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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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LC Database Implements OpenURL Linking

The Handbook of Latin American Studies (HLAS) Online, edited by the Library of Congress Hispanic Division, is the first LC database to implement the "OpenURL" protocol. OpenURL provides a standardized mechanism for linking from citations and bibliographic records to Web services, such as full text, library catalogs, and Web search engines. Institutions with a local link resolver—Web-linking software—may now link directly from HLAS Online records to the Web resources of their choice.

This project is the result of the collaborative efforts of the Library of Congress and the Princeton University Library. Updated weekly, HLAS Online, available at http://memory.loc.gov/hlas, contains more than 300,000 bibliographic citations, annotations, and bibliographic essays on works published from 1935 to the present. OpenURL links are available for the Machine-Readable Cataloging (MARC 21) bibliographic records from Vol. 50 (1990) forward. At this time, non-MARC records from Vols. 1-49 do not contain sufficiently structured metadata to generate useful OpenURLs.

Source: Library of Congress



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