NCSU Libraries cancel Elsevier contract

News Out of NC says Students and faculty using electronic journals for research this semester may find limited accessibility. The NCSU libraries, along with the rest of the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN), have decided not to renew their contract with Reed-Elsevier, which provided member universities with electronic access to journals published under the Elsevier Science imprint.

According to the memo written to faculty members of all three schools, a new contract with Elsevier would have locked the TRLN libraries into an inflexible collection policy, because Elsevier insisted that the individual libraries commit to a policy of zero cancellations over the life of the license. The financial constraints of such a contract would have required the universities to cancel subscriptions to journals from other publishers and in alternate disciplines.


The Grolier’s SOS

Don Saklad shares with us This Piece on Harvard Square’s Grolier Poetry Book Shop, one of only two stores in the US devoted to poetry. The Grolier has been in business since 1927, and, in the intervening years, its shelves have been browsed by the likes of T.S. Eliot, Robert Lowell, e.e. cummings, Allen Ginsberg, and Marianne Moore. Today, the store hosts a well-regarded reading series, and is the "engine" — as owner Louisa Solano puts it — that drives the annual Grolier Poetry Prize. But now, to put it bluntly, Solano finds herself in a hole, she might have to close down.


ISI to Expand Web of Science Coverage Back to 1900

Similar to an announcement a few weeks ago by IEE about the backfile growth of INSPEC, Thomson ISI will be expanding Web of Science coverage to 1900 in their Century of Science initiative (currently the file extends to 1945). 850,000 records from nearly 200 journals will be added.

The project is expected to be available to customers by 2005. Press release here.

(Via InfoToday NewsBreaks)


OCLC and The Library Hotel settle trademark complaint

OCLC Is Annoucning they have reached a settlement agreement regarding the use of the Dewey Decimal Classification® system trademarks by The Library Hotel.

Both parties are say they are "pleased."


Elsevier Debuts FIRSTConsult

Anna writes "This new product, FIRSTConsult, is an enhancement of their PDxMD point-of-care clinical information resource. It's a combination of desktop and portable handheld tools for physicians, residents and medical students."


Publishers Grudgingly Cooperate With Amazon Database Effort

Ender spotted This Publishers Weekly Piece on Publishers are keeping a wary eye on's new initiative: digitizing nonfiction titles to create an online database that can be searched by keywords. The plan, first reported about in the New York Times in July, is seen as a way to draw more traffic to the Amazon site as it competes with search engines such as Google and Yahoo.


Library Supplier Cool Place to Work

Gary Deane spotted a Neat Look at Highsmith.

Since the early 1990s, employees have been performing their tasks as teams, taking turns at being the boss, although they don't call it that.

The $60 million library supply marketing business has cut the number of managers in half since owner Duncan Highsmith embarked on a program aimed at giving employees more responsibility for their careers.

During the same period, Highsmith also started a wellness program that won national attention and helped the company hold down its health insurance costs.

Highsmith's innovative approach to these issues has placed it on the list of finalists for the corporate culture award in the Wisconsin Honor Roll program begun by Deloitte and Touche. The list recognizes the top public or privately held companies based in Wisconsin that have a majority ownership by an individual, family or employee stock ownership program.


D-LINK LAUNCHES AIRSPOT (New WiFi HotSpot product)

Irvine, CA, August 26, 2003

— D-Link, the worldwide leader in manufacturing of networking, broadband and digital electronic technologies, today launched the first in its line of affordable Airspot Public/Private Gateways named the D-Link Airspot DSA-3100. It is a complete hot spot gateway that provides a firewall, DHCP server and router functions for both public and private broadband Internet access in a single device simultaneously. Designed to allow businesses to create a public hot spot right out of the box to cater to the growing force of Wi-Fi enabled mobile consumers and businesspeople, the D-Link DSA-3100 delivers intelligent management capabilities for monitoring and controlling up to 250 public user accounts while maintaining a private LAN for employees behind a robust physical firewall.

Here is the rest of the press release

108 Mbps Wireless

News Release from NetGear forwarded to me by Mr. Rushton Brandis, Technology Consultant,
Library Development Services Bureau,
California State Library

class=ar>SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NETGEAR, Inc.,
(Nasdaq: NTGR - News), a worldwide provider of technologically advanced, branded
networking products, today took wireless speeds to the next level with the
introduction of the WGT624 108 Mbps Wireless Firewall Router and WG511T 108
Mbps Wireless PC Card. With wireless throughput up to ten times faster than
802.11b, NETGEAR's 802.11b/g-compliant 108 Mbps wireless networking solutions
are designed to support the bandwidth-intensive entertainment applications of
the next generation connected home.

AbeLibrary closing down -- boohoo for libraries!

An Anonymous Patron writes "Departing Ross Viner, account manager of book finder AbeLibrary (,) sent out e-mails (text at to customers today announcing that effective August 26th, the AbeLibrary site is closing down. Customers who hold accounts at affiliated AbeBooks ( will be automatically transferred over. But will we use it?

AbeBooks is cheaper per-item, but I can't believe that librarians prefer to avoid service charges, only to give up the convenience of being invoiced and making one payment only!

At AbeBooks, you have to use a credit card, or perhaps PayPal or check, depending on what the individual booksellers accept. Which means multiple payments per order. What a drag.

What gives here? Not enough library sales, or perhaps a competitor is taking the business? If so, please write in with the name/URL!"


Amazon Plan Would Allow Searching Texts of Many Books

Someone writes "The NYTimes reports executives at are negotiating with several of the largest book publishers about an ambitious and expensive plan to assemble a searchable online archive with the texts of tens of thousands of books of nonfiction, according to several publishing executives involved.

