|SOLINET Publishes Proceedings
SOLINET has announced the
online publication of "Virtual Libraries in the New Millennium," the proceedings
of a conference held May 2001 in Atlanta. The conference, made possible
in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities' Division
of Preservation and Access, featured case studies of virtual library projects,
an update on standards and best practices, discussion of selection and
access issues, and an overview of networking resources needed to support
future growth of virtual libraries.
The published proceedings
contain the keynote address by Daniel Greenstein, director of the digital
library federation; a case study of Louisiana State University's Digital
Library; a progress report on content, standards, and "best practices"
at the Florida Center for Library Automation; a case study on GALILEO (Georgia
Library Learning Online); a discussion on assessing virtual reference in
a digital library; and a talk on the future of the virtual library.
The proceedings may be viewed
or printed in their entirety from SOLINET's Web site at http://www.solinet.net/presvtn/vl/vlibraries.htm.
Founded in 1973, SOLINET
is a nonprofit membership organization serving more than 2,100 libraries
of all types and sizes in 10 southeastern states and the Caribbean.
Source: SOLINET, Atlanta,
ALA Announces AccessAbility
As part of The Campaign
for America's Libraries, the American Library Association (ALA) is pleased
to announce AccessAbility @ your library, a recently launched national
program, developed by Easter Seals and ALA. The goals of the program are
to educate children and adults about people with disabilities and to promote
the library as a community resource where people of all ages and abilities
can obtain information about disabilities.
ALA has compiled reading
lists for children and adults to use in the AccessAbility program. The
lists were prepared by members of the Association for Library Service to
Children (ALSC) and the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library
Agencies (ASCLA), divisions of ALA. The lists will be made available through
Easter Seals affiliates to local libraries participating in AccessAbility
@ your library, and also can be accessed on ALA's Web site at http://www.ala.org/news/v7n10/adult.html
Easter Seals will be approaching
approximately 20 libraries in targeted areas to pilot the program, which
may expand to additional sites. For more information, please contact Joan
Fishman in the Easter Seals national office at 312/551-7136. Program information
can also be obtained from the Easter Seals Web site, http://www.easter-seals.org.
AccessAbility @ your library
is one way in which ALA is working to implement its new Library Services
for People with Disabilities Policy, which was passed in January 2001.
Source: American Library
Association, Chicago, 800/545-2433; http://www.ala.org.
Heritage Preservation Conducts
Survey to Evaluate Condition of U.S. Collections
Inc. has announced the Heritage Health Index, which will for the first
time measure the condition of the nation's archival collections. This survey
is being developed by Heritage Preservation in partnership with the Institute
of Museum and Library Services, and with funding from the Getty Grant Program.
Through the Heritage Health
Index, the condition of collections in the nation's museums, libraries,
archives, and historical societies will be measured every 4 years. According
to the press release, no national survey is conducted regularly to produce
credible statistics regarding the condition of the nation's artistic, historical,
and scientific collections. This new data will facilitate long-range collections
planning, indicate where funding and resources are needed, prioritize the
areas of need, and educate the public at large.
Heritage Preservation is
a national organization dedicated to preserving U.S. heritage. Its members
include libraries, museums, archives, historic preservation organizations,
historical societies, conservation organizations, and other professional
groups concerned with saving the past for the future.
Source: Heritage Preservation,
Inc., Washington, DC, 202/634-0033; http://www.heritagepreservation.org.
CAS Announces SciFinder
2001, Content Agreements with InfoChem and Spotfire
Chemical Abstracts Service
(CAS) has announced a new release of its SciFinder desktop research tool.
SciFinder 2001 uses the Basic Local AlignmentSearch Tool (BLAST) algorithm
to aid researchers in exploring biotechnology literature. According to
the press release, its BLAST capability enables scientists to explore publicly
disclosed DNA or protein sequences. The new version introduces a "Keep
Me Posted" capability for user-defined research updates, increased property
values for more than 3 million substance records, and citation searching.
