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March 6, 2008 — 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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EBSCONET Adds Details About Publishers’ License Agreements

EBSCO Information Services (www.ebsco.com) has recently broadened the offerings of EBSCONET, its e-service platform for electronic and print resource management, to provide detailed information about publisher license agreements. Eliminating the need to navigate numerous publisher sites to locate license data as well as the need to develop and manage desktop spreadsheets and databases, the new license details feature provides instant answers to commonly asked questions as well as dozens more not so common. For example, librarians can now obtain information regarding publishers’ policies on perpetual access and learn whether they can access a journal via their libraries’ proxy servers.

While following the E-Resource Management Initiative (ERMI) guidelines in collecting license data, EBSCO has identified, with significant input from customers, a manageable list of 50 key data elements to display on EBSCONET. As a result, librarians can view a standardized version of the terms and conditions of use in various publisher license agreements and link directly to the agreements themselves. With its value-added approach to e-resource management, the license details feature is designed to remove much of the burden of researching license information, saving librarians time and frustration while helping them make informed purchasing decisions.

Source: EBSCO Information Services



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