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Vol. 20 No. 10 — Nov./Dec. 2003
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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 services.

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 grant—book ordering through EBSCO Book Services—has allowed the NPR library to strengthen and develop its own reference collection.

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.

West's FindLaw, 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 Legal Directory.

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 NDIIPP goals:

• 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 Asia.

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 disciplines.

Source: Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 011-31-20-485-3757; http://www.elsevier.com.

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 librarians today.

Source: Infosources Publishing, Teaneck, NJ, 201/836-7072; http://www.infosourcespub.com.

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 AAPG/
Datapages or add access to full-text material published by AAPG and other geological societies.

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 documents.

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; http://www.ifla.org.

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 dconroy@bos.blackwellpublishing.com.

Source: Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, U.K., 011-44-1865-791100; http://www.blackwellpublishing.com.

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, 516/576-2411; http://www.aip.org.

Serials Solutions, NewsBank to Improve E-Journal Access

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; http://www.serialssolutions.com.

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 bookstores.

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 centers worldwide.

Source: Swets Blackwell, Lisse, Netherlands, 011-31-252-435-111; http://www.swetsblackwell.com.

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; http://www.inmagic.com.

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 professionals worldwide.

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; http://www.techstreet.com.

 

 


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