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Thursday, April 28, 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
Kindle Library Lending Announcement Raises Questions
by Theresa Cramer
Something has long been missing from the electronic shelves at libraries. While users could check out ebooks for a number of e-readers, including Barnes & Noble's Nook, Kindle editions have been conspicuously absent. Until Amazon announced a partnership with OverDrive on April 20, users of one of the most popular ereaders on the market have been left out in the ebook lending cold. Kindle Library Lending, which will launch later this year, will allow Kindle customers to borrow Kindle books from more than 11,000 libraries in the U.S.

Weekly News Digests
ProQuest’s Deep Indexing Technology Awarded Patent; Now Available on New ProQuest Platform
ProQuest was awarded a patent for its Deep Indexing technology by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. ProQuest extracts and indexes data about graphic objects in journal literature to allow it to be searched as effectively as full text. Deep indexing was pioneered in CSA Illustrata, earning the sci-tech database multiple industry awards for giving researchers the ability to surface relevant information that would be missed by other search methods. Deep Indexing is now available in the all-new ProQuest platform, allowing the innovation to be used across a much broader range of data.
Text Creation Partnership Makes 18th-Century Texts Freely Available to the Public
The University of Michigan Library announced the opening to the public of 2,231 searchable keyed-text editions of books from Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO), published by Gale, part of Cengage Learning. ECCO is an important research database that includes every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the U.K. during the 18th century, along with thousands of important works from the Americas. ECCO contains more than 32 million pages of text and more than 205,000 individual volumes that are all fully searchable.
NIH Launches New Resource on Complementary and Alternative Medicine
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) of the National Institutes of Health has unveiled a new online resource, designed to give healthcare providers easy access to evidence-based information on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). This new resource seeks to provide healthcare providers with the tools necessary to learn about the various CAM practices and products and be better able to discuss the safety and effectiveness of complementary and alternative medicine with their patients.

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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