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Journal: The Charleston Advisor
Column: TCA Best and Worst Product Awards
Author of Column: George S. Machovec (The Charleston Advisor)
AccuNet/AP Multimedia Archive
Date of Review: 7/1/01

For the first time, The Charleston Advisor is sponsoring a series of awards for the best and worst electronic services and databases for libraries. The awards are not necessarily limited to products covered in TCA but the reviews will be consulted in the final consideration. These awards will be published on an annual basis in the July issue of TCA. Votes were taken on the TCA Website and additional input was received from the TCA editorial board.

Best New Product ....nominated by the Board: Alexander Street Press, runner up: The AccuNet/AP MultiMedia Archive ....nominated by users: SFX (ExLibris), Gale Business Research Center, LSSI Virtual Ref Desk, netLibrary, Women Writers Online
Best New Product (not yet released, but anticipated) ....nominated by the Board: eBrary, American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) History E-Book Project

Most Improved Product ....nominated by the Board: Project Muse, runner up: ABI-Inform ....nominated by users: UnCover@ingenta, Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (CSA), ISI Web of Science, Journals@Ovid

Best Interface ....nominated by Board: Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO), runner up: California Digital Library (CDL) ....nominated by users: Ovid, Wilson Omnifile, iBistro, CSA Medline (IGW), HighWire

Best Content ....nominated by Board: Softline, ABC-Clio, ALLDATA, MathSciNet, Grove's Scientific American ....nominated by users: ISI Web of Science, CSA, JSTOR, HighWire

Best Pricing ....nominated by Board: Project Muse users: ResearchIndex, WilsonOmnifile, LSSI Virtual. Reference Desk, CSA, Women Writers Online, Blackwell Science/Munksgard

Best Contract Options ....Board: American Mathematical Society ....Users: SPARC journals, Wilson, CSA

Best Cust. Support ....Board: FIS-Online ....Users: CSA, ProQuest, HighWire

Best Effort: ....Board: netLibrary ....Users: netLibrary, Bowker, Science Direct, BioOne

Vaporware: ....Board: DRA TAOS ....Users: Questia, DRA TAOS, LOCKSS

Lemon Award: Users only!....Britannica, FirstSearch, DRA TAOS, PsycInfo on SilverPlatter, Mosby on IDEAL

Special Board Awards: Snake in the Grass: Britannica Enlightenment (for listening to users): Nature Products to Watch: Serials Solutions, Serials MasterFile

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