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Monday, October 10, 2011

Summon

Recognized as the Best Enterprise Search Solution at the 2011 CODiE Awards by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the Summon™ service offers the most compelling user experience by providing an easy and open familiarity for discovery. More than 250 libraries worldwide are already experiencing the Summon™ service difference, many of which are seeing a substantial increase in the use of their library’s collections.  Discover Summon™ for your library.  

NewsBreaks
University Presses Lead the Way for Publisher-Based Ebook Systems
by Nancy K. Herther
In 2010, Michael Jon Jensen, director of strategic web communications at the National Academies and National Academies Press, wrote that "today, university presses are a key part of a scholarly communications enterprise that performs a key social service, to help civilization gain access to the work of true specialists, the people who have spent more than Gladwell's ten thousand hours developing true expertise in a field. Not pundits, not famous talking heads, but scholars and experts. I expect the same to be true tomorrow." However, he cautioned that "if university presses are to continue to fulfill that fundamental mission, we will need to rethink our roles and partnerships—in preparation for not only a radically universal digital environment of knowledge ubiquity, but (even if I'm only half right) a radically disrupted economy and ecosystem." In the past year, university presses have made major, aggressive strides into ebook adoption that might not only answer this challenge but provide a useful model for the commercial sector.

Weekly News Digests
OCLC’s Geek the Library Campaign Receives Additional Funding
OCLC's Geek the Library community awareness campaign, piloted in 2009 and 2010 and now available to all U.S. public libraries, received an additional grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The supplementary $726,000 provides ongoing campaign materials and field support for libraries currently running the campaign and allows OCLC to work with additional public libraries that sign up by March 31, 2012. Funding ensures that participating libraries can use the campaign to reach their local communities through June 2013.
Europeana Adopts New Data Exchange Agreement
Europe's digital library, museum and archive, and the first major adopter of the Public Domain Mark for works in the worldwide public domain—adopted a new Data Exchange Agreement. The agreement, which data providers and aggregators will transition to by the end of 2011, authorizes Europeana to release the metadata for millions of cultural works into the public domain using the CC0 public domain dedication. All metadata for cultural works accessible via the Europeana portal, including previously delivered metadata, will then be available for free and open re-use.
ProQuest Microfiche Collection Linked to Digital Texts
Advances in the ProQuest research environment have streamlined access to a major literary collection assembled by Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Scholars and students who rely on Gates' ground-breaking Black Literature, 1827-1940, a microfiche collection, can now quickly identify and connect to tens of thousands full-text, digitized versions of articles found through ProQuest's Black Studies Center and Historical Black Newspapers.

NewsLink Spotlight
Mine the Web Like a Journalist
by Paula J. Hane
I recently had the opportunity to sit in on two webinars aimed at journalists. One was sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, titled "Beyond Google: Mining the Web for Company Intelligence." The other was a "LinkedIn for Journalists" training session, which is offered frequently by Krista Canfield, senior manager of corporate communications at LinkedIn. Both proved to be well worth my time. I thought I might share some of the best suggestions I picked up that are applicable for many researchers, journalists or not.

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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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