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Sirsi NCIP Certification Program Launched
Sirsi Corp. announced the launch of an original certification
program for the National Information Standards Organization
(NISO) Circulation Interchange Protocol (NCIP). The
Sirsi NCIP Certification Program, modeled after Sirsi's
SIP2 Certification Program, will enable third-party
vendors to ensure that their NCIP-compliant products
integrate with Sirsi systems. Sirsi expects to complete
preliminary NCIP certification of third-party vendors
during the first quarter of 2004. Current vendors working
for NCIP certification include SF-Systems, Relais International,
OCLC, and 3M.
Source: Sirsi Corp., St Louis, 800/325-0888; http://www.sirsi.com.
IEEE Examines Usage Reporting Methods
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
(IEEE) announced the completion of an independent audit
of IEEE Xplore usage statistics. The controls-based
audit, conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, reviewed
the accuracy of the count of PDF documents downloaded
from IEEE Xplore. The audit uncovered a systems reporting
limitation that resulted in previously under-reported
article abstract statistics. IEEE corrected the method
by which abstract counts are reported; the changes are
reflected in reports on abstracts downloaded since January
Source: IEEE, Inc., Piscataway, NJ, 732/981-0060;
IMLS Releases Digital Divide Report
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
announced the release of "Toward Equality of Access:
The Role of Public Libraries in Addressing the Digital
Divide," a report developed by the Bill & Melinda
Gates Foundation in collaboration with AARP, ALA, IMLS,
and a variety of civic and nonprofit organizations.
The report recommends that the public and private sectors
work together to ensure that libraries can continue
to provide vital access to technology for years to come.
"Toward Equality of Access" is available online at http://www.imls.gov/pubs/pdf/Equality.pdf.
Source: Institute of Museum and Library Services,
Washington, DC, 202/606-8536; http://www.imls.gov.
Utah Legislature OKs Internet Filter Bill
In the final hours of the 2004 legislative session,
the Utah state legislature amended Utah's existing Online
Access of Public Libraries Act to make Utah libraries'
state funding contingent on their installation of filters
that block certain images on all public access computers.
Those filters may be disabled, at the request of a library
patron who is not a minor, to allow access for research
or other lawful purposes. The bill contained no funding
for implementation, had no specific effective date,
and was scheduled to become law on May 3, unless vetoed
by Utah Governor Olene Walker.
Source: State of Utah, House of Representatives, Salt
Lake City, 801/538-1035; http://www.state.ut.us.
Fifty-One Liberal Arts Colleges Back Open-Access
Publishing, According to SPARC
The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition
(SPARC), an academic and research libraries initiative,
announced that 51 members of the Oberlin Group of Liberal
Arts College Libraries have become institutional members
of the Public Library of Science. PloS is a nonprofit
advocacy organization and a publisher of open-access
journals, such as PloS Biology, that are available at
no charge online and are subsidized largely by author-side
charges for publication. Scientists affiliated with
member institutions are entitled to substantially reduced
fees for publishing in PloS journals.
Source: Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources
Coalition, Washington, DC, 202/296-2296; http://www.arl.org/sparc.
YOUR DIGITAL LIBRARY
ITI Titles Now Available as eBooks Through netLibrary
Information Today, Inc. (ITI) has announced that a
number of its high-demand titles have become available
as eBooks through netLibrary, a division of OCLC. The
initial offerings include Building & Running
a Successful Research Business; Super Searchers Cover
the World: The Online Secrets of International Business
Researchers; Assessing Competitive Intelligence Software;
Net Effects: How Libraries Can Manage the Unintended
Consequences of the Internet; Electronic Democracy:
Using the Internet to Transform American Politics; Web
of Deception: Misinformation on the Internet; Business
Statistics on the Web: Find Them FastAt Little
or No Cost; The Quintessential Searcher: The Wit and
Wisdom of Barbara Quint; The Accidental Webmaster;
and The Librarian's Internet Survival Guide. Additional
titles are scheduled for release later in the year.
