|TVI's New Braille
Device Is Portable
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.
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.
models are available: the Papenmeier ELba 20 cell for $3,995 and the Papenmeier
ELba 32 cell for $5,895.
Technologies for the Visually Impaired, Inc., Hauppauge, NY, 631/724-4479;
Makes Laptop Storage Cart
Corp. has introduced its new Laptop Storage Cart for iBooks and PCs, designed
to store, move, and charge laptops.
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.
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.
Anthro Corp., Tualatin, OR, 800/325-3841; http://www.anthro.com.
InfoToday 2002 Conference
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.
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
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.
Information Today, Inc., Medford, NJ, 800/300-9868, 609/654-6266; http://www.infotoday.com.
Maryland to Offer Virtual Reference Course—In Person and Online
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
are Eileen Abels, Margaret Turgman, Michelle Fiander (manager of LSSI's
Web Reference Center), and Steve Coffman. The course is worth six continuing
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.
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.
University of Maryland, College of Information Studies, College Park, MD,
OCLC Opens a
New Resource Center
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."
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.
OCLC, Dublin, OH, 800/848-5878, 614/764-6000; http://www.oclc.org.
Offers an Easy-to-Use Library Web Site Events Calendar Utility
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
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
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
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.
Plymouth Rocket, Inc., Plymouth, MA, 508/746-4080; http://www.plymouthrocket.com.
Semantix, Inc.; Broadens RetrievalWare's Cross-Lingual Searching
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
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.
Convera, Vienna, VA, 800/788-7758, 703/761-3700; http://www.convera.com.
New Book of Knowledge Online Has New Design, Enhanced Content
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.
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.
Grolier, Inc., Danbury, CT, 203/797-3500; http://www.grolier.com.
ENCompass Options Integrate Digitized and Licensed Collections
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
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
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.
Endeavor Information Systems, Des Plaines, IL, 800/762-6300, 847/296-2200;
Its Automation Software
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.
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.
Follett Software Co., McHenry, IL, 800/323-3397; http://www.fsc.follett.com.
Update of Precision One
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.
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.
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
Brodart Automation, Williamsport, PA, 800/233-8467; http://www.brodart.com.
TLC Debuts Automation
System for Schools
Library Corporation (TLC) has announced SchoolLibrary•Solution, an approach
that integrates library automation with classroom curricula.
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.
The Library Corporation, Inwood, WV, 888/439-2275; http://www.tlcdelivers.com.
Gale Adds Content
to Online Genealogy Tool
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
West Group, Eagan, MN, 800/328-4880, 651/687-7000; http://www.westgroup.com.
New Databases for Students
has announced several new databases for use in school libraries.
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.
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.
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.
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.
bigchalk, New York, 800/860-9228; http://www.bigchalk.com.
CSA Offers Two
New Engineering Databases; Enhances Cited Reference Feature in e-psyche
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.
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.
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
Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, Bethesda, MD, 800/843-7751, 301/961-6700;
Lexis Corporate Data to Users
has announced an agreement with Hoover's, Inc. that allows Hoover's users
pay-per-use access to the Directory of Corporate Affiliations (DCA).
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
LexisNexis, Dayton, OH, 800/227-9597, 937/865-6800; http://www.lexisnexis.com.
ebrary Adds U.N.
and World Bank Documents
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.
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.
ebrary, Inc., Mountain View, CA, 650/230-0700; http://www.ebrary.com.
VTLS Will Help
OCLC to Extend WorldCat
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.
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.
OCLC, Dublin, OH, 800/848-5878, 614/764-6000; http://www.oclc.org.
Has Joined Project MUSE
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.
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.
SOLINET, Atlanta, 800/999-8558, 404/892-0943; http://www.solinet.net.
Veicon and TELUS
Partner for Public Access
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.
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.
Veicon Technology, Inc., Beaverton, OR, 888/645-2288, 503/645-1551; http://www.veicon.com.