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April 17, 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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EBSCO Offers Free Access to Teacher Reference Center

EBSCO Publishing ( is offering free access to the new Teacher Reference Center, a bibliographic index of more than 260 titles from teacher and administration trade journals, periodicals, and books. The database, delivered via the EBSCOhost platform, is available as a free resource to anyone interested in teaching and education.

Teacher Reference Center provides coverage on topics such as assessment, best practices, continuing education, current pedagogical research, curriculum development, elementary education, higher education, instructional media, language arts, literacy standards, school administration, science and mathematics, teacher education, and more.

Teacher Reference Center is currently available at, along with EBSCO Publishing's free Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) database. In the coming weeks it will move to Existing EBSCOhost customers may request to have Teacher Reference Center added to their existing EBSCOhost profiles at no additional charge.

Source: EBSCO Publishing

Factiva and ProQuest Expand Channel Partnership

Factiva (, a Dow Jones and Reuters Company, and ProQuest Information and Learning ( announced that they have expanded their existing partnership. ProQuest will now serve as channel partner for in the corporate and government sectors of Latin America. ProQuest Information and Learning, a division of ProQuest Co., is an electronic publisher of content for libraries and educational institutions worldwide and is the exclusive distributor of Factiva content for the academic market. provides a single point of access to an archive of news and business information not available on the free Web. Designed to help users find relevant information faster, the service also offers multiple ways to search, including its new interface, Factiva Search 2.0, currently in beta. Factiva's collection of more than 10,000 premium sources includes the exclusive combination of The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Dow Jones and Reuters news wires, and the Associated Press. Additionally, Factiva provides nearly 200 sources in Spanish and 50 in Portuguese.

Since 1997, ProQuest Information and Learning has partnered with Factiva to reach academic and public libraries. Last year, the collaboration expanded to include global distribution of for the academic market, including for-profit and distance-learning institutions, and public libraries. Now, the relationship expands further to include distribution to corporate and government sectors in Latin America.

Source: Factiva and ProQuest Information and Learning

New H.W. Wilson Fiction Catalog Available

H.W. Wilson ( announced the new 15th edition of its Fiction Catalog—now available on WilsonWeb and in print. For librarians, Fiction Catalog , 15th edition is designed to help with collection development and maintenance; selection and purchasing; readers' advisory; and general reference, with a selective list of more than 8,000 works of classic and contemporary fiction. Fiction Catalog draws on the evaluations and expertise of a panel of librarians. The best authors and their most widely read works in literary and popular fiction are listed. (All are works written in or translated into English.) Entries deliver complete bibliographic data, price, descriptive annotations, and evaluative quotations from a review when available. Fiction Catalog also features analytic entries for novellas and novels contained in composite works.

In print, the new 15th edition lists more than 8,000 titles in the main hardcover volume (2006), and more than 2,000 new titles will be listed in annual paperback supplements that subscribers will receive at no additional charge in 2007, 2008, and 2009. The WilsonWeb edition brings subscribers substantially more content, versatile searching by a wide range of parameters, and more frequent updates. Users have access to all the content of the 15th edition plus an archive from the previous edition. Recommended titles are added daily or weekly—without the wait for annual supplements. Entries link to full-text book reviews, review excerpts, and citations, plus holdings information from the library's OPAC. A WilsonWeb subscription also facilitates simultaneous searching with other WilsonWeb databases.

Libraries that subscribe to the electronic edition save 50 percent on subscriptions to the print edition. Significant savings are available with the "5-Pack" Standard Catalogs subscription on WilsonWeb: Public Library Catalog, Children's Catalog, Senior High School Library Catalog, Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, and Fiction Catalog. Content from H.W. Wilson's Standard Catalogs powers the new Bowker's Book Analysis System for school and public libraries, providing automated holdings gap analyses.

Source: H.W. Wilson

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