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Weekly News Digest

September 3, 2002 — 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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R.R. Bowker Launches Service

R.R. Bowker ( has introduced (, a new Web-based service that provides access to detailed information about the 200,000 organizations within the U.S. publishing industry that have Standard Address Number (SAN) assignments. A SAN is the universal account number that's assigned to publishers, wholesalers, distributors, bookstores, libraries, and any other business associated with the manufacturing and distribution of books in the U.S.

The seven-digit SAN has become the standard code for electronic communication within the publishing industry and is the key identifier that allows an organization to conduct e-commerce. R.R. Bowker is the official administrative agent for the SAN Agency, which oversees the SAN assignments for a one-time fee of $125. Access to is available in various packages for single users starting at $75 for 1-day access, or for multiple users starting at $750 for 1-month access.

Visitors can search the database for contact information for any organization with a SAN assignment or find the SAN for any company with which they are seeking to do business. The new Web service can be used to quickly confirm shipping address information, build prospect databases, efficiently track down specific vendors, and conduct market research.

Source: R.R. Bowker

Information Science Abstracts Now Available on EBSCOhost

EBSCO Publishing ( has announced that Information Science Abstracts (ISA), a database published by Information Today, Inc., is now available through the EBSCOhost search interface. ISA provides worldwide coverage of library science and information science records from more than 450 publications dating to 1966. Topics include abstracting-and-indexing, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management, Internet search engines, printed and electronic information sources, the information industry, electronic publishing, and more. The database is updated nine times a year.

ISA users can take advantage of EBSCO SmartLinks and CustomLinks, which are available at no additional charge. These features allow searchers to link instantly from a citation in the results list to the corresponding full text in other EBSCO databases, electronic journals to which the library subscribes, the library's OPAC, online ILL forms or services, and several document delivery services.

Source: EBSCO Publishing

Seattle Public Libraries Temporarily Close Due to Budget Cuts

A notice posted on the Seattle Public Library's Web site ( informed visitors that all branches of the library were closed during the week of August 26 through September 1 and would reopen on September 3. The notice stated, "In addition to building closures, all telephone services, the Library Catalog, online information services, databases, and the entire Web site are unavailable during the one-week closure."

An August 24 article in The Seattle Times ("Librarians, Not Books, Get Bucks," by Bob Young; (
cgi-bin/texis.cgi/web/vortex/display?slug=library24m&date=20020824) said that city librarian Deborah Jacobs had decided against layoffs or cutting the already low book budget to accomplish a mandated 4-percent reduction. Instead, she opted for the recent closure and a second weeklong closure starting December 17. Young said that finances are not likely to improve since the mayor has asked the library to cut its proposed 2003 budget by up to 14 percent.

An August 15 article in Library Journal reported on the situation in Seattle and a number of other libraries that are suffering from the current economic downturn ("Economy Triggers Library Closings," by Michael Rogers and Norman Oder;

Sources: Seattle Public Library, The Seattle Times, Library Journal

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