Colombia Library Wins
2002 Access Award
The Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation has presented BibloRed (Capital Network of Public Libraries)
of Bogotá, Colombia, with the 2002 Access to Learning Award
for its efforts to expand access to information, computers, and
the Internet for all people. BibloRed also received a $1 million
grant to further expand the work it is undertaking to provide
access to information technology for the public.
is an integrated network of public libraries that offers no-cost
access to digital information to patrons in low-income areas who
otherwise would have little access to such information. According
to the announcement, in just 4 years BibloRed built three major
libraries and upgraded 16 local libraries that now attract an
average of 10,000 daily visitors in Bogotáa city in which
two-thirds of the population lives in low-income neighborhoods.
The libraries are strategically located to serve at least 70 percent
of the school-age population and 40 percent of the adult populationapproximately
3.4 million people. In addition to providing free access to the
Internet, BibloRed has developed training programs, including
computer literacy classes for senior citizens and computer training
for teachers, children, and adults.
The Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation Access to Learning Award annually recognizes an outstanding
library, library agency, or similar organization that provides
patrons with no-cost public access to information in innovative
and useful ways. Only entities outside the U.S. are eligible for
consideration. The award is administered by the Council on Library
and Information Resources (http://www.clir.org).
Source: Bill & Melinda
Gates Foundation, Seattle, 206/709-3230; http://www.gatesfoundation.org.
ITI Acquires The
Information Today, Inc. (ITI)
has announced the acquisition of The CyberSkeptic's Guide to
Internet Research, a monthly newsletter formerly published
by BiblioData, Inc. Beginning with the November 2002 issue, Sheri
Lanza will assume the position of editor of The CyberSkeptic's
Guide from Ruth Orenstein, president of BiblioData.
The CyberSkeptic's Guide
to Internet Research is a monthly subscription print newsletter
that explores and evaluates free Web sites and search strategies
to help subscribers use the Internet to stay up-to-date on resources.
Going into its eighth year of publication, The CyberSkeptic's
Guide provides information and expresses strong opinions on
the quality of Internet information sources. The newsletter is
geared toward business, news, technical, medical, legal, and international
research, as well as market research and competitive intelligence.
A subscription to The
CyberSkeptic's Guide to Internet Research (10 issues per year/ISSN:
1085-2417) is available for $159 inside the U.S., $169 in Canada
and Mexico, and $189 outside North America; subscription prices
for nonprofit organizations are also available.
Source: Information Today,
Inc., Medford, NJ, 800/300-9868, 609/654-6266; http://www.infotoday.com.
LITA Hi Tech Award Nominations
The Library & Information
Technology Association (LITA), a division of ALA, has announced
that it is seeking nominations for the 2003 LITA/Library Hi Tech
Award, which is given each year to an individual or institution
for outstanding achievement in communication for continuing education
in library and information technology. The award may recognize
a single seminal work or a body of work, created during or continuing
into the 5 years immediately preceding the award year. Sponsored
by LITA and the MCB University Press publication Library Hi
Tech, the award includes a citation of merit and a $1,000
Nominations must include
the name(s) of the recipient(s), basis for nomination, and references
to the body of work. They should be sent to Margaret E. Craft,
LITA/Library Hi Tech Award Committee Chair, 59 E. Center St.,
Shavertown, PA, 18708-1508. The deadline for nominations is December
31, 2002. More information is available at http://www.lita.org/a&s/awards.htm.
Source: The Library &
Information Technology Association, Chicago, 312/280-4270; http://www.lita.org.
APA Offers Year-End Price
Reduction on PsycARTICLES for New Customers
The American Psychological
Association (APA) has announced an opportunity, available until
December 1, 2002, for new or existing PsycINFO customers to license
the PsycARTICLES database of full-text APA journals with a 20-percent
reduction on the APA data fee. An option is also available for
libraries to sign a 3-year license that would limit increases
(if any) on the reduced data fee to no more than 4 percent annually
in the second and third years.
PsycARTICLES provides access
to nearly 30,000 articles from 43 (soon to be 50) psychological
journals published by APA, the Canadian Psychological Association,
and Hogrefe & Huber.
