Information Today

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Articles from Vol. 19, No. 9, October

A Keyboard Mouse Combo from Logitech
When Logitech announced the optical version of their cordless keyboards and mice, I was excited. I already had the cordless Much keyboard and mouse, but the mouse still used a little ball, which tends to get dirty. I also didn't like to have two receivers...
A Keyboard/mouse Combo from Logitech. (Hardware Review)
When Logitech announced the optical version of their cordless keyboards and mice, I was excited. I already had the cordless iTouch keyboard and mouse, but the mouse still used a little ball, which tends to get dirty. I also didn't like to have two...
Alacritude Announces Its Plans
Just a few weeks after the acquisition announcement, Alacritude issued its first press release. It detailed the company's focus, market opportunity estimates, and preliminary plans. Alacritude, headed by Patrick Spain, plans to concentrate on building...
An Update on Open Source ILS
The Systems Librarian These systems could soon offer a viable alternative to commercial products One of the trends that I follow is the adoption of open source integrated library systems (ILS). In this column, I'll review the progress of three ongoing...
An Update on Open Source ILS: These Systems Could Soon Offer a Viable Alternative to Commercial Products. (the Systems Librarian)
One of the trends that I follow is the adoption of open source integrated library systems (ILS). In this column, I'll review the progress of three ongoing open source ILS projects and talk about what they mean to library automation. Open Source...
APA Announces Archiving Policy for PsycARTICLES, Price Reduction
The American Psychological Association (APA) has announced that in response to needs expressed by libraries to retain access to digital repositories of journal articles, it has developed an archive policy for the PsycARTICLES full-text database. In...
APA Announces Archiving Policy for PsycARTICLES, Price Reduction
INFORMATION TODAY The American Psychological Association (APA) has announced that in response to needs expressed by libraries to retain access to digital repositories of journal articles, it has developed an archive policy for the PsycARTICLES full-text...
Bookshelf
A. Internet Blue Pages: The Guide to Federal Government Web Sites, 2001-2002 Edition, by Laurie Andriot, CyberAge Books, 2001, softbound, $34.95, 464 pages. Internet Blue Pages (IBP) is the leading guide to federal government information on the Web....
Calendar
October 18-19: New York (New York Marriott Marquis Hotel). The Online News Association is sponsoring the third annual Online News Association Conference and Awards Banquet. The event will discuss how online news organizations publish under pressure,...
CAS Introduces New Research Services, Recognizes Frequently Requested Articles
INTERNET TODAY Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) has announced the linking of its early-20th-- century records to American Chemical Society's (ACS) Journal Archives, and the release of SciFinder 2002, the latest version of its desktop research tool. CAS...
CAS Introduces New Research Services, Recognizes Frequently Requested Articles. (Internet Today)
Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) has announced the linking of its early-20th-century records to American Chemical Society's (ACS) Journal Archives, and the release of SciFinder 2002, the latest version of its desktop research tool. CAS also announced...
CCOHS Launches CANADIANA Database
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has announced the release of the Web version of the CANADIANA database, a collection of Canadian occupational health and safety information. Included in the collection are references to...
C.D.I. Systems Releases Integrated E-Publishing Platform
C.D.I. Systems has announced the release of NetIS, an e-publishing platform that integrates Web content management (WCM) and digital rights management into a single, seamless package for the support of premium content sales. NetIS allows content vendors...
C.D.I. Systems Releases Integrated E-Publishing Platform. (Internet Publishing Today)
C.D.I. Systems has announced the release of NetIS, an e-publishing platform that integrates Web content management (WCM) and digital rights management into a single, seamless package for the support of premium content sales. NetIS allows content vendors...
Conference Preview
We are pleased to present the sixth annual Internet Librarian conference and exhibition-the ONLY conference designed for information professionals who are using, developing, and embracing 'Net & Web-based strategies in their roles as information...
