NCSU Libraries cancel Elsevier contract

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 01/16/2004 - 13:07

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.

ISI to Expand Web of Science Coverage Back to 1900

Submitted by mcbride on Tue, 11/25/2003 - 17:49

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)

Publishers Grudgingly Cooperate With Amazon Database Effort

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 10/13/2003 - 06:04

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

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 09/11/2003 - 04:28

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.

108 Mbps Wireless

Submitted by Bill Drew on Tue, 08/26/2003 - 14:00

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!

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 08/13/2003 - 19:38

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?