For single-site licenses,
the 20-percent reduction will be applied directly to the APA data
fee. For consortium members, the 20-percent reduction will be
applied to the data fee before the standard group discount is
taken. Charges for access to the database on vendor systems are
additional and vary with the vendor. PsycARTICLES is currently
available on EBSCO, OCLC, Ovid, SilverPlatter, and APA PsycNET.
Source: American Psychological
Association, Washington, DC, 800/374-2722, 202/336-5652; http://www.apa.org.
ATLA Provides Discounts
for 113 Countries
Utilizing information produced
by the World Bank for 2002, the American Theological Library Association
(ATLA) has created a list of countries that are eligible for a
50-percent discount on all ATLA products. As a not-for-profit
association of theological libraries and librarians, ATLA hopes
that this action will make its print, CD-ROM, and online products
affordable for theological seminaries and schools in these countries.
The list, available at
ATLA's Web site, is based on two of the World Bank's categories
of average per capita annual income. ATLA says it will revise
the list each year based on the July report of the World Bank.
Source: American Theological
Library Association, Chicago, 888/665-ATLA, 312/454-5100; http://www.atla.com.
Idea Group Offers a Full-Text
Idea Group, Inc. has announced
that its imprint, Information Science Publishing, has released
a new online product called InfoSci-Online.com.
InfoSci-Online.com is a
comprehensive database that consists of eDocumentsbook chapters,
journal articles, proceedings papers, and teaching casesreleased
under any of Idea Group's imprints (Idea Group Publishing, Information
Science Publishing, and IRM Press).
Idea Group publications
will be integrated into this database before the print versions
of the same publications are available to the public. In addition
to the early availability of publications, the database also provides
cost savings for libraries that would otherwise have to purchase
or subscribe to Idea Group publications in their print form.
Access to InfoSci-Online.com
is licensed on an annual basis, and the subscription fee includes
unlimited access to search and browse the abstracts and the full
text within the database.
Source: Idea Group, Inc.,
Hershey, PA, 800/345-4332, 717/533-8845; http://www.idea-group.com.
Thomson Introduces Thomson
Thomson Financial, a unit
of the Thomson Corp., has announced the formal introduction of
Thomson Research, a streamlined Web application designed for research
professionals and analysts in investment banks and law, accounting,
and consulting firms.
According to the company,
Thomson Research is a global one-stop source for company and industry
research that provides access to more than 3.4 million research
reports, with an average of 3,000 new reports added each business
day. Powerful search capabilities and global screening allow users
to simultaneously search across all content sets with a single
ticker symbol or company search name.
Thomson Research combines
the company's Research Bank Web and Global Access products. It
provides access to the full Investext collection of brokerage
analyst research reports, and the MarkIntel database of industry-specific
market intelligence drawn from more than 630 investment banks,
brokerage houses, and research firms, in addition to 150 market
research firms. Thomson Research also offers access to Worldscope
global financials and accounting results on more than 28,000 active
public companies, as well as the new Thomson Extel Cards. According
to the announcement, Thomson Research provides the largest repository
of more than 2.6 million scanned and compressed text-searchable
images, including color annual reports, prospectuses, and circulars.
Source: Thomson Financial,
New York, 646/822-2000; http://www.thomsonfinancial.com.
ABC-CLIO Schools Completes
Its New Social Studies Web Site, World History
ABC-CLIO Schools has announced
that its standards-based Web site, World History, is now available.
According to the announcement, the Web site is aligned with secondary
schools' curriculums and covers those historic events that have
shaped society from the 1500s to the present.
The World History Web site
takes students beyond the textbook to explore events, people,
and movements and helps them to develop historical research, analysis,
and interpretation skills. The site is a reference-to-curriculum
resource with a continually updated database and multiple learning
paths to guide dynamic student inquiry. Some of the features include
in-depth topic explorations; thousands of curriculum-relevant
entries from citable sources; support of national and state standards;
resources such as biographies, maps, primary source documents,
statistics, audio clips, events, and timelines, all accessible
by keyword searches; topical features and This Day in History;
and an easy-to-use environment.
The World History subscription-based
Web site is one of five ABC-CLIO Schools integrated online resources
that are standards-based and curriculum-aligned. The cost to subscribe
is $599 per site per year. World History is appropriate for grades
Source: ABC-CLIO Schools,
Santa Barbara, CA, 800/368-6868, 805/968-1911; http://www.abc-clio.com/schools.
