Newsline is compiled by Kimberly Shigo
Infosources Publishing Debuts The Informed Librarian
Online Web Site
Infosources Publishing has announced the launch of The Informed Librarian
Online (http://www.informedlibrarian.com), a free Web site that compiles professional
reading for librarians.
At the end of each month, an issue is posted that contains links to all of
the tables of contents (and full text where available) of the journals, magazines,
newsletters, and electronic publications from that month. More than 275 journals
that address all aspects of librarianship and information science are covered
by this service. Issues are e-mailed to subscribers monthly, with a link to
Each issue of The Informed Librarian Online contains a specially written
article on an important issue facing librarians. The site also offers discounts
on new books of interest to librarians and a full-text article from the current
Subscriptions are free, and passwords are provided free to subscribers to
access the site.
Source: Infosources Publishing, Teaneck, NJ, 201/836-7072; http://www.infosourcespub.com.
Swets Blackwell Is Changing Its Name
Swets Blackwell has announced that it plans to change its company name to
Swets Information Services in December. The new name will be officially launched
during the Online Information 2003 conference in London.
As part of the agreement with Blackwell concerning the purchase of shares
from the Swets Blackwell joint venture, the Blackwell trade name will no longer
be used for subscription activities. The Blackwell name will continue to be
used for the chain of Blackwell bookstores.
Swets Blackwell is a subscription agent with offices in 23 countries on six
Source: Swets Blackwell, Runnemede, NJ, 800/645-6595;
OCLC, LC, German National Library to
Create Virtual International Authority File
OCLC, the Library of Congress, and Die Deutsche Bibliothek (the German national
library) announced that they have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop
the Virtual International Authority File (VIAF), an effort to include authoritative
names from national libraries into one common global service.
The original goal of the VIAF project was to reduce cataloging costs by providing
access to authority records worldwide. The new VIAF proof-of-concept project
will virtually combine the personal name authority files of the Library of
Congress and Die Deutsche Bibliothek into a single name authority service,
making them available through an Open Archive Initiative server. For example,
German users will be able to view names displayed in the form established by
Die Deutsche Bibliothek, while U.S. users will be able to view names displayed
in the form established by the Library of Congress.
The first stage of the current VIAF project, which involves matching the
retrospective files, will take about 1 year to complete.
Source: OCLC, Dublin, OH, 800/848-5878, 614/764-6000; http://www.oclc.com.
MuseGlobal, Kreutzfeldt Electronic
Publishing Launch German E-Book Portal
MuseGlobal, Inc. and Kreutzfeldt Electronic Publishing, a company based in
Hamburg, Germany, have announced the launch of Deutsches eBook-Portal, a Web
site that serves as a point of access to more than 2,000 German-language e-books
from amazon.de, ciando.de, dibi.de, franklin.com, mobipocket.com, and pdassi.de.
More shops will be added shortly.
In addition to allowing users to search the virtual catalog, the portal offers
topical showcases with editorial descriptions of individual titles in 12 categories.
Users can also download e-book software at the site.
Source: MuseGlobal, Inc., Salt Lake City, 801/208-1880; http://www.museglobal.com.
LexisNexis Has Plans to Begin
Digitizing U.S. Congressional Serial Set
LexisNexis has announced that it will begin digitizing the U.S. Congressional
Serial Set. Upon completion, the collection will contain material spanning
1789 to 1969, including 325,000 documents drawn from nearly 13,000 volumes,
52,000 maps, and the American State Papers.
The new digitization project will create opportunities for searching capabilities,
including full-text searching (through OCR-generated ASCII text and full bibliographic
metadata) and online retrieval of digital images, such as statistical tables,
illustrations, photographs, lithographs, and maps.
Source: LexisNexis, Dayton, OH, 800/227-4908; http://www.lexisnexis.com.
LC Accepts September 11 Digital Archive
The Library of Congress has announced its first major acquisition of Sept.
