|BeyondGeo Can Enable Your Site with
Blue Marble Geographics,
a developer of geographic software products, has announced several new
implementations of its recently launched BeyondGeo service (http://www.beyondgeo.com).
According to the company, BeyondGeo is an Internet map-server service that
enables businesses and organizations to easily and cost-effectively publish
interactive database-driven maps on their Web sites.
According to Blue Marble,
the unique database-driven architecture of BeyondGeo allows map features
to directly link to a corresponding database and display detailed information
on that feature, which may include audio and video files. Using an intuitive,
custom-built map composer, users can select from over 50 map layers (streets,
water, landmarks, census data, etc.) to use separately or in combination
with their own maps. Users can pan, zoom, navigate, and search anywhere
within the map.
Source: Blue Marble Geographics,
Gardiner, ME, 207/588-2184; http://www.bluemarblegeo.com.
ISI ResearchSoft Ships EndNote Version
ISI ResearchSoft has announced
the release of an upgrade to EndNote, its bibliographic software that searches
Internet libraries, organizes data, and produces bibliographies. According
to the announcement, EndNote 5 achieves a new level of integration with
Microsoft Word, adding Cite While You Write technology to locate citations
and instantly format bibliographies. EndNote 5 also features a traveling
reference library to allow collaboration between colleagues, a direct link
to the ISI Web of Science, a spell-checker, and over 700 output styles.
The Cite While You Write
feature lets EndNote locate and insert citations as well as produce bibliographies.
According to the announcement, EndNote 5's new instant formatting delivers
a finished bibliography as users cite references in the document, further
streamlining the writing process. With EndNote's traveling library, documents
contain complete reference data for all citations.
In addition, ISI Web of
Science users can utilize a simple two-way connection between that product
and EndNote 5, at no charge. Researchers can search the ISI Web of Science
from EndNote 5 and drag and drop selected references to an EndNote library.
EndNote 5 also maintains a link to the original reference in the ISI Web
of Science. Users can even access the full text of references and link
to other scholarly databases through ISI Links.
Source: ISI ResearchSoft,
Berkeley, CA, 800/554-3049, 510/559-8592; http://www.isiresearchsoft.com.
Library Launches Internet Safety Web
With the help of local
police departments and the North Suburban Library System, the Ela Area
Public Library District in Wheeling, Illinois, has created a new Web site
to raise public awareness about Internet safety.
The Web site, located at
features an online question-and-answer section with experts on the police
force. The site also offers tips on general Internet safety practices for
all ages, online fraud awareness, protecting personal identity and information,
security considerations to protect from hackers and computer viruses, as
well as state and federal law relating to Internet safety, and sample investigations
into Internet crime.
Ela obtained a $21,250 Library
Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant through the Illinois State Library
to create the site.
Source: North Suburban Library
System, Wheeling, IL, 847/459-1300; http://www.nslsilus.org.
H.W. Wilson Digitizes More Library
H.W. Wilson has announced
that with the release of Fiction Catalog and Public Library Catalog, the
complete line of Wilson standard library catalogs is now available in digital
format on WilsonWeb. Created with the input of librarians, each edition
of Wilson Standard Catalogs is a guide to thousands of books and other
items that deliver data for collection development and maintenance, weeding,
selection and purchasing, reader's advisory, and general reference.
On WilsonWeb, Wilson Standard
Catalogs offer fast searching by keyword, title, subject, publisher, author,
publication year, ISBN, ISSN, Dewey Decimal Classification Number, and
document type (books, book chapter, or CD-ROM). WilsonWeb versions also
provide users with book review excerpts from Wilson's Book Review Digest
database, the ability to instantly check library holdings (via a link to
the library's OPAC), the option to retrieve records in MARC format, and
simultaneous searching of multiple catalogs.
The Fiction Catalog, Electronic
Edition highlights more than 7,000 established and contemporary works of
fiction for adults written in (or translated into) English. Analytical
entries are provided for composite works. The database reflects the content
of the print resource Fiction Catalog, 14th edition (2001), and
will incorporate each of the 14th edition's annual supplements as they
are published in 2002, 2004, and 2005. Future print editions of Fiction
Catalog will also be reflected in Fiction Catalog, Electronic Edition.
