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September 18, 2006 — 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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Readex Launches New Interface for Newspaper Collections

Readex (, a publisher of online historical collections and a division of NewsBank, Inc. (, announced the release of a new interface for its Web-based America's Historical Newspapers collection, which includes Early American Newspapers, Series I, II and III, 1690-1922. It enables cross-searching of the papers. The new interface provides a simpler, more intuitive search screen and other new features designed to make searching easier and more productive for both novice and experienced users.

The collection, part of Readex's Web-based Archive of Americana, offers fully searchable reproductions of more than 500,000 complete issues from more than 1,000 historical American newspapers published in all 50 present states—totaling more than 5 million pages. Digitized primarily from the extensive historical newspaper holdings of the American Antiquarian Society (AAS), the Wisconsin Historical Society, and the Library of Congress, America's Historical Newspapers is designed for researching American history, culture, and daily life over several centuries.

The new interface provides a clickable map of the U.S. to help limit searches by state and region; preconfigured options for Presidential Eras and Eras in American History that limit searches by timeframe and snippets—or targeted previews—of articles within search results to help users understand context and save time.

Source: Readex

Full-Image Newspaper Collection Launches New Version

ProQuest Information and Learning (, exclusive distributor of NewspaperDirect ( products to libraries in North America, announced the launch of PressDisplay 3.0. The latest version of PressDisplay adds features and functionality—including cross-searching of the entire archive of titles—to the collection of more than 300 titles in the online newspaper collection. PressDisplay provides online access to newspapers from more than 60 countries around the world in more than 35 languages in a full-color, full-page format. The service also provides a 60-day backfile.

Version 3.0 offers the following new features:

    • Multititle Searching—users can now search across all titles as well as the entire 60-day rolling archive.
    • Front-Page News—the front page of the interface now offers categories such as Top News, Business, Sports, and the World in Pictures.
    • Full-Page Printing for All Titles—users can print page images, in addition to the text article-level printing already available in SmartNavigation titles. SmartNavigation is NewspaperDirect's method of displaying newspapers in an interactive format.
    • Article Rank—measures the interest or popularity of an article, which is determined by the length of time readers spend on that specific article and by the overall attention the article received from all users. Article Rank is continually updated to reflect the most current reading preferences as determined by PressDisplay readers.
    • Related Articles—listed with SmartNavigation articles, so users can read additional articles on similar topics.
    • Sound Integration—now readers can listen to an audio version of an article, while simultaneously reading other newspapers or articles or using other applications. Readers simply choose the article they wish to listen to, select the speaker icon, and hear it in Windows Media Player. In many cases, readers can listen to articles in the language they have chosen when using the language translation tool.
    • Language Translation of Articles—SmartNavigation titles allow users to translate articles into numerous languages.
    • Library Administration Tool—library staff can now control the content that appears on the front page of PressDisplay 3.0 through the use of the new library administration tool. Usage reports are also available.
    • My Newspapers—library staff can customize a page to display the newspapers their patrons use most.
    • RSS Feeds—for SmartNavigation titles.
    • Personal Blogging—Users can post links to full newspapers, articles, thumbnail images, and commentary directly to their personal blogs without leaving PressDisplay. PressDisplay currently supports Blogger, LiveJournal, WordPress, MSN Spaces, and other major blogging systems.

Source: ProQuest Information and Learning

EOS International Adds FileTrail RFID Tracking

Library automation vendor EOS International ( announced the integration of FileTrail RFID Tracking from FileTrail, Inc. ( with its flagship library automation solutions. The new EOS.Web Enterprise RFID module will be available to all EOS.Web Enterprise clients in the next release of EOS.Web Enterprise. Clients will be able to automate check-in, checkout, and in-circulation tracking of library materials using the RFID technology. The EOS.Web RFID Module can be implemented at several levels, tracking within the library or throughout the entire facility. Automatic tracking means no action is required from the library staff, eliminating the staff compliance issue.

The FileTrail RFID technology integrated into EOS.Web Enterprise will provide the following functions:

  • Self-Serve Check-Out—at a self-serve checkout station, patrons present their security badges for identification, then walk past an RFID pad to complete the checkout.
  • Automated Check-In—materials are automatically checked in as they are carried back in the front door of the library.
  • Automated Inventory—physical inventories can be conducted in one-fifth of the time by using a portable hand-held RFID tracker.
  • Automated Audits—audits of staff offices can be conducted in one-fifth of the time by using a portable hand-held RFID tracker.
  • QuickFind—the portable hand-held RFID tracker can read tags from 2 to 4 feet away to help locate needed materials quickly.
  • Automatic Tracking—RFID tracking pads can be placed in the ceiling or on the wall in offices, hallways, conference rooms, and exits to record the movement of materials after checkout. A discrepancy report in EOS.Web alerts library staff to materials that have left the area associated with the check-out patron, helping prevent loss.

Organizations implementing the EOS.Web RFID module can leverage their investment to track additional types of items, including file folders, film and video, evidence, equipment, assets, and any other physical objects. The FileTrail solution integrates with existing systems, including third-party records management systems, as well as internally developed systems. FileTrail also provides complete solutions for item tracking, records management, and process automation.

Source: EOS International

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