New & Noteworthy

Library Hi Tech News

ISSN: 0741-9058

Article publication date: 1 July 2000



(2000), "New & Noteworthy", Library Hi Tech News, Vol. 17 No. 7.



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New & Noteworthy

OCLC InstituteNames Erik Jul Executive Director

Erik Jul, associate director of the OCLC Institute, has been named its new executive director, effective 1 June. He will take over from Martin Dillon, who has announced his retirement.

According to Phyllis B. Spies, vice president, OCLC Worldwide Library Services, Jul was selected because of his knowledge, leadership skills, professional activities and achievements, and his vision of what the OCLC Institute can become.

"During his three-year tenure as associate director of the OCLC Institute, Erik has received high praise from adjunct faculty and seminar participants, who describe him as engaging and genuinely inclusive," Spies said. "Erik brings to the job academic credentials, extensive industry experience with libraries, and a strong desire to lead the OCLC Institute to new heights."

Jul graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree from Hope College. He holds a master's degree from Ohio State University and a master's in business administration from Franklin University. He has published extensively, and he is a founding editorial board member and contributing columnist to the Journal of Internet Cataloging, the first international print journal dedicated to this topic. He is also the founding associate editor of LIBRES, the first electronic journal dedicated to library research, and currently serves as guest editor of the Library Trends issue on library cataloging and the Internet.

Jul also serves on numerous committees and task forces including the American Library Association ALCTS Networked Resources and Metadata Committee, the Internet Engineering Task Force, Universal Resource Identifier Group, and the ALCTS Metadata Task Force.

During his 14-year tenure at OCLC, he has held a variety of positions in the Computer Systems Engineering Division, the Documentation Department, the Office of Research, and the Library Resources Management Division. He spearheaded the US Department of Education-funded OCLC Intercat Project, which was instrumental in encouraging libraries worldwide to identify, select, and catalog Internet resources according to library standards and practices.

OCLC Institute: c/o OCLC, 6565 Frantz Road, Dublin, Ohio 43017-3395. Tel: (614) 764-6000; Fax: (614) 764-6096,

EBSCO PublishingContracts with CSULB and IDAL

EBSCO Publishing has announced individual partnerships with California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) and Illinois Digital Academic Library (IDAL).

For several years, the University Library at CSULB has offered outreach programs designed specifically to benefit the students and faculty of the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD). Through EBSCO's arrangement with CSULB, over 500 advanced placement students and faculty from LBUSD gain unlimited access to EBSCO's scholarly reference database, Academic Search Elite, both from COAST, the University's online library catalog, found on the library's home page, and from any workstation outside of school.

Academic Search Elite is a fully searchable collection of nearly 3,000 journals, newspapers, and other reference materials. Over 1,700 of the journals in the database are peer-reviewed; over 1,200 contain full text.

Through EBSCO's arrangement with IDAL, 750,000 students, faculty, and staff at eligible institutions now have access to the following EBSCO databases of academic and business periodicals, consumer health information, and newspapers:

  • Academic Search Elite;

  • Business Source Elite;

  • Health Source Plus; and

  • Newspaper Source.

Participating institutions will receive EBSCO's full-text products via the increased network bandwidth that resulted from the efforts of the Illinois Century Network. EBSCO's databases will also complement and support the Illinois Virtual Campus, the clearinghouse for information regarding distance learning opportunities across the state.

EBSCO Publishing: 10 Estes Street, Ipswich, MA 01938. Tel: (800) 653-2726, (978) 356-6500; Fax: (978) 356-6565; E-mail:,

BioOneNames Amigos Exclusive US Distributor

The nonprofit corporation created to develop BioOne, an electronic aggregation of information resources in the biological, ecological and environmental sciences, has signed a letter of intent with Amigos Library Services naming Amigos BioOne's exclusive US marketer and distributor. Amigos will also provide full customer and user support for the US market.

BioOne is scheduled for launch in early 2001. A broad selection of the journals published by many of the 70 member societies from American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) will form BioOne's core offerings. BioOne's development has been spearheaded by its collaborating organizations, including the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), the University of Kansas, the Big 12 Plus Libraries Consortium, and Allen Press.

Amigos Library Services is a nonprofit, membership-based provider of resource-sharing services. The Amigos membership consists of over 600 libraries and cultural institutions, located primarily in the southwestern USA, that utilize its cataloging, reference, resource sharing, preservation, consulting, and training services.

