|Weekly News Digest
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ebrary Partners with Society of Manufacturing Engineers
ebrary and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), a professional society supporting manufacturing education, announced the availability of SME Source, an interactive, full-text database containing more than 4,000 individual book chapters, journal articles, and technical papers. Academic and special libraries can now offer researchers online access to what is claimed to be the world's largest full-text database in manufacturing engineering.
The database is anchored by the nine-volume Tool and Manufacturing Engineers Handbook series, and includes journals such as the Journal of Manufacturing Systems and The Journal of Manufacturing Processes. New titles are added quarterly at no extra cost during the subscription term. SME Source includes ebrary InfoTools, which enable researchers to take advantage of interaction features that facilitate online reading, including dynamic cross-referencing with other networked reference resources, text highlighting, annotating, and bookmarking. The database provides simultaneous, multiuser access.
SME Source is available to libraries worldwide. Pricing depends on a library's type and size. A free, 30-day IP-authenticated trial is available.
CrossRef Drops DOI Retrieval Fees
CrossRef, the cross-publisher reference linking service, announced that it will drop its DOI (Digital Object Identifier) retrieval fees for all members and affiliates starting in January 2004. This move gives all CrossRef users unlimited access to DOIs. CrossRef said this is particularly significant for secondary publishers, as DOI links from citations and bibliographic databases to full text are expected to increase greatly as a result.
The decision by the CrossRef board to drop DOI retrieval fees is the latest strategic move intended to open access to the CrossRef system. In May 2003, CrossRef made library accounts on its system completely free. According to Ed Pentz, CrossRef's executive director: "CrossRef is always evolving. Our linking network ranges across all scholarly and professional disciplines, serves libraries at no charge, and by dropping DOI retrieval fees, will better suit the needs of secondary publishers. CrossRef will continue to evolve, but our mission won't changeóto improve the user's experience in navigating content online."
CrossRef integrates with the OpenURL, and several local linking platforms now incorporate it; these include ExLibris, Serials Solutions, SISIS, Endeavor, Fretwell Downing, SIRSI, and Openly Informatics. CrossRef is an independent membership association, founded and directed by publishers.
OCLC Offers New Cataloging Program
A new program offered by OCLC and participating library materials providers offers custom OCLC cataloging and physical processing to libraries during the acquisition process. The OCLC Cataloging Partners Program is part of OCLC's ongoing effort to build relationships with distributors, importers, booksellers, and publishers to get bibliographic information sooner and provide full MARC cataloging and shelf-ready materials at an overall lower cost to libraries, especially for non-English and non-book materials.
Through the OCLC Cataloging Partners Program, libraries place an order with a participating vendor to receive full MARC records from OCLC. OCLC works with partners to ensure that 100 percent of the titles ordered from those partners have high-quality cataloging records in WorldCat that can be supplied along with the materials at the time they are ordered. The program guarantees that all titles on a vendor's active list are in WorldCat; OCLC Custom Services staff does any original cataloging that might be needed.
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