R.R. Bowker has announced that it has signed an agreement with the H.W. Wilson Company to power Bowker's Book Analysis System for school and public libraries with the content from H.W. Wilson's Standard Catalogs. Bowker has been distributing bibliographic information to libraries for more than 130 years and H.W. Wilson has been helping librarians identify core titles for their collections for almost a century.
Bowker's Book Analysis System enables library professionals to perform quick core and gap analyses of their book collections by subject, eliminating manual comparisons common to collection development. According to the announcement, the strategic partnership with H.W. Wilson means that subscribers to H.W. Wilson's electronic Standard Catalogs will be able to view a comparison of those appropriate core titles with their own library's collection, identifying specific titles they would like to purchase. In addition, comprehensive bibliographic details on each title can be viewed through Bowker's BooksInPrint.com database.
H.W. Wilson's Standard Catalogs include five electronic databases created with input from librarians nationwide. The Standard Catalogs, found on WilsonWeb, include Children's Catalog, Public Library Catalog, Fiction Catalog, Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, and Senior High School Library Catalog.
Bowker's Book Analysis System for school and public libraries is being unveiled to library professionals at the upcoming American Library Association (ALA) 2005 Annual Conference at McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. For more information or to view a demonstration of the new system, please visit Booth 2008 during the ALA trade show on June 25-28.
Source: R.R. Bowker, http://www.bowker.com; H.W. Wilson, http://www.hwwilson.com