Newsline is compiled by Kimberly Shigo
News from SLA & ALA
British Library Unveils Electronic Delivery
Service, New 'Turning the Pages' Technology
The British Library previewed its new Electronic Delivery service, which
gives customers fast access to over a billion items. This means that almost
anything from the library's collections, whether originally digital, print,
or microform, can be delivered to a desktop within 2 hours, if needed. Because
The British Library holds the vast majority of items listed in its catalogs,
most can be supplied directly from its collections.
The secure Electronic Delivery service, which is fully available this fall,
is based on Adobe Reader 6.0 software and Relais International's scanning and
delivery technology. The addition of scanning technology means that it will
be able to supply virtually all of the materials listed in its catalogs, as
well as from its inside electronic table of contents service.
In a separate announcement, The British Library unveiled its new Turning
the Pages (TTP) 3-D system. TTP uses touch-screen technology and animation
to allow users to "turn" the pages of priceless manuscripts and books in a
realistic way. The TTP electronic facsimile system enables users to zoom in
on high-quality, digitized images, read notes, or listen to music and commentary
on each page.
Ten TTP electronic facsimiles have been created so far, including the Lindisfarne
Gospels, the Sherborne Missal, and Leonardo da Vinci's notebook. The technology
is now being used at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Md., to
showcase Elizabeth Blackwell's 17th-century herbal and Vesalius' Humani
Corporis Fabrica, a 16th-century work considered the first truly modern
Source: The British Library, London, 011-44-20-7412-7111; http://www.bl.uk.
Inmagic, Inc. Releases New Content Server
Inmagic, Inc. has announced the release of Inmagic Content Server, which
combines the advantages of a robust, flexible database management environment
with high-speed search and categorization.
Inmagic Content Server allows business users to create content as well as
to integrate existing content from internal and external sources, deploy that
content to Web pages, and organize and manage information flow so that the
databases they create drive the content for end users to access. Inmagic Content
Server, which is built on Microsoft SQL server, provides high compatibility
with the company's DB/TextWorks product.
Source: Inmagic, Inc., Woburn, MA, 800/229-8398, 781/938-4444; http://www.inmagic.com.
EOS Q-Series Revamped with MS .NET
EOS International has announced the immediate availability of the EOS Q-Series
platform, based on Microsoft's .NET Framework.
According to the announcement, one of the most significant advantages of
the .NET Framework is its level of interoperability with other languages, applications,
and systems. The new EOS Q-Series Web-based solutions are primarily used for
editing, viewing, and accessing information, and feature a streamlined Web
interface, simplified internal work-flow processes, decreased processing times,
lower IT costs, full authority control for MARC records, an interactive MARC
editor, XML data communications, and more.
Source: EOS International, Carlsbad, CA, 800/876-5484, 760/431-8400; http://www.eosintl.com.
Ovid Offers New Corporate Portal Services
Ovid has announced the availability of its new Corporate Portal Services,
which enable pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and other healthcare organizations
to offer company-branded, customized medical information Web sites featuring
peer-reviewed content from Ovid.
Corporate Portal Services is a full-service solution designed to help healthcare
organizations improve awareness of products, services, and clinical research
programs. Corporate librarians and knowledge professionals are able to partner
with colleagues who work directly with customers to enhance online branding
initiatives and relationships with their respective audiences. Ovid works with
the portal sponsor to develop a customized medical Web site focused on a selected
therapeutic category. The site provides end users with access to Ovid's collection
of biomedical journals, as well as to databases with links to full-text articles
and e-tables of content alerts. Other content can be made available on a pay-per-view
No design, hardware, or other technical investment is required from the customer.
Ovid technical support maintains and services each site.
Source: Ovid Technologies, Inc., New York, 800/950-2035, 646/674-6300; http://www.ovid.com.
LexisNexis Upgrades Business Info Suite
LexisNexis has announced several new enhancements to its information services
An advanced version of Company Dossier allows users to retrieve and package
market information on businesses more efficiently. It also features more powerful
searching, screening, and analysis capabilities. Users can specify search criteria
on up to 16 attributes simultaneously. Company Dossier is now available in
two subscription versions: Snapshot and Complete.