The Public Library Catalog,
Electronic Edition provides entries for some 11,000 nonfiction and reference
works (primarily books, but also electronic resources) for the public library.
The database reflects the content of the print resource Public Library
Catalog, 11th edition (1999) and its annual supplements. It will incorporate
the content of new print editions as they are published.
Source: H.W. Wilson, New
York, 800/367-6770, 718/588-8400; http://www.hwwilson.com.
Microsoft Unveils Its New Producer
Microsoft Corp. has announced
the release of Microsoft Producer, a tool that enables users to create,
edit, and publish rich media presentations that combine the power of Windows
Media audio and video, HTML, and PowerPoint.
Microsoft Producer is a
companion tool for Office XP and is available for download (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia)
as a technology preview for technical evaluators. The final release of
Microsoft Producer is scheduled to be available for all Office XP users
by the end of this year.
Users can now create external
and internal digital media marketing communications, online training, on-demand
organizationwide broadcasts, and published archives of live presentations.
All of these can then be quickly published to intranet sites, the Internet,
or a CD.
Source: Microsoft Corp.,
Redmond, WA, 425/882-8080; http://www.microsoft.com.
VFactO Unveils Patron Navigation Package
VFactO has announced a
new electronic guidance and navigation system that helps keep visitors
to large libraries and archives on the right track. VFactO's V.Find and
V.Guide systems, which use touchscreen technology and wall-mounted plasma
screens, are designed to direct people around any public or educational
The V.Find search and retrieve
package allows documentation, products, or books to be easily tracked,
even if they have to shift location regularly. This package can be fully
customized and integrated into existing stock-management systems. Users
can search for items within a vast area by means of a code or keyword description.
Location maps can then be printed to direct the patron to the item's location.
The software can be updated whenever the search subjects or the screens
themselves change location, and the system can also be used to provide
The V.Guide pointer guiding
system is a simple way of displaying public address information within
a busy library environment. Text, graphics, animation, video, TV, or Internet
images can be flashed up on plasma screens and controlled using a flexible
software system. The system can also handle sound. V.Guide can display
up-to-the-minute information on everything from the time, date, and directions
to scrolling news, public address announcements, and countdowns.
Source: VFactO, Lanark,
Scotland, 011-44-1555-660500; Fax: 011-44-1555-660505; http://www.vfacto.com.
Thomson Corp. Is Set to Acquire NewsEdge
The Thomson Corp. has signed
a definitive agreement under which Thomson will acquire NewsEdge. According
to the press release, NewsEdge will be purchased by a newly formed Thomson
subsidiary. NewsEdge is a provider of real-time news and information to
approximately 1,500 corporations and professional firms worldwide.
According to the press release,
Thomson says it plans to align NewsEdge with The Dialog Corporation. NewsEdge
will continue to be run by its current management team. The deal is expected
to be completed during the second half of this year.
Source: Thomson Corp., Stamford,
CT, 203/969-8700; http://www.thomson.com.
MARC Link Has Bought Saztec Europe,
MARC Link Retrospective
Conversion has completed its acquisition of Saztec Europe, Ltd. MARC Link
said the transaction will advance its efforts to be the premier retrospective
conversion services provider in the U.K. and Europe.
Saztec has provided conversion
services to libraries worldwide, primarily in the U.K. and Western Europe,
from its offices in Scotland. MARC Link offers similar services, with additional
capabilities in searching databases, scanning and linking images, and technical
Source: MARC Link Retrospective
Conversion, Provo, UT, 800/288-1265; http://www.marclink.com.
