Mountain View, Calif., January 10, 2001—From January 13 through 15, at the Washington Convention Center in DC, head for booth 1275:
- Preview an exciting resource in the making from RLG's members—the materials that define global culture
- Size up RLG's latest international databases for your community's research and teaching needs
- Explore easy access to information in languages' original scripts
- ... And the latest release of Ariel's partner—RLG's ILL Manager
An emerging new resource
RLG members participating in an RLG Cultural Materials Alliance are collaborating on a groundbreaking new service for education, research, and scholarship. Digital versions of extraordinary materials held by cultural repositories like the British Library, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Huntington Library, Library of Congress, Yale University, and many others will be brought together for the first time. Letters, historical documents, photos, film clips, oral histories, music, memorabilia, furniture, buildings—and much more—will be easy to find, compare, and use in a flexible Web browser workspace, developed with the special characteristics of these materials in mind. Take home a card introducing this future service.
Databases ready for trial and subscription now
Citation Resources from RLG. All RLG's indexing and abstracting databases have grown in content and functionality this year. Notably, both the FRANCIS humanities and social sciences database from INIST and the Russian Academy of Sciences Bibliographies from INION have expanded by 25%.
New this winter:Anthropological Index, Royal Anthropological Institute—unique coverage of publications around the world in the fields of physical anthropology, archeology, cultural ethnography, and linguistics.
RLG's Archival Resources. This distributed database now includes 19,000 full-text finding aids to archival collections, plus over half a million cataloging entries for more archives holdings. Throughout 2000, Archival Resources grew steadily, attracting both contributors and users.
The AMICO Library. In fall 2000, this database of over 65,000 works of art from the Art Museum Image Consortium became available through RLG to all higher-education institutions in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The UK's Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) made it possible through the largest consortial purchase of AMICO to date. Subscribers in North America are also on the increase, and new AMICO members will be adding more images to the Library in 2001.
RLG's union catalog. This bibliographic database contains individual institutional descriptions of over 100 million items held in collections around the world. With it comes direct access to the union catalogs of CURL (the UK-Ireland Consortium of University Research Libraries), the Deutsche Bibliothek, and the National Library of Australia. New this winter: easy Web access to information in its original scripts—in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Hebrew, and Cyrillic—for students, faculty, public services staff, and other researchers using RLG's Eureka interface.
RLG's ILL/DD software: new releases and distributors
Ariel, version 3. Both in the booth and at an open meeting (Sunday, January 14, 7-9 p.m., Washington Convention Center, room 29), preview the next major release of RLG's standards-setting document delivery software. In the first half of 2001, version 3 will add support for scanning in color and grayscale, at higher resolutions, from larger originals, on a wider range of scanners—plus converting documents to PDF for user delivery. Pick up pricing and equipment requirements.
ILL Manager, Ariel's partner. At the same January 14 meeting, mix with this PC Windows-based software's users and creators. Version 1.1, released in November 2000, added more options for intersystem messaging, patron communications, and management reports. In ILL Manager's first year, four organizations have added this RLG product to their service offerings: Amigos, one of the largest library resource-sharing networks in the US, whose members are located primarily in the Southwest; PALINET, the longtime cooperative member organization serving libraries in the US Mid-Atlantic states; Cenfor International Books, serving librarians and information professionals in Italy; and—this week—a leader in client-server integrated library automation solutions. (Watch for the January 11 news release