House and Senate Propose Online Privacy 'Bill of Rights' Legislation
by George H. Pike
The face of online privacy could change dramatically if legislation recently introduced in Congress becomes law. Two proposals, House Bill 1528 in the House of Representatives and Senate Bill 799, would provide for a privacy "bill of rights" covering the online gathering and use of personally identifiable information. The bipartisan bills have quickly generated praise, but they have also generated concern from consumer advocates and industry groups.
AcademicPub Launches Custom Publishing Option for Higher Ed
AcademicPub, a unit of SharedBook, Inc., launched the first custom publishing option for the real-time delivery of copyright-cleared course materials to the higher education community. AcademicPub is targeted to faculty and administrators who desire to create custom course materials at a reasonable price for students, by combining authoritative materials from 21 academic publishers with web content, as well as material the educators create themselves.
New Reporting Features in EBSCONET ERM Essentials
EBSCONET ERM Essentials, EBSCO's e-resource management system (ERM), now includes a highly customizable reporting feature that allows librarians to build, save, and share a broad variety of eresource reports. With flexible report options, librarians can personalize reports to see the specific data they need. To help with day-to-day collection management, favorite reports can be saved and made available for other staff to run at any time.
Export Your LibraryThing Library as MARC Records
Although not suited for even a "small" public or college library, LibraryThing sometimes serves as the system of choice for the very smallest institutions: schools, churches, nonprofits and so forth. Some of these institutions want to preserve an "upward path" to a traditional, low-end Integrated Library System (ILS). LibraryThing does what they want for now, but it may not forever. To meet this need, LibraryThing just released a feature that will allow users to export their LibraryThing library as MARC (USMARC, UTF-8) records. Users will find the Export as MARC option now on the Import/Export page, accessible via the "More" tab when they are logged in.
Library Ebook Lending Under Attack
by Paula J. Hane
Libraries are getting the short end of the stick in the ebook market. The options libraries have are poor and our customers are frustrated. There are numerous restrictions on lending, device incompatibilities, proprietary systems, interface issues, privacy issues, and more. How can librarians work with publishers to build a sustainable ebook model that works for libraries? With the world moving increasingly digital, libraries need to find a way to continue to provide services to their constituencies, to ensure equitable access to information, and to work to develop new electronic content access solutions. There's a growing rift between librarians and publishers—at the very time that we should be sitting down at the table together to work on these issues.
Buying and Selling Information
A Guide for Information Professionals and Salespeople to Build Mutual Success
by Michael L. Gruenberg
Both sides of the negotiating table are represented in this practical and much-needed guide by Michael Gruenberg, a veteran of the electronic information field. With over 30 years selling information to a wide variety of libraries, Gruenberg's time-tested tips, techniques, and strategies will be welcomed by both information professionals and sales professionals
2014/232 pp softbound | ISBN 978-1-57387-478-6 | Regular Price: $49.50 | Pre-Order Price: $29.70
March 2–4, SPARC 2014 Open Access Meeting
Place: Kansas City, Mo.
Sponsor/Organizer: Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)
March 4–7, iConference 2014: Breaking Down Walls: Culture, Context, Computing
Sponsor/Organizer: iSchools Organization
March 5, ALPSP Training Course: Developing Open Access and Hybrid Journals
Sponsor/Organizer: Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP)
March 5–6, Library Publishing Forum 2014
Place: Kansas City, Mo.
Sponsor/Organizer: Library Publishing Coalition
March 11–13, SMX West (Search Marketing Expo)
Place: San Jose, Calif.
Sponsor/Organizer: Third Door Media
March 11–15, PLA 2014 Conference
Sponsor/Organizer: Public Library Association (PLA)
March 13–16, Leipzig Book Fair
Place: Leipzig, Germany
Sponsor/Organizer: Leipziger Messe
March 18–20, The Fourth International Conference on Digital Information Processing and Communications (ICDIPC2014)
Place: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Sponsor/Organizer: Society of Digital Information and Wireless Communications (SDIWC)
March 18–20, ILLiad International Conference
Place: Virginia Beach, Va.
Sponsor/Organizer: Atlas Systems, Inc.
March 19–20, The Seventh Annual Library Technology Conference
Place: St. Paul, Minn.
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing Committee
March 21–24, Paris Book Fair
Sponsor/Organizer: Reed Expositions France
March 22–24, The 4th International Conference on Information Systems and Technologies (ICIST 2014)
Place: Valencia, Spain
Sponsor/Organizer: International Journal of Information Systems and Technologies (IJIST)
March 25–26, SMX Munich (Search Marketing Expo)
Sponsor/Organizer: Rising Media, Third Door Media
March 26–28, Research Data Access and Preservation Summit 2014 (RDAP14)
Place: San Diego
Sponsor/Organizer: Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T)
March 27–28, The 2nd International Conference on Information Technology and Science (ICITS 2014)
Sponsor/Organizer: Organizing Committee
March 28–April 7, The 12th Bangkok International Book Fair 2014
Sponsor/Organizer: Publishers and Booksellers Association of Thailand (PUBAT)
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