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November 26, 2007 — 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 ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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OCLC Enhances WorldCat.org

OCLC announced that the latest enhancement to WorldCat.org is a link to WorldCat Identities (www.worldcat.org/identities), an OCLC research prototype that creates a summary page for some 25 million personal and corporate authors mentioned in WorldCat. In addition, research journal articles discoverable on WorldCat.org now include links to the British Library Direct service, where electronic copies of the articles may be purchased. British Library Direct offers pay-as-you-go access to 20,000 international research journals in many fields.

WorldCat Identities presents an "identity" or profile of a particular person or company based on information and associations stored in the WorldCat bibliographic database. Profiled people can be authors, musicians, actors, directors, and others in key creative roles; profiled companies can be publishers, film studios, and other firms responsible for releasing a work. Links to WorldCat Identities are now available beneath the Details tab of WorldCat.org records in the About the Authors section.

A WorldCat Identities profile includes an interactive publication timeline, audience level bar graph, links to the profiles of related people or companies, and a tag cloud of associated subject headings. An Identities profile takes the holdings and metadata contributed by its cataloging member libraries and uniquely reuses them to create a reference page with broad appeal to Web users.

Source: OCLC



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