Oxford Produces World
English Suite on CD
Oxford University Press (OUP)
has announced The Oxford World English Dictionary Shelf on CD-ROM
($99.95; December 2002), which offers users instantaneous access
to the four flagship English dictionaries published by OUPBritish,
American, Canadian, and Australian. This resource will be important
for many users, as English is a global language, but its usage
and spelling can differ greatly from one continent to another.
This suite of dictionaries
allows users to compare same-word definitions and usage across
the four main English-speaking cultures, providing insight into
the way different variations of English have developed according
to their environments and cultures. Users will also be able to
trace the meanings of words to a particular country, region, or
ethnic group and trace the origin of a word or sense of a word
to its natural roots. The reference features the iFinger Pop-up
technology for Microsoft Windows and Internet Explorer. Once the
suite is installed, a user can simply point his cursor over a
word in any document, either on- or off-line, and the results
from The Oxford World English Dictionary Shelf appear instantly
in a pop-up box.
Source: Oxford University
Press, New York, 212/726-6057; http://www.oup-usa.org.
ProQuest Completes Acta
Sanctorum Database, Adds to ABI/INFORM Database
ProQuest Information and
Learning has announced that it has completed the publication of
the Acta Sanctorum resource in electronic format. The Acta Sanctorum
Database, a Chadwyck-Healey publication, offers scholars opportunities
to further their research in early European social history and
the development of Christianity, from the foundation of the Church
to the Reformation.
The electronic resource,
available on the Web and on CD-ROM, comprises a collection of
texts published over a period of 300 years by the Société
des Bollandistes. It contains the complete texts of 68 printed
volumes, dating from 1643 to 1940.
In a separate announcement,
ProQuest introduced a major enhancement to its ABI/INFORM database.
Effective immediately, all subscribers to ABI/INFORM databases
will receive access to the ABI/INFORM Archive databasea file
containing historical backfile content for 25 business periodicals,
with more titles to be loaded later this year. Customers of ABI/INFORM
with full-page images will receive page images of the backfile
Also regarding the ABI/INFORM
database, John Wiley & Sons and ProQuest Information and Learning
announced a limited exclusive agreement to allow ProQuest to distribute
the journal content from Wiley's BoldIdeas Collection of business
journals as part of its ABI/INFORM business database to educational
institutions, libraries, and other markets.
Both indexing and full
text for the titles will appear in ABI/INFORM Global and ProQuest
5000. Titles include Thunderbird International Business Review
and Strategic Management. ProQuest will load 3 years of
content for all titles to be accessible in the current file. In
addition, backfiles for 11 titles will be included in ABI/INFORM
Source: ProQuest Information
and Learning, Ann Arbor, MI, 800/521-0600, 734/761-4700; http://www.il.proquest.com.
Dialog Launches the
NewsEdge Service, Re-Enters the Document Delivery Market
The Dialog Corporation has
announced the launch of Dialog NewsEdge, an industry-specific,
personalized, current awareness and news alerting service for
corporations. Dialog NewsEdge combines up-to-the-minute news,
analysis, and research from thousands of global sources with customized
editorial relevance ranking, managed by editors specializing in
their industry sectors.
Dialog NewsEdge may be
customized first by the subscribing organization and then by individual
users and departments that utilize the service. Other features
of Dialog NewsEdge include access to real-time news, direct database
research, options for knowledge sharing with selected colleagues,
automated relevance ranking, and easy setup and management. Subscription
prices are determined by the number of individuals within an organization
authorized to use the service.
In other news from Dialog,
the company has announced its re-entry into the document delivery
According to the announcement,
its SourceOne document ordering service has been expanded to include
more than 10,000 scholarly and professional journals and other
sources. Other available documents include legal materials, government
reports, standards and specifications published by professional
organizations, and reports from the United Nations.
The document delivery service
offers an article or report in its full form, either in high-quality
electronic format or as a photocopy, including charts and graphs
that appear in the original printed document. Dialog SourceOne
users who opt for electronic delivery may receive their documents
in Adobe PDF where available. Once a document is retrieved from
a content source, SourceOne generates a link, sent to the document
buyer via e-mail, which when activated opens the retrieved document
in full-text PDF. New price plans have been added that allow customers
to purchase patent documents on a subscription basis. Per-document
delivery charges, including appropriate copyright fees, apply
for all materials ordered through Dialog's document delivery service.
