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NewsBreaks
Wiley Online Library Replaces Wiley InterScience
by Paula J. Hane
The year 2010 may go down in history for the most new platform launches in the information industry. Under increasing pressures from new web technologies and user expectations of simplicity and easy access, content providers have taken on reengineering and rebuilding their services from the ground up. Last weekend (Aug. 7-8), John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (www.wiley.com) officially switched off its aging Wiley InterScience platform and launched the all new Wiley Online Library (www.wileyonlinelibrary.com). William J. Pesce, Wiley's president and CEO, calls the launch of Wiley Online Library "a milestone event in Wiley's 203-year history. It enables us to provide more access to more content by more people around the world than ever before."

Weekly News Digests
LibraryThing Announces New Feature For Publishers
LibraryThing, an online service to help people catalog their books easily, has announced (http://www.librarything.com/blogs/librarything/2010/08/librarything-for-publishers/), a new feature for publishers called "LibraryThing for Publishers." Like LibraryThing Local, Local Book Search, LibraryThing for Libraries, and LibraryThing Authors, LibraryThing for Publishers is about linking arms with another important player in the book world for everyone's benefit. LibraryThing for Publishers is free and open to any legitimate publisher. It's simple to upload titles. The service has launched with five publishers, covering eight imprints.
OCLC Issues Statement on SkyRiver Lawsuit
OCLC has issued a formal statement in response to the lawsuit filed by SkyRiver Technology Solutions and Innovative Interfaces, Inc., alleging antitrust violations and anticompetitive practices. Calling it a "regrettable action," the company warns that the process will likely drag on for "months or even years." For our NewsBreak coverage of the lawsuit, see: http://newsbreaks.infotoday.com/NewsBreaks/Digital-Lending-Goes-into-OverDrive-68676.asp.
Ex Libris Announces Econtent Collaboration with Thomson Reuters
Ex Libris Group (http://www.exlibrisgroup.com/) announced that Thomson Reuters (http:// www.thomsonreuters.com) is to make its important collections directly accessible to Web of Knowledge subscribers via the Primo Central mega-aggregate of scholarly econtent. With Primo Central, users simultaneously search locally managed collections and global econtent and receive search results that are blended into a single relevance-ranked list. Web of Science, part of the Web of Knowledge platform, claims to be the largest and most comprehensive database of research citations available. Authoritative, multidisciplinary content in Web of Science covers more than 11,000 journals worldwide, including open access journals and more than 110,000 conference proceedings spanning the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities.

NewsLink Spotlight
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.

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ITI Blogs

If you regularly read blogs, add these to your reader:

ITI Books Blog booksblog.infotoday.comnews, observations, and commentary from the authors, editors, and publishers of Information Today, Inc.'s many book offerings.

ITI Conference Blog libconf.com – covering ITI's library conferences worldwide.

Library Stuff librarystuff.net – the library blog dedicated to resources for keeping current and professional development, written by Steven M. Cohen.

InfoToday Europe Blog infotodayeurope.com – The latest news, analysis and opinion on the information industry in Europe and the UK.

Business of Video blog blog.streamingmedia.com – Daily posts about the online video industry, business trends and analysis, market data, and research as well as the online video business models in the media and entertainment, broadcast, publishing, advertising and enterprise industries.

destinationCRM Blog destinationcrmblog.coma blog from the editors of CRM magazine, dedicated to providing Customer Relationship Management information in a timely manner to connect decision makers and providers.

SpeechTech Blog speechtechblog.com – updates on speech technology and its applications in daily life. Covers everything from ASR to VUI, with lots of links, threads, and even a few pictures thrown in for good measure.


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