Offers Patent Alerting Service
Group has announced the availability of Citation Alerts, a new patent referencing/tracking
on Metrics Group's Citation Indicator Analytics database, Citation Alerts
can scan an investor's or a company's patents against the patents listed
in the references section on newly issued U.S. patents. If there is a match,
Metrics Group automatically sends an e-mail notification.
1-year subscription to Citation Alerts costs $49.95 and includes the tracking
of up to 50 U.S. patents. More information, including details about a free
3-month trial subscription, is available at the company's Web site.
Metrics Group, Falls Church, VA, 866/PAT-CITE; http://www.metricsgroup.com.
Toolkit Diagnoses Monitors
is offering the MonitorsDirect ToolKit to evaluate computer monitors, which
are difficult to troubleshoot and which often fail in stages. This Web-based
application displays full-screen test patterns without the need to download
or install any software.
the MonitorsDirect ToolKit, administrators can identify dead pixels and
pixel response time on LCD monitors, poor convergence on CRT monitors,
streaking problems, color purity and consistency; can properly adjust the
brightness and contrast; and can evaluate monitor focus and geometry.
ToolKit is available at http://www.monitorsdirect.com/toolkit. It uses
Macromedia's Flash and runs on Internet Explorer 5.0.
MonitorsDirect.com, Fremont, CA, 510/580-3385;
ITT, Cannon Introduces
Optical Connectivity Solution for High-Bandwidth Communications
Industries, Cannon has introduced PHD system, a multi-channel optical interconnect
system with high-density performance for high-bandwidth communications
systems and data communications equipment.
to the announcement, the PHD system significantly improves signal integrity.
Through optical technology that utilizes light instead of copper, the PHD
system is designed to enable roll-out of dense wavelength division multiplexing
optical networks that can today transmit as much as 40 Gbps of data. PHD
technology will enable such high-bandwidth applications as streaming video
and real-time videoconferencing.
ITT Industries, Cannon, Santa Ana, CA, 714/557-4700;
eCM 2.0 Alerts
Admins of Equipment Failure
Corp. has announced Equipment Condition Monitoring (eCM) 2.0, a new upgrade
to its early-warning product.
eCM fault-detection software provides organizations with advanced early
warning of abnormal machine and process behaviors that lead to failure.
In addition, rules methodology in version 2.0 enables administrators to
embed their expertise into the software, so that problems can be identified
quickly and false alarms can be avoided.
2.0 also includes Workbench, an analytical and administrative tool that
automates the installation and deployment process. Using this tool, organizations
can define their assets, input data, and create and test models, as well
as set tolerances through a Windows-based interface. Workbench can also
be used to configure a WatchList to identify known problems as well as
to exclude abnormal but benign changes in equipment operations.
SmartSignal Corp., Lisle, IL, 630/245-9000; http://www.smartsignal.com.
IL 2002 Conference
Convenes in Palm Springs
Today, Inc. (ITI) has announced that the sixth annual Internet Librarian
Conference and Exhibition will take place November 46, 2002, at the
Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs, California. This year's
theme is Navigating in Turbulent Waters.
program will encompass managing content; Web tools; Internet, intranet,
and extranet services; managing knowledge assets; e-learning; case studies
of Internet and intranet librarians; Web development and management; digitizing
resources; distance learning; streaming multimedia; school librarians;
more information, visit the Internet Librarian Web site, http://www.infotoday.com/il2002/default.htm.
Information Today, Inc., Medford, NJ, 800/300-9868, 609/654-6266; http://www.infotoday.com.
You Can Attend
the WebSearch University
next opportunity to join the experts at the WebSearch University is on
September 2324, 2002, at the Crystal City Marriott in Arlington, Virginia.
search notables Gary Price, Greg Notess, Mary Ellen Bates, Amelia Kassel,
Reva Basch, Chris Sherman, Ran Hock, and Marydee Ojala, at WebSearch University
attendees can update and improve their Web search skills and strategies,
learn how to make decisions between "fee" and free sources, and find out
how to dig for the right information, as well as how to calculate time
register, visit http://www.websearchu.com.