Source: The Dialog Corporation,
Cary, NC, 800/3DIALOG, 919/462-8600; http://www.dialog.com.
Thomson Creates ReferenceLink
The Thomson Corp., through
its Gale and Dialog subsidiaries, has introduced ReferenceLink,
an online information gateway designed for public and educational
ReferenceLink enables library
patrons and students to search thousands of news sources and databases
simultaneously through a single, friendly interface without having
to jump between individual Web sites or access multiple online
information services. The product, according to the company, is
the first in a line of planned online products and services for
academic and public libraries.
ReferenceLink is a multidisciplinary
database containing medical, reference, health, science, technical,
and regulatory sources, including The New England Journal of
Medicine, Consumer Reports, MEDLINE, and GeoRef. News
coverage comprises nearly 50 databases with more than 1,500 newspaper
and journal titles pulled from the Dialog NewsRoom service, including
The Boston Globe, USA TODAY, and Global Reporter.
Libraries may subscribe
to only the newspaper database, which provides access to the news
content, or in combination with ReferenceLink to get the broader
content set. ReferenceLink, a replacement service for former customers
of Dialog@CARL, is available immediately as an annual subscription.
Source: The Thomson Corp.,
Stamford, CT, 203/969-8700; http://www.thomson.com.
Surpass Software Offers
Surpass Software has announced
that an extensive collection of Web sites in MARC format is now
available with a yearly subscription to MARC Junction. MARC Junction
provides subscribers with thousands of curriculum-based, professionally
cataloged Web sites in MARC format that can be imported directly
into any OPAC.
MARC Junction expands a
library's media collection to include Web sites reviewed by librarians,
teachers, and subject area specialists; summaries of each Web
site; and monthly updates to ensure that only active Web sites
with current information are cataloged. With MARC Junction, search
results show relevant Web sites in addition to matching materials
in a library's collection. Records are searchable by general subject
keyword, author, title, grade level, or curriculum area. The product
uses the WEB FEET database of Web sites and groups them into three
collections based on age appropriateness.
MARC Junction includes
Library of Congress (LC) subject heading and LC and Dewey call
numbers; provides authority control processing against LC name
and subject files; and integrates fully into the library catalog
with full descriptions of each site.
Annual subscription rates
run from $375 for individual collections to $595 for all three
collections. Monthly updates contain new listings as well as changes
and deletions for others.
Source: Surpass Software,
Calhoun, GA, 800/625-2657, 706/625-5399; http://www.surpasssoftware.com.
Plymouth Rocket Upgrades
Plymouth Rocket, Inc. has
announced EventKeeper 3.0, which offers libraries the choice of
public calendars, private calendars, private events on public
calendars, and calendars for Spanish-speaking patrons.
EventKeeper can be used
as the library's online calendar of events. EventKeeper calendars
are customizable, simple to maintain, and attractive, the company
reports. No downloading of software or learning of special codes
is required; editors fill out simple forms from any standard browser,
and the library's Web site is up-to-date.
EventKeeper 3.0 provides
three ways to add privacy to the calendar. As part of the basic
package, private notes, available only to EventKeeper editors,
can be included with any event. The second alternative adds private
events to a public calendar. These events can be viewed only by
editors or users who are provided with a login ID and password.
A completely private calendar, accessible only to authorized users,
is the third option.
Also, a Spanish calendar
framework is available with EventKeeper 3.0, and the company is
currently expanding language support with other non-English calendar
options. Other enhancements to version 3.0 are hit counters, event
archiving, and more customization options.
The basic EventKeeper 3.0
package is $195 for 1 year. Private Events and Private Calendars
are a $50 add-on to the subscription; Spanish is available for
an additional $40 per year.
Source: Plymouth Rocket,
Inc., Plymouth, MA, 508/746-4080; http://www.plymouthrocket.com.
Gale, netLibrary Launch
Gale has announced
that it is launching an eBook program. Through an alliance with
netLibrary, Gale's classic reference works will be available in
versions that library patrons can search and read via the Internet.
netLibrary will host Gale
eBooks, which will be available to any institution with a netLibrary
account. While an initial release of 30 to 50 Gale reference titles
is expected this fall, the companies ultimately expect to make
hundreds of works available as eBooks, according to the announcement.