The company has also announced
the addition of calculated property data from Advanced Chemistry Development,
Inc. (ACD) and another 10 years of reaction information back to 1975 provided
by InfoChem GmbH in the CASREACT file. Information will be added for more
than 750,000 single- and multi-step reactions.
In another agreement, CAS
has announced that it will cooperate with Spotfire, Inc. to couple SciFinder's
advanced chemical substance Explore capabilities with Spotfire DecisionSite
eAnalytic applications. Customers who subscribe to both products can find
answers, and then use DecisionSite's ability to analyze and refine them.
In DecisionSite, users can also visualize and analyze the physical properties
available with the CAS answer set of substances transferred from SciFinder.
Source: Chemical Abstracts
Service, Columbus, OH, 800/753-4227, 614/447-3731; http://www.cas.org.
ALA Offers Second $25,000
The American Library Association
(ALA) is seeking proposals for the second year for the $25,000 ALA Research
Grant to support problem-based research for the profession. The Research
Grant is a response to recommendations made by the Congress on Professional
Education (COPE) in April 1999. Research proposals should address one of
the following questions recommended by the ALA Committee on Research and
Statistics (CORS): 1) In what ways do the services of libraries have a
positive impact on the lives of users? or 2) What is/should be the role
of librarians in adding value to electronic information?
Proposals focusing on a
specific type of library or a specific type of library service are encouraged,
as long as they relate to one of these broad questions. Proposals are due
by December 15, 2001, and results will be announced by February 1, 2002.
For more information contact Mary Jo Lynch, director, ALA Office for Research
and Statistics, at 800/545-2433, ext. 4273 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proposals should be organized according to a list of criteria that is found
Also located on the Web page is a payment and reporting schedule and outlines
for required reports.
Source: American Library
Association, Chicago, 800/545-2433; http://www.ala.org.
Brarydog.net Adds Live Homework
The Public Library of Charlotte
& Mecklenburg County has announced the addition of "Live Homework Help,"
an online tutoring service, to its Web portal for students. The service,
available at "brarydog" (http://www.brarydog.net)
and provided by Tutor.com, will provide students with the chance to chat
live and online with a tutor about tough homework problems.
Students with a brarydog
ID and password can access the homework service for free. After they specify
their grade level and the subject area of their question, Tutor.com connects
each student to a tutor who is an expert in that area for one-to-one help.
The service uses a national network of tutors in English, math, science,
and social studies. Tutors' backgrounds range from schoolteachers to professors
at MIT. To protect students, identities of both the student and tutor are
Students can also access
the service directly through the Tutor.com Web site for an hourly rate
Source: Public Library of
Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, Charlotte, NC, 704/336-2074; http://www.plcmc.org.
School Receives Cutting-Edge Library
R. Jones, founder/CEO of Jones Knowledge, Inc., has announced the dedication
of the Jones Library at Hickory High School in Hermitage, Pennsylvania.
According to the press release, the library is one of the most technologically
advanced in the country.
library, funded by Jones, features individual cyber modules that provide
private work space for students; a distance learning room, where cameras
and microphones allow students and instructors in different locations to
interact in real time; an information wall, where specialists located anywhere
in the country can lead a library class via a large screen; workstation
controls that allow the librarian to monitor, assist, and broadcast to
or from any workstation in the environment; and automated camera tracking,
which keeps the librarian or instructor in view of all the students. The
library's workstations feature Jones e-global library interfaces.
Jones Knowledge, Inc., Englewood, CO, 800/453-5663; http://www.jonesknowledge.com.
