NewsLink Issue 40/February 2003 =========================================================================== NewsLink is a free weekly e-mail newsletter featuring news and resources for the information industry. If you are receiving this issue as a forward and would like to become a subscriber, please visit our Web site at http://www.infotoday.com or send a blank e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. =========================================================================== SPONSOR - INMAGIC =========================================================================== "CRM for the Information Professional: How Customer Relationship Management Can Help You Achieve Greater Success in your Organization." A FREE Online Seminar from Inmagic. Claudia Chidester, director of research at Austin Ventures, defines the theories of CRM and applies them to the information profession. Become indispensable to your organization. Attend this seminar! To register, Click http://www.inmagic.com/ci/0212/310/ now! =========================================================================== IN THIS ISSUE =========================================================================== 1) WELCOME 2) ITI SNAP POLL 3) NEWSLINK MONTHLY SPOTLIGHT 4) NEWSBREAKS 5) FEATURED ARTICLES 6) CONFERENCE CONNECTION 7) BOOKSHELF =========================================================================== 1) WELCOME =========================================================================== Welcome to the February 2003 issue of NewsLink, Information Today, Inc.'s FREE e-mail newsletter for library and information professionals. Thanks to all of you who stopped by our booth last weekend at ALA Mid-Winter. It's always good to meet and hear from our colleagues and customers. Speaking of conferences, we've got a full schedule this spring. You can take a look at the programs for all our shows on our Web site. Here's a brief rundown. Computers in Libraries, Washington, D.C., March 12-14 Internet Librarian International, Birmingham, U.K., March 25-27 Web Search University, San Francisco, CA, April 7-8 Buying & Selling eContent, Scottsdale, AZ, April 13-15 InfoToday 2003, New York, NY, May 6-8 In this issue's Monthly Spotlight, Paula takes a look at knovel Corp., a company whose database product and technology is getting rave reviews. Read Paula's article to get the scoop. If you have any comments or suggestions on any special content you would like to see covered or on how to improve this newsletter and the information held in it, please reply to email@example.com. Best Wishes, Tom Hogan, Jr. =========================================================================== 2) ITI SNAP POLL =========================================================================== Despite the current problems with RoweCom, my library will continue to use a subscription agency (rather than order direct from publishers). Please comment at http://www.infotoday.com. =========================================================================== 3) NEWSLINK MONTHLY SPOTLIGHT =========================================================================== A knovel Approach to Scientific Information By Paula J. Hane I first ran across knovel at Internet Librarian's exhibit hall last November. A colleague had urged me to get a firsthand demo of the technology. "Go see the interactive tables and graphs," I was told. "Very cool stuff." I wondered what graphs could have to do with "novels," but quickly was set straight about the product and its name. There are no works of fiction here, just an original, innovative, and unique approach to scientific information. In a nutshell, the knovel database is a single searchable collection of engineering and applied science reference works and databases from top publishers. It features a proprietary, common Web interface that supports cross-searching of the aggregated content and multiple formats. It claims to be the only sci-tech database that contains fully interactive tables, graphs, and equations. I had to learn some new vocabulary to understand this product. (New to me, that is. The database officially launched in April 2001.) The reference works are "knovelized," a process through which the knovel technology is applied. In addition, these works have a high level of interactivity called IDS, or Interactive Deep Searchability. These are big terms, but what I saw sure seemed both powerful and user-friendly. According to the company, knovelization involves the following elements: - knovel takes ordinary data and makes it interactive. This allows users to manipulate and customize information-such as tables and graphing applications-and apply it to what they are working on. - The content is deeply searchable. Data values have been put into a database and ranges of values can be searched. This goes beyond keyword searching and helps users efficiently locate desired information. - knovel is aggregated, and only the most respected content is selected from major publishers. - knovel works as one. All the content-reference books, databases, and conference proceedings-can be selected harmoniously. The interface across all content is consistent. The knovel database offers 450 premium science and engineering reference books and databases from publishers such as McGraw-Hill, CRC Press, John Wiley, and Reed Elsevier, to name a few. By the end of 2003, the company says it will have nearly 20 million data records from more than 600 sources. The content in knovel is