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Librarium - Using EndNote Libraries on a Palm
|Librarium - Using EndNote Libraries on a Palm
Author: Tim Anderson
Posted: Thu, 23 Jan 2003 23:51:40 -0800
|Over the years, the question of transferring EndNote libraries to a handheld
comes up. The result is that there is no good solution but there is variety
of third party workarounds.
I've been in correspondence with the author of a new program, Librarium, for
inporting and exporting EndNote libraries back and forth to a Palm as well
as having a robust editing tool on the palm side. It isn't perfect but
represents another option worth exploring.
The other options for Windows users appear to be:
1. The well known PocketCites
Pros: apparently works, Cons: Requires J-File in addition to
2. The apparently orphaned nCite from Garrison LeMasters
Pros: ? Cons: No longer available?
3. Exporting everything into a single file and viewing it as text (Doc,
An example with details at
Pros: Would work easily Cons: search a flat text file is less useful
4. Exporting the file as a database in some form and applying conversions
to open it in some general purpose Palm database such as DB, JFile,
Pros: Some kludging? Cons: Might not handle all the various fields
well, one way transfer only?
And the new option: Librarium
The author is currently at version 1.0. I did a lot of reading and
correspondence with the author. The story behind it is that he wrote a book
collection database program (BookStuff) and had users request a program that
would sync with EndNote. He isn't an EndNote user but probably thought it
would be an easy conversion. Lots of pain later, wound up with something
that seems to work but no buyers.
To be honest, I haven't decided whether or not this will meet my needs but
will probably give the demo a test run. There are some limitations that may
or may not matter to you but cause me question how useful it would be for
1. It can only handle one EndNote Library. (I like to have one for my
research area, one for my personal pubs, and perhaps several others for a
variety of uses.)
2. It tries to pass everything (all fields) except for Image Caption and
Alternate Title fields. The result is that my abstracts and notes may make
1000+ record libraries unmanageable on a palm. (There isn't an option yet
to deselect fields for transfer.
3. I have line breaks in a variety of fields (esp. abstract, keywords,
notes) that will currently cause it some difficulty. There are workarounds
to apparently overcome this.
I did my first transfer from EndNote to a PDA over five years ago to a Psion
(even got written up on ISI's website) but haven't done too much since.
I'll be quite curious to see how this program develops. Take a look. The
author appears to be genuinely interested in feedback. I've had some
lengthy correspondence back and forth with him about what features and
limitation are important for me and the other EndNote users I know.
The price is reasonable, $20 or $25. I'm still surprised that ISI hasn't
targetted us handheld users for a more integrated solution since people on
the listserv have been talking about it for years.
Has anyone here tried Librarium? If so, what did you think?
Dr. Timothy R. Anderson
Engineering & Technology Management Dept.
Portland State University
Portland, OR 97207-0751
503 725-4668 www.etm.pdx.edu
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