Yale and Elsevier
Plan for Digital Archive
The Yale University
Library and Elsevier Science have announced a year-long planning process
for creating a digital archive for the 1,100 journals published electronically
by Elsevier Science. According to the announcement, the project expects
to realize a model archive within 2 years.
will focus on the critical events that should prompt changes in the management
of preservation, on the elements that a library needs in order to act as
an archival agent, and on the agreements needed to enable such changes.
Various formats for encoding digital content will be studied to determine
which are likely to remain relatively stable over time and to be good anchors
for preservation. Planners will establish an infrastructure for processing
digital objects selected for the archive. The Yale Library hopes that in
time it might be able to offer model archival services to publishers other
University, New Haven, CT, 203/432-1345; http://www.yale.edu.
and LizardTech Partner to Create High-Quality Digital Imaging Solutions
Inc. has announced that it has entered into a partnership agreement for
its digital imaging services and Insight software with LizardTech, Inc.,
a developer of leading imaging software, for the management of large, high-quality
image collections online.
provides customers with a turnkey solution for accessing high-quality image
collections online with tools for searching, viewing, comparing, presenting,
and organizing related images and data. LizardTech's MrSID Photo eliminates
the need for multiple image files for different purposes by encoding a
digital photograph into a single-source image of reduced file size that
maintains the quality and integrity of the original. By reducing the size
of large image files, MrSID also optimizes bandwidth so that files can
be sent quickly and offers users instant Internet access to images.
Imaging, Inc., Venice, CA, 800/452-5862; http://www.luna-imaging.com.
SIRS Adds Features
to Mandarin M3 System
Inc. has announced that it has enhanced its Mandarin M3 Library Automation
System with a variety of new features, updates, and reports.
A new Session
Save feature allows librarians to save an inventory session for future
retrieval in the M3 Inventory module. M3 Inventory also empowers librarians
with new reporting capabilities, including a statistical list and an option
that enables users to track items that are shelved without being returned.
An enhanced Barcode Label Printing Utility and improved printing capabilities
have also been added to Mandarin M3. New reports perform tasks like sorting
equipment items by building location and listing items scanned in circulation
on a selected day by call number. All new reports are placed on the company's
Web site and can be downloaded by Mandarin customers.
Mandarin, Inc., Boca Raton, FL, 800/232-7477, 561/994-0079; http://www.sirs.com.
New Pricing for Systems
has announced new pricing packages for its Athena and Winnebago Spectrum
library management systems. According to the announcement, the new pricing
and packages more clearly differentiate the two programs' benefits for
users. Media centers that need an all-in-one solution, for example, will
find the new Spectrum Suite best suited to their needs, while media centers
that need a fully featured system that can grow easily and flexibly will
find Athena appropriate.
Spectrum Suite is priced at $4,995. Many pricing packages are available
for libraries upgrading from other automation systems. Athena starts at
$2,495, and add-on products are priced from $195 to $995.
Corp., Minneapolis, 800/328-2923, 952/656-2999; http://www.sagebrushcorp.com.
Systems Use WebFeat
and WebFeat, a company that helps its clients search databases, have announced
that they have joined forces to integrate WebFeat's database search capabilities
and epixtech's library automation systems. The WebFeat technology will
be added to epixtech's Dynix and Horizon Sunrise products.
epixtech, the WebFeat technology will provide a service called Single Search,
which will allow patrons to access their library and locate information
in several different data sources--articles, books, the Internet, and others--all
in a single search.
Inc., Provo, UT, 800/288-8020; http://www.epixtech.com.
Its Automation System with Warehouse Materials Management
Inc. has announced that it has successfully integrated its Keystone Library
Automation System (KLAS) software with a state-of-the-art computer-controlled
warehouse storage-and-retrieval system manufactured by Diamond Phoenix.
According to the announcement, the KLAS Carousel Storage interface allows
quick, easy, and accurate pulling of materials for patrons, and it also
speeds their return to storage when items are checked in.
The first library
to implement this interface was the New Mexico Talking Book Library in
Santa Fe. Keystone reports that the library, which currently manages 44,000
titles and 285,000 copies of books on recorded cassettes, chose to use
the carousel system to reduce storage-space requirements in its new facility.
With the new KLAS interface, the library estimates that picking and check-out
operations have seen a 60-percent improvement in efficiency, and that check-in
and re-shelving time has been improved by 65 percent.
Systems, Inc., Raleigh, NC, 800/222-9711; http://www.klas.com.
Rights to More Periodicals
The Gale Group
has announced that it has acquired the online rights to several major magazine
and newspaper publishing groups.
