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Thursday, April 07, 2011

ProQuest Dialog

The curious start with ProQuest Dialog™ — Imagine having information from the world’s most authoritative publishers, the workflow tools to search, organize, share and manage it in a collaborative way with speed and precision, and the added value of excellent customer support — it’s all yours with the new ProQuest Dialog service. Because, when you have the right information, there are no limits on what you can do.

NewsBreaks
HathiTrust Discovers Serials Solutions’ Summon and Vice Versa
by Barbara Quint
HathiTrust, a massive digital repository for books and serials digitized from major research libraries, will open its collection to the popular Summon discovery service from ProQuest's Serials Solutions. In 2010, HathiTrust introduced its full-text searching system for its more than 8.4 million items, including both public domain and in-copyright material. Sometime this summer, Summon will begin offering full-text access through its discovery service with content matched to individual library holdings. At the same time, the 2.25 million public domain items in the HathiTrust digital library will become reachable through Summon for access and/or downloading. In effect, the currently 200-plus Summon libraries will have added both full-text access to large portions of their existing print collections and significantly increased their ebook collections with millions of public domain items. Later this summer, HathiTrust plans to enhance its own full-text searching with new features and, at the same time, possibly offer access to other discovery services.

Weekly News Digests
Thomson Reuters Introduces the New Web of Knowledge
Thomson Reuters announced the launch of the new Web of Knowledge. This latest release of the scholarly research and citation data resource delivers better functionality and new features. Introduced more than a decade ago, Web of Knowledge has steadily evolved into an integrated and powerful search and discovery platform that offers access to scholarly publications in the sciences, social sciences, and tthe arts and humanities. It also provides metrics and analytical tools for assessing research influence and impact.
Alexander Street Press Announces Video Publishing Plan for 2011
Electronic publisher Alexander Street Press announced plans to launch an integrated online repository of academic video titles. Already the publisher of 10 distinct, discipline-specific streaming video collections containing more than 8,000 films, Alexander Street intends to expand its offerings rapidly to more than 10,000 titles in 2011 and to 20,000 by 2013.
GSA and GPO Partner With Google to Offer Free Government Publications
The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is working with the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) and GPO's relationship with the Google Book Partner Program to make popular government publications available for free electronic download through Google. The program is making available 100 consumer-related federal government publications distributed through GSA's Federal Citizen Information Center (FCIC) on Google Books.

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

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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