Cool Map Sites for Business and Pleasure
Database Review These services are useful for both cartography experts and casual users The Web has done wonders for maps. What was for many people a disagreeable chore-using print maps to look up places and obtain travel directions-has become an effortless...
Cool Map Sites for Business and Pleasure: These Services Are Useful for Both Cartography Experts and Casual Users. (Database Review)
The Web has done wonders for maps. What was for many people a disagreeable chore--using print maps to look up places and obtain travel directions--has become an effortless pleasure through the use of route-finding sites like MapQuest, et al. Indeed,...
Dialog Expands SourceOne Document Delivery Service
NewsBreak Dialog has announced its "re-entry into the document delivery market" with an expansion of its Dialog SourceOne service. Dialog has increased the number and diversity of sources from which articles and reports can be ordered, and has improved...
Dialog Expands SourceOne Document Delivery Service. (News Break)
Dialog has announced its "re-entry into the document delivery market" with an expansion of its Dialog SourceOne service. Dialog has increased the number and diversity of sources from which articles and reports can be ordered, and has improved the delivery...
Dialog Revamps NewsEdge Service
INFORMATION TODAY NewsBreak NewsEdge (http://www.newsedge.com), acquired by Thomson Corp. in September 2001, has integrated its operations with Dialog, its new parent company within Thomson. The corporate current awareness and news-alerting service has...
Dialog Revamps NewsEdge Service. (News Break)
NewsEdge (http://www.newsedge.com), acquired by Thomson Corp. in September 2001, has integrated its operations with Dialog, its new parent company within Thomson. The corporate current awareness and news-alerting service has been upgraded and relaunched...
Digital Publishing Revisited
Internet Publishing Today Focus on Publishing The industry is returning to a business model that's built on paper For years the publishing industry has struggled to find a digital formula that would entice readers and not cause publishers to go broke....
Digital Publishing Revisited: The Industry Is Returning to a Business Model That's Built on Paper. (Focus on Publishing)
For years the publishing industry has struggled to find a digital formula that would entice readers and not cause publishers to go broke. So maybe it's time to return to desktop publishing. Take the print documents we've already created and deliver...
EBSCO Adds Databases to EBSCOhost
INTERNET TODAY EBSCO Information Services has announced that it has added Information Science Abstracts (ISA), TOC Premier, and the MLA International Bibliography to its EBSCOhost search interface. Information Science Abstracts ISA, published by Information...
EBSCO Adds Databases to EBSCOhost. (Internet Today)
EBSCO Information Services has announced that it has added Information Science Abstracts (ISA), TOC Premier, and the MLA International Bibliography to its EBSCOhost search interface. Information Science Abstracts ISA, published by Information...
Endeavor Releases the Beta Version of Voyager 2001.2, Announces System Purchases
LIBRARY SYSTEMS TODAY Endeavor Information Systems, Inc. has announced that Voyager 2001.2, the 13th release of its integrated library management system, has moved into the beta process. This testing will reportedly ensure the effectiveness of new functionality,...
Endeavor Releases the Beta Version of Voyager 2001.2, Announces System Purchases. (Library Systems Today)
Endeavor Information Systems, Inc. has announced that Voyager 2001.2, the 13th release of its integrated library management system, has moved into the beta process. This testing will reportedly ensure the effectiveness of new functionality, such as...
Finding Homework Help Online
B. J. Pinchbeck is a 15-year-old who likes soccer, riding bikes, and playing paintball. He also knows a thing or two about the Web. In 1996, he developed a site offering links to other sites that can help students with their homework. Pinchbeck's site...