Quiver's QKS Classifier Is Now Available
Quiver, Inc., a provider
of categorization software for enterprise and online content, has announced
that the first product in the Quiver Knowledge Suite, QKS Classifier, is
QKS Classifier is a system
for organizing valuable content into an intuitive directory of corporate
knowledge. Unlike purely automated categorization solutions, Quiver's hybrid
taxonomy platform tightly integrates advanced classification algorithms
with an intuitive work flow and directory management tool set to capture
human input and expertise. This combination yields a comprehensive and
controllable system, according to Quiver. Each information manager has
the ability to create or modify a custom taxonomy, choose appropriate training
set examples to increase accuracy of content, and view and control what
documents are being retrieved. Work flow memory eliminates redundant effort
by remembering what actions the information manager last took relative
to each document, and comparing the document to new dynamic content changes.
If a small change occurs, then no additional human input is needed; the
previous decisions are recalled and re-executed.
QKS Classifier is built
in Java and is platform-independent. The product integrates easily with
legacy applications such as content management systems, search engines,
content feeds, and customer relationship management (CRM) applications.
QKS Classifier is currently
available for purchase, with prices starting at $125,000 for the complete
client/server platform. Pricing varies depending on the size of the taxonomy
and the number of information manager seat licenses required.
Source: Quiver, Inc., San
Francisco, 415/863-9945; http://www.quiver.com.
Factiva Offers New Content and Languages
Factiva and Knight Ridder
Digital have announced an agreement that allows Factiva to include online
content from 29 Knight Ridder newspapers as part of its global news and
business information offering.
Through Knight Ridder Digital,
full-text, daily publications from top media markets around the country,
including San Jose/Silicon Valley, California; Miami; Philadelphia; Detroit;
Fort Worth, Texas; and Kansas City, Missouri, as well as from state capitals
and other important regional centers, will now be available on the day
of publication to Factiva customers through Dow Jones Interactive and all
other Factiva products. These additional publications join an existing
content set of nearly 8,000 sources including The Wall Street Journal,
New York Times, Le Monde, Financial Times, and the South
China Morning Post.
In other news, Factiva announced
enhancements to Factiva Search Module and Factiva Track Module. The company's
global customers now have access to French- and German-language user interfaces
to research and track news and business information about their customers,
competitors, and markets.
Source: Factiva, Princeton,
NJ, 800/369-7466, 609/627-2000; http://www.factiva.com.
Dialog IQ Offers Simple Search Application
The Dialog Corporation
has announced the release of Dialog IQ. This desktop application is for
everyday use by corporate knowledge workers looking to access key global
news and business information available within DIALOG, DataStar, and Profound.
Current customers may download the application for free at http://www.dialogiq.com.
According to Dialog, the
IQ stands for "information quickly," and the application reaches a new
audience within corporations—particularly workers who need information
quickly while they are working in applications such as Word, Excel, or
a customer relationship management (CRM) program. When searching with Dialog
IQ, users only need to select a search module from a pull-down menu (representing
DIALOG, Profound, and DataStar content areas) and enter search terms in
the text box. Customers will have access to analyst reports, business news,
trade journals, company profiles, and world news from DIALOG and DataStar;
the entire Profound collection is also available. Customers must have an
account established for each product line with which they would like to
use Dialog IQ. Other benefits to using the application include desktop
accessibility, single-point access, consistent searching, and constant
Source: The Dialog Corporation,
Cary, NC, 800/3DIALOG, 919/462-8600; http://www.dialog.com.
COMTEX Announces Desktop News Editor
COMTEX News Network, Inc.
has announced the launch of NewsDesk, an editor's toolkit application available
as part of the News Solutions product line. NewsDesk is an application
created to enhance the customer's ability to perform specialized filtering,
targeting, customization, and content delivery. According to the announcement,
NewsDesk puts the controls in the hands of the COMTEX customer.
The NewsDesk application
offers News Solutions users the following enhanced options: an "E-mail
this story" hyperlink, the ability to rank the appearance of stories in
order of relevance to them, the ability to select specific stories to be
displayed, and a way to choose the location within the Web site where both
headlines and new stories will be displayed.
According to the company,
the News Solutions product line creates content communities on a Web site
by cutting and pasting a few lines of News Solutions-generated code. Users
are not required to develop content databases or cost-prohibitive infrastructure.
News Solutions provides four different filtering and search functions that
utilize COMTEX's proprietary taxonomy and metadata—including U.S. stock
ticker symbols and standardized keywords—ultimately enabling end-users
to receive relevant news and information.
