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Information Today

Vol. 21 No. 4 — April 2004

Product News and Reviews

ITI to Distribute Titles Through netLibrary

netLibrary has announced that a number of high-demand Information Today, Inc. (ITI) books will be available as e-books through its service.

"netLibrary serves a community of librarians and online users that fits extremely well with the intended audience of our book program. We are very excited about our titles now being available as e-books and are looking forward to building a strong relationship with netLibrary," said Tom Hogan Jr., ITI's marketing director.

Titles include Building & Running a Successful Research Business, Super Searchers Cover the World: The Online Secrets of International Business Researchers, and Assessing Competitive Intelligence Software.

Source: netLibrary, Boulder, CO, 303/415-2548;

EBSCO Publishing Announces New Releases

EBSCO Publishing announced that its NoveList Group, in association with Baker & Taylor, has released Book Index with Reviews (BIR), a new Web resource for libraries. The company also announced that the Columbia Granger's Poetry Database is now available through EBSCOhost.

Book Index with Reviews

According to the announcement, BIR offers an intuitive interface that delivers the same searching power as the EBSCOhost search engine. This searching power allows users to mine the content of more than 800,000 fully searchable, full-text reviews as well as information on nearly 4 million book titles, powered by The Title Source from Baker & Taylor.

BIR also lets library staff and readers consult reviews to learn about a specific book. Its file of fully searchable reviews from sources such as Booklist, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, and many others allows readers to find books that address their needs and interests.

Columbia Granger's Poetry Database

First published in 1904, Columbia Granger's Poetry Database contains works of poetry found in anthologies, volumes of collected works, and selected works for individual poets. More than 400,000 poem citations and more than 50,000 full-text poems are included in the database. Also included is bibliographic information for more than 1,800 anthologies, more than 1,100 commentaries, and approximately 500 comprehensive biographies.

Source: EBSCO Publishing, Ipswich, MA, 978/356-6500;

Dialog Launches DialogPRO NewsEdge

Dialog announced the release of DialogPRO NewsEdge, a service designed for small-business owners and managers.

The DialogPRO NewsEdge news-alerting tool is available for subscription at fixed monthly fees. It delivers real-time news provided by top sources and offers access to archives of previously reported news stories and research.

The service also features options to access Editors' Picks and Editors' Updates, daily news briefings that are managed by Dialog editors who specialize in individual industry sectors.

Subscribers can set up customized information profiles to receive only those news reports that are focused on their industries, competitors, and related topics relevant to their businesses. As new content is added to Dialog, news reports are processed through the profiles. Matching news reports and research can then be delivered via e-mail during the business day or accessed and viewed online at any time.

Source: Dialog, Cary, NC, 919/462-8600;

West Announces New Additions

West announced the release of West Document Retrieval, a service that obtains hard-to-locate federal, state, local government, and public-domain documents. The company also announced the addition of references to Westlaw's ResultsPlus research-assistance feature.

West Document Retrieval

According to the announcement, West Document Retrieval, formerly known as FDR Research, has been a leader in the document research and retrieval industry for more than 25 years. The business was transitioned to West from Thomson Financial on Jan. 1.

West Document Retrieval obtains the documents through its network of staff and independent agents. Requests are initiated within 24 to 48 hours, with rush service also available. Document areas in which the company specializes include civil and criminal litigation, bankruptcy, public records, corporate/UCC (Uniform Commercial Code), energy, financial services, insurance, intellectual property, labor, and legislative.

New References

ResultsPlus points Westlaw users to related information sources when doing a case law search and suggests West key number queries to further refine their search.

The following treatises are now referenced by ResultsPlus:

• American Jurisprudence Trials—A comprehensive guide to winning settlements and trials, authored by the American Trial Bar's top members

• American Jurisprudence Proof of Facts—This treatise offers advice on how to determine essential facts and prove them in civil litigation and selected criminal cases.

• Norton Bankruptcy Law and Practice, second edition—This reference provides a look at all aspects of bankruptcy law and procedure.

• Immigration Law Service—This treatise includes comprehensive and current analysis, forms, and source material.

Source: West, Eagan, MN, 651/687-7000;

Library of Congress Completes Historical Archiving Project, Implements OpenURL

The Library of Congress announced that it has made its collection of Thomas Jefferson papers available online at the American Memory Web site ( The library also announced that the Handbook of Latin American Studies (HLAS) Online is the first of its databases to use the OpenURL protocol.

