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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Summon
Today, the Summon™ service is at work in over 200 libraries around the globe—helping them meet the expectations of their users and delivering proven value to the library.  The Summon™ service provides a transformative discovery experience, offering users a clear, comprehensive starting point for research, and ensuring material in the library is easily discovered and used. Discover Summon™ for your library.  

NewsBreaks
CQ Press Creates the Wow Factor With First Street
by Sue Polanka
On First Street, you can run, but you can't hide. This revolutionary new database delivers the connections among the people, money, and issues that consume Washington. Launched in early April by CQ Press, a division of SAGE Publications, First Street is soon to become the go-to resource for researching political relationships. It is a matrix of data from CQ Press's Congressional Staff Directory, Federal Staff Directory, lobbyist registrations, federal elections commission data, census information, and other top-notch political sources.

Weekly News Digests
OCLC and Ingram to Offer New Option for Access to Ebooks
OCLC and Ingram Content Group Inc. will soon offer a new service option that will provide library users with short-term access to ebooks not in their collections through WorldCat Resource Sharing and ILLiad. The new service option, to launch in the coming months, expands access to library content available through WorldCat Resource Sharing to include access to ebooks from Ingram's MyiLibrary ebook collection for a period of up to nine days. Ebook loans are fee-based, set at 15% of the MyiLibrary price for access to the ebook. The fee is managed through the WorldCat Resource Sharing interlibrary loan Fee Management feature, a service that supports payment of resource-sharing services through the library's OCLC invoice.
ALA Releases 'The State of America’s Libraries, 2011'
The Great Recession may have come to an end, but hard-pressed Americans continue to turn to their local libraries for help in finding a job or launching their own businesses. This and other library trends of the past year are detailed in a report titled "The State of America's Libraries, 2011," released during National Library Week, April 10-16, 2011, by the American Library Association (ALA).
World Book Content Searchable Through EBSCO Discovery Service
A recent agreement between EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) and World Book, Inc. will bring 12 reference tools into EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS). Metadata, including full-text searching, for World Book resources will be added to the EDS Base Index allowing the World Book content to better impact searching through EDS' single-search interface.

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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