Computers in Libraries
Vol. 22, No. 5 • May 2002

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TVI's New Braille Device Is Portable
Technologies for the Visually Impaired, Inc. (TVI) has announced that it is the authorized reseller for the new BRAILLEX EL Braille Assistant (ELba), a portable Braille communications device that provides a full suite of communication tools for the visually impaired.

The device features complete Internet and e-mail access, extensive memory capability (16 MB, 32 MB RAM), Linux-based software, and ergonomic keyboard surface. The BRAILLEX ELba is sold with a full slate of applications, including word processing, e-mail, Internet browser, day planner, address book, and scientific calculator. Since it uses a Linux, multitasking operating system, BRAILLEX ELba can perform several applications at the same time.

Two models are available: the Papenmeier ELba 20 cell for $3,995 and the Papenmeier ELba 32 cell for $5,895.

Source: Technologies for the Visually Impaired, Inc., Hauppauge, NY, 631/724-4479; http://www.tvi-web.com.
 

Anthro Corp. Makes Laptop Storage Cart
Anthro Corp. has introduced its new Laptop Storage Cart for iBooks and PCs, designed to store, move, and charge laptops.

The Laptop Storage Cart is available in two models to hold 20 or 30 laptops. Laptops are loaded horizontally from both sides of the cart. Reinforced steel doors have a two-point, pick- and drill-resistant locking system with a flush latch handle with keyed lock to keep the laptops secure. The carts also come with large ergonomic handles and four single-wheel rubber castors. Vented sides on the cart allow for airflow around the laptops and heat release when charging.

Electrical power is distributed vertically within the cart and each storage bay has its own grounded 110-volt receptacle. In addition, there are two grounded receptacles outside the unit so that it can be used as a lecture station with power to a computer, a projector, and a printer. A single power cord plugs into any conventional 15-amp circuit to power the entire cart. A data connection package allows you to port your LAN into the bottom of the cart and plug your wireless networking hub into the cabinet near the top where it can sit or be field-mounted.

Source: Anthro Corp., Tualatin, OR, 800/325-3841; http://www.anthro.com.
 

ITI Announces InfoToday 2002 Conference
Information Today, Inc. (ITI) has announced that InfoToday 2002, the global conference and exhibition on electronic information and knowledge management, has been scheduled for May 14­16 at the New York Hilton and Towers. The complete program is available online at http://www.infotoday.com/it2002.

Three core conferences, running concurrently across six tracks, are featured daily during the conference. NationalOnline 2002 focuses on information content and information delivery technologies; KnowledgeNets 2002 provides coverage of knowledge management and its applications within today's organizations; and E-Libraries 2002 covers the latest developments in library and information center systems and services. Attendees can register for only one core conference or they can purchase a gold pass and choose from all six tracks and featured presentations.

Pre- and post-conference workshops will be held Monday, May 13, and Friday, May 17, covering a range of topics in full- or half-day sessions.

Source: Information Today, Inc., Medford, NJ, 800/300-9868, 609/654-6266; http://www.infotoday.com.
 

University of Maryland to Offer Virtual Reference Course—In Person and Online
The University of Maryland will be offering its first class specifically devoted to the practice of virtual librarianship in May—Virtual Reference Librarianship 1.0. Designed by and for virtual reference librarians, the class will focus on the nitty-gritty of what it is actually like to do reference live and online.

Instructors are Eileen Abels, Margaret Turgman, Michelle Fiander (manager of LSSI's Web Reference Center), and Steve Coffman. The course is worth six continuing education units.

The first course, a daylong program on May 30, will be offered on-site at the University of Maryland. Coming this fall will be a full-scale, truly virtual reference course that will be taught entirely online over the course of a full semester.

To get further information or to register for the University of Maryland's Virtual Reference Librarianship 1.0, please visit the Web site at http://www.clis.umd.edu/ce/virtual02spr.html, or contact Robin Albert, CE coordinator at the College of Information Studies, University of Maryland, at 301/405-2057.

