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July 3, 2006 — 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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Thomson Gale Extends Service

Thomson Gale (, part of The Thomson Corp., announced a new partner to the platform—OCLC's Open WorldCat program. The partnership between, Thomson Gale's library advocacy initiative to increase the visibility of library content on the Internet and in search engines, and OCLC WorldCat, the bibliographic database of the merged catalogs of OCLC member libraries, is designed to enhance users' search experiences in both platforms.

When a search is performed in, a contextual link will direct the searcher to related material—books, serials, digital images, or other items—available in their library's collection through the OCLC Open WorldCat program, which makes records of library-owned materials in OCLC's WorldCat database available to Web users. Conversely, searches performed through the OCLC Open WorldCat program will link users back to full-text journal articles and e-books found in

In addition, Thomson Gale said it will add a new virtual library card feature to its platform. This enhancement will allow users to register and authenticate on the site using their e-mail address and a self-designated password, similar to an online shopping or banking experience. The virtual library card will simplify the current authentication process for both users and librarians. This information also will provide libraries with better information about online usage of their resources.

Source: Thomson Gale

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