Newsline is compiled by Kimberly Shigo
Endeavor Releases Enhanced
Endeavor Information Systems has announced the release of
LinkFinderPlus 3.0 for libraries to extend their electronic
database collections. Endeavor's linking system bridges the gap between
citations and the online full text of articles, providing maximum
usage of the library's electronic journal subscriptions.
LinkFinderPlus 3.0 includes batch activation of the LinkFinderPlus Knowledge
Base and batch maintenance of the Knowledge Base post-implementation. Delivered
with more than 13,000 targets to link to full text and abstracts for citations,
the LinkFinderPlus Knowledge Base is designed for minimum maintenance
once the library activates its local subscriptions. Additionally, the upgraded
product allows libraries to enable immediate access to electronic journals
as they become available with a local option to add journal sites. LinkFinderPlus 3.0
also allows users to customize their displays to match the library's local
look and feel.
Source: Endeavor Information Systems, Inc., Des Plaines, IL, 800/762-6300,
ATLA Undertakes Retrospective Indexing
The American Theological Library Association has announced that it has begun
a project to retrospectively index 100-plus American, East Asian, Latin American,
and European periodical titles that predate the beginning of ATLA's Religion
Index One (1949 to the present). The goal of the Retrospective Indexing Project
(RIP) is to provide comprehensive coverage of these journals, from the initial
publication date and, in some cases, ancestral title, to the present. Twenty-four
of these titles extend into the 19th century; the earliest, Theologische
Quartalschrift, dates from 1819. Comprehensive indexing for each periodical
will make such titles as Biblica (1920 ), Christian Century (1884 ), Ephemerides
Theologicae Lovanienses (1924 ), Jewish Quarterly Review (1888 ), Revue
d'Histoire Ecclésiastique (1900 ), and Zeitschrift für
die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft (1881 ) much more accessible.
According to the announcement, the RIP will be combined with the ATLA Religion
Database and will ultimately reach end users' hands by way of online database
vendors such as SilverPlatter, Ovid, and EBSCO, and directly from the ATLA
product Web site. Funding for the project is provided by annual grants from
participating ATLA institutions.
Source: American Theological Library Association, Chicago, 888/665-ATLA,
MicroPatent Releases Patent and IP Tools
MicroPatent, a subsidiary of Information Holdings, Inc., has announced
two product releases: the MicroPatent Patent Index Database (MPI) and Aureka
8.0, an IP management tool.
MicroPatent's Patent Index Database is a combination of patent data and proprietary
features. It offers the European Patent Office's (EPO) INPADOC collection with
other EPO files, such as the examiner data collection (DOC.db), and supplements
them with content and features exclusive to MicroPatent. Highlights of the
product include front-page updates from other MicroPatent databases; abstract
information when it is not present in INPADOC; U.S. Class updates six times
annually; and linking ability to claims, full text of available documents,
and PDF files. Also, foreign characters within MPI have been mapped to English
ones so that they are searchable.
Aureka 8.0 is a browser-based IP management and analytic tool set, which
replaces the Aureka Online Services 2.5 client/
server system and the Aureka Foundation Server model. Aureka 8.0 offers new
features, such as the ability to add and search nonpatent documents within
their project folders, including news articles, invention disclosures, technical
bulletins, and external search results; to make annotations on folders, lists,
search strategies, citation trees, clusters, and ThemeScape maps, which can
be shared and expanded on by authorized users within a group; to create reports
on full IPC classes, forward and back citations, and patent document abstracts;
and to perform traditional searching, clustering, and mapping.
Source: MicroPatent, East Haven, CT, 800/648-6787, 203/466-5055; http://www.micropat.com.
Innovative Introduces Via for Schools
Innovative Interfaces, Inc. has announced the introduction of Via, a completely
integrated and networked library automation system for school districts.
The Web-based Via system has a full range of core ILS capabilities, including
online public access, cataloging, circulation, graphical self-checkout, and
inventory control. The product also offers advanced functionality such as advanced
keyword searching, multimedia management, patron authentication for Web resources,
and Web portal access. In addition, Via provides features that are specific
to school media centers, such as homeroom-based notices, student bar code generation,
overdue reports, customized reports, and more.
