|Kelowna Software Is Giving Away Grants
Kelowna Software, Ltd.
has announced that it is offering its first L4U Automation Grant to celebrate
a record number of new installations of its Library 4 Universal (L4U) Software
across North America during the past year. Over the next 5 years, the company
says it will give away a total of $50,000 worth of free software and services
to libraries across North America.
Application forms for the
L4U Automation Grant are available by calling the company and will be accepted
until June 30. Only one application per library will be accepted each year.
Source: Kelowna Software,
Ltd., Kelowna, BC, Canada, 800/667-3634, 250/712-4644; http://www.L4U.com.
NFAIS and EUSIDIC Form a New Alliance
The National Federation
of Abstracting and Information Services (NFAIS) and the European Association
of Information Services (EUSIDIC) have announced their intent to merge
their operations into a global alliance of information services, subject
to the completion of plans and the approval of NFAIS and EUSIDIC members.
The alliance will initially
bring together NFAIS's membership of approximately 50 information producers
and providers with EUSIDIC's membership of approximately 100 information
services, intermediaries, users, and providers. According to the announcement,
the umbrella organization will focus on global issues, common strategies,
and shared goals, while NFAIS and EUSIDIC will retain full control over
their national/regional agendas. The merger is expected to take place early
Source: National Federation
of Abstracting and Information Services, Philadelphia, 215/893-1561; http://www.nfais.org.
ACS to Publish Complete Archive Online
The American Chemical Society
(ACS) has announced that it is making its entire archive of scientific
journals--some published for more than a century--available on the Web.
The resulting archive will include approximately 2.5 million pages of scientific
research. Work on the project was to begin in the last part of 2000 and
should be completed by the start of 2002.
ACS publishes 28 scientific
journals in all areas of chemistry and plans to introduce two additional
journals, Nano Letters and Crystal Growth & Design, next
year. ACS journals published between 1996 and 2000 are already available
online. By developing this digital backfile of PDF articles and searchable
bibliographic data for all titles, the entire catalog of the society's
research will be available to any customer via the Web. Access to the backfile
will be made available on the Web through December at no charge to ACS
Web Edition subscribers as it is created and posted. Beginning in January
2002, an annual fee will be charged for access.
Source: American Chemical
Society, Washington, DC, 202/872-4451; http://www.acs.org.
Fuji Photo Film Partners with ImageWorks
to Offer Microfilm Conversion Services
Fuji Photo Film U.S.A.,
Inc. has announced an alliance with ImageWorks, an imaging integrator,
to offer the Image Workflow Services Program. This program will provide
full integration services to any organization requiring a specialized conversion
of their microfilm information to existing IBM Image Plus and other imaging
This program uses Fujifilm's
M Drive to convert microfilm images into standard TIFFs. According to the
announcement, ImageWorks can help an organization merge standard TIFF format
images into pre-existing proprietary imaging systems. It can provide everything
from consultation to on-site turnkey operations.
Source: Fuji Photo Film,
U.S.A., Inc., Elmsford, NY, 800/755-3854; http://www.fujifilm.com.
Free Trial and New Advisors for Questia
Questia, the new 24/7 online
research service, has announced that it is scheduled to release this month.
Right now, Questia is offering a special sneak preview of the service and
a free 1-month trial (redeemable when the site launches). Visit http://www.questia.com/trial/page/index.html.
Questia has also announced
the formation of its Librarian Advisory Council, created to provide strategic
insight in developing the collection, which the company says will grow
to 250,000 scholarly books and journals by 2003. This news follows the
company's recent announcement of the Questia Advisory Council, which includes
former First Lady Barbara Bush and Harvard University Library director
Dr. Sidney Verba.
Questia reports that the
Librarian Advisory Council members will assist in the analysis of student
research needs. They will also provide guidance in the development of the
Questia online collection and composition tools. Members will serve 2-year
Source: Questia Media, Inc.,
Houston, 713/358-2500; http://www.questia.com.
InfoExpress Releases CyberGatekeeper
InfoExpress, Inc. has announced
CyberGatekeeper, a remote access firewall solution that enforces the security
policies of a network.