Finding Homework Help Online. (Link-Up: At Home)
B. J. Pinchbeck is a 15-year-old who likes soccer, riding bikes, and playing paintball. He also knows a thing or two about the Web. In 1996, he developed a site offering links to other sites that can help students with their homework. Pinchbeck's site...
iCopyright Releases Beta Version of News-Clipping Service
iCopyright, a privately held company that enables copyright compliance and instant licensing of digital content on participating publishers' Web sites, has announced the beta release of iCopyright Clip and Copy, a free news-clipping service that searches...
iCopyright Releases Beta Version of News-Clipping Service. (News Break)
iCopyright, a privately held company that enables copyright compliance and instant licensing of digital content on participating publishers' Web sites, has announced the beta release of iCopyright Clip and Copy, a free news-clipping service that searches...
Information Today, Inc. Acquires the CyberSkeptic's Guide to Internet Research
Information Today, Inc. (ITI) has announced the acquisition of The CyberSkeptic's Guide to Internet Research, a monthly subscription newsletter that was formerly published by BiblioData, Inc. Beginning with the November 2002 issue, Sheri Lanza will...
Information Today, Inc. Acquires the CyberSkeptic's Guide to Internet Research
Information Today, Inc. (ITI) has announced the acquisition of The CyberSkeptic's Guide to Internet Research, a monthly subscription newsletter that was formerly published by BiblioData, Inc. Beginning with the November 2002 issue, Sheri Lanza will assume...
Innovative Interfaces Partners with Glasgow University, Announces Contract Signings
Innovative Interfaces, Inc. has announced that Glasgow University in Scotland will be a development partner for the company's digital library initiatives. The university will work with Innovative Interfaces to assist in the design and development of...
Innovative Interfaces Partners with Glasgow University, Announces Contract Signings. (Library Systems Today)
Innovative Interfaces, Inc. has announced that Glasgow University in Scotland will be a development partner for the company's digital library initiatives. The university will work with Innovative Interfaces to assist in the design and development of...
International Copyright Issues in Action
Legal Issues A trip demonstrated how intellectual property law works around the world It's tough to describe my summer with a straight face, but here goes. I was on the cruise ship MTS World Renaissance, a "floating university" where I taught law and...
International Copyright Issues in Action: A Trip Demonstrated How Intellectual Property Law Works around the World. (Legal Issues)
It's tough to describe my summer with a straight face, but here goes. I was on the cruise ship MTS World Renaissance, a "floating university" where I taught law and political science. The 9-week sea voyage visited several European ports, including...
Letters to the Editor
I have been in the industry for over 28 years and have worked, and am working again, as a librarian, besides having held a number of positions in sales. One of my most memorable positions was working for Dialog from 1989 to 1997. We were a hardworking,...
Making Money on the Web Today
PERSONAL COMPUTING Until the middle of 2000, the Internet economy was flying high, elevating with it the larger economy, not to mention the stock market and the portfolios of millions of investors. Then the bottom dropped out. During the first quarter...
Making Money on the Web Today. (Personal Computing)
Until the middle of 2000, the Internet economy was flying high, elevating with it the larger economy, not to mention the stock market and the portfolios of millions of investors. Then the bottom dropped out. During the first quarter of 2001, in...
Merriam-Webster Dictionary Goes Digital
Schoolmaster Robert Cawdrey published the first completely English dictionary in 1604. It listed only 3,000 words and had a title so long that it seems to include a good chunk of them: A Table Alphabeticall, conteyning and teaching the true writing and...
Merriam-Webster Dictionary Goes Digital. (Link-Up: At Home)
Schoolmaster Robert Cawdrey published the first completely English dictionary in 1604. It listed only 3,000 words and had a title so long that it seems to include a good chunk of them: A Table Alphabeticall, conteyning and teaching the true writing...
Microsoft Launches Beta Version of Windows Media 9 Series
Microsoft Corp. has announced the beta release of the Windows Media 9 Series platform. This offering includes high-definition video at six times the resolution of DVD, the first 5.1-channel surround-sound streaming audio, and a faster, more television-like...
Microsoft Launches Beta Version of Windows Media 9 Series. (Internet Publishing Today)
Microsoft Corp. has announced the beta release of the Windows Media 9 Series platform. This offering includes high-definition video at six times the resolution of DVD, the first 5.1-channel surround-sound streaming audio, and a faster, more television-like...
