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NewsBreaks
ProQuest Dialog Begins New Platform Rollout; New ProQuest Platform Begins Preview Period
by Paula J. Hane
Since the acquisition of Dialog 2 years ago by ProQuest, customers of the Dialog and DataStar services have been keeping a close watch to see what would happen. At the time, ProQuest said it would "invest aggressively in Dialog" and integrate its content. Integration and a major upgrade to the services had long been hoped for even before the acquisition, but until now, it has remained an elusive goal. This week, following 18 months of research and testing, Dialog is launching a first release of the new "ProQuest Dialog," (www.dialog.com/proquestdialog), which offers a subset of Dialog and DataStar content (currently 14 databases) intended for use by end users in the pharmaceutical/biomedical customer community. Other releases in late 2010 and 2011 will bring in the remaining content collections, including STM, intellectual property, and business intelligence, and additional functionality to meet the needs of power searchers. In addition, ProQuest Dialog is built on the same technology infrastructure as the promised new ProQuest platform and has been developed in tandem. The ProQuest platform is entering a preview period, also this week.

Weekly News Digests
The British Library to Offer Free Access to Bibliographic Records
The British Library (www.bl.uk) is to make its extensive collections of bibliographic records available for free to researchers and other libraries: www.bl.uk/bibliographic/datafree.html. The U.K. national library has around 14 million catalog records comprising a wealth of bibliographic data. The initiative will help expose this vast dataset to users worldwide, allowing researchers and other libraries to access and retrieve bibliographic records for publications dating back centuries and relating to every conceivable subject area.
SpringerLink Relaunched With Semantic Linking and Content Previews
Springer (www.springer.com) relaunched its online platform SpringerLink (www.SpringerLink.com), which hosts nearly 5 million documents, including ebooks, journals, and reference works. The redesigned site has a new and fresh concept that includes semantic linking and connects related content across ebooks and journals.
“Geek the Library” Campaign Now Available to All U.S. Libraries
Geek the Library (www.geekthelibrary.org), a community-based public awareness campaign, is now available for adoption by any U.S. public library. The campaign is designed to highlight the vital role of public libraries in today's challenging economic environment and to increase local library support. Geek the Library has proven ability to improve public perceptions about local library funding needs in test communities. Details about how libraries can use the campaign to increase local support are available at http://get.geekthelibrary.org.

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.

Conference Connection

CONFERENCE CALENDAR 

Jan. 5–8, 48th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS)
Place: Koloa, Hawaii
Sponsor/Organizer: University of Hawaii–Manoa’s Shidler College of Business
URL: hicss.hawaii.edu/hicss_48/apahome48.htm

Jan. 6–8, 4th IEEE International Symposium on Emerging Trends and Technologies in Libraries and Information Services (ETTLIS 2015)
Place: Delhi, India
Sponsor/Organizer: Jaypee Institute of Information Technology’s Learning Resource Centre
URL: jiit.ac.in/lrcjiit/ettlis-2015

Jan. 7, CurateGear 2015: Enabling the Curation of Digital Collections
Place: Chapel Hill, N.C.
Sponsor/Organizer: University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science
URL: ils.unc.edu/digccurr/curategear2015.html

Jan. 11–13, 2015 INFORMS Computing Society Conference
Place: Richmond, Va.
Sponsor/Organizer: INFORMS Computing Society
URL: sites.google.com/site/2015icsconference

Jan. 13–15, Digital Book World Conference + Expo
Place: New York
Sponsor/Organizer: F+W and Publishers Launch Conferences
URL: conference.digitalbookworld.com/ehome/index.php?eventid=90839&tabid=195530&

Jan. 15, Data Visualization: How to Do It and Do It Well
Place: Boston
Sponsor/Organizer: NEASIST (New England Chapter of the Association for Information Science & Technology) and Simmons College Student Chapter
URL: neasist.org/2014/12/10/january-event-2015-data-visualization

Jan. 15–16, 4th International Open Access Conference@EKT
Place: Athens, Greece
Sponsor/Organizer: RECODE project and the National Documentation Centre
URL: recodeproject.eu/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Conference_RECODE_ONLINE-PROGRAMME_1410.pdf

Jan. 19, ICSTI 2015 Annual Members’ Meeting
Place: Berlin
Sponsor/Organizer:  ICSTI (International Council for Scientific and Technical Information)
URL: www.icsti.org

Jan. 21–23, International Library Conference on "What’s Next in Libraries?"
Place: Silchar, Assam, India
Sponsor/Organizer: National Institute of Technology–Silchar and University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign’s Mortenson Center for International Library Programs
URL: whatsnextinlibraries.blogspot.in

Jan. 21–23, 2015 SLA Leadership Summit
Place: Baltimore
Sponsor/Organizer: Special Libraries Association (SLA)
URL: sla.org/attend

Jan. 22, Buying & Selling Content
Place: New York
Sponsor/Organizer: Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA)
URL: siia.net/buysell/2015

Jan. 23–24, Library and Information Professionals Summit (LIPS) 2015: Transforming Dimension of IPR: Challenges for the New Age Libraries
Place: New Delhi, India
Sponsor/Organizer: Society for Library Professionals (SLP) and National Law University, Delhi
URL: api.ning.com/files/LB6l9Yyl8LA1O2gS1TWtY37cETMfbBNLoxcXow7*l6PaF8a49jX6al8zp3hkHn98-Aehmh7B8sVCLwg8t0QV*tEtTk-7SvBt/LIPS2015.pdf

Jan. 25–30, 29th Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI 15)
Place: Austin, Texas
Sponsor/Organizer: Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)
URL: aaai.org/Conferences/AAAI/aaai15.php

Jan. 27–28, Sustaining Partnerships to Transform Scholarly Production
Place: Whistler, BC
Sponsor/Organizer: Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) 
URL: inke.ca/projects/whistler-gathering-2015

Jan. 27–30, ALISE 2015 Annual Conference: Mirrors & Windows: Reflections on Social Justice and Re-Imagining LIS Education
Place: Chicago
Sponsor/Organizer: ALISE (Association for Library and Information Science Education)
URL: alise.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=853:alise-2015-conference&catid=21:alise-confrences

Jan. 28–30, International Conference on Digital Information Processing, Data Mining, and Wireless Communications (DIPDMWC 2015)
Place: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Sponsor/Organizer: Society of Digital Information and Wireless Communications (SDIWC)
URL: sdiwc.net/conferences/dipdmwc2015

Jan. 28–30, BOBCATSSS 2015
Place: Brno, Czech Republic
Sponsor/Organizer: EUCLID (European Association for Library & Information Education and Research) and university students
URL: bobcatsss2015.com/wp

Jan. 29–30, Tackling Textbook Costs Through Open Educational Resources: A Primer
Place: Chicago
Sponsor/Organizer: SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and ARL/ACRL Institute for Scholarly Communication
URL: sparc.arl.org/events/tackling-textbook-costs-through-open-educational-resources-primer

Jan. 30–31, International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Future of Libraries: Issues and Challenges
Place: Gulbarga, Karnataka, India
Sponsor/Organizer: Karnataka State SC/ST Library Professionals Association
URL: scstlib.net

Jan. 30–31, ACP 2015 Mid-Winter Meeting
Place: Toronto
Sponsor/Organizer: Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP)
URL: publishers.ca/index.php/news-a-events/meetings

Jan. 30–Feb. 3, ALA 2015 Midwinter Meeting
Place: Chicago
Sponsor/Organizer: American Library Association (ALA)
URL: ala.org/conferencesevents/ala-upcoming-annual-conferences-midwinter-meetings

... View our complete conference calendar here.

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