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Thursday, July 14, 2011

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NewsBreaks
FirstRain Improves Business Web Monitoring Engine
by Paula J. Hane
The FirstRain web research engine finds, analyzes, and categorizes the latest information on companies, their markets, and the business trends affecting the financial markets. The third generation of this subscription-based service just announced July 11, 2011, is designed to unlock the "Business Web" with new simplicity and relevancy. The enhancements focus on role-based workflow improvements and mobile app availability. The target market is general business researchers—sales, marketing, finance, and C-level executives—not information professionals.

Weekly News Digests
Alexander Street Press Adds EMI recordings to Classical Music Library
Alexander Street Press announced the addition of nearly 22,500 recordings from EMI and EMI sub-labels Virgin Classics and Angel Records to its streaming music collection for libraries and educational institutions, Classical Music Library.
Annual Reviews Releases New Mobile Platform; Celebrates 80th Anniversary
Annual Reviews, the nonprofit publisher that synthesizes critical research literature, announced a new release of the mobile platform that enables full-text access to its 40 journals. The release coincides with the 80th anniversary of the organization's first title, the Annual Review of Biochemistry; in celebration, the journal's extensive 80th volume is available for free mobile access for the next 30 days.
OPA Releases New Study of Tablet Users
The Online Publishers Association (OPA) released a new study, A Portrait of Today's Tablet User, that was commissioned to learn about consumer usage of tablets, content consumption preferences, and implications for advertising on the device. The study found that tablet users view tablets as their preferred reading device over computers and printed media for many types of content, including weather, entertainment, news, sports, and financial information.

NewsLink Spotlight
Ebook Developments Were HOT at ALA
by Paula J. Hane
Looking over the program of presentations and panels and at the vendors exhibiting at the recent American Library Association Annual (ALA) conference, it's clear that librarians are focused on embracing the expanding digital world and specifically on providing ebooks as part of library services. Of course, along with that come all the issues and considerations involved: copyright/DRM, rising costs of digital collections, format issues, and the rapidly evolving publishing market. For librarians, it's all about providing enhanced services through the emerging technologies. They had a lot to look at and think about in New Orleans.

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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This newsletter is published by Information Today, Inc.
Editor: Brandi Scardilli
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Email: bscardilli@infotoday.com