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Information Today

Vol. 21 No. 10 — November 2004


SLA Partnership Awarded Grant

The U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded a $994,369 grant to a partnership led by the University of North Carolina that includes the Special Libraries Association (SLA), Syracuse University, the Association of Research Libraries, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology. The grant will be used to conduct a research study focused on the future of librarians in the workforce.

The 2-year project will identify the nature of anticipated labor shortages in the library and information science (LIS) field over the next decade, assess the number and types of LIS jobs that will become available either through retirement or new job creation, determine the skills required to fill vacancies, and recommend effective approaches to recruiting and retaining workers to fill positions.

SLA will be involved in the data-collection activities of the various surveys planned for the project, the analysis and development of skill/competency requirements, and the dissemination of the study's findings.

Source: The Special Libraries Association, Alexandria, VA, 703/647-4900;

Dialog Enters Content Agreement, Expands Dialog Choice

Dialog announced that it will supply content to Elsag Solutions AG. The company also announced the expansion of Dialog Choice.

Content Agreement

Dialog announced that it has entered into a strategic relationship with Elsag Solutions AG. Under the agreement, an extensive range of Dialog business news, information, and research content is available to enterprises subscribing to Elsag's Sentinel system.

The Sentinel system gives subscribing organizations the ability to set up automated, seamless links between an enterprise's internal information assets and relevant new and archived external content, such as the articles and reports from around the world, now being supplied by Dialog. Elsag also provides Sentinel users with built-in tools to generate analysis and manage information, such as automatic summarizations, translations, and graphical representations of data.

Dialog Choice Additions

Dialog announced that it has added databases of global intellectual property records and business information to Dialog Choice.

International intellectual property records now available through the Dialog Choice plan include Internet domain names (a database of worldwide Internet domain names with more than 100 million records) and abstracts of archived and new patent records from the People's Republic of China.

Business information files recently added to the Dialog Choice program include company data published in the American Business Directory and the Canadian Business Directory. More than 12 million North American public and private companies are included in the databases.

Source: Dialog Corp., Cary, NC, 919/462-8600;

FIZ Karlsruhe, Max Planck Society in Strategic Partnership

FIZ Karlsruhe and the Max Planck Society (MPS) have been awarded ¤6.1 million to develop a new platform for Web-based, collaborative scientific work. The funding comes from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, under the framework of the German national eScience initiative.

The new project—eSciDoc—will be jointly managed by FIZ Karlsruhe and MPS. FIZ Karlsruhe will provide development and IT services and will operate central services. The intention is to create an integrated information, communication, and publication platform for Web-based scientific work so that scientists working in the 80 research institutes of the Max Planck Society can collaborate together.

Source: FIZ Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany, 011-49-7247-808-555;

IHS Acquires USA Information Systems

Information Handling Services, Inc. (IHS) announced that it has acquired USA Information Systems, Inc. (USAInfo).

Under the agreement, the former USA-Info operations will continue in Virginia Beach, Va., and will become part of the IHS brand, delivering technical documents and specifications, procurement, parts, and vendor information to buyers, suppliers, designers, librarians, and engineers worldwide. All IHS documents, catalogs, and integrated content are available to customers in online, electronic, or print format by subscription, custom collection, or single-document delivery methods.

Source: Information Handling Services, Inc., Englewood, CO, 303/397-2410;

ProQuest, Ediciones Mayo Group in Distribution Agreement

ProQuest Information and Learning announced a new agreement with the Ediciones Mayo Group for worldwide electronic distribution of five Spanish-language medical journals: Acta Pediátrica Española, El Farmacéutico Hospitales, Folia Clinica en Obstetricia y Ginecologia, PA/AP Presión Arterial, and Quimica clinica.

The full-text titles will be available through ProQuest Health and Medical Complete with a backfile extending to January 2004. Subscribers can sign up for the ProQuest specialized e-mail notification lists at to receive notification when the titles are loaded and available.

Source: ProQuest Information and Learning, Ann Arbor, MI, 734/761-4700;

Baker & Taylor Acquires J.A. Majors Co.