Source: University of Maryland, College of Information Studies, College Park, MD, 301/405-2038; http://www.clis.umd.edu.
 

OCLC Opens a New Resource Center
OCLC has announced that it is opening the OCLC Western Digital & Preservation Resources (DPR) center in Lacey, Washington, to help libraries, archives, and museums preserve, manage, and provide access to materials on microfilm and to convert text and images to digital formats. According to the release, the new center will "assist institutions in all phases of their preservation and digitization projects, from conception to completion."

Building on its experience with its first DPR center—Preservation Resources in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania—OCLC's Western Digital & Preservation Resources Center was to be offering training workshops, cooperative project facilitation, and consulting and referral services by April. Reformatting services will be offered in June. Through the center, libraries and other cultural institutions will be able to participate in the OCLC Digital & Preservation Co-op and other initiatives.

Source: OCLC, Dublin, OH, 800/848-5878, 614/764-6000; http://www.oclc.org.
 

Plymouth Rocket Offers an Easy-to-Use Library Web Site Events Calendar Utility
Plymouth Rocket, Inc. has announced the release of EventKeeper 2.0 to help organizations make their Web sites more useful with up-to-date calendars of events. EventKeeper 2.0 provides online calendars and events listings that the company claims can be managed easily by anyone who knows how to use a standard Internet browser.

The task of maintaining the calendar can be assigned to the library staff members who plan the events. For example, the children's librarian or the Friends of the library coordinator can create or modify calendar entries by logging in to the EventKeeper Web site with an authorized password and then filling in simple online forms. They can add event titles, descriptions, schedules, contact information, Web links, or other desired information to their calendars. As events become outdated, they disappear from the EventKeeper calendar automatically.

EventKeeper calendars are customized with colors and graphics to appear as part of the library's Web site. It is fully configurable—administrators can opt to require approval before other staff members' events are released live on the Web. There are a variety of choices in display formats, including event listings and standard 1-month calendar formats. EventKeeper plans to soon provide multilanguage support libraries with sites in languages besides English.

The basic EventKeeper 2.0 package is $195 for 1 year. The fee includes setup, support, and hosting for the EventKeeper data on Plymouth Rocket's servers.

Source: Plymouth Rocket, Inc., Plymouth, MA, 508/746-4080; http://www.plymouthrocket.com.
 

Convera Acquires Semantix, Inc.; Broadens RetrievalWare's Cross-Lingual Searching
Convera has announced that it has purchased Semantix, Inc., a private software technology company that specializes in cross-lingual processing and computational linguistics technology. This acquisition, including Semantix's engineering personnel and intellectual property, broadens the linguistic capabilities of the Convera RetrievalWare search and retrieval technology, specifically in the areas of cross-lingual search and the continued development of language capabilities.

With the addition of Semantix's cross-lingual search capability, Convera offers a commercial, off-the-shelf solution that allows users to enter a search request in one language and receive relevant result documents in several different languages. Convera's cross-lingual search capability is an enhancement to the new version of RetrievalWare version 7.0, which was expected to launch at the end of March.

Source: Convera, Vienna, VA, 800/788-7758, 703/761-3700; http://www.convera.com.
 

Grolier's The New Book of Knowledge Online Has New Design, Enhanced Content
Grolier, Inc. has announced version 2.0 of its encyclopedia for children, The New Book of Knowledge (NBK) Online. Enhancements include an easier-to-navigate home page, search images in Advanced Search, a Quick Search option on every screen, bibliographies available on every screen and broken down by reading level, timelines from 9 epochs, and homework skills help.

As a fully featured Internet service, NBK Online brings the features of the original print encyclopedia set into the electronic environment, complete with Wonder Questions, facts and figures, projects and experiments, literary selections, and Internet links to related sites. NBK Online now also features a current events site, NBK News, that is updated weekly and includes four news stories written especially for the site.

