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Articles from Vol. 11, No. 10, November

29 Volume Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia from Interactive
InterActive Publishing Corp. has introduced Infopedia, a comprehensive single electronic reference source featuring all 29 volumes of the 1994 Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia along with seven other reference sources. Infopedia, will be delivered this...
American Business Disc: A CD-ROM Directory Tool for Libraries
American Business Information, Inc. (ABI) of Omaha, Nebraska, is widely known for its directory information, list compilation, and distribution services. You can get a list of companies that fit just about any criteria from ABI. The company has also...
A Neutral Public Citation System
The Wisconsin State Bar has proposed a new citation system for Wisconsin case law. This new system was the subject of Mr. Cary Griffith's "Legal Line" column in the October issue of Information Today. Unfortunately, in our opinion, Mr. Griffith confused...
ASME Establishes Electronic Network
A new electronic network, ASMENET, for its 125,000 members will be unveiled by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) this month. With local-call e-mail access for the majority of subscribers, the new network will offer ASME members...
Baltimore County Public Library Provides Remote Dial-Up Access to Online Info
Baltimore County Public Library's (BCPL) new Window On the World service gives computer users access from their home, school, or office to BCPL's catalog of materials as well as access to the Internet via Sailor, Maryland's online information network....
BasicBIOSIS Debuts on OCLC's FirstSearch
Relationships between database producers and online service providers haven't always been of a collaborative nature. As in any business, the producer of a product and the chosen distributor often have different views of how best to present and market...
Cambridge Scientific Offers Free Internet Access; Journal Subscribers Can Choose Print, Electronic, or Both
Ted Caris, publisher of Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, was tired of hearing that database producers were unresponsive to the cries of users who wanted access to databases via the Internet. He decided that the Internet should be viewed as an opportunity...
CD-ROM Tower Provides Instant Access to 8 Million Pages of Online Information
Protege Corporation of Anaheim, California, has introduced a new 21-bay CD-ROM tower that allows network users to execute highly specific searches of up to 8 million pages of information at the touch of a key. Ideal for networks that require large...
Control Center Manages E-Mail Servers across Heterogeneous Networks
Infonet Software Solutions has introduced message management software that lets an administrator monitor, configure, and troubleshoot electronic mail systems across a wide area network from a central site. The Management Control Center can manage message...
DataTimes to Launch New Online System
Data Times has just announced what they are touting as the January 1, 1995 rebirth of their online service. The business information company is set to launch an online service marketed to and priced for a broad business audience. According to Data...
Dialog Announces Current Awareness Internet Product
Dialog Information Services, Inc. has announced DIALOG DIRECT, a fully automated information delivery service that allows users to receive key pre-publication pharmaceutical, health care, and agrochemical news at their desktops via their corporate...
Discount for RNdex Top 100, SilverPlatter's New Nursing Database
The Information Resources Group (IRG), an operating division of SilverPlatter Information, is offering a special introductory discount of nearly 30 percent off the regular subscription price of its new bibliographic nursing database, RNdex Top 100....
Dissecting Document Delivery
Salutations! Regular readers of Information Today should recognize this as a new column, and indeed it is! Document Delivery Update will appear quarterly and will focus on the exploding area of document delivery. It is my intent to highlight new document...
Elsevier Science Launches Two Medical Specialty CD-ROMs
Elsevier Science, Secondary Publishing Division, has launched two new medical specialty CD-ROM products: EMBASE CD: Pediatrics and EMBASE CD: Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine. Produced in cooperation with SilverPlatter Information, Inc., each...
Free Evaluation Copies of the New MITINET/marc 4.0
Information Transform is making available MITNET/marc Version 4.0 for the IBM PC and compatibles. MITINET/ marc is an easy-to-use multi-functional MARC-based library program designed for all type and sizes of libraries. With MITINET/MARC, users can...
Gainesville Sun, University of Florida to Launch Electronic Newspaper
The Gainesville Sun newspaper and the Interactive News Lab at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications have entered into an agreement to publish an electronic newspaper. The electronic version of The Gainesville Sun, a...