Online, Inc., Wilton, CT, 203/761-1466; http://www.onlineinc.com.
Summer School on the Digital Library Begins in July in Netherlands
B.V. (Tilburg Innovation Centre for Electronic Resources), in cooperation
with Tilburg University, the University of Leeds, and the European University
Institute, has announced that the International Summer School on the Digital
Library will be held for the seventh year in a row. This year, the Summer
School will consist of four 1-week courses: Two courses will be held at
Tilburg University, the Netherlands, one at the European University Institute
in Florence, Italy, and one at the University of Leeds, U.K.
include The Management of Change; Digital Libraries and the Changing World
of Education; and Electronic Publishing: Libraries as Buyers, Facilitators,
or Producers. Courses will deal with the following themes: changes in the
information chain, new roles for publishers, the library as an information
gateway and publisher, the economics of journal publishing, copyright,
licensing and library consortia, the art of negotiation, electronic preprints
and document servers, preservation and digital archiving, and reference
linking. A detailed program is available on Ticer's Web site: http://www.ticer.nl/summer02.
Ticer B.V., Tilburg, Netherlands, 011-31-13-4668310;Fax: 011-31-13-4668383;
OCLC and Information
Institute of Syracuse Co-Sponsor Virtual Reference Desk Conference
OCLC Institute and the Information Institute of Syracuse at Syracuse University
are co-sponsoring the 2002 Virtual Reference Desk (VRD) Conference, Toward
a Preferred Future: Charting the Course for Reference, November 1013,
2002, in Chicago.
in 1999 by the Virtual Reference Desk Project, the VRD Conference has become
a leading professional conference dedicated to the rapidly changing field
of reference systems, standards, and practices, OCLC representatives have
said. The theme of this year's session emphasizes planning and direction
founded on practical experience, research, or trend analyses. Presenters
and participants will examine issues, identify practices, and propose organizational
and technical systems, standards, and practices that advance the state
of reference librarianship in a digital environment.
more information or to submit proposals for papers and presentations, visit
OCLC, Dublin, OH, 800/848-5878, 614/764-6000; http://www.oclc.org.
Sign Up for Digital
Tool Kit This Summer
University of Michigan has announced that registration is underway for
its Digital Tool Kit (DTK) professional development courses offered by
the University of Michigan School of Information.
30 1-, 2-, and 3-day courses are offered until August. DTK courses cover
such topics as Web design and usability, strategic marketing, information
technology management trends, and database design. Continuing education
units and certifications for completing special course groupings are available.
registration details and a course list are online at http://www.si.umich.edu/dtk.
For additional information, call 734/647-7650.
School of Information, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 734/763-2285;
Updates Its Content Tools
Innovations, Inc., creator of the Data Harmony suite of content management,
taxonomy, and indexing tools, has created single user versions of its Thesaurus
Master (TM) and Machine Aided Indexer (MAI) software for small and solo
users. The company also said that both the network-server and single-user
versions reveal extensive improvements in functionality and a revamped
user interface for greater efficiency and ease of navigation.
Harmony consists of modules designed to assist corporate libraries and
records centers with creating, storing, updating, searching, and reusing
their full-text and bibliographic databases. Its two primary components
are MAI and TM. Java APIs enable TM and MAI to work with installed relational
database management systems. MAI is a natural-language processing tool
that uses an expert system for the interactive assignment of indexing terms
to individual documents. TM is used for the creation and maintenance of
a thesaurus or controlled vocabulary. Both use XML to store and transmit
data and to configure each database, making them compatible with any Java-enabled
server. Data Harmony's core modules now unite the tools and capabilities
in a single-screen format.
with the network-server version, the Data Harmony suite can be supplemented
through the licensing of Knowledge Domains: load-ready, amendable term
lists cross-referenced and expressed in hierarchical form. Clients may
use any of the 44 Knowledge Domains already available, including Agriculture,
Business, Education, Political Science, and Psychology, or they can order
customized domains to suit their particular needs.
