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August 2, 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 ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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FindLaw to Provide Free Access to Experience Records

FindLaw announced the launch of the Thomson Legal Record, a resource designed to help in-house corporate attorneys make more informed decisions when hiring outside counsel. The Thomson Legal Record enables users to research and verify an attorney's real-world litigation experience by combining a high-level view of an attorney's litigation history drawn from Westlaw with an attorney's West Legal Directory profile and published articles on FindLaw is the leading provider of client development services to the legal profession and is a business within Thomson Corp.

Visitors to the FindLaw Corporate Counsel Center ( or the FindLaw for Legal Professionals Web site ( can now access the Thomson Legal Record at no charge to evaluate an attorney's skills and experience. While users can still find attorneys by name, practice area and location, the Thomson Legal Record introduces an entirely new dynamic: the ability to search for experience on specific legal matters, in specific courts, and before specific judges.

According to the announcement, the Thomson Legal Record is the latest FindLaw innovation to revolutionize the way law firms market their services and expertise to new clients. With an average of 250,000 unique monthly users, the FindLaw Corporate Counsel Center provides legal professionals access to an audience that includes law departments at 83 of the Fortune 100 companies, all of which report FindLaw plays a role in their selection of outside counsel.

Source: FindLaw

TechBooks IPG Converts ASIDIC Newsletter Legacy File

TechBooks, a provider of global publishing technology, and ASIDIC, a professional information industry association, have announced the completion of a project to digitize the entire collection of back issues of the ASIDIC Newsletter for mounting on the ASIDIC Web site. The conversion project was undertaken by the Information Publishing Group at TechBooks, which converted the legacy file from paper to PDF and fully-searchable XML text. TechBooks IPG donated the time and facilities necessary to complete the project at no cost to ASIDIC.

Donald T. Hawkins, ASIDIC secretariat and editor of the ASIDIC Newsletter, expressed his thanks to TechBooks IPG: "ASIDIC is very grateful to TechBooks for its extremely generous offer to digitize and preserve this unique collection. It will provide a valuable resource for anyone interested in the history and development of the information industry."

Kevin Bouley, ASIDIC president, added: "TechBooks' generous assistance is typical of the collegial spirit of ASIDIC members, and is highly appreciated. Through their efforts, this important repository of information industry history soon will be accessible for the first time ever."

Iris L. Hanney, president of TechBooks IPG, responded: "As long-time members and supporters of ASIDIC, it was an easy decision to apply our data-conversion expertise to the preservation of the newsletter. The wealth of information that has been assembled over the years provides a fascinating history of the organization, as well as the information industry as a whole."

Source: Techbooks IPG

PAIS International Now Available on EBSCOhost

EBSCO Publishing announced that it now offers the PAIS International database as part of its ever-growing suite of subject-specific databases on EBSCOhost. According to the announcement, the addition of this database to the EBSCOhost platform is yet another step toward EBSCO Publishing's goal of providing essential bibliographic databases that meet the needs of all researchers.

PAIS International is produced by the OCLC Public Affairs Information Service, which has been a provider of global coverage of public affairs and world issues, with an emphasis on topics in the public debate, since 1914. The database includes references to more than 530,000 journal articles, books, government documents, statistical directories, gray literature, research reports, policy papers, Internet documents, Web sites, conference reports, and other sources from more than 120 countries. Some of the topics covered include affirmative action, AIDS, climate change, ethnicity, environmental degradation, political persecution, war and conflict, and women's rights.

Source: EBSCO Publishing

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