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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Accessible Archives American County Histories

Encyclopedic in scope and virtually limitless in their research possibilities, these large volumes comprising New England and the Mid-Atlantic states provide detailed coverage of local history, geology, geography, weather, transportation, lists of local participants in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, government, the medical and legal professions, churches and ministers, industry and manufacturing, banking and insurance, schools and teachers, noted celebrations, fire departments and associations, cemeteries, family histories, health and vital statistics, roads and bridges, public officials and legislators, and many additional subjects.

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NewsBreaks
Authors Take Libraries to Court in Face Off on Copyright Issues
by Nancy K. Herther
As with a difficult pregnancy, the birthing of a new publishing model for the 21st century has proven complex and painful for everyone involved. The focus of much of the debate and angst has centered on what the publishing industry and authors see as the nexus of the struggle: Google Books, and recent actions seem to be taking this struggle aggressively to new levels. On Sept. 12, eight authors—including James Shapiro and Fay Weldon—along with three key organizations representing authors in North America and Australia—filed suit to stop academic libraries from their participation in HathiTrust digitization projects (in cooperative agreements with Google Books).

Weekly News Digests
De Gruyter Acquires bepress Journal Porfolio
The academic publisher De Gruyter and The Berkeley Electronic Press (bepress) announced that they reached an agreement for De Gruyter to acquire bepress's journal portfolio. The agreement covers a total of 67 journals in the areas of law, business/economics, humanities, and natural sciences. bepress reports it "is exiting the subscription-based journal publishing business because we believe we can have the greatest impact on scholarly communications by dedicating ourselves to enabling library-led publishing and research dissemination programs with Digital Commons."
FirstRain Adds Executives and LinkedIn Access to Business Web Monitoring
FirstRain added people to the business intelligence types you can monitor. This means you can now search for and monitor executives, find single-click connections to your LinkedIn network at any company, easily link to an executive's LinkedIn profile page, and access its rapidly expanding collection of key info on thousands of top executives.
USA.gov Hosting National Dialogue on Improving Federal Websites
USA.gov announced it is hosting a National Dialogue on Improving Federal Websites Sept. 19-30, 2011. This 2-week, online dialogue is your chance to submit, vote, and comment on ideas for improving various aspects of federal websites, such as: content, search, usability, accessibility, social media, multilingual content, and online services. Future changes based on these ideas could directly impact the work government agencies like the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health do every day.

NewsLink Spotlight
Upstart Legal Services Gain Traction
by Paula J. Hane
What a lot of activity we've seen lately in online legal services—acquisitions, investments, new traction in the market, and even newly launched services. The traditional methods of practicing law have been challenged of late, with some of the work formerly done by lawyers now able to be performed by technology. And, the rise of free sources of legal information, such as Fastcase and Justia.com, continue to rock the market. Yes, we live in interesting and disruptive times.

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

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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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