Access Innovations, Inc., Albuquerque, NM, 800/926-8328, 505/998-0800;
Version 7.0 of RetrievalWare
has announced RetrievalWare 7.0, the newest version of its search, retrieval,
and categorization system that combines multimedia and multilingual search
the new features in version 7.0 is enhanced semantic network-based categorization;
the product now supports multilevel categories and taxonomies. Also, RetrievalWare
7.0 introduces unified multimedia search and categorization functionality
that enables users to search, retrieve, categorize, and view video files
as well as over 200 proprietary document formats from a single user interface.
For example, a user can perform a single search and receive text, video,
image, and audio files in his search results list. The new version also
includes enhanced security features and XML support.
Convera, Vienna, VA, 800/788-7758; http://www.convera.com.
RefWorks Bibliographic Tool
a new Web-based bibliographic management tool, is now available from Cambridge
Scientific Abstracts (CSA). This tool is a service that allows users to
create a personal, searchable online database of references.
references can be imported into RefWorks from a variety of platforms and
sources. Then the RefWorks program can be used to format a manuscript and
create a bibliography instantly. RefWorks is compatible with nearly all
major online services, including CAS SciFinder, California Digital Library,
CSA, EBSCOhost, Institute of Physics, ISI, NLM PubMed, OCLC FirstSearch,
Ovid, ProQuest, and SilverPlatter WebSPIRS. Additionally, users can import
and export references from a number of other commercial bibliographic software
features of RefWorks include pricing models offering unlimited sitewide
or departmentwide access, easy sharing of data via the Web, automatic upgrades,
browser independence, and access for remote users.
Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, Bethesda, MD, 800/843-7751, 301/961-6700;
Asian Reference Source
Company's Information and Learning division has released the first module
of ProQuest Reference Asia, a comprehensive, Web-based resource.
to ProQuest, Reference Asia is a full-text product, available by subscription,
that seamlessly integrates reference publications from Asia and around
the world—many that were previously unavailable in electronic format. The
product will be released in regional modules, with the Greater China module
(covering the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan)
available now. The South East module will be available later this year,
and the final modules, covering North Asia and South Asia, will be released
module of ProQuest Reference Asia will cover news and current awareness
information, country information and statistics, people and institutions,
policy and analysis, and Web links. The full file will comprise full text
from approximately 300 titles licensed from official government, commercial
business, and scholarly publications, plus publications from intergovernmental
agencies, think tanks, and research institutions worldwide. The first module
contains publications from Beijing Review, Ministry of Foreign Trade
and Economic Cooperation (Beijing), University of Hong Kong's Centre for
Asian Studies, and the World Bank.
ProQuest Information and Learning, Ann Arbor, MI, 800/521-0600, 734/761-4700;
Two New Content Agreements
Dialog Corporation has announced that it has enhanced its portfolio of
health sciences and medical information sources with the addition of 26
full-text newsletters published by NewsRx, a health news publisher based
NewsRx newsletters focus primarily on pharmaceutical and biotechnology
topics as well as diagnostics and medical devices, and are organized around
therapeutic categories. In addition to newly published editions of the
weekly newsletters, updated in the Dialog database concurrently with print
publication, an archive of past issues starting from 1995 is also available
for online searching and article retrieval. NewsRx titles now available
include AIDS Weekly, Bio-Terrorism Info, Health & Medicine Week,
Medical Devices & Surgical Technology Week, Obesity Fitness & Wellness
Week, Virus Weekly, and Women's Health Weekly.
a separate announcement, Dialog announced an alliance with BioSpace, Inc.,
provider of a site for information and resources for professionals in the
life sciences area. Through the alliance, Dialog has made portions of its
content available through BioSpace's public Web site http://www.biospace.com.
anywhere within the BioSpace site, users can click through to the Dialog
site where they may search for articles, reports, and documents published
in dozens of relevant databases maintained by Dialog. Users may purchase
the full text of desired documents online using credit cards. The initial
Dialog content available to BioSpace users includes clinical databases,
worldwide patents and related intellectual property documentation, world
news focused on the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, and an
array of scientific literature.