Via is Java-based and platform-independent.
Source: Innovative Interfaces, Inc., Emeryville, CA, 510/655-6200; http://www.iii.com.
2003 CIL Conference Program Announced
Information Today, Inc. (ITI) has announced the program for the Computers in
Libraries 2003 conference.
This year's event, to be held March 1214 at the Washington Hilton & Towers
in Washington, D.C., includes four program streams: Navigating the Net; Intranet,
Portals, & Applications; Systems Roles, Resources, & Applications;
and Web Design, Tools, & Applications. The complete program is available
The CIL 2003 conference will bring together more than 100 speakers, plus
three keynotes, pre- and post-conference workshops, and an entertaining and
informative evening program. According to the announcement, the conference
is designed to cater to all interests and all knowledge levels.
In addition to regular conference programming, Computers in School Libraries
2003 adds to the four simultaneous tracks and offers in-depth coverage of technology
and its impact on the practice and concerns of librarians, teachers, and school
library media specialists in the K-12 education systems. This 2-day conference,
to be held March 1415, is sponsored by MultiMedia Schools and
features many experts in the field.
Source: Information Today, Inc., Medford, NJ, 800/300-9868, 609/654-6266; http://www.infotoday.com.
Infonortics to Host Search Engine Meeting
Infonortics, Ltd. has announced that the Eighth Annual Search Engine Conference
will be held in Boston's Logan Hilton April 78, 2003.
In the opening keynote, titled The Search Engine Decade, David Evans will
review the evolution of search engine technology and approaches from 1993 to
2003. According to the announcement, the conference's hot session topics are
automatic classification, enterprise searching and applications, convergence
of content and data technology, and image and video searching.
Presentations on automatic classification will describe technical challenges
in taxonomy building, automatic clustering, and hybrid approaches, and will
evaluate the relative merits of text filtering and categorization. Martin White
will help you to select a search engine for your intranet system, and Stephen
Arnold will outline major pitfalls you may face in implementing enterprise
research. On the more technical side, Sue Feldman will cover the convergence
of content and data technology, with additional presentations given by Endeca,
iPhrase, and Verity.
Source: Infonortics, Ltd., Gloucestershire, U.K., 011-44-1666-505-772; http://www.infonortics.com.
BIOSIS Makes Enhancements to Databases
BIOSIS has announced what the company is calling its largest-ever enhancement
of the content of BIOSIS Previews, Biological Abstracts, and Biological Abstracts/RRM
(Reports, Reviews, Meetings), which will add both more information and greater
consistency throughout each of the database files.
The primary enhancements are the addition of more than 9 million CAS Registry
Numbers to the 19691992 segment, the addition of more than 6,300 sequence
data accession numbers, and the addition of BIOSIS Major Concepts over the
entire range of the database, which had previously been available only in the
more recent portion of the file. BIOSIS has also added more taxonomic data
over this date range and has remapped MeSH disease terms and Biosystematic
Codes throughout the database to improve search retrieval. The company reports
that patent indexing information has been streamlined over the entire file
BIOSIS says it plans to release the enhanced backfile in late March to its
vendor partners, and the additional content consequently will be filtered into
the database's various vendor platforms.
Source: BIOSIS, Philadelphia, 800/523-4806, 215/231-7500; http://www.biosis.org.
H.W. Wilson Expands Book Review Digest
H.W. Wilson has announced that more than a million reviews on more than 700,000
books are now searchable with the expansion of its reference product Book
Review Digest, now Book Review Digest Plus.
Available on WilsonWeb, Book Review Digest Plus draws content from thousands
of periodicals beyond its former base of 109. Users can now retrieve full-text
reviews in addition to excerpts and citations. Also, the full-text reviews
cover reference works, books for children, and textbooks instead of just general
fiction and nonfiction.
Book Review Digest Plus allows users to search reviews by keyword, book title,
article title, author, source, and more. A library holdings indicator lets
users know if they will find cited books and periodicals on the shelves.
