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Monday, February 14, 2011

Identify Community Needs and Opportunities

Computers in Libraries is a must-attend event that caters to all interests and all levels of knowledge. This year’s conference theme, Strategic Focus & Value for Library Communities, encompasses all the challenges, solutions, technologies, and practices that those working with computers in libraries or libraries in computers are dealing with today.

Don’t miss it! Register today!

NewsBreaks
AOL, Huffington Post ‘Embrace the Digital Future’ Together
by Nancy K. Herther
On Monday, Feb. 7, AOL announced the acquisition of The Huffington Post (Huff Post) for a reported $315 million. AOL's CEO, Tim Armstrong, proclaimed that "Together, our companies will embrace the digital future and become a digital destination that delivers unmatched experiences for both consumers and advertisers." The acquisition is intended to "create a premier global, national, local, and hyper-local content group for the digital age—leveraged across online, mobile, tablet, and video platforms." Wall Street analysts seem to feel this diversification by AOL into the news business represents not only a good fit between the companies but also an aid in attracting more big brand advertisers to the company.
eBookFling Enters Scene as Ebook Lending Option
by Cindy Shamel
Owners of ebook readers have been known to complain about restrictions on sharing their electronic books. Until recently, neither the publishers nor the retailers supported or encouraged it. On Dec. 30, 2010, Amazon announced the Kindle Lending Club, following in the footsteps of Barnes & Noble's LendMe feature for the nook. Enter eBookFling from BookSwim. BookSwim positions itself as "America's only Netflix-style book rental service." The eBookFling offering, which was announced on Jan. 25, will serve as a "virtual ebook swap website."

Weekly News Digests
U.S. Department of Energy’s ScienceCinema Accesses Searchable Videos
Scientific videos for R&D from the Department of Energy (DOE) are now searchable through Science Cinema. Jeffrey Salmon, deputy director for resource management with the DOE Office of Science, said, "Video, animation, visualization, and other forms of multimedia are now widely used to record, share, and collaborate in science. Because of the U.S. Department of Energy's central role in science, we are also at the center of technology for collecting and disseminating this new media. ScienceCinema's pioneering search and retrieval capability provides the public with a way to quickly access and view our multimedia-based R&D information."
Paratext’s ReferenceUniverse to Add Links to Wiley Major Reference Works
Paratext will integrate thousands of links to more than 125 major reference works on Wiley Online Library. Launched last summer, the Wiley Online Library carries content published by Wiley-Blackwell, including Wiley-VCH. Eileen Dolan, director of market development at Wiley-Blackwell, said, "This new partnership will ensure that award-winning reference titles such as Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Engineering, Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry, and the Encyclopedia of Life Sciences are even more discoverable."
Mobile Access to USA TODAY Digital Content Available Through Microsoft Tagging
USA TODAY launched the use of Microsoft Tags in the newspaper. The newspaper will feature at least one Tag in each print section daily. Readers can scan the Tag with their mobile devices for direct access to videos and online content. The Tags will provide readers with access to daily photo galleries and the latest financial news and sports scores, as well as other video and digital features.

NewsLink Spotlight
Update on Gale—Mobile, Global, and In Context
by Paula J. Hane
At the recent ALA Midwinter meeting, I caught up with Nader Qaimari, senior vice president of marketing at Cengage Learning, to talk about recent developments at Gale and get a peek at some forthcoming products. Gale continues to be excited about the streamlined company structure implemented last summer—the integration of Gale and Cengage. Qaimari says it lets the company make content connections and help libraries serve as the conduit to information and textbooks. Other news he was eager to discuss included the company's mobile initiatives, its new Gale World Scholar product line, enhancements to PowerSearch, new administrative tools, and ongoing work on the In Context products.

Conference Connection

CONFERENCE CALENDAR 

Aug. 6–7, Creative Librarian 2.0: Connect, Collaborate and Share Knowledge Using Social Media Platform
Place: New Delhi
Sponsor/Organizer: TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute)
URL: teriin.org/index.php?option=com_events&view=details&sid=800&Itemid=110

Aug. 9–13, The 38th Annual ACM SIGIR Conference
Place: Santiago, Chile
Sponsor/Organizer: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval (SIGIR)
URL: sigir2015.org

Aug. 12–14, The Fifth International PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference
Place: Vancouver, British Columbia
Sponsor/Organizer: Public Knowledge Project (PKP)
URL: pkp.sfu.ca/5th-international-pkp-scholarly-publishing-conference-scholarship-technology-and-community

Aug. 13–15, The 16th IEEE International Conference on Information Reuse and Integration
Place: San Francisco
Sponsor/Organizer: IEEE Computer Society
URL: ieee-iri.org

Aug. 15–21, The 81st IFLA General Conference and Assembly
Place: Cape Town, South Africa
Sponsor/Organizer: International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
URL: conference.ifla.org/ifla81

Aug. 17–19, Customer Service Experience
Place: New York
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: custservexperience.com/2015

Aug. 17–19, CRM Evolution
Place: New York
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: destinationcrm.com/Conferences/2015

Aug. 17–19, SpeechTEK
Place: New York
Sponsor/Organizer: Information Today, Inc.
URL: speechtek.com/2015

Aug. 24–26, The International Conference on Open and Big Data (OBD 2015)
Place: Rome
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing Committee
URL: ficloud.org/obd2015

... View our complete conference calendar here.

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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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