Industry Dossier is an add-on to Company Dossier that provides snapshot industry
reports featuring descriptions, related industries, industry performance aggregates,
top-20 companies, and recent industry news.
LexisNexis Publisher combines the capabilities of two former LexisNexis productsWeb
Publisher and Intranet Publisher.
LexisNexis Portal Components gives portal users instant access, through their
customized home page, to relevant daily business news and competitive intelligence
from hundreds of searchable sources.
Source: LexisNexis, Dayton, OH, 800/227-4908; http://www.lexisnexis.com.
Infotrieve Shows E-100 Doc Delivery Product
Infotrieve displayed a preview of its E-100 electronic document delivery
initiative. According to the company, E-100 is next-generation document delivery,
providing 100-percent electronic delivery to the desktop. This means that virtually
all articles and documents can be delivered to the computer screens of its
customers worldwide. E-100 will improve Infotrieve's ability to deliver documents
online, regardless of whether an original article was created digitally or
in print format.
When a customer already has an electronic journal subscription, E-100 allows
direct linking to articles from subscribed journals to save customers service
and copyright fees. When the customer does not have a subscription, Infotrieve
can provide PDF files through its network of publisher agreements or a scanned
image delivered in a secure manner, both of which are copyright-compliant and
delivered from Infotrieve's digital rights management software.
Source: Infotrieve, Los Angeles, 800/422-4633, 310/234-2000; http://www.infotrieve.com.
Nstein Has Introduced Nserver Suite 3.0
Nstein Technologies, Inc. has launched version 3.0 of its content management
platform, Nserver suite, which includes Nstein's concept extraction, categorization,
entity extraction, summarization, and newly launched guided navigation modules.
Nconcept Extractor 3.0 now includes enhanced extraction and ranking algorithms
for both complex and simple concepts, such as key phrases and keywords. Ncategorizer
3.0 now includes improved categorization algorithms as well as a new rule-based
layer that allows content managers to define domain-specific indexing and business
rules. Nfinder 3.0 now extracts two new entity types of Dates & Times and
Currencies. Nfinder is now also available with a browser-based Authority File & Taxonomy
Manager module that allows users to modify their authority files without requiring
programming expertise. In addition, Nlikethis 3.0 has been enhanced to improve
its accuracy and processing speed, and to decrease its repository size.
Also, Nserver now provides full-featured Unicode services throughout all
of its components. Nserver 3.0 is available in most UNIX flavors, and can support
Source: Nstein Technologies, Inc., Montreal, 877/nstein-1, 514/908-5406;
Sea Change Creates WebClarity Subsidiary
Sea Change Corp. has announced the creation of WebClarity Software, Inc.,
a new, wholly owned subsidiary.
According to the announcement, WebClarity Software specializes in developing
tools to enhance the productivity of librarians, catalogers, researchers, and
students. The company will focus on developing search-and-retrieval tools utilizing
the Z39.50 standard. WebClarity's products include BookWhere, a Windows-based
client for searching bibliographic/media databases; Resource Gateway, a Web-based
gateway for information resources; and Resource Registry, a comprehensive directory
of Z39.50-accessible databases.
Source: Sea Change Corp., Concord, ON, Canada, 800/661-7274, 905/760-7488;
3M Introduces Public Access Management
System, Plus New SelfCheck System Model
3M Library Systems has introduced a library card with the capability to manage
public access in libraries and to make the process user-friendly for staff
as well as for patrons.
The Public Access Management System is an access management software system
that provides library patrons with one "smart" library card that can be used
to borrow materials, pay fines and fees, pay to print from a workstation, and
schedule time on a library computer. The product allows librarians to manage
public access resources in the library, including computers, printers, copiers,
audiovisual equipment, and meeting rooms. Web site control, filtering, and
customization are personalized benefits for patrons. Also, each card stores
personalization features such as home page, favorites, and history files.
3M boosts security by providing the access management system with a twofold
authentication systema library card is required, and the correct password
is authenticated when signing on and off from any library workstation. Then,
the system automatically closes all open applications, clears the cache, and
resets the computer to the library's home page when the smart card is removed.
