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June 7, 2010 — 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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STM Publisher Thieme Relaunches E-Book Library

STM publisher Thieme Publishing Group has announced the re-launch of the Thieme E-Book Library, an online destination for learning, review, and research in medicine and the life sciences. This continuously expanding resource contains books on anatomy, the clinical sciences, radiology, and the basic sciences. This updated version of the Thieme E-Book Library contains additional titles, as well as many new features.

The Thieme E-Book Library provides students, researchers, and clinicians with access to a vast collection of material such as Thieme's renowned Color Atlases and Flexibook series. With the addition of five titles such as "Neuro-Ophthalmology Illustrated" and "The Retina in Systemic Disease," as well as ongoing updates of existing titles with the latest editions, there are now a total of 48 books in the online library. Future additions to the collection, as well as new topic-based collections are currently under development. New features include an improved interface, user profiles and personalized accounts, bookmarking and personal notes, and downloads for offline reading.

Source: Thieme Publishing Group

Northern Light Adds New IT Content for SinglePoint Research Portals

Northern Light announced the immediate availability of a new content collection for SinglePoint strategic research portals, comprising more than 20,000 publicly-available information technology (IT) vendor white papers and case studies. The literature, distilled from the websites of 800 leading IT vendors, is full-text indexed by Northern Light so relevant documents can be highlighted and linked to in the integrated search results generated by a SinglePoint user's research query. The vendor white papers and case studies augment an already extensive repository of IT industry information available to SinglePoint subscribers, including research reports from nearly 80 IT industry analyst firms, and hundreds of IT industry news and commentary from traditional media and industry authority blogs.

SinglePoint strategic research portals are used by many research-driven companies in IT, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, financial services and other industries for competitive intelligence and market research, strategic planning, product development, marketing, and sales. The company says SinglePoint is the only turnkey enterprise search application that provides centralized search, analysis, and access for diverse sources of internal, external, and licensed market intelligence. Offered in a secure, hosted, user self-service portal environment, SinglePoint is customized to the precise market research and competitive intelligence purposes of each of Northern Light's enterprise clients.

Beyond providing a unified search index of all content contained in the portal, SinglePoint also offers the only automated "meaning extraction" application designed specifically for market intelligence, business analysis, product research, and market research. Meaning extraction imbues a search application with an in-depth understanding of the searched material. SinglePoint identifies meaning-loaded business concepts in a results list-such as corporate strategies, market share shifts, pricing changes, macro-economic events, new products, technology focus, and financial results-to help researchers discover new insights and drill down into the most relevant documents for purposes of their specific inquiry.

Source: Northern Light

Accessible Archives Content to be Available Via Primo Central

Ex Libris Group announced that scholarly resources from Accessible Archives, Inc., a publisher of electronic full-text searchable historical databases, will be directly available via the Primo Central mega-aggregate of scholarly e-content.

The compilations from Accessible Archives provide in-depth access to primary materials related to American history, such as colonial newspapers, Civil War books and newspapers, African American newspapers, county histories, and Godey's Lady's Book magazine. Developed by Americana experts, the databases make the content come to life through the inclusion of full-page images and the use of the latest technology.

A new component of the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution, the Primo Central index of scholarly materials provides users with access to their library's entire collection of electronic journals, e-books, and other scholarly content with the same speed and ease that they enjoy when they access local, institutional resources. Primo presents the search results in a single merged list, sorted by relevance. Accessible Archives content is now included in this centralized index of data, which is harvested from primary and secondary publishers and aggregators.

Source: Ex Libris Group

ebrary Adds New Corporate Subscription Ebook Collections

ebrary announced the availability of Business Complete for corporations, a growing subscription database of more than 1,600 ebooks covering all aspects of company operations including accounting; human resources; leadership; marketing, branding & product management; sales & selling; and strategic planning. Featuring current titles from leading publishers including AMACOM, Elsevier, Emerald, Kogan Page, and Wiley, the collection may be previewed at http://site.ebrary.com/lib/businesscomplete.

ebrary also announced the availability a new subscription ebook database in Aerospace that enables engineers at aerospace, aviation, and defense companies to better design and test airplanes, satellites, and other spacecraft at less cost and shorter development time. The new database includes a current selection of full-text ebooks in aerodynamics, aeronautics, astronautics, control, fluid dynamics, human factors, radar, shipbuilding, turbulence, vibration, and other aeronautic topics. Trusted publishers such as Artech House, Cambridge University Press, CRC Press, Elsevier, and Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) have contributed to the growing collection, which may be previewed at http://site.ebrary.com/lib/aerospacetitles.

