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16th National Online Meeting
THE NATIONAL ONLINE MEETINGThe National Online Meeting, now in its 16th year, takes place at the New York Hilton, from May 2-4, 1995.This key event continues to bring together an inspiring blend of information industry pioneers and practitioners from...
American Companies Connect to the European Consumer Online M
American companies are entering the European consumer online market in a big way. Two firms--America Online and AT&T--are teaming up with local businesses to launch new services, while Microsoft is pursuing a "go-it-alone" strategy with its much...
American Companies Connect to the European Consumer Online Market
American companies are entering the European consumer online market in a big way. Two firms - America Online and AT&T - are teaming up with local businesses to launch new services, while Microsoft is pursuing a "go-it-alone" strategy with its much...
Cataloging Government Publications Online
Cataloging Government Publications OnlineEdited by Carolyn C. SheraykoThe Haworth Press 1994$34.95 Hardback 223 pagesISBN: 1-56024-689-8Simultaneously published as volume 18, numbers 3 and 4 of Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, this collection...
Core Curriculum in Primary Care CD-ROM Series
Now with the help of multimedia technology every primary care provider throughout the world can attend America's leading primary care lecture series in the comfort of his or her own home or office! SilverPlatter Education, in cooperation with the American...
Database of Folk Art to Test Standards
A multimedia database of folk art will test new standards developed by the Getty Art History Information Program (AHIP) for accessing images and text on computer networks. The database, to be created by Project CHIO (Cultural Heritage Information Online),...
EconLit Is Now on FirstSearch and EPIC
EconLit, a leading bibliographic database of worldwide economic research, is now available through FirstSearch and EPIC online reference services from OCLC. EconLit, produced by the American Economic Association, covers research topics such as economic...
EIU Expands CD-ROM Business Information Program
CD-ROM is becoming a significant force in the delivery of electronic business information, Economist Group research reveals. By 1996, over 90 percent of libraries, 80 percent of government institutions and some 70 percent of large multinational companies...
Electronic Frontier Foundation Sues to Overturn Cryptography
In a move aimed at expanding the growth and spread of privacy and security technologies, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is sponsoring a federal lawsuit, filed in February, seeking to bar the government from restricting publication of cryptographic...
Electronic Frontier Foundation Sues to Overturn Cryptography Restrictions
In a move aimed at expanding the growth and spread of privacy and security technologies, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is sponsoring a federal lawsuit, filed in February, seeking to bar the government from restriction, publication of cryptographic...
Encyclopaedia Britannica, WAIS Inc. Announce Joint Development and Marketing Agreement
Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc., has announced an agreement with Wide Area Information Servers (WAIS) Inc. in which the two companies will market new database searching technology that significantly improves information retrieval on the Internet. Under...
Encyclopedia Britannica, WAIS Inc. Announce Joint Developmen
Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc., has announced an agreement with Wide Area Information Servers (WAIS) Inc. in which the two companies will market new database searching technology that significantly improves information retrieval on the Internet.Under...
Enteractive Partners with Apple to Launch Environmental Ency
Enteractive, Inc., an innovative multimedia publisher, has announced Earth Explorer: The Multimedia Encyclopedia of the Environment. The interactive CD-ROM title was created and developed by Enteractive with the support of the National Science Foundation...
Enteractive Partners with Apple to Launch Environmental Encyclopedia
Enteractive, Inc., an innovative multimedia publisher, has announced Earth Explorer: The Multimedia Encyclopedia of the Environment. The interactive CD-ROM title was created and developed by Enteractive with the support of the National Science Foundation...
Ev Brenner's Annual Online Meeting Theater Scene Companion
Your amateur critic with his Broadway biases is back to tell you what to see and not to see on your visit to New York while attending National Online, insisting that you take advantage of the best that New York has to offer in entertainment at its most...
First Statistically Defensible Survey of the Internet's Size
O'Reilly & Associates, Inc. has gone public with the details of a three-phase survey of the true size and composition of the Internet. "Never has so much money been invested, based on so little information," said Dick Peck, O'Reilly's vice president...
First Statistically Defensible Survey of the Internet's Size and Composition
O'Reilly & Associates, Inc. has gone public with the details of a three-phase survey of the true size and composition of the Internet. "Never has so much money been invested, based on so little information," said Dick Peck, O'Reilly's vice president...
Five UMI Databases Available from SilverPlatter
SilverPlatter Information and UMI have announced a cooperative publishing agreement whereby five UMI databases will be available from SilverPlatter. The databases are ABI/INFORM, Periodical Abstracts Research 11 Edition, Newspaper Abstracts, Dissertation...
