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Dennis Tucker has compiled a list of library software vendors with about 150 products for library automation. To keep up with the field, subscribe to Library Technology Reports from the ALA. Micro-based systems were reviewed in the March/April and May/June 1993 issues. [dennis@oak.palni.edu, PACS-L, 11/9/93.] Library Journal publishes a vendor survey every April. "Feliciter" (formerly Canadian Library Journal) publishes one for Canada. [David Mattison (mattison@freenet.victoria.bc.ca).] 142 North American systems and 474 software packages are described in Anne Clyde's "Computer Applications in Libraries: A Directory of Systems and Software" (Bowker/DW Thorpe, 1993). [anne@rhi.hi.is.] Another good source is Pamela Cibbarelli's "Directory of Library Automation Software, Systems, and Services" (Learned Information, Inc., 1993). [Scott Salzman (upss@nmumus.bitnet).] FLICC's "Checklist of Microcomputer Based Library Software (CMBLS)" can be FTP'd as cmbls30.txt from pub/FLICC on seq1.loc.gov. A WordPerfect format is available. (The 218KB 5/93 version is on the Library of Congress gopher, marvel.loc.gov (login marvel), or use gopher.loc.gov under "service/ LICC/ Checklist".) [Erik C. Delfino (edel@seq1.loc.gov).]

Over 700 library catalogs are now available on the Internet, although these often omit recent or esoteric collections and non-print artifacts. SUNY Buffalo, for instance, has over 10,000 items on the history of medicine; Texas A&M has over 18,000 works in its science fiction research collection. A list of some of the online public-access catalogs (OPACS) has been compiled by Dana Noonan (noonan@msus1.bitnet), (612) 224-4827 Fax. See also "A Guide to Special Collections in the OCLC Database" (OCLC, 1988), or start with the Library of Congress or the New York Public Library. [NETWORK NEWS, 10/93. net-hap.]

R.R. Bowker (Dublin, OH) and OCLC are developing an online cataloging and ordering service for libraries. Bowker publishes "Books in Print." Nita Dean, (614) 761-5002. [Marifay_Makssour@oclc.org, OCLC-News, 11/10/93. net-hap.]

The British Library's R&D Dept. is surveying existing and planned collections of digital documents, including databases of images, sounds, and scientific data. To register, contact Mark Fresko (100116.1152@compuserve.com), +44 81 645 9835 Fax, by 11/30/93. [PACS-L, 11/11/93.]

Six programs to manage bibliographic citations were reviewed by Rubin Rabinowitz in PC Magazine (US edition), 10/12/93, pp. 269-283. [Jerry V. Caswell (lb.jvc@isumvs.iastate.edu), PACS-L, 11/11/93.]

An informal survey found that Papyrus software for bibliography management is a popular choice for downloaded online searches. See Sue Stigleman's reviews in Database, 2/92 and 2/93. [Michael Weinberg (weinberg@alexia.lis.uiuc.edu), PACS-L, 11/15/93.] Also see a series of seven articles by Eric Sievers in The Electronic Library. [Marten Hofstedee (hofstede@rulub.leidenuniv.nl).] The BIBL system can be FTP'd as BIBL85.ZIP in pub/library on ftp.gmu.edu. [wallyg@edu.gmu.fen1.] If you're using TeX, the Tib bibliographic system from the TeX archive is impressive. [Allan Reese (r.a.reese@uk.ac.hull.ucc). Tessa Bruce (t_bruce@csd.uwe-bristol.ac.uk).]