Getty Art History Information Program Launches Initiative on Digital-Imaging Standards
The Getty Art History Information Program (AHIP) has announced the formation of an international Imaging Initiative to address issues related to the use of digital images in the arts and humanities. The Initiative will foster the development of standards...
Gopher Jewels and Pearls from a Surfing Safari
As we said at the end of last month's column, we're going to explore the Internet's special "Gopher Jewels" sit this month. Below is the gopher link an address: Type=l Name=gopher Jewels Host=cwis.usc.edu Port=70 Path= I Other_gophers_and_Information_Resources/...
Hole in the Roof
Working information professionals have some needs that aren't being met by reference source publishers, database producers, library trade press, et al. The lack of key reference tools in the area of electronic publishing and online sources makes it...
ISI Releases Proceedings Literature on CD
The Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) has released two new CD-ROM products: The Index to Scientific & Technical Proceedings (ISTP) and the Index to Social Sciences & Humanities Proceedings (ISSHP). These multidisciplinary products...
Lawyers Cooperative Publishing's United States Code Service on CD
Lawyers Cooperative Publishing has joined many other legal publishers by producing several of their print titles on CD-ROM. One of the latest is the United States Code Service (USCS). Law librarians know the USCS as one of the two best services...
Leading Immunology Journal to Go Online in 1995
Elsevier Science and OCLC will launch Immunology Today Online in January 1995 on OCLC's Electronic Journals Online (EJO) system. Immunology Today Online will join several other journals already available through EJO, including the Online Journal of...
Legi-Slate Launches Internet 'Gopher Service.' (Brief Article)
Legi-Slate, Inc., a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company has released its new Gopher Service, aimed at expanding Legi-Slate's accessibility to new and broader markets. This combined federal legislative and regulatory service now available over...
LEXIS/NEXIS Services Available through AT&T PersonaLink
Mead Data Central has teamed with AT&T to introduce two new LEXIS/ NEXIS products to be offered through AT&T PersonaLink Services and available on Sony's Magic Link personal communicator, a new mobile communicator device based on the Magic...
Library of Congress Using RLIN Records Via RLG's Zephyr Service
A major in-house library processing system, a major database of research-library cataloging, and a history of cooperation on system-to-system links have produced a new model for resource-sharing: cooperative cataloging projects where the participants...
McGraw-Hill CD-ROM Brings Science Alive
An encyclopedia packed with information about the worlds of science and technology and a complete technical dictionary have been combined in a powerful new multimedia reference tool - The McGraw-Hill Multimedia Encyclopedia of Science & Technology....
Mead Data Central: New Owner, New Outlook
On October 4, the announcement finally came that Anglo-Dutch publishing giant Reed Elsevier had reached an agreement with Mead Corporation to acquire the assets of Mead Data Central (MDC). The agreed upon purchase price of $1.5 billion will be financed...
Michigan Research Libraries Triangle Reports Progress in Second Year
The Michigan Research Libraries Triangle (MRLT), a consortium of Wayne State University, Michigan State University, and the University of Michigan libraries, continues to move forward in its efforts to increase institutional cooperation. The MRLT was...
Microsoft Releases Keyboard Designed for Comfort
Microsoft Corporation has introduced the Microsoft Natural Keyboard peripheral, a Windows operating system-specific computer keyboard designed for user comfort. The result of more than 18 months of ergonomic testing and market and usability research,...
Multimedia Shakespeare Brings "As You like It" to Life
Hollywood Select Video, has published "Multimedia Shakespeare: As You Like It," the first in a series of interactive literary guides planned by the company's interactive publishing subsidiary, Tail Wind Multimedia. The CD-ROM, targeted toward high...
Multispin 4X Quad-Speed CD-ROM Readers from NEC
In a move that is expected to establish quad-speed CD-ROM readers as the new industry-wide standard for CD-ROM computing, NEC Technologies, Inc., the company that pioneered double-speed CD-ROM technology, launched its new line of aggressively priced...
