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Articles from Vol. 17, No. 4, April

2000 NFAIS Meeting: The Battle for the Desktop
Conference featured three excellent keynotes The 2000 NFAIS meeting, held February 20-23 in Philadelphia, was another in a series of highly relevant and stimulating conferences for the information industry. The highlights of this year's meeting...
3M to Donate Library Detection Systems to Schools
3M has announced the launch of "3M Salute to Schools," a program providing up to $1 million in 3M Detection Systems to school library media centers in the U.S. The program is being sponsored by 3M, in partnership with the American Association of School...
Adobe Systems Releases PDF Merchant, Unveils CoolType, Announces New Partners
Adobe Systems has announced the immediate availability of Adobe PDF Merchant software, a server-based application that secures electronic content for distribution and sales via the Internet. Adobe PDF Merchant provides publishers, authors, resellers,...
A Guide to First Amendment Issues
This book helps librarians balance free speech and public access We all know how much the advent of the Internet has changed the way information professionals do business. We have new information sources as well as a world of new contacts. However,...
...And I-Don't-Know's on Third
Like any decent woman, I hate the Three Stooges. In the long history of my devotion to cinema, no memory stands more clear in all its horror than having to sit through three be-Stooge-d shorts just to see the beginning of a film starring my favorite...
And I-Don't-Know's on Third
The commoditization of confusion reigns in the online information industry. Like any decent woman, I hate the Three Stooges. In the long history of my devotion to cinema, no memory stands more clear in all its horror than having to sit through three...
Axis Communications Enhances StorPoint CD E100 Storage Server
Axis Communications, Inc. has announced the availability of a powerful upgrade to its AXIS StorPoint CD E100, a network-attached storage server that, according to the company, makes networking CD/DVDs fast, efficient, and easy, without the need for...
Beilstein Information Announces First New Update of CrossFire Gmelin
Beilstein Informationssysteme GmbH (BIS), a subsidiary of Elsevier Science, has announced the first new update of Cross-Fire Gmelin, which provides access to the Gmelin Database of organometallic and inorganic chemistry via the intuitive Cross-Fire...
Bell & Howell's ProQuest Academic Edition Brings Articles Directly to Students
The digital library of the future continues to emerge. In its latest form, it looks like an undergraduate library. Bell & Howell's Information and Learning division (BHIL; http://www.bellhowell.infolearning.com) has launched ProQuest Academic Edition...
BUDDIE Welcomes the New Millennium
Who will win this year's Best Unknown Database Award? The envelope, please! Yes, it's time for the annual Information Today Database Review BUDDIE Award! Longtime readers will be thrilled, and newcomers ... well, you're puzzled, but now you too...
Budget CD-Rewritable Drives
To get the best deal, buy a CD-RW drive that's not top of the line Smart buyers know that when purchasing computers and peripherals they will find the sweetest prices on products that are a notch below the latest models. Indeed, now that the 8x...
CCH, Baker & McKenzie Will Partner on Global Project
CCH, Inc., a provider of tax and employment law information and software, and Baker & McKenzie, a global law firm, have announced that they will join forces on a project designed to provide employers and their legal counsel with comprehensive,...
COMPanion Finalizes Big6 Agreement, Releases NetLink
COMPanion Corp. has announced that it has reached an agreement with the founders of the Big6 information literacy skills model to integrate it into its Alexandria library automation system. COMPanion has also announced the release of NetLink, a new...
CourtLink and JusticeLink Announce Intent to Merge
CourtLink, a provider of online, real-time access to court records in the U.S., and JusticeLink, a leader in electronic tiling to the courts, have announced their intent to merge, creating the first company to provide electronic links to and from the...
Database Companies Can Live Long and Prosper
An interview with CSA president Jim McGinty In just the last decade, Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (CSA)--a 30-year-old information company--has gone from relative obscurity to being a major player in the information industry. Through its early...
Datamonitor Consumer Goods Research Now Available on Profound
The Dialog Corp. has announced that consumer goods reports from Datamonitor, a leading publisher of market analysis, are now available to subscribers on the Profound business intelligence service. Businesses already using Profound as their primary...
Deep Canyon and Giga Information Group Announce Agreement
DeepCanyon and Giga Information Group have announced a strategic online content agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, select Giga research is now available for sale through DeepCanyon (http://www.deepcanyon.com), a multidimensional Web resource...
DeepCanyon and Giga Information Group Announce Agreement
DeepCanyon and Giga Information Group have announced a strategic online content agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, select Giga research is now available for sale through DeepCanyon (http://www.deepcanyon.com), a multidimensional Web resource...
