Computers in Libraries
Vol. 22, No. 8 September  2002

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Recycle Printer Cartridges and Raise Money

In an effort to keep plastic out of landfills, AAA Environmental, Inc. is offering a program for recycling ink jet and laser printer cartridges that also works as a fundraiser.

AAA Environmental provides interested groups with postage-paid envelopes that are bar coded to the participant. When the recycling center receives the envelope, the cartridges are logged in; a report is printed each month. Participants are paid an average of $1 for every good-condition cartridge returned.

Source: AAA Environmental, Inc., Addison, IL, 630/941-8424;

MLA and Pew Internet Collaborate on Survey of Health Information Search Habits

After a national survey conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life Project found that more than half of Internet users employ the Net when seeking health information, the Medical Library Association (MLA) contacted Pew to develop additional research and support materials regarding how consumers searched for health information online and how they used the information they found.

An MLA task force worked with Pew to design, review, and analyze a survey given to 500 online health information seekers in the summer of 2001. The results were released in May 2002 by Pew in "Vital Decisions: How Internet Users Decide What Information to Trust When They or Their Loved Ones Are Sick." Because of the increasing number of consumers looking to the Web for health information, and their apparent reliance on that information, the Pew Internet Project subsequently asked MLA to develop a guide to finding accurate, reliable, and timely health information on the Web, as well as examples of the best health Web sites.

Created by a team of medical librarians, MLA's new User's Guide to Finding and Evaluating Health Information on the Web provides consumers with suggestions for searching; MLA's Top Ten most useful consumer health Web sites; and recommended cancer, diabetes, and heart disease Web sites. Complete results of the Pew/MLA survey are compiled in the eight-part report that, along with the MLA's User's Guide, can be found on the Pew Internet & American Life Project Web site at

Source: Medical Library Association, Chicago, 312/419-9094;

FIND/SVP Offers News Alert Services Guide

FIND/SVP, a knowledge service company that provides research and consulting services, has unveiled a new free guide titled "How to Choose the Best Business Alert Service." Written by industry veteran Bob Berkman, founder of The Information Advisor newsletter and author of several books on research, online searching, and business research, the guide provides expert insight into the vendors, features, and costs of the various news alert services available today, all in one concise resource, according to the announcement.

Issues the guide addresses include fee vs. free, sourcing (breadth of information, types of sources, and breakdown of suppliers), customization, delivery methods, and intranet compatibility. The guide also includes FIND/SVP's alert service recommendations and advice to help with selection decisions.

The guide is available free by calling 800/346-3787 or sending e-mail to

Source: FIND/SVP, Inc., New York, 212/645-4500;

Dialog Upgrades Alerting Features, Reduces the Embargo on Morning Meeting Notes

The Dialog Corporation has announced that it has completed major enhancements to the Alerts service it offers to users of its DialogClassic, DialogClassic Web, and DialogWeb services. Dialog's Alerts feature is an automated service that allows users to create personalized searches of keywords and concepts and then run them against selected Dialog files. There is no change in the fee to maintain Alerts through the Dialog services.

Enhancements include the ability to run single alerts across multiple files of content sources, including those containing intellectual property information such as patents and trademarks; automatic removal of duplicates of the same documents retrieved from multiple files through alerts; more robust options for the delivery of documents containing images; and improved scheduling, with a new option to specify when the Alert profile is to be run.

In a separate announcement, the company disclosed that Morning Meeting Notes will be available for faster access through the Intelliscope service. Morning Meeting Notes are company and industry analyses prepared daily by brokerages to guide investment decision making and customer service. Previously, an embargo of up to several days was imposed on the availability of Morning Meeting Notes. The embargo has been reduced to approximately 12 hours from the time the reports are distributed internally by the firms producing them until they are available through Intelliscope.

Source: The Dialog Corporation, Cary, NC, 800/3DIALOG, 919/462-8600;

Grolier Redesigns Encyclopedia Americana

Grolier Online has announced the publication of a redesigned version of its general-reference online encyclopedia, the Encyclopedia Americana (EA) 3.0. 