Book Review Digest Plus is updated daily. Retrospective coverage reaches
as far back as 1983.
Source: H.W. Wilson, New York, 800/367-6770, 718/588-8400; http://www.hwwilson.com.
IEEE Creates a Digital Historic Archive
IEEE has announced that it will add more than 85,000 technical papers from
select IEEE journals and conference proceedings to the 810,000 articles it
currently has available online. This content, from 1950 to 1987, will be
available to researchers at no additional or incremental charge through the
company's Xplore online delivery platform.
IEEE Xplore powers online technical information collections such as the IEEE/IEE
Electronic Library (IEL) and the All-Society Periodicals Package, as well as
individual online journal subscriptions for IEEE members.
Thirteen societies have provided this new material, which covers a broad
range of technologies in the electrical and electronics engineering and computer
science fields, according to the announcement. This content will be available
to subscribers to the IEEE/IEE Electronic Library and IEEE members with online
subscriptions at no additional charge.
Source: IEEE Publications, Piscataway, NJ, 732/562-5390; http://www.ieee.org.
Dialog Provides Searchable Domain Name Database, NewsRoom Through NewsEdge
The Dialog Corp. has announced the launch of a searchable database of more
than 65 million current and historic Internet domain name records, called
The database includes records for about 20 million currently active domain
names, with most containing "who-is" information. Unlike domain name look-up
services available free on the Web, Dialog's subscribers can search from more
than 50 indexed who-is data fields contained in domain registrations, including
the registrant's name, corporate affiliation, address, and phone number, and
specific technical information such as IP addresses.
In a separate announcement, Dialog said that its Dialog NewsRoom service,
a continually refreshed database of more than 7,000 news sources from around
the world, is now available through the Dialog NewsEdge service.
Dialog NewsEdge is an industry-specific, personalized current-awareness and
news-alerting service for corporations. It combines news, analysis, and research
from thousands of global sources with customized ranking. With the addition
of Dialog NewsRoom, Dialog NewsEdge users can now jump from a news alert to
the NewsRoom database to find related published articles.
Source: The Dialog Corp., Cary, NC, 800/3DIALOG, 919/462-8600; http://www.dialog.com.
EBSCO Offers Music Literature Abstracts
EBSCO Publishing has announced that RILM Abstracts of Music Literature, published
by the International Repertory of Music Literature, is available on EBSCOhost.
RILM provides abstracts and broad coverage with indexing of scholarly works
published in more than 140 languages. The entries are classified by topic and
include original-language titles, title translations in English, and full bibliographic
information, including abstracts in English. The database also offers author,
subject, and periodical indexes, as well as a detailed thesaurus.
RILM's data are drawn from music-related articles, books, bibliographies,
dissertations, and films and videos. Reviews, recording notes, and pedagogical
manuals are included if they are of scholarly interest. Subject areas covered
in the database include theory and analysis, historical musicology, ethnomusicology,
librarianship, liturgy, and criticism. Also included are interdisciplinary
studies on music and related fields such as literature, dramatic arts, visual
arts, acoustics, aesthetics, sociology, philosophy, and many more.
Source: EBSCO Publishing, Ipswich, MA, 800/653-2726, 978/356-6500; http://www.epnet.com.
Mergent Announces New Flagship Product
Mergent, Inc., a provider of global business and financial information,
has announced the release of Mergent Online, the company's new flagship product,
Mergent Online will replace the company's FISonline.
According to the announcement, the new, fully searchable database will include
a substantial amount of additional content and new features, with information
on approximately 15,000 U.S. and 20,000 non-U.S. companies. Some key enhancements
include cross-border searching across multiple databases; customized viewing
and output for retrieving precise information; the ability to save search criteria
for future reference; and the capability to export company reports into Microsoft
Word or view PDF files in Adobe Acrobat Reader.
New content includes 15 years of detailed corporate financial statements;
the latest financials by business and geographic segments; and extensive bankruptcy,
reorganization, merger, and acquisition information for 6,000 companies.
