Computers in Libraries
Vol. 21, No. 3 • March 2001 

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Elsevier Science Expands Its Product Line
Elsevier Science has announced that it is migrating its ScienceDirect service to a series of products. Now called Next Generation ScienceDirect, the service will enable the customer to access scientific content through a suite of service options: 1) ScienceDirect Digital Collections, full-text STM journal packages that include both historical and cutting-edge research through a variety of pricing options; 2) ScienceDirect Web Editions, basic electronic access to 12 rolling months of the Elsevier Science journal collection as an added value to print subscriptions; 3) ScienceDirect Navigators, the suite of leading abstracting-and-indexing databases; 4) ScienceDirect OnSite/Hybrid Solutions, offering a choice of other platforms for access, including local intranet solutions and integration of local systems with online content; and 5) ScienceDirect Portal (, a comprehensive scientific search engine.

In a separate announcement, Elsevier said that in addition to ScienceDirect, which covers all scientific disciplines, its Elsevier Science Direct portfolio will feature a number of product lines tailored to individual fields of study, including PhysicsDirect, BioMedDirect, Ei EngineeringDirect, and PharmaDirect OnSite. Each product line will offer Digital Collections of full-text journal content, along with Navigators. In addition, they each contain information services suited to their specific market. Examples include BioMedNet Reviews in the BioMedDirect product line and Engineering Village 2 in the Ei EngineeringDirect line.

Source: Elsevier Science, New York, 212/633-3680;

Cherry Offers Windows Smart Card Keyboard
Cherry Electrical Products, a developer of computer keyboards, has announced its new G83-6716 smart card keyboard. Designed for Plug-N-Play compliance under Windows 2000, this keyboard features the Gemcore GCR410P chipset and is Novell NMAS approved.

Cherry's keyboard includes an integrated smart card reader/writer that allows administrators to maintain high security while providing fast user login without the need for passwords. Options include availability in multiple languages and laser etching of customer logo or artwork.

Source: Cherry Electrical Products, Pleasant Prairie, WI, 800/510-1689;

Factiva Launches Module for Integration Suite
Factiva has announced the launch of Factiva Search Module, the second tool in Factiva Integration, the company's suite of solutions for integrating Factiva's global content into intranets and portals.

According to the announcement, customers can integrate Factiva Search Module into the layout of any existing Web-based corporate desktop, giving users access to external news and internal information without leaving the applications in which they are working. Factiva Search Module is capable of sharing the same page and seamlessly integrating with various portal and intranet applications such as internal databases, CRM systems, and e-mail. The product is available in two versions: a standard version based on HTML, and a custom version based on open-systems and XML tagging that gives users the ability to simultaneously search internal content and Factiva's global content.

Source: Factiva, Princeton, NJ, 800/369-7466, 609/520-4636;

UNLV Library, Managed with 3M'sDigital Identification System, Has Opened
After 5 years of planning and more than 2 years of construction, the University of Nevada­Las Vegas (UNLV) has opened its new main library. Lied Library will be among the first to manage its collection with the 3M Digital Identification System, which uses radio frequency technology to streamline the flow of materials into, throughout, and out of the library.

According to the announcement, library staff members have been testing components of the 3M Digital Identification System, and have particularly realized the benefits of the Digital Library Assistant (DLA), a hand-held, portable collection management tool.

Lied Library also features a $1.5 million automated storage and retrieval system capable of holding 1.2 million volumes. The system has a crane and robotic arm that is visible through a glass wall. Patrons can request items electronically, and if they are available, the retrieval system automatically delivers the items to a pickup area. Other features are remote laptop hookups throughout the facility, a Collaborative Learning Center, a substantial multimedia distribution system, and group study rooms, some of which are equipped to receive video or audio transmissions.

Source: 3M Library Systems, St. Paul, MN, 800/328-0067; Offers Online Store has announced that it is now offering an extensive collection of 2.7 million book titles and 300,000 movie and music titles in its shopping section, Media Mall.