Source: Grolier, Inc., Danbury, CT, 203/797-3500; http://www.grolier.com.
 
Automation

Endeavor's New ENCompass Options Integrate Digitized and Licensed Collections
Endeavor Information Systems has announced two new solutions for digital library management—ENCompass for Resource Access and ENCompass for Digital Collections. According to the company, Endeavor's ENCompass is the only complete system available for managing, searching, and linking the varied resources of academic and research libraries, including locally digitized and commercially licensed materials.

Providing a unified multiprotocol search to many resources, ENCompass for Resource Access offers users a single search of all of the library's licensed databases plus the OPAC via Z39.50, XML gateway, and http searching. ENCompass for Digital Collections provides tools that allow the library to create and integrate local electronic collections. Its flexible design ensures that the library's varied digital collections can be easily managed, yet with library-defined appropriate rights management for digital collections and objects.

Both new ENCompass solutions can be used together for a full solution or independently with LinkFinderPlus, Endeavor's system for linking all of the library's resources regardless of the software or information vendor.

Source: Endeavor Information Systems, Des Plaines, IL, 800/762-6300, 847/296-2200; http://www.endinfosys.com.
 

Follett Updates Its Automation Software
Follett Software Co. has released version 5.0 of its library automation and information access solutions. The new version 5.0 release includes Follett Software's Circulation Plus, Catalog Plus, WebCollection Plus, and Alliance Plus Online for Windows and Mac OS.

The version 5.0 release also includes new user-requested features to improve circulation and collection management, acquisitions, advance booking, and patron empowerment. For example, patrons now have access to their circulation information, and users can view Z39.50 holdings information, including copy status, via the 852 tag of the MARC record. The version 5.0 release also includes cataloging features, such as the ability to connect to MARC Magician directly from Cataloging for easy record transfer and cleanup, and the ability for Novell NetWare users to post their collections online with WebCollection Plus.

Source: Follett Software Co., McHenry, IL, 800/323-3397; http://www.fsc.follett.com.
 

Brodart Releases Update of Precision One
Brodart Automation has announced the release of its newest version of the Precision One Cataloging System. The new release includes enhancements to the card and label printing capabilities, as well as to the online help feature. The company will also release a hard drive version of the database that will be delivered via a CD.

Librarians will now be able to access the system via the Internet or directly from their hard drives. The new features are available for both versions, and both are also able to function on a network or as stand-alone products.

Precision One Cataloging System is a resource database of more than 2 million MARC records, including records from the Library of Congress. It provides cataloging templates for various material types, allows records to be saved to a personal work file for easy retrieval for editing, and automatically generates control numbers.

Source: Brodart Automation, Williamsport, PA, 800/233-8467; http://www.brodart.com.
 

TLC Debuts Automation System for Schools
The Library Corporation (TLC) has announced SchoolLibrary•Solution, an approach that integrates library automation with classroom curricula.

SchoolLibrary•Solution is a districtwide automation solution that provides school districts with a union catalog accessible via a multitude of tools, including KC Web, YouSeeMore, Circulation, Cataloging, Acquisitions, Bookings, Serials, and Public Access Catalog. It builds on TLC's flagship product, Library•Solution. Using WANs found in school districts, SchoolLibrary•Solution centralizes automation maintenance and administration, and makes catalogs available on the Internet. Also, libraries are able to easily share resources and produce statistical reports.

Source: The Library Corporation, Inwood, WV, 888/439-2275; http://www.tlcdelivers.com.
 
New/Enhanced Databases

Gale Adds Content to Online Genealogy Tool
Gale Group has announced that its AncestryPlus is getting a content boost. Gale and its partner, MyFamily.com, Inc., will add content from Ancestry.com's United Kingdom and Ireland Collection. Additionally, City Directories from the major ports of entry during peak immigration years and the 1930 U.S. Census, digitized for an online environment, will be added.

