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Articles from Vol. 13, No. 8, September

Additions to the LEXIS-NEXIS Service
Pike & Fischer Communications Regulation Through an agreement with Pike & Fischer, LEXIS-NEXIS now offers online access to Pike & Fischer Communications Regulation, widely recognized by telecommunications professionals as the industry authority....
Additions to the LEXIS-NEXIS Services
Pike & Fischer Communications Regulation Through an agreement with Pike & Fischer, LEXIS-NEXIS now offers online access to Pike & Fischer Communications Regulation, widely recognized by telecommunications professionals as the industry authority....
ALA Conference Attendance Down; Martinez Resigns, Than Re-Ups at the End of the Annual Conference, Many Jobs Change Hands
At the end of the annual conference, many jobs change hands New York City ended up hosting the 115th Annual Conference of the American Library Association, to the chagrin of many members (it was moved from its originally planned site in Orlando). Attendance...
ALA Conference Attendance Down; Martinez Resigns, Then Re-Ups
New York City ended up hosting the 115th Annual Conference of the American Library Association, to the chagrin of many members (it was moved from its originally planned site in Orlando). Attendance was down (only 27,344 attendees compared to last year's...
American Museum of Natural History Expands Its Reach with New Web Site
The American Museum of Natural History has announced the launch of its new site on the World Wide Web (http://www.amnh.org). The museum's Web site is part of its ongoing effort to expand its educational reach and to bring its vast resources to the widest...
Artist Cezanne Explores New Media
To extend the artistic and educational reach of Paul Cezanne's art beyond this summer's blockbuster exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the museum has introduced A Is for Art, C Is for Cezanne, its first CD-ROM. A Is for Art, C Is for Cezanne...
A Superhighway or Railway Madness?
The metaphor of the information superhighway is a striking one and has clearly captured the world's imagination. But as the exaggerated claims about what the Internet can currently deliver rub against the realities of "going online," skeptical European...
A Superhighway or Railway Madness? Dire Predictions Are Made as to the Fate of Many Internet Companies
Dire predictions are made as to the fate of many Internet companies The metaphor of the information superhighway is a striking one and has clearly captured the world's imagination. But as the exaggerated claims about what the Internet can currently...
B&I Reloaded on DataStar and DIALOG
Business & Industry (B&I) database, produced and marketed by Responsive Database Services, Inc. (RDS), has been reloaded on its principal hosts, DIALOG (file 9) and DataStar (BIDB). In order to make it easier for DIALOG searchers using OneSearch...
Blackwell's Launches Electronic Journal Access Project
Blackwell's has announced the launch of a development project, Electronic Journal Navigator, to provide access to electronic journals. Twelve North American libraries have agreed to serve as partners in the project, to assist in the design of the user...
CARLweb Features Hot Links to URLs from MARC Records
CARL Corporation has announced a new feature of its CARLweb graphical Internet search interface (http://www. carl.org/carlweb). CARL System libraries can now include URLs in the bibliographic record allowing CARLweb to display hot links to other Internet...
CARL Web Features Hot Links to URLS from MARC Records
CARL Corporation has announced a new feature of its CARLweb graphical Internet search interface (http://www.carl.org/carlweb). CARL System libraries can now include URLs in the bibliographic record allowing CARLweb to display hot links to other Internet...
CLE on Demand: Anytime, Anyplace
Last year at this time multimedia was being used to spruce up and sell everything from computer games to sophisticated new online services-but there wasn't much out there for the law community. We knew it would only be a matter of time before multimedia...
CLE on Demand: Anytime, Anyplace; Multimedia Educational Programs May Fulfill Participatory Requirements
Multimedia educational programs may fulfill participatory requirements Last year at this time multimedia was being used to spruce up and sell everything from computer games to sophisticated new online services--but there wasn't much out there for the...
Competitive Intelligence Guide
The Competitive Intelligence Guide, an Internet site offering resources to help business people better understand their competition, has been announced by Fuld & Company, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based competitive intelligence firm. The Competitive...
CompuServe Fights Back with WOW!
The last few years have been hard on CompuServe. The once-unquestioned consumer online leader has been battered from all sides. Prodigy came along, with its GUI and its big-time marketing campaign. America Online, America's smiley-face service, won the...
CompuServe Fights Back with WOW! This Simplified Online Service Wins a Heretofore Unserved Market Niche
This simplified online service wins a heretofore unserved market niche The last few years have been hard on CompuServe. The once-unquestioned consumer online leader has been battered from all sides. Prodigy came along, with its GUI and its big-time...
Database Race to the Web
Flocks of database services are migrating to the Web. Most of the company announcements echo the sentiments of Martha Whittaker, vice president of marketing at KRI's CARL Corporation, who said, "The immense interest in the World Wide Web made an UnCover...
