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December 27, 2004 — 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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ProQuest Enhances Service Based on Customer Feedback

ProQuest Information and Learning announced a new release of its online ProQuest service that offers new features and enhanced functionality. The improvements, which further support research needs and emerging library trends, include author profiles, enhanced searching and alerts, XML gateway, addition of dissertations and theses, improved authentication, and more.

Newly added features and functionality include the following:

  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (formerly ProQuest Digital Dissertations) has been renamed and moved to the ProQuest platform. It now supports OpenURL and federated searching. A migration information center page available from the ProQuest home page ( helps customers with the transition.
  • Author Profiles from Scholar Universe now link inside ABI/INFORM.
  • Improved bar-code authentication makes it easier to set up and authenticate users to access ProQuest databases.
  • Durable links are shorter in article citations and My Research Summary, due to improved technology.

Since mid-November, the service has also offered these enhancements: new e-mail alerting, an XML gateway server as an alternative to the current Z39.50 interface, suggested topics for more cross-searchable database combinations from Smart Search, and an improved local administrator interface.

Source: ProQuest Information and Learning

Innovative Interfaces Offers Enhanced Data from Content Café

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. ( announced that it will begin to offer Baker & Taylor's Content Café as an add-on service to its flagship library management product, Millennium. Content Café provides access to a database of enriched bibliographic information, including 1.5 million jacket art images, tables of contents, and full-text reviews from key sources. The companies say that Content Café is the most comprehensive database of its kind.

Content Café provides book reviews from 10 major sources, including Publishers Weekly and Library Journal. In addition to reviews, the service provides summaries, cover images, item details, and purchase availability. Libraries also have access to jacket images for non-book media such as CDs, DVDs, and e-books. By using Innovative's WebBridge, patrons will be able to view specific information on items such as hardcover, paperback, audio book, or large print through the subscribing library's OPAC. Millennium also supports access to this content for the benefit of cataloging and acquisitions staff.

Content Café scans books as soon as they are received (approximately 1 month before the "street date"), which means that data are available as soon as library staff members are ready for them. The information is not only timely, but also accurate, since it comes directly from the database that feeds Baker & Taylor's book business. Library staff members will be able to access Content Café's title usage statistics by providing an ASCII file of ISBN numbers to Baker & Taylor (

Source: Innovative Interfaces, Inc.

STN Gains Korean Patent File

FIZ Karlsruhe, European partner of the science and technology online service STN International, has added KOREAPAT (Korean Patent Abstracts), a new bibliographic file covering Korean patents. It is now available via STN's client software, STN Express with Discover!, or over the Internet using a standard Web browser ( At a later time, KOREAPAT may also be available in STN Easy. Full-text publications can be ordered online, using the STN Full-Text Solution providing connections to various document delivery services, or through FIZ Karlsruhe's document delivery broker service FIZ AutoDoc (

KOREAPAT, produced by the Korean Institute of Patent Information (KIPI) on behalf of the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), is a patent database that provides access to Korean patent information from all areas of science and technology in English. The database covers Korean-examined patents (B-documents) from 1979 to 2001 and Korean unexamined patents (A-documents) from 2000 to the present. KOREAPAT records contain inventor and assignee data, publication information, and International Patent Classification codes. Titles and abstracts in English, newly phrased by KIPO, add to the informative value. More than 440,000 images of representative drawings are also included. The database currently contains more than 485,000 records and is updated four to five times per year (approximately 80,000 new records per year). Records appear about 4 months after publication in Korea.

Source: FIZ Karlsruhe

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