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NewsBreaks
New Search Engine Promises Relevance, Now
by Avi Rappoport
The new search engine, NowRelevant.com, says that it will find, "everything about your subject for the past two weeks." The name promises relevance, but what does that even mean? Information science researchers have been trying to understand it for over fifty years, and it's become clear that relevance is in the eye of the beholder. Some beholders may love NowRelevant.com—others may not.

Weekly News Digests
LexisNexis to Enrich Content with SRA’s NetOwl
LexisNexis (www.lexisnexis.com) announced that it has signed an agreement with SRA International, Inc. (www.sra.com) to implement SRA's text analytics product NetOwl as its enterprise tool to deliver enhanced search and discovery capabilities for legal and business professionals. By integrating NetOwl's entity, link, and event extraction capabilities into its solutions, LexisNexis will create a richer set of metadata for each piece of text-based content it offers. This enrichment will deliver a more sophisticated semantic search capability, answer filtering, and analytics to LexisNexis customers—enhancing their ability to quickly find and analyze the information they need from across large enterprise databases.
EOS International Enters Digital Library Market
Library automation vendor EOS International (www.eosintl.com) has announced EOS.Web Digital, designed for libraries whose collections are stored in digital, electronic formats. The application and digital content may be stored on a local network server or accessed remotely from one of the company's global data centers.
Google Announces Additions to Biking Information in Google Maps
Google began adding added U.S. biking directions to Google Maps in March 2010 (http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/03/biking-directions-added-to-google-maps.html) and said it was eager to see the response from the cycling community. (Select "Bicycling" from the "more" dropdown menu on the map or click on the bicycle icon when asking for directions.) Through its partnership with the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, it had detailed bike lane and trail information for 150 cities; and for the rest of the country, it recommended routes based on other data such as the size of the road, speed of traffic, and hill steepness. Through its "Report a problem" tool, any user can send corrections or recommend improvements, and receive notifications from Google when their report has been resolved.

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.

How to Do Effective Phrase Searches

How to Do Effective Phrase Searches (3:34)

Montana State University's Greg Notess offers tips for successful phrase searching in this clip from Computers in Libraries 2018.

 

Bookshelf
Find it Fast, 6th edition Find It Fast, 6th Edition
Extracting Expert Information from Social Networks, Big Data, Tweets, and More
by Robert Berkman

In Find It Fast, business research guru Robert Berkman gives expert advice on how to locate the best information sources, how to find and utilize the professionals behind those sources, and how to combine expert techniques to do fast and effective research on any subject.

You'll find practical guidance on such subjects as how to know if a site is a trusted source; understanding how and why sources differ; using precision search strategies and taming information overload; and finding, evaluating, and interviewing experts. Whether you are looking for consumer information, data for a job or project, facts for starting a new business, or an answer to an obscure question, Find It Fast will help you find it. Fast!

2015/336 pp softbound | ISBN 978-1-937290-04-7
Regular Price: $24.95 | Web Orders: $22.45

 
 
Conference Connection

CONFERENCE CALENDAR 

Nov. 7–8, Office 365 Symposium
Place: Washington, D.C.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: 
office365symposium.com/2018/default.aspx

Nov. 7–8, Text Analytics Forum 2018
Place: Washington, D.C.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: 
text-analytics-forum.com/2018/default.aspx

Nov. 7–8, Blockchain In Government
Place: Washington, D.C.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: 
blockchainingovernment.dbta.com/2018/default.aspx

Nov. 8–10, The 1st International Conference on Green Libraries
Place: Zagreb, Croatia
Sponsor/Organizer: National and University Library in Zagreb
URL: 
letsgogreen.nsk.hr

Nov. 9–10, The 14th International Conference on Knowledge Management (ICKM)
Place: Vancouver, B.C.
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing committee
URL: 
ickm.net

Nov. 9–14, ASIS&T Annual Meeting 2018
Place: Vancouver, B.C.
Sponsor/Organizer: Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T)
URL: 
asist.org/events/annual-meeting/annual-meeting-2018

Nov. 12–16, The 21st International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management (EKAW 2018)
Place: Nancy, France
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing committee
URL: 
project.inria.fr/ekaw2018

Nov. 13, Sports Streaming Summit
Place: Huntington Beach, Calif.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: 
streamingmedia.com/Conferences/West2018/Sports.aspx

Nov. 13–14, OTT Leadership Summit
Place: Huntington Beach, Calif.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: 
streamingmedia.com/Conferences/West2018/OTTSummit.aspx

Nov. 13–14, Video Engineering Summit
Place: Huntington Beach, Calif.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: 
streamingmedia.com/Conferences/West2018/VES.aspx

Nov. 13–14, eBook Management: What Works, What Doesn’t (ALCTS e-Forum)
Place: Online only
Sponsor/Organizer: Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS)
URL: 
ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/e-forum/111318

Nov. 13–14, Live Streaming Summit
Place: Huntington Beach, Calif.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: 
streamingmedia.com/Conferences/West2018/livestreamingsummit.aspx

Nov. 13–14, Streaming Media West
Place: Huntington Beach, Calif.
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: 
streamingmedia.com/Conferences/west2018

Nov. 13–15, International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC) Web Archiving Conference 2018
Place: Wellington, New Zealand
Sponsor/Organizer: International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC)
URL: 
netpreserve.org/ga2018

Nov. 14–15, 2018 Library Marketing and Communications Conference (LMCC)
Place: St. Louis, Mo.
Sponsor/Organizer: Library Marketing Conference Group (LMCG)
URL: 
librarymarketingconference.org/lmcc-2018-announcements

Nov. 14–17, The 1st International Children's Libraries Symposium
Place: Urgup, Turkey
Sponsor/Organizer: University of Marmara, Department of Information and Records Management; Ministry of Culture and Tourism Libraries and Publications General Directorate
URL: 
childrenslibraries.org

Nov. 17–20, The 18th IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM 2018)
Place: Singapore
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing Committee
URL: 
icdm2018.org

Nov. 29–Dec. 1, International Conference on Digital Transformation (ICDT 2018)
Place: Delhi, India
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing Committee
URL: 
ifla.org/files/assets/asia-and-oceania/news/icdt_confernece_brochure_19-09-2018.pdf

... View our complete conference calendar here.

ITI Blogs

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

ILI365/InfoToday Europe Blog infotoday.eu – news and ideas for, and by, innovative info pros from around the world, throughout the year.

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, covering everything from ASR to VUI, with lots of links, threads, and even a few pictures thrown in for good measure.


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