Microsoft's Office XP Professional
SOFTwARE REVIEW I love Microsoft's Office products, particularly since I used MS Word to write my most recent book, Net Crimes & Misdemeanors: Outmaneuvering the Spammers, Swindlers, and Stalkers Who Are Targeting You Online. When I upgraded to Office...
Microsoft's Office XP Professional. (Software Review)
I love Microsoft's Office products, particularly since I used MS Word to write my most recent book, Net Crimes & Misdemeanors: Outmaneuvering the Spammers, Swindlers, and Stalkers Who Are Targeting You Online. When I upgraded to Office XP from...
MuseSearch Linking to Support OpenURL Standard
LIBRARY SYSTEMS TODAY MuseGlobal, Inc. has announced that the MuseSearch product for direct customers will incorporate support for version 1.0 of the OpenURL standard, an important scholarly information industry initiative. Under development by the National...
MuseSearch Linking to Support OpenURL Standard. (Library Systems Today)
MuseGlobal, Inc. has announced that the MuseSearch product for direct customers will incorporate support for version 1.0 of the OpenURL standard, an important scholarly information industry initiative. Under development by the National Information...
Personal & Professional Development
Keillor Starts Largest Book Club Listeners of public radio's "A Prairie Home Companion" (http:/phc.npr.org) will be interested to know that the show's host, Garrison Keillor, helped launch what is being billed as the world's largest book club. Keillor...
ProQuest ABI/INFORM Subscribers to Receive Expanded Backfiles Access, Wiley Content
ProQuest Information and Learning has announced a major product enhancement to ABI/INFORM, a business periodicals database. The company also announced that it has partnered with John Wiley & Sons, Inc. to distribute the journal content from Wiley's...
ProQuest ABI/INFORM Subscribers to Receive Expanded Backfiles Access, Wiley Content. (Information Today)
ProQuest Information and Learning has announced a major product enhancement to ABI/INFORM, a business periodicals database. The company also announced that it has partnered with John Wiley & Sons, Inc. to distribute the journal content from Wiley's...
PubSCIENCE Joins the Endangered Species List
INFORMATION TODAY NewsBreak PubSCIENCE, a database produced by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) in partnership with the Government Printing Office and several scholarly publishers, faces almost...
PubSCIENCE Joins the Endangered Species List. (New Break)
PubSCIENCE, a database produced by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) in partnership with the Government Printing Office and several scholarly publishers, faces almost immediate closure. A notice...
Should PubSCIENCE Go the Way of Caesar?
Internet Insights Et Tu, Brute? Luckily, there are better alternatives to this DOE database Friends, information professionals, fellow taxpayers! Lend me your ears. I come to bury PubSCIENCE, not to praise it. And I'm not using that trick of Antony's,...
Should PubSCIENCE Go the Way of Caesar? et Tu, Brute? Luckily, There Are Better Alternatives to This DOE Database. (Internet Insights)
Friends, information professionals, fellow taxpayers! Lend me your ears. I come to bury PubSCIENCE, not to praise it. And I'm not using that trick of Antony's, who praised Caesar in his eulogy. I do think that PubSCIENCE should be killed. As Brutus...
SIRSI Corp. Partners with LSSI, Ebrary
SIRSI Corp. has announced a partnership with Library Systems & Services (LSSI) to provide SIRSI libraries and their users with state-of-the-art virtual library reference services. SIRSI also announced that it will become a value-added reseller for...
SIRSI Corp. Partners with LSSI, Ebrary. (Library Systems Today)
SIRSI Corp. has announced a partnership with Library Systems & Services (LSSI) to provide SIRSI libraries and their users with state-of-the-art virtual library reference services. SIRSI also announced that it will become a value-added reseller...
