The Virtual Acquisition Shelf and News Desk Update Week 25
New and Useful Web Sites, Industry News,
Full-Text Docs of Interest to the Info Professional.

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Weekly Highlights #25
The Virtual Acquisition Shelf & News Desk

Thursday, August 23, 2001
***Resource of the Week***
Searchable Database--Book Information
Invisible Web provides access to (FREE) a searchable database with information on
over 3 million book titles.

Source: New York Times
"Librarians Adjust Image in an Effort to Fill Jobs" (registration required)

Invisible Web
Canadian Literacy Thesaurus

Full-Text Resource Shelf
Information Technology Industry--Canada
Source: Industry Canada
The ICT Industry in Canada

Transportation--United Kingdom--Statistics
Source: DTLR
Transport Statistics
A major portion of the site has been updated.

Wednesday, August 22, 2001
Web Monitoring Tools
News Alert Tools
Tracerlock Adds New Service, Free Trial
Word today from Tracerlock that this well known web monitoring service has
added a news monitoring tool.

Source: News.Com
Amazon Makes Move to Get More Business From Libraries

Resource Sharing--Canada
Source: National Library of Canada Bulletin
"A Canadian Information Resource Sharing Strategy"

Full-Text Document Shelf
European Union--Pathfinders
Accessing European Union Information
A 48 page .pdf pathfinder prepared by the Office of Press and Public Affairs
at the European Commission Delegation in Washington D.C.

Tuesday, August 21, 2001
Cultural Institutions--Worldwide
New Searchable Directory: "Windows to Culture"
A new UNESCO sponsored directory of culture institutions from around the

Copyright--United States
Invisible Web
Official Launch Of New Search System from U.S. Copyright Office

Monday, August 20, 2001
Web Search
Back in D.C. After the Search Engine Strategies Conference, Comments from J.D.

Online Research
Source: AP
Poll: Students Say Web Is Great Help
Although the following quote is not unexpected, the following quote from this
article leaves me WORRIED! From the article, Most students depend on the
Internet to get their stuff,'' said 16-year-old Jeff Sands of Horsham, Pa.
``You can most find anything by going onto Yahoo,'' an Internet search engine.

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Sunday, August 19, 2001
Business--Lists and Rankings
Source: Fortune
100 Fastest-Growing Companies-2001

Friday, August 17, 2001
 Web Search
Source: Wired
"Relevant Info on Search Engines"
The "research oriented" searcher needs to have as much knowledge as possible
about all of the engines</a>. Relevancy is in the eyes of the user but many
times these engines associate relevancy with a click on a link not on the
information the web page provides.

Technical Reports--Web Access
National Technical Information Service
Source: Federal Register
NTIS Has Plans, Seeks Comments
From the announcement, "NTIS is seeking public comment on its proposal to (a)
Make a portion of the NTIS Database available to the public at its web site
and (b) assist users in locating free copies of reports described in that
portion of the Database."..."

Thursday, August 16, 2001
Professional Reading
1) "Shaping the Web: Why the Politics of Search Engines Matters"
by L. Introna and H. Nissenbaum
38 pages .pdf
2) "Next Generation Web Search: Setting Our Sites"
by Marti A. Hearst

Full-Text Document Shelf
Education--United States--Statistics
Source: NCES
Projection of Education Statistics To 2011

Wednesday, August 15, 2001
Education--United States
Source: USA Today/Federal Computer Week
"Web Guide Gauges Schools' Strengths"

Intellectual Property
New Site: IP @The National Academies
From the site, "From Internet content protection to human gene patenting, IP
rights in many forms have emerged from legal obscurity to public debate. This
website serves as a guide to the Academies' extensive work on Intellectual
Property and a forum to discuss ongoing work."

Weekly Highlights #25
The Virtual Acquisition Shelf & News Desk

Gary D. Price, MLIS
Information Consultant, George Washington University
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