|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; http://www.aaaenvironmentalinc.com.
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
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; http://www.mlanet.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: FIND/SVP, Inc.,
New York, 212/645-4500; http://www.findsvp.com.
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
Source: The Dialog Corporation,
Cary, NC, 800/3DIALOG, 919/462-8600; http://www.dialog.com.
Grolier Redesigns Encyclopedia
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; http://publishing.grolier.com.
Convera Offers Visual
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; http://www.convera.com.
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; http://www.epnet.com.
FindLaw Unveils a Site
FindLaw has announced an
expanded section of its free Web site to help consumers with their legal
questions. FindLaw For The Public (http://consumer.pub.findlaw.com)
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; http://www.findlaw.com.
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
Source: Institute of Social
Research, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 734/764-8354; http://www.isr.umich.edu.
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
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; http://www.factiva.com.
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
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
Source: bigchalk.com, Inc.,
Berwyn, PA, 800/860-9228; http://www.bigchalk.com.
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; http://www.il.proquest.com.
EBSCO Adds TOC Premier
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
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
Source: EBSCO Information
Services, Birmingham, AL, 800/554-7149; http://www.epnet.com.
WWI Draft Cards Added
Gale has announced that,
with its partner MyFamily.com, 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; http://www.gale.com.
ProQuest Introduces HeritageQuest
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
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
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
Source: ProQuest Information
and Learning, Ann Arbor, MI, 800/521-0600, 734/761-4700; http://www.il.proquest.com.
|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
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; http://www.tlcdelivers.com.
Follett Software Introduces
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
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; http://www.fsc.follett.com.
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; http://www.kiplinger.com.
SIRSI Corp. and Comprise
to Provide Workstation
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; http://www.sirsi.com.
Swets Blackwell and IoPP
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
(http://www.iop.org) 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; http://www.swetsblackwell.com.
Endeavor Links to Three
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; http://www.endinfosys.com.
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; http://www.isinet.com.
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; http://www.museglobal.com.
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
Source: Quiver, Inc., San
Mateo, CA, 650/653-3577; http://www.quiver.com.
|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; http://www.infotoday.com.
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
Source: Ashgate Publishing
Co., Burlington, VT, 802/865-7641; http://www.ashgate.com.
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,
Neal-Schuman's New Guides
Aid Librarians with Many Different and Important Topics
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
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
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; http://www.neal-schuman.com.
Title from Cisco Troubleshoots
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
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,
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
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; http://www.oreilly.com.