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December 26, 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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Thomson Gale Introduces Small Business Resource Center

Thomson Gale (http://www.gale.com) announced the release of the new Small Business Resource Center. It is a comprehensive database offering content that covers the major areas of starting and operating a business, including accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing, tax, and more. The company worked closely with an advisory board of public and academic librarians who serve small-business patrons.

The Small Business Resource Center houses periodical and reference content for use by business students and current and future entrepreneurs—from conducting industry research to financial planning. Designed to be easy to search and highly intuitive, the new resource allows users to search subjects, keywords, or entire documents. They can also link directly to precompiled information based on popular business topics and types, to sample business plans, and to answers to the most frequently asked questions from a "How To" menu.

The Small Business Resource Center includes titles from John Wiley & Sons; The Portable MBA in Strategy, second edition; The 7 Irrefutable Rules of Small Business Growth; The Portable MBA in Entrepreneurship; the entire Business Plans Handbook series; the Encyclopedia of Business Information Sources; and the Encyclopedia of Management and Small Business Management—A Framework for Success. It also includes a number of business journals—both specialty/vertical market and general business—such as Better Asset Management, Black Enterprise, Consumer Comments, Direct Marketing, Financial Management, The Tax Adviser, and more.

Source: Thomson Gale

blinkx Partners with Dow Jones Online to Index Video Content

blinkx (http://www.blinkx.com), a video search engine, announced a content partnership with Dow Jones Online (http://www.dowjones.com) that will enable blinkx users to search and watch video clips from The Wall Street Journal Online, MarketWatch.com, and Barron's Online. Users will now have access to hundreds of hours of business and financial news, analysis, and interviews produced by Dow Jones Online and available for free at http://www.blinkx.tv.

blinkx uses advanced speech-recognition technology to automatically index and transcribe Dow Jones content. blinkx supports multiple file formats, so users can view the video content on full screen playback mode or upload this content through multiple vehicles, including RSS, ATOM feeds, iTunes, the iPod Video, or other portable media players. In addition, through blinkx search partnerships, links to Dow Jones video will now be accessible on the Lycos Network.

The Dow Jones Online video player, launched with Brightcove in November, showcases more than 50 pieces of original content a week from reporters, columnists, and bloggers across the Dow Jones news organization.

Source: blinkx

Ingram Acquires Coutts and MyiLibrary

Ingram Industries, Inc. (http://www.ingrambook.com) announced its acquisition of Coutts Information Services (http://www.couttsinfo.com) and its MyiLibrary affiliate, marking Ingram's entry into the academic library supply business. Coutts supplies services to more than 5,000 customers in more than 100 countries.

Coutts is based in the U.K. and has offices in the U.S., Canada, and Holland. The company specializes in book and electronic content supply to academic, government, corporate, public, and institutional library and information sectors. MyiLibrary is an e-book hosting platform that offers access to digital content collections. It is used by academics, researchers, and professionals as a reference tool. Librarians use MyiLibrary to build multipublisher collections of titles in the same way they have done with print publications. The MyiLibrary announcement follows Ingram's recent acquisition of VitalSource Technologies, Inc., a North Carolina-based provider of digital content delivery solutions in education and professional learning environments.

Ingram Industries, Inc., based in Nashville, Tenn., is one of America's largest privately held companies. It consists of diversified businesses in distribution, marine transportation, aggregate supply, and digital fulfillment services. Ingram Industries includes four operating divisions: Ingram Marine Group, Ingram Book Group, Lightning Source, and Ingram Digital Ventures.

Source: Ingram Industries, Inc.



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