The Dialog Corporation, Cary, NC, 800/3-DIALOG, 919/462-8600; http://www.dialog.com.
STN Now Offers
BLAST Searching Capability, Plus a New Patent Look-Up Tool
Abstracts Service (CAS) has announced that users of STN on the Web can
apply BLAST searching to the sequence information on the CAS Registry file
and document records in their STN databases. After identifying a sequence
similar to a queried sequence, a user can view associated published research
and patents in a range of bioscience-related databases on the STN network
and link out to the full text of the documents via ChemPort.
can access STN on the Web to search 18 million publicly disclosed nucleotide
or protein sequences in the CAS Registry database derived from patents,
journal literature, and GenBank. Users can also identify a sequence similar
to a queried sequence and retrieve the associated literature or patents.
more information on BLAST searching, contact the National Library of Medicine
or see http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/BLAST.
a separate announcement, CAS reported that a new STN Easy Patent Tab provides
fast patent look-up for Web users.
new tool is designed especially for those who are not patent search experts
but who can benefit from the scientific information contained in patent
records. Users of STN Easy can select the Patent Tab and search for patents
by inventor, patent assignee, patent number, keywords, and more, in a patent-centered
research environment. Online help messages and examples are available to
assist in choosing search terms specific to patents.
Chemical Abstracts Service, Columbus, OH, 800/753-4227, 614/447-3600; http://www.cas.org.
Opposing Viewpoints Resource
Group has announced that its Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center, in development
since the acquisition of Greenhaven by Gale in November 2000, is now live.
This database allows high school and undergraduate students to explore
both sides of 170 important, often controversial, social issues in a safe
At Issue and Current Controversy series play a critical role in the product's
content, and this new resource marks the first time data from these series
have been available electronically. In addition to Greenhaven content,
Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center includes core references from other
Gale and Macmillan Reference USA sources, including Bioethics for Students.
Content from Gale's Information Plus reference program of statistics, government
data, and relevant legislation, as well as digitized primary documents
from Primary Source Media, provides context for each issue. In addition,
libraries subscribing to Student Resource Center can cross-search both
Gale Group, Farmington Hills, MI, 248/699-8554; http://www.gale.com.
New Database Titles, Adds Catalog Linking to Its NoveList Service
Publishing has announced the availability of two new databases for public
libraries and schools: Vocational and Career Collection and General Science
Collection. Vocational Career Collection is a new resource for the latest
industry-specific information. Fields covered include advertising, nursing,
hotel management, restaurants, and many others, and it also includes articles
on interviewing, resumes, compensation, and other pertinent subjects. General
Science Collection provides information on all aspects of scientific study
with full-text coverage of more than 60 popular science magazines.
a separate announcement, EBSCO said that librarians and patrons no longer
have to leave the NoveList readers' advisory database to search their library's
catalog for the availability of a book. Instead, thanks to newly added
ILS and Z39.50 linking capability, users can link directly to the library's
online catalog from a title found in a NoveList search. This capacity has
been successfully tested with epixtech/dynix (iPAC v.2.0 only), DRA, SIRSI,
III/Innopac, and Gaylord library systems. Tests are planned for TLC/CARL,
GEAC, Winnebago, Follett, and SIRS Mandarin.
EBSCO Publishing, Ipswich, MA, 800/653-2726; http://www.epnet.com.
