COLUMNS & NEWS
Thomson Gale Announces Acquisitions
Thomson Gale announced that it has reached a multiyear
agreement with The New York Times to include
the Times content in Thomson Gale electronic
products. The company also announced that it has acquired
more than 20 million pages of microfilm primary-source
documents from Scholarly Resources, Inc., based in
The New York Times
The New York Times content, which includes
the newspaper, The New York Times Magazine,
and The New York Times Book Review, is now available
in Thomson Gale's InfoTrac Custom Newspapers and Student
Resource Center online products.
Thomson Gale customers will have access to The
New York Times content from the present back
to Jan. 1, 2000.
Scholarly Resources Materials
According to the announcement, the Scholarly Resources,
Inc. acquisition allows Thomson Gale to continue its
commitment to provide increased access to rare historical
information and expand scholarly research.
Source: Thomson Gale, Farmington Hills, MI, 248/699-4253;
ProQuest, Palgrave Macmillan Extend Agreement
ProQuest Information and Learning announced an extension
of its exclusive distribution agreement with global
academic publisher Palgrave Macmillan as well as the
addition of six new journals. European Management
Review (EMR), a major new journal, is among
the titles added by the agreement, which covers both
full-text and Adobe PDF content.
European Management Review is a new forum
for international management research. According to
the announcement, its editorial board contains representatives
from almost every top business school in Europe.
The other titles are Development; Journal of Information
Technology; Journal of International Relations
and Development; Acta Politica; and Psychoanalysis,
Culture and Society. The agreement includes electronic
distribution as well as microfilm and fiche worldwide. EMR and Journal
of International Relations and Development are
new to electronic distribution.
The Palgrave Macmillan titles will be available in
ProQuest's ABI/INFORM family of online business periodical
databases, PsycINFO, General Reference databases, and
ProQuest Computing beginning in the third quarter of
2004, with a 1-year embargo.
Source: ProQuest Information and Learning, Ann Arbor,
MI, 734/761-4700; http://il.proquest.com.
Ingenta Signs Publishers, Partners with Google
Ingenta, PLC announced that it has signed a number
of publishers to its online publisher services division.
The company also announced the successful implementation
of full-text indexing by Google.
According to the announcement, the significant number
of new signings over the past 6 months is an indicator
that publishers turn to Ingenta as a leader for content
management and specialist Web site solutions.
New signings include Akademiai Kiado, American Society
of Plant Taxonomists, Association of Military Surgeons
of the United States, British Standards Institution,
Centre for European Policy Studies, European Bank of
Reconstruction & Development, Jordan Publishing,
Lamaze International, Major Projects Association, Mohr-Siebeck,
MIT Agrifood Research Finland, Oxford Institute of
Energy Studies, Royal United Services Institute, Rural
Sociological Association, and Society for Organizational
According to the announcement, recent work with Google
to enhance indexing of Ingenta.com has seen usage jump
dramatically, with Google referral traffic contributing
to a record 5.4 million user sessions on Ingenta.com
Since initial changes to its crawler (the "Googlebot")
in late February, Google has been indexing the freely
available metadata on Ingenta.com at a rate of 20,000
to 30,000 pages per day, ensuring that article titles,
keywords, author names, and abstracts appear in search
results for 5.4 million Google users. As of March,
Ingenta has enabled full-text access for the crawler,
meaning all words in the article, not just the abstracts
and keywords, are indexed and searchable on Google.
Source: Ingenta, PLC, Providence, RI, 978/346-4290;
SLA Moves to Alexandria, Va.
SLA announced that it has relocated its international
headquarters to Alexandria, Va., from Washington, D.C.
The move was expected to take place from May 20 to
According to the announcement, the new 15,000-square-foot
facility features the following:
A technology-focused information center
that will serve as an evolving model for the worldwide
community of information professionals
Modern facilities for meetings and
A telecommuting center for members,
visitors, and contract personnel
An updated technological infrastructure
for enhanced communications
An ergonomically designed workspace
to promote greater collaboration and interaction
Source: SLA, Alexandria, VA; http://www.sla.org.
