|Weekly News Digest
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CIVIC Re-Brands and Enhances Library GIS Services
CIVIC Technologies, Inc. (CIVIC; http://www.civictechnologies.com) announced the re-branding of its family of GIS services for the public library market. CIVIC now offers its "Decision" family of services in two distinct product lines—LibraryDecision and BusinessDecision.
CIVIC's current product line now includes:
LibraryDecision: A family of library planning and management GIS mapping services.
- Original LibraryDecision becomes LibraryDecision Planner
- Original MapsOnDemand becomes LibraryDecision MapWorks
- New LibraryDecision Patron, which was announced at the 2005 ALA Annual Conference
BusinessDecision: New BusinessDecision (announced mid-April) includes two services that enable small and medium-sized businesses to access detailed consumer data at their local library.
- BusinessDecision Basic
- BusinessDecision Pro
The new LibraryDecision Patron is a quarterly reporting system that provides library administrators with maps, tables, charts, and narrative that systematically tracks and measures cardholder use systemwide and at the branch level. By tracking usage over time, librarians can justify the resource expenditures that are necessary to build collections that meet their communities' needs. CIVIC also announced that it has added several new features to its flagship GIS service, LibraryDecision Planner, while significantly dropping prices for the service by 40 to 60 percent.
Source: CIVIC Technologies, Inc.
LexisNexis Headnotes Integrated with Shepard’s
LexisNexis (http://www.lexisnexis.com) announced that LexisNexis Headnotes (the fundamental legal points of a court case) are now completely integrated with Shepard's Reports (to see where a case has been cited) on lexis.com. The company said it is the culmination of a series of enhancements made to the Shepard's Citations Service.
Benefits available with the integration of LexisNexis Headnotes and Shepard's include:
- Shepard's reports can be restricted by LexisNexis Headnote numbers.
- Case Headnotes can be displayed and printed in Shepard's.
- The FOCUS feature and Custom Restrictions, both of which have been merged into a single form, have been added to the form to allow researchers to restrict by LexisNexis Headnote.
- Users can select a Headnote in Shepard's and link to the position in the citing case that matches the language of the chosen Headnote.
- The Shepardize-Restrict by Headnote link provides researchers with a shortcut to a Shepard's answer set restricted by that Headnote, allowing them to immediately assemble a list of cases that cite their case and discuss the issue captured in the chosen Headnote.
- The new Restricted Shepard's Summary feature provides researchers with a quick overview of the important information in a restricted or FOCUS feature answer set. It also provides a link to open the Unrestricted Summary to see an overview of the entire answer set.
Later this year, additional enhancements will be available to legal researchers using the Shepard's Citations Service. Included in these enhancements is the Shepard's Alert, a proactive notification service similar to the ECLIPSE electronic clipping service available on lexis.com.
Project Muse Announces New Titles and New Collection
Project MUSE, an online provider of scholarly journals in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, announced that, to date, more than 20 new journals are confirmed for inclusion in its online journal collections for 2006. Among the new titles are several from the Edinburgh University Press, which is new to Project MUSE. Project MUSE also said it is adding a sixth journal collection—the Premium Collection, with new publishers and new journals. Its current Full Collection will be re-named the Standard Collection beginning in 2006.
In line with Project MUSE's commitment to a 6 percent cap on annual price increases through 2007 for existing collections, the 2006 list price for the Standard Collection will be $20,100. It is expected that the Premium Collection will offer more than 25 additional journals from both current and new publishers in MUSE's core areas of the arts, humanities, and social sciences with a 2006 list price of less than $25,000. Further details on 2006 subscription options will be posted on MUSE's site (http://muse.jhu.edu) during July, with subscribers notified by e-mail as information becomes available. Final title lists for the five existing collections are expected by Aug. 1, 2005, and the final list for the Premium Collection is expected by September 2005.
Project MUSE also announced that it has begun depositing metadata into the CrossRef database and has made DOIs available for each article. CrossRef is a collaborative reference linking service with a mission to be the "citation linking backbone for all scholarly information in electronic form."
Project MUSE, which is managed by the Johns Hopkins University Press in collaboration with the Milton S. Eisenhower Library at Johns Hopkins University and the participating publishers, currently provides online access to more than 270 titles from some 50 publishers to nearly 1,200 subscribing libraries worldwide.
Source: Project MUSE
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