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Information Today

Vol. 21 No. 6 — June 2004

COLUMNS & NEWS
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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 Wilmington, Del.

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; http://www.gale.com.

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.

Publisher Signings

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 Learning.

Google

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 in April.

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; http://www.ingenta.com.

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 23.

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 small conferences

• 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 among SLA staff

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.

Advisory Boards

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 management chain.

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.

Pay-Per-View

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 nonsubscribers.

Source: Swets Information Services, Lisse, Netherlands, 011-31-252-435-584; http://www.swets.com.

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 competition.

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 systems.

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 world.

"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 1969—1983."

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.

 

 


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