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FSU's GeoLib Receives IMLS Grant for Its Mapping Project
on Public Libraries
The GeoLib Program of Florida
Resources and Environmental Analysis Center (FREAC)
at Florida State University (FSU) was awarded a National
Leadership Grant for Libraries in the Research &
Demonstration category from the Institute of Museum
and Library Services (IMLS).
In this 2-year demonstration project, the GeoLib Program,
partnering with FSU's Information Use Management and
Policy Institute, will develop a nationwide public library
database system linked to a digital base map. The database,
which will include data sets from the U.S. Census and
the National Center for Educational Studies, will provide
consolidated information on public libraries nationwide
and make this information easily accessible over the
Internet. According to the announcement, the data will
allow public library researchers and managers to provide
the best services and materials for their diverse customer
With the database developed through this project, public
librarians and policy-makers will be better able answer
these questions: Is the library providing the right
balance of library services in light of changing populations?
How can public libraries bridge the digital divide through
the provision of equitable access to the Internet? What
are the effects of poverty on library services? An advisory
committee will assist the research team and guide the
Source: Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL,
NTIS Technical Reports Available Online
The National Technical Information Service (NTIS) has
announced that its Virtual Library Initiative has a
new Web site, http://www.ntis.gov. NTIS maintains and
disseminates scientific, technical, engineering, and
related business information by or for hundreds of U.S.
government agencies and worldwide sources. The collection
contains nearly 3 million documents spanning more than
350 subject areas, and many of those items will now
be available directly from the Web site. According to
the announcement, approximately 1,000 new items are
added each week, and many are available only through
Visitors to the Web site can now execute searches of
the database from 1990 to the present and link to the
full text of documents on the Web, for free. They can
also download any document in electronic format; downloading
up to 20 pages is free, and 21 or more pages costs $8.95
Source: National Technical Information Service, Springfield,
VA, 800/553-6847, 703/605-6000; http://www.ntis.gov.
Your Digital Library
ABC-CLIO Announces E-Book Program
ABC-CLIO has announced the launch of its e-book program.
More than 150 titles were to be released in fall 2002,
all with unlimited, simultaneous access for library
ABC-CLIO's policies allow multiple users within an
institution to access e-books at the same time, either
on-site or remotely. All titles published from 2000
forward are available as e-books. According to the company,
beginning this month every forthcoming title published
will be available simultaneously in both print and e-book
formats. For a free preview, go to http://ebooks.abc-clio.com.
Source: ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, CA, 800/368-6868,
Axonix Launches Video On Demand Server
Axonix Corp. has announced the availability of SuperView,
its new video server appliance.
SuperView is the size of a home VCR and plugs into
any Internet-ready network jack. Libraries can load
hundreds of videotapes and DVD discs into the SuperView,
and anyone with Internet access can use a standard Web
browser to call up a movie or lecture to watch, any
time. Besides offering VHS- and DVD-quality video to
many users simultaneously, the SuperView eliminates
the need to purchase multiple copies of videos, television
sets, and VCR/DVD players. SuperView also reduces the
total cost of ownership because it is not necessary
to check out and track videotapes and discs.
According to the announcement, SuperView is a completely
integrated video server appliance—it does not require
users to purchase, install, or support any additional
hardware or software. It is available for purchase starting
at $3,595 for the desktop version and $3,995 for the
Source: Axonix Corp., Salt Lake City, 800/866-9797,
LanSchool Offers LanSchool Monitor Tool
LanSchool, Inc. has announced LanSchool Monitor, which
works like a security camera for computers. It displays
a thumbnail view of students' computer screens on one
central monitor computer.
Internet filters sometimes allow inappropriate sites
through. With LanSchool Monitor, students are aware
that their online activities are being viewed, so they
will be less likely to visit inappropriate sites. LanSchool
Monitor checks every student's computer in a random
order. Every few seconds it takes a screen shot and
displays it as a thumbnail on the librarian's computer.
The librarian can generally determine from the thumbnail
view if a student is using the computer in an inappropriate
way. LanSchool Monitor also allows librarians to show
an individual's Internet history, send a text message
to a user's screen, and force a user to log out if necessary.
LanSchool Monitor is available at the company's Web
site. The price for each monitor console is $395. LanSchool
Monitor can display thumbnail views of up to 144 computers.