Source: COMTEX News Network,
Inc., Alexandria, VA, 703/820-2000; http://www.comtexnews.net.
Derwent Introduces Intellectual Property
Derwent Information has
announced the launch of its new Intellectual Property Services Web site
In addition to reference material for users of patent information, the
site includes a guide to selecting Derwent products and services to meet
specific requirements as well as links with other suppliers of business-critical
intellectual property information.
Derwent's patent information
services are based on proprietary databases that contain more than 20 million
patents and span technologies such as engineering, chemistry, and life
sciences. Users can order patent searches, documents, and translations;
browse reference information about patents; and register for free patent-searching
The Web site also incorporates
IPMatters, Derwent's independent intellectual property forum. This is regularly
updated with news and articles that cover a range of intellectual property
issues. Users can sign up online to be notified of major site updates.
Source: Derwent Information,
London, 011-44-20-7344-2800; Fax: 011-44-20-7344-2900; http://www.derwent.com.
TLC, Syndetic Ink Deal to Enhance Services
The Library Corporation
(TLC) has signed an agreement with Syndetic Solutions, Inc. that will enhance
services for patrons.
Syndetic Solutions is a
provider of specialized bibliographic data and enrichment content to libraries.
TLC's contract with Syndetic calls for the integration of seven services
into the OPAC and "YouSeeMore." These are: 1) Fiction and Biography Data
(brief descriptions of characters, subjects, settings, time periods, and
subgenre of adult novels and biographies); 2) Summaries and Annotations
(descriptions of adult and juvenile books derived from book jackets or
written by the independent reviewers of Book News, Inc.); 3) CHOICE Reviews;
4) excerpts, first chapters, or forewords from more than 10,000 current
titles; 5) Author Note (descriptions of an author's educational, professional,
and personal background); 6) Cover Images (scanned electronic copies of
the front covers of recently published books); and 7) Tables of Contents.
The enrichment content data
is available immediately from TLC for Library•Solution and CARL•Solution
Source: The Library Corporation,
Inwood, WV, 800/325-7759, 304/229-0100; http://www.tlcdelivers.com.
Innovative's MAP in Beta Testing at
Innovative Interfaces has
announced that Millennium Access Plus (MAP) has begun its first beta tests
at a public library.
According to the company,
MAP is a highly integrated solution that manages access to information
resources and guides patrons and staff to Internet content quickly. It
is made up of three features: Web Access Management, WebBridge, and MetaFind.
Web Access Management is a remote patron authentication tool that links
patrons anywhere in the world to external Web servers and databases. WebBridge,
a contextual resource linking tool, connects users directly from the bibliographic
record display in the Web OPAC and Millennium modules to related resources
such as full-text articles, book reviews, or book jacket images. Finally,
MetaFind is a universal search interface that allows access to multiple
resources with a single search, returning all results in a consistent interface.
Source: Innovative Interfaces,
Inc., Emeryville, CA, 510/655-6200; http://www.iii.com.
BackTrack Keeps Track of Video and
The BackTrack Group, a
division of StrandWare, Inc., a provider of bar code labeling and tracking
software products, has added video and audiovisual (AV) equipment tracking
to its online Applications Library. Available at http://www.backtrackgroup.com,
the video and AV equipment usage/locator template is an add-on for the
BackTrack tracking software. The add-on is offered for free to existing
According to the announcement,
the video tracking application is ideal for any organization that circulates
high-value, sophisticated equipment. Schools, universities, and government
agencies can use BackTrack to handle equipment check-in and check-out and
to manage many aspects of equipment maintenance. The customizable system
has the ability to track tripods, monitors, cables, projectors, and any
other physical equipment.
Bar coded labels are attached
to equipment and major components. Then, administrators can monitor check-in/check-out
activities, record equipment damage, and plan routine preventive maintenance
by recording movement with a hand-held barcode scanner. For large installations,
such as universities with several equipment locations, the equipment can
stay distributed while inventory management can be consolidated. The video
and AV application can also be used to schedule equipment reservations,
to manage equipment rotations, to control usage hours, and to gather usage
Source: StrandWare, Inc.,
Eau Claire, WI, 800/552-2331; http://www.strandware.com.