Members of can search for titles by ISBN, keyword, title, and author within an environment that specially focuses on the library market. The shopping process allows users to review and edit purchases prior to checkout, and alerts the user to any duplicate ISBNs being ordered. Registered members of the same organization may also transfer carts to each other, a useful feature for individuals who have selection authority but not ordering authority.

According to the announcement, will soon launch its Library Superstore, which will provide one-stop access to a wide range of non-materials suppliers.

Source:, Provo, UT, 801/371-9222;

BIOSIS Enhances Zoological Record Database
BIOSIS has announced product enhancements to the electronic formats of its Zoological Record (ZR) database, which were scheduled to be released at the end of January, that will provide users with more content over its entire range of animal science fields, according to the announcement.

The added content will include abstracts for a large proportion of the database. Also, its electronic versions will be updated monthly instead of quarterly, and a streamlined production schedule will allow BIOSIS to include more records closer to the date of indexing. Finally, full-text linking is now available through Cambridge Scientific Abstracts. BIOSIS says that ZR will be targeting some fields where research is growing quickly, such as biodiversity, conservation, and environmental biology.

Source: BIOSIS, Philadelphia, 800/523-4806, 215/587-4800;
New Online Resources

LC Classification Schedules Available Online
The Library of Congress (LC) has announced that the Library of Congress Classification schedules will be available online as a pilot project by the library's Cataloging Distribution Service (CDS) until March 31, 2001. Called Classification Web, it will be accessible on the CDS Web site at

According to the announcement, Classification Web speeds the process of verifying and assigning LC classification numbers to library materials. It allows the user to view a full-text class schedule of the data and hypertext links within and between classes and subclasses. Search and navigation tools enable the user to perform keyword and phrase searches across all classes, or to narrow a search to a single subclass or section. Along with automatic calculation of table numbers, MARC records, personal notes, and related LC Subject Headings are all accessible online.

Source: Library of Congress, Washington, DC, 202/707-2905;

Questia for Student Researchers Goes Live
Questia Media, Inc. has announced that it has launched Questia, a service that offers students worldwide access to a large collection of quality, credible content online that they can use to research and compose papers 24/7.

The service enables subscribers to read the full text of hyperlinked sources, automatically create footnotes and bibliographies, personalize text with highlighting and margin notes, and save papers online so they can access them from anywhere, anytime. It also provides instant access to an online dictionary, thesaurus, and encyclopedia.

Questia has more than 30,000 titles in the humanities and social sciences and expects to grow the collection to 50,000 within the next month. Users can search the service's collection for free, but a subscription fee is required to read the full text of books and to use the set of research and writing tools. Subscription pricing is $149.95 annually, $19.95 monthly, or $14.95 for short-term use (48 hours).

Source: Questia Media, Inc., Houston, 877/QUESTIA;

Wild World Web Site Explores 'Ecoregions'
National Geographic has launched the Wild World interactive atlas ( The Wild World atlas is part of the Earth Pulse initiative, a year-long campaign focused on increasing awareness about various regions of the world.

Pooling the resources of the National Geographic Society, World Wildlife Fund, and Ford Motor Company, this atlas allows users to zoom in on hundreds of "ecoregions," or areas that share distinct ecological features, and learn about plant and animal life, climate, and conservation issues. Print versions of the Wild World Maps were distributed to 114,000 K-12 public and private schools to complement the Web site.

A fun online resource for kids, parents, teachers, and environmentalists alike, Wild World visitors can navigate the site through two key maps: the Terrestrial Ecoregions of the World and the Global 200. Users can drill down into both maps and tap into facts, figures, and images by clicking on an area of a map or by searching by place or ecoregion name, habitat type, ZIP code, or map key number.

Source: National Geographic Society, Washington, DC, 800/NGS-LINE;
Databases Debut

EBSCO Releases Academic Search Premier
EBSCO Publishing has announced Academic Search Premier, the company's largest full-text scholarly reference database covering over 2,700 journals.

According to the company, Academic Search Premier is the largest multidiscipline, full-text database designed specifically for the academic community. Of the 2,700 journals, over 1,850 are peer-reviewed, and hundreds of sources are unique to EBSCO.