Source: Information Today, Inc., Medford, NJ, 609/654-6266;
Elsevier Releases Multimedia Cecil Textbook of Medicine
Elsevier announced the release of its first electronic
edition of Cecil Textbook of Medicine. The 22nd edition,
a full-color text, is also available to physicians as
an e-edition that includes access to http://www.cecilmedicine.com,
as well as a CD-ROM with all of the images and tables
contained in the book. The Cecil e-edition includes
full-text searching, continuous content updates, personalization
features, a searchable library of downloadable images,
and mobile capabilities. Cecil Online allows users to
search the full contents of the book and its continuous
updates; access review questions and cases; view videos
of procedures; and receive medical, literature, and
drug alerts. Access to Cecil Online will be available
throughout the life of the 22nd edition.
Source: Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 011-31-20-485-3911;
EBSCO's MetaPress Hosts U.K. Serials
EBSCO Information Services announced that the UK Serials
Group has selected EBSCO's MetaPress to host its title,
Serials. The publication's co-editors Hazel Woodward
and Helen Henderson cited MetaPress user services, client
administration functions, personalization features,
alerting, and other services as key factors in the decision
to work with MetaPress.
Source: EBSCO Information Services, Birmingham, AL,
Sirsi Unveils Digital Heritage Room
Sirsi introduced its Digital Heritage Room, a Web-hosted
to afford libraries a cost-effective way to preserve
images, documents, and more, while making the materials
more accessible to library users. The service is powered
by Sirsi Hyperion Digital Media Archive and Sirsi Rooms
Digital Heritage Room comes standard with a single
CollectionPak that covers
the digitization and presentation of a set number of
images or documents from the library. Sirsi will scan
and bulk load the images and associated metadata that
make up the CollectionPak for the library. As
the library continues to expand its digital collections,
it can purchase additional CollectionPaks.
All metadata is fully searchable. An optional feature
allows the textual material in the collection to be
indexed and searched using full-text searching capabilities
licensed from Convera Corp.
Source: Sirsi Corp., St. Louis, 800/325-0888; http://www.sirsi.com.
U-M and Yahoo! Launch OAIster Repository
The University of Michigan (U-M) announced an agreement
with Yahoo!, Inc. to offer a repository of information
providing links to scholarly resources that were difficult
to locate previously. The repositorydeveloped
through Michigan's University Library OAIster Projectis
now available through Yahoo!'s Content Acquisition Program
(CAP) and accessible through Yahoo! Search.
OAIster offers information that links to hidden digital
resources, such as the complete contents of books and
articles, technical reports, preprints (unpublished
works that have not yet been peer reviewed), white papers,
images of paintings, movies, and audio files of speeches.
OAIster retrieves these resources by tapping directly
into the collections of a variety of institutions via
harvesting technology based on the Open Archives Initiative
(OAI) Protocol for Metadata Harvesting. The U-M OAIster
service provides access to more than 3 million harvested
records describing and pointing to these resources.
Source: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 734/764-7260;
ProQuest Licenses Taxonomy to Convera
ProQuest Information and Learning announced a licensing
agreement with Convera to use ProQuest's taxonomy for
electronic content. The deal allows Convera to use ProQuest's
taxonomy to classify and organize information in its
proprietary RetrievalWare software products.
RetrievalWare solutions enable searches across more
than 200 forms of text, video, image, and audio information
in more than 45 languages. Convera is offering industry-specific
cartridges, based on slices of the ProQuest taxonomy,
to plug into RetrievalWare. Convera also offers software
licenses for the cartridges, based on ProQuest content,
to RetrievalWare users.
Source: ProQuest Information and Learning, Ann Arbor,
MI, 800/521-0600; http://www.il.proquest.com.
Swets Adds Publishers to Online Content Service
Swets Information Services announced that 10 more
publishers have signed agreements to participate in
its SwetsWise Online Content service. The publishers
are Ashley Publications, BioMed Central, the British
Institute of Radiology, Future Medicine, the International
Association of Hydraulic Engineering and Research, MA
Healthcare, Ltd., Manchester University Press, Open
Minds Journals, the Royal College of Surgeons of England,
and the U.K. Serials Group. SwetsWise now carries a
total of 7,813 full-text e-journals from 294 publishers.