Among the agreements
struck were those with University of Chicago Press, which will expand the
publishers' relationship to include 48 percent more periodicals, and Business
News Publishing, a major niche industry publisher. According to the announcement,
the agreements are part of Gale's strategy to expand periodical content
in its InfoTrac and Resource Center products. In related news, Gale reports
that it has renewed The Economist in a multiyear contract for full-text
In a separate
news announcement, Gale said it has boosted the periodical content of its
General Reference Center Gold by 45 percent. The database now includes
the full text of more than 1,600 magazines and journals, including The
Washington Post. Full text of The Post dates to 1996, with indexing
back to 1982.
Group, Farmington Hills, MI, 248/699-4253; http://www.galegroup.com.
Citation Index on ChemWeb.com
has announced that the ISI Reaction Citation Index is now live on ChemWeb.com.
The ISI Reaction Citation Index combines searchable structures and reaction
data from Current Chemical Reactions with bibliographic data and author
abstracts from the Science Citation Index. It covers data from newly registered
world patents and leading international organic chemistry journals from
1980 to the present, providing access to more than 500,000 reactions and
over 2 million references.
Citation Index provides complete reaction information, including concise
descriptions of the latest syntheses, detailed experimental conditions,
full reaction flows, product yields, and key step indicators. It also offers
cited reference searching. The database is updated quarterly, with approximately
100,000 references added annually.
Inc., London, 011-44-20-7611-4418; http://www.chemweb.com.
New E-Content Agreements
has announced partnerships with Harvard Business School Publishing and
the University of Chicago Press to offer their journals within its e-Content
School Publishing will add business writings to the e-Content collection,
while University of Chicago Press will contribute digital content from
the physical sciences, biological sciences, social sciences, and humanities.
e-Content collection is a growing body of peer-reviewed journals and periodicals
available in digital format. They are accessible to Infotrieve customers
through free searches and can be obtained on a pay-per-article basis.
Los Angeles, 800/422-4633, 310/208-1903; http://www.infotrieve.com.
Previews to Be Available on SilverPlatter and the ISI Web of Science
announced that the full BIOSIS Previews database file, dating back to 1969,
will soon be available via SilverPlatter and the ISI Web of Science. Both
platforms currently offer searching across only a portion of the database.
the announcement, the Web of Science and SilverPlatter interfaces allow
for streamlined searching and include features such as full-text linking,
cross-database searching, and controlled and free-text searching.
Indexed by degreed
biologists, BIOSIS Previews is an electronic database that contains references
to primary journal literature from nearly 5,500 journals on current biological
and medical research findings. Nearly 550,000 items are added annually,
covering 350,000 journal references and 160,000 references from 1,500 important
worldwide meetings and symposia.
Philadelphia, 800/523-4806, 215/587-4800; http://www.biosis.org.
Facts On File
Updates Online Encyclopedia
Facts On File
has announced that it had updated African-American History & Culture:
An On-line Encyclopedia (ISBN: 0-8160-4190-3), which was culled from a
myriad of print resources and explores all aspects of the African-American
include 225 new biographies, including H. Rap Brown, Marvin Gaye, and Bobby
Seale; 25 new historical documents such as an excerpt from Walker's
Appeal, Thomas Jefferson's rejected slavery clause from the Declaration
of Independence, and The Confederate Conscription Act; 30 new photographs
of contemporary African-Americans, including Marion Jones, Alan Keyes,
and Ice-T; an updated interface with new search screens and a new record
format, plus a How to Cite This Resource Page; quotes by Maya Angelou,
Arthur Ashe, Jesse Owens, and Charlie Parker; two new timelines; new maps
from the Encyclopedia of African-American Heritage; and a bibliography
On File, Inc., New York, 800/322-8755; http://www.factsonfile.com.
History Databases Produced
Archives, Inc., a publisher of full-text searchable historical databases,
has announced plans to publish "American County Histories to 1900." According
to the company, Part I will be available online this September, and will
contain over 10,000 pages of text and plates, from all 21 counties in the
state of New Jersey.
Most of these
large volumes were published by Everts & Peck between 1870 and 1900.
They are encyclopedic in scope and cover local history, weather, geology,
lists of all local participants in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, family
history, schools and teachers, noted celebrations, health and vital statistics,
public officials and legislators, roads and bridges, etc. Users may search
the full text, or they can read page by page in the original format. The
table of contents is hyperlinked to each chapter as well as to each individual
Archives, Inc., Malvern, PA, 610/296-7441; http://www.accessible.com.
a New Medical Database
Howell Information and Learning has unveiled its latest medical journal
database. The Web-delivered database features abstracting and indexing
for some 4,300 medical journals from the National Library of Medicine's
MEDLINE database, as well as full text/full page image for more than 200
key medical journals. Coverage extends from 1966 to the present (full-text
coverage dates from 1992).