SIRSI Unveils JurisLink Management
SIRSI Corp. has announced
the release of JurisLink, a new library management system that is tailored
to the needs of law libraries.
The new JurisLink software
configuration includes the iLink Electronic Library with "eSearcher" simultaneous
database searching and "MyLink" selective dissemination of information
(SDI). Also included are Z39.50 version 3 Server with Level 1 Bath Profile
compliance, a bibliographic catalog with dynamic total keyword indexing,
acquisitions and fund accounting with electronic data interchange (EDI),
serials check-in and control with UDC automatic check-in, SmartPORT for
Z39.50 copy cataloging with OCLC Automatic Post Holdings, and circulation
control with reserves.
Source: SIRSI Corp., Huntsville,
AL, 256/704-7000; http://www.sirsi.com.
New StatePointPlus Monitors System
Westinghouse Electric Co.,
one of the four major business units of British Nuclear Fuels, has announced
the release of its StatePointPlus software suite. According to the announcement,
StatePointPlus is the first proactive strategic systems integrity controller
that enables secure enterprisewide monitoring, management, and repair of
thousands of computers from a remote central location.
systems integrity from inside each computer in the organization by continuously
diagnosing and enforcing distributed and disparate computer configuration
baselines for Windows 2000, NT, and UNIX environments. According to the
press release, the product's ability to accommodate existing computer diversity
permits rapid implementation in networks, even where baselines may not
exist. StatePointPlus provides an innovative way to strengthen configuration
control, tighten security, and streamline operations in real time. For
example, StatePointPlus can remotely scan a computer in the network to
determine operational abnormalities, present them to the help desk administrator,
and provide remote capabilities to diagnose and repair systems, often without
the user ever calling the problem in.
Westinghouse offers free
trial programs of the StatePointPlus suite, supported by on-site consultation,
to help users develop and implement integrity control strategies for their
organizations' specific needs.
Source: Westinghouse Electric
Co., Monroeville, PA, 412/374-2130; http://www.westinghouse.com.
MidCore Announces MidPoint 5.0—Enhanced
Internet Gateway Software Package
MidCore Software, Inc.,
a subsidiary of NCT Group, Inc., has announced the release and immediate
availability of MidPoint 5.0, the latest version of the company's Internet
gateway software for small and medium-sized enterprises.
MidPoint 5.0 has been enhanced
with an integrated ultra-secure firewall; SoftHost distributed Web hosting;
major additions to its integrated e-mail server and management features;
improved support for broadband connections; failed line detection with
automatic backup; support for Microsoft's virtual private network (VPN);
enhanced connection management for DSL, analog, T-1, cable, and E-1; enhanced
content control/site blocking; and more.
MidPoint is available for
a one-time license fee with prices starting at $79 or as a subscription
service with monthly fees as low as $9.99. An evaluation version of MidPoint
5.0 is available for download from the company's Web site.
Source: MidCore Software,
Inc., Westport, CT, 203/226-4447; http://www.nct-active.com.
MITINET/marc Releases MARC Mechanic
MITINET/marc Software has
announced the release of its new custom MARC data cleanup service, MARC
According to the company,
the process of getting a library's database corrected and enhanced by MARC
Mechanic is straightforward and user-friendly. A copy of the library's
MARC database is transferred via the Internet to the MARC Mechanic site.
After a thorough review of the original database by MITINET's MARC experts,
customers may then select custom cleanup options best suited to their needs.
New options give you the ability to update and supplement subject headings;
standardize Dewey call number prefixes and cutters; spell check key fields;
remove unwanted subject headings (e.g., juvenile literature); move information
from one field to another; add fields and subfields; correct capitalization
errors; correct material-type designations (GMD) and proper formats; and
correct and update control and leader fields. After the client's custom
options have been processed, the cleaned-up database is returned on a CD
with easy-to-follow uploading instructions.
