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November 14, 2005 — 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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Springer Acquires the Current Medicine Group

Springer Science+Business Media (Springer; has acquired Current Medicine Group (CMG), a leading publisher for the healthcare community. CMG ( is based in the U.K. and the U.S. and consists of four different operating units:
  • Current Medicine Group, Ltd. (London), which publishes books, pamphlets, and manuals for primary care professionals, hospitals, and physicians
  • Science Press Internet Services, Ltd. (London), which creates and manages Web sites and produces educational content and news via its portal MedWire
  • Current Medicine, LLC (Philadelphia), which publishes atlases and produces an image library (images.MD)
  • Current Science, Inc. (Philadelphia), which publishes medical review journals

In making the announcement, Springer said the acquisition links complementary businesses and strengthens Springer's existing position in the U.K.; it will also provide Springer with a strong position in the U.S. pharmaceutical publishing market, which is the largest and fastest-growing publishing market in the world. 

The approximately 100 employees of the units will join Springer. Abe Krieger and Jane Hunter, managing directors of, respectively, CMG's U.S. and U.K. businesses, will also join Springer and continue to run the CMG units.

Source: Springer Science+Business Media

RLG Partners with LookSmart

RLG (, the not-for-profit library organization, announced a partnership with LookSmart ( to bring RLG's, a database containing more than 209,000 rare and unusual images, to LookSmart's users through FindArticles, LookSmart's search site for free and premium Web content. RLG's contains works from major international collections—national libraries and renowned universities—as well as images from many other museums, libraries, and archives. contains works from 300 BCE to the present and includes a variety of images from leading cultural heritage collections. The works represented range from papyrus fragments from ancient Greece to Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales to vintage advertising labels to 20th-century architectural photos. These images can be licensed for use by individuals and businesses.

Based in Mountain View, Calif., RLG is an international not-for-profit organization of more than 150 research libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural memory institutions.

Source: RLG

Dialog Offers Unlimited Access Plan to Academics

Dialog (, a Thomson business, announced that it is now offering its Dialog Choice pricing plan, featuring unlimited access to key research databases at fixed annual rates, to academic institutions worldwide. Academic institutions opting for Dialog Choice fixed annual subscriptions may provide unlimited access to the entire institution or to specific users within selected departments or units. Dialog introduced the Dialog Choice plan for enterprise customers in February 2004. It has been available to corporations, government agencies, law firms, and other enterprises.

Ninety-two databases of research, business intelligence, and news content are now available for annual subscriptions through the Dialog Choice plan. The company expects to add additional databases to the roster over time. The available content ranges from intellectual property research (such as patent records from major markets around the world) to abstracts of scholarly research published in thousands of peer-reviewed journals.Source: Dialog

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