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Information Today
Vol. 21 No. 1 — January 2004

Librarians Release New Info Pro Web Log

Sarah Johnson and Rachel Singer Gordon have announced the release of Beyond the Job, a new career-development Web log for information professionals.

The first Web log to focus exclusively on professional development opportunities for librarians, Beyond the Job fills a niche in the online library world, according to the announcement. Updated daily, the site provides current information on calls for contributors and presenters, job-search advice, scholarship and grant information, and other news and ideas on how to further your library career. For more information, visit

Beyond the Job supplements both authors' library-employment Web sites as well as Gordon's book, The Information Professional's Guide to Career Development Online (co-authored by Sarah L. Nesbeitt), published by Information Today, Inc. in 2002.

Johnson is assistant professor of library services at Eastern Illinois University's Booth Library. Gordon is librarian at Franklin Park (Ill.) Library.

Source: Beyond the Job;

FreePint Publishes Data-Protection Report Online

FreePint announced that it has published a new report, "Data Protection for Websites and Intranets" by Paul Pedley. According to the announcement, it's essential reading for anyone working with electronic information as it explains how data-protection laws specifically deal with Web sites, intranets, and online services. The report is available to purchase online at

New European legislation on privacy and electronic communications took effect in the U.K. on Dec. 11. The new regulations apply to the use of online public directories with telephone numbers, addresses, or e-mail addresses. They also apply to such activities as the use of invisible tracking devices like cookies or Web bugs and the use of electronic communication for direct-marketing purposes. The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 (ISI 2003/2426) have a direct impact on the use and transfer of electronic personal data.

Source: FreePint, Middlesex, U.K., 011-44-1784-420044;

ProQuest Signs Three New Agreements

ProQuest Information and Learning has announced agreements with three companies.

OxResearch Database

A distribution agreement for Oxford Analytica's OxResearch database gives ProQuest exclusive worldwide distribution rights for the K-12, academic, and U.S. military/government library markets.

OxResearch is an archival database of articles published in the Oxford Analytica Daily Brief series dating to 1984. It covers economic and political developments of major significance and analyzes their impact on the political, business, and operating environment. ProQuest will offer OxResearch as a stand-alone online subscription service in the ABI/INFORM business database suite.

News International

The agreement with News International continues coverage of The Times and The Sunday Times in ProQuest online databases and brings two new newspaper titles, The Sun and News of the World, to ProQuest products.

News International is the major U.K. subsidiary of the News Corporation, Ltd. The News International content will appear in ProQuest Newsstand products, eLibrary products for K-12 libraries and schools, and several products targeted at international ProQuest customers, such as ProQuest Learning: News.

The Medical Journal of Australia

ProQuest Information and Learning will offer content from The Medical Journal of Australia. The agreement brings the full text of this clinical journal to the company's ProQuest online databases, including ProQuest Medical Library, MEDLINE with Full Text, and Health and Medical Complete. The partnership allows ProQuest to distribute the journal content to educational institutions, hospitals, and other libraries around the world.

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

IFLA Announces Donation to FAIFE

IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) announced that FOBID, the library umbrella organization of the Netherlands, will donate $61,000 to the IFLA Free Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE) core activity.

FOBID president Jan-Ewout van der Putten said that his organization was "convinced of the importance of IFLA's core activities, especially FAIFE, because it is concerned with the core content of the profession and of utmost importance to the international advocacy of libraries."

The FOBID contribution will be in the form of an annual contribution of $12,200 over 5 years. The following conditions are attached by FOBID:

• IFLA should take measures to secure broader financial support for its FAIFE program by encouraging other organizations to follow FOBID's example.

• Full reports, including financial reports and accounts, should be made available to FOBID so that an evaluation of the effect of its contribution can be made after 2 years

Source: IFLA, The Hague, Netherlands, 011-31-70-3140884;

NESLi2, Blackwell Publishing Announce Agreement

Blackwell Publishing, Ltd., and NESLi2 announced an agreement that will enable U.K. universities and higher education institutions to gain online access to Blackwell's collection of 660 international peer-reviewed journals, many published on behalf of scholarly and professional societies. The collection includes journals covering medicine, life and physical sciences, social science, and the humanities.

The Blackwell Publishing/NESLi2 agreement for 2004 offers institutions two options for purchasing access to the journals: the option to maintain all print subscriptions and, new for 2004, the option to convert some or all existing subscriptions to online-only. Both comply with the Model Licence, which was devised with librarians for librarians.

The collection prices are based on the NESLi2 banding for size of the institution. There are volume discounts—based on the number of sites participating in the deal—that are available for orders placed before Nov. 1, 2003.

Source: Blackwell Publishing, Ltd., Oxford, U.K., 011-44-1865-791100;

LexisNexis Partners with American Bar Association

LexisNexis and the American Bar Association Section of Public Utility, Communications, and Transportation Law announced an extensive sponsorship agreement between the two organizations.

As part of the new relationship, LexisNexis becomes the primary corporate sponsor of the section. This will provide the company with key content licensing and sponsorship opportunities. Section members will realize benefits of the agreement through the development of new and enhanced programs and activities as well as firsthand access to LexisNexis products and services. The term of the agreement is 3 years.