This new edition is organized around four editorial "modules": the Americana encyclopedia database proper, the Americana Journal, Profiles, and Editors' Picks. Each module is available from the encyclopedia home page or via tabs at the top of each page inside the encyclopedia. Also available is a new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)/Section 508-compliant version of the encyclopedia that supports assistive technologies and the navigational and display requirements of the World Wide Web Consortium's Web Accessibility Initiative.

Other features include enhanced bibliographic resources, such as links to OCLC's WorldCat bibliographic database; expanded Americana Journal coverage; enhanced periodical content from EBSCO Content Solutions; rapid navigation of internal article sections; and subject browse.

Source: Grolier Publishing, Danbury, CT, 800/243-7256;

Convera Offers Visual RetrievalWare 5.0

Convera has announced the availability of Visual RetrievalWare 5.0, the latest version of the company's search and retrieval software development kit for digital images and video.

Visual RetrievalWare 5.0 now features support for more than 20 of the most widely used image and video formats. New image formats include PCX, PNM, SGIRGB, TGA, and XPM. TYS has been added to the list of supported video formats. Also, the product is now available on Darwin, FreeBSD, and NetBSD platforms, in addition to Linux, Solaris, and Windows. New APIs included in Visual RetrievalWare 5.0 are an Associative Memory API for memory management and Time Code conversion support for common frame representations such as microseconds, frames, NTSC, and non-drop. New enhancements include MPEG decompression performance and image format support, added support for QuickTime 5, and an upgrade to Tcl/Tk 8.4a4.

Source: Convera, Vienna, VA, 800/788-7758;

EBSCO Upgrades EBSCOhost Web to 6.0

EBSCO Publishing has announced the release of EBSCOhostWeb 6.0, an enhanced version of the current EBSCOhost interface. According to the announcement, the interface design has been retooled to be cleaner and more easily navigable.

The new EBSCOhost features include new thesauri for CINAHL, MEDLINE, and PsycINFO; a spell-checker; new print options; and a folder for marking items across searches to print/e-mail or save. The new interface also includes an updated graphical user interface and three new options for Advanced Search, which has replaced the Guided and Expert search screens. Also, EBSCOadmin has been upgraded to support the new EBSCOhost Web 6.0 features.

Source: EBSCO Publishing, Ipswich, MA, 800/653-2726;
Free Web Resources 

FindLaw Unveils a Site for Consumers

FindLaw has announced an expanded section of its free Web site to help consumers with their legal questions. FindLaw For The Public ( offers thousands of new pages of helpful legal information, such as user-friendly articles, guides, forms, and FAQ pages, as well as a searchable nationwide directory of attorneys.

FindLaw For The Public provides new pages of information drawn from sources including the U.S. government, the American Bar Association, and FindLaw's extensive library of case law and legal information. The information is organized into areas of the law that people commonly encounter, including Cars & Tickets, Consumer & Travel, Criminal Law, Education, Employment Law, Family Issues, Immigration Law, the Internet, Money Matters, Personal Injury, Real Estate, Retirement & Elder Care, and Wills & Estate Planning. FindLaw 101 has guides that help users find their way through the legal process. With Find a Lawyer, users can search a directory of more than 1 million lawyers and legal professionals by practice area, location, or name.

Source: FindLaw, Mountain View, CA, 650/210-1900;

CensusScope Interprets 2000 Census Data

The Institute for Social Research (ISR) of the University of Michigan has announced that CensusScope (, its tool for investigating U.S. demographic trends, has added racial segregation data for 1,246 cities and 318 U.S. metro areas.

The online segregation data and a related working paper released by the Fannie Mae Foundation provide comprehensive analysis of segregation patterns for smaller U.S. cities in addition to large metropolitan areas. The data are presented in colorful graphs and maps, exportable tables and rankings, and sortable lists. CensusScope also contains trend charts and tables on a growing list of other topics, including education, family structure, population growth, ancestry, and ethnicity.

Source: Institute of Social Research, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 734/764-8354;
New/Enhanced Databases

Factiva Adds the Japanese Business Newspapers of the Nikkei to Its Collection

Factiva has announced an agreement with The Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Inc., a Japanese financial newspaper publisher, to add the Nikkei Report (English-language) and the Nikkei Weekly (English-language) to its collection of global news and business information.