Follett's FAST Program Offers Long-Term Library Automation F
Follett has supplemented its library automation offerings with Financing Automation Systems Today (FAST), a program providing financing options to help fully automate libraries in the near term. A Follett FAST plan provides for complete automation now,...
Follett's FAST Program Offers Long-Term Library Automation Financing
Follett has supplemented its library automation offerings with Financing Automation Systems Today (FAST), a program providing financing options to help fully automate libraries in the near term. A Follett FAST plan provides for complete automation now,...
Geac's ADVANCE System Key for Innovative Alexandria Library
The Alexandria Library in Alexandria, Virginia, has signed an agreement to purchase Geac's ADVANCE Integrated Library System, marking another milestone in the Library's plan to provide leading-edge technology to their user population. The library has...
Global NewsBase from MAID
Market Analysis and Information Database, Inc. (MAID) introduced the "Premiere Edition" of Global NewsBase CD-ROM in early December last year. Best known for its high-quality full-text market information database, MAID also offers a variety of online...
Global NewsBase from MAID
Market Analysis and Information Database, Inc. (MAID) introduced the "Premiere Edition" of Global NewsBase CD-ROM in early December last year. Best known for its high-quality full-text market information database, MAID also offers a variety of online...
High Speed, Long Distance Terminal Servers Link LANs
Current Com Ports operate up to 115.2 Kbps on PCs, terminal servers on LANs, and I/O communication subsystems used on multi-user PCs. Now Telebyte Technology introduces the Model 207 PC-LINK to allow data transmission at 115.2 Kbps over distances of...
Human Rights Groups Come Together for an Internet Gopher
In an effort to increase access to human rights information, seven human rights monitoring organizations have begun to centralize their material on the Internet. Amnesty International (AI), Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Human Rights in China...
Hypertext Publications: A Point-and-Click Universe
It's become a point-and-click universe. The World Wide Web is growing by leaps and bounds, helped along by fine software for browsing and accessing the Web. The best Web browser to date is the one called Netscape (nicknamed Mozilla). Check it out at...
IAC Strengthens Leading Consumer Health Care Database
Information Access Company (IAC), has launched a consumer health database on CompuServe aimed at providing a complete reference service for online consumers. The service includes four authoritative health reference books and more than 500 pamphlets covering...
Infotainment
Here it comes - another O.J. story. But this one has a lesson. The lesson is that life and L.A. Law have started to bond in bytes, that digital reality has started to obey the conventions of digitized entertainment. Man, it's getting weird out there....
Internet Connectivity Services for Unix System Users
Geac Computers, Inc. now offers a new service for users of any Unix system to assist them in establishing access to the Internet through their online systems. For a $500 charge, Geac's Customer Response Center will set up TCP/IP software and the necessary...
Jurisoft's LegalVIEWS: Pushing the Folio Infobase Envelope
LegalVIEWS is not just an interesting information management software application; it's a revolution. Jurisoft's legal industry version of the popular Folio Views for Windows application, LegalVIEWS has the same look and feel as Folio Views, with a couple...
Kaiser Permanente-Mayo Clinic Team to Make Computerized Medi
Kaiser Permanente, the nation's largest health maintenance organization, and the world renowned Mayo Clinic are teaming up to help develop a building block critical to creation of a computerized medical record. Under a grant from the National Library...
Knight-Ridder Information's ScienceBase: A Preview
Knight-Ridder Information, formerly Dialog, is bringing out a new family of job-specific Knight-Ridder products for information end users, hoping to reach additional groups of people using new platforms for information while continuing to enhance DIALOG...
KPI Unveils OpenShelf Interface Application
KPI has announced the availability of OpenShelf 1.0, a common interface application to KPI electronic titles. The first electronic titles, A Matter of Fact and National Directory of Helplines, both produced by Pierian Press, were also announced as available...
McGraw-Hill Expands Electronic Publishing, Offers Internet C
McGraw-Hill, Inc., a leader in traditional publishing, has reinforced its commitment to electronic publishing, announcing its Internet catalog. With over 8,800 products listed online and a number of CD-ROMs and electronic products slated for 1995, McGraw-Hill's...
McGraw-Hill Expands Electronic Publishing, Offers Internet Catalog
McGraw-Hill, Inc., a leader in traditional publishing, has reinforced its commitment to electronic publishing, announcing its Internet catalog. With over 8,800 products listed online and a number of CD-ROMs and electronic products slated for 1995, McGraw-Hill's...
Mindscape, Inc. Ships the San Diego Zoo Presents ... the Ani
Animal enthusiasts of all ages will have the opportunity this spring to once again take a walk on the wild side. Mindscape, Inc., a leading consumer software publisher formerly known as The Software Toolworks, Inc., has announced shipment of The San...
