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December 27, 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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Innovative Interfaces Offers Enhanced Data from Content Café

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. (http://www.iii.com) announced that it will begin to offer Baker & Taylor's Content Café as an add-on service to its flagship library management product, Millennium. Content Café provides access to a database of enriched bibliographic information, including 1.5 million jacket art images, tables of contents, and full-text reviews from key sources. The companies say that Content Café is the most comprehensive database of its kind.

Content Café provides book reviews from 10 major sources, including Publishers Weekly and Library Journal. In addition to reviews, the service provides summaries, cover images, item details, and purchase availability. Libraries also have access to jacket images for non-book media such as CDs, DVDs, and e-books. By using Innovative's WebBridge, patrons will be able to view specific information on items such as hardcover, paperback, audio book, or large print through the subscribing library's OPAC. Millennium also supports access to this content for the benefit of cataloging and acquisitions staff.

Content Café scans books as soon as they are received (approximately 1 month before the "street date"), which means that data are available as soon as library staff members are ready for them. The information is not only timely, but also accurate, since it comes directly from the database that feeds Baker & Taylor's book business. Library staff members will be able to access Content Café's title usage statistics by providing an ASCII file of ISBN numbers to Baker & Taylor (http://www.btol.com).

Source: Innovative Interfaces, Inc.



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