With the new content, AncestryPlus will include historical parish and probate registers from England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, adding approximately 50 million names that range from the early 1500s to the late 1800s. Marriage and baptism indexes from Pallot's Index will also be added. Ancestry.com's New York Port Arrival Records for Irish immigrants during the potato famine will add records for 1 million men, women, and children who immigrated to the U.S. through the port of New York from 1846 to 1851.

While the U.K./Ireland Collection is being added now, City Directories will be added in coming months. An emphasis on ordinary people makes the directories a means for researchers to uncover information on specific individuals. The directories provide such information as addresses, heads of families, and firms and names of those doing business in the city, as well as lists of city residents and their occupations.

Source: Gale Group, Farmington Hills, MI, 800/877-4253, 248/699-4253; http://www.gale.com.
 

West Group Announces WestDockets and Seven Jury Verdicts Databases via Westlaw
West Group has announced that customers accessing court docket information via Westlaw can now take advantage of WestDockets, a new Westlaw service that provides direct access to electronic court docket materials from courts throughout the U.S.

WestDockets can aid in discovering the litigation history of legal opponents or prospective clients, and it is a tool to enhance case management, allowing users to view case status as well as fees and payment records. The tool complements ProLaw, a law practice management software suite. WestDockets launches with coverage of 138 federal district and bankruptcy courts, as well as the New York State Unified Court System. According to the announcement, many federal and state courts will be added in the coming months with complete federal coverage available by midyear.

In a separate announcement, West Group announced the release of seven new databases from Jury Verdicts Review Publishers, Inc. This new offering on Westlaw gives legal researchers full coverage of jury verdict and settlement information nationally and from the New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Florida, and New England regions. The new databases can be searched individually or simultaneously.

Source: West Group, Eagan, MN, 800/328-4880, 651/687-7000; http://www.westgroup.com.
 

bigchalk Releases New Databases for Students
bigchalk has announced several new databases for use in school libraries.

First, bigchalk Multimedia is a database for middle- and high-school students that is devoted to multimedia content. It offers more than 435,000 audio and video clips, pictures, TV and radio transcripts, and maps. A complement for magazine and newspaper databases, bigchalk Multimedia pulls from more than 100 information sources, including TV and radio programs from major news outlets such as CNN, ABC, CBS, and NPR. The database is updated daily. Students can search for specific content based on reference type (i.e., audio or video clip, TV or radio transcript) or search across media types using Boolean or natural language searches.

bigchalk Library Elementary is a reference tool with a broad range of content chosen specifically for K­5 students. Featuring an appealing interface that engages young children, bigchalk Library Elementary provides elementary students with access to audio/video clips and editorially selected Web site content, plus traditional reference material—38 reference books, 400,000 pictures and images, 4,000 maps, more than 40 children's magazines, and thousands of articles and transcripts from more than a dozen newspaper, TV, and radio outlets, including USA TODAY.

bigchalk Literature Online for Schools is a high school library database that includes not only biographies and critical articles, but also the actual texts of more than 100,000 poems and close to 2,000 plays and works of prose. These are augmented by critical readings, contemporary reviews, current articles, and Web links to related sites. Initial search choices are by authors, texts, or works, and then search results contain additional contextual links for exploration of a range of material. For example, a search on an author would provide initial biographical, bibliographical, and scholarly data, and then would contain links to related information such as the work of authors in a similar literary movement or of the same nationality.

The ProQuest health database delivers a broad spectrum of health-related and scientific material into a school library and presents the information in accessible layman's terms. Content is derived from a wide range of materials and includes health-related reference books, annotated Web sites, and reference and encyclopedic sources. ProQuest Health also includes full-text health and medical journal articles from more than 80 publications.

Source: bigchalk, New York, 800/860-9228; http://www.bigchalk.com.
 

