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January 28, 2008 — 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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Serials Solutions Launches Enhanced 360 Services

Serials Solutions (, a business unit of ProQuest (, has introduced KnowledgeWorks, a new name for the Serials Solutions knowledgebase, which is the foundation integrated into every one of the Serials Solutions 360 e-resource access, management, and assessment services. The company also has enhanced the 360 MARC Updates OPAC updating service with new features and functionality and has rebranded its AMS Access and Management Service as 360 Core.

Enhancements to the 360 MARC Updates OPAC updating service include timesaving features (such as trackable brief records and combined records) and support for new formats (such as ebooks and Unicode UTF-8). By providing customized MARC records for a library’s electronic holdings, the 360 MARC Updates service is designed to keep the OPAC as the authoritative inventory tool for all of the library’s collections.

360 Core is designed to provide a solid foundation on which libraries can build an e-resource collection and offer patrons a single point of entry to all ejournals. Through the A-to-Z Title List, E-Journal Portal, and Journal Linker, 360 Core directs patrons to electronic resources.

The Serials Solutions family of services includes 360 Core, 360 Link, 360 Search, 360 MARC Updates, 360 Resource Manager, and the new 360 Counter e-resource assessment service. The foundation of Serials Solutions technology is Serials Solutions KnowledgeWorks.

Source: Serials Solutions

TDNet Launches New eBook Manager

TDNet, Inc. (, a provider of e-resource access and management solutions, announced the launch of its new eBook Manager, which is designed to provide libraries with a tool for accessing, resolving, and managing ebooks. It can be used as a stand-alone service or integrated with TDNet’s Journal Manager.

The newest addition to TDNet’s suite of services, eBook Manager currently contains content from leading publishers: Elsevier, Oxford University Press, Springer, Electric eBook Publishing, and Blackwell Publishing; and from aggregators, including ebrary, ScienceDirect, NetLibrary, Knovel Library, IngentaConnect, Oxford Reference Online, MyiLibrary, and many other ebook suppliers. Free ebooks are also represented in the eBook Manager knowledgebase. TDNet’s eBook Manager is a module of TDNet One L2.0 suite of products.

As a stand-alone service, eBook Manager features a customizable A to Z interface that allows users to search and access ebook holdings, or when integrated with TDNet’s Journal Manager, users can perform simultaneous searches of both journals and ebooks. Additionally, users can resolve book citations and link to content at the book level using TDNet’s OpenURL link resolver service.

eBook Manager supports a wide variety of searching options: search for books only, combined book and journal search, or search via an independent book search screen. Users also can perform rapid searches for specific ebook content using book title, ISBN, volume, issue, edition, year, book author, editor, publisher, or vendor.

Source: TDNet, Inc.

Springer Releases Searchable Online Protocols

Springer Science+Business Media ( has announced the release of Springer Protocols, a protocol database of more than 18,000 searchable online protocols in life sciences and biomedicine ( The protocols provide step-by-step "recipes" that can be executed in a controlled laboratory environment. Springer Protocols is a subscription product published under the Humana Press imprint.

Used primarily in the life sciences, protocols provide instructions for the design and implementation of experiments that include the safety bias, procedural equipment, statistical methods, reporting, and troubleshooting standards for the experiment. The Protocols are organized into 15 subject collections. Springer Protocols leverage 25 years of protocols content compiled by Humana Press and formerly marketed as "BioMed Protocols." BioMed Protocols form the basis of Springer Protocols, but the new product includes not only much more content but also new technological developments and many additional features. Each year, more than 2,000 Springer protocols, of which 1,000 are updates of existing protocols, will be loaded.

As with other Springer eproducts, no special software is needed and there is no limit to concurrent user access within an institution to subscribed content. All content is accessible using an internet browser and Adobe Reader.

Source: Springer Science+Business Media

Coveo Enhances Enterprise Search Functionality

Coveo Solutions, Inc. (, a global provider of secure, enterprise search solutions, announced that it has added new capabilities to its Coveo Enterprise Search technology, including 64-bit support and new connectors. Coveo’s search solution is designed to provide businesses and organizations with mission-critical search technology paired with the market’s easiest deployment.

The following new capabilities are now available in Coveo Enterprise Search:
Greater scalability with support for Windows 64-bit operating systems

  • Improves search indexing and query performance 
  • Expands access to more powerful servers, providing businesses with an indexing solution that requires significantly less hardware

New connectors for Symantec Enterprise Vault v2 offers more flexibility and controls

  • Out-of-the-box integration with Microsoft Exchange and Symantec Enterprise Vault email archives allows for integrated search across all corporate email content 
  • Re-factored connector enables indexing and search of massive email archives

Enhanced connector for improves performance and overall user experience 

  • Easier to deploy and delivers an intuitive CRM search interface right out-of-the-box 
  • Improves performance and precision of indexing and searching

Source: Coveo Solutions, Inc.

askSam Provides State of the Union Address in Searchable Database

A free, searchable database of the 2008 State of the Union Address by President George W. Bush has been released by askSam Systems. The askSam database contains a full-text searchable archive of the complete address divided by topic. Also available is a free searchable database of all State of the Union addresses given from 1790–2008. You can search, browse, and analyze these online at .

In addition to these databases, askSam has also prepared free searchable versions of other government reports, legislative and political texts, works of literature, and more, including:

  • The Patriot Act
  • The National Security Strategy of the United States
  • National Strategy for Victory in Iraq
  • The 9/11 Commission Report
  • U.S. Copyright Law
  • The Sarbanes-Oxley Act
  • Basel II Accord

askSam Systems publishes software that allows you to collect, organize, and distribute information. It is widely used by researchers, businesses, and information professionals to manage their information. You can find more information on these and other files at

Source: askSam Systems

Patent and Trademark File Histories Now Available Through Dialog

Thomson Scientific ( announced that research professionals can now order file histories directly through patent and trademark databases on Dialog. File histories are up-to-date accounts of the prosecution history for published or granted patent cases and trademarks.

Also called ‘file wrappers,’ file histories provide the full history of a patent including all documentation of the correspondence between the examiner at the patent office and the applicants or their representatives. Thomson Scientific claims to be the world’s largest provider of file histories with an extensive in-house inventory. Its coverage of international file histories spans more than 40 languages and countries.

Each electronic patent file history automatically includes a family report with a complete International Patent Documentation Center (INPADOC) family list for the source document. And, for each family member, patent researchers will see: 

  • U.S. litigation information 
  • U.S. post-issuance assignment data 
  • U.S. post-issuance data, including assignment data 
  • Maintenance fee status 
  • Legal status

Source: Thomson Scientific

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