The initial selection of titles, coming from a variety of Gale's
imprints, will include both single-volume works and multi-volume
sets. Content will be identical to the print versions.
Full-text searches of netLibrary's
eBooks can be conducted across hundreds of books or within a specific
book to speed research and reference projects. The books can be
viewed online from a library, office, home, or remote location
using an Internet browser, or can be downloaded to a laptop. eBooks
are available for varying checkout periods and are automatically
checked back into the library collection when the checkout period
Gale eBooks will be sold
as individual units or in bundles with print titles.
Source: Gale Group, Farmington
Hills, MI, 800/877-4253, 248/699-4253; http://www.gale.com.
Ex Libris' DigiTool
Is in General Release
Ex Libris has announced that
DigiTool, its digital asset management product, is now available
in general release.
DigiTool is a full-function,
digital asset management system designed for libraries and information
centers that can be used as a stand-alone system or integrated
with the ALEPH system or other ILS systems.
DigiTool features the ability
to load digital objects, automatically extract technical metadata,
create thumbnails, search full text, define and control digital
rights, monitor and control usage, and support a variety of delivery
mechanisms including streaming. It can be used with Ex Libris'
automation solutions, as well as those of other vendors.
Source: Ex Libris, Chicago,
877/527-1689, 773/404-5527; http://www.exlibris-usa.com.
Zephyr Releases Web-to-Host
Zephyr Corp. has announced
the release of PASSPORT 2002 Web-to-Host software, which is deployed
and managed from a standard Web server.
PASSPORT offers fast, reliable
access to IBM mainframe, AS/400, and UNIX applications using the
IP-standard TN3270E, TN5250E, VT220, and FTP protocols. PASSPORT
Web-to-Host offers all of the advanced features found in the desktop-based
product within the framework of a Web-based thin client.
General enhancements to
the 2002 version include compatibility with Windows XP and Internet
Explorer 6, code updates using the latest Microsoft programming
tools including Visual C/C++ version 6.0, support of the latest
Microsoft Windows DLLs, TN5250E host printing, VT emulation enhancements,
color palette, and reversible clipboard display.
The company's new subscription
licensing program starts at $22 per unit per year and includes
both software and support in a single package.
Source: Zephyr Corp., Houston,
800/966-3270, 713/623-0089; http://www.zephyrcorp.com.
Elsevier Partners with
FAST to Deliver Improved Scirus Science Web Search Engine
Elsevier Science has announced,
in conjunction with Fast Search & Transfer ASA (FAST), a developer
of search and real-time filtering technologies, a new release
of Scirus, the Web search engine dedicated to science. The new
version offers more subject-specific content and features such
as expanded information types, dynamic teasers that highlight
the search terms within the search results list, and improved
The index now contains
more than 107 million science-specific pages, with new full-text
additions like NASA reports, CogPrints pre- and postprints, and
preprints from the Chemistry and Mathematics Preprint Servers.
Scirus now offers over 17 million proprietary records that cannot
be found using generic search engines.
The new version of Scirus
contains enhancements, using search technology provided by FAST,
that are aimed at assisting users with finding the most relevant
results. In addition, Scirus now includes a news feed with the
latest science headlines provided by the LexisNexis Web Publisher
News Database. It provides access to prominent newspapers, trade
journals, reference directories, legal and legislative sources,
newswires, and transcripts from 2,700 sources around the world.
Source: Elsevier Science,
New York, 800/437-4636, 212/633-3730; http://www.elsevier.com.
Includes the Information Science Abstracts Database
has announced that Information Science Abstracts (ISA), published
by Information Today, Inc. (ITI), is now available through EBSCOhost.
The ISA database provides
worldwide coverage of library science and information science
records from more than 450 publications dating back to 1966. Topics
include abstracting and indexing, classification, cataloging,
bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management,
Internet search engines, printed and electronic information sources,
the information industry, and electronic publishing. The data
is updated nine times per year.
Source: EBSCO Publishing,
Ipswich, MA, 800/653-2726, 978/356-6500; http://www.epnet.com.
CSA's Internet Database
Cambridge Scientific Abstracts
(CSA) has announced that the new version 6.0 of the Internet Database
Service (IDS) is available to all subscribers.
