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Weekly News Digest

August 25, 2003 — 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.

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AltaVista Offers New Search Toolbar

AltaVista, a business of Overture Services, Inc., introduced AltaVista Toolbar, a free, customizable search tool. The toolbar offers users a convenient way to access AltaVista's search functionality and offers partners an opportunity to deliver co-branded, state-of-the-art search functionality to their customers. The toolbar is available for immediate download at: Once downloaded the AltaVista Toolbar is displayed at the top of the Web browser. Users can personalize the toolbar's layout and functionality by adding or removing optional features.

The toolbar provides fast and convenient access to all of AltaVista's Web, news, and multimedia search results. It includes AltaVista's Babel Fish translation tool, which translates words and Web pages into 10 languages. The toolbar also has shortcuts lookups for ZIP and area codes, currency exchange rates, as well as weather and time in 65,000 cities worldwide. The toolbar also includes a popup blocker to eliminate annoying pop-up ads. The toolbar is compatible with Internet Explorer version 5.0 and above, running on Windows 95, 98, 2000, NT, ME, and XP.

Source: AltaVista

Proposals Sought for Digital Preservation Projects

The National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP), a $100 million project led by the Library of Congress (LC), is seeking proposals for partnership projects that will support development of the digital preservation infrastructure. The first set of projects to be funded will focus on the selection and collection of at-risk and historically significant digital materials for which no analog equivalent exists. In addition, NDIIPP is seeking to develop a network of committed NDIIPP partners with defined roles and responsibilities to support the long-term collection and preservation of digital content.

In December 2002, the U.S. Congress approved NDIIPP's "Preserving Our Digital Heritage: Plan for the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program," making it possible for LC to proceed with the work of developing an infrastructure for the collection and preservation of digital materials.

Under this announcement (, awards of between $500,000 and $3 million will be made for periods of performance of 1 to 3 years. A resource contribution on the part of the applicant is required, as detailed in the announcement. The announcement outlines information on eligibility for awards and cost-sharing requirements, as well as procedures for submitting applications. Applications must be postmarked by Nov. 12, 2003.

Source: NDIIP

News from OCLC

OCLC announced the upcoming availability of the PAIS Archive, a retrospective database that will contain electronic versions of records previously available only in the 62 annually cumulated print editions of the PAIS Bulletin, 1915-1976. The PAIS Archive will be released on FirstSearch in phases, beginning with years 1957-1976 in spring 2004, with availability of the full file projected for mid-2004.

OCLC recently added three sets of MARC records for JSTOR collections to the WorldCat Collection Sets, making them available for purchase. The sets are: JSTOR Business Collection, the JSTOR Ecology and Botany Collection, and the JSTOR Language & Literature Collection. With these additions OCLC now offers the complete MARC record sets for all JSTOR titles.

Source: OCLC

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