Mergent Online is available in a customizable format, allowing clients to
choose modules according to their needs.
Source: Mergent, Inc., New York, 800/342-5647, 212/413-7601; http://www.mergent.com.
The IMLS's International Children's Digital Library, a Free Service, Makes
The federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), in partnership
with nonprofit, industry, academic, and other government organizations, has announced
a 5-year, $4.4 million plan to build a digital library freely available for children
Available now at http://www.icdlbooks.org,
the library will consist of 10,000 children's books drawn from 100 cultures.
The International Children's Digital Library, developed by the Internet Archive
and the University of Maryland, is part of a larger research project to develop
new technology to serve young readers.
While the International Children's Digital Library intends to provide young
people ages 313 with online access to some of the greatest children's
books in the world, another long-term benefit of the project will be in discovering
how children best interact with digital books.
Source: Institute of Museum and Library Services, Washington, DC, 202/606-8339; http://www.imls.gov.
JHU to Digitize Peabody Audio Collection
The Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Libraries has announced that it has
received a grant to digitize a half-century of recorded Peabody Conservatory
classical music performances and make them available on the Web.
The Peabody Digital Audio Archives Project, a $230,000 project funded by
the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services, will enable the conversion
to digital format of an estimated 10,000 audiotapes owned by the Peabody's
archives. Technology specialists at the university's Milton S. Eisenhower Library
will design a work-flow management system prototype. A Web-based digital audio
library will be created.
The Peabody's audio collection contains rarely recorded solo and ensemble
repertoire ranging from the Renaissance
to the avant-garde. Early tapes include performances by the Peabody Art Theatre,
a program introduced in 1960 to provide young opera singers with a formal course
of study that included performance opportunities. Other recordings include
Gian Carlo Menotti-directed productions with Herbert Grossman conducting. Also
in those first recordings are the world premieres of The Fall of the City, a
music drama by James Cohn, and Sergius Kagen's Hamlet in 1962 under
the direction of noted Shakespearean Joseph Papp. The collection also contains
what are believed to be the first recorded concerts conducted by James Levine.
Source: Johns Hopkins University Libraries, Baltimore, 410/516-7160; http://www.jhu.edu.
Wilson's References to Appear as E-Books
H.W. Wilson has announced that some of its print reference works will soon
be available in libraries as e-books.
Famous First Facts, fifth edition; Famous First Facts About Sports; Facts
About the Presidents, seventh edition; and Speeches of the American
Presidents, second edition; were to be released in the new format in
January through netLibrary.
netLibrary, a division of OCLC, provides libraries and their patrons with
anytime, anywhere access to reference, scholarly, and professional e-books
that users can view, search, and check out via the Internet.
Source: H.W. Wilson, New York, 800/367-6770, 718/588-8400; http://www.hwwilson.com.
Fretwell-Downing Joins CrossRef Initiative
Fretwell-Downing, Inc. (FD) has announced that it has joined the CrossRef
organization as an affiliate member.
According to the announcement, this affiliation with CrossRef improves the
accuracy of FD's OL2 reference linking product by cross-checking
citation and digital content information to ensure that the correct copy is
provided. OL2 automatically builds links between citation information
and digital content.
CrossRef, which was established by scholarly publishers as an independent,
nonprofit entity in 2000, uses open standards. It is an official registration
agency of the Information Digital Object Identifier (DOI) Foundation, and is
the first full-scale implementation of the DOI system.
Source: Fretwell-Downing, Inc., Overland Park, KS, 888/649-6542, 913/239-1200; http://www.fdusa.com.
Nationalgeographic.com Forms Partnership with Britannica for Homework
Nationalgeographic.com has announced that it has added Britannica Concise Encyclopedia
to its Homework Help site.
Homework Help, an online resource for students, provides information, maps,
images, and interactive features on a variety of topics including animals,
history and culture, maps and geography, photography and art, and science and
nature. The site can be accessed from Nationalgeographic.com's home page or
directly at http://www.nationalgeographic.com/homework.