The new database
employs MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) indexing so that users can find
information quickly and easily from more than 11 million articles. According
to the announcement, researchers will be able to navigate the database
easily by using its drop-down menus, a browsable MeSH thesaurus with topic
trees, and a saved-search capability.
& Howell Information and Learning, Ann Arbor, MI, 800/521-0600, 734/761-4700;
Introduces Subject Collections
has announced its ScienceDirect Subject Collections program, which enables
libraries to subscribe at a preferential rate to packages of journal titles
clustered around specific subject disciplines. Well-suited for specialist
libraries and faculty, or for larger libraries supporting institutes with
particular interests, librarians can choose from among 21 different ScienceDirect
with the Subject Collections program, users now have the option to select
Subject Views, subject-specific home pages based on their personal interests.
Each Subject View presents all of the titles on the ScienceDirect platform
relevant to a specific scientific field, as well as other information of
interest. Subject Views are not tied to the purchase of a Subject Collection;
they are available as an enhancement to all current ScienceDirect subscriptions.
Science, New York, 212/633-3680; http://www.elsevier.com.
Databases with New Features
Inc. has announced that it has added easy-to-print world maps in Adobe
PDF format and a Subject Headings Search on the SIRS NetSelect database.
of nearly 300 detailed, colorful maps are now available from the SIRS Researcher
and SIRS Discoverer general reference online databases. Appropriate for
term papers and research projects as well as for personal use, maps can
be downloaded in PDF format for improved printing by selecting a link next
to the desired map.
SIRS has added a Subject Headings Search to its offering of search methods
in SIRS NetSelect, a database of some of the Internet's best reference
sources. Now users may search for information by subject heading individually
or simultaneously in SIRS NetSelect Web sites and SIRS full-text databases.
Subject headings are returned with graphical icons that indicate whether
the subject includes sites, articles, or both.
Mandarin, Inc., Boca Raton, FL, 800/232-7477, 561/994-0079; http://www.sirs.com.
Version 5.0 of DB/TextWorks
has announced the release of version 5.0 of its DB/TextWorks product, which
includes the Web publishing components DB/Text WebPublisher and WebPublisher
Lite. Version 5.0 now features relevance ranking as well as other enhancements.
database maintenance activities such as checking a database for errors,
users now have the ability to simultaneously rebuild indexes using version
5.0. The product's e-mail capabilities have also been expanded. Reports
sent via e-mail can now include attachments. In addition, user-defined
scripts can send e-mail without requiring parameters to be supplied by
the user. Enhanced display features allow users to review detailed and
summary information at the same time. Expanded record displays can now
appear in separate browser windows, giving users the ability to manipulate
information more easily.
Inc., Woburn, MA, 800/229-8398; http://www.inmagic.com.
Window Washer 3.5
Inc. has announced version 3.5 of Window Washer, a software utility program
that enhances privacy and system performance.
both protects users' privacy and restores hard drive space by "washing
away" traces of Internet and computer activity. For system files, Window
Washer cleans the Recycle Bin, recently opened documents, MS Office 2000
tracks, and the Windows temporary files folder. For browsers, Window Washer
cleans the cache, cookies, history, drop-down address bar, and auto-complete
data forms. The utility can be configured to run automatically in the background
and wash users' tracks at start-up, shutdown, or at scheduled intervals.
in Window Washer 3.5 include a new graphical interface, support for the
latest versions of browsers, support for more plug-ins, and simplified
cookie management. To download a free trial version, visit the company's
Web site. The product costs $29.95.
Software, Inc., Boulder, CO, 800/772-9383, 303/442-3813; http://www.webroot.com.
Free for K-12, College Libs
Solutions has announced that it is offering free CSE HTML Validator Professional
licenses for educational institutions, including K-12 and college libraries.
CSE HTML Validator
identifies HTML syntax errors, bad links, and misspellings in HTML and
XHTML documents. These errors disrupt visitors' experiences and may drive
them away to other sites. Institutions will receive free licenses of CSE
HTML Validator Professional to install on all site computers as well as
information about how to purchase personal licenses at a discount. Contact
Source: AI Internet
Solutions, Hurst, TX, 520/569-2796; http://www.htmlvalidator.com.
Offers Enigma 2.0 Package
has announced its Enigma 2.0 Firewall Appliance, an application proxy-based
gateway firewall that provides enterprise security for Internet, intranet,
and extranet traffic.
the announcement, the security features and administration tools of the
Enigma Firewall Appliance make up a streamlined appliance that does not
require a large in-house technical staff to maintain. Enigma provides secure
Internet access for e-mail, Web browsing, multimedia, and other applications.