Source: EBSCO Publishing, Ipswich, MA, 800/653-2726, 978/356-6500;

Bell & Howell Launches Its ProQuestHistorical Newspapers Project on the Web
Bell & Howell Information and Learning has announced the ProQuest Historical Newspapers project, which will initiate the digitization of newspapers dating from the 19th century to the present--in most cases, full runs of newspapers.

According to the announcement, the historical archives will digitally reproduce every issue from cover to cover--not just the news stories and editorials, but also the photos, graphics, and advertisements. Searchers will be able to enter terms to search the full file, and a results list will supply bibliographic information, including date, page number, and writer's name. To see the text, the user simply chooses the article, and the article image is displayed. The databases will also be completely browsable by issue.

Bell & Howell reports that the ProQuest Historical Newspapers project will be ongoing and will cover hundreds of newspapers in the coming years, including national, regional, and local newspapers, and will eventually grow to include newspapers from around the world. So far, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal have both signed on to have their backfiles included.

Source: Bell & Howell Information and Learning, Ann Arbor, MI, 800/521-0600, 734/761-4700;

JSTOR Completes General Science Collection
JSTOR has announced it has completed its General Science Collection of scientific literature. The collection contains the archives, reaching as far back as the 17th century, of seven leading scientific journals.

According to the announcement, the journals have been reproduced electronically exactly as they were originally designed, illustrated, and published. The collection contains the complete backruns of the following: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London (1665­1886), continued as Series A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences and Series B: Proceedings: Biological Sciences; Proceedings of the Royal Society of London (1832­1904), continued as Series A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences and Series B: Proceedings: Biological Sciences; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; Science; and Scientific Monthly.

Source: JSTOR, New York, 212/229-3700;
E-Preservation Issues 

Cornell Works to Preserve Digital Journals
Cornell University Library has announced that it has begun Project Harvest. With a $150,000 1-year planning grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Cornell will explore the idea of creating permanent digital archives for scholarly journals, with the goal of setting up a pilot archive of agricultural journals. Project Harvest follows in the footsteps of Project Euclid, a Mellon-funded venture by Cornell and Duke University in the online publication of math journals.

According to the announcement, a full-time person will be hired by the project to negotiate agreements with journal publishers for the inclusion of their journals in the archive. From there, the planning will consist mostly of answering questions that are of concern to the library community, such as, Should everything be converted to one standard format? and How do librarians ensure that stored material will be readable as technology evolves?

For more information on Cornell's digital ventures, see the Institute for Digital Collections Web site:

Source: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 607/255-4206;

LC Develops Digital Information Strategy
The Library of Congress (LC) will receive $100 million appropriated by the U.S. Congress to develop a national program to preserve digital information, especially materials that are created only in digital formats, to ensure their accessibility for current and future generations.

According to the announcement, the LC will develop and execute a congressionally approved strategic plan for a National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program. LC will consult with federal partners and will also seek participation from the nonfederal sector. The goal is for the LC to cooperate with the library, creative, publishing, technology, and copyright communities. According to the congressional mandate, LC is to seek the participation of other federal, research, and private libraries with expertise in collection and maintenance of archives of digital materials.

Source: Library of Congress, Washington, DC, 202/707-2905;
Global Community

Dialog Sponsors $5,000 Library Scholarship
The Dialog Corporation has announced that it is seeking applicants for the 2001 Roger K. Summit Scholarship. The $5,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a graduate student in an accredited library or information science program.

Information professionals and educators on Dialog's Academic Advisory Board will select the winner based on academic achievement, interest in electronic information services, proficiency using Dialog's online services and products, and faculty recommendations.

The application is available online at The deadline is April 30, 2001, and the award will be presented in June at the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

Source: The Dialog Corporation, Cary, NC, 919/462-8600; Now Lists Job Openings, an Internet community and marketplace for public, school, and academic library professionals, has announced that it is now offering its members job postings.

Job postings on the site are currently free and are available to all registered members. Categories include academic/special libraries, public library, school library, and vendors. A job posting form is available directly on the site, and postings are updated on a regular basis. is also encouraging members to submit articles on career development issues. Articles should be 800 words or less and should be submitted to Members are also encouraged to submit information on educational events that would be of particular interest to library professionals.