Thomas Jefferson Papers

The online Jefferson papers now total more than 27,000 items, including correspondence, memorandums, notes, commonplace books, financial account books, and manuscript volumes.

"The conclusion of this project marks an important milestone for the library and its American Memory program, which makes more than 8.5 million important historical items freely available online to all Americans," said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. "Now, all the materials in the library's collections from three of our most studied presidents—Washington, Lincoln, as well as Jefferson—can be accessed online."

OpenURL Implementation

Institutions with a local link resolver can now link directly from HLAS Online records to the Web resources of their choice. This project is the result of collaborative efforts between the Library of Congress and the Princeton University Library.

Updated weekly, HLAS Online contains more than 300,000 bibliographic citations, annotations, and bibliographic essays on works published from 1935 to the present. OpenURL links are available for MARC 21 bibliographic records from Volume 50 (1990) forward.

Source: Library of Congress, Washington, DC, 202/707-5000;

ITI Unveils New Edition of AV Market Place

Information Today, Inc. (ITI) announced the release of AV Market Place 2004 (AVMP), a business directory of products and services for the audiovisual industry.

The new edition is completely revised and updated for 2004, with 8,500 listings. AVMP includes information on video, multimedia, virtual reality, computer graphics, digital audio, and presentation software.

AVMP offers search options to guide users through the more than 1,250 product and service categories. The Company Directory offers full details on more than 7,000 companies, and the Geographic Index lists a product, service, or company by location.

Source: Information Today, Inc., Medford, NJ, 609/654-6266;

Mystik Media Releases ContextConvert Pro 2.0

Mystik Media has announced the release of ContextConvert Pro 2.0, a Windows application for converting among all major multimedia formats.

Tightly integrated with the Windows interface, ContextConvert Pro provides immediate conversion capability from any Windows context (right-click) menu. Simply right-click on any music, image, or video file, and you can immediately convert it to any other multimedia format.

The application allows you to pre-define the folder that will contain your converted files. It also offers settings and properties that are available for complete output control, including audio frequency, bit rate, and channels; AVI codecs; MPEG types; WMV profile; image quality; and image color depth.

ContextConvert Pro provides multipage image-conversion support. You can convert from one multipage format to another, extract multipage images and create a set of individual pages, grab the first page only of a multipage file, or build a new multipage file from selected images.

Source: Mystik Media, Hampstead, NC, 910/270-5251;

EBSCO Announces New Implementations

EBSCO Information Services announced that it now offers a French-language version of the EBSCOhost Electronic Journals Service (EJS) administrative site. In addition, the company's Corporate Services announced that it has added streamlined e-procurement procedures for SAP Enterprise Buyer Professional through RoundTrip open catalog interface technology.


EBSCOhost Electronic Journals Service handles electronic journal access and management needs. EJS Enhanced offers features that help with e-journal management tasks such as tracking the registration status of e-journals, authentication access to facilitate both on-campus and remote access to e-journal content, and automatic management of e-journal URLs.


With RoundTrip, customers are routed directly to the EBSCO Corporate Services Web site. After products are selected for purchase, RoundTrip sends the required item details back to the shopping cart. The shopping cart items are directly routed through the buyer's requisition and approval process before the order is converted to a purchase order and sent to the EBSCO Corporate Service Center for processing.

Source: EBSCO Information Services, Birmingham, AL, 205/991-6600;

Cuadra Introduces Enhanced Version of STAR

Cuadra Associates, Inc., a provider of information management software products, has released a new version of its STAR software. The new 3.9 release provides a number of major enhancements to its core technology, Windows-based client interface, and browser-based system management interface.

According to the announcement, STAR allows proper handling of descriptive or full-text information and fast, precise retrieval of information tasks vital to any organization that has multiple, related information management needs. STAR includes customizing capabilities to create unique applications and can be integrated with portals and other software packages along with dynamic Web publishing.

Encrypted communications, a new enhancement to the core technology, allows users of STAR's Windows-based client, as well as the company's ASP service, to communicate safely and securely over the Internet from multiple locations.