Source: Swets Information Services, Lisse, Netherlands,
UPI and LexisNexis Renew and Expand Global Coverage
United Press International (UPI) and LexisNexis U.S.
announced the renewal of a long-standing relationship
in a multiyear contract that expands the quantity of
content that UPI will deliver. Beginning this summer,
LexisNexis news content subscribers will have access
to more global coverage of Middle Eastern and South
American news events via the lexis.com and nexis.com
services. UPI will provide LexisNexis with the English-language
content from Arabia 2000, which includes regional perspectives
from the Iranian News Agency, Saudi Press Agency, and
Yemen News Agency. Spanish-language content additions
will include the UPI-LatAm News Service and the UPI-Chile
Source: LexisNexis, Dayton, OH, 800/227-4908; http://www.lexisnexis.com.
Classical Music Library Links to H.W. Wilson Background
Classical International announced an agreement with
H.W. Wilson to offer expanded information on composers
found on its Classical Music Library service via links
to Wilson's Biography Reference Bank, Humanities Full
Text, and Humanities Index Retrospective databases at
libraries subscribing to both vendors' services. The
links offer supplementary information such as full-text
articles, images, biographical profiles, interviews,
and performance reviews.
Classical Music Library currently offers 20,000 tracks
for listening, browsing, and searching.
Source: Classical International, Inc., New York, 800/859-9306;
EBSCO Publishing and Baker & Taylor Release 'Book
Index with Reviews'
The NoveList team of EBSCO Publishing, in association
with Baker & Taylor, announced the release of the
Web-based Book Index with Reviews. The Index provides
800,000 full-text reviews (fully searchable with the
EBSCOhost search engine) and information on nearly
4 million book titles (powered by The Title Source from
Baker & Taylor). A four-star rating system based
on input from thousands of libraries and retail outlets
allows users to identify high-demand titles.
Source: EBSCO Publishing, Ipswich, MA, 800/653-2726;
Ergotron Rolls Out Flexible Arm for Flat-Panel Monitors
Ergotron released the Neo-Flex Arm, an adjustable
arm for flat-panel monitors. Built to anchor to the
rear of a work surface and attach to a VESA-compliant
flat-panel monitor weighing 18 lbs. or less, the Neo-Flex
arm offers 8-inch arm height adjustment, 180-degree
right/left monitor tilt, up to 180-degree up/down monitor
tilt, 360-degree portrait/landscape viewing rotation,
and 360-degree arm side-to-side rotation. It also offers
an integrated cable routing clip and a safety-stop feature
to avert monitor contact with the work surface (for
monitors below 15.5 inches in height).
The Neo-Flex arm is designed to support optimal placement
of a monitor, which ergonomics experts advise should
be positioned at or just below the user's eye level
to minimize fatigue and musculoskeletal disorders of
the neck and shoulder.
Source: Ergotron, Inc., St. Paul, MN, 651/681-7600,
800/888-8458; Fax: 651/681-7717; http://www.ergotron.com.
Elsevier Releases Wireless Product for Hospitals
Elsevier announced the release of FIRST Consult as
a wireless tool for hospital physicians and students.
A hand-held decision support tool
designed specifically for point-of-care, it integrates
with a hospital network
to afford physicians full access to all
resources and information available on FIRST Consult
without requiring them to leave patient locations.
Source: Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 011-31-20-485-3911;
Derwent Unveils World Patents Index First View
Thomson Derwent announced that Derwent World Patents
Index First View is now available on Dialog. First View,
the new alerting companion file to Derwent World Patents
Index, provides the data needed to monitor emerging
technologies, identify leading inventors, and protect
R&D interests. The patents index and First View
are designed to be used together to provide a complete
picture of patent activity.
Source: Thomson Derwent, Philadelphia, 215/386-0100;
and The Dialog Corporation, Cary, NC, 800/334-2564;
Bowker Debuts New BIP Alert Service
R.R. Bowker introduced its new BIP Alert Service,
which automatically sends e-mail messages to individual
users any time a book is released that meets the criteria
of their previously saved search settings. Subscribers
have the option of registering to use BIP Alert at no
additional charge. If a library provides remote access
to the subscription sites, its patrons can receive the
alerts from their home computers.