Museums: Spreading Their Images in a Telecom World
Somewhere between video arcade and libraries stand the museums the world. Their job, in conjunction with the primary mission of archiving art objects and data, is to entice, entertain, and educate visitors. Yet, to remain operational, museums face...
Notre Dame Chooses Tapestry for Integrated Library System
The University of Notre Dame has signed a Letter of Intent to acquire all five modules of the Tapestry Integrated Library System. In addition, Bethel College, Holy Cross College, and Saint Mary's College will utilize Tapestry on the Notre Dame host....
OCLC Hosts Videoconference on the Emerging Electronic, Digital Library
Last month, OCLC and its regional network affiliates hosted an international videoconference on the emerging electronic, digital library. The videoconference was the result of discussions among network directors, OCLC management, and OCLC member libraries...
Online in 1999: Ten Predictions
The online industry in 1999 is going to look radically different from the one we see today, given the massive forces that are currently building. Five years from now the relatively sleepy information industry will have been propelled into the big leagues,...
PsycLIT, ClinPSYC Databases to Be More Timely
The quarterly CD-ROM release for PsycINFO's CD-ROM databases, PsycLIT and ClinPSYC, will soon provide access to literature references that are two months more recent than they have been up to now. Under a restructured data update cycle, when subscribers...
Quest Extends Investext Economic Scope
Thomson Financial Services has done it again. Thomson, producer of Investext and the I/PLUS Direct online service, has added yet another distinctive file to its roster of business analysis databases. The latest addition is the Quest Economics Database,...
RLG Ships Ariel for Windows
The Research Libraries Group, Inc. recently shipped the first copies of the Windows version of its Ariel document transmission system, for use anywhere in the world on the Internet. One of the first large-scale purchasers is the State of Texas....
SiteSearch Links Article to Library Holdings
The latest release of OCLC SiteSearch software allows a library user to go directly from an article citation on the workstation screen to the journal on the library shelf. The Copy feature, added with Release 1.2, provides a link from the article citation...
Software Patent Institute Selects Dataware Technologies' BRS/SEARCH for Retrieval System
The Software Patent Institute (SPI) has selected Dataware Technologies' BRS/SEARCH, a full-text, online information retrieval system, for a new online reference service - the SPI Database of Software Technologies. SPI is an independent, non-profit...
Sun, Mosaic to Collaborate on Internet Technologies
Sun Microsystems, Inc. and Mosaic Communications Corporation - two companies offering products and services on the Internet - will collaborate on new security technology aimed at accelerating electronic commerce on the global network. The companies...
Two High-Speed, Power-Saving PCMCIA Modems from Practical Peripherals
Practical Peripherals has introduced two new high-performance 14400 bps PCMCIA data/fax modems. The ProClass PCMCIA 144 with EZ-Port has a suggested list price of $249 and features a pop-out RJ- 11 connector that requires no special cable to attach...
Two Techpro Projects under Way for Loyola University
Loyola University Chicago is using OCLC's Techpro service for two projects, one a traditional backlog-reduction effort, the other an innovative experiment to streamline the processing of 14,000 new titles per year. The first project will catalog...
UnCover S.O.S., a Single Order Source Service
UnCover S.O.S., the new Single Order Source service from the Uncover Company was unveiled last month. This new service allows anyone to order articles from UnCover's more than 16,000 periodical titles by their method of choice - fax, phone, electronic...
U.S. Department of Education Provides Grant
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $62,000 College Library Technology and Cooperation grant to support the OCLC project, "Building a Catalog of Internet Resources." The project initiates a nationwide, coordinated effort among libraries...
User Ratings of UNIX-Based IOLS Software
Librarians were asked to rate Unix-based integrated online library automation system (IOLS) software. The ratings are shown on the following charts. The cateories surveyed were: * Documentation - the written and online documentation for the software...
What a Difference the Software Can Make? What a Difference the Software Can Make!
Last month I reported on the rapid growth trend for CD-ROM databases published by more than one publisher. For example, PsycLIT, exclusively published by SilverPlatter until this year, is now available also from EBSCO and CD Plus Technologies. Wilson's...
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