EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) has created the Literary Reference Center. This database provides users with information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. Literary Reference Center has been specifically designed for public libraries, secondary schools, junior/community colleges, and undergraduate research.
Literary Reference Center is a full text database that combines information from major reference works, books, literary journals as well as original content from EBSCO Publishing. This resource includes more than 10,000 plot summaries, synopses, and work overviews; 75,000 articles of literary criticism; 130,000 author biographies; full text of more than 300 literary journals; 500,000 book reviews; 25,000 classic and contemporary poems; over 11,000 classic and contemporary short stories; full text of more than 7,500 classic novels (anticipated by Fall 2006); over 3,000 author interviews; and over 1,000 images of literary figures.
The database contains the Bloom Series of more than 500 books from Chelsea House Publishers edited by literary critic Harold Bloom and all of MagillOnLiterature Plus from Salem Press, including the Masterplots series. Literary Reference Center also includes other major reference works such as Merriam Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature, The Continuum Encyclopedia of American Literature, The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Literature, The Continuum Encyclopedia of Children's Literature, The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, Beacham's Research Guide to Biography and Criticism (six volumes), The Oxford Illustrated History of English Literature, The Literary Encyclopedia, and The Columbia Companion to the 20th Century American Short Story. In addition, Literary Reference Center includes hundreds of literary books and monographs from Taylor & Francis, ME Sharpe, Peter Lang, Oxford University Press and other publishers, as well as the contents of over 275 major literary journals.
EBSCO has also announced that SUSHI (standardized usage statistics harvesting initiative) is now in production within EBSCOhost Electronic Journals Service (EJS). Customers of Innovative's Millennium library technology platform will be able to automate the transfer of journal usage data from EJS for use within Millennium's ERM module. SUSHI builds on the work of Project COUNTER by allowing completely automated request and delivery of COUNTER reports. SUSHI will be released by NISO as a Draft Standard for Trial Use in 2006. This release will be followed by a workshop later in the year, which will introduce the initiative to a larger community of stakeholders.
The company has also announced it has expanded the functionality of its Registration Tracker, a component of the ejournal management tool EBSCOhost Electronic Journals Service Enhanced (EJS). Registration Tracker provides library administrators with a centralized place from which to manage the registration process. Through Registration Tracker, administrators can: indicate the registration status of their ejournals on subscription, view access, authentication and registration details for these ejournals, block end user access to titles not yet registered, and more.
An expanded notes capability is another benefit of Registration Tracker. Follow-up notes (ticklers) may be created, enabling the system to send out automated reminders on the dates that specific actions are to be taken. Administrators can also keep a log of their registration activities using the registration notes field. Further, an enhanced end user notes option is designed to help librarians streamline access to titles requiring username and password authentication. Administrators use this option to store access instructions, which display in a pop-up window when the end user links to the publisher site.
(http://www.niso.org/committees/SUSHI/SUSHI_comm.html; www.ebsco.com; www.iii.com)