CSA Offers Two New Engineering Databases; Enhances Cited Reference Feature in e-psyche
Cambridge Scientific Abstracts has announced two new bibliographic databases concentrating on core areas of engineering and featuring cited references: CSA Civil Engineering Abstracts and CSA Mechanical & Transportation Engineering Abstracts. For complimentary 30-day access to the databases, visit http://www.csa.com/engineering.

These databases provide in-depth, comprehensive coverage of the international engineering literature for each engineering specialty while providing record/file features that enable effective searching and exceptional retrieval, CSA reports. The databases are drawn from a source list of more than 3,000 engineering-related journals, many not covered by other engineering databases, and include backfiles to 1996. The databases are available through CSA's Internet Database Service. Also, these databases are the first files published by CSA to include a cited references field, which reproduces the bibliography from the journal article.

In a separate announcement, CSA reported that it has enhanced the cited references feature for the e-psyche database available on the Internet Database Service. Users can now hyperlink from the reference field to the record/abstract of the cited reference by clicking on the Abstract link and can hyperlink to other records citing the reference by clicking on the Cited By link. Hyperlinks are only effective to records contained elsewhere in the e-psyche database.

Source: Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, Bethesda, MD, 800/843-7751, 301/961-6700; http://www.csa.com.
 
Content Agreements

Hoover's Offers Lexis Corporate Data to Users
LexisNexis has announced an agreement with Hoover's, Inc. that allows Hoover's users pay-per-use access to the Directory of Corporate Affiliations (DCA).

According to LexisNexis, the DCA [http://www.corporateaffiliations.com (subscription) or http://www.bizlinkage.com (pay-per-use)] has been a trusted guide to corporate families in the U.S. and worldwide for 30 years. It provides corporate linkage information on more than 170,000 of the most prominent parent companies and their affiliates, subsidiaries, and divisions. Users of Hoover's Online can now search for and purchase information from DCA through the "Corporate Hierarchy" links on Hoover's Company Capsules and the Business Reports section of Hoover's Information Marketplace.

Source: LexisNexis, Dayton, OH, 800/227-9597, 937/865-6800; http://www.lexisnexis.com.
 

ebrary Adds U.N. and World Bank Documents
ebrary has announced that researchers will soon have online access to current publications in critical subject areas ranging from environmental issues to world health, labor rights, agriculture, and development economics. The company announced that the World Bank Group, the United Nations University Press, the World Health Organization, the International Labour Organization, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations will make their publications available through ebrary's online channels.

ebrary is a provider of information distribution and retrieval services. Its customizable ebrarian solution combines software with copyright-protected books, journals, periodicals, and other online documents provided by 100 publishers. ebrarian enables libraries to give their users access to authoritative materials and customizable research tools that allow them to access additional materials, biographical information, maps, translations, definitions, and more when words or phrases are selected.

Source: ebrary, Inc., Mountain View, CA, 650/230-0700; http://www.ebrary.com.
 
Collaborations

VTLS Will Help OCLC to Extend WorldCat
OCLC has announced that VTLS, Inc. will share some of its expertise in globalization and engineering concepts with OCLC as they increase cooperative efforts in extending and enriching the OCLC WorldCat database. As part of an agreement, OCLC will license source code for specific parts of the Virtua Integrated Library Systems server software developed by VTLS.

WorldCat offers access to the collections of libraries around the world. According to the announcement, VTLS will work with OCLC to extend the WorldCat database and make it a globally networked information resource of text, graphic, sound, and motion.

Source: OCLC, Dublin, OH, 800/848-5878, 614/764-6000; http://www.oclc.org.
 

Consortia Canada Has Joined Project MUSE
SOLINET has announced the inclusion of Consortia Canada in the consortium for Project MUSE Scholarly Journals Online (http://muse.jhu.edu). Consortia Canada is a national coalition of library consortia, representing university, college, special, and public libraries. The 42 Canadian libraries initially participating in the Project MUSE license will benefit from the SOLINET consortium discount. Additional institutions may participate on a prorated basis during the year.

