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SLA Stays Focused on Its Missions

This week the Special Libraries Association (SLA) announced another partnership that will bring a value-added service to its members. SLA News Connections now includes access to open Web content driven by the RSS feed reader from NewsGator. Members of SLA can access the content through the “Resources” tab on the SLA home page. NewsGator is also offering free educational Webinars and a special SLA member discount on their solutions for businesses.

I had a few minutes to chat with Janice Lachance, CEO of SLA, and John Crosby, SLA’s chief marketing and communications strategist. They said this latest partnership is part of the organization’s strategy to tap into relationships that might be elusive for individual members. SLA is creating partnerships with leading tech firms so its members can have a “hands on lab” to try out new services.

Janice was also excited about the forthcoming launch in 2007 of the organization’s new certificate offerings in competitive intelligence (CI). These recent developments are in line with the 3 missions of SLA: networking, advocacy, and learning. And, of course, we had to discuss the recent announcement that former Vice President Al Gore will deliver the opening keynote address during the 2007 SLA Annual Conference in Denver. Janice and John both beamed over this coup, and talked eagerly of how appropriate it was for him to address SLA members. Janice said: “His dedication to good information has resulted in his visionary leadership on leading edge issues such as the environment, and the use of technology as an educational and economic driver. Al Gore has always been a person ahead of his time.”

Paula J. Hane
News Bureau Chief
Information Today, Inc.
www.infotoday.com

Well-Timed Scirus Announcements

Just last Friday, Elsevier announced that Joris van Rossum had been appointed as managing director of Scirus, its free science-specific search engine. The new exec had quite a debut at Internet Librarian, speaking on the Tuesday evening panel with the guys from Google and Microsoft.

Scirus also made news with the announcement this week of a new partnership with CrossRef. The partnership allows Scirus to collect metadata from hundreds of participating publishers via CrossRef’s new Web Services protocol. Joris said the initiative is designed to ensure high quality, authoritative content, accurate and up-to-date links, and clearly distinguished versions. He said it fits with Scirus’ ambition “to be the most comprehensive and trustworthy search engine for scientific published content on the Web.”

As for the future, Joris said Scirus plans to expand its content, increase coverage of institutional repositories to about 50 (currently it has about 10), and provide more library linking integration. Scirus currently has some 1 million regular users.

Paula J. Hane
News Bureau Chief
Information Today, Inc.
www.infotoday.com

Keesing’s—a Boutique Service

Cruising the exhibit hall today, I came across a familiar name from the past—Keesing’s. Years ago I used Keesing’s Contemporary Archives in print (which became Keesing’s Record of World Events in 1987). I stopped to chat with publisher Jonathan Hixon and client services representative Jennifer Vancura. They were excited to give me a sneak peak at the new full archive service the company plans to launch December 1. The new World News Archive is a Web-based database comprising nearly 100,000 articles published since 1931. The company still stands upon its strict editorial controls and reputation for accuracy. Hixon said, “We’re a small boutique information service that does one thing well.” He stressed that they are writing “for the record.” I’ll take a close look at the new service in a NewsBreak when it launches.

Paula J. Hane
News Bureau Chief
Information Today, Inc.
www.infotoday.com