Improves Advanced Technology Center
Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County has announced improvements
to its Virtual Library, an advanced computer technology facility founded
in 1994. The Virtual Village Communication Center (V2) received funding
from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
is equipped with devices that have highly specialized, adaptive functions
for disabled patrons: It features Cyberlink, an interface that uses three
sensors mounted in a headband that respond to the user's brain waves and
facial muscle signals; Eyegaze, a state-of-the-art system that allows a
user to run a computer solely by eye movement; Jouse, a system that uses
a mouth-controlled joystick to perform mouse functions; and Tracker 2000,
an optical tracking device that controls a mouse cursor by tracking a small
dot on the user's eyeglasses or forehead. Fifteen adaptive workstations
are equipped with ergonomic keyboards, mouse pads with wrist rests, and
adjustable-height tables. Visually impaired patrons can use text-to-speech,
text-to-Braille, and screen-magnification software; a Braille embosser;
large-type keyboards; and scanners combined with scan-and-read software.
Virtual Village Communication Center contains 100 Macintosh computers and
Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, Charlotte, NC, 704/336-2074;
Mandarin Becomes Two Corporations
Mandarin, Inc. has announced that it has reorganized into two separate
corporations. The library automation division is now Mandarin Library Automation,
Inc. (Mandarin); the electronic and print databases division is now SIRS
Publishing, Inc. (SIRS). Both corporations are under a common corporate
to the press release, SIRS Publishing, Inc. will continue to host and publish
its print and electronic reference databases, SIRS Enduring Issues,
SIRS Researcher, SIRS Government Reporter, SIRS Renaissance and SIRS
Discoverer Deluxe, SIRS NetSelect, and SIRS eCurriculum.
SIRS Mandarin, Inc., Boca Raton, FL, 800/232-7477; http://www.sirs.com.
Completes Its Acquisition of DRA
Corporation has announced that it has completed its acquisition of Data
Research Associates (DRA) for $51.5 million. The new SIRSI-DRA company
is now the second-largest vendor in the library automation industry, based
on number of installed systems, according to data SIRSI compiled and published
in March 2001. The combined company offers a wide range of library management
and public interface systems for all types of libraries, including the
Unicorn Library Management System, TAOS, the iBistro Electronic Library,
Web2, and the Hyperion Digital Media Archive.
provides library management software and services; DRA is a systems integrator
for libraries and other information providers.
SIRSI Corp., Huntsville, AL, 256/704-7000; http://www.sirsi.com.
Hosts Electronic Archive Program
concerns about the temporary nature of licensing electronic databases are
being addressed in a new Electronic Archive Program developed by the Gale
Group. The pioneering plan allows libraries to purchase, rather than lease,
electronic archives of Gale content such as Contemporary Authors, Dictionary
of Literary Biography, the Biography Resource Center, and Literature Resource
of the Gale Electronic Archive Program will pay a one-time fee to purchase
available backfile content through the end of the previous year. Gale will
deliver the content in a standard tagged format via CD-ROM or ftp. Customers
will also have the option to access their archive on a Gale Group server.
As the information is dynamic, customers will also be able to purchase
annual updates for their archive.
is launching the Electronic Archive Plan with a Charter Club that provides
a 25-percent discount on archive orders placed before December 1, 2001.
Group provides e-reference publishing for libraries, schools, and businesses.
The company creates and maintains more than 600 databases that are published
in electronic form, as well as in print and microform.
Gale Group, Farmington Hills, MI, 800/877-4253; http://www.galegroup.com.
Increases Full-Text Offerings
has announced accords with seven publishers to expand its articles available
via electronic delivery. The new content agreements with Oxford University
Press, Arnold Publishers, American Meteorological Society (AMS), Bentham
Science Publishers, Ltd., Royal Society of Medicine, Portland Press, Ltd.,
and CABI Publishing bring Infotrieve's total number of full-text documents
available for immediate download through its Web site to over 1.3 million.
Infotrieve, Inc., Los Angeles, 310/234-9480; http://www.infotrieve.com.\
Teams with 'Perfect Information'
a global provider of business and financial information, has announced
that it has added content from Perfect Information's Pioneer database to
its product range.