With 19 journals and three new publisher partners confirmed for 2002, Project MUSE, the online journals collection managed by The Johns Hopkins University Press in collaboration with nonprofit publisher partners and the Milton S. Eisenhower Library, continues to provide full-text access to scholarly journals in the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science and theory, philosophy, mathematics, and others.

Source: SOLINET, Atlanta, 800/999-8558, 404/892-0943; http://www.solinet.net.
 

Veicon and TELUS Partner for Public Access
Veicon Technology, Inc. has announced a strategic partnership agreement with TELUS Enterprise Solutions. Under the agreement, the two companies have created a public access Internet solution for libraries.

TELUS' Library Online suite of software won the 2000 Canadian Library Association/Information Today Award for Innovation. Veicon's V-Link Internet access devices include a display screen, mouse, keyboard, and 10/100BaseT network interface. These devices run Microsoft's thin client Windows environment, providing library patrons with a familiar user interface and popular software such as Internet browsers and office productivity software. V-Link employs Veicon's patented software technology that provides file system protection, remote administration, and user- and system-level security.

Source: Veicon Technology, Inc., Beaverton, OR, 888/645-2288, 503/645-1551; http://www.veicon.com.
 

Security Tools

Lockstep Releases New Version of WebAgain
Lockstep Systems, Inc. has announced the release of WebAgain 2.5, an updated version of its software that claims to actually repair hacked Web sites.

WebAgain protects Web site content by automatically detecting unauthorized changes and automatically restoring the original content without human intervention. According to the company, additions and enhancements to version 2.5 offer customers greater security, higher performance, broader protocol support, enhanced operating system support, and international language support. Most notably, support for the Front Page server extensions enables users to update their Web sites with the same method they use from Front Page, including batch publishing and live editing.

WebAgain version 2.5 is available from authorized resellers and distributors and directly from Lockstep. Pricing is $995 per monitored Web site. Quantity discounts are available upon request.

Source: Lockstep Systems, Inc., Scottsdale, AZ, 877/WEB-FIXR, 480/596-9432; http://www.lockstep.com.
 

Luna Offers Invisible Watermarking Software
Luna Imaging, Inc. has announced that it is serving as a reseller of Digilock, Digibits Interactive's watermarking software, to organizations that process and distribute images in digital form.

Luna's Insight software provides several levels of image access control for practical security of digital images; however, once images are distributed outside of secure systems like Insight they become vulnerable to unauthorized use. Using wavelet technology, Digilock distributes a watermark throughout the most visually significant information of an image, so that aggressive attempts to remove it will also damage the image for display or output. Detection software extracts the watermark and reveals the graphical and text information originally embedded in the marked image; otherwise, unmarked and watermarked images are virtually indistinguishable.

Luna will offer the Digilock software for both its digital image scanning and Insight software customers. The software is available with a variety of product options to suit the quantity and batch processing needs of customers. Digilock Advanced Professional, for museums and libraries, starts at $2,999 to protect up to 15,000 images; additional "keys" for marking images are available at quantity pricing.

Source: Luna Imaging, Inc., Culver City, CA, 800/452-LUNA, 310/452-8370; http://www.lunaimaging.com.
 

Web Resources

Sagebrush Corp.'s Web Resource Library Gets New Name, Some New Features
Sagebrush Corp. has announced that Web Resource Library, a collection of more than 6,000 high-quality K-12-oriented Web sites, has been renamed WebMARC.

In addition, WebMARC has been enhanced to include monthly updates. Elizabeth Miller, M.L.I.S., S.L.I.S., Internet resource specialist, maintains the WebMARC collection, evaluating and selecting all the sites included. WebMARC subscribers may now also choose one or more grade-level specific collections, including K-12 (entire collection), K­6, 5­9, and 8­12. The entire K-12 collection consists of more than 6,000 Web-based resources. A sample of WebMARC resources, along with Miller's most recent review, is available at http://www.sagebrushcorp.com/tech/webmarc.cfm.