Prices begin at $500 per
library, depending on collection size. Significant discounts are offered
for users of MARC Magician and MITINET/marc software. Volume and districtwide
purchase incentives are also available.
Source: MITINET/marc Software,
Madison, WI, 800/824-6272; http://www.mitinet.com.
Balboa Software Releases Library Master
Balboa Software has announced
the release of Library Master 4.1 for Windows, a bibliographic database
manager that automatically formats bibliographies, citations, and bibliographic
footnotes. According to the company, version 4.1 adds over 200 new features,
including 130 bibliographic styles; previewing formatted records; Authority
Lists; more flexible importing; new export formats; and Terms Tables that
abbreviate journals, publishers, and series titles in reports.
Library Master can catalog
libraries with up to 2 million books, periodicals, audiovisuals, software,
and other materials. New features simplify tracking overdue items. The
network version allows catalogers to edit records while users are searching
the database. Library Master can also create periodical literature indexes,
printed catalogs, acquisitions lists, spine labels, and customized reports.
Terms Tables let users pick
items from Authority Lists to save data entry time. When abbreviations
are entered in a field, they are expanded to full journal names and other
standard entries. Library Master imports from hundreds of online information
services, bibliographic CD-ROMs, and online library catalogs. MARC record
importing and exporting are also available.
Source: Balboa Software,
Willowdale, ON, Canada, 800/763-8542, 416/730-8980; http://www.balboa-software.com.
Grolier Announces America the Beautiful
Grolier Educational has
announced America the Beautiful—State-by-State, its latest addition to
Based on the America
the Beautiful book series, America the Beautiful—State-by-State is
a tool for grades 4 and up that allows students to learn about the U.S.
states in a fun, highly interactive way. More than 1,000 articles provide
the latest information about states including history, economy, government,
spotlights, teacher resources, geography, culture, cities, fast facts,
Web sites, and classroom activities.
Sections include Presidents,
Cities, Natural Wonders, Profiles of People Important to the State, Native
American Tribes, Famous Places, College Information, and Almanac. The 60
timelines put events into historical perspective. Other features include
full-text and article-title searches, and dictionary definitions.
Source: Grolier Educational,
Danbury, CT, 800/243-7256; http://publishing.grolier.com.
GeoRef In Process Available on CSA's
Cambridge Scientific Abstracts
(CSA) has announced that GeoRef In Process, published by the American Geological
Institute (AGI), is now available through its Internet Database Service
(IDS). The database contains records that are in the process of being indexed
by AGI prior to their integration into GeoRef.
GeoRef In Process mostly
contains non-English-language literature, much of which was not published
recently. When the database indexers complete the editing and indexing
of a GeoRef In Process record, the record then appears in the next GeoRef
The American Geological
Institute is a nonprofit federation of 37 geoscientific and professional
associations that represent more than 100,000 geologists, geophysicists,
and other earth scientists.
Source: Cambridge Scientific
Abstracts, Bethesda, MD, 800/843-7751, 301/961-6700; http://www.csa.com.
APA Adds Cited References to PsycINFO
The American Psychological
Association (APA) has announced the planned addition of a cited-references
feature to the PsycINFO database.
The basis of the cited references
feature is a linked list—appended to the abstract record—of all works cited
in the primary document, including journal articles, books and book chapters,
published conference papers, and so on. From that expanded record, users
have several options. They can pull up related articles with one click,
or they can click to find all the articles in that database that cited
the work. Within the cited references, researchers can move forward and
backward in time to track research using a specific work as a starting
point. In addition, researchers will be able to link directly from the
reference list to an abstract for many, if not most, of the references.
From the abstract, publisher links in PsycINFO take users to the full text,
ordering information, or document delivery, whichever the publisher provides.
The APA reports that it
will release the new database to vendors for distribution on March 1, 2002.
Source: American Psychological
Association, Washington, DC, 202/336-5500; http://www.apa.org.
World History FullTEXT Adds 60 Journals
ABC-CLIO and EBSCO Publishing
have announced that they have added 60 journals to the World History FullTEXT
scholarly database. Full-text access to the journals is available immediately,
with access to nearly 200 titles expected by the end of the year.
