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Thursday, April 21, 2011

EBSCO has been the keystone

EBSCO is Helping Librarians Find New Ways to Maximize Their Collections

With librarians dealing with constant changes — in formats, budgets and expectations — it’s time to find new strategies for making the best research available to users. From organizing back-end workflows to creating a better search experience for users, EBSCO is here to help. Learn how EBSCO customers are handling their library’s most important tasks at www.ebsco.com/stories.

NewsBreaks
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.

Weekly News Digests
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.

NewsLink Spotlight
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.

ITI Blogs

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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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