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Welcome to the March 2005 issue of NewsLink, Information Today, Inc.'s FREE e-mail newsletter for library and information professionals. 

Spring and the conference season are approaching quickly, so here are a couple of quick updates on our upcoming events.

The Computers in Libraries conference will be celebrating its 20th anniversary when we open the doors on March 15, 2005, at the Washington Hilton. By all of our counts, attendance will be at the highest levels in recent history. If you are still waiting to register, please do so quickly before space runs out. We look forward to meeting with many of you at the event.

The Buying & Selling eContent conference in Scottsdale is one that we look forward to every year. Besides its beautiful location, it is the year’s best opportunity to network and learn with colleagues in the information industry. Designed for both buyers and sellers of electronic content, this is the most important high-level conference for the industry. The early bird discount is still available, so register today.

Our ITI bloggers are busy this week at the NFAIS conference in Philadelphia. We’ll also be blogging at Computers in Libraries in 2 weeks. Our conference blogs have been so well received that we are planning more of them for 2005. Keep up with the latest conference and exhibition happenings through the eyes of our editors and staff. Whether you're at the event or not, these conference blogs provide a great look at these events.

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 let us know at

Best Wishes, 
Tom Hogan, Jr.


I have used/plan to use Google Scholar and recommend it to others.
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Please comment on its strengths and weaknesses.


Google’s Projects Continue to Generate Shock Waves

By Paula J. Hane

Not a day passes that I don’t get some communication relating to Google’s ongoing projects, either announcing, reacting, or speculating. Since Google introduced its initiatives that directly impact libraries and the information industry—Google Print, Google Library, and Google Scholar—the buzz and debate continue to send shock waves through our landscape. Bloggers are commenting, librarians are investigating, vendors are wondering, and conference presenters are exploring the issues. And, the issues relate to some core questions: copyright, access, search problems (dates, multiple copies, etc.), digitization projects, distribution, partnerships, business models, and more.

At the NFAIS annual conference, going on right now in Philadelphia and blogged live by ITI’s editors, Marydee Ojala and Dick Kaser (, Google’s director of business development, Cathy Gordon, gave the opening keynote about "Capturing Diverse User Mindshare." Ojala noted that Gordon’s talk contained "an implicit criticism of the traditional online hosts, as she noted that Dialog and LexisNexis underestimated the power of the Internet, preferring in the 1990s to concentrate on PC interfaces. They also were never successful in reaching the broad global audience that Google has." And, Gordon used to work for both Dialog and LexisNexis.

Much of the NFAIS conference seems to focus on if and how content producers should embrace new opportunities and business models in an age of Googlization. Discussions with Google representatives highlighted details of Google’s three projects and Kaser reported that conference delegates "were urged to think about how their materials might be of use and interest to a wider market." Of course, the supposition is that Google would be the enabler to those wider markets.

Ojala reported that John Lewis Needham (Google’s strategic partner development manager) said that Google Scholar was expanding beyond STM to social sciences and humanities, and he announced that Google Scholar was adding JSTOR journals (said to be only 10 journals, at this point). Ojala wrote: "As far as I can tell, they're all in the discipline of economics."

Sessions dealing with "the Google effect" are also planned for a number of upcoming conferences and events. At Computers in Libraries (March 16-18 in Washington, D.C.), Stephen Abram is speaking on how libraries should "take on Google." The ASIDIC Spring 2005 meeting (March 20-22 in New Orleans) will address the battle for the desktop between search engine providers and the scholarly information industry. Speakers will present their views of what the next generation of scholarly products will look like. Other programs and panels are planned for ALA, SLA, etc. 

The February newsletter from CrossRef ( reported on an evaluation of the CrossRef Search Pilot with Google and its consideration of Google Scholar. (The pilot project was announced in April 2004. For information, see: The CrossRef board has approved continuing with the CrossRef Search Pilot in addition to "engaging with Google to express publishers’ concerns about certain aspects of the Google Scholar Beta and establish a more formal business relationship between Google and CrossRef." 

There are now 35 of the 350 CrossRef member publishers and societies participating in the Search Pilot. The results have come from the regular Google index, but, starting in April 2005, results from CrossRef Search will be delivered from Google Scholar. The latest list of participants is at

According to the newsletter, Google agreed with the principle that if there are multiple versions of an article shown in the Google Scholar search results, the first link will be to the publisher's authoritative copy. Google would like to use the DOI as the primary means to link to an article so CrossRef and Google will be working on this as well as a template for common terms and conditions for use of publishers full-text content. 

Finally, the snap poll question on the Infotoday site has been asking our visitors about using Google Scholar. There have been some interesting and thoughtful comments, pro and con. Some stressed its value as a complementary source to more traditional resources. One called it a helpful tool and wrote that it "can be handy for verifying articles requested through interlibrary loan, and for looking for online full text." Several people noted that it is hard to tell what is and is not included; its comprehensiveness is also questionable, even when it claims to cover a publisher’s site.