Baker & Taylor announced its acquisition of J.A. Majors Co., a private distributor of medical and scientific books.

Jam Majors, president of J.A. Majors, explained: "Baker & Taylor will bring resources and enhanced services to Majors' customers. The existing Majors' staff will be retained to continue the excellent personal service for which it is known."

Majors Scientific Books, Inc., an independent corporation running medical bookstores in Dallas and Houston, will continue under the current ownership and as such is not a part of this acquisition.

Source: Baker & Taylor, Inc., Charlotte, NC, 704/998-3100;

R.R. Bowker Acquires Syndetic Solutions

R.R. Bowker announced the acquisition of Syndetic Solutions, provider of enriched content for a library's online catalog. Under the agreement, Syndetic Solutions co-founder Allan Graham and his team will join Bowker. The company will maintain its offices in Portland, Ore., where operations will continue under Graham's leadership.

"We are very excited to add Syndetic Solutions as part of Bowker's offerings to libraries worldwide," said Michael Cairns, president of R.R. Bowker. "We felt the combination of Syndetic's extensive reach within the market together with our product development resources will result in compelling products for the library community."

Source: R.R. Bowker, New Providence, NJ, 908/286-1090;

JSTOR Receives Ford Foundation Grant

Thanks to a $250,000 grant from the Ford Foundation, 24 institutions in India, Sri Lanka, and Nepal will gain access to JSTOR's Arts & Sciences I and II journal collections. The collections comprise 239 journals—nearly 9 million pages of scholarly research.

The Ford Foundation selected the institutions, which range from very small research institutes to large, nationally acclaimed universities, on the basis of their commitment to research and scholarship in the humanities and social sciences. The grant will cover JSTOR's one-time archive capital fee for each collection, as well as most of the annual access fee for 3 years. After that period, the institutions will be responsible for covering the cost of ongoing access to the JSTOR archive.

Source: JSTOR, New York, 212/358-6400;

National Library of Australia Chooses OCLC PICA

The National Library of Australia has selected the OCLC PICA Central Library System to support the Australian National Bibliographic Database and Kinetica, the Internet-based service for Australian libraries and their users.

The OCLC PICA Central Library System will provide the infrastructure for the creation and management of the shared Australian union catalog and tools for nationwide interlibrary loan. The system will be implemented over the next year and will be operational in December 2005.

Library workstations throughout the country will be connected to the system that will support a national catalog of 13 million records. It will enable researchers, librarians, and students to use one system to search the collections of more than 1,000 Australian libraries.

Source: OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Dublin, OH, 614/764-6000;

Thomson Corp. Delivers Patent Info, Adds Content

The Thomson Corp. announced that it has met its goal of delivering value-added records for all patents from key patenting authorities to Derwent World Patents Index (DWPI) within an average of 30 days. The company also announced the addition of The Times (London) from 1986 to 1996 into InfoTrac Custom Newspapers.

Derwent Patent Index

The Thomson Corp. delivers value-added records for all patents from key patenting authorities to DWPI within an average of 30 days after the date the patent is published. The key patent-issuing authorities include the French, German, U.K., Japanese, U.S., and European patent offices plus the World Intellectual Property Office.

The 30-day figure is an average based on the turnaround time for all the documents from these authorities within each update of DWPI. In many cases, the time from publication of the original document to inclusion within DWPI is much less.

InfoTrac Custom Newspapers

Thomson Gale added The Times (London) from 1986 through 1996 into the electronic resource InfoTrac Custom Newspapers. Researchers can now search 220 years' worth of The Times content.

Source: The Thomson Corp., Toronto, 416/360-8700;

Aries Systems Corp. Becomes CrossRef Agent

Aries Systems Corp. announced that it has become an authorized CrossRef agent. According to the release, CrossRef participation by Aries signals the company's commitment to enhancing its offering with DOI (digital object identifier) registration as part of the peer-review process. Release 4.0 (planned for spring 2005) will enable publishers or journals to automatically assign a DOI and register article metadata in CrossRef as soon as a manuscript is accepted for publication.

Source: Aries Systems Corp., North Andover, MA, 978/975-7570;


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