Database Race to the Web; More Online Database Services Provide Web Access as a Delivery Option
More online database services provide Web access as a delivery option Flocks of database services are migrating to the Web. Most of the company announcements echo the sentiments of Martha Whittaker, vice president of marketing at KRI's CARL Corporation,...
D&B and ARI Introduce Standard ID Number for Electronic Commerce
Dun & Bradstreet Information Services (D&B) and ARI Network Services, Inc. have announced that they have developed and will begin marketing immediately a standard electronic commerce identification number that will allow companies to precisely...
EIU Expands ViewsWire
The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), a leading source of global business information and analysis, is expanding the availability and content of the EIU ViewsWire, the online briefing service that provides international executives and information specialists...
Electronic Publishing and Libraries: Planning for the Impact and Growth to 2003
Is your library facing increasing demands on its budget from new electronic publications, without any diminution of the need for traditional print publications? Do you wonder how to best allocate your scarce budget resources? What is the future of scholarly...
Elsevier Science Announces ScienceDirect, Releases Final Report on TULIP Project
Elsevier Science has announced the development of a new online service, ScienceDirect. Elsevier is inviting other publishers to participate in the service to build the most comprehensive access to the world's scientific literature. When complete, ScienceDirect...
Excalibur Handles Visual Data Management
Information managers need to provide accurate, rapid access to all kinds of information, not just to text. A new product from Excalibur Technologies has been built for "visual data management." This product, called Visual RetrievalWare, allows for efficient...
Follett Software Announces New Web Content, New Products
Follett Software Company has announced additions to its World Wide Web page that not only provide basic company information but also help to further the education of librarians and educators. New features include MARC Tag of the Month, Data Questions...
Hard Talk Re Software
In the July/August issue of IT, I extolled the virtues of buying CD-ROM software and databases through mail order companies. I indicated that as long as you know the exact title and version number of the CD-ROM software and database that you want to...
Health-Services Databases Merged into HealthSTAR
The HealthSTAR database, a collaborative effort of the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM), has recently been announced. HealthSTAR can be dialed from any modem-equipped computer. According to its publishers,...
Health-Services Databases Merged into HeathSTAR
The HealthSTAR database, a collaborative effort of the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM), has recently been announced. HealthSTAR can be dialed from any modem-equipped computer. According to its publishers,...
In Brief
Library of Congress/Ameritech National Digital Library Competition Guidelines James Billington, Librarian of Congress, has announced the availability of guidelines for the Library of Congress/Ameritech National Digital Library Competition. Made possible...
International Multimedia Standards: TSAG Agreement
The Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group (TSAG) has reached an important agreement concerning the future work of the International Union's (ITU) Standardization Sector (ITU-T) on audiovisual multimedia services (AVMMS). The agreement was...
Investext Offers Online Service Guarantee
The Investext Group has introduced what it is calling the information industry's first online service guarantee to North American customers of its Markintel market research service. Markintel guarantees that its online search tools and report indexing...
Jane's Releases Three New Discs
The Jane's family of CD-ROMs continues to grow. Here are three recent additions: Transportation Information The urban transportation systems of more than 400 cities around the globe are examined in detail and indexed in the latest edition of Jane's...
Japan's Electronic Publishing Conference
The International Conference on Electronic Publishing took place June 20 in Tokyo. The 1996 conterence was the eighth in a series of meetings that began as a means for USACO Corporation, a large book and online distributor, to interact with its customers....
Japan's Electronic Publishing Conference; a Well-Placed Attendee - the Keynote Speaker - Sums Up the Meeting
A well-placed attendee--the keynote speaker--sums up the meeting The International Conference on Electronic Publishing took place June 20 in Tokyo. The 1996 conference was the eighth in a series of meetings that began as a means for USACO Corporation,...
Kodak Teams Up with Audio Development for CD QC
Kodak has announced that its high-performance Kodak PCD writer 600 is now available as the 6x read/write measurement platform for Audio Development's CD CATS quality control system. Audio Development is a provider of quality control solutions for the...
LEXIS-NEXIS Enhances Office for Windows Suite, Continues Millennium Education Initiative
LEXIS-NEXIS has announced two new packages of its LEXIS-NEXIS Office for Windows software suite with major new functionality for attorneys--version 6.0 for Windows 3.X and version 7.0 for Windows 95 or Windows NT. With availability in the fourth quarter,...
Library of Congress Releases Three New Collections on the World Wide Web
The Library of Congress (LC) has announced that its National Digital Library Program has made three new collections of American historical materials from primary sources available on its World Wide Web site (http://www.loc.gov). These multimedia collections,...