Mindscape, Inc. Ships the San Diego Zoo Presents ... the Animals! 2.0
Animal enthusiasts of all ages will have the opportunity this spring to once again take a walk on the wild side. Mindscape, Inc., a leading consumer software publisher formerly known as The Software Toolworks, Inc., has announced shipment of The San...
Multimedia to Go: Toshiba's Integrated CD-ROM Notebook
Bringing to market its first notebook computer with an integrated 5.25-inch double speed CD-ROM drive, the Computer Systems Division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. (TAIS) has unveiled the Satellite Pro T2150CD Series, which combines all...
National Decision Systems Launches CD Product Line
Equifax National Decision Systems has launched On-CD, a CD-ROM product line designed to provide census demographics and business data for geographies as large as the U.S. and as small as a census tract. Pop-Facts On-CD and Business-facts On-CD are the...
Netscape Unveils Netscape Navigator 1.1
Netscape Communications Corp. has announced the release of Netscape Navigator 1.1, a significantly enhanced version of its popular Internet network navigator. The beta version of Netscape Navigator 1.1 is available immediately for downloading for educational...
New CD-ROM Makes Foreign Policy Information Available Worldwide
The Bureau of Public Affairs has launched a quarterly CD-ROM subscription that will help chart the making of U.S. foreign policy from 1990 to the present. The first edition of U.S. Foreign Affairs on CD-ROM (USFAC) provides easy access to more than...
New Cross-Platform Capability from CASPR
CASPR, Inc. has announced "cross-platform" licensing options and lower bundled prices for its LibraryWorks integrated library system. According to CASPR, it is the first company to offer concurrent versions of its integrated library system on both Microsoft...
New Pricing and Product Enhancements for IEE/INSPEC's Electr
IEE/INSPEC has announced new combination and network subscription pricing for Electronics Letters Online (ELO), as well as significant enhancements to the look and use of this electronic journal.The 1995 subscription price for ELO is $810, and for the...
New Pricing and Product Enhancements for IEE/INSPEC's Electronics Letters Online
IEE/INSPEC has announced new combination and network subscription pricing for Electronics Letters Online (ELO), as well as significant enhancements to the look and use of this electronic journal. The 1995 subscription price for ELO is $810, and for...
New We Are Ten - Intermedia '95
The omnipresent 10th anniversary logo of the Intermedia '95 International Conference & Exposition on Multimedia and CD-ROM kept reminding us of how fast time flies. Actually, the CD-ROM industry was born 11 years ago. I remember the awe in 1985 when...
Now We Are Ten - Intermedia '95
The omnipresent 10th anniversary logo of the Intermedia '95 International Conference Exposition on Multimedia and CD-ROM kept reminding us of how fast time flies. Actually, the CD-ROM industry was born 11 years ago. I remember the awe in 1985 when Brower...
OCLC Users Council Discusses NII, Internet, and OCLC
The OCLC Users Council met January 23-25 to discuss The NII, the Internet, and OCLC: The Next Generation. It was the second of three 1994/95 Users Council meetings dealing with the theme "OCLC and Libraries: Strategies for the Next Generation of Electronic...
PALINET Launches Table of Contents Pilot Project
PALINET recently launched a pilot project that will capture monograph tables of contents electronically for use by libraries in augmenting online catalogs. PAL/MONO-TOC, as the pilot is called, will initially involve between 12 and 15 libraries in and...
Peterson's Announces Internet Education Center
Peterson's Guides, Inc., a primary provider of educational information in the U.S., has established Peterson's Education Center on the Internet. The center creates a unique gateway to a wide range of information about educational institutions, programs,...
Point-and-Click Data Retrieval on Internet Via Cornell's Mai
The new Mann Gateway at Cornell University opened a major interchange on the information autobahn in February.Through the Mann Gateway, Internet surfers may point-and-click through the 400 databases waiting to be tapped, siphoned, or otherwise explored....
Point-and-Click Data Retrieval on Internet Via Cornell's Main Library
The new Mann Gateway at Cornell University opened a major interchange on the information autobahn in February. Through the Mann Gateway, Internet surfers may point-and-click through the 400 databases waiting to be tapped, siphoned, or otherwise explored....
Profound, Inc.'s Business Intelligence Service: Targeting Th
A new Windows-based online business intelligence service called Profound promises to deliver comprehensive business information directly to executives desks, conveniently and inexpensively Using Adobe's industry-standard PDF format, Profound delivers...
Profound, Inc.'s Business Intelligence Service: Targeting the Mainstream Corporate User
A new Windows-based online business intelligence service called Profound promises to deliver comprehensive business information directly to executives' desks, conveniently and inexpensively. Using Adobe's industry-standard PDF format, Profound delivers...