A 166-MHz Pentium processor or faster running Windows
(95/98, ME, NT, 2000, XP) is required.
Source: LanSchool, Inc., Orem, UT, 801/319-6365; http://www.lanschool.com.
LITA Seeks Applicants for Scholarships
The Library & Information Technology Association
(LITA), a division of ALA, has announced that it is
now accepting applications for four scholarships. The
deadline for applications and supporting documentation
is March 1, 2003.
Scholarship amounts range from $2,500 to $3,000 and
are aimed at helping those who seek entry into the library
and information technology field. For the specific requirements
for each scholarship, as well as applications and instructions,
see http://www.ala.org/work/awards/scholars.html. Candidates
must illustrate their qualifications with three letters
of reference and a personal statement. Economic need
is considered when all other criteria are equal. Winners
must have been accepted to an ALA-accredited master's
of library and information studies program.
All applications, references, transcripts, and personal
statements must be received no later than March 1. The
winners will be announced and introduced, if present,
at the LITA President's Program at the ALA Annual Conference
Source: Library & Information Technology Association,
Chicago, 800/545-2433 x. 4269; http://www.lita.org.
CILIP Features 21 New Training Courses
The Chartered Institute of Library and Information
Professionals (CILIP) Training & Development program
has announced the publication of its new Training
Directory. The organization has planned 66 different
learning opportunities, all of which are designed to
equip library and information professionals with the
skills, knowledge, and expertise they need to deliver
cutting-edge, innovative, and effective service to users.
Of the 66 courses, 21 are completely new and focus
on unmet and emerging training needs in the profession.
Three of these new workshops that touch on the current
topic of knowledge management are Knowledge Management:
Basic Concepts for Workplace Libraries, Classification
in a Knowledge Management Context, and People Skills
for Knowledge Management. To help information professionals
raise their profiles within their organizations, CILIP
is offering a series of new marketing workshops: Selling
the Benefits of Library and Information Services in
a Cost-Conscious World; Connections, Not Collections:
Demonstrating the Impact of Your School Library; and
Creating Strategic Marketing Plans to Build Better Public
Libraries. In the area of training users, new courses
include Advanced Teaching Skills, Managing Staff Development
and Training, Learning About Learning, and Teaching
Effective Use of the World Wide Web. Other new courses
that enhance existing skills include Research Skills,
the Moving on in MARC series, and Essential Law for
Library and Information Workers.
Details of all of these courses are on the Web at http://www.cilip.org.uk/training.
To obtain a copy of CILIP's 2003 Training Directory,
send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.cilip.org.uk/training_events/order.html.
Source: Chartered Institute of Library and Information
Professionals, London, 011-44-20-7255-0500; http://www.cilip.org.uk.
Derwent Innovations Index 3.0 Makes Debut
ISI has announced the release of Derwent Innovations
Index version 3.0.
A component of the ISI Web of Knowledge, Derwent Innovations
Index is a Web-based patents resource from Thomson ISI
and Thomson Derwent that merges the Derwent World Patents
Index with the Derwent Patents Citation Index. Updated
weekly, the Derwent Innovations Index covers 11 million
basic inventions from 40 patent-issuing authorities,
dating back to 1963.
Version 3.0 offers several enhancements. Cited Patent
Family Search allows a user to expand a cited patent
search to all the members of the patent family. Technology
Focus enables users to determine whether a document
outside their core area of technology is of interest.
Equivalent Abstracts is a function targeted to end-user
scientists or engineers who need detailed summaries
of patents, free from legalese. In addition, links have
been expanded to include Esp@cenet and Delphion.
Source: ISI, Philadelphia, 800/336-4474, 215/386-0100;
Grolier Online Rolls Out ADA-Compliant Versions
of Its Encyclopedia Databases
Grolier Online has announced that it has begun to roll
out versions of its encyclopedia databases that are
fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities
Act (ADA). In producing ADA-compliant databases, the
company conforms to Level AA of the World Wide Web Consortium's
Web Accessibility Initiative, which advocates a strong
degree of usability for people with disabilities.
The Level AA standard of compliance provides for a
variety of accommodations, including limited use of
graphic buttons and text alternatives for every graphic
image that browsers can display or read. In addition
to incorporating as many ADA-compliant features as possible
into the regular, or graphical, versions of the databases,
Grolier Online is also providing text-only versions,
which include graphical material such as photographs
and illustrations, but omit video, animations, and sound.