Information is an online global provider of original company documents
to the Corporate Finance and Advisory Sectors, including investment banks,
corporate stockbrokers, consulting, fund management, and law and accountancy
firms. The database, Pioneer, is a specialist Corporate Finance and Debt
Capital Markets tool with a search engine that can access more than 3 million
provides access to scanned business-critical documents with an archive
stretching back to 1982. Alacra customers can search across a global collection
of Company Report and Accounts, Eurobond prospectuses and pricing supplements,
Company Circulars, and the London Stock Exchange Regulatory News Service.
Alacra, London, 011-44-20-7398-1300; http://www.alacra.com.
Business Information Is Added to Epicentric Foundation Server 3.5 Portal
has announced an agreement with Epicentric, Inc. to integrate its global
news and business information within the Epicentric Foundation Server 3.5.
Epicentric Foundation Server is a business portal platform designed to
help companies deploy and manage targeted Web services.
to the company, business users will be able to research and track Factiva
content from more than 6,000 world-class news and business information
sources—including content in 12 languages from 118 countries—without leaving
the portal interface. With minimal development, Epicentric customers can
integrate Factiva's global content collection into their portal interface
using Factiva Search Module and Factiva Track Module.
Factiva, Princeton, NJ, 800/369-7466, 609/627-2000; http://www.factiva.com.
Partners with Syndetic Solutions
Inc. has announced an agreement with Syndetic Solutions, Inc. to offer
the Chameleon Gateway XBS, an OPAC with extended bibliographic services
(XBS) for Virtua Integrated Library Systems. XBS is seamlessly integrated
with VTLS' Web-based Chameleon Gateway. By simply clicking on an icon or
link in the Web OPAC, library patrons can access a variety of content relating
to a particular title. XBS content enhances current records by offering
book cover images, tables of contents, summaries and annotations, excerpts,
book reviews, authors' notes, fiction and biography profile data, and external
resources (such as Web browsers and online bookstores) through the Chameleon
to the company, libraries already using the Virtua Integrated Library Systems
with Chameleon Gateway can quickly install and activate XBS content.
VTLS, Inc., Blacksburg, VA, 800/468-8857, 540/557-1200; http://www.vtls.com.
Acquires Media Minder System
Automation has announced its acquisition of the Media Minder product line
from its longtime business partner, CRS, Inc. Media Minder for Windows
is a PC-based reservation and tracking system that conducts all media center
operations. Media Minder's catalog and booking features allow media center
staff and teachers to search and reserve material, even months in advance.
Brodart Co., Williamsport, PA, 800/233-8467; http://www.brodart.com.
Integrates Web Cataloging Tools
Inc. has announced its new database product, DB/TextWorks v5.1, in conjunction
with Inmagic.NET, its Web content integration technology. The new software
allows its customers to catalog Web content directly from an Inmagic.NET
menu item on the DB/TextWorks menu bar. Users can open a database, and
then by clicking on the Inmagic.NET menu item, surf the Web, highlight
text on a Web page, and drop it into a field for the record referencing
Inmagic, Inc., Woburn, MA, 800/229-8398; http://www.inmagic.com.
Point Upgrades TLC, Releases Version 3
Point, Inc. has announced additional features, an upgraded user interface,
and several "under the hood" improvements to its integrated library automation
system, Total Library Computerization (TLC). TLC version 3 allows users
to search a library's holdings on its local area network and also with
any Web browser via the Internet.
is a library application of FileMaker Pro database software and includes
its Web capabilities, ODBC compliancy, and database management. The new
release permits users to set options for searching databases, sorting retrieved
records, and showing or printing reports quickly. Then you can reuse them
with a single mouse click until a change is selected. Web features include
FileMaker Pro's built-in Instant Web Publishing and also TLC's Custom Web
Publishing, modifiable Web pages that users can edit to suit their libraries'
is intended for smaller libraries in any organization or office with a
collection of print and/or non-print materials too large for each item
to be located easily.
On Point, Inc., Washington, DC, 202/338-8914; http://www.onpointinc.com.
