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Weekly News Digest

February 23, 2004 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Bowker Launches

R.R. Bowker introduced, a new "patron-focused version" of the traditional Current customers of will receive as a complimentary upgrade to their present subscription. The new offering includes a customized search feature that enables faster database queries, the ability to browse by fiction and non-fiction genres, as well as the ability for library users to find works featuring their favorite series or recurring fictional characters. The company says it is more than a new product introduction from Bowker; it is actually part of an aggressive strategy to re-introduce library patrons to the value of professional librarians and the power of their local libraries.

The site uses language that is easy for library users to understand and that allows them to quickly navigate the database. For patrons who are unsure of what they're seeking, there are two options—one featuring a "type and go" quick search and the other is a multiple browsing tool feature that allows them to search by subject, author, or book industry award. For patrons who know exactly what they're looking for, an advanced search function allows them to search by more than 30 different criteria, including reviews, awards, media mentions (such as Oprah's Book Club), fictional genre, and author. Patrons can personalize the site for their own needs, including the creation of a personal reading or research list, the option of saving specific search criteria for future reuse, and signing up for free e-mail alerts.

Source: R.R. Bowker

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