In summer 2002, Grolier Online introduced ADA-compliant
versions of its Encyclopedia Americana and the New Book
of Popular Science. The company is in the process of
creating ADA-compliant versions of its other encyclopedia
databases, including Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia,
due out in May.
Source: Grolier Online, Danbury, CT, 800/621-1115;
R.R. Bowker Partners with ebrary to Create a New
Library Research Database
R.R. Bowker has announced that it will begin selling
a customized Bowkerebrarian research database to
The new database, accessible from booksinprint.com
and globalbooksinprint.com, will provide simultaneous,
multi-user access to a searchable collection of full
text from more than 13,000 books and other authoritative
content derived from 130 publishers. It integrates with
a library's existing ILS system and can be used to search
by keyword or phrase through dictionaries, encyclopedias,
Web sites, and other reference materials.
In addition to the new research database, Bowker will
also make available to its booksinprint.com and globalbooksinprint.com
subscribers the capability to freely view the full text
of titles available with ebrary's PDF-based technology.
From the title record in booksinprint.com and globalbooksinprint.com,
users will see a button to view the full text where
available. However, to conduct actual research using
a wide range of electronic resources, users must separately
subscribe to the new Bowkerebrarian research database.
Source: R.R. Bowker, New Providence, NJ, 888/269-5372;
and ebrary, Mountain View, CA, 650/ 230-0700; http://www.ebrary.com.
JSTOR Releases Its Sixth Journal Collection
JSTOR has announced the release of its sixth journal
collection, Language & Literature, a compendium
of 47 titles spanning many literary cultures, including
those from China, Germany, Africa, and the U.S. The
Language & Literature Collection adds 1.4 million
new pages to JSTOR's electronic archive of scholarly
Developed in conjunction with the Modern Language Association
through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation,
the Language & Literature Collection offers insight
into linguistics; comparative literature; and literary
history, theory, analysis, and scholarship. The collection
also includes core journals in the newer fields of literary
criticism that have emerged over the past 30 years.
In addition to English, the collection includes articles
in other languages such as Arabic, Italian, and Russian.
Many of the journals are multidisciplinary in nature.
For instance, the French Review has provided
reviews and analysis of the Cannes Film Festival since
the 1980s, and the Journal of African Cultural Studies
explores the visual arts in addition to the written
and oral traditions of Africa. The collection expands
on the 13 language and literature titles that are already
available to JSTOR participants through the Arts &
Sciences I Collection; 34 of the titles are completely
new to the JSTOR archive.
Source: JSTOR, New York, 212/229-3700; http://www.jstor.org.
ProQuest Adds Early English Titles, Full Text from
Kluwer, and Tribune Newspapers
ProQuest Information and Learning has announced an
agreement with the National Library of Scotland to add
2,350 newly identified works to the Early English Books
microfilm collection and the Early English Books Online
The Early English Books microfilm collection gives
users high-resolution images of the original material
in a compact format for scholars who are unable to study
online. Early English Books Online reproduces the works
directly from the microfilm, offering immediate access
to the material over the Web by page images, downloadable
in PDF. According to the company, future initiatives
call for full-text encoding of 25,000 works, enabling
scholars to search and browse through the complete text
in ASCII format.
In a separate release, ProQuest announced an agreement
with Kluwer Academic Publishers that will bring the
full text of 125 business and economics journals to
the company's ProQuest online databases, including the
ABI/INFORM business periodicals database.
Current coverage, including both indexing and full
text for the titles, will appear in such databases as
ABI/INFORM Global, ABI/
INFORM Research, ABI/INFORM Complete, and ProQuest 5000.
Key titles include Journal of Business Ethics,
Journal of Consumer Policy, Journal of Economic
Growth, and Journal of Risk and Uncertainty.
In addition, the agreement grants ProQuest the rights
to digitize full-run backfiles of several titles to
distribute as part of the ABI/INFORM database.
Also, ProQuest announced a long-term content distribution
agreement with Tribune Publishing. Under the terms of
the agreement, ProQuest will digitize historical news
content from Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles
Times and will distribute more recent content from
all 11 of Tribune's daily newspapers.
ProQuest will digitize the complete historical backfiles
of Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times
from their first published editions in 1847 and 1881,
respectively, and will make both article and full-page
images available to users.