Tap into Your PC's Potential
YOUR PERSONAL GUIDE TO THE WEB * http://www.infotoday.com/linkup Are you making the most of your PC? Probably not, judging from my own observations and those of others. To get a better feel for this, I talked with a product manager at Hewlett-Packard....
Tap into Your PC's Potential. (Link-Up: At Home)
Are you making the most of your PC? Probably not, judging from my own observations and those of others. To get a better feel for this, I talked with a product manager at Hewlett-Packard. HP recently merged with Compaq, making it the largest personal...
The 68th IFLA General Conference and Council
Report from the Field The library federation celebrated its 75th anniversary in Scotland, the country of its origin Glasgow, Scotland's steel-gray skies cleared in mid-August to allow the 68th IFLA General Conference and Council to proceed in unaccustomed...
The 68th IFLA General Conference and Council: The Library Federation Celebrated Its 75th Anniversary in Scotland, the Country of Its Origin. (Report from the Field)
Glasgow, Scotland's steel-gray skies cleared in mid-August to allow the 68th IFLA General Conference and Council to proceed in unaccustomed bright sun and warmth. The auditorium of the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre on the banks of the River...
The Cyber-World We've Created
This book offers a philosophical look at the Web and its emerging culture Small Pieces Loosely Joined: A Unified Theory of the Web by David Weinberger Cambridge, MA: Perseus Publishing, 2002 ISBN: 0-7382-0543-5 223 pages $25 "The Web is a world we've...
The Political System Goes Online
Book Reviews The Internet is quickly becoming an important factor in U.S. politics Electronic Democracy: Using the Internet to Transform American Politics, second edition by Graeme Browning Medford, NJ: CyberAge Books, 2002 ISBN: 0-910965-49-8 190 pages...
The Price of Freedom Is Eternal Vigilance
Poynder on Point The USA PATRIOT Act has been viewed by some with a healthy dose of skepticism Passed just 6 weeks after September 11, 2001, the USA PATRIOT Act (Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and...
The Price of Freedom Is Eternal Vigilance: The USA PATRIOT Act Has Been Viewed by Some with a Healthy Dose of Skepticism. (Poynder on Point)
Passed just 6 weeks after September 11, 2001, the USA PATRIOT Act (Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism) has been widely criticized by civil libertarians. For many librarians,...
Thieme Publishing Group Signs on to SwetsnetNavigator
Swets Blackwell has announced that Thieme Publishing Group will participate in SwetsnetNavigator, its electronic journal service. Nineteen titles from Thieme Medical Publishers and 68 titles from Georg Thieme Verlag will be available to SwetsnetNavigafor...
Thomson Acquires Current Drugs, Lawtel
Thomson Corp. has announced that it has acquired Current Drugs, Ltd., a privately held U.K.-based provider of integrated competitor intelligence services to the research solutions market. Thomson also announced the acquisition of Lawtel, a U.K.-based...
Thomson Acquires Current Drugs, Lawtel
Thomson Corp. has announced that it has acquired Current Drugs, Ltd., a privately held UX-based provider of integrated competitor intelligence services to the research solutions market. Thomson also announced the acquisition of Lawtel, a U.K.-based legal...
Thomson Financial Launches Thomson Research Web Service
Thomson Financial (http://www.tfn .com) has integrated its Research Bank Web and Global Access services into a new Web service called Thomson Research (http://research.thomsonib.com). Thomson Financial markets its data to research professionals and analysts...
Thomson Financial Launches Thomson Research Web Service. (News Break)
Thomson Financial (http://www.tfn.com) has integrated its Research Bank Web and Global Access services into a new Web service called Thomson Research (http://research.thomsonib.com). Thomson Financial markets its data to research professionals and...
Tucows Sells Two Former Infonautics Services
INFORMATION TODAY NewsBreak Tucows, Inc. (http://www.tucows.com), an Internet services provider and domain registrar, announced that it has sold eLibrary and Encyclopedia.com, its search and reference services properties, to Alacritude, LLC, a new Chicago-based...