In a separate news release, 3M announced that the SelfCheck System 7210SE
is now available. According to the company, this new model is the culmination
of the best in self-check technology.
Source: 3M Library Systems, St. Paul, MN, 800/328-0067; http://www.3m.com/library.
Endeavor and Luna Imaging Join Forces
Endeavor Information Systems and Luna Imaging, Inc. have announced an exclusive
partnership that will create a premium content gateway between the ENCompass
system for managing, searching, and linking collections and Luna's Insight
software for working with high-resolution images, data, video, and audio materials.
In addition, this agreement allows Endeavor to provide the option for libraries
to purchase an integrated version of Insight with their selection of ENCompass.
When ENCompass users conduct a search, it will return results from information
contained in Insight collections together with data from other resources. Users
who select Insight-enabled results will activate Insight's tools for viewing,
comparing, and organizing full-quality visual resources.
Source: Endeavor Information Systems, Inc., Des Plaines, IL, 800/762-6300,
847/296-2200; http://www.endinfosys.com and Luna Imaging, Inc., Culver City,
CA, 800/452-LUNA, 310/452-8370; http://www.lunaimaging.com.
Sirsi Announces Release of Unicorn 2003
and Sirsi Voice Automation (SVA) Solution
Sirsi Corp. has announced that the Unicorn Library Management System, version
2003, is now available. The new version includes enhanced circulation and public
services, client software, acquisitions and technical services, iBistro and
iLink e-library solutions, and DataStream content.
In a separate announcement, Sirsi reported the availability of its new Sirsi
Voice Automation (SVA) solution for the 2003 version of the Unicorn Library
Management System and version 2.5-2 of the DRA Classic System. The system includes
both inbound and outbound calling capabilities.
Using SVA and local telephone technology, patrons can call in to the library
to review their account information, renew items, and check library notices,
while library personnel can set an automatic schedule to call out to notify
patrons of past due materials, holds, and special events. The use of a PIN
ensures the privacy of library users' personal information. Libraries can choose
an automated voice or recorded human voice. The SVA module also provides detailed
usage statistics: number of notices generated, number of failed calls, and
number of items renewed with SVA.
Source: Sirsi Corp., Huntsville, AL, 800/917-4774, 256/704-7000; http://www.sirsi.com.
New & Improved Databases
World Bank Announces e-Library Portal
The World Bank's Publishing Division is launching the World Bank e-Library
(http://www.worldbank.org/elibrary), an electronic portal for libraries and
institutions to its full-text collection of books, reports, and other documents.
The e-Library is a commercial, subscription-based research and reference
tool that brings together, in a fully indexed and cross-searchable database,
more than 1,000 titles published by World Bank during the past several years,
plus all future titles. Subscribers will also have the option to include access
to the World Bank's two statistical databases, World Development Indicators
and Global Development Finance.
Source: The World Bank, Washington, DC, 202/473-1000; http://www.worldbank.org.
Wiley Has Started Pay-Per-View Service
Wiley InterScience (http://www.interscience.wiley.com), an online content
service of John Wiley & Sons, Inc., has launched its new Pay-Per-View service,
which provides access to its electronic journals and book material to all individuals
who previously did not have access to the publisher's scientific, technical,
medical, and professional content. The service offers access via a secure credit
card transaction and can be accessed from any Web-enabled computer.
Wiley InterScience has also expanded ArticleSelect, a token-based individual
article supply service for subscribing libraries, which provides access to
articles and chapters in non-subscribed journals and books. The service, which
was previously available only to Enhanced Access License Customers, has now
been extended to Basic Access License Customers.
Source: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 201/748-6000; http://www.wiley.com.
Ovid Releases LinkSolver, Links@Ovid
Ovid has announced Ovid LinkSolver, its new universal link resolver that
provides end users with advanced linking capabilities with which to access
their libraries' entire collections of Web-based content, as well as Internet
resources, regardless of where they reside.
LinkSolver can be purchased independently of Ovid's current product line
or integrated into the OvidWeb Gateway platform. Key features include limiting
results to full text, an import utility, full customization, expanded administration
capability, and remote hosting.
