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April 23, 2001 — 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 ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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SLA Names New Executive Director

The Special Libraries Association's (SLA) board of directors has selected Roberta I. Shaffer as the organization's executive director-designate. She will officially assume her new duties on September 4. According to SLA president Donna Scheeder, Shaffer demonstrated both the vision and the leadership skills that will guide SLA in this time of change. According to the announcement, this appointment is the result of a 9-month search and the work of the board of directors and the search committee under the guidance of former SLA president Mimi Drake.

Shaffer is currently dean and professor at the University of Texas-Austin's Graduate School of Library and Information Science. She previously worked as director of research information services at Covington and Burling, a Washington, DC-based international law firm. She has been an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of America, and director of legal communications and associate director of law and technology at the University of Houston Law Center. She has a master's degree in librarianship from Emory University in Atlanta, and a law degree from Tulane University in New Orleans.

Source: Special Libraries Association

Intelligence Data to Implement Qpass Digital Commerce Service

Thomson Financial/Intelligence Data (, a provider of business intelligence to the corporate market, has selected Qpass ( to develop an online commerce solution that will deliver in-depth opinion and analysis to companies on a pay-per-document basis. Intelligence Data's content is currently sold by subscription. The new e-commerce solution, which is expected to launch later this year, will allow occasional users and companies with smaller budgets to obtain reports on an as-needed basis.

Intelliscope, Intelligence Data's flagship product, offers detailed broker research as well as analyst morning meeting notes and commentary. When the e-commerce service launches, it will also feature trade and business publications, newsletters, news wires, and company profiles. The integration of Qpass will allow users to locate the data they're interested in, pay for their selected document(s) on the spot, and then download the file(s) they've purchased.

Documents will be priced by content set. All broker research reports will have standardized pricing based on the length of the report. The morning meeting notes and analyst commentary, which are generally one or two pages long, will have a set price per note, and each article and newsletter, regardless of length, will also have a set price.

Qpass' reporting capabilities will allow Intelligence Data to track usage by customer. If a customer's usage increases over time, or if he or she purchases several large reports over the course of a year, a subscription may prove to be more economical than purchasing individual reports. In these instances, an account executive will be able to contact the customers to discuss subscription pricing, giving them the option to switch to a subscription or continue to purchase individual reports based on their anticipated future needs.

Source: Thomson Financial/Intelligence Data

Wiley, LabBook Partner on Life Science Informatics Solutions

Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc. ( and LabBook, Inc. (, a life sciences informatics company, have announced an alliance to deliver an end-to-end solution enabling software and scientific content that will provide life science researchers with flexible access to essential information in a single, unified desktop environment. The alliance brings together LabBook's desktop data-integration and visualization software with the content in Wiley InterScience (, a Web-based offering of more than 300 scientific, technical, and medical journals and major reference works—including Wiley's Current Protocols laboratory manuals. According to the announcement, LabBook's enabling software maximizes the value of such scientific content for the end-user by delivering it as "live" reusable documents in a highly visual and interactive discovery environment integrated with bioinformatic data.

"Integration of targeted information and data is a fundamental step in the drug discovery process, and we believe the bundling of LabBook's innovative technology with Wiley's premier research content and laboratory protocols will increase the efficiencies of this process for the life science researcher," said Shawn J. Green, LabBook's CEO.

The Wiley/LabBook alliance will promote the use of open standards and the development of standards-based applications to help fuel ongoing innovations in the life sciences. LabBook has combined Bioinformatics Sequence Markup Language (BSML), an open and widely accepted eXtensible Markup Language (XML) standard for bioinformatics, with Genomic XML Browser and XML converters to enable the dynamic integration and annotation of diverse databases.

Source: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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