full-text, searchable, and enhanced with interactive productivity tools such as "live" spreadsheet-like tables, graphing applets, and calculation packages. New content is continually added in a variety of engineering and scientific subject areas (there are currently 14). I'm no scientist, but even I was impressed by the capabilities. With knovel, you can turn a table into a spreadsheet by sorting columns, create custom tables, and export data to other software applications. In addition, you can measure and capture data points on a graph. The service also allows you to solve equations and display the results graphically. To test the service, individual users can register for a free 7-day trial for access to three subject areas. Free trials of the entire collection are available to organizations and libraries. Separate subscription pricing is available for academic institutions and commercial organizations, with options for portions of the collection through subject bundles. I wondered whether some of the technology behind knovel could be used in other subject areas, such as financial applications. Chris Forbes, president and CEO of knovel Corp., said that the universal data structure allows knovel's software to be scalable to other reference information segments, including medicine and business information, using the same technology. Forbes said that knovel has already started to add data-intensive medical information, such as toxicology resources, and that more would be added throughout the year. The company plans to offer 18 subject areas by the end of 2003. knovel will remain focused on its main customer base of chemical companies as well as on its second largest group of users, the major pharmaceutical firms. Corporate customers represent about 70 percent of the service's 250 institutional subscribers. At some time in the future, the company plans to add related market and business data that's appropriate to its customers' needs. Forbes said that several corporate customers found the technology so useful that they have asked knovel to manage their internal information as well. The California State University system's librarians have given knovel one of their highest-ever product ratings. The review appears on California State University's Website (http://www.calstate.edu/SEIR/EAR_rev_knovel.shtml). A very positive review of knovel in the October 2002 issue of The Charleston Advisor (four and one-quarter stars out of a possible five) noted that it's a costly product. But the cost "seems reasonable when one considers the benefits and added value that the product brings to subscribers." knovel's successful growth stands out during this time of economic stress for so many sectors. The company said it created 19 new jobs between 2001 and 2002. Forbes hopes to add 150 new employees to knovel's payroll within the next 2 years. knovel claims to be creating a new category in the publishing industry. "We intend to make knovel the 'Kleenex' of this new product category," said Forbes. knovel was founded in 1999 by William Andrew Publishing. The company recently added nine new reference titles from sources like the Royal Society of Chemistry and the U.S. Department of Defense. In announcing the news, Forbes said: "knovel is about saving time and money in the research process. Engineers and scientists will not find this information available in this form anywhere else." Guess that about sums it up. knovel hopes to revolutionize how scientists use reference information by offering, indeed, a novel approach. Paula J. Hane is Information Today, Inc.'s news bureau chief and editor of NewsBreaks. Her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. =========================================================================== 4) NEWSBREAKS =========================================================================== For a complete listing of previous NewsBreaks visit the Information Today, Inc. Web site at http://www.infotoday.com/newsbreaks/breaks.htm. NewsBreaks from Monday, January 27, 2003. ------------------------ EBSCO Steps into the RoweCom Deal After Swets Blackwell Backs Out --> http://www.infotoday.com/newsbreaks/nb030127-1.htm Infotrieve Is on the Acquisition Path --> http://www.infotoday.com/newsbreaks/nb030127-2.htm ProQuest Begins Its Integration of bigchalk --> http://www.infotoday.com/newsbreaks/nb030127-3.htm ------------------- Weekly News Digest ------------------- -- ebrary Launches New Database Collections and the Sale of eBooks -- Sirsi Selects MuseGlobal to Power SingleSearch Plug-Ins -- ProQuest Announces Enhancements and New Linking Partnerships --> http://www.infotoday.com/newsbreaks/wnd030127.htm =========================================================================== 5) FEATURED ARTICLES =========================================================================== For full-text coverage of the following articles please use the hotlinks provided. ------------------------ INFORMATION TODAY Divine Debacle Rocks Industry By Paula J. Hane This financial collapse will have far-reaching effects and could possibly change the face of publishing. --> http://www.infotoday.com/it/feb03/hane1.htm ------------------------ ONLINE Magazine Going Online on the Road By Jan Davis Tudor This independent information business owner shares a few good solutions for taking work on the road -- successfully. --> http://www.infotoday.com/online/Jan03/tudor.htm ------------------------ COMPUTERS IN LIBRARIES Funding a New Training