According to the company, LinkSolver will be sold at a significantly reduced
price until the end of the year.
The company also announced Links@Ovid, its new outbound full-text linking
functionality, delivered as a service within the OvidWeb Gateway solution.
This functionality is now available to medical and academic customers at no
additional charge, providing linking from Ovid's more than 100 bibliographic
databases to electronic full text hosted internally or externally, as well
as to locally held print resources through institutional OPACs and document
Source: Ovid Technologies, Inc., New York, 800/950-2035, 646/674-6300; http://www.ovid.com.
ICT Available Online Through Knovel.com
Knovel Corp. has announced that it has converted National Research Council's
seven-volume resource International Critical Tables (ICT) into
an interactive online reference.
ICT offers data on physics, thermodynamics, mechanics, and other key properties.
ICT's content on http://www.knovel.com is also searchable and is enhanced with
interactive productivity tools such as "live" spreadsheet tables and graphing
and calculation packages. Additionally, these online volumes of chemistry,
physics, and technical resources are merged into a consistent, user-friendly
Web interface. ICT is also available in full-text searchable Adobe PDF, including
the original index. All entries in the index are hyperlinked to their page
Source: Knovel Corp., Norwich, NY, 866/303-3336, 607/773-1840; http://www.knovel.com.
Bowker Offers New Linking Options
Bowker has announced several new user options that provide customized, seamless
integration with a library's local resources and OpenURL link resolvers directly
from ulrichsweb.com, the Web-based source for detailed information about journals,
magazines, and electronic resources.
Bowker's new options allow ulrichsweb.com subscribers to launch searches
in a wide range of full-text resources as well as to retrieve collections information
from their own holdings or the holdings of another library by means of their
preferred OpenURL resolver or other Web-based links.
The new features are available for users of LinkSource from EBSCO, LinkFinderPlus from
Endeavor Information Systems, WebBridge from Innovative Interfaces, OCLC WorldCat,
1Cate from Openly Informatics, Journal Linker and Article Linker from Serials
Solutions, and any library whose OPAC supports predictable URL searching.
Source: R.R. Bowker, LLC, New Providence, NJ, 800/526-9537, 908/219-0191;
ABC-CLIO Has Launched NSTC Online
ABC-CLIO has announced the launch of the Nineteenth Century Short Title Catalogue
(NSTC) new online version. ABC-CLIO acquired NSTC in January from Avero.
Available as an online subscription from ABC-CLIO, NSTC is a database that
covers all materials published in the British Empire and the U.S. between 1801
and 1919 that are found in the catalogs of several major U.K. and U.S. libraries.
The collection of over 1.2 million searchable entries offers unlimited access
to the 19th-century holdings of the Bodleian Library, the Library of Congress,
and six other large collections.
NSTC includes well-known and obscure works of literature, important translations,
new editions of classics, legal documents, political pamphlets, medical and
scientific monographs, journals, and periodicals. The online environment allows
subscribers to create customized bibliographies, locate specific copies or
genres, trace etymological uses of words and phrases, and more. Users may search
by keyword, title, author, author epithet, subject, place and date of publication,
classification, library location, or reference number.
Source: ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, CA, 800/368-6868; http://www.abc-clio.com.
MarketResearch.com Launches New Site
MarketResearch.com, a source for global market intelligence that covers markets,
industries, and companies, has launched version 3.0.
According to the company's CEO, the improvements in the new launch make the
experience of buying business intelligence products easier, both for project-driven
users as well as for frequent buyers. The search environment is geared toward
helping both new users and super searchers with sophisticated techniques to
find what they need. Users can refine searches iteratively until they have
narrowed down the results set to just those reports relevant to their needs.
MarketResearch.com has also added a Matching Categories feature that classifies
search results into relevant industry groups. Users can perform searches within
specific topic categories, and also refine their searches using keywords, publisher
name, date published, price, and geographic region.
Source: MarketResearch.com, New York, 800/298-5699, 212/807-2600; http://www.marketresearch.com.
EBSCO Acquires Two Databases from ITI
EBSCO Publishing and Information Today, Inc. have made an agreement whereby
EBSCO has acquired two databasesInformation Science & Technology
Abstracts (ISTA) and Internet & Personal Computing Abstracts (IPCA).
