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Bibliothèque nationale de France to Add Records to WorldCat
OCLC (www.oclc.org) and Bibliothèque nationale de France (www.bnf.fr) have signed a letter of intent to work cooperatively to add records from the French national library to OCLC’s WorldCat, the world’s largest online resource for finding information in libraries. Bibliothèque nationale de France and OCLC signed the document during the IFLA World Library and Information Congress: 74th IFLA General Conference and Council in Québec. Once an agreement is finalized, OCLC anticipates processing an estimated 13.2 million bibliographic records from Bibliothèque nationale de France. Once records are added to WorldCat, they will be more visible and accessible to web users worldwide.
OCLC and Bibliothèque nationale de France have worked together on other projects, such as the cooperative effort to create the Virtual International Authority File (Fichier d’Autorité International Virtuel), which virtually combines multiple name authority files into a single name authority service, and French translations of the Dewey Decimal Classification system.
The WorldCat database continues to grow at an extraordinary rate, with many of the records entered into the world’s largest bibliographic resource coming from outside the U.S., in non-English languages. Between July 1, 2007, and June 30, 2008, records from the National Library of Sweden, the Swiss National Library, the National Library of Australia, and the National Library of New Zealand were added to WorldCat.
In 1998, about one-third of the WorldCat database represented non-English-language work. This year, for the first time ever, WorldCat contained slightly more records representing non-English-language materials than for English. More information, a complete list, and world map illustrating OCLC’s work with national libraries can be found at www.oclc.org/us/en/worldcat/catalog/national.
Google Reaches Settlement Agreement with Publishers and Authors
The Authors Guild (www.authorsguild.org), the Association of American Publishers (AAP; www.publishers.org), and Google (www.google.com) announced a settlement agreement on behalf of a broad class of authors and publishers worldwide. The settlement would expand online access to millions of in-copyright books and other written materials in the U.S. from the collections of a number of major U.S. libraries participating in Google Book Search. The agreement, reached after 2 years of negotiations, would resolve a class-action lawsuit brought by book authors and the Authors Guild, as well as a separate lawsuit filed by five large publishers as representatives of the AAP’s membership. The class action is subject to approval by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
The agreement promises to benefit readers and researchers and enhance the ability of authors and publishers to distribute their content in digital form by significantly expanding online access to works through Google Book Search, an ambitious effort to make millions of books searchable via the web. The agreement acknowledges the rights and interests of copyright owners, provides an efficient means for these owners to control how their intellectual property is accessed online, and enables them to receive compensation for online access to their works.
Under the agreement, Google will make payments totaling $125 million. The money will be used to establish the Book Rights Registry, to resolve existing claims by authors and publishers, and to cover legal fees. For more information about this agreement, including information about whether you may be a class member, please visit http://books.google.com/booksrightsholders.
Note: A full NewsBreak report and analysis by Barbara Quint will be posted on Monday, Nov. 3.
Source: Google, Inc.
LISjobs.com Launches New Website
Visitors to LISjobs.com (www.lisjobs.com) will notice a new look and feel—the newly redesigned site that launched Oct. 24. Webmaster Rachel Singer Gordon says the redesign brings LISjobs in line with current web standards and adds new content and features. Note that old links will be broken; please update your links and bookmarks.
Highlights of the redesign include the following:
- Better integration of the LISjobs.com forum (www.lisjobs.com/forum) and other interactive site features
- Job ads that, as always, are free to both job seekers and employers
- New content on education and career development, including information on MLIS scholarships as well as on funding conference attendance and other CE opportunities
- A more standards-compliant and accessible design
- A new logo designed by Wendy Koff, librarian and web designer
- Updated links to outside resources; all links were checked manually in October 2008
- Improved organization—Easier-to-find information for both job seekers and employers
- Opportunities for sponsorship—Easier-to-reach audience of librarians and info pros for relevant organizations
Since 1996, LISjobs has provided career information for librarians and information professionals. The site is entirely maintained by Rachel Singer Gordon; the job postings database is jointly maintained with Sarah Johnson of Library Job Postings on the Internet (http://libraryjobpostings.org). The LISjobs relaunch is designed to target all stages of an information professional’s career.
