Facebook Questions & Ask.com: Cashing in on Mass Ignorance
by Woody Evans
What the evangelists of the Semantic Web say is true: the bigger the web gets, the harder it is to find what we want to know. To that end, the perennial concern for providing "answers" has again popped up—and this time indicators point toward a substantive change in the tone of the web, along the lines of the paradigm shift from directories to search engines. Two recent developments typify this change—Facebook Questions and Ask.com.
ARL Promotes Member Use of Large-Scale Digitization Principles
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL; http://www.arl.org) Board of Directors unanimously voted on July 26, 2010, to endorse a set of nine principles to guide vendor/publisher relations in large-scale digitization projects of special collections materials, recommended by its Transforming Special Collections in the Digital Age Working Group. The Board's vote strongly encourages ARL member libraries to refrain from signing future agreements with publishers or vendors, either individually or through consortia, which do not adhere to the principles.
Access Innovations, Inc. Launches “TaxoDiary” Blog
Access Innovations, Inc. (http://www.accessinn.com) has launched TaxoDiary (www.taxodiary.com), a blog that covers news and information about indexing, ontologies, taxonomies, controlled vocabularies, metatagging, and related subjects.
EBSCO Publishing and NoveList Debut a New Interface
EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO; http://www.ebscohost.com) along with the creators of readers' advisory database NoveList (http://www.ebscohost.com/novelist/) have released a new interface for all NoveList and NoveList Plus products. The new interface will include all the characteristics librarians enjoy along with changes that make recommendations easier to obtain, searching more intuitive, and allows quick access to more content than ever. The updated interface is designed to help librarians and their patrons find their next great read. The redesign incorporated a variety of suggestions from readers' advisory experts and librarians.
Digital Lending Goes into OverDrive
by Paula J. Hane
I'd been hearing some buzz this summer about various improvements made by OverDrive to its services for libraries—more content, mobile apps, simplified procedures, etc. OverDrive is a full-service digital distributor of ebooks, audiobooks, music, and video that first launched its online digital warehouse in 2000. So, I caught up with the company's vice president of marketing, David Burleigh, for an extended conversation on what's new and what's coming. While OverDrive offers publishers a secure, web-based, wholesale distribution service for the sale and delivery of digital media, I didn't get into the details of that side of the business. Our discussion focused on what OverDrive offers libraries and their patrons.
Buying and Selling Information
A Guide for Information Professionals and Salespeople to Build Mutual Success
by Michael L. Gruenberg
Both sides of the negotiating table are represented in this practical and much-needed guide by Michael Gruenberg, a veteran of the electronic information field. With over 30 years selling information to a wide variety of libraries, Gruenberg's time-tested tips, techniques, and strategies will be welcomed by both information professionals and sales professionals
2014/232 pp softbound | ISBN 978-1-57387-478-6 | Regular Price: $49.50 | Pre-Order Price: $29.70
March 2–4, SPARC 2014 Open Access Meeting
Place: Kansas City, Mo.
Sponsor/Organizer: Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)
March 4–7, iConference 2014: Breaking Down Walls: Culture, Context, Computing
Sponsor/Organizer: iSchools Organization
March 5, ALPSP Training Course: Developing Open Access and Hybrid Journals
Sponsor/Organizer: Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP)
March 5–6, Library Publishing Forum 2014
Place: Kansas City, Mo.
Sponsor/Organizer: Library Publishing Coalition
March 11–13, SMX West (Search Marketing Expo)
Place: San Jose, Calif.
Sponsor/Organizer: Third Door Media
March 11–15, PLA 2014 Conference
Sponsor/Organizer: Public Library Association (PLA)
March 13–16, Leipzig Book Fair
Place: Leipzig, Germany
Sponsor/Organizer: Leipziger Messe
March 18–20, The Fourth International Conference on Digital Information Processing and Communications (ICDIPC2014)
Place: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Sponsor/Organizer: Society of Digital Information and Wireless Communications (SDIWC)
March 18–20, ILLiad International Conference
Place: Virginia Beach, Va.
Sponsor/Organizer: Atlas Systems, Inc.
March 19–20, The Seventh Annual Library Technology Conference
Place: St. Paul, Minn.
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing Committee
March 21–24, Paris Book Fair
Sponsor/Organizer: Reed Expositions France
March 22–24, The 4th International Conference on Information Systems and Technologies (ICIST 2014)
Place: Valencia, Spain
Sponsor/Organizer: International Journal of Information Systems and Technologies (IJIST)
March 25–26, SMX Munich (Search Marketing Expo)
Sponsor/Organizer: Rising Media, Third Door Media
March 26–28, Research Data Access and Preservation Summit 2014 (RDAP14)
Place: San Diego
Sponsor/Organizer: Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T)
March 27–28, The 2nd International Conference on Information Technology and Science (ICITS 2014)
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing Committee
March 28–April 7, The 12th Bangkok International Book Fair 2014
Sponsor/Organizer: Publishers and Booksellers Association of Thailand (PUBAT)
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