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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.

How to Help Researchers Find ...

How to Help Researchers Find Reliable Sources and Avoid Fake News (5:37)

California State University-Northridge librarian Doris Helfer discusses a rubric she and her colleagues created to identify credible research sources and help their patrons steer clear of fake news in this clip from Computers in Libraries 2018.

ITI Blogs

If you regularly read blogs, add these to your reader:

ITI Conference Blog libconf.com – covering ITI's library conferences worldwide.

ILI365/InfoToday Europe Blog infotoday.eu – news and ideas for, and by, innovative info pros from around the world, throughout the year.

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, covering everything from ASR to VUI, with lots of links, threads, and even a few pictures thrown in for good measure.


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