Source: R.R. Bowker, New Providence, NJ, 888/269-5372;
Globetek Adds Ethernet Support to Serial Device Server
Globetek shipped GlobeLink GL 414, a new serial device
server that features four ports capable of supporting
either serial or Ethernet connections at the flip of
a switch. Designed to link legacy serial devices to
10/100BaseT Ethernet networks as well as to accommodate
RS232-based serial devices via RJ-45 ports, the GL 414
can support up to four serial and Ethernet devices in
any combination. It offers a serial data transfer rate
of up to 115 Kbps, static key-based 3DES data encryption,
serial port or Telnet configuration, and management
software for configuration and administration. Libraries
in the process of migrating from serial port devices
to Ethernet devices can ultimately use the four GL 414
ports to support Ethernet only, thereby reducing the
need for multiple server devices and their related installation
and maintenance costs.
Source: Globetek, Inc., Akron, OH, 330/920-6000; Fax:
Dialog Creates New Technology Platform
Dialog announced that it has developed and launched
a new comprehensive technology platform for its line
of business information, news, and market research services.
The new platform bundles business information and offers
online research services. New versions of two servicesDialog
Profound and Dialog NewsRoomare now operating
on the new platform and are accessible through the unified
interface. Current versions of Dialog Intelliscope,
Dialog Company Profiles, and Dialog NewsEdge also are
accessible through the unified interface.
The new platform features the launch of Dialog's new
SmartTerms taxonomy. Developed over a 3-year period
by on-staff ontologists, SmartTerms uses more than 855,000
terms, including 3,200 industry terms, 375 subject terms,
500 geographic location terms, 800,000 company names
(approximately 60 percent public and 40 percent private),
8,000 publication names, and 46,000 related and secondary
The SmartTerms taxonomy is available for searching
in the 8,000 news sources and 201,000 market research
reports accessible via the enhanced Dialog NewsRoom
and Dialog Profound services. The taxonomy will be available
through Dialog Intelliscope, Dialog Company Profiles,
and Dialog NewsEdge later this year when new versions
of those services are introduced.
Source: The Dialog Corporation, Cary, NC, 800/334-2564;
H.W. Wilson Unveils New Material
H.W. Wilson announced the release of two new annuals
in the Current Biography family of referencesCurrent
Biography Yearbook 2003 and Current Biography
International Yearbook 2003. Between them, the two
resources feature nearly 400 in-depth profiles of people
who were prominent in 2003. The Current Biography family
of references also includes the WilsonWeb database Current
The updated H.W. Wilson Humanities & Social Sciences
Index Retrospective 1907-1984 allows users to digitally
search content in core journals in the humanities and
social sciences. The database features cover-to-cover
indexing of articles from 1,200 noted periodicals, including
scholarly journals from the U.S., Canada, and Europe.
The data comes from decades of print annuals from Wilson's
Social Sciences & Humanities Index, Social Sciences
Index, Humanities Index, and International Index, providing
citations to more than 1.3 million articles.
Source: H.W. Wilson, New York, 800/367-6770; http://www.hwwilson.com.
xrefer Adds CIA Factbook to xreferplus
xrefer announced that it has integrated the CIA World
Factbook into its xreferplus subscription service, adding
interactive and exportable data tables to the content.
The CIA World Factbook contains extensive information
on all of the countries of the world. With the Factbook
in xreferplus, researchers can create customized tables
comparing countries on any of more than 130 data fields,
including economic aid, government, labor figures, and
Internet use. Tables can be sorted online, as well as
exported and charted for additional manipulation. The
Factbook also includes browseable information for all
countries on topics such as people, government, economy,
communications, and transnational issues, as well as
images of maps and flags.
Source: xrefer, Boston, 617/426-5202; http://www.xrefer.com.