LexisNexis will offer a wide range of research and information products to section members as part of its sponsorship.

Source: LexisNexis, Dayton, OH, 937/865-6800;

OCLC Purchases CAPCON Assets

OCLC announced that, in a move initiated by the CAPCON board of trustees and approved by the CAPCON membership, it has purchased the business assets of the CAPCON Library Network to form the OCLC CAPCON Service Center. The new unit will continue to serve libraries in the Washington, D.C., area under the leadership of executive director Katherine Blauer.

The agreement, finalized in November 2003, enables OCLC to serve libraries that were formerly served by the CAPCON Library Network. The OCLC CAPCON Service Center will continue to offer the CAPCON Collection as well as OCLC services, training, and support to more than 300 libraries in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.

Source: OCLC, Dublin, OH, 614/764-6000;

CrossRef Drops DOI Retrieval Fees

CrossRef, the cross-publisher reference-linking service, announced that it will drop its DOI retrieval fees for all members and affiliates starting this month. This move gives all CrossRef users unlimited access to DOIs and is particularly significant for secondary publishers. According to the announcement, DOI links from citations and bibliographic databases to full text are expected to increase greatly as a result.

The decision by the CrossRef board to drop DOI retrieval fees is the latest move intended to open access to the CrossRef system. Last May, CrossRef made library accounts on its system completely free.

According to the announcement, CrossRef continues to experience membership growth. Fifty scholarly and professional publishers have signed on in the last 6 months alone, bringing the total number of members to 250.

Thousands of book and conference-proceeding DOIs have also been added to the CrossRef system, including 700 titles from Oxford University Press. With these additions, CrossRef now covers more than 8,700 journals and nearly 10 million individual content items.

Source: CrossRef, Lynnfield, MA, 781/295-0072;

Elsevier Signs On with CISTI

The Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI) announced the signing of a key agreement that makes Elsevier's major STM titles available to CISTI clients who choose Secure Desktop Delivery (SDD). This new document delivery method was launched in December.

A number of other major publishers, including Taylor & Francis and IEEE, have signed similar agreements with CISTI in recent months. CISTI is in ongoing negotiations with key STM publishers, and several additional agreements are nearing completion.

According to the announcement, SDD will allow CISTI customers to order documents on the Web and receive them at their desktop. The new document delivery system will effectively prevent redistribution, copying, and storage of documents through the use of a customized Acrobat plug-in that enables the customer to view and print their documents using a simple Web interface.

Source: Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information, Ottawa, 613/998-2362;

BioMed Central Signs Two New Members

BioMed Central announced that it has signed institutional membership agreements with two U.S. consortia, the Consortium of Southern BioMedical Libraries (CONBLS) and Maine Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (BRIN).

CONBLS is a consortium of biomedical libraries in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

The Maine BRIN is a seven-institution network that links biomedical research laboratories, universities, and colleges in the state. Twenty-four BRINs are active across the U.S.

Source: BioMed Central, London, 011-44-20-7323-0323;

ATLA to Produce New Testament Abstracts

The American Theological Library Association (ATLA) announced a formal agreement with the Weston Jesuit School of Theology to produce electronic versions of the New Testament Abstracts (NTA). The agreement calls for an online version developed by ATLA and available through EBSCO as well as a CD-ROM version of New Testament Abstracts to be produced directly by ATLA.

According to the announcement, NTA is a comprehensive and vital tool for all aspects of New Testament studies. It provides more than 2,000 abstracts annually from more than 500 journals as well as notices on approximately 800 new books. ATLA also offers Old Testament Abstracts in collaboration with the Catholic Biblical Association and The Catholic Periodical and Literature Index with the Catholic Library Association. All four databases will be available online from EBSCO.

Source: American Theological Library Association, Chicago, 312/454-5100;

Inmagic Changes Solution's Business Model

Inmagic, Inc. announced a partnership with Digital Vantage Point, an open standards systems integrator. Digital Vantage Point, which will work with Inmagic Content Server customers in the U.S. and Canada, will provide consulting, integration, development, and delivery services for businesses that need to make their content widely available across the enterprise via a Web services solution.

Inmagic introduced Inmagic Content Server in the first quarter of 2003 as part of a new business model. The solution was developed in direct response to requests from Inmagic's largest customers for a product based on an open standards database that provides enterprise performance and scalability.

Inmagic Content Server extends the use of Inmagic products across the enterprise, turning unstructured information into content intelligence that drives important business decisions. According to the announcement, business users can easily create or integrate content from internal and external sources; deploy that content to Web pages on intranets, extranets, and the Internet; and organize and manage information flows that drive business intelligence.

Source: Inmagic, Inc., Woburn, MA, 781/938-4444;

SLA Adopts New Values Statements

The Special Libraries Association (SLA) board of directors announced that the organization has adopted new vision, mission, and values statements during its fall board meeting.

The new vision, mission, and core values were created by SLA's Strategic Planning Committee with input from thousands of leaders and members and are at the hub of SLA's strategic branding initiatives. According to the announcement, the statements (which can be found at SLA's Web site) are based on the values that shape and inspire SLA's operations and clearly articulate the purpose and desired state of the organization.

Source: Special Libraries Association, Washington, DC, 202/234-4700;




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