Center By Jean M. Holcomb Read how the King County Law Library in Seattle realized their dream of providing community access to legal databases online in a setting that included specialized legal resources and trained law library staff. --> http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/feb03/holcomb.htm ------------------------ SEARCHER Magazine National Commission on Libraries and Information Science: Why Not? By Miriam A. Drake Each year the NCLIS seems to have to fight for its mere existence. Miriam Drake makes a case for why this commission needs to be fiscally supported and promoted. --> http://www.infotoday.com/searcher/feb03/drake.htm ------------------------ MultiMedia Schools Magazine TitleWatch By Kathy Felix Recently released educational software products that relate to the K-12 curriculum. --> http://www.infotoday.com/MMSchools/jan03/titl0103.htm ------------------------ MLS - Marketing Library Services ALA Launches Campaign at Midwinter Meeting to Save Libraries By Kathy Dempsey On Jan. 24, ALA President Mitch Freedman kicked off the new Campaign to Save America's Libraries at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. In the face of a dismal U.S. economy, this effort was launched to focus on the nationwide impact of library funding cuts. Speakers told the crowd members how libraries have been affected so far, and what they can do to join the battle. --> http://www.infotoday.com/MLS/ALACampaign.htm =========================================================================== 6) CONFERENCE CONNECTION =========================================================================== Get the latest event information available for the library and information fields in the Conference Connection. The Conference Report/Update gives you an inside look at the most recent information industry events, while the Conference Calendar is updated monthly to provide you with important contact information for up-and-coming industry events. CONFERENCE REPORT/UPDATE ------------------------ Computers in Libraries 2003 March 12-14, 2003 Washington, DC Computers in Libraries 2003 is full of examples of creative, working strategies and many practical ideas for what can be accomplished in our libraries and information services. Join us at Computers in Libraries 2003 and hear from experts, practitioners, and strategists - all from the information industry. This year's conference is built around these key themes: - Navigating the Net - Systems: Roles, Resources, and Applications - Intranets, Portals, and Applications - Web Design, Tools, and Applications - Computers in School Libraries Register NOW at http://www.infotoday.com/cil2003/registration.htm! ------------------- CONFERENCE CALENDAR ------------------- FEBRUARY 2003 February 3-4 WEBSEARCH UNIVERSITY, Orlando, FL Contact: http://www.websearchu.com February 4-6 FLORIDA EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE, Orlando, FL Contact: http://www.fetc.org February 9-12 BRAINTRUST INTERNATIONAL 2003, San Francisco, CA Contact: http://www.brain-trust.net February 10-16 MUSIC LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, Austin, TX Contact: http://www.musiclibraryassoc.org February 20-23 AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION, New Orleans, LA Contact: http://www.aasa.org February 25-27 K-12 SCHOOL NETWORKING, Arlington, VA Contact: http://www.cosn.org For the complete Conference Calendar visit http://www.infotoday.com/calendar.htm. =========================================================================== 7) BOOKSHELF =========================================================================== Super Searchers on Madison Avenue By Grace Avellana Villamora | Edited by Reva Basch Research professionals in the advertising and marketing game are a rare breed. Working in one of the business world's true pressure cookers, these super searchers find and analyze the information that fuels today's most successful new product launches and advertising campaigns. Their market research expertise provides critical strategic support to new business teams, account managers and planners, copywriters, art directors, and sales promotion specialists at every major international ad agency. Here, Grace A. Villamora-director of Knowledge Management at Euro RSCG Tatham Partners - gets 13 research pros from such firms as TBWA\Chiat\Day, Leo Burnett, and Interpublic to share the tips, techniques, and resources that have made them the best in the business. Order your copy today! http://books.infotoday.com/books/SsMadisonAve.shtml -------------- Super Searchers on Madison Avenue CyberAge Books Available March 3, 2003 220 pp/softbound ISBN 0-910965-63-3 Online sale price: $19.95 =========================================================================== SPONSOR - INMAGIC =========================================================================== "CRM for the Information Professional: How Customer Relationship Management Can Help You Achieve Greater Success in your Organization." A FREE Online Seminar from Inmagic. Claudia Chidester, director of research at Austin Ventures, defines the theories of CRM and applies them to the information profession. Become indispensable to your organization. Attend this seminar! To register, Click http://www.inmagic.com/ci/0212/310/ now! =========================================================================== ©2003 Information Today, Inc. all rights reserved. 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