Announces ENCompass Upgrade
Information Systems has announced the availability of ENCompass 1.1, the
second release of the digital management, searching, and linking tool.
According to the company, it is the only fully integrated system for accessing
the local library catalog, local and remote electronic databases, and digital
collections with combined results sets and relevance feedback.
integrates information from a variety of metadata types, including Encoded
Archival Description (EAD), Dublin Core (DC), or locally developed metadata
types. The press release states that version 1.1 brings expanded options
for researchers to navigate results sets, including visual representation
of Endeavor's proven relevance ranking, a "jump" feature to allow researchers
to move deeper into results sets, and simultaneous relevance ranking of
all search sources, including Z39.50 databases.
also announced it will continue integrating XML and XSL for displaying
metadata and related holdings for individual records, as well as for improving
user customization, in its release of ENCompass 2.0 in winter 2002.
Endeavor Information Systems, Des Plaines, IL, 847/296-2200; http://www.endinfosys.com.
Offers 'CARLweb Japanese'
Library Corporation (TLC)/CARL has announced that the company has introduced
a Japanese-language version of CARLweb, a Web-based public access interface
that provides a gateway to a library's OPAC, other Z39.50 catalogs, external
Web sites, and electronic resources.
Japanese features a "tool tip" function; when positioned over any link,
it displays the English version of that particular item. In this way, non-Japanese-speaking
library staff can demonstrate catalog searching to Japanese-speaking patrons.
CARLweb is also available in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Polish, and Russian.
is one component of CARL•Solution, an automation system that offers public
access interfaces and management software for library staff.
The Library Corporation, Inwood, WV, 800/325-7759; http://www.tlccarl.com.
Enhances Research Offerings with Release of Current Issues Universe
has introduced LexisNexis Current Issues Universe (CIU), a Web-based research
tool designed to provide students access to documents not commercially
published. The new database makes available difficult-to-find documents
covering contemporary issues, such as reports, theses, and conference proceedings.
In addition to these sources, students can also search for editorials,
newspaper articles, and public-opinion polls from additional LexisNexis
databases. According to the announcement, CIU's release marks the first
time students will have online access to these important documents through
one research tool.
new database features a "Current Issues List," a growing collection of
more than 2,000 questions focused on key areas of interest and controversy.
Questions are arranged by subject category. Each question in the Current
Issues List directs students to relevant, full-text source documents. CIU
delivers access to the complete text of documents from more than 8,000
gray literature sources, and is continually updated.
LexisNexis, Dayton, OH, 800/227-4908; http://www.lexisnexis.com.
Adds Consumer Lifestyles Module to Its Global Market Database
International has enhanced its Web-based Global Market Information Database
(GMID) with the addition of the new Consumer Lifestyles module.
added component offers analysis of consumer preferences and key market
drivers across 60 countries worldwide. The database features improved functionality
with the new "key word search" function and the capacity for users to compile
their own reports based on search results. It indicates which factors are
affecting consumer decision-making and spending habits, and provides analysis
of the factors that will determine future expenditure patterns.
is a business intelligence tool that makes current, vital research and
analysis available on any desktop. Its coverage of over 200 countries (with
detailed coverage of 52 core countries) constitutes 90 percent of the world's
population and 95 percent of worldwide consumer expenditure.
Euromonitor International, Chicago, 800/577-EURO, 312/922-1115; http://www.euromonitor.com.
Inc., an electronic collection of scientific literature and research information,
has announced that, through agreements with The British Library, IOS Press,
and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), almost
4 million records have been added to the company's core database of scientific
to conference papers and abstracts, held by The British Library and summarizing
100,000 meetings, conferences, and symposia since 1993, are now available
through sciBASE to TheScientificWorld members at http://www.thescientificworld.com.
Approximately 3,000 new conference citations will be added each day. In
addition, members can access single articles dating back to January 1998
from the 30 journals of IOS Press, as well as articles published since
January 2001 in Pure and Applied Chemistry, published by IUPAC.
