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NewsBreaks
LinkedIn Introduces News Component
by Nancy Davis Kho
Last week, business-networking platform LinkedIn announced a beta version of a major enhancement designed to create deeper engagement with its 90 million members. The new LinkedIn Today gives users a customized view for consuming trending news relevant to their industry and makes it easier to share pertinent news with their professional networks. LinkedIn Today enables members to customize a front page and to view the day's professional news as curated through three different lenses: industry, professional connections, and the broader LinkedIn network.

Weekly News Digests
New National Portal to Historic Collections
American Heritage and the American Association for State and Local History are developing a new National Portal to Historic Collections, a system that allows searches through dozens of historic collections, from small local museums to collections of the Smithsonian, National Parks, and U.S. Navy. A prototype is now available at www.NationalPortal.org, and members of the museum community are invited to give feedback or comments. The site will launch later this month at www.AmericanHeritage.com.
MLA International Bibliography Coming to WilsonWeb
The MLA International Bibliography will be available this summer on WilsonWeb, H.W. Wilson's reference database platform. WilsonWeb access to the MLA International Bibliography builds on the value of the database, adding precise and versatile WilsonWeb searching, links to an abundance of full text, seamless simultaneous searching with other WilsonWeb resources, and WilsonWeb research tools, such as the "My WilsonWeb" individual user accounts.
The New York Times to Launch Paid Digital Subscriptions
The New York Times will begin charging for web use on March 28 in the U.S. It was introduced in Canada on March 17, 2011. Under the plan, visitors to NYTimes.com will be able to read 20 articles a month free. The most frequent users will pay $15 a month; print subscribers will have unlimited access. International Herald Tribune subscribers will also receive free access to NYTimes.com. The homepage at NYTimes.com and all section fronts will remain free to browse for all users at all times.

NewsLink Spotlight
Search Quality, Content Farms, and Conspiracy Theories
by Paula J. Hane
The blogosphere and media outlets have been abuzz lately with reports of low-quality search results from the major search engines. It started in December 2010 with a New York Times, story about an unscrupulous merchant whose bad treatment of customers and negative reviews pushed the site to prominence in Google searches. In response to the flap that arose, Google quickly addressed this with changes to its search algorithms. Since then, there have been a New York Times expose of J.C. Penney's SEO practices ("The Dirty Little Secrets of Search") and Google's subsequent changes to its algorithm, Google's assertion that Microsoft Bing was copying Google search results, Google's banning of spam from low-quality sites and so-called "content farms," and even a conspiracy theory about which company was launching a negative publicity campaign against Google. This has indeed been a wild and crazy time.

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

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