Source: ProQuest Information and Learning, Ann Arbor,
MI, 800/521-0600, 734/761-4700; http://www.il.proquest.com.
H.W. Wilson Introduces New WilsonWeb
H.W. Wilson has announced the launch of an entirely
new version of its WilsonWeb database service. New features
include extensive integration with existing Web-based
content and services, multiple search and display options,
database-specific subject thesauri, new customization
options for both administrators and users, and a simpler
but more capable interface.
New to WilsonWeb is WilsonLink, SFX-powered software
that provides access to full-text articles, in addition
to the full text delivered by Wilson databases. If the
full text of a cited article isn't available on WilsonWeb,
users can click the WilsonLink icon for an automatic
search of the library's other open-URL-compliant databases,
no matter what the vendor. Also, WilsonWeb now features
a new search technique based on proprietary search rules
that transparently employs Wilson's indexing expertise.
A dedicated subject thesaurus for each database supplies
the correct terms for any subject and also suggests
broader, narrower, and related terms to help the user
find the exact information required.
To accommodate a wide range of requirements, the new
WilsonWeb allows administrators to customize the interface
by renaming buttons and toolbar text, adding library
logos, and linking to other library Web pages. Administrators
and users can also customize the way that results are
displayed. In addition, administrators have more precise
control of user access to the WilsonWeb databases and
more in-depth evaluation data on how they are being
Source: H.W. Wilson, New York, 800/367-6770, 718/588-8400;
Elsevier Releases New Version of EMBASE
Elsevier Science Bibliographic Databases (ESBD) has
announced the release of an enhanced version of EMBASE.com.
Version 3.0 of ESBD's Web initiative features enhanced
functionality and expanded linking capabilities, according
to the company.
EMBASE.com allows users to search more than 15 million
EMBASE and MEDLINE bibliographic records simultaneously
using a sophisticated and intuitive search interface.
Linking enables users to move from bibliographic records
directly to the full text of the cited articles from
multiple STM publishers.
The Quick Search function has been redesigned to offer
novice users more flexibility and ease of use. A wider
range of limit options allows easier retrieval of relevant
documents. Users can now search records from a combination
of EMBASE and MEDLINE records, or from EMBASE only,
or choose from a variety of publication types, languages,
medical disciplines, age groups, and animal study types.
Users also have the option to limit searches to only
those records added within a specified number of days.
Experienced searchers can take advantage of new Advanced
Search features, such as the ability to use new pull-down
field indexes and searchable lookups to pinpoint specific
authors, device or drug names, and manufacturers, and
add them to their queries.
Also, EMBASE.com has extended its reach to full text
by offering DOI (digital object identifier) linking
to the full text from more than 100 publishers through
Source: Elsevier Science Bibliographic Databases, Amsterdam,
Netherlands, 011-31-20-4853507; http://www.elsevier.com/locate/esbd.
Dialog Adds Sci-Tech and Business Content
The Dialog Corporation has announced that it will be
adding or enhancing at least 10 scientific and technical
files of content.
New files to be added or enhanced include market research
from Adis International; evidence-based journals from
BMJ Publishing; Catfile Plus; Controlled Trials Register;
HealthScout; national patent databases from Germany,
France, and the U.K. (provided in native language with
integrated English-language machine translations); Regulatory
Affairs Journal from PJB Publications; and an expanded
version of ToxFile. In addition, the Cochrane Database
of Systematic Reviews, currently available on Dialog
DataStar, will be made available to Dialog users this
year. Also, the IMS R&D Focus file will be enhanced
with images, and American Medical Association journals
were to have been launched on Dialog DataStar by the
end of 2002.
In a separate announcement, Dialog reported that content
from Business Monitor International (BMI), a business
and economics publisher specializing in global emerging
markets, is now available through ResearchLine, the
market research collection on the Dialog Profound online
BMI is a print and online publisher of specialist business
information, offering a range of weekly, monthly, and
quarterly information services on global emerging markets.
Its reporting and analysis cover political risk, finance,
macroeconomic performance, outlook and forecast, industry
sectors, and business operating environment issues in
key markets in Asia, Latin America, emerging Europe,
the Middle East, and Africa.
Source: The Dialog Corporation, Cary, NC, 800/3DIALOG,
Factiva Releases an Enhanced Factiva.com
Factiva has announced several content and functionality
enhancements to its flagship Factiva.com product, a
Web-based service that provides tools for researching
and monitoring global news and business information.
