|Weekly News Digest
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R.R. Bowker Acquires Medialab Solutions
R.R. Bowker (www.bowker.com) has announced its acquisition of Medialab Solutions, creators of the AquaBrowser Library search and discovery platform (www.aquabrowser.com). Bowker said the acquisition is designed to align its collection of bibliographic data with AquaBrowser’s user-friendly visual faceted search technology, thereby improving Bowker’s ability to deliver new products that enhance the user experience in libraries.
AquaBrowser Library seamlessly integrates with any major library system, opening up both the library catalog and any other information source. Through AquaBrowser Library, libraries can offer the visual faceted search interface, without the need to change anything in the way they work, their existing ILS, or the OPAC.
Under the acquisition agreement, Medialab Solutions co-founder Bastiaan Zwaan and his senior management team and staff will all become part of the Bowker family. The company will maintain its offices in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where operations will continue under Zwaan’s leadership. You can find AquaBrowser in nearly 2,000 library locations around the world, including more than 120 library systems in the U.S.
R.R. Bowker provides searching, analytical, promotional, and ordering services to publishers, booksellers, libraries, and patrons through national and international brands, including Books In Print, Global Books In Print, Syndetic Solutions, Pubnet, PubEasy, PubTrack, and more. In the U.S., Australia, and Puerto Rico, Bowker is also the exclusive ISBN and SAN Agency and a DOI registration agency for the publishing industry. Bowker is headquartered in New Providence, N.J., with operations in East Grinstead, England, and Port Melbourne, Australia.Source: R.R. Bowker
Copyright Clearance Center Announces Annual License for Academia
Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC; www.copyright.com) announced the launch of the Annual Copyright License for academic institutions, a single license that provides faculty and staff with preapproved permissions to use content in course management systems, paper and electronic course packs, electronic library reserves, research collaboration, and more. By preapproving the use of content, the Annual Copyright License is designed to save library staff valuable time and reduce the costs associated with tracking and managing high volumes of individual copyright permission requests.
Developed in cooperation with several colleges and universities, including charter program member Middlebury College, the Annual Copyright License provides comprehensive, "check-and-go" permission to use content from books, scholarly journals, news and trade magazines, and newspapers. Nearly 200 publishers—including Springer, SAGE Publications, Nature Publishing, John Wiley & Sons, The New York Times, and Princeton University Press—have signed on to the new program, and more publishers are joining each week. The license covers single- and multi-campus institutions, including international campuses of U.S.-based colleges and universities.Source: Copyright Clearance Center, Inc.
Vivísimo Velocity Connector Unifies Desktop and Enterprise Results
Vivísimo, Inc. (www.vivisimo.com) announced the expansion of its Velocity platform with support for Windows Search technologies, including the integrated desktop search capabilities in Windows Vista and Windows Desktop Search 3.01 for Windows XP. Users on the Velocity enterprise search platform can now seamlessly access and manipulate search results across Windows desktop environments as well as multiple applications and databases.
Traditionally, desktop search results from Windows Desktop Search 3.01 for Windows XP or Windows Vista are viewed through a Windows interface, such as the desk bar, start menu, or Explorer. Now, by extending the underlying Windows Search platform, customers can see aggregated search results from the desktop alongside those results from other enterprise applications and data sources searched by Velocity. Through Velocity, search results are displayed in neatly organized topical categories, or clusters, for enhanced navigation. The new Vivísimo Velocity application connector for the Windows Search platform provides a single search box for corporate employees to experience a unified search solution that connects to their desktops, email, enterprise-wide applications, and third-party licensed content.Source: Vivísimo, Inc.
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