Amazon plans to limit how much of any given book a user can read, and it is telling publishers that the plan will help sell more books while better serving its own online customers.


Comparing Library Alternatives

Lee Hadden writes \"The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article in the June 16, 2003
issue that compares Questia, Britannica, MSN Learning & Research and
eLibrary as alternatives to visiting traditional libraries.

\"Writing Tools: For students researching a paper, online libraries
are increasingly the way to go. Here\'s how they stack up.\" By LEAH MCGRATH

Paige Taylor, a 17-year-old high-school student from Laguna Beach,
Calif., says using online libraries cuts the time it takes for her to write
a paper in half. \"It\'s so much faster and it keeps me organized,\" she says.
\"I\'ve used the Internet for every single paper I\'ve done this year. I don\'t
think I\'ve actually gone to the real library in a long time.\"

Already, U.S.-based commercial Web sites offering research materials
make up a small but fast-growing segment of the Internet. Total revenue for
the group -- some of which make their money from subscriptions, some from
advertising -- increased 84% in 2002 from a year earlier, to $106.6
million, according to comScore Networks Inc., a Reston, Va., company that
measures consumer behavior on the Internet. The two most trafficked sites
are Microsoft Corp.\'s MSN Learning & Research site, with 7.7 million
visitors a month, and the Web site of Chicago-based Encyclopaedia
Britannica Inc., with 4.1 million visitors.\"

Steven Bell ads: \"What I found particularly annoying was the statement \"local libraries are getting in on the act\" that suggests that we\'re following the lead of commercial information vendors by making our resources available in web-based formats. But if that doesn\'t get you, the inevitable \"I don\'t have to use the library anymore\" quotes will.\"

Topic: Acquires LSSI Reference Division, "the innovative leader in one-to-one on demand online homework help, today announced that it has acquired the Reference Division of LSSI."

Included in the acquisition are LSSI Virtual Reference ToolKit™, Web Reference Services and LSSI Integrated Reference Management System with RefTracker™. LSSI's Arthur Brady has been named Vice President and General Manager of the new Reference Division. Steve Coffman will serve in an advisory role to as Vice President of Strategic Development.


Fantagraphics needs your help

Underground/alternative comic book publisher Fantagraphics is putting out a plea for survival. The company that houses such greats as R. Crumb, Los Bros Hernandez (of Love and Rockets fame), and the visionary author of Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth, Chris Ware, is in deep financial trouble.

I know that much of what Fantagraphics puts out is challenge-bait for public and school libraries, but anyone in charge of a large public collection should at least devote some time to their website to see if you can justify purchasing a few of these ground-breaking titles. If nothing else, buy yourself something.


Software Vendors Say to Public: You Have No Rights

Don Saklad points over to and This Look At Spyware, Adware, Back doors, and all the other stuff vendors put in programs to spy on your machine.

They say the biggest problem, might come in the form of back doors to popular programs, which may give software vendors complete access, and in some cases complete control, to an end user's system.

There's a list of possible solutions, and a list of links to other stories for background readings as well.


Not a divine comedy

Jill O'Neill passed along This IT-Analysis Story on divine, who you probably know filed a petition to reorganise under Chapter 11 of the US bankruptcy rules on Tuesday.

They cover some history, and say that Rowecom had collected some $50m worth of subscriptions for magazines and other publications on behalf of a variety of publishers but had then used the money to pay off its own debts and to cover running costs rather than coughing up to the publishers.

I don't know enough about this to make any judgements, but apparently the story missed some points, or made some mistakes.


Elsevier Announces New Procedures for Retracting Online Articles

Gary "Visit The ResourceShelf" Price sent over This Chronicle of Higher Education Story that says Elsevier Science announced new procedures last week for handling journal articles in its databases that are the product of plagiarism or other research misconduct. Librarians and scholars have complained that the Anglo-Dutch publisher was jeopardizing the integrity of scholarship by removing articles from its databases with little explanation.


NCI Discontinuing CancerLit

I received this short email today with no other details.
There\'s also no mention on the Cancerlit Site.

\"We regret to inform you that NCI is discontinuing the
CANCERLIT bibliographic database. Therefore, no more updates
will be distributed to licensees. This decision is the
result of a reassessment and prioritization of NCI cancer
information products and services, given limited resources.

Thank you for your interest in helping distribute
cancer-related information to the widest possible audience.
If you do not already license other NCI products and
services, we encourage you to explore those possibilities.
Information is available on the Web at In the near future, we will
be calling you to answer any questions you may have.

See Also??


RoweCom Files for Bankruptcy, then Sues divine for Fraud

Paula J. Hane, over at InfoToday is keeping up on the RoweCom saga.

She says the beleaguered subsidiary of divine filed a 14-count lawsuit in the same court against its parent company, alleging that divine had made “fraudulent transfers” of over $73.7 million of RoweCom funds and had looted the company.

You can read the exact text of RoweCom’s allegations can read the original complaint filed with the bankruptcy court by downloading this PDF file.


Microsoft Warns SEC of Open-Source Threat

Steve writes \"I found This Story from eWeek to be so ironic as to be funny. In it, Microsoft cautions that significant damage may be done to its business model by the open source software movement. Hmmmmm, why can\'t I shed any tears for Microsoft? And why do I inwardly shout Hip Hip Hooray for open source?!\"

Slashdot has it too, with more than a few good comments. As always, check out OSS4LIB, or to see how you can use Open Source stuff in your library.



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