All communications passing through the firewall are logged, providing a
detailed audit trail of all activities. Enigma 2.0 features include GUI
interface, 800-MHz Intel PIII processor, 256 MB standard memory, modified
T.Rex 2.0 Network Security Suite, and Red Hat Linux 7.0 as the operating
Servers, Houston, 800/995-6664, 713/464-2990; http://www.firewall-servers.com.
Link to CompInfo's
Tech Support Guide
Information Center (CompInfo) has announced that it is offering a free,
brief guide called "Help Yourself to Better Technical Support." This gives
users tips and answers to basic questions, so that they can try to solve
a problem themselves before asking the help desk. It covers many of the
day-to-day problems that users come across, as well as offers guidance
and actions to take when things really go wrong.
The guide is
available for free download at http://www.compinfo-center.com/suppdown.htm,
or you can view it online and link to it from your Web site. The company
says that all are welcome to download it and freely distribute it to colleagues
as long as you do not charge for it. Also, if you download it, alterations
can only be made with permission.
Computer Information Center, Sutton, U.K., 011-44-208-642-3099; http://www.compinfo-center.com.
U-M to Offer
Digital Tool Kit Workshops
of Michigan (U-M) School of Information has announced that it will be offering
Digital Tool Kit courses--2 1/2-day workshops throughout the months of
May, June, and July--to help you acquire new IT skills.
information architecture, usability methods in Web site design, HTML and
XML, databases and the Web, and Perl and CGI programming. Practitioners
and U-M faculty teach the workshops. The courses may be taken to earn continuing
education units or simply for enrichment. Participants may also earn certification
as a "Professional Web Site Developer" or a "Complex Web Site Developer"
by choosing from predefined groups of courses.
is $495, or $395 for individuals from academic or nonprofit institutions.
For further information, call 734/647-7650 or visit the Web page at http://si.umich.edu/dtk.
of Michigan School of Information, Ann Arbor, MI, 734/763-2285; http://si.umich.edu.
Unveils Visual Mapping System
In the exhibit
hall of the Computers in Libraries
conference, Antarcti.ca Systems, Inc. unveiled its Visual Net for Libraries
product. This is an interface that the company customizes for each library
customer. Using metadata, it organizes a library's holdings into "neighborhoods
of information with graphical metaphors." In other words, it creates visual
maps. So, rather than a library catalog being totally text-based, users
can look at a labeled picture or chart and click on the categories they
want to explore further. Clicking on the visual icons leads into the library's
Visual Net software
creates large-scale data maps that combine superior navigation capabilities
with information-rich visuals, according to Antarcti.ca. The company, which
is led by Tim Bray, co-inventor of XML, has a Web site that showcases the
product's mapping capabilities. At http://map.net,
the company says you can see a visual 3-D map of the entire World Wide
With this product,
separate libraries can be combined into one database that is both geographically
and categorically defined, according to Antarcti.ca. Researchers can see
whether a book is located at a local branch, or whether it's available
through interlibrary loan. The software is scalable, and can be easily
updated to reflect changes in a library's resources. Costs vary depending
on the amount and complexity of the data being mapped.
Systems, Inc., Vancouver, BC, Canada, 360/668-5929; http://antarcti.ca.
Provides 3-D Animated Tools
has announced that it has signed a licensing agreement with Working Stock,
a source of nontraditional visual stock content. Under this agreement,
bigchalk will provide access to more than 3,000 Working Stock 3-D animations
through bigchalk Library, the company's new research service.
which will be updated daily and are available immediately, can help students
better understand how a device or process works and help them to visualize
animations cover a full range of topics including health, space exploration,
history, technology, weather, environment, nature, transportation, and
earth sciences. For example, an animation on Doppler radar demonstrates
how radio waves are used to gather information about storms. Each animation
includes on-screen text and voice-over narration.
Ann Arbor, MI, 800/521-0600; http://www.bigchalk.com.
ISIHighlyCited.com Web Site
ISI has announced
the premiere of ISIHighlyCited.com, a free, expert gateway to the world's
most cited and influential scientific authors. According to the announcement,
visitors to this Web-based resource will gain insight into the body of
work that a particular researcher has developed over time, and will be
able to discern how science evolves and expands.
will bring together the publication and achievement records of pre-eminent
researchers in 21 broad categories in life sciences, medicine, physical
sciences, engineering, and social sciences. Researchers are selected for
inclusion based on the total number of citations received by their articles
within a given category as recorded in the ISI Citation Database 19811999.