Source:, Provo, UT, 801/371-9222;

London Online 2000 Show Is a Success
The Online Information 2000 conference took place at the National Hall and Olympia 2 in London, December 5­7. It drew 15,651 attendees, according to show organizers Learned Information Europe, Ltd., which led to block-long queues outside the building before the exhibit hall opened each morning.

The show, which focused on librarians and information managers, included several components. The elibraries expo allowed visitors to see library technology services and solutions in action. Another new expo called econtent was created for the managers in charge of creating, managing, and publishing online content. There were free seminars taking place on the exhibition floor, which added value for the "exhibits-only" attendees. On the conference side, there were three main keynotes: The "government perspective" was presented by Richard Barrington, director of industry for e-Envoy's Office, speaking on "e-commerce @ its best." The "library perspective" was represented by Lynne Brindley, chief executive of The British Library, who talked about "national libraries in the eworld." Lastly, the "media perspective" was given by Neil Budde, editor and publisher of (the online version of The Wall Street Journal). His talk was called "the newspaper in your pocket." Over 1,000 delegates attended this conference that ran parallel to the exhibition, Learned reports.

This year, Online Information 2001 will move to Olympia's larger Grand Hall for its 25th anniversary. The show will run December 4­6. For more information, see the conference site at

Source: Learned Information Europe, Ltd., Oxford, U.K., 011-44-1865-388000; Fax: 011-44-1865-736354;

2001 International Summer School on the Digital Library in Two European Locations
The International Summer School on the Digital Library, which consists of three 1-week courses and is organized by Ticer BV, will be held for the sixth year in a row. Librarians from 27 different countries have attended the event.

Course 1: The Management of Change will be held at Tilburg University in the Netherlands from July 30­August 3. Course 2: Digital Libraries and the Changing World of Education, also at Tilburg University, will be held August 5­10. Course 3: Electronic Publishing: Libraries as Buyers, Facilitators, or Producers, will be held in Florence, Italy, on October 7­12. Look for a detailed program on Ticer's Web site.

Source: Ticer BV, Tilburg, Netherlands, 011-31-13-4668310; Fax: 011-31-13-4668383;
Automation Tools

Surpass Software Releases Safari 2.0
Surpass Software has announced that it has released Surpass Safari 2.0, an update to the company's OPAC.

According to Surpass, Safari 2's new interface looks and feels much like a standard Web browser. The Safari menu remains visible at the left side of the screen at all times.

Patrons can use the program's basic features without logging in, but by using their password, they can check to see what materials they have on loan, on reserve, or overdue, as well as any fines they owe. They will also be able to place books on reserve. A new "book bag" feature will save custom bibliographies under the patron's ID for future access. Safari 2 also allows the user to search the list of new arrivals or popular titles, as well as access the library calendar and bulletins or search for book reviews. When searching, users can choose to sort the results list by call number, author, title, or material type. A new "suggestions" area on the detail view of a record can help patrons search for related materials.

Source: Surpass Software, Calhoun, GA, 877/625-2657;

CASPR Service Allows Unlimited Users
CASPR Library Systems, Inc. has announced that, its Web hosting service for libraries, has been upgraded to version 3 and has changed its pricing structure to allow an unlimited number of users per library.

Unlike version 2, which was sold on a concurrent user basis with the first user being free, is priced based on a storage and support basis only. Libraries can continue to automate for free with storage use up to 10 MB of data. Those needing additional storage or support can choose from a range of service options: The Base service plan provides an additional 5 MB of storage and telephone support for $300 per year, the Standard plan offers 30 MB of storage and support for $600 per year, the Premium plan provides 45 MB of storage and support for $900 per year, and the Superior service plan provides 60 MB of storage and support for $1,200 per year.

Source: CASPR Library Systems, Inc., San Jose, CA, 800/852-2777;

Innovative Interfaces Rolls Out New Products
Innovative Interfaces, Inc. (III) has announced several new products for its Millennium integrated library system. MAP (Millennium Access Plus) is a new, integrated solution that guides patrons to Internet content while protecting the rights of the library and content providers, Innovative says. It links patrons directly to external servers and databases via the Web OPAC. It also includes a MetaFind function that accesses multiple Web-based resources with a single search.