TheScientificWorld, Boynton Beach, FL, 561/742-0068; http://www.thescientificworld.com.
Science Abstracts Offers Improved Coverage of Journals and Data
Today, Inc. has announced that the Information Science Abstracts (ISA)
database has been reloaded on both the Dialog and SilverPlatter information
Science Abstracts covers the world's literature on information science
using a variety of resources. Records in ISA, drawn from over 300
journals, are scanned and abstracted.
to the press release, the new database will feature a number of enhancements:
coverage of more than 20 e-journals, more focused journal coverage, and
new data fields (including author affiliations; author e-mail addresses;
ISBNs; and URLs of journals, authors, publishers, and individual papers).
is available online from Dialog (File 202) and in both online and CD-ROM
versions from SilverPlatter.
Information Today, Inc., Medford, NJ, 609/654-6266; http://www.infotoday.com.
Adds MEDLINE Database
has announced that it will offer MEDLINE, the National Library of Medicine's
bibliographic database, to all ScienceDirect customers, free of charge.
MEDLINE and pre-MEDLINE will be included on the ScienceDirect platform,
with records being updated and added four times per week. MEDLINE will
use the full-text linking capabilities of the ScienceDirect platform, providing
users with seamless linking from abstracts to the full-text articles within
ScienceDirect and CrossRef affiliates. The combination of the search tools
now provides access to over 40 million abstracts linked to more than 3
million full-text articles.
ScienceDirect, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 011-31-20-485-3767; http://www.sciencedirect.com.
Book Explains Allaire's ColdFusion
ColdFusion, by Rob Brooks-Bilson (ISBN: 1-56592-698-6, $49.95), attempts
to cover everything you need to know to create effective Web applications
with ColdFusion, a tag-based platform, and includes numerous examples that
you can use.
book starts with ColdFusion basics and quickly progresses to topics like
sharing application data, accessing databases, and maintaining state information.
It also provides chapters on advanced database techniques, working with
the Verity search engine, and interacting with other data sources, including
Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) directories, e-mail servers,
and other Web servers. Other topics include creating custom tags, Web Distributed
Data Exchange (WDDX), and calling external objects.
O'Reilly & Associates, Inc., Sebastopol, CA, 800/998-9938; http://www.oreilly.com.
Publishes Books Free Online
has announced that it provides all of its "visual" computer books as free
hundreds of large illustrations and very little text, Visibooks employ
a visual method of instruction that appeals to beginning computer users.
According to the company, Visibooks' Napster-like strategy (it provides
free downloads to increase hard-copy sales) is much different from other
publishers' plans to charge for downloaded books. Visibooks also combines
new print-on-demand technology with direct Web sales. The company claims
that, by operating more like Dell Computer than a traditional publisher,
it can cut book prices almost in half.
Web project management, and Fireworks 4. New titles on Palm Personal Digital
Assistants and PocketPCs are scheduled to be published before the end of
the year. Paperback copies can be purchased for $19.95, shipping included,
can be downloaded free at http://www.visibooks.com.
Visibooks, Richmond, VA, 804/278-9188; http://www.visibooks.com.
Publishes Two Network Guides for Troubleshooting and T-1 Connections
has announced the publication of Network Troubleshooting Tools, by
Joseph D. Sloan (ISBN: 0-596-00186-X, $39.95).
book helps administrators sort through the thousands of tools available
to debug TCP/IP networks and choose those that are best for the job at
hand. Rather than provide a general overview of all troubleshooting tools,
Sloan focuses on a single aspect of troubleshooting that he considers essential
to solving any problem: collecting information.
also provides a general review of troubleshooting techniques. Network
Troubleshooting Tools outlines a systematic approach to network troubleshooting,
including how to document a network so administrators will know how it
behaves under normal conditions, and how to think about problems when they
arise in order to solve them more effectively.
A Survival Guide, by Matthew Gast (ISBN: 0-596-00127-4, $29.95), brings
together in one reference all the information that network administrators
will need to set up, test, and troubleshoot T-1 lines, including how to
deal with routers, serial links, smart jacks, and more.
