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WilsonWeb Now Features Full Text, Adobe PDF Page Images

H.W. Wilson (http://www.hwwilson.com) has announced that more than 1,700 of its 5,100 indexed-and-abstracted periodicals are now featured in full text in the company's databases. In addition, full-text articles on WilsonWeb are now accompanied by Adobe PDF page images, making charts, graphs, photos, and illustrations readily available to researchers. According to a company representative, the PDF images are produced in-house but the HTML full text is produced for Wilson by Pacific Data.

"We're working to ensure that the full-text content our databases bring into libraries reflects the most trusted and sought-after sources in all areas of research," said Ron Miller, H.W. Wilson's director of product management. "The full text of periodicals—complete with page images—expands the resources available in subscribing libraries. We've also expanded search options. With the new WilsonWeb, users can link to full text residing on any of their library's databases that are open-URL compliant. This [is] thanks to WilsonLink SFX-powered software."

WilsonWeb has been completely redesigned to incorporate advanced technology, a completely new user-friendly interface, a powerful search engine (from Verity), and a variety of customization options. The new WilsonWeb service is expected to be available for free trials in mid-August. Databases will be automatically available for current WilsonWeb subscribers.

Source: H.W. Wilson

IBM, Thomson to Partner on E-Learning Courses

IBM Corp. (http://www.ibm.com), a provider of e-learning services and technologies, and Thomson Corp. (http://www.thomson.com), a provider of corporate and professional learning solutions, have announced an agreement to jointly pursue solutions for corporate and government e-learning worldwide, which is claimed to be an $18 billion market. IBM and Thomson will offer thousands of e-learning courses on topics such as business law, information technology, budgeting, e-commerce, and grammar.

Under the agreement, the companies will combine IBM's e-learning technologies and services with Thomson's learning products and services, which include a large portfolio of professional and technical e-learning courses. IBM and Thomson will co-market and resell their combined assets to corporate and government customers. They will also jointly develop next-generation courseware and e-learning solutions based on open industry standards that enable employees to participate in advanced, collaborative online classroom environments.

Using Thomson's development tools, IBM will also customize Thomson courses to help customers train employees on company-specific products or practices. IBM will also support Thomson clients with strategic consulting, systems integration, and hosting services. Thomson will support IBM's clients through the creation of high-level industry and function-specific learning tracks that contain high-quality branded content. IBM will tailor and customize courses by leveraging its 13 Knowledge Factories worldwide. These factories are where IBM education, technology, and other learning experts develop specialized learning solutions for customer initiatives that include new product introductions and employee orientation courses. The IBM/Thomson collaboration will also result in the largest authorized e-learning library for IBM products and services, including IBM eServer, Lotus Notes and Domino, WebSphere, and DB2. For more information, visit http://www.ibm.com/services/learning.

Source: IBM Corp.

Dialog Expands Its Graduate Education Programme

Dialog (http://www.dialog.com) has announced that it has expanded its Graduate Education Programme (GEP) to Europe and the Asia Pacific region. Dialog's GEP is a professional development initiative that's designed to help future librarians prepare to use online information services as they begin their jobs in libraries, schools, and businesses around the world. The program offers graduate library schools access to Dialog services and specialized training materials.

GEP was rolled out in the U.S. and Canada in January. Interested library school administrators should contact Liz Blankson-Hemans, Dialog's London-based manager of information professional development, at Liz.Blankson-Hemans@dialog.com.

In September, the company will begin offering its Dialog DataStar and Dialog Profound services for student training and practice as part of the GEP. Dialog also recently added to the GEP its Dialog Intranet Toolkit, a service that helps companies relay external information across their enterprisewide information systems.

Source: Dialog Corp.



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