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January 5, 2012 — 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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Alexander Street Press Launches Two New Collections

Alexander Street Press announced the launch of two new collections: Classical Scores Library: Volume II, the first online score collection for libraries composed mostly of in-copyright classical scores from major composers; and Anthropology Online, a comprehensive resource that at completion will contain more than 100,000 pages of written ethnographies, field notes, seminal texts, memoirs, and contemporary studies from major archives around the world, many of which were previously unpublished.

Classical Scores Library: Volume II complements and expands on the Classical Scores Library with a focus on major composers not represented in the first collection; new contemporary scores by major living composers around the world; and critical editions of compositions that are lesser known but often studied. Items that are typically unavailable in print in library collections are now available online for viewing and study,including scores of many self-published composers. The collection includes composers such as Michael Tippett, Hugo Wolf, Claude Debussy, Erik Satie, Gabriel Faure, Maurice Ravel, and many others.

Classical Scores Library: Volume II is a comprehensive resource, with full scores, study scores, piano and vocal scores, and more, all available in fast-loading JPG format. Users can access full scores, go directly to individual movements, zoom in to examine specific measures and tempo markings, and print scores for personal or class study and notation. As part of Alexander Street’s Music Online suite of music reference and listening collections, Classical Scores Library: Volume II can be cross searched with other Music Online collections from a single interface.

Anthropology Online brings together works ranging from the 19th century to the present day, covering all areas of the discipline, with a special focus given to outside the developed world. Including areas such as cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, applied anthropology, archeology, and urban anthropology, this collection is the full-text equivalent to Alexander Street’s ethnographic video database, Ethnographic Video Online. As such, Anthropology Online is cross-searchable with Ethnographic Video Online.

Source: Alexander Street Press

NewspaperDirect Introduces PressReader 3 for iPad

NewspaperDirect introduced new PressReader 3 for iPad, which debuts SmartFlow newspaper presentation technology. PressReader 3.0 takes advantage of the power of the iPad2 running iOS5 to deliver a smooth and natural browsing and reading experience. With PressReader 3.0, users can now choose to read their favorite publications using SmartFlow, a horizontal news-reading feature that is exclusive to PressReader.

SmartFlow complements the traditional replica newspaper presentation with an ability to view articles as a continuous stream of stories that flow across the iPad, each optimally presented on the screen. With SmartFlow, users can journey through a collection of articles with visual cues that enhance their reading experience and reveal new gems of content they might otherwise miss. SmartFlow presents subscribers all the content of their favorite printed editions in a fluid stream of articles, where different sized images, fonts, styles and layouts provide insights into the importance of stories so readers can make more informed decisions on what they want to read.

With SmartFlow there is no need to jump to a new page where an article continues in the replica view. Instead, users just click on the “continue link” at the bottom of the snippet to expand to the full story right where they are located in the content flow. SmartFlow adjusts the rest of the stream immediately, making the reading experience more fluid and enjoyable.

SmartFlow is also directly connected with the Page View of the newspaper, allowing users to switch back to the original view of the page to see the article in context with neighboring stories and advertisements.

Source: NewspaperDirect

EOS International Debuts Entry-Level ILS Product: EOS.Web Essentials

EOS International announced EOS.Web Essentials, an entry-level product for small libraries and solo librarians. It is a fully web-based system, built on Microsoft .NET technology and the SQL Server relational database. EOS.Web Essentials is a scalable, modular system that can grow with you as your needs change. The software modules include OPAC Discovery, Cataloging, and one additional foundation module: (Circulation, Serials, Acquisitions, or Z39.50 server) at a price that meets a library’s budget requirements.

EOS library automation software products (EOS.Web Essentials, EOS.Web Express, EOS.Web Enterprise, EOS.Web Academic, EOS.Web Digital, EOS.Web Legal, EOS.Web Medical, and the cloud-computing EOS e-Library Service) serve the stringent knowledge and content management needs of corporate, legal, medical, government, academic, digital, association, and special libraries of all sizes.

Source: EOS International 

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