Oxford Puts Hundreds
of References Online
University Press has announced that it is making hundreds of its language
and subject reference dictionaries, Oxford Companions, and other reference
works available on a new Web site. According to the announcement, OxfordReference.com
will eventually incorporate the equivalent of over 300 books by the end
of the decade.
first part of the new Oxford Reference Online: The Core Collection has
already launched. It comprises over 1.5 million entries—dictionary definitions,
facts, people, sayings, dates, usage notes, and subject reference books
to name a few. The service covers an array of subjects in the humanities,
social sciences, science, and medicine. As for search features, if a user
chooses a term, for example, he or she can access its definition and also
its translation into four European languages, its inclusion in famous quotations
and proverbs, and its meaning in different contexts.
Reference.com is available by subscription (starting at $375 per year).
Users will be able to access the service in their libraries, but members
of subscribing libraries will also be able to access the service at home
via library card authentication.
Oxford University Press, New York, 212/726-6057; http://www.oup-usa.org.
Spanish Medical Database
Publishing has announced a new online resource available through EBSCOhost,
MedicLatina—a database of medical research and investigative journals from
Latin American and Spanish publishers. The collection includes the complete
full text with Adobe PDFs from more than 50 peer-reviewed journals in native
publications cover topics such as neuroscience, cardiology, nephrology,
biomedicine, clinical research, and pediatrics. Titles include ACIMED,
Revista Cubana de Cardiología y Cirugía Cardiovascular, Revistad
de la Facultad de Medicina de la Unam, and Revista Mexicana de Patología
Clinica. Additionally, an optional Spanish interface and translation
software are available free of charge to all EBSCOhost customers.
EBSCO Publishing, Ipswich, MA, 800/653-2726; http://www.epnet.com.
Learn How to
Instruct Faculty on Technology
Publishing Group has announced the release of a new title called Teaching
Faculty How to Use Technology: Best Practices from Leading Institutions,
by Rhonda M. Epper and A. W. (Tony) Bates (ISBN: 1-53756-386-2, $34.95).
new title tackles the difficult and often mishandled task of instructing
faculty on the use of technology, and as a result helps you make the most
of the resources in which your institution has invested. Filled with numerous
case studies and in-depth analyses, this resource surveys the innovative
ways in which higher education institutions are responding to the growing
demand for faculty support in the use of instructional technology. Issues
include intellectual property, funding issues, technical and pedagogical
training and support, organizational structures, reward systems, workload
issues, multi-institutional collaboration, and collective bargaining. Teaching
Faculty How to Use Technology divulges how each institution overcame
its biggest challenges in helping faculty integrate technology into teaching.
Greenwood Publishing Group, Westport, CT, 203/226-3571; http://www.greenwood.com.
Publishers Releases New Titles Focused on Electronic Services for Patrons
Educating, and Serving Remote Users Through the Web: A How-To-Do-It Manual
for Librarians, edited by Donnelyn Curtis (ISBN: 1-55570-436-0, $55),
brings together practical advice and techniques from 10 accomplished professionals
in the field. The authors walk readers through each step of attracting
and educating users, while also supporting and measuring their use of remote
resources. They discuss making a library's coordinated suite of electronic
resources useful and user-friendly, as well as how to build financial and
political support for your ideas. Separate chapters detail identifying
remote users' needs and meeting them, licensing, fundraising, and public
relations in the electronic environment.
Collection Development: A Practical Guide, by Stuart D. Lee (ISBN:
1-55570-440-9, $55), encompasses the total range of electronic resources
that libraries are dealing with today, including regional library catalogs,
bibliographic services, electronic journals (and ancillary products such
as linkage services), large text and image services (like ProQuest and
Carl UnCover), and subject-specific resources. Special sections are devoted
to collection development for electronic journals and e-books, making resources
available both inside and outside the library (including authentication
issues and methodologies), evaluating use, and budgeting and planning.