This release includes the ability to research company
information worldwide from D&B and Investext. The
News Page feature now allows users to browse a specific
selection of influential newspapers and magazines instead
of having to search multiple Web sites. Spanish- and
Italian-speaking users will find a new interface that
caters to their needs for local language content and
usability. Also, a new search screen provides point-and-click
access to indexing terms for precision searching.
Source: Factiva, Princeton, NJ, 800/369-7466, 609/627-2000;
Ingenta Offers Advanced Deposit Accounts
Ingenta, Inc. has announced advanced deposit account
functionality on ingenta.com in order to allow library
services to offer greater account control and more organizational
tools through which to track patron spending.
According to the project manager, the deposit account
service allows users to purchase articles on ingenta.com
that an institution does not subscribe to, using specific
funds. Users can also access full-text subscriptions
for free, with limits on spending as set up by a designated
Advanced deposit accounts have annual fees and allow
for more sophisticated account management with the following
options: Master and sub-accounts allow funds to be deposited
into a single account and to "trickle down" to multiple
sub-accounts. Single-item cost caps designate the maximum
amount, per single article, that the institution is
willing to fund. The time period spending limit allows
the administrator to select a time period during which
a group of authenticated users is allowed to spend a
specific amount. The number-of-items cap limits the
number of articles purchased by a single patron at any
one time. The cost centers function links users to a
particular cost center. Also, administrators can receive
monthly user reports by e-mail, which detail all article
expenditures, directly from Ingenta's library customer
Source: Ingenta, Inc., Cambridge, MA, 617/395-4000;
New WebOPAC Server Software Released
Book Systems, Inc. has announced the availability of
its new version 6.0 of WebOPAC, the company's Web-based
library access software. WebOPAC gives users access
to the library 24 hours a day.
According to the announcement, this new version of
WebOPAC is faster; works on most popular platforms,
including Linux; requires only one setup operation for
all of the OPAC computers through the organization;
and offers themes for holidays, seasons, special occasions,
etc., with high-quality graphics. Also, WebOPAC version
6.0 can be fully integrated with Book Systems' Concourse
and eZcat software programs.
The OPAC offers a variety of fully configurable search
options, including a customizable Visual Search. With
WebOPAC, Book Systems can design a custom look for your
library, or you can create your own or choose from one
of many preconfigured styles. Using the product's Report
Wizard, administrators can create reports such as List
of Patrons, Accession List, List of Titles, Titles Sorted
by Author, Shelf List, List of Overdue Items, List of
Reserved Items, Customized Catalog Report, Subject Headings,
Holdings Summary, and Collection Aging Reports.
Source: Book Systems, Inc., Huntsville, AL, 800/219-6571,
Sagebrush, ITI Create Complete MARC Suite
Sagebrush Corp. and Information Transform, Inc. (ITI;
MITINET/marc Software) have announced a partnership
to cooperatively provide the Complete MARC Suite to
K-12 school libraries. This new offering combines both
companies' products to assist librarians in enhancing
and maintaining library collection data.
The Complete MARC Suite integrates Sagebrush's AchieveMARC
Accelerated Reader and Reading Counts! enhancement service
with ITI's MARC Mechanic custom data cleanup service
and MARC Magician software. The Complete MARC Suite
provides libraries with a complete solution for cleaning
up collection records, enhancing records with additional
data, and maintaining quality data on an ongoing basis.
The Complete MARC Suite is currently available from
both Sagebrush Corp. and ITI.
Source: Sagebrush Corp., Minneapolis, 800/533-5430;
http://www.sagebrushcorp.com and Information Transform,
Inc., Madison, WI, 800/824-6272, 608/270-1774; http://www.mitinet.com.
Copernic Upgrades Its Search Software
Copernic has announced Copernic Agent, the latest version
of its Copernic 2001 product. Copernic Agent is integrated
search software that enables users to search, manage,
analyze, and track information on the Web.
Copernic Agent comes in three different versions: basic,
personal, and professional. All three versions are available
from the company's Web site and offer several new features
and improvements, such as monitoring Web pages for changes;
improved tracking and notification of new search results;
intelligent summaries of search results; a redesigned
user interface; seamless integration with Microsoft
Internet Explorer; filtering of results by language,
domain, status, etc.; improved removal of irrelevant
and duplicate pages; improved searching for keywords
within found pages; redesigned search categories; improved
automation of search operations; and the ability to
create custom search categories.