ISI says it will regularly expand the list of highly cited researchers
as new fields and leaders emerge.
Philadelphia, 800/336-4474, 215/386-0100; http://www.isinet.com.
Available for Students to Rent
and e-academy, Inc. have announced that EndNote 4.0, a bibliographic management
software product, is now available as part of e-academy's digital distribution
system. This system enables students and faculty to rent this application
for 6 months or a year rather than paying the full retail price for a perpetual
A full version
of EndNote normally retails for $329.95. Through the new e-academy rental
program, students will be able to use the full version for 6 months at
$29.95 or for 1 year at $49.95. The program covers all higher education
institutions across North America. Students may download the software directly
from the e-academy Web site (http://www.e-academy.com), and an EndNote
PDF manual is included with each purchase.
ResearchSoft, Berkeley, CA, 510/559-8592; http://www.isiresearchsoft.com.
and IBM Develop Products
and IBM have announced an agreement to develop and build a portfolio of
Web-based information management products and services that will help corporate
clients and end-users manage their subscriptions online.
will take place in two phases. In the first release, Swets Blackwell's
online catalog will be made available to corporate clients, enabling them
to place orders by linking out from their existing electronic procurement
systems. The second release will have full subscription-management functionalities
and will be available to clients without electronic procurement systems.
Through features such as online ordering, canceling, and claiming, as well
as order approval functions, Swets Blackwell clients will have full control
at each step of the procurement process.
Blackwell, Lisse, Netherlands, 011-31-252-435-584; http://www.swetsblackwell.com.
Offers Semio Tagger for Its Portal
Group has announced an alliance with Semio Corp., a provider of content-categorization
software, to present its customers with the opportunity to utilize Semio
Tagger, a taxonomy system, as an optional add-on component to the Lexis-Nexis
organizes large amounts of unstructured information within a hierarchy
of categories and subcategories. This format allows users to gain access
to specific information online regardless of the amount of data being searched.
The software offers customers a custom-built taxonomy for their particular
business needs and complements the legal-specific Lexis-Nexis Search Advisor
Group, Dayton, OH, 800/227-9597; http://www.lexis-nexis.com.
Web-Accessible Database Guide
Today, Inc. has announced the publication of Creating
Web-Accessible Databases: Case Studies for Libraries, Museums, and Other
Nonprofits, edited by Julie M. Still (ISBN: 1-57387-104-4, $39.50).
a database and myriad related files into a searchable, usable Web resource
requires trained personnel, the right computer hardware and software, and
a well-defined strategy. This new book explores the many and unique challenges
that nonprofit archival institutions face in leveraging the Internet, and
presents a dozen case studies that showcase a variety of successful projects
Today, Inc., Medford, NJ, 609/654-6266; http://www.infotoday.com.
ALA Offers Guide
on Teaching the Internet
has announced Teaching the Internet in Libraries, by Rachel Singer
Gordon (ISBN: 0-8389-0799-7; $38, $34.20 for ALA members). According to
the announcement, this practical guide offers a step-by-step plan for creating
a formal training program geared toward the needs of your library and its
half-hour tutorials to full-day workshops, you'll learn how to teach users
the basics so that they can independently navigate the Web and take advantage
of the variety of databases and electronic catalogs that the modern library
has to offer. The book includes screen captures and ready-to-use instruction,
and it is flexible enough to adapt to libraries of all types and sizes.
The author helps you to convince administrators that Internet training
is essential, to fulfill the needs of a diverse audience by tailoring training
to specific populations (beginners, the elderly, ESL) and interests (job
searches, genealogy, e-mail), to solicit feedback, and to pass on what
you learn to your staff.
Editions, American Library Association, Chicago, 800/545-2433; http://www.ala.org/editions.
New Book from
Neal-Schuman Helps You Perform Needs Assessments Yourself
Publishers, Inc. offers its new book, Identifying and Analyzing User
Needs: A Complete Handbook and Ready-To-Use Assessment Workbook with Disk,
by Lynn Westbrook (ISBN: 1-55570-388-7, $75). Since most libraries don't
carry out information needs assessments unless they can afford a consultant,
this handbook includes the essential theories, tools, and techniques that
library managers need to create a structured, planned, and well-executed
assessment of user needs.
The author covers
each phase of the process: planning, research methods, data gathering,
analysis, and action. A workbook template on the companion disk allows
you to create a customized plan that incorporates the input of staff, trustees,
Friends, directors, and volunteers. It includes examples of successful
recent studies from public, school, and academic libraries.
Publishers, Inc., New York, 212/925-8650; http://www.neal-schuman.com.