DeLorme Releases XMap Business CD-ROM
DeLorme, Inc. has announced the release of XMap Business, a new mapping program on CD-ROM and DVD-ROM that will help businesses locate customers, plan delivery routes, generate mailing lists, and more. According to the company, XMap Business is a powerful,...
eBusiness Technologies Unveils DynaBase 4.0
eBusiness Technologies, a division of Inso Corp., has announced the availability of DynaBase 4.0, a major new release of its XML-enabled Web content management and dynamic delivery solution. According to the company, DynaBase 4.0 delivers a new generation...
eBusiness Technologies Unveils DynaBase 4.0
eBusiness Technologies, a division of Inso Corp., has announced the availability of DynaBase 4.0, a major new release of its XML-enabled Web content management and dynamic delivery solution. According to the company, DynaBase 4.0 delivers a new generation...
EDGAR Online Releases Expanded IPO Express
EDGAR Online, Inc. has announced the release of a new version of its IPO Express service (http://www.ipo-express.com), a resource for breaking IPO news, IPO calendars, and in-depth searching of the company's database of IPO companies and underwriters....
Factiva Unveils Competitive Intelligence Tool Suite
Factiva has announced the release of the Fuld Competitive Intelligence Center, a competitive intelligence resource. According to the company, this resource is designed to help business professionals, from managers to CEOs, ask the right questions so...
Gale Launches Custom Newspapers, Announces History Resource Center
Gale Group has announced the launch of its InfoTrac Custom Newspapers database, which will deliver full-text articles from more than 30 U.S. and U.K. newspapers using specific search parameters and eliminating random searches. In a separate release,...
Glassbook and Adobe Systems Announce New E-Book Technologies
Glassbook, Inc. and Adobe Systems, Inc. have announced that the two companies are teaming to bring a number of new technologies to the rapidly growing e-book market. First, the two companies have begun to integrate Glassbook Reader technology into...
Graham & Whiteside Releases Three New Business Sources
Graham & Whiteside, Ltd. has announced the release of three CD-ROMs that are also available in print form: Major Companies of Latin America and the Caribbean, Major Companies of Africa South of the Sahara, and Major Companies of South West Asia....
GuruNet Publisher to Support Custom Content
GuruNet Corp. has unveiled its GuruNet Publisher, a system that enables corporations, organizations, and individuals to add their own custom content to GuruNet's array of premium reference and real-time information sources. To add custom information...
Gutenberg Station Releases the Gutenberg Explorer
Gutenberg Station has released the first full-featured version of its flagship product, the Gutenberg Explorer. Gutenberg Station, named after the inventor of the printing press, is a Web site developed by entrepreneur Curtis Keisler. The organization's...
Information Today, Inc. Unveils Two New Books
Information Today, Inc. (ITI) has announced the publication of David Vine's Internet Business Intelligence: How to Build a Big Company System on a Small Company Budget. The company has also announced the publication of Millennium Intelligence: Understanding...
Inmagic Announces BiblioTech PRO Version 2.0
Inmagic, Inc., a developer of library automation and information management software, has announced the release of BiblioTech PRO version 2.0, its new integrated library system (ILS). According to the announcement, BiblioTech PRO offers special librarians...
Internet Securities, Inc. Acquires Bulgarian News Service
Internet Securities, Inc., a provider of Internet-delivered emerging markets news and business information, has announced the acquisition of Kadiev News Service (KNS), a full-service Bulgarian news provider. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed....
InterTrust Technologies Corp. Announces Its FlyingMedia System, Acquisition of Infinite Ink
InterTrust Technologies Corp., the Meta Trust Utility, has announced the availability of the FlyingMedia publishing digital rights management (DRM) system. According to the company, FlyingMedia provides e-publishers with a sophisticated and highly...
Intranets 2000: Portal Palace
This conference and expo focused on an important topic--content Every good conference has its own theme and style. The Intranets 2000 Conference & Expo (http://www.intranets2000.com), held February 28 through March 1 in San Jose, California,...
ISI ResearchSoft Unveils EndNote Version 4.0
ISI ResearchSoft has announced the release of EndNote 4.0, a major new upgrade to its EndNote bibliographic software. EndNote 4.0 presents a new user interface and offers an even greater level of customization to the user. Along with improved bibliographic...
ISI ResearchSoft Unveils EndNote Version 4.0
ISI ResearchSoft has announced the release of EndNote 4.0, a major new upgrade to its EndNote bibliographic software. EndNote 4.0 presents a new user interface and of fern an even greater level of customization to the user. Along with improved bibliographic...
ISI Unevils New Market Reach and Intelligence Tool
The Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) has announced a new lineup of direct marketing and market intelligence tools for scientific product manufacturers, biotechnology firms, publishers, and researchers. These tools comprise the new product,...
ISI Unveils New Market Reach and Intelligence Tool
The Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) has announced a new lineup of direct marketing and market intelligence tools for scientific product manufacturers, biotechnology firms, publishers, and researchers. These tools comprise the new product,...