Many Medical CD-ROMs
CD-ROMs are good for distributing fast-changing medical information. Here are some examples of recent uses. CCH Introduces Managed Care Explained Plus CCH Inc., a provider of health care and business law information and software, has introduced CCH...
Medscape Adds Patient Education Information
Medscape, Inc., a leading medical World Wide Web site, and Oryx Press, Inc., a leader in the field of consumer health publishing, have announced the signing of an agreement to publish Consumer Health USA on Medscape (http://www.medscape.com). This agreement...
MOST Ships Direct-Overwrite 2.6 GB Magneto-Optical Drive
MOST, Inc. has begun shipping its new Jupiter 2, a 2.6 GB Direct-Overwrite Magneto-Optical (MO) drive that has a write transfer rate that is up to 100 percent faster than existing optical drives. The new ISO-compliant 5 1/4-inch multifunction drive represents...
NewsAgent for Libraries to Provide U.K. Journal Content
Key publishers on library automation and information management have been brought together in a research project under the U.K. eLib Program called NewsAgent for Libraries, to create an innovative new information service for the library and information...
New WESTLAW Databases Announced
West Publishing has announced the release of several new products and services for legal professionals. Business and Financial Databases Legal, accounting, and government professionals now have more than 3,000 news, business, and financial information...
NlightN Announces NlightN for Libraries
NlightN, a knowledge access service available on the World Wide Web, announces its new service, NlightN for Libraries. First introduced at the American Library Association conference in early July, this end-user reference service provides subscription-based...
Nominations Sought for Awards
Technology Author Award: UMI's Excellence in Writing Authors of published articles on electronic information technology may be eligible for a cash award and international recognition. The annual Excellence in Writing award goes to an author whose work...
Now There's Dewey for Windows
Dewey for Windows, a CD-ROM version of the recently published Dewey Decimal Classification, Edition 21, is now available. The Dewey for Windows compact disc offers Dewey users the entire text of edition 21 in a convenient Microsoft Windows-based environment....
Ovid Technologies Web Service Increases Database Access in Europe and the U.K
A new, subscription-based service was recently launched in Europe and the U.K. by Ovid Technologies and SARA (Stichting Academisch Reken-centrum Amsterdam). It has reduced the complex process of managing and accessing electronic information to a simple...
PLS and Gale Collaborate on Next Generation Internet Dictionary
Personal Library Software Inc. (PLS) and Gale Research have announced that PLS's PLWeb search engine is being used by CyberHound Online, an Internet directory service available at http://www.cyberhound.com. PLWeb enables CyberHound Online users to locate...
PLS and Gale Collaborate on Next-Generation Internet Directory
Personal Library Software Inc. (PLS) and Gale Research have announced that PLS's PLWeb search engine is being used by CyberHound Online, an Internet directory service available at http:/www. cyberhound.com. PLWeb enables CyberHound Online users to locate...
RLG and TLC Team Up on BiblioFile Access to RLIN
The Research Libraries Group, Inc. (RLG) and The Library Corporation (TLC) have announced plans to enable TLC to give its BiblioFile users access to RLG's Research Libraries Information Network (RLIN) database through TLC's new ITS for Windows technical...
SilverPlatter ERL Technology Enhances Z39.5 Client Access
SilverPlatter Information, Inc. has enhanced its Electronic Reference Library (ERL) Technology to enable access by Z39.50 client software, regardless of vendor, to its collection of databases. Seven organizations have successfully tested interoperability...
SilverPlatter's ERL Technology Enhances Z39.50 Client Access
SilverPlatter Information, Inc. has enhanced its Electronic Reference Library (ERL) Technology to enable access by Z39.50 client software, regardless of vendor, to its collection of databases. Seven organizations have successfully tested interoperability...
SilverPlatter Unveils New Internet Database Gateway
SilverPlatter Information, Inc. has developed an enhanced version of its Web gateway: WebSPIRS 3.0, which was at the American Library Association Conference in New York. Any library or institution that is using SilverPlatter's Internet service or that...
Study Says Internet Is about to Go through the Terrible Twos
A study published by New Networks Institute (NNI) of New York has concluded that online and Internet services are about to experience what they refer to as "the terrible twos." "The 25 studies and thousands of press releases about online and Internet...
The Abiding Value of "Value-Retained"
We hear every day about the wonder and necessity of "Value-Added," how it makes all products sell, how it underlies winning corporate strategies. Strangely enough for the lyricists of management fads, in this case, all the claims appear to be true. Not...
The Abiding Value of "Value-Retained": Database Producers Should Stop Throwing Away the Good Stuff They Have
We hear every day about the wonder and necessity of "Value-Added," how it makes all products sell, how it underlies winning corporate strategies. Strangely enough for the lyricists of management fads, in this case, all the claims appear to be true. Not...
