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May 10, 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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Inmagic Launches Web-Based IM Solution

Inmagic, Inc. announced the release of Inmagic Genie, a Web-based information management solution designed to meet the needs of the expanding corporate information center. While Genie builds on DB/Text for Libraries, Inmagic has incorporated new features and completely replaced the back end with Inmagic Content Server. Based on Microsoft SQL Server, Inmagic Genie leverages Microsoft .NET technologies to provide a Web environment supporting the more sophisticated library staff functions as well as end-user capabilities.

Demand for accessibility to both internal and external information has required that the information center provide systems with the flexibility to manage a wide variety of content both structured and unstructured and make self-sufficiency a priority. With Inmagic Genie, library staff have the ability to manage internal content while also performing back-office tasks including catalog and circulation capabilities; add new materials to the library catalog; edit existing materials; perform check in, check out, and borrower maintenance—all directly from their Internet browser. As part of the Inmagic Content Management Solutions family, Genie can integrate and interoperate within the enterprise IT infrastructure.

Source: Inmagic, Inc.

Thomson ISI Releases BIOSIS Previews 3.0

Thomson ISI has released BIOSIS Previews version 3.0. Enhancements include more relevant content, improved consistency, and the inclusion of more than nine million CAS Registry Number entries to the 1969—1992 data segment and the addition of more than 6,300 sequence data accession numbers.

In addition, every record within the database has been augmented with BIOSIS Major Concepts to improve search results; more complete taxonomic data; remapped Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) disease terms and Biosystematic Codes; and streamlined patent indexing to improve retrieval. Other improvements designed to make navigating the extensive subject indexing more intuitive include:

  • Search aids for Organism classifiers, Major Concepts, and Concept Codes
  • Individual search fields for each subject index
  • An updated design that includes tables in the full records

Available via ISI Web of Knowledge, BIOSIS Previews enables users to link directly to the full text of articles, cited references, times cited, and related records within Web of Science—the Web-based resource that enables users to search current and retrospective multidisciplinary information from approximately 8,700 scholarly journals. Users can also link directly to Proceedings and Current Contents Connect. For more information, visit http://www.thomsonisi.com/products/specialcontent/biosis.

Source: Thomson ISI

Sirsi Partners with Baker & Taylor

Sirsi Corp. announced a partnership with Baker & Taylor that is designed to improve Sirsi users' work flow in the acquisitions and cataloging processes by integrating Sirsi's Unicorn Library Management System with Baker & Taylor through Sirsi 9XX Loader and EDI (Electronic Data Interchange). Librarians can now access the Baker & Taylor Web site, order materials, and download bibliographic records in one step—then upload the data into Unicorn.

The companies say the Sirsi 9XX Loader eliminates thousands of keystrokes and helps ensure data integrity. George Coe, president of Baker & Taylor Institutional, said: "Sirsi's 9xx Loader, which automatically creates local order records in Unicorn from data loaded from Baker & Taylor's Title Source family of products, represents an additional interface, which will offer mutual customers the most efficient way to receive and check in their orders through the Sirsi acquisitions system."

Baker & Taylor (http://www.btol.com) offers a wide range of products and services in the areas of collection management, cataloging services, and technical processing, developed during decades of service to the library industry. In 2004, Sirsi Corp. (http://www.sirsi.com) celebrates 25 years as the strategic technology partner to more than 10,000 libraries around the world.

Source: Sirsi Corp.



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