11, 2001, materials with the addition of the September 11 Digital Archive (http://911digitalarchive.org) to its collections. The archive is a joint project of the City University of
New York Graduate Center's American Social History Project and George Mason
University's Center for History and New Media.
The collection contains more than 130,000 written accounts, e-mails, audio
recordings, video clips, photographs, Web sites, and other materials that detail
the attacks on New York, Washington, D.C., and western Pennsylvania and their
aftermath. It is the largest digital collection of Sept. 11-related materials
and serves as the Smithsonian Institution's designated repository for digital
objects associated with the attacks.
Source: Library of Congress, Washington, DC, 202/707-2905; http://www.loc.gov.
GPO, NARA Preserve Online Documents
The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) and the National Archives and Records
Administration (NARA) announced that they have agreed to ensure that the documents
available today on GPO Access (http://www.gpoaccess.gov) will remain available
permanently. GPO Access provides free online public access to more than 250,000
federal government titles.
The agreement between GPO and NARA covers the content on GPO Access, including
the online version of the Congressional Record, Federal Register, Code
of Federal Regulations, and other electronic publications distributed by
the Superintendent of Documents. In addition, those without Internet access
at home, school, or the office can access these publications through GPO's
nationwide network of more than 1,200 federal depository libraries, which provide
specialized assistance and services to local users.
According to the agreement, NARA will assume legal custody of the records
as part of the official Archives of the U.S. GPO will retain physical custody
and be responsible for permanent public access and preservation of the records.
Source: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC,
Seventh International Bielefeld Conference to Be Held in February in Germany
Bielefeld University Library has announced that the 7th International Bielefeld
Conference, "Thinking Beyond Digital Libraries: Designing the Information Strategy
for the Next Decade," will be held Feb. 35, 2004, at the Convention Centre
in Bielefeld, Germany.
According to the announcement, the conference takes a fresh look at the event's
original concept, which was designed to concentrate on new technologies and
technology-associated services for academic libraries. The strong focus on
innovative technology will continue, but the upcoming conference will also
address the role and position of academic libraries within their universities
by analyzing information strategies, work flows, competencies, and services
from a universitywide strategic point of view. The event will be accompanied
by an exhibition of communication technology suppliers, information service
providers, and well-known publishing houses.
The conference languages will be German and English with simultaneous translation.
The registration is $57. A technology workshop, "Intelligent Search Engine & Navigation
Technology in Digital Libraries and Information Portals," will follow the conference.
The full program and further details are available at http://conference.ub.uni-bielefeld.de.
Source: Bielefeld University Library, Bielefeld, Germany, 011-49-521-106-4050;
ProQuest Introduces Los Angeles
Times Backfile, Starting from 1881
ProQuest Information and Learning has announced the release of ProQuest Historical
NewspapersThe Los Angeles Times, its new online resource.
The Los Angeles Times backfile offers researchers extensive coverage
and analysis of the development of Los Angeles, the Pacific Rim, and the West's
major industries. It includes information on film and entertainment; a window
on the history of Western expansion and immigration; the Annual Trade Number
Edition, published from 1886 to 1962, which reviewed the past year's news and
provided a complete description of Southern California to entice prospective
immigrants from the East and Midwest; and the Noticias en Espanol (The World's
News in Spanish) column, which was published from 1922 to 1933 and was designed
to serve the Times' Spanish-speaking audience.
The material currently available includes backfiles dating from the newspaper's
founding in 1881 through to 1922. Every available backfile issue of The
Los Angeles Times will be digitized from cover to cover, including news
stories, editorials, photos, graphics, and advertisements.
The ProQuest Historical Newspapers project was initiated in 2001 to bring
the historically valuable content of newspapers to digital form. The collection
offers ready access to the complete run of each newspaper in full-page image
format, starting from the very first issue.
Source: ProQuest Information and Learning, Ann Arbor, MI, 800/521-0600, 734/761-4700;
Project MUSE Offers Resources for Librarians
Project MUSE announced that it has recently added a "For Librarians" page
to its Web site. According to the announcement, this resource contains a wealth
of information to help librarians find out more about MUSE and make the most
out of a MUSE subscription.
