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Thursday, May 12, 2011

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 workflows to improving the 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.

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NewsBreaks
Bookish Wants to Help You Find Your Next Book
by Theresa Cramer
Many of the publishing world's biggest players came together on May 6 to announce a new joint venture. Bookish.com, set to launch this summer—though no one is saying exactly when—is backed by such industry heavyweights as Hachette Book Group, Penguin Group (USA), and Simon & Schuster. And it isn't just book publishers getting behind this project. The AOL Huffington Post Media Group is also on board.

Weekly News Digests
NTIS Announces Biweekly Information Service
The U.S. National Technical Information Service (NTIS) announced the availability of a biweekly information dissemination product: NTIS-Selected Research Service (NTIS-SRS). It delivers complete electronic copies of government publications based on your needs, automatically, within a few weeks of announcement by NTIS. NTIS-SRS includes the full bibliographic information in XML format. NTIS reports that it should be of particular interest to corporate and special libraries as it provides subscribers the ability to specify information content by 39 primary subject categories and 378 subcategories.
EBSCO A-to-Z Enhances Linking Capabilities from Popular Research Sites
EBSCO A-to-Z now offers an economical solution for libraries that want OpenURL link resolving capabilities but cannot afford a full-featured link resolver. Links can be easily integrated with sites such as PubMed and Google Scholar so that users can link from the citation to gain access to the full-text article. If the needed article is in a subscribed EBSCOhost full-text database or within an ejournal subscribed to through EBSCO, the user is taken directly to the full text. For other titles, users are presented with the A-to-Z title details list from which they can navigate to the appropriate full text. All of this is available at no additional charge to EBSCO A-to-Z customers.
Inmagic Presto 3.7 Streamlines Information Access
Inmagic, Inc. released the latest version of Inmagic Presto, a technology built to support Social Knowledge Network applications. New functionality in Presto v3.7 streamlines connections to third-party repositories so information can be easily indexed and searched from Presto. In addition, Presto now lets users sort browse collections—recently one of the most requested features by customers. Presto 3.7 also features improved user views and configuration for more intuitive search and organization of information, and it offers out-of-the-box templates for faster deployment.

NewsLink Spotlight
Book Recommendation Services
by Paula J. Hane
My family and friends have long been valued sources of recommendations for that next good read. We eagerly trade paperbacks, and we don't get bent out of shape if our preferences don't always match someone's recommendations. Amazon's recommendations have proven helpful to me over the years (Customers who bought this also …), and sometimes it highlights items I might not have thought of checking. But with the increased interest in ebooks and the phenomenal sales of e-readers, it's worth knowing about some other very helpful sources for book recommendations. There's a growing number of them popping up, and I was quite surprised to find so many when I started digging. Each has its own special strengths, so you might want to check out several.

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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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