COLUMNS & NEWS
EBSCO, NPR Renew In-Kind Grant
EBSCO has announced that, in its fifth year, the
EBSCO and NPR (National Public Radio) in-kind grant
continues to supply the NPR Reference Library with
a collection of EBSCOhost full-text and secondary
databases, as well as document delivery and book-ordering
Through the grant, NPR receives unlimited access
to 17 EBSCOhost research databases, including
Academic Search Premier and Business Source: Corporate.
It also provides document delivery and customized research
services from Infotrieve and Bryant Information Group,
Inc., both of which help NPR staff to locate obscure
materials. The third service covered by the grantbook
ordering through EBSCO Book Serviceshas allowed
the NPR library to strengthen and develop its own reference
As a result of the grant, EBSCO receives one on-air
funding credit a week, rotating among NPR's most popular
shows during peak listening hours.
Source: EBSCO, Birmingham, AL, 205/991-6600; http://www.ebsco.com.
washingtonpost.com Expand Alliance
FindLaw, the legal Web site, and washingtonpost.com,
a national news and information site, have announced
an expansion of their alliance. FindLaw is a business
within Thomson Corp. as well as the online home ofWest
washingtonpost.com will expand its use of FindLaw's
legal resources, featuring West Legal Directory as
the exclusive lawyer directory for washingtonpost.com's
Corporate Law Center (http://www.washingtonpost.com/corporatelawcenter).
West Legal Directory includes more than 1 million
lawyers and legal professionals, searchable by lawyer
name, firm name, practice area, and location. washingtonpost.com
users will be able to search for counsel from the home
page of the site's Corporate Law Center and throughout
various sections of the site. Attorneys featured on
the site will be able to have their profiles from West
Legal Directory linked directly from washingtonpost.com
for easy access.
Source: FindLaw, Mountain View, CA, 650/210-1900;
http://www.findlaw.com and washingtonpost.com, Arlington,
VA, 703/469-2500; http://www.washingtonpost.com.
Digital Preservation Program Requests Project Applications
The Library of Congress announced that its National
Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation
Program (NDIIPP) is seeking applications for projects
that will advance the nationwide plan to collect and
preserve digital materials.
The Library of Congress is leading this cooperative
effort at the request of the U.S. Congress, which passed
legislation in 2000 asking the library to work with
a range of stakeholders to ensure that materials produced
in digital formats today are available to future generations.
This first set of projects will focus on two major
The selection and collection of
at-risk and historically significant digital materials for which no
analog equivalent exists
The development of a network of committed
NDIIPP partners with defined roles and responsibilities
to support the long-term collection and preservation
of digital content
These project applications will develop and test
models for the collection of digital materials, specifically
those that are historically significant and at risk
of disappearing if they are not captured.
Source: Library of Congress, Public Affairs Office,
Washington, DC, 202/707-2905; http://www.loc.gov.
Elsevier to Donate Major Toxicology Collections
Elsevier announced that it will partner with the
International Union ofToxicology (IUTOX) in an effort
to promote educational and career development for toxicologists
in 24 countries in Eastern Europe, South America, and
In 2002, IUTOX contacted publishers of major toxicological
reference works for donations to the project. Elsevier
has made a $35,000 donation by pledging copies of the
Comprehensive Toxicology Series 113. As a result,
one research library in each of the countries will
receive the full collection, thereby facilitating access
to the latest information for toxicology researchers.
Libraries are already receiving the collections.
IUTOX (http://www.toxicology.org/iutox) represents
more than 19,000 toxicologists worldwide. It has official
status as a nongovernmental organization and is a member of the International
Council of Science, the premier international body that represents all scientific
Source: Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 011-31-20-485-3757;
Infosources Publishing Debuts New Web Site
Infosources Publishing announced that The Informed
Librarian Online now has its own free Web site (http://www.informedlibrarian.com).
According to the announcement, the site is the information
professional's one-stop location for all of his or her
professional reading. At the end of each month, an issue
is posted linking to all of the tables of contents and
full text (where available) of the journals, magazines,
newsletters, and electronic publications that came out
during the month.
More than 275 different journals that address all
aspects oflibrarianship and information science are
covered by this service. According to the announcement,
it's an easy, time-saving way to keep up with the professional
literature. The issues are e-mailed to subscribers
each month, with a link to the Web site.