Features include downloadable subject guides for 15 academic disciplines
covered by MUSE, including journal lists and searching tips; an FAQ page; tips
to encourage the use of MUSE on campus along with a promotional materials request
form; a tool for generating MUSE usage statistics for libraries; a tool to
create a MUSE journal list that can be downloaded in different formats, such
as Excel; and MUSE journal e-mail alerts.
Source: Project MUSE, Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 410/516-6989;
ALPSP Journals Collection Is Now Online
The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), an
organization whose goal is to disseminate academic and professional information,
has announced that the ALPSP Learned Journals Collection (ALJC) is now online.
The collection contains 247 journals from 25 publishers.
ALJC enables small and medium-sized publishers to package their journals
with a single umbrella license. According to the announcement, it spares customers
the hassle of negotiating licenses and pricing with many publishers, allowing
them to access the e-journals directly via SwetsWise. Swets Blackwell has orchestrated
ALJC's complex licensing structure and also serves as its worldwide access
and sales agent.
The 247 ALJC titles are available both in the full collection and in three
discipline-specific packages: Medicine and Life Science (85 titles), Science
and Technology (57 titles), and the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (129
titles). Pricing is based on a percentage of ALJC's current collective print
value and is guaranteed for 3 years. Both print-plus-electronic and electronic-only
options are available. Detailed pricing information is on the ALJC Web site
Source: Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers, West
Sussex, U.K., 011-44-1903-871-686; http://www.alpsp.org and Swets Blackwell,
Runnemede, NJ, 800/645-6595; http://www.swetsblackwell.com.
CSA Has Released Version 6.3 of IDS
Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (CSA) has released version 6.3 of its Internet
Database Service (IDS).
IDS users can now customize which fields appear in their search results by
choosing the Custom Fields option in the Show drop-down menu. According to
the announcement, IDS users who wish to see only specific fields in their alert
messages, or who wish to exclude fields such as cited references, will find
this feature beneficial.
New options in the IDS Administrative Profile module facilitate customization
for libraries that utilize systems such as Serials Solutions and EZB. In addition,
the search statement has been restored on the header message when IDS users
save, print, or e-mail records.
Source: Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, Bethesda, MD, 301/961-6700; http://www.csa.com.
Dialog Improves Company Profiles Service
The Dialog Corporation has announced that it has revamped its Dialog Company
Specific enhancements to the service include improved search interface features
and forms: Company Search, with options to search by product and/or brand;
Industry Search, which enables users to pinpoint companies within specific
industry categories or by using SIC or NAICS codes; Article Search, which allows
searching of a database of business articles with a subject guide, keyword,
and full text; and Advanced Search, which allows users to search by multiple
indexed fields. Also, enhanced functionality gives users new convenience and
immediacy to navigate to related materials and follow displayed links. The
new content sources available through Dialog Company Profiles have been supplied
Source: The Dialog Corporation, Cary, NC, 800/3DIALOG, 919/462-8600; http://www.dialog.com.
OLDMEDLINE Citations Added to PubMed
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has announced that 1.5 million OLDMEDLINE
citations will be added to PubMed. The citations are to articles from international
biomedical journals that cover the fields of medicine, preclinical sciences,
and allied health sciences. The citations were originally printed in hard-copy
indexes published from 1953 to 1965.
OLDMEDLINE citations have been created using standards that are different
from the data-entry standards for MEDLINE records. There are also variations
among OLDMEDLINE citations' data elements as well as in their format, depending
on the original source from which the citations were obtained.
NLM says that it expects to continue converting citations from its older
printed medical indexes to machine-readable form and to add these OLDMEDLINE
citations to PubMed as time and resources permit. NLM expects to add citations
published from 1950 to 1952 early next year.
Source: U.S. National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD, 888/FIND-NLM, 301/594-5983;
CAS Releases Its SciFinder 2004 Edition
Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) has unveiled SciFinder 2004 Edition, a resource
that now offers capabilities for chemical reaction exploration and analysis.
