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NewsBreaks
Law.Gov Issues Principles and Declaration
by Carol Ebbinghouse
Will you ever get free access to the authentic primary law (acts, codes, statutes, regulations, judicial opinions) affecting your life, your business, your money and relationships? What is Law.Gov and why should we care? If you have ever wondered what the law required of you or ever looked up the vehicle code section that you allegedly violated (according to the police officer who gave you the ticket), you are not alone. Could you find it online? Was it correct, current, from a reliable source, did you even have a clue to the answers to these questions? Probably not. The founder of Law.Gov (http://resource.org/law.gov/index.html) Carl Malamud believes everyone should be able to find the laws that affect them.

Weekly News Digests
Mindjet Creates Community for Visual Thinkers—'Maps for That'
Mindjet (www.mindjet.com), a provider of visual software and applications for brainstorming, announced MapsforThat.com. The new site is a user-generated website and online community for publishing and sharing best practices to improve productivity via visual information maps. MapsforThat.com features user-generated maps and working templates for all matters or subjects, from organizing business plans, keeping projects on track, and driving a more productive sales process to accomplishing a limitless number of business and personal objectives. MapsforThat.com provides access to map templates from Mindjet, as well as maps from real users, to demonstrate how mapping is driving real-world productivity.
EBSCO Announces Caribbean Search Multidisciplinary Database
EBSCO Publishing (www.ebscohost.com) introduced Caribbean Search, a new multidisciplinary database for academic, school, and public library users that provides a comprehensive guide to English-language articles pertinent to the countries and people of the Caribbean region. EBSCO reports that Caribbean Search represents the largest full-text resource available to users in the Caribbean region with more than 730 Caribbean-focused scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, reports, and reference books.
Cengage Learning Enhances CengageBrain.com
Cengage Learning (www.cengage.com) launched an enhanced version of its direct-to-consumer website, CengageBrain.com (www.cengagebrain.com), offering new features for students and instructors. The website, which allows students to purchase or rent textbooks, ebooks, or individual echapters and download study tools, features a more intuitive interface that connects students to many of the site's value-adds, as well as a section specifically designed for instructors. The website also easily connects to the CengageBrain Facebook page where students can find the Br@iniac application, which locates virtual study partners for students.

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.

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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