ISTA is designed to promote the science, management, and technology of information
through the abstracting of pertinent books, journals, e-journals, conference
proceedings, reports, and patents. IPCA provides access to concise and comprehensive
information on the latest personal computing products and developments in business,
education, libraries, the Internet, information science and technology, and
the home. More than 120 of the most important trade publications, mainstream
computer magazines, and professional journals are covered.
Source: EBSCO Publishing, Ipswich, MA, 800/653-2726, 978/356-6500; http://www.epnet.com.
ATLA's Digital Collection Now Available
The American Theological Library Association (ATLA) has announced the debut
of the Collaborative Digital Resources Initiative (CDRI). CDRI provides a freely
available, Web-searchable, central repository of digital resources contributed
by participating ATLA libraries.
CDRI allows individuals and libraries to access digital resources that include
2,500 images. Digital images of woodcuts, photographs, slides, papyri, coins,
maps, and manuscripts relevant to teaching and learning in theological education
are available on the Web site.
Collections include Wesley Manuscripts & Memorabilia, Illuminations from
Armenian Gospels, Biblical Iconography: French Medieval Cathedrals, and Photographs
of Protestant Missionary Work in Korea.
Source: American Theological Library Association, Chicago, 888/665-ATLA,
Readex Will Begin Digitizing the Serial Set
Readex, a division of NewsBank, Inc., has announced that the Readex U.S.
Congressional Serial Set Digital Edition will for the first time make available
digital images of all the publications, including maps and color plates, accompanied
by searchable OCR-generated ASCII text and full bibliographic metadata for
The U.S. Congressional Serial Set is sequentially numbered volumes of all
reports, documents, and journals of the U.S. Senate
and House of Representatives. Because of the size of
the collection (more than 12 million pages), the Readex
U.S. Congressional Serial Set Digital Edition will be
released in phases, beginning with the pre-Civil War
period (1817–1859), followed by the Civil War
to the end of the 19th century (1859–1899).
The digital edition will be released in monthly segments beginning this fall.
Pricing is based on the size and mission of the institution. Discounts will
be offered before and during the production phase, and payment plans will be
Source: Readex, Naples, FL, 800/762-8182, 802/875-2910; http://www.readex.com.
Southern Oregon University Launches SODA
Southern Oregon University (SOU) Library in Ashland, Ore., has announced
the creation of the Southern Oregon Digital Archives (SODA).
SODA, which is funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library
Services, is designed to develop a digital library made up primarily from the
SOU Library's collections of federal, state, and county publications. SOU Library
is concentrating its efforts on two collections of materials: the Bioregion
Collection and the First Nations Tribal Collection. The Bioregion Collection
is about the Siskiyou-Cascade-Klamath bioregion, recognized by scientists as
an area that is uniquely rich in plant and animal species. The collection includes
documents from federal agencies, locally published materials written by researchers
on contract with government agencies, and Oregon state publications.
The First Nations Tribal Collection consists of documents, books, and articles
relating to the indigenous people of this area, including the Klamath, Modoc,
Yahuskin, Takelma, Shasta, Coos, Cow Creek Band of Umpqua, and Hupa nations.
This is a work-in-progress that is being undertaken in collaboration with local
tribes. Some of the materials include treaties, native-language dictionaries,
and government documents.
All SODA collections are full-text searchable by author, title, year, subject,
Source: Southern Oregon University Library, Ashland, OR, 541/552-6860; http://www.sou.edu/library.
Your Digital Library
Ekahau, Inc. Enables Wireless PDA Map- Based
Guidance System for Library Users
Ekahau, Inc. has announced that it has enabled the
first location-aware library navigation system for the
Oulu University Main Library in Finland.
A wireless PDA-based system called SmartLibrary, developed
by Ekahau and Oulu University's Library and Information
Processing and Computer Engineering Laboratory, helps
users find books and other material in the library collection.
The aid is provided in the form of map-based guidance
via a PDA to the target bookshelf. Ekahau Positioning
Engine software is used by the SmartLibrary system to
pinpoint the accurate mobile client location.
