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November 27, 2000 — 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 ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Thomson Names New Dialog President and CEO

Thomson Legal & Regulatory ( has announced that executive vice president and chief strategy officer Roy M. Martin Jr. has been named president and CEO of Dialog (, a Thomson company. Martin replaces Pat Sommers, who has resigned from the company. (Before Sommers became president and CEO in May, he was COO of Dialog and had previously served as president of Dun & Bradstreet Information Resources.) Dialog was acquired by The Thomson Corp. in May.

According to the press release, Martin has concentrated on information services and technology businesses for much of his career. Since 1998, he has been responsible for global strategic initiatives for Thomson Legal & Regulatory. Prior to that, he was executive vice president of West Online Strategic Marketing. Martin also brings sales and marketing operations expertise to Dialog, having served as executive vice president of sales operations both for West Group and Thomson Legal Publishing. Prior to this, Martin led the integration team that planned and executed the combination of publishing businesses that formed Thomson Legal Publishing in 1995. Before joining Thomson in 1993, Martin spent 15 years in the computer systems and software industry.

Source: Thomson Legal & Regulatory

Susan Feldman Wins Excellence in Writing Award

Bell & Howell Information and Learning ( has announced that Susan Feldman has won its annual Excellence In Writing award for her article "The Answer Machine," which appeared in the January 2000 issue of Searcher magazine.

The award, which was founded in 1982 to recognize writers whose works advance the use and understanding of information technology, will be given at the Online Information conference in London on December 6. Bell & Howell Information and Learning will present Feldman with a check for $1,500 in prize money, an all-expense-paid trip to the London conference, and an etched crystal bowl.

Feldman's 18-page article imagines the information system of the future. It explores technologies to create that system, starting with how we interact with the computer. She discusses the search process itself and evaluates such techniques as natural language processing (NLP), NLP-based technologies, concept extraction and mapping, change monitoring, intelligent agents, speech recognition, and more. Appropriately applied, these tools, she suggests, "will find information, organize it, keep it up-to-date, forage for patterns, and present visual overviews for quick understanding."

Feldman is currently director of the Document and Content Technologies Research Program at IDC in Framingham, Massachusetts ( Prior to that, she was president of Datasearch, an independent information consulting firm specializing in the Internet and information-retrieval-related technologies, which she founded in 1981. Feldman is a frequent speaker and writer on such topics as search engines and intelligent agents. She earned an M.L.S. from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in linguistics from Cornell University. She previously won the Excellence In Writing Award in 1998, also for an article published in Searcher.

Source: Bell & Howell Information and Learning

University of Texas Unveils New Library Listserv for Reed Elsevier Customers

The Collections and Information Resources Division of the University of Texas at Austin General Libraries has established a new, unmoderated listserv for current and potential Reed Elsevier customers to share information among the library community. The listserv has no connection to the Reed Elsevier company.

The purpose of the listserv is to share collegial, nonproprietary information about Reed Elsevier journals and databases that may be useful in the management of library subscriptions and resources. This should be of interest to those working with Elsevier Science Journals, Science Direct, LEXIS-NEXIS, Cahner's Business Information, Harcourt Academic Ideal, and other related products and services. According to the announcement, the listserv's topics include the changing mix of journals available on Science Direct, what content has been added and/or lost to and from LEXIS-NEXIS Academic Universe, the journals that are available as Web editions, the impact of Reed Elsevier acquisitions and divestitures on libraries, archiving, subscription agents, third-party contents on Science Direct, etc.

To subscribe, send an e-mail message to Include in the body of the message "subscribe ReedElsCustomers," and your first and last name. Do not include a subject line.

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Source: Collections and Information Resources Division of the University of Texas at Austin General Libraries

Facts on File Products Now Online

Facts On File, Inc. ( has announced that Timelines On File, previously a component of the hard copy On File program, has now been completely revised and is available for the first time online by subscription. The product now features more than 500 additional pages—an entirely new organization that closely parallels today's world history curriculum—and is completely searchable.

Featuring the complete contents of the four-volume Timelines On File binders, Timelines On File On-line includes source information and a thorough index. Pricing starts at $199 per year. Call 800/322-8755, ext. 270 for exact price information. The product is still available in binder format and on CD-ROM.

Source: Facts on File, Inc.

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