CyberGatekeeper, which the
company says will be available early this year, is a protective firewall
that examines PC configurations, shuts down access from unsafe systems
automatically, and reports threats to administrators. The product is vendor-neutral
and is designed to work with third-party VPNs, firewalls, anti-virus programs,
At the heart of CyberGatekeeper
is an auditing module that performs a security audit of the user's PC and
then authorizes or denies access to the network, depending on whether the
remote user's configuration is acceptable to the network's security policies.
If a required application stops working on a user's PC, CyberGatekeeper
will shut down connectivity and block subsequent traffic.
Source: InfoExpress, Inc.,
Mountain View, CA, 650/623-0260; http://www.infoexpress.com.
WebAgain 2.0 Defeats Web Site Vandalism
Lockstep Systems, Inc.
has announced WebAgain 2.0, a new version of its Web site content protection
and archival utility.
WebAgain protects the content
of an organization's Web site by systematically comparing the publicly
posted files to the most recent copy stored in the WebAgain Archive. When
unauthorized changes are detected, WebAgain automatically restores the
original content, quarantines a copy of the hack, and sends notification
to the administrator, without taking the site off-line. New features on
version 2.0 include zombie server protection, FrontPage Server Extensions
support, and automatic Web site import.
WebAgain protects Web sites
that are hosted in-house or by a third party, and requires access to the
site through a network or dial-up connection. The utility runs as a Windows
NT/2000 service. Its server can be remotely administered, and a single
installation of WebAgain can protect multiple Web sites with the licensing
of a registration key. A single license to protect one Web site and its
associated mirrors is $995.
Source: Lockstep Systems,
Inc., Scottsdale, AZ, 877/WEB-FIXR, 480/596-9432; http://www.lockstep.com.
Northern Light Develops Micro-Site
for News and Information on Computer Viruses
Northern Light Technology,
Inc. (NL) has announced a site offering information and practical resources
for combating computer viruses. The Northern Light Special Edition, located
links to a broad range of anti-virus solutions and up-to-date information.
According to the announcement,
the Computer Viruses Special Edition was designed and built by NL's editors
who craft queries that search for and cull out the most useful and relevant
information pertaining to computer virus detection. Links include the Criminal
Division of the U.S. Justice Department, the National Infrastructure Protection
Center, relevant online journals such as Virus Bulletin, and anti-virus
software products and solutions, as well as insight into the hacker culture
and community worldwide through links to Hacker News Network and upcoming
Source: Northern Light Technology,
Inc., Cambridge, MA, 617/621-5194; http://www.northernlight.com.
R.R. Bowker Announces ulrichsweb 2.0
R.R. Bowker has announced
the availability of ulrichsweb.com 2.0. According to the announcement,
the new version allows users to start a new search from any page; employ
advanced keyword searching in title and subject (word may be in any position);
target, limit, or sort search results by numerous criteria, such as country,
ISSN, and status; download, print, or e-mail records from any portion of
the search, including search results, lists, or full display; add or edit
comments to results lists generated; save, copy, and/or move items to public
lists or the user's own lists; generate search history during a session;
browse indexes; and monitor usage statistics.
Bowker has also added topical
articles, monthly spotlights on new serials data, and other complementary
features. ulrichsweb.com is now updated on a weekly basis.
A free 2-week test of ulrichsweb.com
is available by logging onto the Web site.
Source: R.R. Bowker, New
Providence, NJ, 888/BOWKER2; http://www.bowker.com.
ingenta Enhances Content, Technology
ingenta has announced that
access to the UnCover database, which contains over 11 million article
citations and full-text articles from journals and publications across
the globe, all archived back to 1988, is now live and available through
its Web site. Users also now have the option of Adobe PDF or HTML delivery
direct from the UnCover database, as well as the traditional fax article
In addition, ingenta reports
that it has implemented its access control technology for corporate and
library account authentication into the new UnCover service, allowing institutions
to track subscription records and access journals they subscribe to free-of-charge.
ingenta's users review abstracts and bibliographic information for free,
and subscription authentication ensures fast and free access for subscribers.