ABC-CLIO joined with EBSCO
last year to create this co-branded database for libraries with general
history research needs. World History FullTEXT combines the highly specialized
indexing abstracts from ABC-CLIO's America: History and Life and Historical
Abstracts with the full text of appropriate journals from EBSCO's library.
Source: ABC-CLIO, Santa
Barbara, CA, 800/368-6868; http://www.abc-clio.com.
TheScientificWorld, Inc. Improves Services
a company delivering research information to the scientific community,
has announced new features to its commercial Web site (http://www.thescientificworld.com)
that offer integrated access to scientific information, resources, and
tools designed to enhance scientific and medical research. The upgraded
site now provides new content, additional linking and search capabilities,
and enhanced design and navigation.
The upgraded Web site includes
the following new features: sciBASE, TheScientificWorld's core scientific
information retrieval service, now includes more than 200,000 additional
abstract records dating back to 1984; TheScientificWorldJOURNAL, the company's
online publication for scientific research, plans to publish peer-reviewed
articles from over 200 fields in life and environmental sciences; and TheScientificWorld's
newsLAB has been enhanced with over 200 additional news categories to allow
users to create a personalized news page of scientific and world events.
Inc., Boynton Beach, FL, 561/742-0068; http://www.thescientificworld.com.
ebrary and Learning Network Launch
Public Beta Version of ebrarian E-Content Solution
ebrary, a provider of software
and services for the online delivery of copyrighted content, and Learning
Network, part of Pearson, PLC, have announced the launch of the first public
beta version of ebrarian, ebrary's new e-content solution for partners
and customers. The co-branded site is available at http://learningnetwork.ebrary.com.
Learning Network has implemented
the ebrarian solution to securely deliver high-value business and economics
titles to its communities of students, consumers, and professionals. Access
is provided through Learning Network's Infoplease reference site (http://www.infoplease.com).
Using a model similar to photocopying, Learning Network visitors pay only
to print or copy the information they need. Searching and browsing are
free, and there are no membership or subscription fees. Learning Network
has also customized ebrary's InfoTools to link users to relevant information
on the Infoplease site.
Source: ebrary, Mountain
View, CA, 650/230-0700; http://www.ebrary.com.
Questia Launches 2.0, Doubles Its Collection
Questia has announced version
2.0, which includes a collection of more than 60,000 full-text titles—nearly
double the size of its version 1.0 collection launched in January. According
to the announcement, version 2.0 also improves Questia's tools, which highlight
online books and automatically create footnotes.
Features new to version
2.0 include an automatic view of the recently used books, a personal bookshelf
for storing and retrieving favorite books, and a customizable home page;
reorganization of the tools and functions around the three main areas of
search, read, and work to improve the site's usability; faster search and
navigation between and within books; and an America Online agreement that
makes Questia available to all AOL subscribers on its Research and Learn
The cost of accessing the
entire Questia collection and utilizing the research tools remains $19.95
per month or $149.95 annually. Promotional pricing is offered through partners
including America Online; Britannica.com; and The Princeton Review, Inc.
Web site, Review.com.
Source: Questia Media, Inc.,
Houston, 877/QUESTIA, 617/398-8111; http://www.questia.com.
JSTOR Releases Arts & Sciences
JSTOR has announced the
release of the first 22 titles in its new Arts & Sciences II Collection.
This multidisciplinary collection will offer additional titles in subjects
such as history, economics, and Asian studies that will complement JSTOR's
original Arts & Sciences I Collection. In addition, Arts & Sciences
II will offer journals in new disciplines, including classics; archaeology;
history of science; and African, Latin American, Slavic, and Middle Eastern
Studies. The list of signed titles to be included in the new collection
is updated regularly and can be found on the JSTOR Web site at http://www.jstor.org/about/asII.list.html.
Source: JSTOR, New York,
CDL, UC Press to Offer Books on the
The California Digital
Library (CDL; http://www.cdlib.org) and the University of California Press
(UC Press; http://www.ucpress.edu)
have announced that more than 60 UC Press books are now available for free
on the Web at http://www.escholarship.cdlib.org.
