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October 30, 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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Search Through the OpenDOAR

OpenDOAR—the Directory of Open Access Repositories—announced the release of a trial search service for academics and researchers around the world (http://www.opendoar.org/search.php). OpenDOAR already provides a global directory of freely available open access repositories that hold research material: Now it also offers a full-text search service from this list of quality-controlled repositories. This trial service has been made possible through the recent launch by Google of its Custom Search Engine (http://www.google.com/coop/cse), which allowed OpenDOAR to define a search service based on the directory holdings.

Users of the OpenDOAR service can search through the world's open access repositories of freely available research information, with the assurance that each of these repositories has been assessed by OpenDOAR staff as being of academic value. This service does not use the OAI- MH protocol to underpin the search or use the metadata held within repositories. Instead, it relies on Google's indexes, which in turn rely on repositories being suitably structured and configured for the Googlebot Web crawler. Part of OpenDOAR's work is to help repository administrators improve access to and use of their repositories' holdings; advice about making a repository suitable for crawling by Google is given on the site. This service is designed as a simple and basic full-text search and is intended to complement and not compete with the many value-added search services currently under development.

OpenDOAR is a continuing project hosted at the University of Nottingham under the SHERPA Partnership (http://www.sherpa.ac.uk). Funders include The Open Societies Institute, the Joint Information Systems Committee, the Consortium of Research Libraries, and SPARCEurope.

Source: OpenDOAR

ProQuest to Sell Automotive Unit

ProQuest Co. (http://www.proquestcompany.com) reported that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its ProQuest Business Solutions segment (http://www.pbs.proquest.com) to Snap-on, Inc. (http://www.snapon.com) for approximately $500 million. (Total consideration comprises $481 million in cash and the assumption by Snap-on of $19 million of debt in the form of monetized future billings.) The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. ProQuest Co. will use most of the proceeds from the sale to pay down outstanding debt.

ProQuest Co. had announced its intention to sell the unit in April. ProQuest also has entered into a new agreement with its lenders, under which they have agreed to extend the timeframe for refinancing the company's remaining debt. The company continues to work with its auditors to complete its accounting review and restate its financials, following the disclosure of irregularities last February. (For more information, see the NewsBreak at http://newsbreaks.infotoday.com/nbreader.asp?ArticleID=17326.)

Business Solutions is the ProQuest segment primarily engaged in the electronic delivery of comprehensive parts and service information to the automotive market. Snap-on, Inc. was the buyer selected in a competitive bid process, which reportedly included many potential buyers. Following the sale, ProQuest Co. will comprise ProQuest Information and Learning (led by David "Skip" Prichard and focused on the higher education market) and ProQuest Education (led by Ron Klausner and focused on K-12).

Source: ProQuest Co.

ebrary Announces New Legal Collection

ebrary announced a flexible new offering for law libraries. With the ebrary platform, law librarians can now acquire e-books and other content to augment their collections. They can choose a payment and access model that meets their specific needs and budget requirements. The librarians may also use the ebrary platform to distribute their own PDF content online.

ebrary offers a growing selection of thousands of titles from such publishers as Cambridge University Press, New York University Press, Palgrave Macmillan, Oxford University Press, and Greenwood Publishing. Beyond subject areas specifically related to law, the collection includes titles in public policy, international relations, crime and criminology, immigration, political science, ethics, and business and economics.

All documents delivered through ebrary's platform integrate with each other, additional library resources, and information on the Web through the ebrary Reader and InfoTools software. All documents are delivered via a single, integrated, customizable interface.

Librarians may subscribe to ebrary's preselected Law, International Relations, and Public Policy database, which contains thousands of titles, or they may create a custom subscription collection. All ebrary subscription collections are available under a simultaneous, multi-user access model.

Or librarians may buy and own individual e-books and other content, choosing multi- or single-user access for most titles. Librarians may also mix and match payment and access models for most titles, creating a custom collection that meets their requirements.

Source: ebrary



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