Dialog Rolls Out DialogPRO NewsEdge
Dialog launched DialogPRO NewsEdge, a worldwide business
intelligence service designed for small business owners
and managers. DialogPRO (Predictable Research Online)
NewsEdge is a subscription news alerting tool that delivers
real-time news provided by top news and research sources.
The service also features options for access to Editors'
Picks and Editors' Updates, daily news briefing services
personally managed by Dialog editors who specialize
in individual industry sectors. DialogPRO NewsEdge provides
access to news reports distributed by wire services
and published in newspapers, magazines, and professional
journals, as well as to hard-to-find reports and data
produced by government agencies and research analysts.
Source: The Dialog Corporation, Cary, NC, 800/334-2564;
Wiley InterScience Introduces New Organic Reactions
Wiley InterScience announced the launch of Organic
Reactions, a new online database devoted exclusively
to important synthetic reactions. The database includes
a structure and substructure search, reaction search,
and evolving product of critically selected content.
An explanation of the scope and limits of the reaction
type will also be included. A Cross-Ref feature will
enable linking to primary literature references from
a variety of publishers. Internal links to other Wiley
databases, such as Organic Syntheses, will be added
in future enhancements.
Source: John Wiley & Sons, Inc./Wiley InterScience,
Hoboken, NJ, 800/825-7550; http://www.interscience.wiley.com.
FKI Logistex Crisplant Intros Library Mate, Compact
FKI Logistex Crisplant unveiled the Library Mate,
an ergonomically designed automated book return and
sortation system capable of processing library materials
under 16" x 12" x 4" (300mm x 400mm x 100mm) in dimension
and under 11 lbs. (5 kg) in weight. Smaller libraries
can leverage Library Mate as a stand-alone system. Larger
ones can connect it to the Crisplant Compact Sorter,
which can sort up to 4,500 items per hour and features
a cross-belt design for gentle handling of delicate
and mixed materials. A small footprint system configured
for floor, ceiling, or wall mounting, the Compact Sorter
can convey material at a range of levels; it also stacks
items in correct orientation on the Crisplant Ergo Cart,
which has a stacker shelf designed to electronically
lift to position materials at a comfortable working
height. Modular in design to enable expansion, Crisplant's
library system can be integrated with almost any ILS
and managed via a workstation or wireless PDA logged
onto an existing library intranet. As the patron scans
the bar code or RFID tag on a returned item, the data
is transferred to the ILS, which records the completed
transaction and instructs Library Mate to print out
a receipt. Library Mate supports standard library system
protocols such as SIP2 and Z39.70.
Source: FKI Logistex Crisplant, Frederick, MD, 301/663-3018;
Cuadra Updates STAR Information Management System
Cuadra Associates announced the release of STAR 3.9,
an update of its information management software. STAR
3.9 provides a number of enhancements to the program's
core technology, its Windows-based client interface,
and its browser-based system management interface. Cuadra
has added encrypted communications features to the core
technology, allowing users of STAR's Windows-based client
and the company's Applications Solution Provider service
to communicate safely and securely over the Internet
from multiple locations. The update also incorporates
a new release of STAR Manager, a faster and more efficient
version of STAR's browser-based management interface,
the company says, which provides access to most of the
maintenance functions used to manage the STAR system.
Source: Cuadra Associates, Inc., Los Angeles, 310/478-0066;
Sirsi Delivers Preconfigured Z39.50 Search Maps
Sirsi announced that it is the first company to deliver
preconfigured client search name maps for more than
20 of the most popular Z39.50 servers. Previously, Sirsi
sent only two attributes for searches to search destination
servers. Now, the company has mapped and made available
all six attributes under the Z39.50 protocol. Searches
are no longer dependent upon the defaults set by the
server receiving the query. Versions include EBSCO Information
Services, Library of Congress, National Library of Canada,
OCLC, and OCLC WorldCat. A complete listing of the most
popular versions of the Z39.50 preconfigured server
searches is available to Sirsi clients on http://www.sirsi.com
under "Client Care."
Source: Sirsi Corp., St Louis, 800/325-0888; http://www.sirsi.com.
