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NewsBreaks
OCLC WorldShare Platform: OCLC Brands and Strengthens Its Webscale Strategy
by Marshall Breeding
It has been no secret that OCLC has been hard at work developing a new global technology platform to support the automation needs of libraries. "Webscale" has been OCLC's mantra in recent years, supporting strategies that aim to leverage the collective efforts of libraries through shared information resources and technology infrastructure. OCLC has been promoting its Web-scale Management Services as an alternative to traditional library management systems, and it has created a new technology platform to support its own automation services as well as those created by library developers. Significant activity has been churning around these activities, with the initial version of the library automation services complete and 32 libraries now using it as their production platform. OCLC has now launched a new brand around these efforts: OCLC WorldShare.
Berlin 9 OA Conference Urging More, Faster
by Barbie E. Keiser
In 2003, international research, scientific, and cultural institutions issued The Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities promoting the internet as a medium for disseminating global knowledge. In order to support continued adoption of the principles outlined in the Berlin Declaration, as well to track progress on their implementation, the original 19 signatories agreed to support regular follow-up meetings. Berlin 9 took place on Nov. 9-10, 2011, at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Chevy Chase, Md., the first of the annual meetings to take place in North America.

Weekly News Digests
IndieBound Mobile Reading App Launches
IndieBound Reader is a new ebook reading application created by the American Booksellers Association and Bluefire Productions, an independent software company in Seattle, Wash. The just-launched reading app allows book lovers to read ebooks purchased at their local, independent bookstores. Currently, IndieBound Reader is available for the Android operating system, and it will soon be available for iPhones and iOS devices.
Deep Web Technologies Introduces Mobile Apps for Federated Search
Deep Web Technologies announced that it has implemented its popular Biznar and Mednar federated search web applications as native mode Apple iOS apps for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Biznar and Mednar are free, publicly available browser-based applications that search multiple Deep Web business and medical information sources for content that satisfies a user's query. Sources are searched in parallel (federated) and in real-time, with results being presented in relevance-ranked order. This ensures that users not only get the most relevant information but that they get the "freshest" information available.
DCL Debuts On Demand Ebook Conversion Services
Data Conversion Laboratory (DCL) launched a new suite of online services to streamline the processing of ebook conversion orders that do not require special handling and consulting. EPUB On Demand, the first of a series of On Demand services, is a one-book-at-a-time conversion service to EPUB and MOBI, supporting all popular e-reader devices. The new service enables customers to upload files through an online portal, choose options that best fit their needs, view pricing, and submit their order. Finished products are reviewed through DCL's time-tested QC process and delivered quickly.

NewsLink Spotlight
Tablet News Reader Space Heats Up
by Paula J. Hane
People who like to read news on their iPads or other tablets have plenty to choose from lately. All the big players and a number of upstarts are diving into the aggregated news reader space. The Apple Newsstand launched in mid-October, Yahoo! announced its Livestand earlier this year that it just launched in early November, and Google is reportedly ready to unveil an HTML5-based news reader app, code named either Propeller or Current.

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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