Nick Tomaiuolo pointed to Péter Jacsó’s Side-by-Side Native Search Engines vs. Google Scholar site ( According to Jacsó: "Preliminary tests have shown that Google Scholar often retrieves far fewer unique items than the native search engines of the publishers. On the positive side, Google Scholar links to citing references if the document was cited by journals indexed in Google Scholar, and provides the immensely useful citedness score of the documents....When Google Scholar has more ‘hits’ for a query, they often turn out to be duplicates and triplicates." 

Some observers feel that Google has stepped up to tackle tasks that vendors and librarians should have taken on. It will be interesting now to see whether vendors and librarians can embrace the new challenges and opportunities presented to them. 

Paula J. Hane is Information Today, Inc.’s news bureau chief and editor of NewsBreaks. Her e-mail address is


For a complete listing of previous NewsBreaks visit the Information Today, Inc. Web site at

NewsBreaks for Monday, February 28, 2005

Northern Light Adds Market Intelligence Centers
By Paula J. Hane

Northern Light has announced it is adding industry Market Intelligence Centers (MIC) to its subscription-based Business Research Engine (BRE). The new centers, reached via a click from the BRE service and available at no extra charge, concentrate the most important content for an industry in a concise, easy-to-use site that provides daily updates and dynamic querying. The first industries to be launched are Chemicals, Energy, Environmental, Oil & Gas, and Mergers & Acquisitions. Aerospace & Defense and Pharmaceuticals Market Intelligence Centers will be released over the next 2 weeks. Approximately 50 MICs are planned over the next year, corresponding to the classifications for industries, business functions, and regulatory issues on the BRE. 

NFAIS Conference Addresses the Battle for Mindshare
By Paula J. Hane

NFAIS, the association for organizations that aggregate, organize, and facilitate access to information, is holding its 47th annual event this week. The 2005 NFAIS Annual Conference is scheduled for Feb. 27 to March 1, 2005, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Philadelphia. This year’s conference focuses on “the differences and commonalities in the search and retrieval behavior of information professionals/librarians and desktop searchers, and the implications for data providers and librarians who must offer products and services that will meet the needs and expectations of these diverse user groups.” 

NewsBreaks Weekly News Digest

Coveo Provides Enterprise Search Solution for SharePoint Portals
Coveo Solutions, Inc., a company spun off from Copernic, has developed a version of its flagship product Coveo Enterprise Search (CES) that securely indexes and retrieves content created and stored in Microsoft SharePoint Portal Technologies (SPT). The new product, called Coveo Enterprise Search for Microsoft SharePoint Portal Technologies, is set for release in early March.

Wiley InterScience Launches New OnlineBooks Sales Model
John Wiley & Sons, Inc. announced the launch of a new sales model for its online book platform, Wiley InterScience OnlineBooks. Previously available only through subject-specific collections, OnlineBooks are now available through two other options—the “One Time Fee Option” and the “Flexi-Subscription Option.” Both offer customers unlimited concurrent user access to purchased titles, as well as COUNTER-compliant usage statistics reporting.

UC Announces eScholarship Postprints Service
The University of California Office of Scholarly Communication announced the public launch of its new eScholarship postprints service. Added to the existing array of eScholarship Repository publishing services, which include working paper series and online journals, the postprints feature allows UC faculty who have retained the appropriate copyrights or who obtain permission from their publishers to easily deposit previously published articles into a publicly accessible online repository. The postprints are fully searchable, are available free of charge, and are persistently maintained in a centrally managed database. 


For full-text coverage of the following articles please use the hotlinks provided. 

Moreover, the News Aggregator: Interview with Jim Pitkow
By Paula J. Hane

When it comes to real-time news, Moreover offers a wealth of options harvested continuously from more than 8,000 online news and information sources across 115 countries in 23 languages. Articles are aggregated from a broad range of publications, including premium international and regional news sites, corporate Web sites, government press pages, Weblogs, discussion boards, and more. Jim Pitkow has led Moreover as CEO since May 2002. In late January, we talked about Moreover's role as middleman in news provision as well as the company's plans for 2005. 

ONLINE Magazine
Open Access or Differential Pricing for Journals: The Road Best Traveled?
By David Stern

Open access (OA) is becoming a reality, with new cost models under development. The various cost models will have serious short- and long-term implications for libraries and dangerously impact the scholarly communication network. OA, as a business model, is neither necessary nor desirable. With or without the often-discussed author charges approach, it would be almost impossible to obtain the same amount of total revenue through selected libraries as now exists from the much larger base of library subscriptions. Read on as David Stern gives background on the drawbacks and issues concerning OA. 