Swets Establishes Advisory Boards, Enhances SwetsWise
Swets Information Services announced that it has
founded two new industry advisory boards to assist
in its e-journal management drive. Swets also announced
that it has successfully established a pay-per-view
service for almost 3,000 journals in SwetsWise.
According to the announcement, prominent members
of the library and publisher communities have agreed
to serve on the newly formed International Customer
Advisory Board and International Publisher Advisory
Board. These bodies will advise Swets' senior management
on how to continue adding value in the information
Several customer and publisher advisers will serve
as in-depth beta-testing partners for new services,
such as the SwetsWise Title Bank. Scheduled for launch
in mid-2004, Swets' user-friendly new solution will
enable clients to maximize control over their electronic
resources by customizing their entire list of electronic
subscription links and receiving full-text access to
all their titles.
SwetsWise's pay-per-view journals service expands
content accessibility to end users while reducing interlibrary
loan and document delivery costs for libraries. Customers
can purchase articles directly via individual credit
card, invoice, or an organizational invoicing account.
The new pay-per-view service affords the more than
70 participating publishers with additional revenue
streams by selling content on a per-article basis to
Source: Swets Information Services, Lisse, Netherlands,
Thomson Acquires Newport Strategies, Inc.
Thomson Corp. announced that it has acquired Newport
Strategies, Inc., a provider of competitive intelligence
for the pharmaceutical industry. Terms of the transaction
were not disclosed.
According to the announcement, Newport Strategies'
content complements the extensive competitive intelligence
information for global pharmaceutical companies currently
offered by Thomson. Newport provides comprehensive
databases and consulting solutions to help drug manufacturers
maximize profits in an era of rapidly increasing generic
Top generic pharmaceutical companies rely on licensing
opportunities, target products for internal development,
and identify suppliers of active pharmaceutical ingredients.
Pharmaceutical innovators turn to Newport's Vision
CI for analysis of impending generic competition, patent
challenges, and active pharmaceutical ingredient sourcing
Source: Thomson Corp., Toronto, 416/360-8700; http://www.thomson.com.
xrefer Establishes Library Advisory Board
xrefer, a provider of online ready-reference services
to libraries, announced that it has established an
advisory board composed of leaders from the library,
technology, and academic communities to offer guidance
in the continuing development of the company's xreferplus
online reference service.
The advisory board will help xrefer enhance its understanding
of the current library landscape and the needs of librarians
as well as provide insight into developing trends in
content and technology strategy.
Source: xrefer, Boston, 617/426 5202; http://www.xrefer.com.
AIIP Selects Dialog for Award
The Association of Independent Information Professionals
(AIIP) announced that it has selected Dialog for its
2004 President's Award.
The AIIP President's Award is given annually in recognition
of a person or institution that demonstrates extraordinary
support of AIIP's objectives. AIIP represents independent
researchers and information professionals around the
"We respect and are grateful for the great work Dialog
continues to do in support of information professionals," said
Cynthia Shamel, AIIP president. "Our two organizations
have enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship for
many years. It has been a synergy that has had a positive
impact on our profession and AIIP members."
Source: AIIP, Baton Rouge, LA, 225/408-4400; http://www.aiip.org.
Former NFAIS Executive Director Dies
NFAIS has announced the unexpected death of M. Lynne
Neufeld, former NFAIS executive director, who was killed
at the age of 64 in a one-vehicle automobile accident
on May 2, 2004, near Evanston, Wyo.
In September 1979, Ms. Neufeld succeeded Toni Carbo
Bearman as executive director. During her tenure, she
put her significant talents and energies into expanding
NFAIS membership and raising NFAIS's visibility within
the information community through research, seminars,
and liaisons with related organizations. She wrote
and/or edited many NFAIS publications, including the
first and second editions of the "Abstract and Indexing
Career Guide" and the invaluable "Abstracting and Indexing
Services in Perspective: Miles Conrad Memorial Lectures
Ms. Neufeld most recently lived on Piers Island,
British Columbia, Canada, and is survived by her husband
Gordon; son David; daughter Katharine Naused; and two
grandchildren, Ben and Megan Neufeld. A memorial service
was held on May 8, 2004, in Longmont, Colo.
Source: NFAIS, Philadelphia, 215/893-1561; http://www.nfais.org.