The map guidance is linked into the online catalog
so that books retrieved from the catalog can be located.
The service is a completely software-based solution,
which can be provided atop a Wi-Fi network installed
for wireless Internet access, without any additional
Source: Ekahau, Inc., Saratoga, CA, 866/4EKAHAU; http://www.ekahau.com.
BookPage Offers Patron Newsletter Service
BookPage has announced a new electronic newsletter
service that makes it easy to e-mail patrons their personally
selected information on new titles. BookLetters is an
affordable electronic newsletter service that lets patrons
select the book news they receive from the library and
connects them back to the library's Web site, e-resources,
and online catalog.
BookLetters offers libraries a selection of 15 genre-specific
e-newsletters composed primarily of BookPage reviews
and features. Patrons choose the newsletters they want
to receive using an automated sign-up page. E-newsletters
are maintained by the BookLetters staff and can also
be used as pages on the library's Web site.
The cost to implement BookLetters is based on the number
of registered borrowers: $600 plus $30 per 1,000 registered
borrowers, up to a maximum of $7,500 per year (e.g.,
a library with 20,000 patrons would be charged $1,200
Source: BookPage, Nashville, TN, 615/292-8926; http://www.bookpage.com.
EBSCO Announces Its New A-to-Z Service
EBSCO Information Services has announced that its new
A-to-Z service (http://atoz.ebsco.com)
is now available. This service helps librarians keep
track of their electronic resources and helps patrons
A-to-Z collects into one gateway listing the titles
to which a library's patrons have full-text access,
whether they are included in publisher packages, are
stand-alone e-journals, or are found in many different
databases. Even print titles can be included. For the
A-to-Z service, EBSCO has created a master list of titles
and coverage data from hundreds of sources, including
all the major database vendors and significant publisher
packages, as well as individual e-journals.
While a library does not have to be a current EBSCO
customer to use A-to-Z, the service is built to integrate
with other EBSCO electronic resource products.
Source: EBSCO Information Services, Birmingham, AL,
800/815-9627, 205/991-6600; http://www.ebsco.com.
Mandarin Partners with MuseGlobal, Inc.
Mandarin Library Automation, Inc. has announced its
technology partnership with MuseGlobal, Inc. in developing
its M3 Web OPAC Deluxe, a portal product that will complement
the Mandarin M3 Library Automation software suite.
M3 Web OPAC Deluxe will be built on top of the recently
redesigned M3 Web OPAC and will integrate the functionality
of the M3 Web OPAC with the powerful global search capabilities
of Muse technology. Patrons will be able to conduct
a search from a single search interface, simultaneously
returning results not only from the local library's
collections, but also from the library's subscription
databases and popular Internet search engines. Users
will be able to de-duplicate and sort the results list
in a variety of ways.
Source: Mandarin Library Automation, Inc., Boca Raton,
FL, 800/426-7477, 561/995-4010; http://www.mlasolutions.com
and MuseGlobal, Inc., Salt Lake City, 801/208-1880;
Horizon 7.3 from Dynix Is Now Available
Dynix has announced the general release of Horizon
7.3. The new version has more than 100 new features,
and is fully integrated with Horizon Information Portal
2.1 and Horizon Reciprocal Borrowing 1.0.
For consortia librarians, key additions to Horizon
functionality in release 7.3 include the ability to
create order blanks and session defaults in acquisitions
and the ability to search acquisitions records and filter
or suppress based on record status. Staff will also
be able to filter borrower search results at checkout
according to the location they are logged in to. According
to the announcement, academic librarians will see increased
accuracy and efficiency through the software's new ability
to map call numbers from bibliographic records into
newly created copy and/or item records, and the Horizon
Authority Loader guarantees accuracy and reduces staff
time spent in managing MARC records. Public librarians
will notice the ability to print workslips in acquisitions,
duplicate user records, and group itemized block information
into single summaries according to bar code. The new
version provides librarians with closed stack access
functionality, helping library users to find and library
staff to circulate material for which physical access
is not possible during the search process.
Source: Dynix, Provo, UT, 800/288-8020, 801/223-5200;