TLC Upgrades Its LibrarySolution
The Library Corporation has announced a new release
of LibrarySolution. The update, version 3.2, has
more than 50 features and enhancements, including these:
added features for holds management, patron searching,
item tracking, and history of loan and fine payments
in the circulation application; advanced authority management;
enhanced photo imaging support; cataloging security
improvements; enhanced e-mail notification; additional
PAC customization capabilities; and support for presetting
groups of materials for statistical reporting.
Source: The Library Corporation, Inwood, WV, 800/325-7759;
ALA Offers Tips on Creating Online Library Services
ALA Editions announced the release of Library Web
Sites: Creating Online Collections and Services
(A. Paula Wilson, ISBN: 0-8389-0872-1, $35). The guide
is meant to help systems librarians and Web developers
to craft sticky library sites that emulate the style
of e-commerce sites, the immediacy of top search engines,
and the content variety of online booksellers in information
and service delivery. It offers a checklist of key features
of a library Web site as well as practical tips on Web
page content management; online marketing; external
database, catalog, and e-book content linking; patron
advisory services delivery; calendar-based site update;
and digital resource archiving. The manual offers information
and direction on issues such as site planning, standards,
navigation, branding, digital collections, e-mail and
chat reference services, library catalogs and portals,
licensed databases and electronic books, reader services,
full-text content, IT administration, and content customization
for specific audiences.
Source: ALA Editions, Chicago, 312/280-1537; Fax:
Thomson Launches Business Research Solutions Series
Via the Texere unit of its business and professional
publishing arm, Thomson shipped Introduction to Online
Company Research (Chris Dobson, ISBN: 0-538-72683-0,
$49.95). The first of six volumes in Thomson's new Business
Research Solutions Series, the 304-page hardcover manual
outlines techniques for excavating an array of rated
online databases for data on a specific company, whether
for due diligence or for sizing up a potential partner,
customer, competitor, or legal adversary. The book provides
tips for defining the parameters and costs of the search,
deciding how the information will be used and by whom,
and applying professional methodologies toward mining
and interpreting results.
It also features evaluations by 50 research experts
of 100 online business research data sources in two
classesgeneral sources/portals for broad data
aggregation (such as Factiva, Dialog, Thomson Gale,
and LexisNexis) and niche market research outlets. Online
data sources are ranked on a 10-point scale according
to eight criteria: cost-to-value, timeliness, comprehensiveness,
ease of use, search options, support services, training
offered, and special services.
Anticipated release dates for the other Business Research
Solutions Series titles in the pipeline are as follows:
May 2004Introduction to Online Accounting &
Financial Research (edited by Susan M. Klopper),
Introduction to Online Market & Industry Research
(edited by Cynthia L. Shamel), Introduction to Online
Investment Research (edited by Jan Davis Tudor);
July 2004Introduction to Online Legal, Regulatory
& Intellectual Property Research (edited by
Genie Tyburski); August 2004Introduction to
Online Competitive Intelligence Research (edited
by Conor Vibert).
Source: Texere, LLC, New York, 917/534-2401; Fax:
Guide Aids Web Site Strategy Planning
Facet Publishing released Managing Your Internet
and Intranet Services: The Information Professionals
Guide to Strategy, second edition (Peter Griffiths,
ISBN: 1-85604-483-1, $65). Targeted to librarians, Web
designers, and knowledge and information managers, the
reference provides actionable advice on building and
upgrading feature-rich Web sites for information service
It offers practical guidance on strategic planning,
management, and enhancement of online services, covering
topics such as information architecture; intranets and
portals; Weblogs; the Internet revolution; LIS professionals
and the Web; the business case for developing a sophisticated
Web presence; Webmaster and Web team functions; site
population, organization, and deployment; publication
design and accessibility; content management; tech services
provision; and the "golden rules" for delivering Web
page content. Additionally, the handbook features a
Web jargon glossary as well as a source list for further
readings. The publisher has also launched a companion
Web site for the guide.
Facet is a U.K. publisher; its titles are available
in the U.S. exclusively through Neal-Schuman.
Source: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc., New York, 212/
925-8650; Fax: 212/219-8916;