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Thursday, July 21, 2011

websearch university

WebSearch University is back in Washington, D.C., and offers the perfect opportunity to learn from world-class power searchers. The curriculum will enhance your search creativity, provide essential information about changes in search engines, introduce new resources, and put it all in context for serious researchers—information professionals, librarians, freelancers, journalists, and information managers.

Learn how to turn your search into research at WebSearch University !

NewsBreaks
Thomson IP Management Services Upgrades IP Manager
by Barbara Quint
Organizations with large collections of intellectual property assets—patents, trademarks, licensed content, domain names, and more—can face enormous and critical problems with managing all the details necessary to create, maintain, and use these assets. Thomson IP Manager, a major suite of IP portfolio management software from Thomson IP Management Services, provides and processes key information in as many problem areas as possible and improves organizational decision making in handling IP assets. Recently Thomson added several new features to the package, in particular data validation. IP Manager now also supports Information Disclosure Statements (IDS), survey and delegation for work teams, and a new collaboration portal.

Weekly News Digests
Updates to Gale LegalForms Announced
Gale, part of Cengage Learning, announced new updates to Gale LegalForms, its online legal resource designed to help public library patrons, law students, and practicing lawyers create accurate and reliable legal documents. All LegalForms products now include the Law Digest module, which contains law summaries for each state as well as a detailed, yet easy-to-understand, legal question and answer (Q&A) section. Enhancements have also been made to the user interface, making the resource easier to navigate.
Ex Libris Releases Version 8 of Voyager ILS
The Ex Libris Group announced the release of version 8 of the Voyager integrated library system (ILS). Much of the new functionality in this version is the result of continued collaboration with the international Voyager community, which now consists of more than 1,300 sites.
New OCLC Research Report on Virtual Reference
"Seeking Synchronicity: Revelations and Recommendations for Virtual Reference," a new report from OCLC Research, in partnership with Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and additionally funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), distills more than 5 years of virtual reference (VR) research into a readable summary featuring memorable quotes that vividly illustrate specific and actionable suggestions. The report suggests that by transforming VR service encounters into relationship-building opportunities, librarians can better leverage the positive feelings people have for libraries.

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.

 

Disturbances in the Data Ecosystem: How the Pandemic and Techlash Will Become a Force in Your Lives keynote session video

Disturbances in the Data Ecosystem: How the Pandemic and Techlash Will Become a Force in Your Lives (42:29)

In this keynote session, Lee Rainie, director of internet and technology research at Pew Research Center, discusses public attitudes about data, machine learning, privacy, and the role of technology companies in society—including in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. He covers how these issues will be factors shaping the next stages of the analytics revolution as politicians, regulators, and civic actors start to focus their sights on data and its use.

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