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

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!"



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