The Nikkei Report provides comprehensive Japanese business news in English. Each business day, the service translates more than 100 key articles appearing in The Nihon Keizai Shimbun, as well as three other Nikkei newspapers. With more than 1,400 veteran journalists, the Nikkei Report delivers coverage of trends in politics, economy, industry, technology, and financial markets in Japan.

The Nikkei Weekly is the only English-language economic journal published in Japan. Written from an international viewpoint, it provides detailed analyses of the business news of the region and in-depth treatment of the reasons behind current events, in addition to week-by-week coverage of major business topics.

Source: Factiva, Princeton, NJ, 800/369-7466, 609/627-2000;

bigchalk Delivers eLibrary 2 Reference Tool

bigchalk has announced the availability of eLibrary 2, the new version of the company's general reference tool for middle- and high-school students that offers more than 800 full-text magazines, newspapers, books, and transcripts, plus thousands of pictures and maps.

eLibrary 2 offers articles from more than 25 new publications, including National Geographic Magazine, Current Health, Career World, and Writing. The Reference Desk enables students to look up a word or concept in a collection of reference sources, including dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedias, and almanacs. With My List, students can save their work and either print or e-mail it for later reference. Up to 25 document links can be saved in each session. Using Reading Level Search, students can search for articles based on their reading levels, making their search results more age- and educational-level appropriate.

Source:, Inc., Berwyn, PA, 800/860-9228;

ProQuest Completes Digitization Projects: New York Times and Wall Street Journal

In two separate news releases, ProQuest Information and Learning announced that it has fully digitized the complete backfiles of The New York Times (1851­1999) and The Wall Street Journal (1889­1985) as part of its ProQuest Historical Newspapers program.

Every backfile issue of each newspaper has been digitized from cover to cover, including news stories, editorials, photos, graphics, and advertisements. Searchers can use basic keyword, advanced, guided, and relevancy search techniques to locate information. Or they can browse through issues page by page, as they would browse a printed edition. Search results lists provide bibliographic information, including date, issue, article headline, page number, and byline (where given). To see the desired article, the user simply chooses the article, and the image of the article is displayed as an Adobe PDF file. Users may also choose to display the full-page image of any page in any issue.

Both The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal are also available electronically in ASCII full text from ProQuest.

Source: ProQuest Information and Learning, Ann Arbor, MI, 800/521-0600, 734/761-4700;

EBSCO Adds TOC Premier to EBSCOhost

EBSCO Information Services has announced the release of TOC Premier to EBSCOhost. This addition takes advantage of the range of linking features available through the EBSCOhost search interface.

The nearly 18 million records in the citation-only database include records created by EBSCO Publishing's abstracting-and-indexing operation with proprietary data dating back to 1985 and citations for some titles back to the '60s and '70s; records from EBSCOhost Electronic Journals Service, some of which date back to the early '80s; and records licensed from The British Library Document Supply Centre, covering its entire 20,000-title collection dating back to 1993.

SmartLinks allow researchers to move easily from TOC records in TOC Premier to corresponding full-text articles in other EBSCO databases, in electronic journals to which the library subscribes through EBSCO, or in electronic journals to which the library subscribes that are registered with CrossRef. In addition, the library can choose to allow CustomLinks that search for the record in the library's OPAC, link directly to its online ILL system, or link to document-delivery services such as CISTI, Infotrieve, and The British Library's ArticlesDirect and ARTWeb.

Source: EBSCO Information Services, Birmingham, AL, 800/554-7149;

WWI Draft Cards Added to AncestryPlus

Gale has announced that, with its partner, it will add digitized images of World War I draft registration cards to the content already available in AncestryPlus.

The digitization project will capture and index front and back images of all 24 million WWI draft registration cards. Approximately 100,000 cards are already captured, with additional cards added in weekly updates. Upon completion, the collection will be fully searchable by name, state, county, and birth date, with search results linking directly to images.

Draft registration cards were completed during 1917­1918 by approximately 25 percent of the total U.S. population with small percentages actually called up for service. The draft cards captured such personal details as full name, age, home address, citizenship status, birthplace, occupation, marital status and number of children under age 12, height, build, eye color, hair color, physical impairments or disabilities, and any reason to claim exemption from the draft.