Tucows Sells Two Former Infonautics Services. (News Break)
Tucows, Inc. (http://www.tucows.com), an Internet services provider and domain registrar, announced that it has sold eLibrary and Encyclopedia.com, its search and reference services properties, to Alacritude, LLC, a new Chicago-based company. Tucows...
Vanderbilt Improves Television News Archive
INFORMATION TODAY IT Feature Its recently added TV-NewsSearch offers users a single searchable database On September 11, 2001, most of the U.S. and the world were glued to television news broadcasts. Within minutes of the first plane crash, viewers saw...
Vanderbilt Improves Television News Archive: Its Recently Added TV-NewsSearch Offers Users a Single Searchable Database. (IT Feature)
On September 11, 2001, most of the U.S. and the world were glued to television news broadcasts. Within minutes of the first plane crash, viewers saw events happen live. One month later, the Television Archive, a Web-based nonprofit collaboration, was...
Vignette Introduces Adapters for Microsoft Office XP
Vignette Corp. has announced the availability of new Vignette V6 adapters that enable organizations to integrate enterprise content created in Microsoft Office XP into customer, employee, and supplier Web sites and portals. The V6 adapters do not require...
Vignette Introduces Adapters for Microsoft Office XP. (Internet Publishing Today)
Vignette Corp. has announced the availability of new Vignette V6 adapters that enable organizations to integrate enterprise content created in MICROSOFT OFFICE XP into customer, employee, and supplier Web sites and portals. The V6 adapters do not...
Virage Debuts VS Publishing 2.0, VS Webcasting 2.0
Virage, Inc., a provider of video and rich-media communication software, has announced the release of VS Publishing 2.0, a software product for the automated packaging, distribution, and publishing of video and rich-media content to the Internet and...
Virage Debuts VS Publishing 2.0, VS Webcasting 2.0. (Internet Publishing Today)
Virage, Inc., a provider of video and rich-media communication software, has announced the release of VS Publishing 2.0, a software product for the automated packaging, distribution, and publishing of video and rich-media content to the Internet and...
Which Way's the Backdoor?
INFORMATION TODAY Quint's Online An interview with former Dialog CEO Dan Wagner pushed a lot of buttons Last month's Information Today carried an interview with Dan Wagner ("The Shooting of Dan Wagner," p. 1 and http://www.infotoday.com/it/sep02/ poynder.htm)....
Which Way's the Backdoor? an Interview with Former Dialog CEO Dan Wagner Pushed a Lot of Buttons. (Quint's Online)
Last month's Information Today carried an interview with Dan Wagner ("The Shooting of Dan Wagner," p. 1 and http://www.infotoday.com/it/sep02/poynder.htm). Mr. Wagner bought Dialog in 1997 when it was known as Knight-Ridder Information, Inc. (KRII),...
XanEdu Buys MetaText from OCLC
NewsBreak XanEdu, a division of ProQuest Information and Learning, has purchased MetaText, a provider of digital textbooks, from OCLC. The acquisition will allow XanEdu to combine its curriculum products and tools for the higher education market with...
XanEdu Buys MetaText from OCLC. (News Break)
XanEdu, a division of ProQuest Information and Learning, has purchased MetaText, a provider of digital textbooks, from OCLC. The acquisition will allow XanEdu to combine its curriculum products and tools for the higher education market with MetaText's...
XyEnterprise, NextPage Announce Partnership
Xyvision Enterprise Solutions, Inc. (XyEnterprise), a developer of XML content management and enterprise publishing solutions, has announced that it has entered into a partnership with NextPage, Inc., a provider of cross-enterprise content applications,...
XyEnterprise, NextPage Announce Partnership
Xyvision Enterprise Solutions, Inc. (XyEnterprise), a developer of XML content management and enterprise publishing solutions, has announced that it has entered into a partnership with NextPage, Inc., a provider of cross-enterprise content applications,...