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September 8, 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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Credo Reference Launches Improved Interface

Credo Reference, the online reference library, has completely updated and enhanced its interface. The new and improved platform now features key elements developed as a result of direct feedback and testing with librarians worldwide. Credo’s interface has been optimized to address different types of reference questions.

Credo Reference and its continually expanding online collection provide cross-searchable access to more than 3 million entries from 300-plus key titles and more than 60 publishers. Now, with the newly revamped interface, Credo Reference users will be able to take advantage of features such as the following: 

  • Faceted browsing—refine searches in many different ways, such as by subject, type of content, person, or entries with images or audio 
  • Improved Concept Map—Credo’s visualization tool 
  • Direct linking to the resources of a library’s choice—view search results in another library resource with one click through Credo’s new Related Resources feature (library configurable) 
  • Multilingual interface—currently available in English, Chinese, French, Polish, Spanish, and Urdu (more languages to follow) 
  • Citation management—export saved results to the user’s tool of choice, such as RefWorks or EndNote 
  • Bookmarking in a favorite, social networking site, such as Del.icio.us or Facebook 
  • Explore titles by heading, person, place, image, audio, or video—hover over an entry in the index for a preview

The enhanced Credo Reference interface is available via subscription at www.credoreference.com. Librarians can request a free trial at http://corp.credoreference.com/freetrial.

Source: Credo Reference

YouSendIt Expands Adobe Acrobat Delivery Options

YouSendIt, Inc. announced it has expanded its direct file delivery platform with a plug-in for Adobe Acrobat. The YouSendIt plug-in for Acrobat allows users to send files up to 2GB directly from the application, avoiding the need for FTP transfers or burning large files to a CD to ship overnight. Files are not subject to email size limitations or firewall obstructions, and they can also be tracked with YouSendIt’s delivery options so the sender knows exactly when the files have been received.

Additionally, the YouSendIt plug-in for Acrobat includes the protection of resumable upload. Should an internet connection be momentarily lost during file upload, activity will resume automatically once the connection has been restored. It also allows users to configure the amount of time a file is available for download or the number of times it is downloaded.

The Acrobat plug-in can be used with Acrobat Standard and Professional versions 8 and 9 for Microsoft Windows and with Acrobat Professional versions 8 and 9 for Mac. The plug-in, which can be conveniently downloaded directly from the YouSendIt website, is the latest product created to speed file transfers and reduce the cycle times for YouSendIt business users.

Registered YouSendIt users can download plug-ins at www.yousendit.com/cms/applications.

Source: YouSendIt, Inc.

Matthews Book Co. to Offer ebrary Digital Content

ebrary (www.ebrary.com), a provider of econtent services and technology, announced that it has joined forces with Matthews Book Co. (www.matthewsbooks.com) to distribute ebooks and other authoritative content in medicine and allied health to libraries and other organizations throughout the world. A provider of health science information since 1954, Matthews serves a growing roster of more than 150 institutional customers.

A growing selection of more than 11,000 ebooks and other authoritative titles in health, medicine, and related subject areas will be available through Matthews on Sept. 15, 2008. Titles will be available for purchase under a single or multi-user access model.

ebrary offers medical and health related ebooks and other materials from publishers such as F.A. Davis, CRC Press, Cambridge University Press, and Informa Healthcare. ebrary’s technology offers a number of features and benefits for research, including the following:

  • The ebrary Reader, available as an Active X or Java-based program, streams documents, eliminating cumbersome document downloads.
  • ebrary InfoTools integrates content in the ebrary system with the online resources of a library’s choice.
  • Personal bookshelves automatically store links to bookmarks, highlights, and notes, providing an archive of research.
  • Creates automatic citations when text is printed or copied and pasted into Word or any text application. Citations include an automatic URL hyperlink back to the source.
  • Highlighting and annotating are available.
  • Multiple ways to navigate throughout a document or the entire selection are offered.
  • Reporting tools and usage statistics are provided.

Source: ebrary, Inc.

Wolters Kluwer Health to Acquire UpToDate

Wolters Kluwer Health (www.wkhealth.com), a provider of information and business intelligence for students, professionals, and institutions in medicine, nursing, allied health, pharmacy, and the pharmaceutical industry, announced it intends to acquire UpToDate (www.uptodate.com), an evidence-based electronic clinical information resource. This acquisition is designed to strengthen Wolters Kluwer Health’s portfolio in the growing point of care and electronic medical record markets by expanding its product and services offerings. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

UpToDate, which is accessible through the web, a desktop, and PDA, is an electronic information resource designed to provide clinicians with practical and reliable answers to clinical questions at the point of care. All of UpToDate’s content is original material. UpToDate collaborates with some 3,800 physician experts, who use their clinical experience and review of the latest research to create recommendations on how to diagnose and treat thousands of conditions in 13 medical specialties. Nearly 320,000 clinicians in 130 countries, thousands of patients, and the majority of academic medical centers in the U.S. look to UpToDate for clinical guidance, practice guidelines, peer-reviewed articles, photographs, and X-ray illustrations.

UpToDate is expected to generate annualized projected revenue of $80 million in 2008 and has demonstrated consistent double-digit organic revenue growth over the last 4 years. It has approximately 250 employees and is headquartered in Waltham, Mass., with international sales offices in the Netherlands and Japan. The transaction is expected to be completed in 4Q of 2008 pending regulatory approval and satisfaction of closing conditions.

Source: Wolters Kluwer Health

Comtex Adds New Middle East Content From Al Bawaba

Comtex News Network, Inc. (www.comtex.com), a provider of electronic real-time news, content, and SmarTrend market products, announced the addition of extensive new content from Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com), covering Middle East business and the economy throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

Al Bawaba is the largest independent content producer in the Middle East. In addition to its expert staff of experienced journalists, editors, and researchers, Al Bawaba is the only international news agency that provides Middle East coverage from a local perspective, using citizens of the region to provide this unique insight, while diligently maintaining high standards of impartial and professional journalism.

Comtex now also provides MENA News from Al Bawaba—an expanding and timely aggregated collection of English-language newspapers, newswires, and other news services from the Middle East, North Africa, and parts of Central/South Asia. Comtex added the new content to Al Bawaba’s Mena Report (Middle East and North Africa Business Report), which has been used by Comtex customers for many years—and which features intensive coverage of the region’s economic and business events, structured by key industries and sectors. The Mena Report has a strong following among businesspersons and decision makers in the Middle East and among Western corporations and international organizations.

Source: Comtex News Network, Inc.

UpdatePower to Deliver BI Content to LexisNexis

UpdatePower Corp. (www.updatepower.com) announced multiple agreements with LexisNexis (www.lexisnexis.com), a member of Reed Elsevier and a global provider of information services and solutions, to deliver executive content for both private and public companies with automated updating capabilities. UpdatePower will provide LexisNexis with services designed to deliver accurate profiles on executives and enhanced company analysis through the LexisNexis family of products.

UpdatePower indexes more than 3 million companies and manages nearly a billion trusted web source pages to create what it calls the world’s largest "live" company index. The neural mappings to these companies create a direct company network that enables the UpdatePower automated platform to filter, track, and verify changes in the companies as they occur, supporting company and executive verification. As a result, accurate, real-time business intelligence is generated and delivered.

UpdatePower is a provider of automated lead generation and company indexing solutions. With more than 500 enterprise customers, the UpdatePower suite of automated products and solutions are designed to deliver accurate company intelligence in real time. Update Software AG is an investor in UpdatePower.

Source: UpdatePower Corp.



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