Web Forms and Surveys for Children's/YA Services and School Libraries,
by Gail Junion-Metz and Derek L. Metz (ISBN: 1-55570-413-1, $75), offers
libraries a way to upgrade their Web sites without spending hundreds of
hours. The CD-ROM and accompanying manual feature 24 fully tested and functional
online forms and surveys in HTML formats with matching Perl scripts. These
can be customized and uploaded onto the library's Web site. Each form is
designed to automatically send an appropriate response to the student or
faculty member who completed it. The included forms and surveys were chosen
specifically to meet the most common online needs facing school libraries
including asking a reference question, homework assignment help request,
recommending a book, and program interest surveys.
Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc., New York, 212/925-8650; http://www.neal-schuman.com.
New Titles on Current Topics
Librarian's Guide to Intellectual Property in the Digital Age, by Timothy
Lee Wherry (ISBN: 0-8389-0825-X, $38), is an authoritative quick reference
for the issues of copyright, trademarks, and patents with detailed explanations
of the various types of intellectual property, how they differ, what they
cover, and how the protections affect library work and services to customers.
This title will help you to distinguish between copyright, trademark, and
patent rights; to understand the rights of intellectual property holders
vs. the responsibilities of researchers and librarians; and to learn the
new media protections. It also shows you how to figure out if a specific
name, symbol, or process is protected, outlines the rights of intellectual
property owners, and clarifies what fair use means in practice.
Community Information: Creating a Nexus at Your Library,by Joan C.
Durrance and Karen E. Pettigrew (ISBN: 0-8389-0823-3, $42), addresses the
ways that libraries can harness the power of the Internet to provide digitized
community information to local audiences. Using proven methods, hands-on
tools, and best practices developed in libraries across the country, a
library can design and build a dynamic and unifying community information
site. Topics include access issues and the digital divide, community information
services, interactivity, specialized content, local government agency content,
and civic partnerships. It will also help in providing users with greater
specificity in searches; following interface design principles to address
information overload; and indicating sources, credentials, and dates of
ALA Editions, American Library Association, Chicago, 800/545-2433; http://www.alastore.ala.org.
Publication of Second Edition of Web Site Management Handbook
has announced publication of Web Performance Tuning, second edition
(ISBN: 0-596-00172-x, $44.95), by Patrick Killelea. The new edition covers
performance issues on the Web, focusing on how quickly the Web satisfies
for anyone responsible for creating or maintaining a Web site, this book
offers practical advice on getting the best possible performance from the
Web. According to the announcement, the new edition covers more than just
tuning Web server software; it also covers streamlining Web content, getting
optimal performance from a browser, tuning both client and server hardware,
and maximizing the capacity of the network itself.
book begins with concrete advice for quick results, and then the author
provides a conceptual background of the principles in computing performance.
The latter half of the book examines each element of a Web transaction,
from client to network to server, to find the weak links in the chain and
new edition has been expanded to cover Web site architecture, security,
and reliability, and their impact on performance. It also includes detailed
discussions of several other relevant topics: the scalability of Java on
microprocessor servers, using Perl scripts to write Web performance spiders,
using Perl DBI and the open source program gnuplot to generate performance
graphs, and using rstat, a Unix-based open source utility for gathering
performance statistics remotely.
O'Reilly & Associates, Inc., Sebastopol, CA, 800/998-9938, 707/827-7000;
Library Automation Directory
Today, Inc. has announced the release of Directory of Library Automation
Software, Systems, and Services, 2002-2003 edition (ISBN: 1-57387-140-0,
$89), compiled and edited by Pamela R. Cibbarelli. Published biennially
since 1983, the directory is a primary reference source for software packages
used in automating libraries.
to the announcement, the new edition includes more than 300 pages of information
about library automation software, information management, text retrieval,
and citation management, plus a compiled list of library automation consultants,
retrospective conversion products and services, Internet resources for
automation, database hosts, CD-ROM distributors, library automation books
and serials, and more than 100 meetings and conferences.
Information Today, Inc., Medford, NJ, 800/300-9868, 609/654-6266; http://www.infotoday.com.