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Monday, April 18, 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
The Factiva Evolution—Global, Mobile, More Accessible
by Paula J. Hane
Factiva has earned a reputation over the years as one of our leading business news and research resources. It has consistently enhanced its content, functionality, and tools to accommodate our increasingly complex and demanding information access requirements. Now, Dow Jones is announcing a series of enhancements to Factiva coming out over the next few weeks that will make the service more global, mobile, and even more accessible. The focus is on helping people get more value out of information. Enhancements include a new look and feel, new global content, and a new app for the iPad.

Weekly News Digests
Critical Mention to Monitor BBC TV and Radio Content
Critical Mention has expanded into the U.K. with the addition of monitoring of BBC News TV and radio content. The search platform already ingests content from more than 1,000 media sources around the world, including from all 210 U.S. television markets, Canada, and the Middle East. The addition of the BBC is designed to position the platform as the world's most powerful and comprehensive capture network in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K., digitizing and indexing in real-time more than 30 hours of TV and radio content from around the world every 60 seconds.
Boopsie Launches BookCheck—Mobile Check-Out for Libraries
Mobile technology provider, Boopsie, announced the availability of BookCheck, a new feature that allows library patrons to check out books and other materials using a mobile phone. Cuyahoga County Public Library is the first to offer Boopsie BookCheck. BookCheck is available for Android device users. Support for iPhone and select BlackBerry devices will follow shortly.
Elsevier Discontinuing 2collab Service
Elsevier has discontinued its 2collab research and collaboration service as of April 15. Users are being advised to export their bookmarks and are given specific instructions on how to do so.

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.

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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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Editor: Deborah Poulson
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Email: dpoulson@infotoday.com