According to the announcement,
version 6.0 offers increased functionality, including an updated
interface, availability of electronic full text now indicated
on the citation, new Advanced Search with limits, enhanced thesaurus
capabilities, and additional usage reports.
Version 6.0 will be running
in parallel with the current version 5.2 through the end of this
year. Users will be able to adjust their login profiles so that
they are taken directly to version 6.0.
Source: Cambridge Scientific
Abstracts, Bethesda, MD, 800/843-7751, 301/961-6700; http://www.csa.com.
Gale Releases Biography
Resource Center 2.0, Adds INFORMS Content to InfoTrac
Gale has announced that Biography
Resource Center, its Web resource for information on people, is
available in a new version. According to the announcement, Version
2.0 has a streamlined interface designed to make navigating the
content faster and easier.
Version 2.0's interface
returns results in a series of tabs that allow users to select
the type of information they want. Users can choose from classic
references such as biographical essays, magazine articles (all
full text and updated daily), thumbnails with just the facts,
or Web sites (a total of 9,000 hand-picked links throughout).
The tab format is consistent with the other Gale Resource Centers.
Content has continuously
expanded since Biography Resource Center's launch, with coverage
now including more than 220,000 notable people from around the
world, throughout history, and across all disciplines and subject
In a separate announcement,
the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences
(INFORMS) has signed an agreement with Gale to have its content
distributed online through Gale's InfoTrac databases and Resource
INFORMS's journals are
resources for searchers who apply scientific methods for improving
operations processes, decision making, and management practices.
Gale will distribute INFORMS's entire catalog of journals.
Source: Gale Group, Farmington
Hills, MI, 800/877-4253, 248/699-4253; http://www.gale.com.
CAS Adds Indexing to
Early 20th-Century Records, Upgrades Its STN Express to 6.01
Chemical Abstracts Service
(CAS) has announced that it is adding subject and chemical substance
indexing to online records corresponding to Chemical Abstracts
(CA) back to the first issue in 1907. The indexing will
mark the completion of CAS's Scientific Century project.
The first segment to be
added as the project moves back in time corresponds to CA
issues covering literature for 1962 through 1966. This portion
of indexing is becoming available online through STN International,
SciFinder, and SciFinder Scholar. To complete the indexing for
all the material back to 1907 will take more than a year.
In a separate announcement,
CAS reported the release of STN Express with Discover! 6.01, the
new version of the software for accessing patent, scientific,
and technical databases on the STN International network.
New capabilities include
the ability to launch CAS Registry BLAST, which permits searchers
to identify a sequence similar to a queried sequence and then
view associated published research and patents; a BLAST Alerts
capability for ongoing awareness of the latest information; the
ability to accept SciFinder answer keys and search them in STN
Express using the STN search features and range of databases;
more formatting options; new predefined reports and tables; and
support for post-processing of STN on the Web transcripts.
Source: Chemical Abstracts
Service, Columbus, OH, 800/753-4227, 614/447-3600; http://www.cas.org.
ebrary Adds Sheet Music,
Books in Spanish
ebrary has announced that
Byron Hoyt, a provider of musical resources, will be using ebrary's
technology to make more than 7,000 sheet music and educational
titles available through ebrary. The Byron Hoyt collection will
include sheet music for bands, orchestras, instruments, and vocalists,
spanning a wide range of genres from classical to jazz, country,
pop, and rock-and-roll.
Under terms of the agreement,
ebrary will help to distribute Byron Hoyt's collection as a stand-alone
database, as well as to integrate it into the ebrarian for Libraries
database. ebrary is currently accepting orders for the Byron Hoyt
sheet music collection. Libraries that sign up prior to December
31, 2002, will be offered an annual subscription for $1,950 plus
12 free CDs.
ebrary has also announced
the availability of a Spanish-language collection provided by
e-Libro, a digital electronic publisher in the Spanish book market.
The collection, available as part of the ebrarian for Libraries
database, spans academic subject areas including business, economics,
political science, and sociology, as well as documents related
to U.S. citizenship.
ebrarian for Libraries
is available for an annual flat rate based on library size and
type. Small libraries may be eligible for special pricing of $2,000
for an annual subscription.
Source: ebrary, Mountain
View, CA, 650/230-0700; http://www.ebrary.com.