There are also pay-per-view options for nonsubscribers. ingenta has also
implemented a new technology in its core databases that it says results
in search results being returned to the desktop up to 30 times more quickly.
Source: ingenta, Cambridge,
MA, 617/395-4000; http://www.ingenta.com.
SIRS Mandarin Makes SIRS NetSelect
Available to Knowledge Source Users
SIRS Mandarin, Inc. has
announced that SIRS NetSelect, a new online guide to some of the Internet's
best resources, is now available to existing SIRS Knowledge Source users
via the Knowledge Source online interface. Users can access safe, informative,
and educational Internet resources on a broad range of subjects.
Information in SIRS NetSelect
sites spans a wide variety of topics, including business, government, science,
education, culture, music, the visual arts, and more. The guide's topic
structure is modeled on SIRS' article reference databases--SIRS Researcher,
SIRS Government Reporter, SIRS Renaissance, and SIRS Discoverer Deluxe.
SIRS Knowledge Source research aids such as source information, tagging,
and e-mail are also available from SIRS NetSelect.
Source: SIRS Mandarin, Inc.,
Boca Raton, FL, 800/232-7477; http://www.sirs.com.
LibraryHQ.com Has Access to SiteSource
LibraryHQ.com, an information
portal for library professionals, has announced the availability of SiteSource
and associated products and services for libraries, schools, and individuals.
Available through yearly subscriptions, SiteSource contains a database
of 20,000-plus quality, cataloged Web sites selected according to specific
criteria by professional catalogers and subject specialists. Expanding
by nearly 1,000 Web sites each month, SiteSource contains a wide variety
of subject areas for users of all ages.
Also available from LibraryHQ.com
are separate services to help libraries make even fuller use of SiteSource
MARCSite, for example, enables libraries to download MARC records from
SiteSource and integrate them into an OPAC. SiteDesign is a service available
to help libraries customize their Web pages. According to the announcement,
Web designers who are experienced with the special role of libraries create
sites that reflect a library's own services and mission.
Source: LibraryHQ.com, New
York, 877/401-9535; http://www.libraryhq.com.
BIOSIS Releases MethodsFinder Version
BIOSIS has announced the
release of MethodsFinder 2.0, its Web database of laboratory methods for
life sciences researchers.
MethodsFinder 2.0 will give
customers access to thousands more full-text methods from Web pages and
grey literature, tens of thousands more records in the database, and an
enhanced search engine. According to the announcement, the database provides
a centralized location where users can expect to find methods and protocols
from around the Web, expertly indexed and constantly updated. In addition,
MethodsFinder 2.0 maintains a growing archive of protocols from the traditional
life sciences literature.
Source: BIOSIS, Philadelphia,
800/523-4806, 215/587-4800; http://www.biosis.org.
EBSCO Online Offers LC Subject Browsing,
Adds 22 Full-Text Electronic NewsRx Titles
EBSCO Subscription Services
has announced a new enhancement to EBSCO Online that allows users to view
journal content divided by subject categories based on Library of Congress
Journals on EBSCO Online
are assigned an LCC category. The user can view a list of all categories
for which EBSCO Online has at least one journal. The list will indicate
how many journals on EBSCO Online are classified in each category. The
user can then click on a category name to see a list of all journals in
that category. From there, the user can browse the content of all journals
his or her library has on subscription.
The enhancement also includes
a "reverse browse" capability. When a user is viewing a specific journal
of interest, there will be a link near the journal name called More Like
This. When the user clicks that link, he or she will see a list of all
journals that are in the same category as the original journal, and then
will be able to view the content of those journals. EBSCO reports that
future plans include integrating the LC filtering into EBSCO Online's search
functions. This will allow the user to limit article searches and journal
searches to specified categories.
In a separate announcement,
EBSCO reports that electronic access to the full text of 22 NewsRx and
NewsRx.com reports is available via EBSCO Online.
NewsRx titles available
include Vaccine Weekly, Cancer Weekly, AIDS Weekly,
Week, and Women's Health Weekly. According to the announcement,
NewsRx.com provides business and clinical information news and reports
relating to drugs, chemicals, biotechnology, science, and medicine to more
than 1,000 major health and pharmaceutical companies in 40 countries.