Source: Gale Group, Farmington Hills, MI, 800/877-4253, 248/699-4253;

ProQuest Introduces HeritageQuest Online

ProQuest Information and Learning has announced the release of HeritageQuest Online, a Web-based genealogy resource developed specifically for library patrons. The new product combines primary source materials from the UMI Genealogy & Local History Online product and multiple rich resources originating from genealogy publisher HeritageQuest (which was acquired by ProQuest last summer).

HeritageQuest Online will include the following features: high-quality census indexing (all names verified before indexing for a 99-percent accuracy rate); remote access for library patrons; access to all available U.S. census records with full-page images, allowing users to see handwritten entries in early census data; multiple search elements, such as personal name (first and/or last), place (state, county, town, etc.), demographic information (age, sex, race, and birthplace), type of material (periodicals, monographs, obituaries, census), and keywords (company names, topics, dates); full-text searching; and full-page display.

In this first release of the product, complete census data from 1790, 1800, 1810, and 1870 are fully indexed and viewable in full-page image. In addition, 1840 census data are fully browseable by locality with name indexing to be added soon. Also available are 16,000 family and local histories. Remaining census images for census years 1790 to 1930 are scheduled for loading later this year. The collection will be ongoing, with new materials to be added weekly. Other resources to be added include obituaries from 150 newspapers, Freedman's Bank Records (an African-American resource), and Revolutionary War Pension Files.

Source: ProQuest Information and Learning, Ann Arbor, MI, 800/521-0600, 734/761-4700;

Automation Advances 
TLC Enhances Content for School Libraries

The Library Corporation (TLC) has announced enriched Public Access Catalog (PAC) content for school libraries due to a revised agreement between TLC and Syndetic Solutions. Previously TLC offered the enhanced content through Syndetic for its integrated automated system for public libraries, Library*Solution. The new agreement enables TLC to offer the content in School/Library*Solution.

TLC's contract with Syndetic Solutions integrates the following content into the SchoolLibrary*Solution PAC: cover images of book jackets, tables of contents, summaries, annotations, fiction and biography profiles, series information, first chapters and excerpts, Publishers Weekly reviews, Library Journal reviews, School Library Journal reviews, Booklist reviews, and author notes.

Syndetic Solutions is a provider of specialized bibliographic data and enrichment. According to the announcement, the company will continue to supply additional content weekly to TLC.

Source: The Library Corporation, Inwood, WV, 800/325-7759, 304/229-0100;

Follett Software Introduces TitlePeek Service

Follett Software Co. has announced TitlePeek, a new service that enables K-12 students to preview book covers, summaries, published reviews, and more while they search their library's catalog. 

Available through a partnership with Syndetic Solutions, TitlePeek searches provide students with more extensive information about the appropriateness of a book before they take the trip to the shelves. Students perform their OPAC searches, click on items in the results list, and then click on TitlePeek icons. The library's Web browser launches and students are taken to more detailed information about the book. Syndetic Solutions provides the extended content, including cover photo, title profile, brief summary, author notes, first chapter or excerpt, and published reviews.

Staff members can use TitlePeek as a collection development tool. Once a bibliographic record is added to the library's database—even if the library does not own a copy of the book—subscribers to TitlePeek can view the enriched content to determine if they should add it to the collection.

TitlePeek is available as an annual subscription to schools using Follett Software's Catalog Plus or WebCollection Plus version 5.05 or higher.

Source: Follett Software Co., McHenry, IL, 800/323-3397, 815/344-8700;

Kiplinger Announces New Content Partners

The Kiplinger Washington Editors, Inc. has announced that it has entered into licensing agreements with six leading aggregators: EBSCO Publishing, Factiva, Gale Group, LexisNexis, ProQuest Information and Learning, and H.W. Wilson.

Under the terms of the agreements, the full text of Kiplinger's publications will be added to these aggregators' systems. All agreements include online access to Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine, The Kiplinger Letter, The Kiplinger Tax Letter, The Kiplinger Agriculture Letter, The Kiplinger California Letter, and Kiplinger's Retirement Report.