According to the company, Copernic Agent Personal and
Copernic Agent Professional offer access to more than
1,000 specialized search sources, allowing users to
better target their queries and obtain results that
are more precise and up-to-date.
Source: Copernic, Sainte-Foy, PQ, Canada, 418/527-0528;
Inmagic Offers DB/Text WebPublisher PRO
Inmagic, Inc. has announced DB/Text WebPublisher PRO,
a read/write, XML-enabled, interactive Web publishing
WebPublisher PRO and the DB/TextWorks software provide
a fully integrated database system with the capability
to store, search, and obtain information (text, multimedia,
and images) on the Web. According to Inmagic, DB/Text
WebPublisher PRO provides all of the advantages of Web
interactivity at an affordable price, allowing customers
to create and deploy databases of various types and
formats to the Web. WebPublisher PRO includes an XML
forms library, making it easy for nontechnical users
to publish their databases interactively on the Web
by offering a set of preprogrammed templates for Web
queries and reports.
Through the use of XML, HTML, and SOAP, DB/Text WebPublisher
PRO is fully open and standards-based, providing users
with the capability to publish content to the Internet
via a Web browser, edit records in a browser, create
interactive forms with third-party tools, customize
reports to the Web site design, and tightly integrate
DB/Text textbases with other applications.
Source: Inmagic, Inc., Woburn, MA, 800/229-8398, 781/938-4442;
Endymion Announces the Mambo! Portal
Endymion has announced the availability of the Mambo!
Enterprise Navigation Portal. This product is built
on a navigation engine that enables users to easily
navigate large databases—unstructured or structured—without
the need for extensive corporate application development
or end-user training.
According to Endymion, Mambo! is as intuitive to use
as a simple search tool, yet enables complex research
to be completed quickly through advanced knowledge management
capabilities, including indexes, iterative navigation,
and relevance ranking. Mambo! provides access to a wide
range of disparate sources, including external syndicated
unstructured data such as libraries and abstracts, and
internal unstructured data such as presentations, PDF
files, Web pages, and e-mail. It also integrates existing
document management systems and provides access to structured
data from sources such as SAP, Oracle, Siebel, and PeopleSoft.
Designed for scalability, Mambo! utilizes dynamic load
balancing to support hundreds of concurrent inquiries
and access to millions of pages. It automatically locates
and extracts information enterprisewide based on actual
terms and phrases residing within documents, and delivers
the "best pages" through its user interface. Also, it
eliminates the need to characterize content into pre-existing
Source: Endymion, Oakland, CA, 510/563-4100; http://www.goendymion.com.
Factiva's Fusion Tool Makes Its Debut— Enhances
Business Info Using a Taxonomy
Factiva has announced Factiva Fusion, a content enhancement
tool that categorizes and creates relationships between
business content sets according to a taxonomy. According
to the announcement, it offers a single search mechanism
and entry point to all information stores for knowledge-intensive
Instead of searching multiple internal and external
systems, customers using Factiva Fusion can integrate
internal content such as research papers, presentations,
proposals, and customer records with Factiva's news
and business information and other external content,
including public Web sites. Factiva Fusion structures
content for accurate retrieval and contextual integration
into portals, intranets, and other business applications,
and Factiva's Professional Services staff members work
with customers to tailor Factiva Intelligent Indexing.
The solution does not seek to replace existing portals,
intranets, and content management systems, but to complement
and enhance their performance by consistently organizing
the content within those repositories. Also, with Factiva
Fusion's developer's kit, companies can invoke Web services
to supply enhanced information that supports specific
Additionally, Fusion incorporates an editorial interface
for content collection and taxonomy management, and
a predefined search interface for out-of-the-box access
to unified content. Factiva has strategic partnerships
with application providers such as Microsoft, IBM, and
Plumtree, making it easier to integrate complementary
technologies from various vendors.
Source: Factiva, Princeton, NJ, 800/369-7466, 609/627-2000;
PSM's Online Guides Help Researchers Navigate Its
Vault of Primary Documents
Gale imprint Primary Source Microfilm (PSM) has announced
the PSM Online Guides, a free service located at http://microformguides.gale.com.
