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Volume 18, Issue 6 June 2001
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Information Today, Inc. Publishes Four New Books

Information Today, Inc. (ITI) has announced the publication of three books in the American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIST) series. The new titles are Intelligent Technologies in Library and Information Service Applications; Statistical Methods for the Information Professional; and Advances in Classification Research, Volume 10. ITI has also announced the publication of the latest book in its Indexing Specialties series, Indexing Specialties: Law, edited by Peter Kendrick and Enid L. Zafran.

Intelligent Technologies in Library and Information Service Applications, by F. W. Lancaster and Amy Warner, surveys the applications of artificial intelligence (AI) and expert systems in library and information services. The authors report on experimental and working implementations of AI, assess the current state of the art, review the relevant literature, and offer a forecast of future use and impact.

Statistical Methods for the Information Professional: A Practical, Painless Approach to Understanding, Using, and Interpreting Statistics explains the statistical methods used in information science research. Author Liwen Vaughan focuses on basic logic rather than mathematical intricacies, emphasizing the meaning of statistics, when and how to apply them, and how to interpret the results of statistical analysis. She uses examples to show how statistics can be used to improve services, make better decisions, and conduct more effective research.

Advances in Classification Research, Volume 10, edited by Hanne Albrechtsen and Jens-Erik Mai, is a compilation of papers presented at the 10th ASIS SIG/CR Classification Research Workshop. The volume encompasses a variety of themes and disciplinary perspectives on classification research, including the social and cultural informatics of classification and coding systems, subject access and indexing theory, genre analysis, applications in electronic environments, and automated systems.

Indexing Specialties: Law
Indexing Specialties: Law is devoted to the topic of legal indexing, with contributions from more than a dozen leading practitioners. Each of the 13 chapters in this new book was written by working indexers who share their experiences and advice on the subject of legal indexing. A few of the topics include indexing case books, selecting keywords from the text, editing indexes, and developing automated indexing. This series attempts to provide continuing education for indexers and to help those wishing to learn the fine points of legal indexing.

In the introduction, Kendrick says: "Legal indexing is also about values. There is a generosity that great indexers bring to their work. There is a deep-seated passion to help a faceless future user who will be working on an important case, perhaps late into the night. And above all, there is a desire to get it right."

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