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

McGraw-Hill Has Released The Heart Online
McGraw-Hill Professional has announced the launch of Hurst's The Heart Online to offer medical researchers extensive coverage of cardiovascular health and disease and the anatomy of the heart on one Web site: http://www.cardiology.accessmedicine.com.

The 10th edition of Hurst's is an extensive revision with new contributors and 16 new chapters. The online version will be regularly updated to include late-breaking research findings, changes in ACC/AHA guidelines, and new insights and interpretations of cardiology data. Besides search boxes on every page and buttons and pop-ups to allow users to jump to specific chapters, updates, or tables and figures, The Heart Online also offers discussion forums where members of the cardiology community can debate topics with colleagues. The site also offers links to hundreds of related Web sites, including the Human Genome Project, MEDLINE, AHA, ACC, and a drug information database.

Source: McGraw-Hill, New York, 212/512-2000; http://www.mcgraw-hill.com.
 

Cambridge Scientific Abstracts Provides Free Information About Anthrax on Its Web Site
In response to wide media coverage of anthrax in recent months, Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (CSA) is providing a Web site that contains comprehensive information on the disease. This resource is free to the public and contains information at a level appropriate for both casual Web surfers and serious researchers, according to the company.

The site is available at http://www.csa.com/hottopics/anthrax/overview.html. It features an overview of the subject, summaries of key research articles in the field, a glossary of subject-specific terms, and links to key anthrax-related Web sites.

The anthrax site is part of CSA's "Hot Topic" series of free informational Web resources in areas of cutting-edge research. These sites detail more than 50 subjects in such diverse fields as Alzheimer's disease, the genetics of circadian clocks, brownfields, Ebonics, plastic highway bridges, and automotive weight reduction.

Source: Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, Bethesda, MD, 800/843-7751, 301/961-6700; http://www.csa.com.
 

Books

O'Reilly Releases Titles for Administrators
O'Reilly & Associates, Inc. has released two new titles of interest to systems administrators:

System Performance Tuning (2nd edition, ISBN: 0-596-00284-X, $39.95), by Gian-Paolo Musumeci and Mike Loukides, takes a holistic approach to system performance. In this completely updated edition, Musumeci and Loukides show systems administrators how to make the best use of existing systems while minimizing the purchase of new equipment. The book focuses on Solaris and Linux systems, with expanded coverage of I/O and networking subsystems and new material covering disk arrays, microprocessors, and code tuning. Other topics include work-flow characterization and management, benchmarks, CPU architecture and performance, and optimizing memory use.

In Using SANs and NAS (ISBN: 0-596-00153-3, $29.95), author W. Curtis Preston distinguishes between these two technologies and provides the information that storage administrators need, not only to make the right choices but also to actually build the data center that meets their requirements for size, speed, and reliability. Beginning with an overview of SAN and NAS architecture, the book covers the daily management of SANs and NAS, with a special emphasis on backup and recovery. A vendor-neutral approach makes the information applicable for a wide range of products.

Source: O'Reilly & Associates, Inc., Sebastopol, CA, 800/998-9938, 707/827-7000; http://www.oreilly.com.
 

McFarland Releases Guide to Search Engines
McFarland & Co., Inc., Publishers has announced Search Engines Handbook (ISBN: 0-7864-1308-5, $22.50), by Ned L. Fielden and Lucy Kuntz. The authors explore how search engines are put together, how they run, and how they locate information and display it.

Section I provides an introduction; section II details how search engines work; section III gives information on where and how to do research on the Internet; section IV provides information about specific directories; section V provides information about specific search engines; and section VI offers insights into the future of search engines.

Practical suggestions provide a research platform.

Source: McFarland & Co., Inc., Publishers, Jefferson, NC, 800/253-2187, 336/246-4460; http://www.mcfarlandpub.com.
 

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