According to Kiplinger's, since 1999 the company has taken steps to produce a format-neutral repository for the delivery and distribution of its content in a number of formats. With this system in place, the company anticipates that it will complete more licensing agreements in the future.

Source: Kiplinger Washington Editors, Inc., Washington, DC, 888/419-0424;

SIRSI Corp. and Comprise Technologies
to Provide Workstation Management Tools

SIRSI Corp. has announced its partnership with Comprise Technologies, a developer of software for managing public-access PCs. The SIRSI­Comprise partnership will provide SIRSI libraries with seamless access to Comprise's Smart Access Manager (SAM) through a SIRSI-enhanced interface.

SAM is a fully integrated program for managing public workstations in libraries that enables them to offer online public access workstation reservations, to enforce rules governing session length and frequency of patron computer use, to control public workstation printer usage and costs, and to produce reports on workstation activity and usage time. SIRSI libraries will be able to automate the process of managing public workstations and to provide an interface to the functionality in the SIRSI library system.

Source: SIRSI Corp., Huntsville, AL, 800/917-4774, 256/704-7000;

Swets Blackwell and IoPP Link Content

Swets Blackwell and the Institute of Physics Publishing (IoPP) have announced a new linking partnership between Swets Blackwell's SwetsnetNavigator service and a selection of IoPP electronic services.

According to the announcement, links to SwetsnetNavigator are now available, where relevant, from references in IoPP Electronic Journals service and from abstracts in Axiom, the institute's Web-based research database. SwetsnetNavigator offers users a single point of access to full-text titles, as well as to tables of contents and abstracts. Thousands of titles are currently available, covering 160 publisher imprints.

The Institute of Physics ( is an international learned society and professional body for the advancement and dissemination of pure and applied physics. All IoPP journals are available via the Internet weeks before print publication. The organization offers an increasing range of other Web products and services as well.

Source: Swets Blackwell, Runnemede, NJ, 800/645-6595;

Endeavor Links to Three LexisNexis Databases

Endeavor Information Systems and LexisNexis have announced an agreement that will make select LexisNexis databases available through ENCompass, Endeavor's digital management, organization, and linking tool.

Through an XML gateway, the Endeavor plan will provide a single point of access for simultaneous searching that will include three LexisNexis research databases: LexisNexis Academic Universe, LexisNexis Congressional Universe, and LexisNexis Statistical Universe. ENCompass employs multiprotocol federated searching across resources, using traditional protocols such as Z39.50 and new technology advances in XML gateways and HTTP searching.

Source: Endeavor Information Systems, Des Plaines, IL, 800/762-6300, 847/296-2200;

ISI Makes Partnership with WebFeat, Inc.

ISI has announced a partnership with WebFeat, Inc., developers of WebFeat Prism. The WebFeat Prism enables users to simultaneously search the library's entire collection of disparate databases through a single intuitive interface, whether catalog holdings, proprietary databases, or subscription resources.

Under the agreement, ISI will distribute a specially enhanced version of WebFeat Prism that integrates with ISI Web of Knowledge—the single environment from which researchers can access, analyze, and manage information. With WebFeat, users will be able to search the information resources within the ISI Web of Knowledge platform while simultaneously searching other databases within the library. Users can access the Prism search environment through ISI Web of Knowledge or through the library's Web page. In addition, several search criteria are available, including Boolean and date constraint. Once a search is conducted, the information retrieved can be organized and presented on the WebFeat Interface as the user chooses.

WebFeat will also custom configure the Prism for participating libraries, as well as maintain access to all searched resources.

Source: ISI, Philadelphia, 800/336-4474, 215/386-0100;

Content Management

MuseGlobal's Source Factory Checks, Maintains, and Updates Your Connections

MuseGlobal, Inc. has announced its new Source Factory tool to automate the process of checking, maintaining, and updating connections to thousands of electronic information sources. These connections allow the MuseSearch broadcast search product to access any networked database, catalog, system, or file.

