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February 19, 2009 — 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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The European Library Updates Site

The European Library announced a new site release of www.theeuropeanlibrary.org, a free resource to discover learning and research materials, covering all subjects, from 38 national libraries across Europe. Originally developed as a central point of access to Europe’s library material, the website now combines multilingual search functionalities with several online exhibitions (www.theeuropeanlibrary.org/exhibition) and Web 2.0 tools.

The new portal incorporates many of the recommended enhancements from user-feedback studies. At the top of the list was more multilingual facilities. As a result, users can now navigate and scan more than 330 collections in their native language. Support materials including FAQs and a first-time user guide are available in 22 European languages.

Users can also enjoy the portal’s rich media offerings. The portal specializes in online exhibitions that showcase the collections of Europe’s national libraries. A new, exciting exhibition on the Napoleonic Wars has been launched to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the campaigns. More than 200 rarities were collected from the national libraries of Spain, Portugal, France, the U.K., Switzerland, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Serbia. The exhibition shows unique material such as a French constitutional chart (1814), sketches of Francisco de Goya (1810), and military maps showing how Napoleon planned his attacks.

The European Library site is a service of the Conference of European National Librarians (CENL) offering free, item-level access to the combined resources, books, magazines, journals, manuscripts, and sound and video archives (both digital and nondigital) from 38 of the 47 national libraries of Europe. Europeana.eu (www.europeana.eu)—formerly called European Digital Library or EDL—builds on the project management and technical expertise developed by The European Library (http://newsbreaks.infotoday.com/nbReader.asp?ArticleId=51690).

Source: The European Library



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