These enhancements are integrated with CAS's weekly updated reaction database,
which contains 7 million reactions.
SciFinder's new Analyze Reactions tool lets scientists profile reactions
in terms of relevant categories, such as the catalyst used, the solvent involved,
the number of reaction steps, or product yields. Also, SciFinder's new version
provides structure searches of the entire CAS substance collection or allows
focus by substance classes, such as coordination compounds, mixtures, polymers,
All of the enhancements in the SciFinder 2004 Edition are also available
in the corresponding version of SciFinder Scholar for students and faculty.
Source: Chemical Abstracts Service, Columbus, OH, 800/753-4227, 614/447-3600;
Gale Introduces Virtual Reference Database
and Faster Way to Search InfoTrac Journals
Gale has announced the release of Gale Virtual Reference Library, a new program
that integrates electronic reference books in an easy-to-use database interface.
It allows libraries to select from an initial collection of more than 50 reference
sources, including encyclopedias, almanacs, and series, to create a customized,
integrated online information service. Gale manages the library's collection,
showing patrons only the titles the library has purchased. These can be linked
to from the library's OPAC through MARC records.
Gale Virtual Reference Library is accessed from a common menu that integrates
all the library's Gale databasese-books, resource centers, periodical
databases, and electronic journals from Ingenta. Users can search a single
e-book or search across the collection. Hyperlinks are used throughout, allowing
users to travel to related content within the collection.
In a separate announcement, Gale reports that it has added a journal-search
feature to its suite of InfoTrac Web products. In addition, it has updated
the corresponding Marc856 and ASCII record sets with InfoMarks to fully utilize
the new table-of-contents display style that's part of the new functionality.
According to the announcement, Journal Search offers the fastest route to detailed
information for thousands of journals. Using this feature, InfoTrac Web searchers
have immediate access to journal-detail descriptions that include complete
journal name, ISSN, publisher name, audience rating, format, index, and full-text
Source: Gale, Farmington Hills, MI, 800/877-4253, 248/699-4253; http://www.gale.com.
Dynix Delivers a New Notification System
Dynix has announced that it has released Horizon Broadcast Messaging. Offered
in partnership with TCN Broadcasting, the new system automatically queries
databases to identify users with overdue materials, holds, and fines, while
cost-effectively delivering appropriate notifications. The system also allows
libraries to tailor announcements, such as upcoming event alerts, and deliver
them to specific audiences.
Horizon Broadcast Messaging is delivered in an application service provider
environment, enabling libraries to contact their users via phone messaging
without purchasing additional telephony hardware and software. By using voice
over IP technology, voice notifications can be delivered and administered from
a simple Web interface. This allows libraries to make 100 to 400 calls per
minute without using staff resources.
Source: Dynix, Provo, UT, 800/288-8020, 801/223-5200; http://www.dynix.com.
EOS Announces Release of New EOS.Web
EOS International has announced the availability of EOS.Web, a modular, scalable,
customizable library knowledge management solution that employs the latest
.NET technologies from Microsoft and Convera's RetrievalWare search technology.
When combined with EOS' library automation knowledge base, these technologies
help create information portals. This makes it easier to access, edit, share,
and deliver information, the company reports.
Two modules, EOS.Web Indexer and EOS.Web KnowledgeBuilder, provide greater
access to not only the library's structured bibliographic collection but also
to local and remote stores of proprietary unstructured information, such as
Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations, press releases, or legal monographs
stored as Adobe PDFs. More than 430 different file formats are supported.
Source: EOS International, Carlsbad, CA, 800/876-5484, 760/431-8400; http://www.eosintl.com.
Cambridge Scientific Abstracts' IDS
to Offer Communication Abstracts, IBSS
Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (CSA) has announced that Communication Abstracts,
produced by SAGE Publications, is now available on CSA's Internet Database
Communication Abstracts, edited by Tom Gordon at Temple University, is a
comprehensive source of information about communication-related publications
on a worldwide scale. The database covers articles, reports, papers, and books
from a variety of publishers, research institutions, and information sources
in both communication literature and literature in other disciplines that's
relevant to communication researchers.