Source: EBSCO Subscription
Services, Birmingham, AL, 205/991-1276; http://www.ebsco.com.
CrossRef Access Expands Ovid's Linking
Ovid Technologies announced
that it was to add support for CrossRef to its Ovid OpenLinks product by
the end of last year.
CrossRef was formed in 1999
by a group of leading scientific, technical, and medical publishers to
support reference linking to participating publishers' full-text content.
Membership currently includes 50 publishers.
Ovid's OpenLinks features
links to over 2,000 full-text journals at remote publishers' sites. The
CrossRef implementation will add thousands of additional OpenLinks titles
that journal subscribers can select and link to from Ovid bibliographic
Source: Ovid Technologies,
Inc., New York, 800/950-2035, 212/563-3006; http://www.ovid.com.
Innovative Incorporates netLibrary
Inc. has announced that its integration of netLibrary e-books is now available
at no cost to libraries using its INNOPAC and Millennium systems.
Under an agreement made
with netLibrary last March, Innovative has developed features that enable
users to access collections of netLibrary e-books directly. Full MARC records
are downloaded into the library's catalog and enable full-text access to
e-books. The netLibrary record loading process is fully integrated into
Innovative's Acquisitions EDI system. In addition, Innovative has developed
other new features that integrate netLibrary's collection, including search
limits, previews, and check-out.
With access to netLibrary's
collection management architecture, patrons can remotely access e-books
24/7. Also, many of Innovative's partner libraries belong to consortia,
and will benefit from the ability to share and expand their holdings without
the cost of physical transport.
Source: Innovative Interfaces,
Inc., Emeryville, CA, 510/655-6200; http://www.iii.com.
SIRSI Adds NL Search Capability to
SIRSI Corp. and Northern
Light Technology, Inc. (NL) have announced an alliance to integrate Northern
Light's advanced Web search capabilities into SIRSI's new iBistro Internet
Access Center for public, academic, corporate, government, school, and
other special libraries.
When users search the Web
through iBistro, the search engine used is Northern Light. Search results
are relevance ranked and organized into Custom Search Folders. Northern
Light also offers advanced search features, including the ability to limit
searches to particular subjects, types of Web sites, languages, countries,
and date ranges.
SIRSI's iBistro Internet
Access Center allows library users to search the catalog; visit other libraries;
peruse high-quality Web sites; read book reviews, summaries, and other
book information; and purchase books currently unavailable in their library,
all from a single interface. Users can also personalize iBistro to create
a MyBistro resource, where they receive information about new titles of
interest just to them.
Source: SIRSI Corp., Huntsville,
AL, 256/704-7000; http://www.sirsi.com.
ingenta and Macmillan Build Science
Macmillan Publishers has
announced that it has selected ingenta, the global research gateway, to
create a series of encyclopedia-based reference portals for scientists,
researchers, and librarians. According to the announcement, the collaborative
project will be built in stages using ingenta's XML/XSL-based portal technology
and linked to aggregated full-text content.
The first services to be
released will be the Encyclopedia of Astronomy and Astrophysics (EAA) and
the Encyclopedia of Life Sciences (ELS), which were scheduled to be released
late last year and this spring, respectively. The agreement includes arrangements
for further releases of up to three additional portals per year over the
next 5 years. Also as part of the agreement, ingenta will host a number
of Macmillan's existing online reference works, including the Grove Dictionaries
of Art, Music, and Opera.
The services will be available
on a number of commercial bases, including site licensing, hourly based
charging, and prepaid multiple session access in addition to being available
on a pay-per-view basis.
Source: ingenta, Cambridge,
MA, 617/395-4000; http://www.ingenta.com.
ISI and ulrichsweb.com Link Services
ISI and R.R. Bowker have
announced that bidirectional links between the ISI Journal Citation Reports
on the Web (JCR Web) and ulrichsweb.com (version 2.0 of Ulrich's Periodicals
Directory on the Web) will be available with the release of JCR Web version
2.0. This hypernavigation will provide mutual subscribers with a new, integrated
toolkit for serials data research and evaluation. Release is scheduled
for the first quarter of this year.