In addition to presenting the current issue and archives
of The Informed Librarian Online, the site features
a specially written article on an important issue facing
Source: Infosources Publishing, Teaneck, NJ, 201/836-7072;
Petroleum Abstracts Links Service with AAPG
Petroleum Abstracts (PA) Service, an information
resource from The University ofTulsa, has announced
its first-ever cooperative venture with the American
Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG).
PA subscribers can now access the PA Discovery database
through a Web site search interface provided by AAPG/Datapages.
"Because of AAPG's worldwide scope and its outstanding
reputation in petroleum science, we are pleased to
make PA Discovery available through its AAPG/Datapages
service," said PA director Tom Burchfield.
PA covers the worldwide scientific and technical
literature and patents related to oil and gas exploration
and production. PA Discovery includes about 800,000
Petroleum Abstracts Bulletin entries from 1961 to present.
Subscribers pay an annual fee to access PA Discovery.
They can choose to search only PA Discovery through
Datapages or add access to full-text material published by AAPG and other geological
Founded in 1917, AAPG is the world's largest professional
geological society, with more than 31,000 members worldwide.
Source: Petroleum Abstracts Service, The University
of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK, 918/631-2297; http://www.pa.utulsa.edu.
Infotrieve Appoints U.S. Academic Advisory Board
Infotrieve, an article retrieval and delivery specialist
that serves researchers in STM fields worldwide, announced
that it has appointed nine university librarians to
its newly created U.S. Academic Advisory Board.
Infotrieve said the Academic Advisory Board will
provide strategic input about trends and issues facing
academic librarians, interlibrary document lending
librarians, and users of STM information in academic
and scholarly research environments.
For a list of the nine new members, go to http://www4.infotrieve.com/news.asp#487.
The company also said that in upcoming months it
will create Academic Advisory Boards in other regions
around the world.
Infotrieve earlier this year acquired ownership ofAriel
software, which is used by academic and research libraries
to convey and share electronically scanned or digitized
Source: Infotrieve, Los Angeles, 310/234-2000; http://www.infotrieve.com.
Publishers, Librarians Promote Freedom of Expression
The International Federation of Library Associations
and Institutions (IFLA) announced that an international
joint steering group of librarians and publishers has
reasserted the importance of freedom of expression
on the Internet for democracy and creativity. The group
has expressed its willingness to further promote and
work toward ensuring respect of this fundamental human
right in a digital era.
The statement urges the international community to
support the development of Internet accessibility worldwide,
countries to develop a national information infrastructure
that delivers broad Internet access, and all governments
to support the unhindered flow of Internet-accessible
information and oppose any attempts to censor or inhibit
freedom of expression.
Source: IFLA, The Hague, Netherlands, 011-31-70-3140884;
Nylink, Blackwell Publishing Announce License Agreement
Nylink and Blackwell Publishing have announced a
license arrangement for Nylink members who wish to
access Blackwell's online journal collections. The
license, agreed upon after several months ofnegotiation,
will help university, college, and other New York state
library members ofNylink purchase access to Blackwell's
629 highly cited, peer-reviewed journals, many of which
are published for scholarly and professional societies.
The Nylink/Blackwell Publishing license offers access
to all available online back issues of the journals
for faculty, researchers, and students who work within
the participating sites as well as off-campus. Nylink
member libraries that want to take advantage of this
new license agreement should contact Diane Conroy at
781/388-8354 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Source: Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, U.K., 011-44-1865-791100;
SIAM Selects AIP as Its CrossRef Agent
The American Institute of Physics announced that
it has been chosen by SIAM (Society for Industrial
and Applied Mathematics) to be its agent in AIP's dealings
with CrossRef. CrossRef is the collaborative reference-linking
service that acts as a type of digital switchboard,
effecting links through Digital Object Identifiers
(DOIs). At present, more than 8 million articles from
over 8,100 journals are linked through CrossRef.
AIP will receive header files from SIAM and transform
them into CrossRef-compliant XML files. AIP will then
send the articles to CrossRef, registering the metadata
about the article, the DOI value assigned to each article,
and the URL that will direct other publishers to SIAM
when they link to the article.
AIP will also receive from SIAM the reference sections
of each article, parse the references, and send queries
to the CrossRef metadata database to obtain the DOI
values that will allow the reference citations to link
out to other publishers. In addition, AIP will cache
all retrieved citations so that future retrievals (when
SIAM publishes another article citing the same work)
will not incur additional charges.