Also, through the Millennium Acquisitions module, staff can link to Web-based reviews, search engines, and book jacket images while making selection decisions. Other new products include a serials check-in server, a wireless public access catalog, and a Web-based payment system for patrons.

In a separate news release, Innovative has announced that it has developed an XML WebCrawler in partnership with Michigan State University (MSU). This new technology, which will be made available to all III partner libraries this summer, will help libraries integrate diverse resources, such as sound files, transcripts, and images, into a single catalog.

Source: Innovative Interfaces, Inc., Emeryville, CA, 510/655-6200;

I-Gear from Sagebrush Is HR4577-Compliant
Sagebrush Corp. has announced that its WebManager Suite featuring I-Gear from Symantec Corp. complies with HR4577, "The Children's Internet Protection Act." According to the announcement, WebManager's I-Gear gives school library professionals the tools to manage their Internet access, ensure optimal access, and comply with the new law, without restrictive, counterproductive filtering.

WebManager's I-Gear uses real-time, adjustable sensitivity, and context-based management to evaluate Web sites. Multiple levels of protection let library professionals determine appropriate access for students, patrons, and staff--restrictive for minors and less restrictive (or completely unrestricted) for adult patrons and staff.

Source: Sagebrush Corp., Minneapolis, 800/328-2923, 952/656-2999;

TLC Rolls Out Several New Products at ALA
The Library Corporation (TLC) has made several recent announcements regarding new products.

TLC and CARL have developed YouSeeMore, a new tool available through participating libraries that will enable patrons to build their own customized Web portals. Patrons can submit their preferences using a simple Web form, and in return they'll receive a personal portal account that delivers recommendations for books, music, and videos based on their ratings of previous selections. Those recommendations are then linked to the library catalog displaying the book jacket image, table of contents, reviews, and availability. The patron's personal portal can be accessed anytime and from anywhere online.

Now fully compatible with TLC's turnkey library automation system, Library•Solution, Kid's Catalog Web makes all searches for young patrons quick and easy by using simple language with attractive graphics. For instance when a child clicks the "aliens" icon, the system gives results for the LC subject heading of "extraterrestrial beings." Kid's Catalog Web comes with a core suite of 5,000 Web sites, preselected for appropriate content and composed of governmental, nonprofit, and other highly regarded sites.

ITS•International is a new cataloging tool that enables librarians to catalog resources in virtually any language. This product utilizes Unicode technology and features a built-in, editable transliteration table that processes characters entered in a wide variety of native scripts and then automatically generates the Romanized text.

Secure•Solution is a Web-based tool that enables library staff to configure each public access workstation and place firm controls including patrons' session times; application usage; Internet access; and ability to use files, disks, printers, and other peripherals. The product uses password codes, known as "keys." Library administrators log on to the Secure•Solution Web site, set their own specific criteria by user or PC, and download preconfigured software to either stand-alone PCs or to entire networks. Different configurations can be selected for an individual station, with access contingent upon logon. Secure•Solution can also permit patron access to be issued either permanently or for one-time usage.

Source: The Library Corporation, Inwood, WV, 800/325-7759;
Content Agreements

Micromedia Signs Partnership Deals to Get More Content to Distribute
Micromedia Limited, a Canadian electronic publisher that also distributes third-party content to the library and business markets, has inked two new partnership deals. So now Micromedia is a value-added reseller for two more companies,, Inc. and NewsBank, Inc.

First, the partnership with was signed so that Micromedia could resell Books24x7's library product called IT Pro. IT Pro is a repository of top industry technical books and journals that's been integrated with search technology. IT Pro is a Web-based resource that lets info tech professionals and students learn from the products of leading technology publishers like Microsoft Press, Macmillan, Sybex, and others. This product is now available through Micromedia's Canada's Information Resource Centre.

The second partnership allows Micromedia to resell NewsBank's collection of U.S. and international newspaper and curriculum content. NewsBank's Web and CD-ROM products will be available seamlessly from Micromedia, according to the latter company. This collection will also reside in Canada's Information Resource Centre, which is designed for ease of use and enterprisewide distribution.