JCR Web's statistical data
provides a systematic and objective way to determine journals with the
highest scholarly impact within subject areas. JCR Web is available in
science and social science editions that collectively cover approximately
7,000 journals. ulrichsweb.com provides access to detailed and authoritative
information for more than 242,000 serials on all subjects from more than
Source: ISI, Philadelphia,
800/336-4474, 215/386-0100; http://www.isinet.com.
Infotrieve Offers MCB University Press
Infotrieve, an article
research and delivery company, has announced that it has extended its services
to offer online access to a resource of 130 business and library science
journals published by MCB University Press.
MCB's service, known as
Emerald (the Electronic Management Research Library Database), makes the
resources of a full management library available to its users, and delivers
full-text multi-user access to over 130 respected journals. The content
of these journals will be searchable through Infotrieve's Web-based information
services, with retrieved articles available for immediate purchase and
electronic delivery via e-mail. Infotrieve will also link the MCB publications
to its free research services, including a bibliography database and alert
of new articles published.
Source: Infotrieve, Los
Angeles, 310/234-9480; http://www.infotrieve.com.
Pearson Partners with EBSCO for Content
Pearson Education has announced
a partnership with EBSCO Information Services to develop customized online
research collections providing access to content from selected academic
journals and other quality publications. Beginning early this year, students
using Pearson Higher Education texts and Companion Web Sites will be able
to quickly search for articles specifically relating to their discipline
With over 1,400 Web sites
online in 2000 and plans to add 100 more this year, Pearson's alliance
with EBSCO is part of its strategy to match its texts with Internet-delivered
services and applications, the announcement said. With this partnership,
EBSCO is introducing its ContentSelect program, in which the company will
work with partners to build collections of periodical content. For the
initial launch of the partnership, EBSCO will create a series of discipline-specific
collections in the fields of psychology, education, sociology, history,
information management, political science, medical science, economics/finance,
marketing/management, chemistry, and biology.
Source: Pearson Education,
Upper Saddle River, NJ, 201/236-6541; http://www.pearsoned.com.
SwetsnetNavigator Offers OECD Journals
Swets Blackwell has announced
the addition of all 23 of OECD's electronic journal titles to SwetsnetNavigator,
its electronic journal service.
The OECD (Organization for
Economic Co-operation and Development) is an intergovernmental organization
of 30 member countries, originally formed in 1948 and containing countries
from Western and Central Europe, North America, the Far East, and Australasia.
Its primary purpose is to provide members with a forum to research, debate,
and develop economic and social policy. As a result, the OECD is the independent
publisher of more than 250 publications per year, including 98 million
statistics that have been verified and made comparable.
Source: Swets Blackwell,
New York, 800/221-3306; http://www.swetsblackwell.com.
Academic Press and e-psyche Link Services
Academic Press and e-psyche,
LLC have announced that they have signed an agreement linking the e-psyche
database with IDEAL, the Academic Press' online resource library. e-psyche
publishes an abstracting and indexing database covering more than 4,000
journals in psychology and related disciplines.
e-psyche and IDEAL now feature
the DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers) necessary to make seamless linking
from the e-psyche database to full-text articles on IDEAL accessible to
subscribers to both Web-based resources.
Source: Academic Press,
San Diego, 619/231-6616; http://www.academicpress.com.
ScienceDirect Web Editions from Elsevier
Are Now Available for Endeavor Customers
Endeavor Information Systems
has announced free full access to ScienceDirect Web editions for Voyager
customers. This free offering of access to the full-text articles of 1,200
Elsevier electronic journals in the sciences, technology, and medicine
enables customers to offer integrated access through their Voyager systems.
This is Endeavor's first joint project with Elsevier Science since its
merger with the publisher last April.
Source: Endeavor Information
Systems, Des Plaines, IL, 847/296-2200; http://www.endinfosys.com.
Facts On File Offers New Online Resources
Facts On File has announced
that it is set to issue a completely up-to-date and expanded version of
the award-winning CD-ROM The American Indian: A Multimedia Encyclopedia.
Substantially reworked and enhanced for online use, American Indian History
& Culture: An On-line Encyclopedia (ISBN: 0-8160-4377-9, $198) is now
available as a comprehensive online database.
