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ebrary Launches New Purchase-Only Titles

ebrary (http://www.ebrary.com) announced the availability of 8,800 new e-books and other titles that are only available for purchase and are not offered in any other ebrary product. These titles represent some of the most current and in-demand works from publishers such as Springer, Taylor & Francis, Cambridge University Press, Elsevier, Facts on File, Jones & Bartlett, Idea Group Reference, F.A. Davis Co., and Humana Press. ebrary's purchase-only titles span multiple subject areas; the scientific, technical, and medical (STM) topics are notably strong.

ebrary also offers more than 80,000 e-books and other content from more than 220 academic, STM, and professional publishers under a variety of subscription pricing and access models. ebrary said its goal is to provide libraries and other organizations with flexible ways to acquire authoritative e-content, while providing effective revenue streams for its publishing partners. Libraries and other organizations may purchase individual titles, creating a custom collection that meets their needs. For ebrary customers, the new purchase-only titles are designed to provide an efficient way to enhance their existing collections. Purchase-only titles are delivered via the ebrary platform, allowing seamless integration with other ebrary products, a library's own PDF content, other digital resources in the library, and information on the Web through ebrary's InfoTools software.Source: ebrary, Inc.

The Colorado Alliance Releases Gold Rush Linker Version 4.0

The Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries (http://www.coalliance.org), a nonprofit consortium of 10 libraries in Colorado and Wyoming, recently released a new version of its electronic resource management system Gold Rush. This latest release is a full rewrite of the OpenURL link resolver software that is designed to provide greatly improved reliability, functionality, and flexibility.

Some of the new enhancements include the following:

  • Gold Rush Linker now offers full support of NISO OpenURL 1.0 as well as 0.1 standards. The OpenURL standard supports linking between a bibliographic source and targets (full-text resources) to which a library subscribes.
  • Sites can now customize Gold Rush Linker results screens.
  • Sites can also build their own article targets using any standard OpenURL variables.
  • This latest release provides more accurate linking to full-text articles. Gold Rush has developed tighter controls over when a publisher-based Digital Object Identifier (DOI) from CrossRef should appear to the user.
  • Incoming OpenURLs to Gold Rush no longer will require an ISSN. 
  • Gold Rush Linker interoperates with Windows Live Academic.

Gold Rush Linker will continue to support its previous functionality including full compatibility with Google Scholar. Gold Rush also provides electronic resource management, a public search interface, and a reports module for content comparison. 

Source: The Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries

LexisNexis Enhances Company Dossier

LexisNexis (http://www.lexisnexis.com) has enhanced its Company Dossier product with many new features. The company said the enhancements took 18 months to implement and comprise the biggest changesin 5 years. The enhancements are designed to make searching and finding results easier, with easier access through a new transactional pricing option. A new delivery manager function to increase ease of printing and delivery of documents is now available.

Dossier is now available transactionally. Prior to this release, use was on a subscription-basis only. Now, users can purchase a single report, allowing less frequent users or casual users to access Dossier on a pay-as-you-go basis.

The user interface has been revamped to be cleaner, easier to navigate, and redesigned to better fit the user work flow. The results screen is cleaner, with the company headquarters listed first, allowing users to see pertinent information right away. Users can now search by NAICS, in addition to SIC, and also by attorney and legal counsel.

The Delivery Manager feature allows users to select documents and hold them in the delivery area prior to print, download, or e-mail. Print and download options include PDF, DOC, WPD, TXT, and RTF. E-mail options include as inline text or an attachment as a PDF, DOC, WPD, TXT, or RTF file.

Source: LexisNexis



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