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November 26, 2007 — 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 ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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OCLC Enhances WorldCat.org

OCLC announced that the latest enhancement to WorldCat.org is a link to WorldCat Identities (www.worldcat.org/identities), an OCLC research prototype that creates a summary page for some 25 million personal and corporate authors mentioned in WorldCat. In addition, research journal articles discoverable on WorldCat.org now include links to the British Library Direct service, where electronic copies of the articles may be purchased. British Library Direct offers pay-as-you-go access to 20,000 international research journals in many fields.

WorldCat Identities presents an "identity" or profile of a particular person or company based on information and associations stored in the WorldCat bibliographic database. Profiled people can be authors, musicians, actors, directors, and others in key creative roles; profiled companies can be publishers, film studios, and other firms responsible for releasing a work. Links to WorldCat Identities are now available beneath the Details tab of WorldCat.org records in the About the Authors section.

A WorldCat Identities profile includes an interactive publication timeline, audience level bar graph, links to the profiles of related people or companies, and a tag cloud of associated subject headings. An Identities profile takes the holdings and metadata contributed by its cataloging member libraries and uniquely reuses them to create a reference page with broad appeal to Web users.

Source: OCLC

CCC Expands Its Licensing Services to Blogs

Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC; www.copyright.com) announced that it has expanded its licensing services to include rights to more than a thousand popular and respected blogs. CCC is making this available through an agreement with Newstex (www.newstex.com), the news and information aggregator. Newstex delivers real-time news and commentary from thousands of newswires, newspapers, magazines, financial and business sources, official government feeds, and blogs.

The addition of blogs, including hundreds that focus on business, technology, finance, healthcare, the law, and other topics, is designed to add a new level of value to CCC’s Annual Copyright License for those thousands of companies that rely on it to use and share content within their enterprises. For others uses, including academic uses, rights can be secured via CCC’s pay-per-use services on an as-need basis. For bloggers, the new licensing capability increases the potential of realizing royalty income for the use of their work.

Blog content can be licensed through CCC now. Users can go to the search box on the CCC Web site for a full listing of licensing options by blog title.

Source: Copyright Clearance Center, Inc.

Serials Solutions Launches 360 Counter Assessment Service

Serials Solutions (www.serialssolutions.com), a business unit of ProQuest (www.proquest.com), announced the launch of the 360 Counter e-resource assessment service. It is designed to help libraries evaluate the usage and cost of e-resources to optimize the value of electronic collections. 360 Counter aggregates Project COUNTER usage reports, incorporates costs, calculates cost-per-click per title, and compares content providers. 360 Counter’s reporting tools then enable users to custom-tailor cost and usage reports for in-depth analysis of e-resources.

The company said that 360 Counter dramatically reduces the time required to process and analyze usage data from COUNTER-compliant reports. 360 Counter aggregates report data, inserts costs, associates subjects, normalizes titles, calculates costs, and automates data in e-collection reports received from content providers for analysis and reporting. Using 360 Counter, librarians spend significantly less time completing these steps and have more time to analyze custom-tailored reports that 360 Counter produces. These reports can easily be exported and archived for historical perspective.

As with other Serials Solutions 360 services, 360 Counter is integrated with the Serials Solutions knowledgebase, which provides normalized journal titles and holdings data for accurate analysis. In addition, 360 Counter retrieves local e-resource cost information from Serials Solutions 360 Resource Manager for cost-per-use reporting.

Source: Serials Solutions



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