American Indian History
& Culture gives users access to more than 5,000 years of culture, history,
and leaders. More than 240 Native American groups are presented through
subject entries, biographies, full-color maps, historical documents, photographs,
a glossary, timelines, and folklore/legends. Topics include Migration;
Wars and Battles; Land and Land Rights Disputes; Red Power Movement; Myth,
Folklore, and Oral Traditions; and Missionary Societies and the Mission
According to a separate
announcement from Facts On File, the Timelines On File binder has been
completely revised and is now available online. Timelines On File On-line
(ISBN: 0-8160-4409-0, $199) is a complete reworking of the product that
middle and high school librarians, students, and teachers have used for
years. It now features more than 500 additional pages and a new organization,
and is completely searchable.
Timelines On File On-line
breaks down into four different sections: The Ancient and Medieval World
(Prehistory1500 C.E.), The Expanding World (15001900), The 20th
Century, and Nations and States. Each section includes an outline of world
history, historical timelines of specific regions, and information on the
arts, religions and ideas, and science and technology that flourished within
Source: Facts On File, Inc.,
New York, 212/967-8800; http://www.factsonfile.com.
Gale Group Increases Its Online Repository
The Gale Group has announced
what it calls its most ambitious periodical content project ever. InfoTrac
OneFile, a subscription online service, provides online access to millions
of news wire, magazine, journal, and newspaper articles on a single interface.
Coverage includes 20 years of back files.
The 6,111 magazines and
journals included run the gamut from general interest to refereed academic
journals and business publications, and 2,659 of these periodicals are
full text. Inclusion of nearly 90 news wires allows users to tap targeted
information in such areas as agriculture, government, and sports, and also
allows users to view press releases issued by businesses. Newspaper archives
include full indexes of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal,
Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Christian Science
Source: Gale Group, Farmington
Hills, MI, 248/699-4253; http://www.galegroup.com.
EBSCO Adds to Its Online Resources
EBSCO Publishing has announced
that it is introducing Computer Source: Consumer Edition, a new database
focused on providing public library patrons and high school and undergraduate
researchers with the latest information and current trends in high technology.
This database is available via EBSCOhost.
The Computer Source: Consumer
Edition database features over 100 full-text periodicals covering computers,
hardware and software, multimedia, telecommunications, electronics, and
the Internet. The database is continuously updated, and includes full text
from Byte, Computer Graphics World, Information Today,
Magazine, and Yahoo! Internet Life, just to name a few.
Source: EBSCO Publishing,
Ipswich, MA, 800/653-2726, 978/356-6500; http://www.epnet.com.
Neal-Schuman Books for Digital Librarians
Inc. has recently published several titles that will be of interest to
Digital Reference Service
in the New Millennium: Planning, Management, and Evaluation, edited
by R. David Lankes, John W. Collins III, and Abby S. Kasowitz (ISBN: 1-55570-384-4,
$65), is the latest entry in Neal-Schuman's "New Library Series." Joe Janes,
Lorna Peterson, Steven Coffman, Martha Tarlton, Brett Butler, Susan Lessick,
and others who have "been there and done that" successfully share their
expertise with librarians and other information professionals who are planning
or implementing digital reference services. The authors focus on both the
theoretical aspects of digital reference services and on the technical
aspects of developing, managing, and evaluating them. A special "Digital
Reference Technology Spotlight" section offers an in-depth look at actual
Selecting and Managing
Electronic Resources: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians, by Vicki
L. Gregory (ISBN: 1-55570-382-8, $55), offers advice for keeping up with
the constant changes in technology and resources. This practical manual
addresses both traditional and current aspects of collection development
as they relate to all aspects of electronic materials. Topics include collection
development policies; criteria and process; budgeting and acquisitions;
organization and maintenance of electronic resources; evaluation and assessment;
copyright, licensing, and intellectual property issues; and preservation.