MuseGlobal maintains Source Packages that include definitions, code, and parameter files for each target database or system to which Muse will connect. Each of the 4,000-plus Source Packages currently in the MuseGlobal Source Library contain all the information users need to connect to the source, handle authentication, translate queries into the Source's native language, and convert retrieved records into a common format for display. Because sources constantly change, MuseGlobal developed the Source Factory as an automated way to detect changes, adapt the source packages to the changes, and deliver and install the updated Source Packages to Muse customer sites. If desired, updated Source Packages can be automatically downloaded and installed at the customer site without affecting current MuseSearch operations.

Source: MuseGlobal, Inc., Santa Fe, NM, 505/992-1505;

Quiver, Inc. Releases QKS Topic Advisor, Expands Its QKS Classifier to Version 2.0

Quiver, Inc., a provider of categorization software for enterprise and online content, has unveiled QKS Topic Advisor, part of the Quiver Knowledge Suite. QKS allows users to create and evaluate categories in a taxonomy while ensuring accuracy in organizing information.

QKS Topic Advisor is a taxonomy auto-topic generator that blends advanced content clustering technology with an intuitive topic management interface. Its hybrid taxonomy topic generator rapidly scans documents and generates suggested topics for human review and approval. 

In a separate release, Quiver announced version 2.0 of QKS Classifier, its flagship taxonomy platform. QKS Classifier is an end-to-end categorization application for organizing, managing, and distributing unstructured data through end-user directories.

QKS Classifier's new Business Rules Engine offers automated actions for publishing and expiration, and additional control over categorization based on content source, document metadata, or confidence scores. Enhanced Filtering Rules allow the user to filter content based on metadata and other parameters at the taxonomy or topic level, resulting in more accurate and manageable taxonomy content. New Information Manager Wizards are intuitive user interfaces that enable information managers to set up and manage business rules taxonomywide or at the topic level. Users can also take part in the process of building a community-powered directory through the classifier's end-user document submission.

Source: Quiver, Inc., San Mateo, CA, 650/653-3577;

New Books
ITI's American Library Directory on CD

Information Today, Inc. (ITI) has announced the publication of the American Library Directory 2002­2003, available in print and CD-ROM versions.

Containing full profiles on public, academic, government, and special libraries, this 55th edition is organized by state and city. Each profile includes everything from the official library name, address, and key personnel to expenditures, budgets, collections, and special services. Libraries can use the guide to compare budgets, expenditures, automation, staff size, special services, and collections to libraries of similar size and type; locate special collections, rare book and document holdings, and manuscript collections to help patrons; refer patrons with physical disabilities to libraries designed to meet their special needs; and look up details on library schools, professional seminars, and in-service educational programs.

The American Library Directory 2002­2003 (ISBN: 1-57387-142-7, $299) and American Library Directory On Disc ($499) are available directly from the publisher.

Source: Information Today, Inc., Medford, NJ, 800/300-9868, 609/654-6266;

Ashgate Offers Title on Information Law

Written by a lawyer and intended for information managers of all types, Information Law in Practice, 2nd edition (ISBN: 0-566-08390-6, $89.95) has been updated to cover the tremendous changes that have taken place since the publication of the first edition in 1991.

This guide includes many examples of legal cases and explanations of the different kinds and causes of legal action. One entire chapter is devoted to electronic issues. While the main emphasis is on copyright—written, visual, musical, and multimedia—other areas of intellectual property are discussed. The author gives advice on trademarks and other issues and explains the legal principles of data protection and privacy, libel, freedom of information, censorship, obscenity, blasphemy, and racial hatred. According to the announcement, librarians and other information professionals will find this book an invaluable reference for what they can and cannot do with information they manage and distribute.

Source: Ashgate Publishing Co., Burlington, VT, 802/865-7641;

ALA's Magic and Hypersystems Looks at Possibilities for Information Sharing

Magic and Hypersystems: Constructing the Information-Sharing Library (ISBN: 0-8389-0834-9; $38, $34.20 for ALA members), by veteran librarian and digital network expert Harold Billings, is a meditation on how libraries can not only fit into the digital flow but also capitalize on their role in it.