PSM's Online Guides allow users to search digitized
guides to a single PSM collection, browse collection
guides by subject area, and perform full-text searches
across multiple collection guides, as well as to download
According to Gale, over the past 37 years Primary Source
Microfilm has built one of the world's most important
microfilm libraries of significant resources in such
fields as history, literature, fine arts, social science,
women's studies, and more. While a printed guide does
accompany each collection, the enormous size of many
collections often limits their usefulness. With PSM's
Online Guides, librarians can perform a full-text search
or choose a search by title, author, publishing information,
or subject, making it easier to find collections that
contain appropriate research material.
Creating online guides for PSM's entire vault is expected
to take 2 years. Guides will be added to the site as
they are completed.
Source: Gale, Farmington Hills, MI, 800/444-0799, 248/699-4253;
EBSCOhost Offers Bidirectional Linking
EBSCO Publishing and MDL Information Systems have completed
a collaboration to provide bidirectional linking between
the EBSCOhost search interface and MDL LitLink
Servers. This new feature will enable researchers to
link from citations in other desktop applications to
the full text in EBSCOhost databases to which
their libraries subscribe and from citations in EBSCOhost
databases to full text in other sources.
LitLink Servers are software programs that link literature
citations from a variety of desktop applications to
journal articles, patents, and other documents. When
you select a citation, LitLink Servers' dynamic linking
system uses the citation as input and automatically
retrieves the corresponding document. When searching
an EBSCOhost database, the interface searches
the full text not only within the database, but also
within a library's e-journal subscriptions (through
EBSCO's Electronic Journals Service or CrossRef) and
its online catalog. If full text cannot be located in
these resources, the results list can then indicate
EBSCO CustomLinks from the relevant citation directly
to the full text through LitLink or other linking servers
such as SFX or Link FinderPlus, or to various
document delivery services or interlibrary loan systems.
Source: EBSCO Publishing, Ipswich, MA, 800/653-2726,
ISI Creates Links to IEEE Full-Text Articles
ISI and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics
Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) have announced a linking agreement
that will provide subscribers to ISI Web of Knowledge
and IEEE subscribers with links to the full text of
articles from IEEE journals and conference proceedings.
Once the links are in place, subscribers to IEEE publications
online and ISI Web of Knowledge will be able to link
from ISI Web of Science and ISI Current Contents Connect
to IEEE engineering and computer science journal literature
and to proceedings information from IEEE-sponsored conferences.
IEEE full-text documents are hosted and delivered by
the IEEE Xplore platform. Implementation of the links
was expected at the end of 2002.
IEEE is a nonprofit, technical professional association
of more than 377,000 individual members in 150 countries.
IEEE produces 30 percent of the world's published literature
in electrical engineering, computers, and control technology,
and holds more than 300 conferences annually.
Source: ISI, Philadelphia, 800/336-4474, 215/386-0100;
CrossRef Improves Its Reference Linking System,
Expands Publisher Memberships
CrossRef, a publisher collaborative initiative that
enables researchers to navigate online journals via
digital object identifier (DOI)-based citation links,
has announced the launch of version 2.0 of its metadata
database resolution service, as well as an expansion
of its publisher and affiliate memberships.
Version 2.0 uses a scalable architecture and current
Web technologies, resulting in more resolved queries
and expanded reference content. Due to the system's
"fuzzy" logic, there has been a significant increase
in positive query results, according to the announcement.
Version 2.0 also supports the new CrossRef XML Deposit
Schema, which provides a more robust vocabulary for
journal metadata and conference proceedings.
In addition, CrossRef's membership base continues to
grow with 152 publisher members, representing over 6,400
journals and almost 5 million records. A linking solutions
partner agreement was signed with Fretwell-Downing for
its plans to integrate CrossRef into its Z PORTAL product
for libraries that will automatically build links between
citation information and digital content. ProQuest will
support linking to the full text via CrossRef, and will
be beta testing dynamic retrievals using CrossRef's
new system. Project Muse, which offers subscription
access to the full text of more than 200 scholarly journals
in the humanities and social sciences, has announced
its plans to actively participate in CrossRef beginning
Source: CrossRef, Burlington, MA, 781/295-0072; http://www.crossref.org.