Source: American Institute ofPhysics, Melville, NY,
Serials Solutions, NewsBank to Improve E-Journal
Serials Solutions, Inc. and NewsBank, Inc. announced
an agreement to improve the accessibility and accuracy
of electronic content for mutual subscribers.
As part of this agreement, NewsBank electronically
transfers metadata for its electronic content and titles
to Serials Solutions. Serials Solutions uses the metadata,
including journal-specific links, to increase data
accuracy and track more NewsBank databases through
its suite of e-journal access products, such as A-to-Z
title lists, full MARC records, and Article Linker
(an OpenURL link resolver). As a result, libraries
using these services can provide their patrons with
reliable access to more NewsBank content.
A complete list of the full-text e-journal databases
tracked by Serials Solutions can be found at http://www.serialssolutions.com/databases.asp.
Source: Serials Solutions, Seattle, 206/545-9056;
Swets Blackwell Introduces New Name in December
Swets Blackwell announced that it plans to change
its company name to Swets Information Services in December.
The new name will be officially launched during the
Online Information 2003 conference and exhibition,
which will be held Dec. 24 in London.
As part of the agreement with Blackwell concerning
the purchase of shares from the Swets Blackwell joint
venture, the Blackwell trade name will no longer be
used for subscription activities. The Blackwell name
will continue to be used for the chain of Blackwell
Swets Blackwell is a subscription agent with offices
in 23 countries on six continents. It provides a wide
range of subscription-management solutions for academic,
STM, corporate, and government libraries and information
Source: Swets Blackwell, Lisse, Netherlands, 011-31-252-435-111;
Inmagic Continues Worldwide Expansion of Dealer Network
Inmagic, Inc., a global provider of content and information
management software and services, announced the addition
ofThompson Henry, Ltd. to its network of worldwide
authorized resellers. Thompson Henry is now the second
Inmagic authorized reseller in the U.K., joining longtime
Inmagic dealer Esprit Soutron.
Thompson Henry is active in the U.K., Europe, the
Middle East, and South Africa. Established more than
25 years ago, the company works with content providers
such as LexisNexis, H.W. Wilson, BBC Monitoring, and
Alexander Street Press. Thompson Henry has a wide range
of customers, including academic libraries and institutes,
corporate information departments, public libraries,
and special libraries.
Source: Inmagic, Inc., Woburn, MA, 781/938-4444;
Globe Pequot Press Publishes Book by Industry Figure
The Globe Pequot Press, Inc. has announced the publication
of Spooky New England: Tales of Hauntings, Strange
Happenings, and Other Local Lore, by Sandy Schlosser,
the new-media product manager for consumerreports.org
and a longtime industry figure.
The stories, which are retold by Schlosser and illustrated
by Paul G. Hoffman, are 30 creepy tales of ghostly
hauntings, eerie happenings, and other strange occurrences
in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode
Island, and Massachusetts. Set in New England's historic
towns, charming old islands, and sparsely populated
backwoods, the stories in this collection will have
you looking over your shoulder again and again, according
to the announcement.
Schlosser has an M.L.S. from Rutgers University and
a bachelor's of music from Houghton College. She has
worked as an Internet librarian for the Environmental
Protection Agency and as a technical librarian for
West Milford (N.J.) Public Library.
Contact: The Globe Pequot Press, Inc., Guilford,
CT, 203/458-4544; http://www.globepequot.com/globepequot.
Thomson Acquires Techstreet, Inc.
The Thomson Corp. announced that it has acquired
Techstreet, Inc., a digital content delivery company
that provides full-text industry standards and specifications
to engineers, researchers, and technical and information
Techstreet will join the Thomson Scientific unit
of the Thomson Corp. According to the announcement,
Thomson Scientific has built a reputation in the information
business by offering the world's most comprehensive
collection of patents and journal literature. Industry
standards will become an equallyimportant component
in Thomson's product offering.
The entire Techstreet staff will remain in place
to manage the business. Techstreet's founders, Gregg
Hammerman and Andrew Bank, will continue managing the
business and will work with Thomson to offer better
standards-related products and more value-added services
for Techstreet's customers and publisher clients.
Source: Techstreet, Inc., Ann Arbor, MI, 734/302-7801;