Surviving Hacker Attacks Proves that Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining
By Kirby Cheng

Having your server attacked by hackers may leave you feeling as if you've been struck by lightning. But if you take the opportunity to improve your security procedures and your systems administrator skills, you will find the sun peeking through the clouds. Don't miss this feature's lists of what the author now does differently, based on his two experiences with security breaches.

THE SIDEBAR — Open Access: The Battle for Universal, Free Knowledge
By Carol Ebbinghouse 

It's a war out there, skirmishes everywhere. Even within the forces for open and free access, alliances have begun to blur. Some players fight on two fronts. Some publishers are enabling authors to self-archive and contribute to institutional repositories with pre- and/or post-publication, full-text versions of their articles. Search engines have entered the fray, bringing their technological resources to make open access content useful and responsive. Carol Ebbinghouse begins the first of a two-part column on the issues coming to a head concerning open access, a multi-tiered battle that she believes will rage on for years. 

Virtual School Libraries?--The Time Is Now!
By Audrey P. Church

The free Internet, subscription databases, and e-books make information available outside of physical library walls, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. With the proliferation of information in electronic format, virtual school libraries must be entities of the present, not the future. We must provide access to quality resources and instruction in how to use them, virtually! Learn more and discover virtual school libraries that represent Best Practices in the field in Audrey Church's article.

Wine Pairing Sites: Sites to Help You Select a Wine
By Roberta Roberti

Most people know the old adage about choosing a wine to pair with food: red with red meat; white with chicken and fish. But where does pork fit? What about vegetarian food? Suppose you are having a dark-fleshed fish, such as tuna or salmon. Does it matter what kind of cuisine you’re eating—Italian, French, Greek, Indian, or Japanese? And if you’ve decided on red, what then? Will it be a sweet Chenin Blanc, a dry Beaujolais, or a fruity Zinfandel? Wouldn’t it be nice if there were some online sources for guidance? Well, there are. 

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. 


Explore the Future of Content with Buying & Selling eContent
Connect and collaborate with other content industry executives, major enterprise buyers, and content solutions providers at Buying & Selling eContent conference. Taking place in the casual, relaxed environment of the Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, Ariz., April 10-12, 2005, you'll gain valuable insights and contacts at this sixth annual conference. Register by March 18, 2005, and you'll save $100. For more information on the program and the slate of speakers lined up, go to

Catch Up with ITI's  NFAIS bloggers
For the past 2 days, Marydee Ojala, editor of ONLINE magazine, and Dick Kaser, V.P. of Content at Information today, Inc., have been posting the latest happenings of the 2005 NFAIS Annual Conference taking place in Philadelphia, Feb. 27-March 1, 2005. The "Live from NFAIS" blog started Feb. 27, and will continue through to the end of the show today. Get a unique perspective of this conference as the bloggers report on the issue of marketplace as a battle for end-user mindshare. Check out the newest entries, and catch up on events at

Still Time to Register for Computers in Libraries
With projected record attendance figures for Computers in Libraries (CIL) 2005 (March 16-18, 2005, at the Hilton Washington), you don't want to miss your chance to join us for what promises to be the biggest and best CIL conference ever. CIL will help you keep up with the latest library and information technologies, and you'll hear from important keynotes and more than 100 speakers. There's still plenty of time to register to attend, or even contract for an exhibit booth. For more information, go to CIL also features an exhibition, featuring leading-edge companies that will showcase the latest in all aspects of library technology. Free exhibit tickets are available; to register, go to


March 2005


March 7-9 BOOK TECH EXPO, Hilton New York, New York, NY

March 16-18 COMPUTERS IN LIBRARIES 2005, Hilton Washington, Washington, DC



March 22-23 SCHOOL NETWORKING, Washington, DC 

For the complete Conference Calendar visit



The Web Library
By Nicholas G. Tomaiuolo

“This guide to high quality, free and inexpensive online resources will save you a great deal of frustration and expense.” —Péter Jacsó, professor, author, and Internet Librarian Hall of Fame honoree

With this remarkable, eye-opening book and its companion Web site, Nicholas G. (Nick) Tomaiuolo shows how anyone can create a comprehensive personal library using no-cost Web resources. And when Nick says "library" he’s not talking about a dictionary and thesaurus on your desktop: he means a vast, rich collection of data, documents, and images that--if you follow his instructions to the letter--can rival the holdings of many traditional libraries. The Web Library provides a wealth of URLs and examples of free material you can start using right away, but best of all it offers techniques for finding and collecting new content as the Web evolves. 

CyberAge Books 
January 2004/softbound
ISBND: 0-910965-67-6
Regular price: $29.95

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ProQuest Builds 19th-Century Collection with Parly Papers

ProQuest, the largest provider of digital content from the 19th century, will digitize the full run of the British House of Commons Parliamentary Papers from 1801 to 1900 for release later this year. It will become part of ProQuest's continuing program to support 19th-century scholarship, joining the Nineteenth Century Short Title Catalogue (NSTC) and other new resources. Visit to learn more. 

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