Source: Cuadra Associates, Inc., Los Angeles, 310/478-0066;

CAS, CSA Reach Agreement to Provide Additional Databases on STN International

Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) and CSA announced that they have agreed to add eight CSA databases to the STN International online network this year. STN is operated by CAS in North America, FIZ Karlsruhe in Europe, and JST in Japan. The CSA databases that will soon join STN cover biotechnology, engineering specialties, earth and environmental studies, and library and information science.

"We welcome the opportunity to provide STN users worldwide access to additional CSA databases. With the 19 CSA files already on STN, this new offering will make STN an even more robust sci-tech information resource," said Suzan A. Brown, CAS's vice president of marketing and sales. "It is through the cooperation of respected scientific organizations such as CSA that STN has been able to serve the diverse needs of the scientific and technical community for 20 years."

Source: Chemical Abstracts Service, Columbus, OH, 614/447-3731;

Convera Introduces New Taxonomies

Convera, a provider of search and categorization software, announced the introduction of five new industry-specific taxonomies: Genetics, Finance & Business, General Enterprise, Technology, and U.S. Government.

The new taxonomies contain industry-standard thesaurus content enhanced by Convera linguists and taxonomists to optimize the quality of information discovery in government and commercial applications. According to the announcement, each of the taxonomies speeds the process of organizing an enterprise's knowledge assets by incorporating specialized vocabulary and ensuring an accurate level of categorization. Large and diverse collections of unstructured data can be browsed by navigating intuitive categories.

Convera's linguistic taxonomy approach allows organizations to develop a unified knowledge framework from controlled vocabularies, authority lists, and classifications.

Source: Convera, Vienna, VA, 703/761-3700;

H.W. Wilson Unveils New Database, Sourcebook

H.W. Wilson announced the release of the Humanities & Social Sciences Index Retrospective 1907-1984 and the publication of Leaders of the Information Age.

New Database

Humanities & Social Sciences Index Retrospective 1907-1984 features cover-to-cover indexing of articles from some 1,200 periodicals, encompassing 20th-century scholarly journals from the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Information from 46 print volumes that would otherwise require some 12 feet of shelf space are now searchable on the Web. Data for this new resource comes from decades of print annuals from Wilson's Social Sciences & Humanities Index, Social Sciences Index, Humanities Index, and International Index.

Leaders of the Information Age

The lives and work of 250 Information Age pioneers are highlighted in this new biography reference. According to the announcement, this sourcebook includes historical figures who set the foundation of today's revolution, modern giants of the computer industry, geneticists, inventors, physicists, philosophers, and futurists. The volume is edited by David Weil, curator and executive director of the Computer Museum of America.

Source: H.W. Wilson, New York, 718/588-8400;

Sirsi Releases Digital Heritage Room

Sirsi Corp. announced the release of Sirsi Digital Heritage Room, a product that will allow libraries to preserve images, documents, and more while making these materials more accessible to present and future generations of library users.

Digital Heritage Room comes standard with a single CollectionPak, which covers the digitization and presentation of a set number of images or documents from the library. Sirsi will scan and bulk-load the images and associated metadata that make up the CollectionPak. As the library continues to develop its digital collections, additional CollectionPaks can be purchased. All metadata is 100-percent searchable, so patrons can select and view content such as documents, newspapers, journals, diaries, and photographs.

According to the announcement, Sirsi Digital Heritage Room includes everything needed to bring special collections online, such as server software (including installation and configuration), scanning of materials by a scanning service bureau, and bulk-loading of images and metadata. The product can also store and retrieve multimedia formats like WAV, MOV, QuickTime, MPEG, RealAudio, RealVideo, and AVI. Additionally, the product can connect users to streaming content.

Source: Sirsi Corp., Huntsville, AL, 256/704-7000;

Elsevier Ei Launches New Platform

Elsevier Engineering Information (Ei) has released the next generation of Paper Village 2, a Web-based discovery platform for pulp and paper professionals. Paper Village 2 provides search access to published literature, conference proceedings, and information sources in the pulp and paper industry.

According to the announcement, the new release upgrades the underlying technology while expanding available content sources to improve the research process. The FAST search engine and search tools have been implemented to deliver standard-bearing search speed and functionality. In addition, the latest version has been expanded to complement PaperChem, a bibliographic database that covers the paper industry. Additional content sources provide access to technical information, specifications, service sites, and industry news.

Source: Elsevier Engineering Information, Hoboken, NJ, 201/356-6843;


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