In a separate announcement, CSA reported that the International Bibliography
of the Social Sciences (IBSS) is now available through IDS.
The IBSS database provides coverage of the core social science disciplines
of sociology, politics, economics, and anthropology. It contains more than
2 million records published since 1951. International in scope, a quarter of
the IBSS database comprises materials not originally published in English.
IBSS also covers books and monographs.
Source: Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, Bethesda, MD, 301/961-6700; http://www.csa.com.
Google Connects Users to IEEE Papers
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has announced
that researchers can now locate technical papers published by the IEEE through
the Google search engine (http://www.google.com).
Google crawled the abstract records for all online IEEE technical documents
and standards available through the IEEE Xplore online delivery platform. The
project was expected to be completed in September, so Google users will now
see the linked content in their search results.
Source: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Piscataway, NJ,
Elsevier and ACS to Link Their Services
Elsevier and two divisions of the American Chemical Society (ACS)Chemical
Abstracts Service (CAS) and Publicationsannounced that they have agreed
to provide linking between their services.
Under the terms of the agreement, users of Elsevier products and services
will be able to link directly to ACS scientific journals. Users of CAS products
and services will be able to link, via ChemPort, directly to Elsevier scientific
journals. According to the announcement, links between these services will
be completed by the end of the year. Also, in 2004, Elsevier journals will
join ChemPort Reference Linking, enabling Elsevier users to access ACS scientific
journals and CAS database records.
Source: Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 011-31-20-485-3757; http://www.elsevier.com and American Chemical Society, Washington, DC, 800/227-5558, 202/872-4600;
Thomson Adds German Patent Collection
Thomson Delphion has announced that it now offers searching of full-text
patent specifications from the German national collection. With entries that
date to 1968, the collection includes applications, granted patents, and utility
The integration of German data from INPADOC with the new German national
collection data, and the presentation of both on the Delphion Integrated View,
allows users to see legal-status and family data in the same view as they see
the text, claims, and other bibliographic information. The German national
collection is also fully integrated into the Delphion work flow, including
full-text German-language searching, integration into the cross-collection
searching process, and inclusion in analytical and productivity tool functionality.
Source: Thomson Delphion, Philadelphia, 800/336-4474, 215/386-0100; http://www.delphion.com.
EBSCOhost Offers Two New Databases
EBSCO Publishing has announced that the InfoSci-Online database, published
by Idea Group, Inc., is now available via EBSCOhost. According to the
announcement, InfoSci-Online provides the most comprehensive, full-text collection
of literature from the field of information science.
InfoSci-Online includes book chapters, journal articles, case studies, and
conference proceedings, all in Adobe PDF. This content covers research from
the fields of information science, technology, and management published by
Idea Group, Inc. imprints. Updated monthly, the database grows by approximately
1,500 new book chapters, more than 250 journal articles and case studies, and
more than 300 conference proceedings papers per year.
In a separate news release, EBSCO announced the addition of Plexus Publishing's Biology
Digest to EBSCOhost.
Biology Digest offers lengthy abstracts that cover all the life sciences,
including medicine, health, zoology, botany, environmental science, and many
other categories. The database provides easy access to new scientific developments
at a comprehension level appropriate for high school and college students. Biology
Digest contains abstracts for articles from 200 journals.
Source: EBSCO Publishing, Ipswich, MA, 800/653-2726, 978/356-6500; http://www.epnet.com.
H.W. Wilson Databases Link to JSTOR
H.W. Wilson has announced that JSTOR, an archive of more than 320 scholarly
journals in 26 disciplines, joins the data sources accessible via WilsonWeb's
Customers who subscribe to WilsonWeb and are JSTOR participants will be able
to link directly to the full-text articles in the JSTOR archive via WilsonWeb's
SFX-powered OpenURL linking technology.
