Source: Ovid Technologies, New York, 800/343-0064, 646/674-6300; http://www.ovid.com.
 

IEE Online Publications Adds New Features
The Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE) has announced several new features for IEE Online Publications. The service now contains usage statistics, bibliography and reference linking, and customized journal pages.

With the upgrade, counts of accesses to main pages, journal pages, auxiliary pages, and Adobe PDF pages are e-mailed to users monthly; bibliographic references of the articles in Electronics Letters and the IEE Proceedings journals contain live links to full-text journal articles via CrossRef Digital Object Identifiers; and libraries can create links to individual journals while still showing that this is a dedicated subscription for their patrons.

Source: Institution of Electrical Engineers, Edison, NJ, 732/321-5575; http://www.iee.org.
 

BIOSIS and TheScientificWorld Launch Life Science Research Tool, methodsBASE
BIOSIS and TheScientificWorld, Inc. have announced the co-development and launch of methodsBASE, a research tool available on TheScientificWorld's Web site that provides researchers with access to the latest and most modern methods, protocols, and related patents in the life sciences. methodsBASE features links to both full-text articles and to services for procuring laboratory and biological resources—offering researchers a unified way to find new methods, then to purchase the resources to implement them.

According to the announcement, methodsBASE currently performs free-text searches on more than 175,000 classified and indexed records selected from scientific journals, books, conference proceedings, patents, and Web sites. Users can browse the database and be automatically alerted to new entries. Complete protocols and patents are offered as part of methodsBASE, and integrated links enable online delivery of cited articles and facilitate the procurement of referenced laboratory resources.

Source: TheScientificWorld, Inc., Boynton Beach, FL, 561/742-0068; http://www.thescientificworld.com.
 
Content Agreements

LexisNexis and Knight Ridder Form Alliance
LexisNexis and Knight Ridder Digital, interactive information subsidiary of Knight Ridder and founder/operator of the Real Cities Network, have announced the formation of an interactive-content alliance. Through the relationship, Knight Ridder Digital is syndicating its content available to LexisNexis users; and LexisNexis is powering access to on-point information to 17 Knight Ridder newspapers in 28 markets, including major metropolitan papers such as The Miami Herald, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News, the Detroit Free Press, The Charlotte Observer, the Pioneer Press in St. Paul, Minnesota, and The San Jose Mercury News.

Source: LexisNexis, Dayton, OH, 800/227-4908; http://www.lexisnexis.com.
 

EBSCO Forms Agreements, Increases Content
EBSCO Information Services has formed agreements that will increase content in several of its products.

Seven publishers have signed agreements to allow electronic access of their publications through EBSCO Online. The Fairmont Press, Palgrave Publishers, The Wall Street Transcript, Rapra Technology, the Pharmaceutical Press, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and Radcliffe Medical Press collectively cover a host of economic, humanities, scientific, medical, and technical subjects.

In another agreement, PsycARTICLES is now accessible via EBSCOhost. According to the announcement, this database provides access to more than 25,000 full-text articles from 38 journals published by the American Psychological Association, and four journals from allied organizations.

EBSCO has also made book titles from Majors Scientific Books, a supplier of scientific, technical, and medical books, available through its Book Services and Corporate Services products. The agreement with Majors will provide EBSCO users with access to an additional 120,000 titles.

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

Haworth Press Releases Guide for Technicians
The Haworth Press, Inc. has announced the publication of Introduction to Technical Services for Library Technicians (ISBN: 0-7890-1488-2, $34.95), by Mary L. Kao.

This book examines terminology, organization, and the practical aspects of the tasks that technical services workers deal with every day. It comes with a suggested reading list, charts and tables, a look at trends and issues to consider, and review questions at the end of each chapter.

According to the publisher, it is intended primarily as a textbook for students in a 2-year library technology program or 1-year certificate program, but it also serves as a general reference for library technicians or other staff members working in the technical services area.

Source: The Haworth Press, Inc., Binghamton, NY, 800/HAWORTH, 607/722-5857; http://www.haworthpressinc.com.
 

Visibooks Releases Handbook for PDA Devices
Visibooks has announced Palm & Handspring PDAs for Visual Learners (ISBN: 0-970747950, $19.95), by ChristianMacAuley.

In this book, the author teaches you how to use a Palm-based Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) to organize your schedule and to keep important information. It explains how to synchronize it with your PC, share information with others, and troubleshoot problems.

The book is divided into six sections: Getting Started, PDA Basics, Getting Organized, Making Your PC Mobile, Advanced Palm Stuff, and PDA Maintenance. The end of each section features practice exercises.

Visibooks contain mostly illustrations, with comparatively little text, and electronic versions are available free from the Visibooks Web site.

Source: Visibooks, Richmond, VA, 804/278-9188; http://www.visibooks.com.
 

ITI Releases Super Searchers Cover the World
Information Today, Inc. has announced the publication of Super Searchers Cover the World: The Online Secrets of International Business Researchers (ISBN: 0-910965-54-4, $24.95), by Mary Ellen Bates. This is the eighth title in the popular Super Searchers series of books edited by Reva Basch. In it, Bates asks 20 top online searchers to reveal their strategies for finding, evaluating, and using international business information on the Web.