Also included is a discussion of the Uniform Computers Information Transaction
Developing and Managing
Electronic Journal Collections: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians,
by Donnelyn Curtis, Virginia Scheschy, and Adolfo Tarango (ISBN: 1-55570-383-6,
$55), offers first-hand knowledge designed to help librarians approach
electronic journals in an organized, efficient, and proactive way. This
how-to is a systematic guide through acquisition, management, and successful
integration of the electronic format. It includes sample electronic policies,
a comparison of databases, and an electronic journal spreadsheet.
Preserving Digital Information:
A How-To-Do-It Manual, by Gregory S. Hunter (ISBN: 1-55570-353-4, $59.95),
shows how to apply the best practices recommended by the professional associations
and experts for preserving information in electronic formats. The nature
of digital information, media fragility, technical obsolescence, system
integrity, and "the digital record" are all covered. Hunter identifies
the 10 strategic decisions that every librarian and archivist must make
in order to establish a successful digital preservation program.
Source: Neal-Schuman Publishers,
Inc., New York, 212/925-8650; http://www.neal-schuman.com.
ALA Title Helps You to Gather Statistics
ALA Editions has announced
and Performance Measures for Public Library Networked Services, by
John Carlo Bertot, Charles R. McClure, and Joe Ryan (ISBN: 0-8389-0796-2;
$38 or $34.20 for ALA members). According to the announcement, this title
will help you measure, track, improve, and allocate funding for access
to online and network-based resources.
Written by a team of research
experts, this how-to manual will guide you through the process of measuring
and assessing the quality of service you are providing to a new breed of
technology-savvy library users. The book will show you how to collect and
organize hard statistics based on the measures you set; assess the services
you are providing and identify potential areas of growth; understand how
your services are being used by patrons; develop a specific picture of
your library's network service and usage that can be communicated to staff,
community, and new funding streams; and develop financial reports and cost-benefit
analyses to support budget increases and reallocate resources. It includes
examples, charts, graphs, worksheets, and sample forms.
Source: ALA Editions, American
Library Association, Chicago, 800/545-2433, 312/280-2427; http://www.ala.org/editions.
Idea Group Presents Its New Title World
Libraries on the Information Superhighway
Idea Group Publishing has
announced World Libraries on the Information Superhighway: Preparing
for the Challenges of the New Millennium, edited by Patricia Diamond
Fletcher and John Carlo Bertot (ISBN: 1-878289-66-7, $74.95), which presents
the thoughts and experiences of librarians and academics on the changing
role of libraries in a global networked community. More than just a compilation
of case studies, the authors deal with all aspects of emerging technologies
and their uses in libraries. Some authors focus on the technical aspects
of these technologies, while others describe the theoretical implications.
Source: Idea Group Publishing,
Hershey, PA, 717/533-8845; http://www.idea-group.com.
New Technology Press Offers XML Guide
The ABCs of XML: The
Librarian's Guide to the eXtensible Markup Language, by Norman Desmarais
(ISBN: 0-9675942-0-0, $28), provides an overview of XML and some of its
applications in libraries. It discusses XML and its relationship to SGML
and HTML and examines the various components.
The ABCs of XML explains
the structure of an XML document and explores the different types of style
sheets that offer various options for formatting and presenting XML documents
for reading and processing. Contents will be updated at http://newtechnologypress.com/updates/xml.html.
Fax your order to 281/646-7702, or use the online order form available
Source: New Technology Press,
Houston, 281/646-7700; http://www.newtechnologypress.com.
O'Reilly Releases Reference on PC Hardware
O'Reilly & Associates
has announced that it has released PC Hardware in a Nutshell, by
Robert Bruce Thompson and Barbara Fritchman Thompson (ISBN: 1-56592-599-8,
$29.95), a comprehensive and concise guide to buying, building, upgrading,
and repairing Intel-based PCs, for novices and seasoned professionals alike.
In addition to coverage
of the fundamentals and general tips about working on PCs, the book includes
chapters focusing on motherboards, processors, memory, disks (floppies,
hard drives, and optical drives), tape devices, video devices, input devices,
audio components, communications, power supplies, and maintenance. The
last chapter is a complete case study in building a PC from components.
Source: O'Reilly & Associates,
Inc., Sebastopol, CA, 800/998-9938, 707/829-0515; http://www.oreilly.com.