The 60 titles are concentrated in international studies, European history,
and literature. These titles are in addition to 12 digital monographs published
by the CDL's eScholarship program for students in California International
and Area Studies (an eScholarship community) and the UC Press book Tobacco
War: Inside the California Battles, by Stanton A. Glantz and Edith
The partnership between
the CDL and UC Press is a core component of the CDL's eScholarship program,
which is designed to support innovation in scholarly communication.
Source: California Digital
Library, San Francisco, 510/987-0425; http://www.cdlib.org.
ALA Publishes Manual for Online Training
ALA Editions has announced
Instruction: A Guide for Libraries, by Susan Sharpless Smith (ISBN:
0-8389-0805-5; $40, $36 for ALA members). In response to increasing numbers
of tech-savvy, remote-access library patrons, this book trains librarians
to offer online learning classes.
The author provides a systematic
approach for librarians to advance from basic skills, such as understanding
what makes an effective Web-based instruction program, to advanced applications,
such as serving a large number of students with 24/7 access to interactive,
self-paced, and self-directed instruction. This guide helps instructors
determine how to use their Web sites to take library educational services
beyond the traditional classroom.
Source: ALA Editions, American
Library Association, Chicago, 800/545-2433; http://www.ala.org/editions.
MLA Offers Guide to Healthcare on the
The Medical Library Association
(MLA) has published Consumer Health: A Guide to Internet Information
Resources, by Cecilia Durkin ($68, $48 for MLA members), to help librarians
learn to search for credible health information on the Web by providing
information about search tools and resources, as well as instruction about
how to use them most effectively.
The author covers a range
of online healthcare resources, including medical search engines and search
integrators, quality filters, subject directories, electronic libraries,
subject-specific Web sites, medical news sources, and electronic journals.
Readers learn to use these tools to access information about such topics
as diseases and treatments, complementary and alternative medicine, mental
health and substance abuse, and wellness and prevention. An accompanying
disk provides links to Web sites in the book.
Source: Medical Library
Association, Chicago, 312/419-9094; http://www.mlanet.org/publications.
Libraries Unlimited Updates Publication
for Finding Government Information Online
Libraries Unlimited has
announced U.S. Government on the Web: Getting the Information You Need,
edition, by Peter Hernon, Robert E. Dugan, and John A. Shuler (ISBN: 1-56308-886-X;
$45). This guide tells you how to find government information through new
Web sites and digital reference services, as well as how to navigate, access,
and use it.
The authors have updated
this title with a range of recent government developments, including information
from the new administration and the 107th Congress, an analysis of information
policies that manage e-government, expanded coverage of the Freedom of
Information Act, and direction to sites that provide subject-specific statistics.
Source: Libraries Unlimited,
Englewood, CO, 800/237-6124; http://www.lu.com.
ITI and CSA Buy Bowker from Reed Elsevier
Information Today, Inc.
(ITI) announced that it has entered into a joint agreement with Cambridge
Scientific Abstracts (CSA) to buy R.R. Bowker from Reed Elsevier (R-E).
Cambridge Information Group (CIG) will purchase all of Bowker from R-E
and form Bowker, LLC, and then ITI will purchase about 10 reference directories
from Bowker, LLC. The amount of the transaction was not disclosed. Many
Bowker staff members will remain in place.
Cambridge is acquiring the
entire Books In Print family of products, Ulrich's Periodical Directory,
for Libraries, a number of abstracts and indexes, a number of journals
and newsletters, and miscellaneous other products. In addition, Cambridge
retains the contract for Bowker, LLC to have the exclusive right to operate
the U.S. office of the ISBN (International Standard Book Number) agency.
The directories that ITI
is purchasing serve the library, publishing, and bookselling markets: Literary
Market Place, International Literary Market Place, American
Book Trade Directory, American Library Directory, Annual
Register of Grant Support, The Bowker Annual Library and Book Trade
Almanac, Library Resource Guide, AV Market Place, Directory
of American Research and Technology, and American Men & Women
Source: Information Today,
Inc., Medford, NJ, 609/654-6266; http://www.infotoday.com.