The agreement with Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc. boosts the site's reference
offerings with the 25,000-entry Britannica Concise Encyclopedia, which packs
basic information from the 32-volume Encyclopedia Britannica. With the
addition of Britannica's search capabilities and reference categories, students
will now be able to access thousands more articles, photos, and illustrations.
Source: Nationalgeographic.com, Washington, DC, 800/647-5463, 813/979-6845; http://www.nationalgeographic.com.
FirstGov for Science Resource Announced
An alliance of 10 government agencies, encompassing 14 scientific and technical
information organizations and collectively called the science.gov Alliance,
has announced its new "FirstGov for Science" Web site. The agencies collaborated
to create http://www.science.gov,
a gateway to reliable information about science and technology from across
federal government organizations via one integrated interface.
From science.gov, users can find more than 1,000 government information resources
about science, including technical reports, journal citations, databases, federal
Web sites, and fact sheets.
The agencies that make up the science.gov Alliance are the Departments of
Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services,
and Interior; the Environmental Protection Agency; the National Aeronautics
and Space Administration; and the National Science Foundation.
The information is free, and no registration is required.
Source: science.gov Alliance, Washington, DC, 865/576-3469; http://www.science.gov.
CSA Adds Full-Text Links to AIAA Papers
Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (CSA) has announced that researchers using its
Internet Database Service (IDS) can now link their search results to the American
Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Meeting Papers.
Every year, AIAA publishes more than 3,500 meeting papers of research originally
presented at the 50 to 60 AIAA-sponsored conferences annually. More than 25,000
papers published since 1996 and abstracted in the CSA Aerospace & High
Technology Database on IDS are linkable with the AIAA Meeting Papers service.
According to the announcement, AIAA is the world's largest professional society
devoted to the progress of engineering and science in aviation and space. Its
primary purpose is to advance the arts, sciences, and technology of aeronautics
and astronautics and to foster and promote the professionalism of those engaged
in these pursuits. Although founded and based in the U.S., AIAA is a global
organization with 30,000 members and an active international outreach.
Source: Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, Bethesda, MD, 800/843-7751, 301/961-6700; http://www.csa.com.
SF-Systems and Ex Libris Integrate Systems
SF-Systems, a software company for the bookbinding industry, and Ex Libris,
a developer of applications for libraries, information centers, and researchers,
have announced that they have integrated LINCPlus, SF-Systems' library binding
preparation system, with Ex Libris' ALEPH 500 ILS.
The integration of LINCPlus and ALEPH 500 allows users to directly query
any title record in ALEPH 500 by entering the bar code in LINCPlus. All title
information is instantly inserted into LINCPlus, reducing the amount of input
required by the user to almost none. As well as being able to query title data,
users can also enter the bar code to mark titles as checked in or checked out
in ALEPH 500 from LINCPlus.
Source: Ex Libris, Inc., Chicago, 877/527-1689, 773/404-5527; http://www.exlibris-usa.com.
O'Reilly Offers Titles on Assorted Topics
In Dreamweaver MX: The Missing Manual by David Sawyer McFarland (ISBN:
0-596-00349-8, $34.95) readers will learn how to create any modern Web feature
they can name: forms, animations, pop-up windows, and so on. The book contains
unique examples that let the reader see and teston the Internetreal
Web pages that follow the development progress of the book's chapters. Step-by-step
annotated tutorials guide thereader through the construction of a state-of-the-art
Web site, complete with Flash buttons, Cascading Style Sheets, and dynamic databases.
The book also contains undocumented work-arounds, shortcuts, and Easter eggs
found in Dreamweaver itself.
MySQL Cookbook by Paul DuBois (ISBN: 0-596-00145-2, $49.95) providesa
problem/solution/discussion format that offers quick solutions to everyday
programming dilemmas. For every problem addressed in the book, there's a worked-out
solution or "recipe"a short, focused, ready-to-use piece of code. The
discussion section explains how and why the code works so that readers can
learn to adapt the techniques to similar situations.
Source: O'Reilly & Associates, Sebastopol, CA, 800/998-9938, 707/827-7000; http://www.oreilly.com.