Additionally, corporations may upload and integrate their own materials and documents of their choice by participating in ebrary's pilot program for DASH! (Data Sharing, Fast), the company's self-publishing technology that turns documents into highly interactive databases. All DASH! documents feature the same unique research capabilities as other ebrary products.

ebrary will be demonstrating Business Complete, Aerospace, and other ebook databases at SLA (booth #848), June 13-15 in New Orleans, LA. Additionally, ebrary is conducting a focus group on its new collections and DASH! over lunch on Monday, June 14, from 12pm to 2pm at the New Orleans Marriott at the Convention Center. To RSVP, please visit http://www.ebrary.com/corp/inforequest/SLALunch.jsp.

Source: ebrary

Bowker Enhances Its Suite of Library Resources

Bibliographic information provider Bowker, a business unit of ProQuest, has announced enhancements to its suite of library resources. These include Books In Print, Syndetic Solutions, and Library Thing For Libraries products. The efforts are designed to enhance the bibliographic content found in library online catalogues.

Books In Print features nearly 20 million in-print, out-of-print, and forthcoming book, ebook, and audio titles, representing nearly 500,000 publishers worldwide. The all-new Books In Print combines this content with powerful new Web 2.0 user features and tools for facilitating research. The new Books In Print now features the following:

  • New visual search interface
  • Intuitive relevancy-ranked results
  • 50+ interactive faceted refine options
  • Edition grouping and FRBR
  • Rating, tagging, and user reviews

Syndetic Solutions provides specialized, high-quality enriched data designed to enhance library online catalogs. A library's catalog is the primary entry point for most library users. Syndetics gives libraries more than 11 million unique, descriptive data elements relating to books, audio books, videos, CDs, and DVDs, which deliver richer, more informative results and create a significantly better experience with the catalog.

The new Syndetics Plus combines Syndetics content enrichment elements with advanced widget technology to seamlessly integrate this data within a library's OPAC. As a result, using and accessing Syndetics' data is now easier for libraries and their customers. The widget allows for customized implementation that makes the Syndetics content neatly match the look and feel of the OPAC, so your catalog pages not only look better, but work better.

Library Thing for Libraries enriches a library's online catalog with the power and fun of Library 2.0. It now offers several enhancement packages, including reviews, catalog enhancements (recommendations, tag browsing, and other editions and translations), and shelf browsing (with the context and serendipity of browsing a physical shelf). Library Anywhere offers a mobile web version of a library catalog, with apps for iPhones, Blackberries, and Android.

Source: Bowker

Adobe Unveils Digital Viewer Technology for Magazines

Adobe Systems, Inc. unveiled a new digital viewer technology that enables print publishers to create digital versions of their magazines. This new publishing software was developed with input from Condé Nast's WIRED magazine, a publication that recently debuted a digital edition for Apple iPad, utilizing the new digital viewer technology. WIRED's June issue Reader application, now available through the Apple iTunes App Store, is built using Adobe's digital viewer software.

With engaging, interactive features and a fresh navigational metaphor, the WIRED Reader showcases the capabilities of Adobe's new digital viewer technology, allowing readers to experience video content, slide-shows, 360 degree images and rotate content in vertical and horizontal modes. The WIRED Reader takes advantage of the tablet form factor and enables readers to explore magazine content using touch gestures, including a zoomed-out browse mode, to see the content of the issue at a glance. Readers are able to experience the design fidelity of a print magazine, with the dynamic interactivity of digital media. The WIRED Reader can be downloaded from Apple iTunes App Store and costs $4.99.

To learn more about the Adobe's digital publishing platform for magazines, eBooks and newspapers go to: www.adobe.com/go/digitalpublishing.

To view a video of the WIRED Reader on iPad, visit: http://tv.adobe.com/watch/xd-inspire/introducing-wired-on-ipad.

Source: Adobe Systems, Inc.



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