WilsonWeb enables libraries to integrate their OpenURL-compliant resources,
including JSTOR, without installing or maintaining their own link server. If
the full text of a cited article is not available on the WilsonWeb database
searched, the user can click to perform an automatic search of all the OpenURL-compliant
databases to which the library subscribes, regardless of vendor.
Source: H.W. Wilson, New York, 800/367-6770, 718/588-8400; http://www.hwwilson.com.
New Title from ITI Helps You Manage the
Challenges Presented by the Ubiquitous Net
Information Today, Inc. has announced the publication of Net Effects:
How Librarians Can Manage the Unintended Consequences of the Internet (ISBN:
1-57387-171-0, $39.50), edited by librarian, journalist, and Internet guru
According to the announcement, the Internet challenges librarians' ability
to select information sources. This threatens the survival of the book, presents
new problems of access and preservation, and puts new demands on budgets. Net
Effects features nearly 50 articles by dozens of librarians that suggest
practical and creative ways to deal with the range of Internet "side effects," regain
control of the library, and avoid being blindsided by technology. In addition,
the book examines the issues and brings together insights, war stories, and
Source: Information Today, Inc., Medford, NJ, 800/300-9868, 609/654-6266;
New Title by Neal-Schuman Takes a
Look at Reference Work in the Digital Age
Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc. has announced the release of Introduction
to Reference Work in the Digital Age (ISBN: 1-55570-429-8, $59.95), a
new book by Joseph Janes that addresses the critical issues raised by new
This book is a timely mix of arguments and advice on topics such as determining
the optimal use of desk/phone/e-mail/chat, selecting the right resource mix,
and choosing software for specific services. Other features include a 10-step
method for creating a reference service that helps librarians predict traffic
volume, choose service points, and determine needs, plus other innovative models
and guidelines that address key aspects of the reference interview and privacy
Source: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc., New York, 212/925-8650; http://www.neal-schuman.com.
Gale Offers 'In the Loop' E-Mail Alert
Gale has announced the introduction of In the Loop, a biweekly e-mail alert
with tailored information for librarians. It includes content on collection
and professional development, how to maximize budget dollars, supporting patrons'
needs, and special sales and product promotions from Gale. Also, each customer
who subscribes to In the Loop will receive 15 percent off one Gale title.
In the Loop features a sign-up page where librarians can create personal
profiles based on their areas of interest and collection development. Gale
will catalog these profiles and forward information that's tailored to the
Source: Gale, Farmington Hills, MI, 800/877-4253, 248/699-4253; http://www.gale.com.
Classical Offers Charter Subscription
Classical International has introduced a charter subscription offer to reward
early subscribers to the Classical Music Library listening service.
Libraries that subscribe to the Classical Music Library by Dec. 31, 2003,
will be given 3 additional months free with their first annual subscription.
The offer applies to both the Direct and Local Service versions of the product.
The Classical Music Library is a listening service for library and home computers.
It offers a continually growing collection of 12,000 classical tracks for listening,
browsing, and searching, as well as thousands of cross-referenced program notes,
biographies, and images.
Source: Classical International, Inc., New York, 800/859-9306, 212/689-0536;
Serials Solutions Freezes Pricing Schedule
Serials Solutions, Inc. has announced that it's freezing its 2003 price schedule
and offering additional price breaks.
Through Jan. 1, 2005, Serials Solutions' price schedule will not increase
for its A-to-Z title list reports; full MARC records for e-journals; and Article
Linker, its full-featured OpenURL link resolver. In addition, the company is
offering community and junior colleges a 25-percent discount on all services.
It is also eliminating the $150 fee that was charged for hosted reports.
Serials Solutions continues to allow libraries to combine discounts, including
consortia, multiple-year, multiple-product, and now, community college discounts.
The price for an institution's service is determined by the number of full-text
journal holdings tracked and service(s) selected.
Source: Serials Solutions, Inc., Seattle, 866/SERIALS, 206/545-9056; http://www.serialssolutions.com.
Newsline is compiled by Kimberly Shigo.