PALINET Launches Mass Digitization Collaborative
PALINET (www.palinet.org) announced the launch of the PALINET Mass Digitization Collaborative, a project funded by the PALINET membership and supported in part through a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The Mass Digitization Collaborative offers PALINET members the capability to contribute important historical and archival materials for digitization as part of a regional digital collection. Through PALINET’s partnership with the Internet Archive (www.archive.org), the new digital resources will be shared on the web, ensuring unprecedented open access to the rare and special library collections of the Mid-Atlantic region. The first goal is the conversion of approximately 60,000 books (20 million pages) into digital format.
Collaborative participants select unique items from their collections for digitization at regional scanning centers and add the new digital assets to their online collections. PALINET staff supports members throughout the process, as project participants work together to create best practices, standards, and policies. Through participation in the Collaborative, PALINET members create a community of practice dedicated to the development of the regional digital collection. For more information on the collaborative, please contact Laurie Gemmill, PALINET’s digital services manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.palinet.org/dshome.aspx.
Founded in 1936, PALINET is a member-owned and governed regional library network, representing 600-plus libraries and cultural heritage institutions in the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond.
Elsevier’s illumin8 Is Now “Smarter” and Faster
Elsevier (www.elsevier.com), a publisher of scientific, medical, and technical products and services, announced the newest upgrade to illumin8 (www.illumin8.com), a web-based semantic text-mining solution designed to help corporate research professionals answer complex R&D questions with greater speed and effectiveness. The product is part of Elsevier’s portfolio of information retrieval tools, which are designed to transform the company’s high-value content into actionable knowledge to improve ROI for corporate R&D and drive innovation.
For end users, illumin8 is now even "smarter" in that users do not need to remember search parameters or syntax. Instead, users can simply enter the phrases they are interested in and the system figures out how to interpret it. This built-out search logic is able to ferret out very relevant, specific information to answer tough questions for R&D professionals working in innovation, technology intelligence, and related areas.
Enhanced technology landscaping capabilities provide R&D users with new result types that can prove valuable for research projects on specific technology categories. With this upgrade researchers will gain the following benefits:
- Richer results providing a technology overview or landscape including organizations, products, approaches, benefits, and people associated with a technology or product category
- Smarter search logic that relieves the user of having to enter specialized syntax or parameters
- Explicit display of result types showing the semantic relationship of the result to the search input
- Addition of nearly half a million predefined technology terms to the search guide
Thomson Reuters Launches Integrated Solution Suite
Thomson Reuters (www.thomsonreuters.com) announced the launch of a suite of web-based global corporate business intelligence solutions that bring together assets and expertise from across Thomson Reuters. With a single login, corporate professionals tasked with researching competitors or prospects, developing growth strategies, or managing financial performance can now access all the information, analytics, and tools they need to put market developments in context and reach sound business decisions. With the suite, corporate professionals can now access the same information, analytics, and tools as the institutional investment community. The solution suite includes Thomson ONE Corporate Research, Thomson ONE Corporate Intelligence, and Thomson ONE Corporate Development.
The solutions are tiered to meet a range of corporate workflow and budgetary needs. Thomson ONE Corporate Development is the flagship offering, providing integrated access to all of the features within the other two solutions, as well as equity ownership, VentureXpert, SDC deals data, and StreetEvents Guidance.
The solution brings together powerful brands such as First Call, StreetEvents, SDC Platinum, Investext, VentureXpert, and Reuters News. It includes the largest collection of after-market research, dating back to 1982, from more than 1,000 contributing brokers—more than 40 of which have an exclusive relationship with Thomson Reuters.
Built on the flexible Thomson ONE platform, users can customize their workspace to access only the components they need, in the order that mirrors their workflow. As needs grow, users have the option of adding more features and information to their core solution.
Source: Thomson Reuters
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