LSSI Partners with San
Jose State University to Educate Students in Virtual Reference
The School of Library and
Information Science at San Jose State University (SJSU/SLIS) and
Library Systems & Services (LSSI), a vendor for virtual reference
software and services, have announced a new partnership. SJSU/SLIS
will use LSSI's Virtual Reference ToolKit to revamp its reference
curriculum and help upcoming generations of reference librarians
learn to help patrons online.
The LSSI software will
be deployed to SJSU/SLIS's Reference and Information Services-related
courses, where students will use it to gain familiarity with the
techniques of online reference. Students will also have the opportunity
to participate in practicums in LSSI's Web Reference Center, the
professional online reference service, as well as in the QandACafe,
a collaborative online reference service offered by libraries
in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition, faculty and students
at SJSU will work with librarians at LSSI on a number of joint
Source: School of Library
and Information Science, San Jose State University, San Jose,
CA, 408/924-2490; http://www.witloof.sjsu.edu
and Library Systems
& Services, Germantown, MD, 800/638-8725, 301/540-5100; http://www.lssi.com.
divine Offers New Virtual
divine, Inc. has announced
that it is now offering the latest version of divine Virtual Reference
Desk, a customer interaction solution that allows library reference
departments to offer the same high level of customer service to
their patrons online as they do in person, and to increase support
of geographically dispersed and remote users.
A robust solution, divine
Virtual Reference Desk benefits from the technology of divine
NetAgent, the company's customer interaction management software.
The latest version of divine Virtual Reference Desk offers library
users highly personalized and interactive reference support, from
co-browsing of Web sites to assisted form filing. The product
allows users and librarians to collaborate on all online reference
sources with a chat proxy server that eliminates technical issues
such as cookie sharing and database authentication. Other features
include e-mail reference support, an FAQ repository, librarian-to-librarian
instant messenger, session transfer, reference session transcripts,
multilingual support, and extensive reporting capabilities.
Source: divine, Inc., Chicago,
866/999-3846, 773/394-6600; http://www.divine.com.
New Title on XML
Inc. has announced XML in Libraries, edited by Roy Tennant
(ISBN: 1-55570-443-3, $75).
This title offers actual
examples of how libraries are using XML to solve problems, expand
services, and improve systems. Areas covered include integrated
library systems, interlibrary loan, cataloging and indexing, building
collections and databases, data migration, and systems interoperability.
Contributing libraries include Stanford University, University
of Virginia, California Digital Library, Massachusetts Institute
of Technology, and University of Saskatchewan Libraries.
Source: Neal-Schuman Publishers,
Inc., New York, 212/925-8650; http://www.neal-schuman.com.
ITI Publishes Titles
on Effective Web Use
Inc. (ITI) has announced the publication of The Librarian's
Internet Survival Guide: Strategies for the High-Tech Reference
Desk, by Irene E. McDermott and edited by Barbara Quint (ISBN:
1-57387-129-X, $29.50). This is the newest title in the Searcher
book series from the publisher of Searcher magazine.
This guide features troubleshooting
tips and advice, Web resources for answering reference questions,
and strategies for managing information and keeping current. In
addition, the book covers a range of important issues, including
Internet training, privacy, child safety, helping patrons with
special needs, and building library Web pages.
The Librarian's Internet
Survival Guide: Strategies for the High-Tech Reference Desk
is available directly from the publisher.
ITI also announced publication
of two new books covering Internet security. Net Crimes &
Misdemeanors: Outmaneuvering the Spammers, Swindlers, and Stalkers
Who Are Targeting You Online, by Jayne Hitchcock (ISBN: 0-910965-57-9,
$24.95), helps Web users and managers to protect themselves against
online cheats and predators. Hitchcock details a broad range of
abusive practices, shares victims' stories, and offers advice
on how to handle junk e-mail, "flaming," privacy invasion, financial
scams, cyberstalking, and identity theft. She provides tips, strategies,
and techniques that can be put to immediate use and points to
the laws, organizations, and Web resources that can aid victims.
Web of Deception: Misinformation
on the Internet, edited by Anne P. Mintz (ISBN: 0-910965-60-9,
$24.95), also covers how Internet users can protect themselves
online. Mintz brings together 10 information industry gurus to
help you to recognize and deal with online deception and misinformation
in a range of subject areas.
Source: Information Today,
Inc., Medford, NJ, 800/300-9868, 609/654-6266; http://www.infotoday.com.