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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 

March 7–11, The 9th Health Informatics in Africa Conference (HELINA 2014)
Place: Accra, Ghana
Sponsor/Organizer: Ghana Health Informatics Association (GHIA)
URL: conf.helina-online.org/index.php/2014/oct2014

March 10, ALPSP Training Course: Developing Open Access and Hybrid Journals
Place: London
Sponsor/Organizer: Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP)
URL: alpsp.org/Ebusiness/Meetings/Meeting.aspx?ID=429

March 12–13, Conference of the Bells
Place: Milan
Sponsor/Organizer: EXPO Milano 2015
URL: convegnostelline.it

March 14–18, The 18th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2015)
Place: Vancouver, British Columbia
Sponsor/Organizer: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
URL: cscw.acm.org/2015

March 20, ALPSP Training Course: Financial Management in Journals Publishing
Place: London
Sponsor/Organizer: Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP)
URL: alpsp.org/Ebusiness/Meetings/Meeting.aspx?ID=433

March 21–23, The 5th International Conference on Information Systems and Technologies (ICIST’15)
Place: Istanbul, Turkey
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing committee
URL: ijist.net/ICIST15

March 24, ALPSP Training Course: Data Protection: Compliance Issues for Publishers
Place: London
Sponsor/Organizer: Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP)
URL: alpsp.org/Ebusiness/Meetings/Meeting.aspx?ID=441

March 25–28, ACRL 2015 Conference
Place: Portland, Ore.
Sponsor/Organizer: Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)
URL: conference.acrl.org

March 26–28, The Third International Conference on E-Technologies and Business on the Web (EBW2015)
Place: Paris
Sponsor/Organizer: Society of Digital Information and Wireless Communications (SDIWC)
URL: sdiwc.net/conferences/ebw2015

March 28–29, The 3rd International Conference on Information Technology and Science (ICITS 2015)
Place: Pattaya, Thailand
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing committee
URL: icits.org

March 29–30, The Second Annual Library Publishing Forum
Place: Portland, Ore.
Sponsor/Organizer: Library Publishing Coalition (LPC)
URL: librarypublishing.org/events/lpforum15

March 29–April 2, The 37th European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR 2015)
Place: Vienna
Sponsor/Organizer: Austrian Computer Society and the Faculty of Informatics at the Vienna University of Technology
URL: ecir2015.ifs.tuwien.ac.at/wp

March 30–31, The Third Annual HTRC (HathiTrust Research Center) UnCamp
Place: Ann Arbor, Mich.
Sponsor/Organizer: HTRC
URL: hathitrust.org/htrc_uncamp2015

March 30–April 1, The UKSG 38th Annual Conference and Exhibition
Place: Glasgow, Scotland
Sponsor/Organizer: UKSG
URL: uksg.org/event/conference15

... View our complete conference calendar here.

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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