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Monday, December 19, 2011

Please enjoy this last NewsLink for 2011.
We will be taking a brief break from publishing.
We'll resume normal delivery starting Thursday, January 5, 2012.
Happy holidays!

Computers in Libraries 2012

Computers in Libraries is the most comprehensive North American conference and exhibition concentrating on all aspects of library technology. The 2012 program is filled with ideas, leading-edge practices, tips, and techniques for creating innovative libraries. The emphasis is on thinking outside of the box, learning from other industries, finding strategic partners, and creating value for our user communities with new tools, techniques and skills that build innovative and priority services. 

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NewsBreaks
Class Action Filed in Google Books Case
by George H. Pike
The long-delayed lawsuit over the Google Book project took a significant step toward court action and potentially farther away from a settlement with the filing of a motion for Class Certification by The Authors Guild and several individual authors. With the filing, the authors are asking the court to move the case forward as a class action lawsuit, with the guild and authors representing a class of thousands or more individual authors. This could increase the possibility of significant damages against Google if they are found to have infringed on the authors' copyrights. Google is expected to oppose the motion to certify the class and is also expected to ask the court to dismiss the case outright.

Weekly News Digests
Oxford Digital Reference Shelf to Re-Launch in 2012
Oxford University Press announced that it will re-launch Oxford Reference Online and the Oxford Digital Reference Shelf in the first half of 2012 as Oxford Reference. This will be the essential hub to all Oxford University Press reference content, re-launching with improved functionality and design.
Ebook Download Survey From ebrary Now Freely Available
ebrary, a ProQuest business and provider of ebooks and research technology, announced that the results of its survey of more than 1,000 librarians regarding ebook mobile and offline access is now publicly available online. Anyone may register to receive the full results along with a paper authored by Allen McKiel, Ph.D. and dean of library services at Western Oregon University.
New Project MUSE Platform Goes Live Jan. 1, 2012
Project MUSE's newly redesigned platform to include books along with its journals will go live on Jan. 1, 2012. A preview of the new platform is available on its beta site. More than 300 free sample books are accessible on the beta site through the end of 2011. At the launch of the new platform, more than 14,000 books from 66 university presses and related scholarly publishers will be available alongside MUSE's more than 500 electronic journals.

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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