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February 3, 2003 — 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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Congressional Quarterly Redesigns CQ.com

Congressional Quarterly, Inc. (CQ) released its newly redesigned, online flagship site, CQ.com. The new CQ.com offers a robust, real-time news section, improved ease of use, and new levels of personalization.

The new "My CQ" section allows users to build their own home page and track the news, bills, committees, and members that matter most to them. The improved design simplifies bill tracking by using CQ's editorial intelligence to group related bills for easy scanning. In addition, customers can easily toggle between compressed and expanded views of bill information. The new design features improved navigation, refined organization, and simplified sign-on procedures.

CQ also unveiled a new look and name for its print daily, CQ Today (formerly CQ Daily Monitor), which publishes Monday-through-Friday when Congress is in session.

Source: Congressional Quarterly, Inc.

Ingenta Announces New Publishing Partners

Ingenta made a number of announcements at the ALA Midwinter meeting. Ingenta said that it has signed 15 new publishers and societies since October 2002, bringing the total to 250.

Oxford University Press is having Ingenta build a scholarly books site for subscription-based access. The site will offer 750 current and selected backlist titles in full text, at launch, in the humanities and social sciences, and will be online and cross-searchable in the fall of 2003 at http://www.oup.co.uk/academic/humanities/promotions/osodemo/. Access to all of the abstracts and keywords in Oxford Scholarship Online will be freely available alongside journal abstracts through a wide variety of services, including ingenta.com.

The World Bank is creating an e-library, powered by Ingenta. The site is scheduled to launch in the spring of this year, and will include more than 1,000 World Bank titles published in the past years and all forthcoming titles in electronic format.

And, the American Society for Investigative Pathology (ASIP) will be among the first publishers to take advantage of Ingenta's new service capability that enables publishers who maintain full text SGML or XML editions of their publications to re-purpose their publications on Ingenta's aggregation service.

Source: Ingenta

Bowker Launches New Serials Management System

R.R. Bowker has announced the introduction of the Ulrich's Serials Analysis System, a new management tool for library professionals who need to identify, analyze, evaluate, and report on their libraries' print and electronic serials holdings. The Ulrich's Serials Analysis System brings together the library's serials holdings and the multiple layers of subject coverage and content from the Ulrich's Periodicals Directory database and Bowker's ulrichsweb.com.

Using a universe of serials published worldwide as well as a core collection of must-have journals, the Ulrich's Serials Analysis System gives collection managers, serials and acquisitions librarians, subject specialists, and others an in-depth look at their own holdings, the serials resources the library does not hold, and the offerings of top serials publishers. The new system provides librarians with an integrated, comparative analysis of the library's print and electronic serials across more than 900 subject classifications and against key industry benchmarks. These same criteria are applied to publishers' collections, allowing librarians to evaluate those offerings.

Users of the new system have the ability to generate a series of library- and publisher-specific reports and view bibliographic details for individual titles--including prices, electronic availability, and reviews--in ulrichsweb.com. Customized reports may be printed or downloaded for anyone needing information on the scope and depth of the library's collection.

Source: R.R. Bowker


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