Billings connects the 16th-century knowledge organization to global information systems of today as embodied in the 21st-century "relational library" model where information flow is boundless. He encourages libraries to build new structures and alliances that will equip them to connect their users to the richest possible information sources. He examines issues including the future of library education and librarianship, new models of cooperative collection building, strategic alliances with information communities and the corporate world, governance of OCLC and other networking organizations, fees for service, linking technologies (reference linking, Digital Object Identifiers), and the strained relations of publishers and libraries.

Source: ALA Editions, Chicago, 312/280-1537;

Neal-Schuman's New Guides Aid Librarians with Many Different and Important Topics

Teaching Technology: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians (ISBN: 1-55570-426-3, $55), by D. Scott Brandt, is designed to answer the question "How can librarians design and develop successful training programs to teach their users what they need to know?"

This practical "how-to" introduces concepts and techniques for creating technology learning courses, sessions, workshops, and modules in libraries. Brandt demonstrates how to gather and analyze information on user needs, articulate the vision and mission of the training, create an administrative work flow, construct individual training courses, measure the effectiveness of the training, and make revisions along the way. Teaching Internet use is emphasized.

Internet Power Searching: The Advanced Manual (ISBN: 1-55570-447-6, $45), by Phil Bradley, has been completely revised and updated in a second edition.

Bradley covers five types of search engines and how they can work for librarians. The most useful and popular engines are covered in detail. The book offers full explanations and examples of how to exploit search tools through relevance ranking and search-term choices. Internet Power Searching is designed for easy use during search sessions and includes screenshots, sidebars, icons, and searching tips.

Fundraising for Libraries: 25 Proven Ways to Get More Money for Your Library (ISBN: 1-55570-433-6, $69.95), by James Swan, offers 25 techniques librarians can put to work immediately.

This guide brings the principles of fundraising into focus—matching donors with funding opportunities, conducting auctions, soliciting donations on the Internet, lobbying legislatures, managing direct-mail campaigns, raising money through taxes, applying for grants, soliciting memorial gifts, and more.

Source: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc., New York, 212/925-8650;

Title from Cisco Troubleshoots IP Routing

Cisco Press has announced Troubleshooting IP Routing Protocols (ISBN: 1-587-05019-6, $55), by Farar Shamim, Zaheer Aziz, Johnson Lui, and Abe Martey, which takes a unique approach to troubleshooting IP routing protocols by giving the reader step-by-step guidelines for solving a particular routing failure scenario.

Based on the authors' combined years of experience, the book gives the reader an overview to routing, then concentrates on the troubleshooting steps an engineer would take in resolving various routing protocol issues that arise in a network. Each chapter goes into great depth, focusing on troubleshooting techniques using flow charts, which guide the reader through step-by-step real-world examples, possible problems, case studies, debugs, sample configurations, and solutions.

Source: Cisco Press, Indianapolis, 317/581-3500;

O'Reilly Titles Abound in Useful Subjects

802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide (ISBN: 0-596-00183-5, $44.95), by Matthew S. Gast, delves into the intricacies of wireless networks, revealing how 802.11 technology can be a practical and even liberating choice; he also leads the reader through all aspects of planning, deploying, and maintaining a wireless network, and covers the security issues unique to this type of network. 

Web Performance Tuning, 2nd edition (ISBN: 0-596-00172-X, $44.95), by Patrick Killelea, tackles performance issues on the Web, focusing on end-users' perception of speed or how quickly the Web satisfies a user's request. Besides tuning Web server software, the book is also about streamlining Web content, getting optimal performance from a browser, tuning both client and server hardware, and maximizing the capacity of the network itself.

Programming PHP (ISBN: 1-56592-610-2, $39.95), by Rasmus Lerdorf, aims to be a solid reference manual for PHP, the simple-yet-powerful open source language designed for creating HTML content. It is a guide to PHP 4, and covers topics a programmer or designer needs to know to create effective Web applications.

IPv6 Essentials (ISBN: 0-596-00125-8, $39.95), by Silvia Hagen, provides an introduction to IPv6 for experienced network administrators. The author covers the new features and functions in IPv6 and discusses how to configure IPv6 on hosts and routers and which applications currently support IPv6. Other topics include networking, and getting started in different operating systems.

Source: O'Reilly & Associates, Inc., Sebastopol, CA, 800/998-9938, 707/827-7000;

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