Source: Micromedia Limited, Toronto, 800/387-2689, 416/362-5211;

Gale Contracts with Gannett for InfoTrac
The Gale Group has announced that it has signed a contract with newspaper company Gannett that secures rights to distribute the full text of 98 daily newspapers in InfoTrac Custom Newspapers. As of March 1, Custom Newspapers was to have begun offering current and archived articles back to January 1, 1999.

Gannett owns 13 of the 100 largest newspapers, including The Detroit News, The Des Moines Register, Louisville Courier-Journal, and Indianapolis Star. The contract with Gale includes all of the company's newspapers except USA TODAY.

Source: Gale Group, Farmington Hills, MI, 248/699-4253;

SIRSI's iBistro to Offer Cahners' Reviews
SIRSI Corp. and Cahners Publishing Group have an announced an agreement that provides iBistro users with Cahners' collection of book reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and School Library Journal.

Using iBistro, library users can search a library's catalog, visit other libraries online, peruse high-quality Web sites, read book reviews, and purchase books currently unavailable in the library. According to SIRSI, this alliance with Cahners benefits libraries by enabling them to offer their users these reviews without adding to staff workload. New reviews are automatically added monthly.

Source: SIRSI Corp., Huntsville, AL, 800/91-SIRSI, 256/704-7000;
New Books

ITI Publishes 2001­2002 Edition of IBP
Information Today, Inc. (ITI) has announced the publication of Internet Blue Pages: The Guide to Federal Government Web Sites, 2001­2002 Edition (ISBN: 0-910965-43-9, $34.95), compiled by Laurie Andriot.

Internet Blue Pages (IBP) is a reference to almost 1,900 U.S. federal government Web sites, and is organized by agency in U.S. Government Manual style. Annotated entries include agency name, URL, function or purpose of selected agency, and linksfrom agency home pages. IBPalso includes an extensive index to subjects and agencies. This new edition lists more than twice as many Web addresses as the previous one, and now includes listings for all national parks, federal courts, military libraries, Energy Department laboratories, Federal Reserve banks, presidential libraries, and Social Security offices. It also includes increased coverage of gateway sites.

In addition, a companion Web site at provides IBP readers with a hyperlinked directory to the resources listed in the book.

Source: Information Today, Inc., Medford, NJ, 609/654-6266;

ALA Offers Revised Administration Book
ALA Editions has announced the publication of the fourth edition of Administration of the Small Public Library, by Darlene E. Weingand (ISBN: 0-8389-0794-6, $45). Completely revised and updated, this edition includes many more figures; case studies; sample policies; and new content on grant writing, program budgeting, hiring, and creative compensation.

This new edition outlines what you can do to make your library visible, well funded, and technologically current. Addressing every aspect of running a small library, this reference includes information to help you to embrace emerging technologies, improve accountability, maintain funding, and adapt sample documents.

Source: ALA Editions, American Library Association, Chicago, 800/545-2433;

Neal-Schuman Publishes Tech Companion
Neal-Schuman Publishers has announced the Neal-Schuman Library Technology Companion: A Basic Guide for Library Staff, by John J. Burke (ISBN: 1-55570-398-4, $45). A primer written specifically for library staff, this book guides readers in all aspects of technology--planning, purchasing, security, troubleshooting, designing, and more.

From audio technology to Zip drives, each type of technology and its uses are covered in detail. An extensive glossary of terms and concepts is also included.

Source: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc., New York, 212/925-8650;

Greenwood Announces E-Searching Guide
Greenwood Publishing Group has published Successful Keyword Searching: Initiating Research on Popular Topics Using Electronic Databases, by Randall M. MacDonald and Susan Priest MacDonald (ISBN: 0-313-30676-1, $44.95).

According to the announcement, using the keywords, key people, organizations, and Web sites provided in this book, which are compiled from the most commonly used databases, students will be able to perform successful searches for 144 of the most popular research topics. Each topic section provides an extended list of keywords to be used alone or in combination to perform Boolean searches.

Source: Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc., Westport, CT, 203/226-3571;

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