Publishers' Electronic Offerings - and What's Worthwhile
Acquisitions used to be fairly simple - you bought books, and chose periodicals in paper or microform. But now many titles are offered in "new & improved" electronic formats. Has technology really improved these products? What's worth purchasing...
Report Outlines Public's Need for Government Information
A report released by the Bauman Foundation proposes answers to the question, What information do people really want from the federal government? It calls on the federal government to place information on the emerging National Information Infrastructure...
Reuters Adds Cahners Content to Business Information Databas
Reuters NewMedia Inc. has secured the international, non-exclusive rights to distribute content from Cahners Publishing Company, which is the largest publisher of specialized business and consumer magazines in the U.S.Reuters will distribute a subset...
Reuters Adds Cahners Content to Business Information Database
Reuters NewMedia Inc. has secured the international, non-exclusive rights to distribute content from Cahners Publishing Company, which is the largest publisher of specialized business and consumer magazines in the U.S. Reuters will distribute a subset...
Roll Your Own CD-ROM Disc (Part 1)
Most of us are thrilled by the plummeting CD-ROM prices day by day. The low-end single-speed drives that used to cost about $200 a year ago are now available for $89, and by the time the ink dries on this column the price will be $79. The high end, quadruple-speed...
SIRSI Library Server Software Makes Virtual Library a Realit
Imagine sitting at your desktop computer and having over 40 million books and resource documents just a click away. That's exactly what Huntsville, Alabama's, SIRSI Corporation has delivered with its new line of library access software, WebCat.When used...
SIRSI Library Server Software Makes Virtual Library a Reality for Potential Internet WWW Patrons
Imagine sitting at your desktop computer and having over 40 million books and resource documents just a click away. That's exactly what Huntsville, Alabama's, SIRSI Corporation has delivered with its new line of library access software, WebCat. When...
SLA Honors Professionals for Their Contributions
Ten members of the special libraries profession have been selected by the Special Libraries Association to be honored for their contributions to the association and the profession.The awards and their recipients are:Fellows of the Special Libraries Association,...
S&P Compustat Intros Stock Reports and GLOBAL Vantage for Wi
Standard & Poor's Compustat, a division of McGraw-Hill, Inc. has released its expanded S&P Stock Reports in the Windows format and made S&P GLOBAL Vantage available on PC Plus for Windows.Delivered monthly, S&P Stock Reports for Windows...
S&P Compustat Intros Stock Reports and GLOBAL Vantage for Windows
Standard & Poor's Compustat, a division of McGraw-Hill, Inc. has released its expanded S&P Stock Reports in the Windows format and made S&P GLOBAL Vantage available on PC Plus for Windows. Delivered monthly, S&P Stock Reports for Windows...
Standard & Poor's Register on CD
Standard & Poor's, a division of McGraw-Hill, Inc., is making its flagship corporate information source - Standard & Poor's Register of Corporations, Directors and Executives - available on compact disc (CD). The S&P Register CD easily allows...
The Internet and Electronic Publishing: The Pace Accelerates
Since last month's article about the Internet and publishing convergence (Information Today, March 1995, p. 12), CompuServe, one of the participants on the Electronic Publishing XIII program at the National Online Meeting, has acquired Spry, Inc., developer...
Time Warner Electronic Publishing Announces Partnership With
A partnership between Time Warner Electronic Publishing (TWEP) and Learn Technologies, Inc. (LTI), in conjunction with Warner Books Multimedia Corp., a subsidiary of Warner Books, Inc., has been announced by Andrew Lerner, director of TWEP, and Luyen...
Time Warner Electronic Publishing Announces Partnership with Learn Technologies
A partnership between Time Warner Electronic Publishing (TWEP) and Learn Technologies, Inc. (LTI), in conjunction with Warner Books Multimedia Corp.. a subsidiary of Warner Books, Inc., has been announced by Andrew Lerner, director of TWEP, and Luyen...
UMI Develops Computer Abstracts Database on CD-ROM
UMI has announced the creation of Computer Abstracts, a new database designed to offer library patrons information on evaluating and analyzing computer hardware, software, computer companies, and other related topics. "More and more people are planning...
U. of Maryland Library Students Gain Real-World Search Exper
The graduate students in the College of Library and Information Services at the University of Maryland at College Park now have a real-life opportunity to practice their information skills. In a new program, the LIS students are paired with small business...
User Ratings of DOS & Windows IOLS Software
Librarians were invited to rate DOS and Windows-based integrated online library automation system (IOLS) software. The ratings are shown on the following charts. The categories surveyed were: * Documentation - the written and online documentation for...
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