BioOne: c/o Alison Buckholtz, Assistant Director, Communications, SPARC, 21 Dupont Circle, Ste. 800, Washington, DC 20036. Tel: (202) 296-2296; Fax: (202) 872-0884;

SIRS MandarinUpdates Automation System

SIRS Mandarin has updated Mandarin M3, its PC-based client/server library automation system.

New features included in M3's expanded cataloging and circulation modules include:

  • Multi-language support ­ for users and patrons in Spanish and French-speaking regions;

  • Self check and return ­ so patrons can check out and return books, magazines, and other resources without librarian assistance;

  • Search and replace ­ so users can locate and modify text in the catalog database's records; and

  • Booking ­ so librarians can put current holdings on reserve.

New features designed to enhance flexibility and graphical appeal to users include the following:

  • Visual catalog allows patrons to perform searches based on visual cues or text, and launch software applications and link to the Internet from the interface.

  • Full MARC display presents full MARC information on-screen, thereby reducing scrolling.

  • Whole field browsing allows patrons to narrow their searches by searching complete fields.

  • Shelf browse, a new feature on the Web OPAC, provides information about materials shelved on either side of a call number.

  • Book bag lets users collect individual bibliographic records from a series of searches and leave the library with complete bibliographies.

Additionally, circulation, cataloging, and both OPAC modules include new Equipment Databases, which help libraries catalog and track in-house usage of audiovisual and technology equipment. New circulation and statistical reports monitor recently acquired items, collected fines, and overdue items.

SIRS Mandarin: c/o Thomas Brickel, Public Relations Coordinator, PO Box 272348, Boca Raton, Florida 33427-2348. Tel: (800) 232-7477 #412; E-mail:,

Gale GroupTo Provide Online Resources for Texas Education Agency

The Gale Group, a unit of The Thomson Corporation, working with the Texas Education Agency, has been selected to provide full-text, online resources for the Texas Library Connection, a statewide program that provides equal access to information resources for students and educators in Pre-K through 12th grade member schools in Texas.

According to a Gale release, on 1 September 2000, more than 4,000 school libraries, all members of the Texas Library Connection, will be connected to online resources that include full-text periodical and Spanish-language databases, verified reference articles related to most curricula areas, rare primary documents, and data developed exclusively for Texas, such as the Texas Almanac. Additionally, there are resources designed for the professional development needs of teachers and administrators.

Gale is promoting the relationship and the diversity of the data as a way for Texas libraries to become the state's "educational information hub" for students and professional staff.

The Gale Group: c/o Beth Dempsey. E-mail:

Johns Hopkins University PressE-Releases Molecular Medicine

The Johns Hopkins University Press (JHUP) has made their journal, Molecular Medicine, available electronically via the World Wide Web. Institutions that have registered their technical details with JHUP can now access the full content of the journal at Article abstracts and tables of contents may be viewed by anyone, but only users at subscribing institutions may access full-text articles.

Molecular Medicine, was founded in 1994. Beginning with the January 2000 issue, Molecular Medicine's full-text content is available in both HTML and PDF formats. Users can search in a variety of ways, including keywords, Library of Congress subject headings, or author name. A commitment has been made to return the back issue content online in the future.

Access to the journal online is controlled by IP authentication. Subscribing institutions that have previously placed orders for electronic access to Molecular Medicine and institutions wishing to add online access to a current print subscription or to subscribe to the electronic-only version of the journal must register their technical details using the same form at to enable access.

The Johns Hopkins University Press began publishing the monthly Molecular Medicine in January 2000, in collaboration with the Picower Institute Press. Molecular Medicine provides a forum for research concerning the molecules that are key to the normal functioning of the body and those related to the fundamental mechanisms of disease.

The cost for institutional subscriptions is $495 for print, $446 for electronic-only access, and $644 for combined print and electronic access.

Molecular Medicine is not included in any Project MUSE database package subscriptions. A separate subscription to this journal is required in order to access it online.

The Press launched Project MUSE® is a collection of over 110 journals, as well as a collaboration of JHUP and over a dozen not-for-profit publishers. It was launched in 1994 by JHUP, in conjunction with the M.S. Eisenhower Library, and funded with grants from the Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Molecular Medicine: c/o Todd A. Carpenter, Journals Marketing Manager. Tel: (410) 516-6983 or (800) 548-1784; Fax: (410) 516-6968,

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