Kaiser Permanente Moves to Ovid Online
Ovid Technologies, Inc. has announced that Kaiser Permanente, America's largest nonprofit health maintenance organization, has contracted with Ovid to provide its nationwide network of group-practice physicians and medical researchers with access to...
Libraries Select SIRSI's Unicorn System
SIRSI Corp. has announced that the Warren-Newport Public Library, the library at the University of London's School of Pharmacy, CABI Bioscience, and the U.S. Air Force Academy Library System have all selected its Unicorn library management system to...
Manning & Napier Launches Talavara, an E-Customer Assistance Company
Talavara, a recently formed spinoff of Manning & Napier Information Services (MNIS), is bringing to market a product focusing on e-mail management and search-and-retrieval technology for e-commerce Web sites. "Talavara is focused on the business-to-business...
NetLibrary, Innovative Interfaces to Add E-Books to Library Collections
NetLibrary, Inc. (http://www.netlibrary.com) has attracted a lot of attention lately through its major business effort to produce and distribute books. In its short corporate history that began in 1998, this Boulder, Colorado, company has attracted...
New Work.com Business Portal Company Formed by Excite@Home and Dow Jones
Dow Jones and Co. (http://www.dj.com) and Excite@Home (http://www.excite.com) have formed Work.com (http://www.work.com), a new business portal company targeted at the business-to-business (B2B) market of small and medium-sized firms (those with 500...
OCLC Describes Recent Users Council Meeting
OCLC has announced that Users Council delegates nominated members for two positions on the OCLC Board of Trustees, heard speakers on libraries and globalization, and participated in the OCLC Strategic Directions and Governance Study at the February...
People on the Move within the Industry
Cambridge Information Group, Inc. (CIG) has announced the promotion of James P. McGinty to president of Cambridge Information Group and the promotion of Matt Dunie to president of Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (CSA). McGinty was named president...
Primark Launches Global Access 4.0
Primark Corp. has announced that it has unveiled Global Access 4.0, an integrated Internet-based business research product utilized by the professional investment and corporate research community. This new release offers alternative ways for business...
Reed Elsevier Launches Major Internet Strategy to Drive Growth
It seems to me that I've heard the phrase "major Internet strategy" a lot lately. It appears to be a trend, folks. The mega-publishers awaken and realize they need to make a definitive statement about their plans to migrate their businesses to the...
Regents College Teams with Johns Hopkins to Create Virtual Library
Regents College has announced that it has joined forces with the Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University to create the Regents College Virtual Library (RCVL), an online library and information service customized to meet the needs of Regents...
Requiem for a Database
Why do inferior databases survive while good ones often perish? Do you know the feeling you get when you realize that you never took the time to tell the gardener, the supermarket clerk, or the nurse what a good job they were doing after learning...
Reuters Announces Major Internet Strategy
In the last few years, we've seen many examples of how traditional content and media companies have been buffeted by the challenges of the Internet, and how they've had to shake up their businesses and embrace new models to stay competitive in the...
RoweCom and NewsEdge End Acquisition Agreement
RoweCom, Inc. and NewsEdge Corp. have announced that they have agreed by mutual consent to terminate their acquisition agreement. Under the agreement, which was announced on December 7, 1999, RoweCom would have acquired NewsEdge Corp. in a stock transaction....
SierraHome Releases Genealogy CD-ROM Suite
SierraHome, a division of Sierra On-Line, Inc. and a developer and publisher of home-productivity software, has announced the release of the Generations Family Tree Millennium Collection. According to the company, this is the first compendium of Ellis...
Sun, Stanford, and NSF Collaborate on Permanent Electronic Publishing Solution
Sun Microsystems, Inc. and Stanford University have announced that they are joining forces to develop a permanent electronic publishing solution designed to enhance the value and ensure the sustainability of electronic publications. This collaboration,...
Swets Blackwell Joint Venture Now Complete
Blackwell, Ltd. and Swets & Zeitlinger have announced that the merger between Blackwell's Information Services and Swets Subscription Service is now complete. This follows the signing of the merger agreement in November 1999 to create a joint venture...
Theater and Art in New York City
While at NOM. check out these top shows and museums Every year I urge visitors to the National Online Meeting (NOM) in New York to take in a Broadway show. For those attending NOM this May 16-18, there will be 35 shows to choose from. But if nothing...
The PubMed Central Repository Launches
BioMed Central and E-BioSci initiatives will support the NIH venture PubMed Central (http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov), the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) new repository for peer-reviewed primary research reports, began accepting journal...
Trapped in a Web of Bad Design
Recognizing Web page flaws can be frustrating--and often amusing Plus ca change, plus c' est la meme chose. (The more things change, the more they stay the same.)--Cliches, French Language, About.com (http:// french.about.com/education/french/library/express/blex_cliche.htm)...
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