Swets Blackwell, ABC-CLIO Link Services
Swets Blackwell has announced that ABC-CLIO will link
its historical abstracting-and-indexing databases Historical
Abstracts and America: History and Life with SwetsnetNavigator,
Swets Blackwell's e-journal access service.
With this new agreement, users of the ABC-CLIO databases
who also subscribe to SwetsnetNavigator will have direct
links to more than 70,000 journals through both short
and long abstracts. Libraries with subscriptions to
Historical Abstracts or America: History and Life that
also participate in SwetsnetNavigator will automatically
Historical Abstracts and America: History and Life,
established in 1955 and 1964 respectively, are research
tools for students, scholars, and historians. They contain
abstracts of journal articles and book reviews pertaining
to the history of the world, with more than 16,000 new
abstracts added to each database every year.
Source: Swets Blackwell, Runnemede, NJ, 800/645-6595;
Infotrieve and IoPP Sign Linking Agreement
Infotrieve has announced that it has created a new
linking partnership with the Institute of Physics Publishing
(IoPP). This collaboration allows customers to link
from references in the IoPP Electronic Journals service
to Infotrieve's document delivery services.
The Institute of Physics is an international professional
body and learned society, established to promote the
advancement and dissemination of a knowledge of and
education in the science of physics, pure and applied.
The Institute of Physics Publishing produces research
journals; graduate-level texts; and popular science
books, magazines, and reference titles.
Source: Infotrieve, Los Angeles, 310/234-2025; http://www.infotrieve.com.
New Neal-Schuman Titles Address Hot Issues
Starting and Operating Live Virtual Reference Services:
A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians (ISBN: 1-55570-444-1,
$59.95) offers a blueprint for implementing this new
service. Authors Marc Meola and Stan Stormont, the minds
behind Temple University's real-time virtual reference
desk, cover the steps that are key for successful virtual
reference services. They also present five service models,
with strategies and tips for each.
In The Librarian's and Information Professional's
Guide to Plug-Ins and Other Web Browser Tools: Selection,
Installation, Troubleshooting, by Candice M. Benjes-Small
and Melissa L. Just (ISBN: 1-55570-441-7, $45), librarians
will learn which plug-ins are best installed on public
workstations, which best meet different staff needs,
which to use on a library Web site, and which are most
likely to cause problems. Nineteen of the most essential
plug-ins are covered. System requirements, strengths
and weaknesses, installation instructions, troubleshooting
tips, and special benefits and applications for libraries
Using Microsoft Access XP: A How-To-Do-It Manual
for Librarians, by E. Sonny Butler and Timothy R.
Napier (ISBN: 1-55570-442-5, $49.95), is an easy-to-follow
guide that will walk librarians through the newest version
of Microsoft Access, from starting the program through
putting Access-created files on a Web page. Written
especially for librarians, the guide explains how to
create and manage various types of resources using Access.
Librarians will also learn how to design and use tables,
update records, sort and filter data, query the database,
create and use switchboard and other forms, conduct
advanced queries, create macros, and secure and share
Source: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc., New York, 212/925-8650;
O'Reilly Covers HTML, Windows XP, Linux
Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference, 2nd
edition, by Danny Goodman (ISBN: 0-596-00316-1, $59.95),
contains all the knowledge needed to create sensible
single- and cross-platform Web applications. It is for
any Web content developer who wants to use DHTML to
add sophisticated features to Web pages and enhance
the experience of site visitors. The new edition has
been updated to cover the latest specifications, including
1.5, as well as the latest browsers—Internet Explorer
6 (Windows), Internet Explorer 5.1 (Macintosh), Netscape
Navigator 6 and 7, and Mozilla 1.0.
Windows XP Annoyances, by David A. Karp (ISBN:
0-596-00416-8, $29.95), is for XP users who are tired
of the platform's quirks and enigmatic settings. It
offers solutions, tips, workarounds, and warnings that
enable readers to both customize and troubleshoot Windows
Building Secure Servers with Linux, by Michael
D. Bauer (ISBN: 0-596-00217-3, $44.95), focuses on the
most common use of Linux—as a hub that offers services
to an organization or the larger Internet. The author
offers practical advice on how to think about threats
and risks, how to protect publicly accessible hosts
via good network design, and how to harden a fresh installation
of Linux and keep it patched against newly discovered
Source: O'Reilly & Associates, Sebastopol, CA,
800/998-9938, 707/827-7000; http://www.oreilly.com.