T-1 lines are the standard for dedicatedbusiness Internet connectivity.
The knowledge needed to work with T-1 is specialized and hard to come by
in the outside world.
T1: A Survival Guide features a glossary of
telecom terms to help administrators "speak the language" of the phone
company when diagnosing and fixing T-1 problems.
practical guide covers the following broad topics: What components are
needed to build a T-1 line; how to use standardized link layer protocols
to adapt the T-1 physical layer to work with data networks; and how to
troubleshoot problems and work with the telephone company, equipment manufacturers,
and Internet service providers.
O'Reilly & Associates, Inc., Sebastopol, CA, 800/998-9938; http://www.oreilly.com.
Publishes Quotes from Barbara Quint
Today, Inc. has published The Quintessential Searcher: The Wit and Wisdom
of Barbara Quint (ISBN: 1-57387-114-1, $19.95). According to
the announcement, Barbara Quint, editor of Searcher magazine, is
one of the world's most famous online searchers and is widely acknowledged
as the most creative, controversial, and influential writer to emerge from
the online information industry.
book is a collection of many of Barbara Quint's most memorable quotes from
Information Today, Online, Wilson Library Bulletin,
and other library and information industry publications.
Information Today, Inc., Medford, NJ, 609/654-6266; http://www.infotoday.com.
Releases Net Trainer's Kit
Library Internet Trainer's Toolkit, by Michael T. Stephens (ISBN: 1-55570-415-8,
$149.95),is an easy-to-use toolkit that provides resources you can use
to successfully teach others how to navigate the world of online information.
The 200-page book comes with a CD-ROM, which includes 12 PowerPoint presentations,
detailed scripts, and step-by-step instructions to begin an Internet training
program or add to an existing one.
saved to your hard drive, these presentations can be customized to include
information on your library and to reflect your personality and teaching
style. Programs can be presented on their own or combined with others.
Along with general guidelines, each module comes with a separate introduction,
and hints and tips.
Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc., New York, 212/925-8650; http://www.neal-schuman.com.
Publishes Book on Searching the Web for Difficult-to-Find Database Information
Today, Inc. has announced the publication of The Invisible Web: Uncovering
Information Sources Search Engines Can't See, by Chris Sherman and
Gary Price (ISBN: 0-910965-51-X, $29.95).
to the authors, the current generation of search engines can reveal little
or nothing about the data contained in content-rich databases from universities,
libraries, associations, and businesses, a phenomenon referred to as "the
Invisible Web." According to the press release, this is the first handbook
and directory for information users who wish to utilize Invisible Web resources
systematically in order to improve the quality and effectiveness of their
this book, Sherman and Price describe the scope and background of the problem,
introduce readers to essential sites and sources, and offer practical tips,
techniques, and analysis. The Web directory that the authors have created
to support the book (http://www.invisible-web.net)
provides updates, news, and links to over 1,000 Invisible Web resources.
Information Today, Inc., Medford, NJ, 609/654-6266; http://www.infotoday.com.
Unlimited Publishes Book That Explains How to Preserve Digital Resources
Preservation and Metadata: History, Theory, Practice, by Susan S. Lazinger
(ISBN: 1-56308-777-4, $55), describes the challenges that institutions
face as digital preservation becomes morepertinent. Lazinger shows you
how to effectively protect your resources—from responsibility to leading-edge
methods of preservation, cost considerations, and metadata formats—and
describes electronic data archives at U.S. and foreign institutions.
book offers up-to-date information and guidelines regarding hardware and
software selection, storage formats, preservation of the intellectual content,
what items to keep, and which elements of the resource should be preserved.
It gives you the information you need to be able to face the challenge
of effectively protecting your "born-digital" resources and of advancing
your digital resources electronically without compromising their integrity.
Libraries Unlimited, Englewood, CO, 800/237-6124; http://www.lu.com.