Here, in their own words, skilled researchers from government organizations, multinational companies, universities, libraries, and research firms around the world explain how they conduct successful international business research without leaving their desks. Interviewees discuss issues such as nonnative language sources, cultural bias, and judging the reliability of unfamiliar sources. In addition, hundreds of their favorite information resources are assembled in a useful appendix, available through "The Super Searchers Web Page" (http://www.supersearchers.com).

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

Neal-Schuman Publishes Manual on How to Implement a Multipurpose Database System
Neal-Schuman has published Planning for Integrated Systems and Technologies: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians (ISBN: 1-55570-421-2, $55), by John M. Cohn, Ann L. Kelsey, and Keith Michael Fiels. It is the successor to the authors' Planning for Automation, second edition.

This book explains how to implement a multipurpose database system in a library. Whether the system is being installed for the first time or is being replaced, the book offers clear answers to questions about preparing RFPs, evaluating vendor proposals, choosing and using application service providers, keeping up with emerging standards, training both staff and the public, and the latest options for maintaining a collection. It addresses assessing infrastructure, migrating to new systems, retrospective conversion, MARC cataloging, and standards for new formats like e-books.

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

OCLC Forest Press Publishes Subject Guide
OCLC Forest Press has published People, Places & Things (ISBN: 0-910608-69-5, $100), a list of more than 50,000 Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) paired with corresponding Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) numbers.

The publication represents the combined efforts of the OCLC Office of Research and the Dewey editorial staff, and uses data from OCLC's WorldCat and the DDC system to create a guide for subject browsing to library users.

According to the company, library patrons can use this new publication to guide them to the right places to browse for information on topics that interest them; classifiers can use it to help them apply the DDC; and all types of librarians can use it as a convenient aid to browsing and subject heading application.

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

Neal-Schuman Book Covers E-Learning Roles
With the increasing availability of online education, the role of libraries as centers for lifelong learning is changing. Carolyn B. Noah and Linda W. Braun's The Browsable Classroom: An Introduction to E-Learning for Librarians (ISBN: 1-55570-425-5, $45), published by Neal-Schuman, proposes that this change is a positive one.

The authors discuss new roles for libraries and librarians. They answer questions about the current strategies and techniques for managing classrooms on the Internet, how users can best benefit from classrooms accessible from home, how e-mail and instant messaging help to expand the level of communication between students, educators, and librarians, and how librarians can be key contributors to any e-learning experience.

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

O'Reilly Publishes Books on Wireless Networks
O'Reilly's Building Wireless Community Networks (ISBN: 0-596-00204-1, $24.95), by Rob Flickenger, answers the first big question those contemplating creating a wireless community network ask: how?

The book details real-world networking examples, from selecting appropriate equipment and finding likely antenna sites to the general problem of outdoor networking. He also includes sample configuration files, network layout diagrams, and topographical maps.

Since its public release, Flickenger has worked with 802.11b, which is emerging as a key wireless technology. The 802.11b standard, also known as WiFi (wireless fidelity) or WLAN (wireless LAN), uses an unlicensed frequency employed by other devices such as microwave ovens and cordless phones—a frequency anyone can use for free. Flickenger not only provides a blueprint to setting up wireless community networks, but also prods the reader into creating an individual definition of "community."

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

ITI Releases ARIST Volumes 34 and 35
Information Today, Inc. (ITI) has announced the publication of the Annual Review of Information Science and Technology (ARIST) volumes 34 (ISBN: 1-57387-093-5, $99.50, $79.50 for ASIST members) and 35 (ISBN: 1-57387-115-X, $99.50, $79.50 for ASIST members), edited by Martha E. Williams and published by ITI on behalf of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST).

Since 1966, ARIST has covered the broad field of information science and technology, providing an annual source of ideas, trends, and references to the literature.

Volume 34 covers cognitive information retrieval; methodologies and methods for user behavioral research; informetrics; literature dynamics: studies on growth, diffusion, and epidemics; measuring the Internet; applications of machine learning in information retrieval; text mining; and using and reading scholarly literature.

Volume 35 covers the concept of situation in information science; conceptual frameworks in information behavior; distributed information management; digital privacy: toward a new politics and discursive practice; subject access points in electronic retrieval; methods of generating and evaluating hypertext; digital preservation; knowledge management; and library and information science education in the nineties.

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

Neal-Schuman Releases Web Upgrade Tools
Neal-Schuman has announced the publication of Instant Web Forms and Surveys for Academic Libraries (ISBN: 1-55570-412-3, $75), by Gail Junion-Metz and Derrek L. Metz. This is the second volume in the toolbox series Instant Web Forms and Surveys.

The CD-ROM and accompanying manual feature 24 online forms and surveys in HTML format with matching Perl scripts. These can be customized (there are automated choices of font and color scheme) and uploaded onto a library's site. Each form or survey is designed to automatically send an appropriate response to the student or faculty member who completed it.

According to the publisher, these forms and surveys were chosen specifically to meet the most common online needs facing academic libraries, such as asking a reference question online, assessing computer training needs, placing an interlibrary loan request, renewing or reserving a library book, and scheduling an instruction session.

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

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