The Internet Changes the Way We Live
Who would've thunk it? A recent study of consumers by Coopers & Lybrand Consulting (CLC) found that the Internet and the World Wide Web are having a negative impact on television viewing but-catch this-are actually pumping up the volume of money...
The Internet Changes the Way We Live; Research Reveals Clusters of Users with Similar Behaviors, Preferences
Research reveals clusters of users with similar behaviors, preferences Who would've thunk it? A recent study of consumers by Coopers & Lybrand Consulting (CLC) found that the Internet and the World Wide Web are having a negative impact on television...
The Learning Company Adds More Foreign Language CDs
The Learning Company, a subsidiary of SoftKey International Inc., has released Practice Makes Perfect, the latest addition to its line of foreign language software. Available for Spanish, French, or German, Practice Makes Perfect helps build foreign...
The Newest Multimedia Encyclopedias Are Out
Every fall (or summer, even) the new group of multimedia encyclopedia editions appears. Here are the highlights of a few of the big names: Microsoft Bookshelf Enhanced A good thing has become better with the release of Microsoft Bookshelf 1996-97 edition,...
The Obsession with Transfer Speed
If you recently bought a 6x CD-ROM drive or a PC or multimedia kit with a 6x CD-ROM drive built in, you probably felt that you had bought something trendy, something you could brag about at the office or in the gym, something that would make you the...
The Obsession with Transfer Speed; Why You Don't Need the Fastest CD-ROM for the Best Performance
Why you don't need the fastest CD-ROM drive for the best performance If you recently bought a 6x CD-ROM drive or a PC or multimedia kit with a 6x CD-ROM drive built in, you probably felt that you had bought something trendy, something you could brag...
The Race to Build a Better CD-Rom Server Continues
One of the races in the CD industry is the race to build a better server. Users want newer servers that are better and faster; machines that can serve more users more efficiently. Here are a few new announcements that crossed our desks recently. Procom...
The Thomson/West Merger
Will Brian Hall's "Virtuous Circle" take root? The dust from one of the largest mergers in legal publishing history is beginning to settle. Some wonder if the Department of Justice's forced sale of over $275 million worth of primarily Thomson publications...
The Weather Channel Adds Content for Gardeners
The Weather Channel, a provider of national weather information based in Atlanta, has announced the addition of "Gardening Weather," a new content section for gardeners on their Web site. Gardening Weather offers visitors to the Weather Channel Web site...
Toshiba Introduces Two New Eight-Speed CD Drives
Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Disk Products Division (TAIS DPD), has introduced its XM-5601 Series eight-speed SCSI CD-ROM drives. Toshiba's new XM-5601 internal and external SCSI drives meet the demands of a range of CD-ROM applications...
Triadigm Integrates Multimedia into Databases with FutureArts
Triadigm Technology, a digital media information services company, has announced its FutureArts Multimedia applications. FutureArts software integrates database technology with digital media, including sound, film and video, animation, photos, and other...
UMI to Acquire DataTimes
Two companies' strengths deemed complementary UMI, a Bell & Howell company headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire DataTimes Corporation. Oklahoma City-based DataTimes, a leading provider of...
UnCover Express from KRI's CARL Corporation and the UnCover Company
Knight-Ridder Information has announced UnCover Express, a new database from the CARL Corporation and the UnCover Company, Knight-Ridder Information companies. According to KRI, UnCover Express provides fast turnaround on a continuously updated index...
Web Users Can Personalize Their Own Yahoo! Online Service
Yahoo! Inc. has announced a new service that directly delivers a user's favorite World Wide Web sites, news, and content feeds from Yahoo!'s comprehensive guide. The new service, called My Yahoo!, notifies users of new Web sites and news related to their...
What Price CD-ROM Hardware?
Buying CD-ROM hardware-either a player or a recorder-requires caution, especially in mail order transactions where you can't walk back to the store and look the salesperson in the eye. Returning a piece of hardware to a mail order company is no walk...
What Price CD-ROM Hardware? Here's What to Watch out for When You're Buying CD-ROm Hardware
Here's what to watch out for when you're buying CD-ROM hardware Buying CD-ROM hardware--either a player or a recorder--requires caution, especially in mail order transactions where you can't walk back to the store and look the salesperson in the eye....
WLN to Distribute PMSC's Original Media Cataloging Data
Professional Media Service Corp. (PMSC), a leading wholesale distributor to libraries of audio-visual materials, and WLN, a non-profit library network in the Pacific Northwest, have announced an agreement between the two organizations. This agreement...
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